World Recreational Scuba Training Council
PurposeDevelopment of worldwide minimum training standards
HeadquartersPO Box 11083, Jacksonville, FL 32239-1083 USA
Region served
Regional & National RSTCs

The World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) was founded in 1999 and is dedicated to creating minimum recreational diving training standards for the various scuba diving certification agencies across the world. The WRSTC restricts its membership to national or regional councils. These councils consist of individual training organizations who collectively represent at least 50% of the annual diver certifications in the member council's country or region.[1] A national council is referred to as a RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council).

Significant training organisations which are not associated with WRSTC via membership of its regional RSTCs include Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS).

Member Councils

United States RSTC

On the basis of the experience of past attempts within the United States (US) to control various aspects of recreational diving activity by legislation, the US RSTC was created in 1986 as a permanent body to sustain a relationship between various recreational diving training organisations. In 1991, it replaced the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) (renamed as the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association in 1998) as the secretariat for the then American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee for Underwater Safety (also known as the Z86 Committee). The Z86 committee was subsequently replaced by the committee for Diving Instructional Standards and Safety (also known as the Z375 committee).[2] In 2007 it retained its appointment as the ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) for the Z375 committee.[3]

The US RSTC has been responsible for the development of a standard medical statement (in conjunction with the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society) and minimum training standards for diving hand signals and the following recreational diver grades - Introductory Scuba Experience, Supervised Diver, Open Water Diver, Enriched Air Nitrox Certification, Entry level Rescue Diver, Dive Supervisor, Assistant Instructor, Scuba Instructor and Scuba Instructor Trainer.[4][5]

In 2020 the revised 'RSTC Medical Declaration Form' and 'Notes for Physicians' (diving medical guidance) were published, following a three-year review by the 'Diver Medical Screen Committee'. [6] (DMSC) comprises a team of internationally respected diving medicine experts; Dr Nick Bird, Dr Oliver Firth, (the late) Professor Tony Frew, Dr Alessandro Marroni, Professor Simon Mitchell, Associate Professor Neal Pollock and Dr Adel Taher.

Membership of a US RSTC council member is one of the recognition criteria used by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for the selection of recreational scuba diving instructors for the training of its members in order to receive the BSA Scuba Diving merit badge.[7]

As of 2020, the following agencies are members:[8]

RSTC Canada

The following agencies are currently members:[11]

RSTC Europe

RSTC Europe currently is a member of the European Underwater Federation. The following agencies are currently members:[12]

RSTC Japan

As of 2018, the following agencies were members:[13]


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  2. ^ Brylske, Alex. "Training Standards: Understanding the "Why" Behind What Divers are Taught". Dive Training magazine. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ "ANSI Accredited Standards Developers listing" (PDF). American National Standards Institute. p. 150. Retrieved 2015-04-27.
  4. ^ Richardson, Drew (2000). "THE RSTC MEDICAL STATEMENT AND CANDIDATE SCREENING MODEL". South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) Journal. South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. pp. 210–213. Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "Dive Standards & Medical Statement". World Recreational Scuba Training Council. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  6. ^ Lunn, Rosemary E (23 June 2020). "The 'Medical Statement' form has been updated". X-Ray Magazine. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Scuba diving, Note to the (Merit Badge) Counselor". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  8. ^ "United States Council". World Recreational Scuba Training Council. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  9. ^ Lunn, Rosemary E (28 March 2018). "IANTD joins the RSTC". X-Ray Mag. AquaScope Media ApS. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ "NAUI Becomes a Member of RSTC". NAUI Worldwide. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Canadian Agencies". World Recreational Scuba Training Council. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  12. ^ a b c "EUROPEAN COUNCIL MEMBERS". World Recreational Scuba Training Council. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Japan Council Members". World Recreational Scuba Training Council. Archived from the original on 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.