Section 26-23. Documented safety training for diving supervisors

Training in diving supervision includes a diving supervisor course and completion of a refresher course every five years.
The diving supervisor course must have a duration of at least two weeks, divided more or less evenly between theoretical and practical training. In the theory part, safety training must be given in:
  1. a.
    organisation and management,
  2. b.
    making a survey of hazards and problems, risk assessment, planning and implementation of measures
  3. c.
    emergency response,
  4. d.
    diving medicine and life-saving first aid
  5. e.
    lessons learnt from evaluation of earlier accidents,
  6. f.
    communication,
  7. g.
    accident site management,
  8. h.
    behaviour in stressful situations, including emotional first aid, and
  9. i.
    good operational practice.
During the practical training, each course participant must at least once take part in a practical exercise playing the role of the diving supervisor, and the exercise must include planning, risk assessment and leading the diving operation, handling a diving accident, including accident site management, brief and debrief.
The refresher course must have a duration of at least three days. The course must be based on the documented safety training for diving certificates in accordance with these regulations and on the training in the diving supervisor course. The course must include evaluation of earlier accidents and facilitate sharing of experiences from incidents. Each course participant must at least once take part in a practical exercise playing the role of the diving supervisor, and the exercise must include planning, risk assessment and leading the diving operation, handling a diving accident, including accident site management, brief and debrief. The training must also include a theory test in the regulations relating to diving, basic diving medicine, use of diving tables and log-keeping.
For recreational dive training and recreational dive guiding it is sufficient that the diving supervisor has received training in accordance with recognised European standards for training of diving supervisors.