I, personally, don't take any expenses for instructing. when I first started, I did, but that was because I was a struggling student, wanting to help but couldn't afford the petrol often.
Nowadays, I don't bother. This is because I rather enjoy doing it. I observe certain personal rules - I only do training when and if I want to do it, and I only do training in the Sea. For Ocean divers, that means pleasant shore or RIB dives, for SD/DL that usually means either RIB or hard boat diving. I pay my own boat fees, but don't mind, because we go and do an actual 'dive' rather than just popping in and out to do drills.
The upshot of the above is that Ocean diver training, which I enjoy but find generally isn't the best 'diving' costs me very little (you don't get charged entry to the Sea), and SD/DL training is generally good diving aswell as training, so I don't mind paying for it.
I can see how those of you using inland sites regularly would feel out of pocket paying large amounts of money to stoney cove, etc, just to spend your day doing drills with someone.
I am interested in knowing how (if at all) your branch instructors get compensated for the costs they incur taking trainees on their instructional dives?
Does the branch pay them a set contribution per day/dive/lesson taught?
Do the trainees pay some/all the expenses on the day?
I do not wish this thread to turn into a commercial/amateur argument and the legalities of payments; I am only talking about re-imbursements either in full or contributions towards.
What I am trying to do is cost an Ocean Diver course accurately for people who enquire...otherwise things can be a bit open-ended.....and end up more expensive than first thought!
Thanks in advance,