Because a BC is not a PFD
SCUBAswim instructors like to joke around because it helps lesson participants feel at ease. However, we are seriously committed to teaching swim skills & water safety techniques. Why? Because, according to the WHO, "drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide" (updated May 2017). Though the earth is approximately 71% water, "drowning is a serious neglected public health issue, claiming the lives of 360,000 people a year worldwide". In the SCUBA diving community, part of being a responsible diver should include acquiring essential aquatic skills before diving is attempted. We teach what we love and have found that it's easier to remember skills when learned in an easy going and professional environment. That's how we roll.
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We have a sense of humor, or at least we think we do
There are a lot of people out there who would love to discover scuba diving, but avoid doing so because they want to learn to swim plus gain comfort & confidence in water before enrolling in a scuba diving certification course.
Also, though it may seem hard to believe, there are many people in the world who are scuba diving with little to no swim or water safety skills. Many of these people are indeed relying on a BC (Buoyancy Compensator) as a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) to keep them afloat and to survive in open water.
SCUBAswim is taught by independent instructors to people who want to enroll in, or are already enrolled in, a scuba diving certification course, as well as certified recreational scuba divers.
Our mantra: We strive to help participants learn how to enjoy & survive every dive by keeping water safety in mind.
Because a BC is not a PFD
The founders of SCUBAswim are experienced swimmers, snorkelers and SCUBA divers themselves who found that there is a need to raise swim and water safety awareness in the global recreational SCUBA diving community.
SCUBA instructors; got scuba certification course students who need help with basic swim skills in order to pass a swim skills test? What about certified OW diver's who want a refresher on essential swim skills before moving into an AOW scuba certification course?
Learn how to teach SCUBAswim as a separate course to your scuba certification course students who need help with swim skills. Your students will also benefit by becoming more confident and comfortable in water.
Block plans and lessons plans are provided in our training for use as a guideline, and your own experience as an instructor can help you teach skills you're already familiar with.
If you're looking for simple and effective tools to help your scuba students improve water skills to help them "survive the dive", and you are a confident, unique, brilliant individual who enjoys helping others learn and grow, then you're an ideal candidate.
SCUBAswim instructors are more than just scuba diving instructors who also teach swim skills - they're cohorts and comrades of world-leading scuba water safety visionaries. When you surround yourself with the best, you rise to that level. If you're looking for an incredible teaching experience, we want you.
...and if you can do this, you are rad & should show us how