Student Learning Agreement

This letter is intended to document for you what you should expect from your technical diving. It also outlines what I expect from you. I hope you agree with the conditions and parameters outlined here. If you have questions about anything in this letter, please mention it to me immediately.

General conditions

1.         By its nature a technical diving course is more complex than a sport diving course. One major difference is that there is NO guarantee that you will pass the course/s you are enrolling upon within the minimum timescale or dive count stated for the course. Your course fees pay for tuition, but you have to earn the certification/s.  Where performance requirements are not met within planned timescales/dives, I will offer;

a.         Where my schedule permits – a remedial course extension, at extra cost.

b.         If student schedule doesn’t permit – a referral for course completion with me at a subsequent date.

c.         If my schedule doesn’t permit – a referral of completed course modules for completion at another PADI TecRec training provider at a subsequent date.

2.         Candidates are expected to provide their own equipment as specified in each course outline and are expected to make sure it is in perfect working order before turning up for course dives. Please Note: The overall suitability of student equipment is the instructor’s decision. If you have any doubts about the suitability of your equipment and/or have trouble providing the items contained in the equipment list provided with your course outline, please contact me before class begins.

3.         Use of “recreational” drugs, including abuse of prescription drugs, possession of illegal substances or contraband, drunkenness, violent behaviour of any kind, bullying, and any sexually abusive action towards other students or dive staff will result in you being expelled from the class and reported to the appropriate authorities. You will also forfeit ALL course fees.

4.         Hangover, fatigue or evidence of intoxication from nights out means no technical diving. Postponed dives will lead to course extensions at the student’s expense. The instructor’s decision is final in assessing this.

5.         Your level of mental and physical fitness will play a role in your abilities to complete a technical diving course successfully. If you have any doubts about your ability to complete a, extended and physically demanding diving course/s, please contact me in advance for advice on how best to prepare.

6,         The student must be in good medical condition to enrol upon technical diving courses.  An RSTC compliant Medical Statement must be submitted at the beginning of the course.  This medical statement must be signed by a doctor to confirm medical fitness (self-declaration is not sufficient for technical courses). It is the student’s responsibility to confirm their medical fitness and obtain medical clearance in advance of the course. Failure to do so can lead to course delays, at the student’s expense. If ‘last minute’ medical clearance cannot be obtained, the deposit is not refundable.

7.         Pre-course self-study will be provided to you in advance of your training course.  It is your responsibility to fully complete all elements of this self-study prior to the course starting. Failure to do so may lead to course delays, at the student’s expense. If you have questions on the pre-study, please feel free to contact me.

8.         Each training session will begin at an agreed time.  Delays caused by lack of student punctuality or failure to prepare, as briefed, for lessons may lead to course delays, at the student’s expense.

9.         Student should bring the outstanding course/tuition fees, along with their dive logbook, certification cards and proof of diving insurance with them to the first classroom session.

10.        The student is expected to display a positive attitude and willingness to learn during all classes and water training sessions.  This includes exhibiting a proper ‘technical diving mindset’, including attention to detail and personal/team safety.  Please note that student mindset and attitude are assessed performance requirements on technical diving courses.

11.        You will undoubtedly be task-loaded and stressed at various stages of your training. You should be open and honest with me about your personal abilities and stress levels. This includes pre-dive briefings and post-dive debriefings.  If you are uncomfortable doing something, communicate that issue to me, so that I can pace the training accordingly. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into attempting things that you don’t fully understand or are uncomfortable doing.

12.        The student is responsible for analysing all gasses used by themselves during the course and MOD marking their tanks accordingly. On technical dives, this includes AIR fills.

13.        You should communicate any training-related issues to me in a timely manner during the course.  Feedback is essential so that I can adjust the class to your personal needs.  This includes instructional technique, pace of knowledge delivery, language issues and other practical or theoretical training issues.

14.        I will provide you with timely and accurate feedback on your performance, relative to the specified performance standards. If you are not meeting course standards, you will know about it in advance.  However, failure to complete the performance requirements on a given dive, may lead to that diving being repeated, which can incur further costs.

15.        Course cost quotations are based on a pre-agreed timescale and dive count, with adequate time for theory and practical application training. The price quotation you receive/pay will cover my expenses for the number of days and dives set out in the course guidelines and no more.

16.         To prevent avoidable course extensions from incurring extra costs, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they arrive for the training able to reliably demonstrate the core scuba skills one might reasonably expect from the mastery/performance standards associated with the prerequisite qualifications and diving experience/logged dives indicated for the course/s to be undertaken.

These core competencies include; precise buoyancy control, trim, propulsion, in-water comfort, buddy awareness, situational awareness, recreational nitrox procedures, dive planning and the implementation of Safe Diving Practices. If you have any questions on these expectations, please contact me in advance.