The recreational scuba training industry is a self-regulated industry that is responsible for development of training standards that are used as a minimum platform for participating agencies to develop their own standards.
The Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) was formed in 1986 to meet industry needs and has developed training standards from open water diver level through instructor trainer level.
In November of 2005 RSTC approved standard hand signals and common hand signals used by divers. Many of these standard signals were originally an ANSI standard. They are based on the standard hand signals used by training agencies when training entry level divers.
The approved hand signals are posted on the World Recreational Training Agency (WRSTC) web site at www.wrstc.com.
RSTC consists of International Diving Educators Association (IDEA), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Professional Dive Instructors Corporation (PDIC), Scuba Diving International (SDI) Scuba Schools International (SSI) and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and meets throughout the year to deal with issues involving training in the scuba industry. RSTC is also the Secretariat for the ANSI Committee Z-375, Scuba Diving Training Standards and Safety.
For additional information on RSTC contact any member organization or contact RSTC at P.O. Box 11083 Jacksonville, FL 32239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.