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