Our goal is to support local federations with the development of both technical and sport diving. This is done via the development of “universal” standards, help with implementing new courses, support with seminars and courses as well as help with quality control. Therefore, our focus is not on individual divers or instructors, but on local federations to help their instructors and divers.
All over the world, modern diving has evolved through the continuous development of new methods and materials.
In this new era of fast-moving technological progress and openness, the duty of the CMAS Technical Committee is to update and improve our diving techniques and standards, with the aim of increasing the safety and efficiency of our training.
The CMAS Technical Committee follows a progressive policy, guided by a vision and desire for renewal and modernisation in collaboration with national federations. This approach aims to build multi-sectoral cooperation which fits perfectly into a structured, productive and modern perspective. It puts the spotlight on new diving technologies and effective training programmes which promote quality, professionalism and safety.
This innovative policy, which easily lends itself to international development, brings together world-renowned experts with proven skills, dedicated to their task and driven by a desire to carry out quality work for the CMAS family.
In addition, the promotion and development of diving for people with reduced mobility are not forgotten, as it increasingly meets a growing demand for diving opportunities worldwide.
Development and updating standards: The committee is responsible for developing, reviewing and updating standards and guidelines for various diving activities, including both recreational and technical diving. These standards help to ensure the safety, consistency and quality of all diving practices.
Research and innovation: The committee promotes and supports research and innovation in diving techniques, equipment and safety measures. This includes keeping abreast of the latest technological advances in diving and incorporating them into standards and training programmes.
Training and education: The committee develops training programmes, syllabi and educational material for divers, instructors and CMAS federations. These programmes cover a wide range of topics, including diving techniques, rescue procedures, environmental awareness and many other issues.
Safety guidelines: Diver safety is the main priority. The committee establishes safety guidelines, protocols and best practices for a variety of diving scenarios, in order to minimise risk and prevent accidents.
Technical advice: The committee serves as a technical advisory body to CMAS and its affiliated federations. It provides expert advice on issues relating to training, standards and diving techniques.
Diving for people with disabilities: The committee is involved in the promotion and development of diving opportunities for people with disabilities. This involves creating adapted diving techniques, training programmes and initiatives to make diving accessible to all.
International collaboration: The committee collaborates with national federations and CMAS committees worldwide to ensure the harmonisation and cooperation of diving standards and practices.
Quality assurance: The committee monitors the implementation of CMAS standards and guidelines by member federations, ensuring that the highest quality of training and safety is maintained through consistent quality control.
Professionalism and ethics: The committee promotes professionalism, ethical conduct and responsible diving practices amongst divers and instructors, to develop a universal standard of conduct.
Raising environmental awareness: Development of educational programmes and materials to raise divers' awareness of the importance of protecting marine ecosystems, coral reefs and aquatic biodiversity. Articulating concerns about marine damage is an important element of this aspect.
Environmentally-friendly practices: Integrating environmentally-friendly diving practices into training programmes, with an emphasis on techniques that minimise the impact on underwater environments, such as buoyancy control and responsible interaction with marine life.
Marine debris management: Organising and participating in underwater clean-up initiatives to remove marine debris, plastics and other pollutants from dive sites, thereby helping to improve the health of the oceans and marine life.
The Board of Technical Committee
United States of America