The new 2017 PADI Instructor Manaul will be avaiable from 1st February to download from PADI members site.
Below is not a full list of all the changes just a short precis.
“ALL” student divers must have an option of a timer or computer for all open water dives.
Page 23 GS&P 2017 Instructor manual states:
10. Dive computer or RDP (eRDPMLTM or Table.
Note: If dives are planned using the RDP, the student diver must have a timing device.
Adding the extra dive tagged onto Open water course to complete a speciality now includes the 1st dive of the additional specialities: boat, dsmb and full face mask..
New revised AOW course already available to teach since 2016.
New revised and updated AOW eLearning option will be available mid 2017.
Continuing Education Administrative document.
Can be used for all courses above Open Water Diver, including all specialities. You are still to use the additional specific forms for courses like Enriched air etc.
Also you still only need one Continuing Education Administrative document per student for several courses if completed within 12 months. This eases the burden of unnecessary paperwork when a student takes 2 or more specialties within a year or at the same time.
General Standards and Procedures Pg.40
2. For Adventure Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver and Specialty Diver courses, use the Continuing Education Administrative Document, which includes all three forms listed above, and applies to multiple continuing education courses taken within 12 months with the same instructor, dive center or resort.
The Emergency Weight Drop. Has been in place for approx. 3 years now. If you need advice on good safe techniques to make it easier for you as an instructor, please contact me.
The use of Divemasters and Assistant Instructors can assist with demonstrations but do remember you are always in control and you as Instructor need to be assured that they have good demonstration skills.
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