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