The Dive Control Specialist Program is a training program for divers who can perform as Diving Leaders. The course provides training to enable you to be a competent and well educated dive leader. Below you’ll find more information with regards to what you can expect during your DCS course:


After completing the Dive Control Specialist certification you are qualified to:

  • Teach the Scuba Skills Update program for certified divers.
  • Lead dives for graduates of the SCUBA Diver Program.
  • Teach snorkel diving without an active Instructor being present.
  • Issue Snorkel Diver certifications.
  • Give underwater tours to certified scuba divers.
  • Assist certified Instructors in classroom, pool, and open water training.
  • Teach in classroom and pool under the direct supervision of an active Instructor.
  • Act as dive supervisors for certified scuba divers.
  • Take students, no more than two (2) at a time, on underwater tours after the students have successfully completed the required skills with an Instructor. This is to be done no sooner than after the completion of skill training in open water scuba dive two (2) and is to be under the indirect supervision of an active Instructor.
  • Assist students, both in and out of the water, under the indirect supervision of an active Instructor.
  • Meet the criteria to act as a Certified Assistant.
  • Attend an Instructor Training Course.
  • Attend an Oxygen Administration Instructor course.
  • Attend a First Aid Instructor course.
  • Qualify to become a Specialty Instructor in Under water Photography and Marine Awareness Attend Scuba Rangers Instructor program.
  • Teach the Resort course program pool only.


Prerequisites: Be at least 18 years old, at least 60 open water dives and be able to provide own scuba equipment of leadership quality. Have a current medical exam for diving signed by a physician. Be certified at least at the SSI Advanced Adventurer level or equivalent. Have logged experience in Navigation, Night Diving, Boat Diving and Equipment Techniques. Have proof of current nationally recognized training certification in CPR. (Valid for 12 months). Have proof of current nationally recognized training certification in First Aid. Serve apprenticeship time of at least 2 complete Open Water programs or assist on 20 Introduction to Scuba Dives. Complete a Diver Stress and Rescue course or equivalent. Complete a watermanship evaluation. Obtain a pass mark of 90% on the final theory exam and attend the 12 theory modules and practical application sessions during the course.


The watermanship evaluation is to include a:

  • 300 meters swim without swimming aids in no specific time.
  • 800 meters snorkel in snorkeling gear within 17 minutes.
  • 10 minute survival float without the use of any aids.
  • Complete a skills assessment to the satisfaction of the Instructor.
  • Complete an in water rescue of demonstration.


The recommended course hours for the Dive Control Specialist course are 80, which are to include a minimum of 40 hours under the direct supervision of an active Dive Control Specialist Instructor. To remain current, the Dive Control Specialist (DiveCon) must complete the Med Dive course prior to their first annual renewal.