SNUBA® Training for Scuba Dive Masters & Instructors

SNUBA® Guide Certification Program

SNUBA® International, Inc. recognizes the dedication, professionalism and experience that come with attaining the levels of Scuba Instructor and Divemaster. The SNUBA Guide Endorsement Program has been developed especially for Instructors and Divemasters who are interested in adding SNUBA to their resume. The following program is a specifically designed SNUBA Guide Candidate training curriculum, created to quickly advance skilled and active Instructors and Divemasters into the SNUBA world.

After completing the curriculum, the Guide application registration fee ($50) and 1st quarter Guide association fees must be submitted to SNUBA® International, Inc. The training Program Coordinator shall submit a Guide application stating that the candidate has completed the required training, and is to be appointed SNUBA Guide Level.

Overview of the Program

The SNUBA® Guide Endorsement Program is conducted over a five-day period by a current SRC Program Coordinator or higher. The program contains instructional modules in nine major areas:

1. SNUBA program administration
2. SNUBA standards and procedures
3. SNUBA promotion, marketing and sales
4. SNUBA equipment operation and maintenance
5. SNUBA procedural skills and safety instruction
6. SNUBA Briefing Presentations
7. How to conduct the Discover SNUBA Program
8. How to conduct the SNUBA Adventure Program
9. Submission of documentation to SNUBA International

SNUBA® Evaluation Steps

1. Read and Test from the SNUBA Textbook
Regardless of Scuba Certification Level, in reading the SNUBA Textbook you will learn the SNUBA program and SNUBA equipment. A passing score on the SNUBA test is necessary to skip classroom portion of the SNUBA training. Every guide is required to have a current Textbook in his or her possession.

2. Evaluate Equipment Prep, Assembly, and Care

Equipment Maintenance and Storage
Rate candidate on the following areas based on completing tasks independently as outlined in the SNUBA Textbook.

poor
fair
good
very good
excellent
Rinse SNUBA raft with fresh water 1 2 3 4 5
Rinse SNUBA hardware with fresh water 1 2 3 4 5
Inflated Storage/Deflated Storage 1 2 3 4 5
Hose connections rinsed of debris/lubricated 1 2 3 4 5
Hose colled/Stored 1 2 3 4 5
Regulator inspection (mouthpiece/bite tabs/ adjustment for flow) 1 2 3 4 5
Masks rinsed and sanitized 1 2 3 4 5
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3. Observe a full SNUBA Briefing presentation

SNUBA Briefing
Rate candidate on the following areas based on completing tasks independently as outlined in the SNUBA Textbook.

poor
fair
good
very good
excellent
Welcoming guests 1 2 3 4 5
Brief tour description 1 2 3 4 5
Gives brief history of SNUBA 1 2 3 4 5

Properly states informs and/or describes:

Never hold your breath 1 2 3 4 5
Never take regulator out of mouth 1 2 3 4 5
Use hand over hand method to ascend and descend 1 2 3 4 5
Stay with your guide and group 1 2 3 4 5
Don’t touch marine life 1 2 3 4 5
Demonstrate and review hand signals 1 2 3 4 5
Demonstrate Regulator Recovery sweep method 1 2 3 4 5
Demonstrate proper equalization 1 2 3 4 5
Domonstrate clearing mask technique 1 2 3 4 5
Describe purpose of weight belt 1 2 3 4 5
Describe proper kicking technique 1 2 3 4 5
Deliver Reed Alliance™ message 1 2 3 4 5
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4. Evaluate Dive Tour

In Water Skills
Rate candidate on the following areas based on completing tasks independently as outlined in the SNUBA Textbook.

poor
fair
good
very good
excellent
Guide gets customers in the water in an efficient manner 1 2 3 4 5
Guide sequences customer water entry based on skill and comfort level 1 2 3 4 5
Re-check harness fit 1 2 3 4 5
Re-check weight and weight belt 1 2 3 4 5
Regulator practice 1 2 3 4 5
Reviews hand signals in the water 1 2 3 4 5
Practice mask clearing technique 1 2 3 4 5
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Dive Management
Rate candidate on the following areas based on completing tasks independently as outlined in the SNUBA Textbook.

poor
fair
good
very good
excellent
Time management 1 2 3 4 5
Keeps track of guests 1 2 3 4 5
Maintains proper positioning with guests 1 2 3 4 5
Entertainment quality 1 2 3 4 5
Enforces proper reef conservation 1 2 3 4 5
Empathy toward struggling guests 1 2 3 4 5
Underwater communication skills 1 2 3 4 5
Level of control calmness 1 2 3 4 5
Demonstrates customer first 1 2 3 4 5
Is aware of guests comfort level 1 2 3 4 5
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5. Debriefing

Debriefing
Rate candidate on the following areas based on completing tasks independently as outlined in the SNUBA Textbook.

poor
fair
good
very good
excellent
Get customer feedback of tour/share the experience 1 2 3 4 5
Remind guests to sign the guestbook and online guestbook 1 2 3 4 5
Promote photos/video/retail sales 1 2 3 4 5
Promote photos 2nd tour 1 2 3 4 5
Build customer repport 1 2 3 4 5
Promote Snuba 1 2 3 4 5
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Required Dive Completion

In addition to the evaluation outlined above, a specific number of training dives must be performed to complete the Scuba Instructor/Divemaster SNUBA Guide Endorsement Program.

Rescue Diver 15 Dives
Dive Master 7 Dives
Dive Instructor 5 Dives

Final Evaluation Score

Equipment Preperation and Use
Equipment Maintenance and Storage
SNUBA Briefing
In Water Skills
Dive Management
Debriefing

Evaluation Total

Pass 228 -285
Pass-Review weak areas 200-227
Retest 170-199