Training Ocean Diver

Ocean Diver

 


This course provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. The Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Maximum depth - 20m.


Summary

The BSAC Ocean Diver Course includes theory lessons in a classroom, practical lessons in a swimming pool or similar sheltered water, and five open water dives.
The Ocean Diver Course consists of the following elements:

- seven classroom lessons
- a theory assessment
- a basic swimming assessment
- five Sheltered Water lessons
- five Open Water lessons



Theory Training

INTRODUCTION: OUR BRANCH & OCEAN DIVER TRAINING

- Our BSAC Branch/Centre
- BSAC - the organisation
- Benefits of BSAC membership
- Benefits of training with a branch/centre
- What will it cost?
- Ocean Diver training
- Further branch training

DIVING EQUIPMENT AND SIGNALS

- Air and the atmospheric pressure
- Water pressure
- Basic equipment - mask, fins and snorkel
- The difference between basic and scuba equipment
- Scuba equipment
- Diving signals

THE BODY AND EFFECTS OF DIVING

- Body metabolism
- Respiration - the lungs
- Heart and blood
- Breath hold diving and hyperventilation
- Respiration
- The ear
- The sinuses
- Teeth
- Buoyancy
- Density
- Buoyancy and divers

PLANNING TO GO DIVING

- Diving and effects of nitrogen
- Nitrogen absorption
- Nitrogen release
- Nitrogen management
- BSAC tables
- Dive computers
- Dive planning

GOING DIVING

- Buddy diving
- Overall dive organisation
- The dive marshal's role
- Before the dive
- Underwater pilotage
- Vision underwater
- Colour underwater

WHAT HAPPENS IF….?

- DCI
- Diver's first aid tool - oxygen
- The incident pit
- Preventing problems
- Prevention and resolution
- Surface support

ENJOYING YOUR DIVING

- Inland sites
- Underwater conditions, planning and preparation:
- Sea diving
- Shore & Boat diving


SHELTERED WATER TRAINING

BEING UNDERWATER

- Basic skills including: fit a face mask, fit and clear a snorkel, develop finning action and be comfortable breathing from a demand valve underwater.

BASIC SKILLS

- Assemble and check SCUBA unit
- Buoyancy control; while swimming underwater and while ascending and descending
- Initial remove, refit and clear mask of water in shallow water
- Use AS, static, as both donor and recipient in shallow water

DEVELOPING SKILLS

- Consolidate clearing mask of water
- AS ascent as a donor and recipient
- Maintain true neutral buoyancy ad perform
- Controlled descents and ascents in deeper water

BEYOND THE BASICS

- Further develop personal diving skills including buoyancy, mask clearing etc.

SAFETY SKILLS

- Consolidate AS ascent as both donor and recipient
- Recover an unconscious buddy to the surface using a Controlled Buoyant Lift (CBL), secure at the surface, signal for help and tow the casualty