Dive Leader

Dive Leader

Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Practical lessons will give divers confidence to deal with emergencies. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m after qualfying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

Summary The BSAC Dive Leader Course includes theory lessons in a classroom, practical lessons in open water and twenty open water dives. The course programme is used to develop BSAC Sports Divers and holders of other medium level qualifications issued by other diver training agencies, into BSAC Dive Leaders.

The Dive Leader Course consists of the following elements:

  • twelve classroom lessons
  • a theory assessment
  • seven Open Water lessons
  • two dry practical lessons
  • twenty dives (which may include the Open Water lessons), in a range of conditions, since qualifying as a Sports Diver

Theory Training THE ROLE OF THE DIVE LEADER - Why become a Dive Leader? - The Dive Leader course - Personal skill development - Building experience - Varied sites & conditions - Leading experienced divers

•DT2 - DT7 OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION - The theory and Practical sessions which make up the Oxygen Administration SDC are covered in these 6 sessions

•DIVE PLANNING - Planning - The role of the dive marshal - The dive site - known to the branch - Site information and location - Charts - Tide tables - Weather

•RESCUE MANAGEMENT PART 1 - The rescue process - Prevention is better than cure - Anticipation - Emergency services - Managing Activities - Delegation HELICOPTER OPERATIONS - General considerations - Preparing for a lift - Direct lift - High-line transfer - Alternative small boat technique

•RESCUE MANAGEMENT PART 2 - Personnel issues - Incident reporting - Fatalities - Keeping it all in perspective…

•THE ROLE OF THE DIVE MANAGER - Managing branch shore or boat dives - Managing the diving - Shot lines - Dealing with emergencies

•DIVE LEADER - THEORY TEST Sheltered water training •OPEN WATER DIVES DSMB DEPLOYMENT - Deploy a DSMB from mid-water whilst controlling buoyancy

•DIVE LEADING DEMONSTRATION - Plan a dive within the limitations of previous experience and be seen as a role model

•DIVE LEADING PRACTICE - Plan and conduct a dive within the limitations of a trainee Ocean Diver's lesser experience

•SHOT RECOVERY BY SIMPLE LIFT - Use the buoyancy of a lifting bag to reposition a shot weight

•RESCUE MANAGEMENT SCENARIOS - Manage a rescue scenario and participate in other scenarios

•DIVING AND RESCUE SKILLS REVIEW - Emergency procedures including self-rescue and surface assistance to a buddy

•RESCUE SKILLS REVIEW - Recover an incapacitated casualty to the surface, secure them there and administer inwater RB while towing - Administer oxygen enriched inflations

•DIVE MANAGEMENT 1 - Understand the role and responsibilities of the Dive Marshal

•DIVE MANAGEMENT 2 - Perform the role of Dive Manager for diving at sites known to the branch

•DIVING EXPERIENCE - Experience a range of different conditions during 20 Open Water dives totalling a minimum in-water time of 600 mins since gaining Sports Diver. - Have experience of diving from boats - Have significant experience acting as a dive leader - Have experience of depths greater than 25m After this you will be qualified to dive to a Maximum depth of 50m. Then if you wish to continue you will then goto Advanced Diver or continue training to become a Qualified Instructor