SNUBA® Guide Training Program Outline

As a new SNUBA® Guide candidate, you will travel to one of our SNUBA Recreational Centers and be trained by a Program Coordinator. Below is a typical day-to-day training outline…

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Day 1 (Classroom)

A) Check that Guide applications are filled out. Confirm dive logs, medic first aid, CPR and physical (within two years) as part of the pre-requisite Guide candidate requirements.

B) Introduce the SNUBA Philosophy—Why it works, success rate, safety record, distinctions between SNUBA and scuba, benefits of the SNUBA business model, rewards of becoming a successful SNUBA guide: personal satisfaction, greater income (Use of Video/media) Turn to Chapter 15 in Textbook for reference.

C) Reef Alliance – Introduce SNUBA’s approach to diving-ecology. Review and sign Reef Alliance Pledge Statement p. 10 Complete review and discussion of ecology education.

D) Review SNUBA Text Book Part I Sections 1-14. Make sure all Knowledge Review Questions are answered correctly

(4 hours)

***Break for Lunch***

D) Outline training schedule for remainder of the weeklong training to include time allotments for 15 required SNUBA Dives

Review SNUBA Text Part II Sections 16-24.

(3 hours)

Day 2 (Can be conducted on boat or at beach/pool)

A) Briefly review previous day’s textbook studies. Answer key questions. Explain format and passing requirements of SNUBA Exam.

B) Read and discuss Chapter 25 Accident/Incident Procedures and reporting. (refer to Training Bulletin 402.1)

C) Familiarize guides with equipment (raft, first stage, intermediate hose, connectors, second stage) Discuss inflation-how to properly inflate the raft – power inflator

  • particular wear areas.
  • hose kink monitoring
  • quick disconnect use and connector wear
  • high pressure hose problems and pressure relief valve (raft and 1st stage regulator)
  • donning of gear, cautions about personal contact with client
  • disassemble, clean, reassemble the 2nd stage regulator
  • how to clear or adjust free flowing second stage
  • raft rinsing, cleaning, conditioning, storing (preferably partially inflated)
  • raft lifting/transporting
  • system set up
  • maintenance/repair

D) Pool/Beach Demo & Swim Test (“Discover SNUBA® ” and “SNUBA® Adventure”)

E) Conduct first SNUBA Dive (“Gauntlet”)

(4 hours)

***Break for Lunch***

F) Review textbook: SNUBA Orientation & Pre-dive Briefing

  • Identify prospective customer
  • stand-up sales orientation and briefing—describe SNUBA unit
  • waiver preparation
  • participant awareness—anticipate problems before they happen
  • equipment—proper fitting techniques

Candidates to conduct complete orientation/briefing and lead Snuba dives in rotation

(2 dives per candidate).

(4 hours)

Day 3

A) Briefly review previous day’s training, discuss additional sales (i.e. 2nd dive, cameras, photos, T-shirts, fish food, etc.). SNUBA Guide Training Program.

B) Review Marketing/Sales Strategies and discuss:

  • Understanding the SNUBA client
  • How to sell SNUBA
  • How not to sell SNUBA
  • Sales techniques—briefings, demonstrations, Public Speaking 101
  • approval letters, worldwide locations, news articles,
  • promotional support materials
  • types of demonstrations—pool/hotel
  • Incentive programs

C) SNUBA operations—boat, beach, van

D) Candidates to conduct complete orientation/briefing with emphasis on selling techniques

(3 hours)

***Break for Lunch***

E) Beach and/or Boat dives (at least 3 of each type)

Each guide will practice verbal briefings (training coordinator to critique), then take a group on an actual dive (group to include other guides)

(4 hours)

Day 4

A) Same as above.

4 dives (preferably boat dives).

Each guide will practice giving the orientation and pre-dive briefing then lead

others in multiple dives in rotation

Possibly invite novice participation.

Must complete a minimum of 15 dives

(All day)

Day 5

A) Complete the required number of SNUBA dives

B) Work on rescue / emergency scenarios utilizing raft as means of transport. Go over EMS for the operation (boat or beach) and discuss most common situations requiring medical assistance and rescue. Require each candidate to prepare First Aid kit.

Assign an SRC Program Coordinator Candidate-in-training.

(All day)

Day 6

A) Review for Exam and answer any questions

B) Administer test (must score at least 85%)

C) Correct Exam and review and discuss any missed questions

D) Collect application / association fee ($50 each).

Insurance fee ($480/year – 1st Quarter premium $120).

Review guidelines for SNUBA guides with SRC Candidate

Safety reviews

Surprise inspections

Training Critiques

The Role of the SRC Program Coordinator

The SRC (“SNUBA® Recreational Center”) Program Coordinator fulfills a vital role within the SNUBA. He or she not only acts as an on-site trainer for new SNUBA Guide candidates at a particular SNUBA Recreational Center but also keeps abreast of new directives, equipment bulletins and training information from SNUBA® International (or its regional offices) and disseminates this information throughout his/her organization. The SRC is, in effect, the Training Officer of the outfit—he or she is the person responsible for insuring that the SNUBA program is being conducted safely, efficiently, with the highest degree of customer service, and according to SNUBA® International’s standards and procedures.

Minimum “Rescue Diver”

SRC Candidates must be dive agency certified at a minimum “Rescue Diver” level. Why does SNUBA® International and its insurer allow a Rescue Diver level candidate? The answer is based principally on the business pursuit of entertainment -vs- education. Within the dive industry, the level of “Dive Master” and or “Instructor” is part of a hierarchical educational pursuit to train individuals to be able to train others on the independent use of scuba diving equipment. The pursuit is educational in purpose and intent. SNUBA Guide training for Rescue Divers (or higher) is based on the premise of providing certain standards and procedures for the safe management of those participating in a SNUBA experience. SNUBA is not available for independent use. The pursuit of all SNUBA Guides is to provide a safe entertaining underwater experience at each participant’s own level of comfort.

Becoming an SRC Program Coordinator (SRC)

Becoming an SRC requires dedication, determination and a commitment to the SNUBA program. It requires that a SNUBA Guide “walk the talk and talk the walk”. In other words, be a real producer within the SNUBA system—someone who can do it all and do it well. SRC’s must interact comfortably with guests and effectively present and sell the program and service. SRC’s must be exemplary in their ability to safely conduct an underwater tour, while showing how to provide the extra care that SNUBA participants require as first time underwater visitors. Not all of those who apply are cut out to be a SNUBA Guide, or an SRC Program Coordinator for that matter. Over the years SNUBA® International has seen time and again that is not necessarily the best DIVERS who make the best SNUBA Guides. Being a good SNUBA Guide and a good SRC require PATIENCE and TOLERANCE. The rewards are highly fulfilling for those who have the qualities to reap them. The average SNUBA Guide makes 2-3 times more than the pay of a scuba instructor. This is one reason why there are so many unemployed Dive Instructors in the world and such a demand for more first-rate Snuba Guides. You get out of it what you put in.