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Looking for a BSAC instructor in Taiwan

Discussion in 'Taiwan' started by ipgct, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. ipgct

    ipgct Garibaldi

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    Seemingly long shot, but I'm looking for a instructor who can help me progress to Sports Diver. I'd rather not have to convert, as I would probably convert back when I return home. A lot of shops have never even heard of BSAC, but if anyone can help or point me in the direction of someone who can?
     
  2. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    What BSAC qualification do you hold? There is an ISO number which is the international qualification. PADI use as well so they should know what that equates to.
     
  3. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    There are BSAC franchises in Japan, Korea and Thailand, plus BSAC Branches in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
     
  4. Makhno

    Makhno Divemaster

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    The only BSAC instructor I knew in Taiwan left a couple years ago.

    If you can't find another one, send me a private message, and I can recommend some good instructors who can train you well and certify you through other agencies. I don't teach scuba courses anymore, but some of my buddies are very experienced instructors who are still quite actively teaching with PADI, SSI, etc.

    Can't recall what you'd need to do to have those certs accepted by your local BSAC club in the UK.

    You should get going soon, as the diving season in NE Taiwan won't last too much longer.
     
  5. JasmineNeedsGills

    JasmineNeedsGills Angel Fish

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    Know this is late, but just some thoughts in case anyone else runs into this. Japan has a huge BSAC franchise - after the UK there's more schools there than anywhere else. There's several BSAC centres in Okinawa, which has plenty of flights to Taipei, and also has some decent diving thrown in.

    If you don't want to spend the money to travel though, BSAC clubs do recognise other qualifications, so you can always just do the equivalent level PADI (or whatever) course locally, and dive on that within your home club. BSAC recognise the PADI Rescue Diver course as being equivalent to Sport Diver.
     
  6. BLACKCRUSADER

    BLACKCRUSADER Barracuda

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    There is a British BSAC instructor who has been living in Taiwan for over 30 years still here and teaching BSAC.
     
  7. Nick Ward

    Nick Ward DIR Practitioner

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    You would still need to fill in missing gaps though to progress to Dive Leader (next qual after Sports for BSAC) or to dive as a Sports Diver... things like Deco and Nitrox are missing from PADI...
     
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  8. JasmineNeedsGills

    JasmineNeedsGills Angel Fish

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    Was aware that there were some top ups needed, but suprised Deco and Nitrox are in there - aren't they taught in AOW or Rescue? BSAC introduce nitrox (up to 36) at Ocean Diver level (OW equivilent), and introduce deco in Sport, so if AOW and Rescue don't cover them seems to make a bit of a mockery of equivilencies.
     
  9. BLACKCRUSADER

    BLACKCRUSADER Barracuda

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    PADI does not teach DECO diving it's all about NDL diving.
     
  10. JasmineNeedsGills

    JasmineNeedsGills Angel Fish

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    Wow. Genuinely didn't know that, never had much interaction with the PADI world. That's going to send me down a manual reading rabbit hole now...
     

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