Recreational Scuba Training in the United States: History, Trends, Industry Perspectives and a Model for the Future By: Dan C. Marelli, Ph.D.
By Gabrielle Gabrielli, SEI Instructor
A trip that every experienced SCUBA diver should put on his or her bucket list is the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. I’ve had the pleasure of SCUBA diving all over the world, and nothing compares to diving there for big sea life! However, there is always a risk when you return to a place that was a trip of a lifetime.
The risk was more than worth it! To read the complete article below
In March, Thadeus Bowden, SEI & PDIC Executive Director, flew to Milan Italy and met up with Alessandro Talamona, SEI & PDIC Italia Course Director. Alessandro and his family were gracious hosts and provided a personalized tour of Milan with stops including the architecturally stunning Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral).
Thadeus travelled with Alessandro to Bologna, Italy to attend the EUDI 2015 show and visit with SEI & PDIC Italia leadership team members. During the show, the booth was constantly flowing with traffic and often packed with people. Divers and instructors alike stopped to visit and once a day in the afternoon, attendees were invited to sample ham, wine, cheese and chocolates – which were a delicious hit.
During the show, Davide Cecamore, SEI Italia CEO, and Alessandro Talamona, led a presentation and were able to award recognition to newly certified Instructors. Italy is a country with independent, close-knit and passionate scuba diving clubs where the camaraderie is the glue that binds divers together. SEI Instructors even travelled from Switzerland to attend. Friday night of the show, over twenty instructors joined together for a traditional Bologna meal which was a wonderful way to end the EUDI experience.
SEI collaborates with YMCA of the USA to service divers certified under former YScuba training program for verification and replacement card needs
Effective August 31, 2014, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) no longer replaces lost or damaged Y-SCUBA certification cards. Y-USA does not support any part of the former Y-SCUBA program but recognizes that some divers who achieved a lifetime SCUBA certification may require a replacement diver certification card. Y-USA had previously discontinued the SCUBA diver certification program as of December 31, 2008.
Y-SCUBA divers in need of a replacement diver certification card may contact Scuba Educators International (SEI). SEI can offer certification verification to many, but not all, Y-SCUBA divers who were originally certified by the Y-SCUBA program between 1984-2008. Y-SCUBA divers can obtain an SEI replacement certification card. For divers holding a Y-SCUBA card issued prior to 1984, it is recommended to take a copy, scan or photo of it (both front and back) in the event the original is lost and a replacement card is desired.
If an original Y-SCUBA certification cannot be validated by SEI, they offer courses to achieve a new SEI certification. Any diver needing to replace a lost or damaged Y-SCUBA certification card with an SEI certification card should contact SEI by phone, (765) 281-0600, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our Contact Us page.
To learn more about the Sunken Military Craft Act please read the following:
Statement on US Policy for the Protection of Sunken Warships
Summary of Law - Sunken Military Craft Act
Welcome to the leadership team Scott Waite! Recently certified as an SEI Instructor, Scott has been diving since 1983 and he recently completed the Instructor Institute through the Plattsburgh YMCA in Plattsburgh, New York. Scott is based out of Morrisonville, New York near Lake Champlain.
Scott’s wife, Tracy, a certified SEI Divemaster, was with him throughout the Institute to prepare for her advancement through Assistant Instructor and eventually Instructor.
Congratulations to the Waites for an Institute well done
SEI Instructor Trainer Dan Carpenter
SEI is the new emergence of the oldest nationwide scuba teaching program and is carrying on the development of the first diving rescue course in the United States.
SEI is an international agency with agents, representatives, instructors and students in many countries worldwide.
SEI courses meet and exceed the minimum course content for open water scuba diver certification required by the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC).
SEI offers the most thorough training program in the industry. This is built on the standards and integrity of our instructors, who collectively understand and value the
benefits of education. Simply stated, the quality of the divers we train is testament to our instructional program.
SEI’s traditional Open Water Diver course includes 32 hours of classroom/pool time. If the course minimum of 24 hours is used, additional work is required during open water training. Having a complete diver education makes the students better prepared for open water diving and not be dependent on a divemaster for their diving safety. There is recognition worldwide that our students are not only certified divers, but also have the knowledge and skills to be trusted and proficient on dive expeditions. (From an SEI instructor: “I cannot tell you how often my students call and tell me that when they were on dive trips, the DM's would ask them to help supervise other divers, only because they knew that they had an SEI certification.”)
SEI produces quality materials at affordable prices so instructors have the ability to use them as a profit center.
The SEI Air Dive Tables have been included in the best course text in the industry Scuba Diving by Dennis Graver, 4th edition. This text is required for all SEI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses.
SEI offers individually tailored programs to suit the needs of student divers. We do not subscribe to the 'one system of teaching' applying to all. Our approach affords our students a personal system of instruction that cannot be matched through any distance learning method. We monitor and guide the progress of our students.
SEI is suited for either large or small programs due to the versatility of our publications, materials, and teaching methodologies.
SEI leadership members and divers are the ethical stewards of the underwater environment.
SEI promotes strong values as well as healthy minds and bodies in all our teaching.
SEI’s continuing series of diver education programs offered, is designed to prepare divers to fully engage the sport of diving on new and extended levels. Rather than a series of 'specialty ratings' that rely on the student to integrate for a particular situation, our training system prepares the complete diver at each skill level.
SEI divers are prepared for the waters they enter from a sound, progressive training program. Continuing education is the key to success in any endeavor.
SEI offers to prospective instructors, not only an educational based training program, but the ability to build long term relationships with their students. Having such a program helps the instructor sell not only equipment to their students, but also upgrade training, trips, and promotional products. Having more contact with students gets them in the sponsoring dive store more often. Each time a student comes into the store, an opportunity is present to sell them gear and services. An open water class that is completed over one weekend only allows very limited and rushed exposure to students. These abbreviated sessions do not build customer loyalty to the dive store or the instructor.
SEI’s counselors and advisors on medical and legal aspects of scuba training provide the agency with unique, long-time experience in these important fields. A member of our Advisory Committee wrote the first protocols for asthmatic and diabetic divers and has made them available to the industry.
SEI values the Business of Diving and incorporates it into its professional teaching programs to ensure that leadership candidates emerge from the instructor programs ready to integrate successfully into the business community.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new and updated website! It has been a lengthy journey to reach this goal and we are excited in how impressive the site has become. As with any new thing, there many be some quirks - if you find any, please let us know so we can address them.
James Lapenta, an S.E.I. Instructor in Pennsylvania, has written and published a new book - SCUBA: A Practical Guide for the New Diver. Copies have been sold to places across the US as well as Canada, Spain, Greece, France, Libya, Kuwait, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. It will debut March 18-20 at Scubafest in Columbus, Ohio. Two copies were donated for an auction to benefit the Scubaboard Legal Defense Fund and they sold for $600 and $450. For more information please contact Jim at email@example.com
Our affiliate S.E.I. Korea has completed and published a translation of Dennis Graver's Scuba Diving 4th edition, the Open Water diver textbook, into Korean. This has been one large undertaking which has now come to fruition. We applaud their achievement!