Changes to courses and training

At Dive Spear and Sport, we are consistently looking for ways to improve our business, in particular our courses and dives to ensure that our clients receive the highest service and training possible.

As many of you know, our diving conditions here in Sydney for newer divers can be challenging. In our opinion, this makes Sydney the best possible training ground, as it’s these challenging conditions that make diving in many other parts of the world… well, easy! However, we have found that currently our course structure does not implement enough of the crucial skills required for diving in our area, which in turn creates stress and anxiety for our new divers when diving locally. With that in mind, we decided we needed to increase the level of training and particularly the skills offered in that training by introducing courses with more specific skills for sub-temperate areas, particularly at the beginner to intermediate level when divers are developing their skills.

With that in mind, we felt that our current courses limit our ability to offer this. Hence, after plenty of consideration, we decided that going forward we will use Scuba Diving International (SDI) as our preferred scuba diving training organisation for our recreational scuba diving training, and continue to use its affiliated agency, Technical Diving International (TDI) for all our technical training.

The first thing to note is that you can still expect the same friendly faces in store, the same great service and the same high quality training that you have grown to love and expect from Dive Spear and Sport. SDI is an equivalent training agency, monitored by the same Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) as PADI and offers a similar training pathway as PADI. All training agencies are required to adhere to the same international standards and must adhere to the same minimum standards as set forth internationally.

The changes you will see are on our courses. Going forward, we intend to offer a much more value course and more in depth training for our clients.

Some of the great enhancements you can expect to see are:

• More flexibility on courses, meaning courses will be more customised to the student’s needs. Under our new training organisation, we have more latitude to customise our courses to suit our local environment, the type of diving we do and most importantly, to work with the students learning style and speed. This means more relevant courses that are less pressure for the student and instructor, and most importantly more tailored to the student’s needs and thus, less generic.

• More courses with e-learning! As a whole, we have found that the recreational e-learning is much more user friendly and less time consuming. Meaning you’ll get through it faster. Plus, it doesn’t expire! So, you will always have the e-learning available on your SDI profile.

• New and exciting pathway programs! Around the world, there are many centres that are all about “churning through numbers” when it comes to certification. From day 1, we’ve made a conscious effort not to be one of those centres. DSS is not about assisting someone ticking scuba diving off the bucket list. We are about helping people become safe, confident and considerate divers; and thus we will work with those people who want to become that. However, one of the challenges we have faced is getting the level of training required into the short time we have on course. Hence, under our new training program, we will be offering two excellent new programs this spring; The Diver Essentials Program and the Seasoned Diver program. These two new training pathways are designed to help our divers excel from an open water diver to an advanced diver in the true sense of the word and, at the same time, help our advanced divers build on the skills they want to develop. These programs will be on offer and at affordable prices to help our divers develop their skills over time, both in and out of the water.

• For those who want to get their kids out diving with them, your child will now be able to learn to dive at 10! We have had a number of enquiries regarding this, and we will assess on a case by case basis, but kids will now be able to get their Junior Open Water at 10 years of age.

We have taken a lot of time to access the situation and choose an option that we feel is best for our clients. We genuinely feel that this is the best path to helping us offer you the best possible training services available and we are really excited to roll out these updates this summer. Over coming weeks, we will release more information regarding this and answer any questions that you may have. We will still continue to be a PADI centre, offering some PADI courses including the PADI Freediver courses. Please note that your certifications training agency to training agency are still recognised, and most importantly your SDI certification will also be accepted and recognised worldwide.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the shop on (02) 9999 3903 or and we will be happy to provide you with more information or talk through any concerns you may have.

We look forward to introducing this exciting new program to you all over coming months!

  • ian candlish
    Posted at 10:54h, 07 July Reply

    Does this mean that DSS is essentially (aside from free diving courses) no longer affiliated with PADI in terms of Scuba training?

    • divespearandsport
      Posted at 21:30h, 10 July Reply

      Hi Ian,
      That’s correct and for good reasons. Come on in to discuss it if you’d like! We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

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