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Scuba Educators International (S.E.I) was formed when the YMCA decided to sunset its YScuba program after 50 years of service. S.E.I. continues this tradition of excellence and quality in providing knowledge and skill-based courses for scuba divers.
S.E.I. is international in scope with instructors in many US states and in numerous countries around the world with corporate offices located in Muncie, Indiana, USA.,
S.E.I. is poised to continue growing into a strong, innovative, and dynamic international scuba education program.
CMAS was founded in 1959 and is one of the world's oldest scuba diving organizations. CMAS is the premier diving program across Europe and throughout much of the world. According to CMAS its "entry-level training is more extensive, featuring more 'classroom' delivered theory and strives to produce more experienced, knowledgeable and skilled divers." S.E.I. and CMAS believe that quality education emphasising diving safety over profits is most important.
"I appreciate all the freedom that [SEI] has given to me as a professional. Since I am a school teacher (in my "real" job), being able to design my own visual aides and teach using the words that work best for me and my students is the most effective way to share this sport."
Drowning Prevention for Water Race Events, Including Triathlons
By Tom Leaird, SEI Instructor Trainer
I served as Water Safety Chairman for over twenty years at the annual Muncie, Indiana Endurathon. In addition, I have served in a similar capacity for several other races of that type where swimming in open water precedes the bike and run portions of a triathlon. I watched from the sidelines, as the Hawaii Iron Man race began – afraid that one of those hundreds of athletes would be lost without being noticed. Throughout all those years, with thousands of athletes, we have been extremely fortunate to not lose a swimmer where I have been involved. The greatest relief at every one of those races has been the announcement: “All the bikes are out of the transition area.” Now I can relax!
This article offers insights and recommendations to anyone responsible for or participating in water safety at water race events. To read the complete article click here.