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Diver Training Programme

What goes into your diver training program? Each qualification level contains a sets of theory and practical lessons and skills that are taught in the duration of your course. A well defined syllabus and good instructional quality are the key in turning students into safe and competent divers that enjoy diving within as well as outside the club.


OCEAN DIVER

Definition
A diver who is competent to dive with another Ocean Diver or with a Sports Diver, within the restriction of conditions already encountered during training. They can conduct dives with a Dive Leader (or higher) to expand their experience beyond conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Marshal. Ocean Divers are initially restricted to the maximum depth experienced during training, but this can subsequently be extended progressively, under the supervision of a Nationally Qualified Instructor (NQI), to a maximum of 20m. Ocean Divers will not have sufficient experience or knowledge to be partnered with trainee divers or to take part in stage decompression stop dives. Ocean Divers can only conduct dives where other suitably qualified divers, who can act as surface support, are present and the dive is properly Marshalled.

Course Content

The Ocean Diver course consists of
  • 7 Classroom lessons
  • Theory assessment
  • Basic swimming assessment
  • 5 Sheltered water lessons
  • 5 Open water lessons/dives
  • minimum of 120 minutes underwater time

Open water diving should encompass experience of at least four of the following: shelving shore dive, steep shore dive , low (2-4m) visibility dive , drift (0.25-0.5kn) dive, small boat dive, large boat dive, wall dive, dive in protective clothing.


LESSON SUMMARY
Lesson Code Lesson Title Key components
OT1 Ocean Diver Training Introduction to Branch/School, diver training
OS1 Being Underwater Mask, fins, snorkel, SCUBA
OT2 Diving Equipment & Signals Underwater environment, equipment, signals
OS2 Basic Skills Buoyancy, DV/Mask clear, AAS
OT3 The Body & Effects of diving Pressure, heat loss, buoyancy, fitness
OS3 Developing skills Free flow DV, mask clear, AAS
OT4 Planning to go diving Air, tables/computers
OS4 Beyond the basics Finning no mask, mobility, snorkel skills
OT5 Going diving Buddy diving, role of DMs/ADMs, pilotage
OS5 Safety skills AAS, CBL, tow
OT6 What Happens If .... DCI, Narcosis, Oxygen as first aid
OO1 First Open Water dive Build up comfort level
OT7 Enjoying your diving Types, characteristics, snorkelling
OO2-OO5 Second to Fifth Open water dives


INSTRUCTION
All instructions is to be carried out or supervised by a NQI, minimum OWI. Other instructor requirements are as follows:
ADI/Sports Diver

*Classroom and sheltered water - on site supervision

*Open water lesson - direct (in-water) supervision
ADI/Dive Leader

*Classroom, sheltered water, open water - on site supervision
Assistant OWI

*Classroom, sheltered water, open water - on site supervision
Theory Instructor

*Classroom - unsupervised
Practical Instructor

*Sheltered and open water - unsupervised
Club Instructor
Classroom, sheltered water, open water - unsupervised

Guide to coding
First letter = diver grade, eg. 'O' = Ocean Diver
Second letter = lesson type
T = Theory
S = Sheltered Water
O = Open Water
P = Practical (e.g. Dive Marshalling)



SPORTS DIVER

Definition
A diver who is competent to dive with another Ocean Diver, within restriction of conditions already encountered by the Ocean Diver during their training and under the supervision of a Dive Marshal. Sports Divers can dive with other Sport Divers within the restrictions of conditions already encountered during their training or previous experience and can dive with a Dive Leader (or higher) to expand experience beyond that previously encountered, under the supervision of a Dive Marshal. Sports Divers can dive to a depth which is initially limited to 20m but which can subsequently be extended progressively, under the supervision of a Nationally Qualified Instructor (NQI), to a maximum depth of 35m. Sports Divers will have sufficient experience or knowledge to conduct stage decompression stop dives and provide full rescue and CPR.

Course Content
The Sports Diver course consists of

  • 6 Classroom lessons
  • Theory assessment
  • 1 Sheltered water lessons
  • 1 Optional Refresher/Orientation dive
  • 5 Open water lessons/dives
  • 1 Dry practical lesson
  • 5 Dives, minimum of 150 minutes underwater time

Open water diving should encompass experience of at least five of the following: shelving shore dive, steep shore dive , dive using a shot line, low (2-4m) visibility dive , drift (0.5-1.0kn) dive, small boat dive, large boat dive, wall dive, dive in protective clothing.


LESSON SUMMARY
Lesson Code Lesson Title Key components
ST1 Sport Diving Different diving conditions, self-assessment
ST2 Diver Rescue Rescues, practical AV & CC
SS1 Rescue Skills
SO1 Diver Rescue
ST3 Equipment & Techniques SMB, DSMB, distance lines, use of shot lines, compass
ST4 Deeper Diving Decompression, Tables/computers planning & diving, Altitude tables, travelling & diving
SO2 Use of SMB
SO3 Simulated Decompression Dive - using shot line, distance line
ST5 Air Planning & Systems Equipment configurations
SO4 Compass navigation/DSMB Reciprocal compass work /DSMB deployment from seabed
ST6 Going Diving Dive leading, intro to Nitrox/Rebreathers
SO5 Dive Leading/Basic Skills Review AAS, weight check
SP1 Assistant Dive Marshal


INSTRUCTION
All instructions is to be carried out or supervised by a NQI, minimum OWI. Other instructor requirements are as follows:
ADI/Dive Leader

*Classroom, sheltered water, open water - on site supervision
Assistant OWI

*Classroom, sheltered water, open water - on site supervision
Theory Instructor

*Classroom - unsupervised
Practical Instructor

*Sheltered and open water - unsupervised
Club Instructor

*Classroom, sheltered water, open water - unsupervised

Guide to coding
First letter = diver grade, eg. 'O' = Ocean Diver
Second letter = lesson type
T = Theory
S = Sheltered Water
O = Open Water
P = Practical (e.g. Dive Marshalling)



DIVE LEADER

Definition
A Dive Leader can plan and lead a range of dives including those requiring detailed dive, air and decompression requirements planning. They have the skill and level of knowledge to progressively extend both their own and others experience. Dive Leaders are competent to marshal and supervise branch dives to locations well known to the Branch or using experienced Charter Boat skippers, or in conditions not normally described as 'challenging'.
Dive Leaders can dive to a depth which is initially limited to 35m but which can subsequently be extended progressively to a maximum of 50m. They can dive with any grade of diver including trainee Ocean divers, on dives supervised by a Dive Marshal. Dive Leaders can also progressively expand their own experience when diving with other Dive Leaders.

Training for Dive Leader involves much greater emphasis on gaining broader experience to supplement the 'formal' lessons.

Course Content
The Dive Leader course consists of

  • 12 Classroom lessons - these include the oxygen administration module which can be undertaken at any time after qualifying as an Ocean Diver
  • Theory assessment
  • 2 Dry practical lessons
  • 7 Open water lessons
  • 20 dives - (which may include open water lessons) minimum 600 minutes underwater time

Open water diving should encompass experience of at least five of the following: planned decompression dive, navigation dive, low (1.5-3m) visibility dive, night dive, wreck dive, drift (1-1.5kn) dive, wall dive. Of the 20 dives, at least six should be from boats, on at least eight the student should act as dive leader, and at least ten dives should be to greater than 25m depth. The student should also act as Dive Marshall on at least two occasions additional to the dry practical lessons.


LESSON SUMMARY
Lesson Code Lesson Title Key components
DT1 The Role of Dive Leader Leading experienced and less experienced divers, anticipating underwater conditions, developing own experience
DO1 DSMB Use Mid-water deployment
DO2 Dive Leading demo Leading lesser experienced divers
DO3 Dive Leading Practice
DT2-7 Oxygen Administration module (Can be done from Ocean Diver)
DT8 Dive Planning Role of DM, Planning, Introduction to practical use of charts, tides, weather
DO4 Shot Recovery Simple lift and shift; full lift
DT9 Rescue Management part 1 Incident prevention, anticipation and management
DO5 Rescue Management Scenarios Practical scenarios
DT10 Helicopter operations Operating boats with helicopters, lifting techniques
DT11 Rescue Management part 2 Activities following on from an incident
DO6 Diving and Rescue skills - review
DO7 Rescue skills Review
DT12 The Role of the Dive Marshal For known sites
DP1 Dive Marshalling - 1
DP2 Dive Marshalling - 2


INSTRUCTION
All instructions is to be carried out or supervised by a NQI, minimum OWI. Other instructor requirements are as follows:
Assistant OWI

*Classroom, sheltered water, open water - on site supervision
Theory Instructor

*Classroom - unsupervised
Practical Instructor

*Sheltered and open water - unsupervised
Club Instructor

*Classroom, sheltered water, open water - unsupervised

Guide to coding
First letter = diver grade, eg. 'O' = Ocean Diver
Second letter = lesson type
T = Theory
S = Sheltered Water
O = Open Water
P = Practical (e.g. Dive Marshalling)


ADVANCED DIVER

Definition
A diver who is comprehensively trained, experienced and responsible and can manage and supervise a wide range of adventurous and challenging diving. This will include organising diving expeditions to explore unknown locations and branch activities including dives utilising developing technology and techniques.

Training towards Advanced Diver relies much more on the progressive build up of experience than on 'formal' lessons.

Course Content
The Advanced Diver course consists of

  • 4 Classroom lessons
  • Theory assessment
  • 2 Dry practical lessons
  • 2 Open water lessons
  • 20 dives post Dive Leader- (which may include open water lessons) minimum 600 minutes underwater time

Open water diving should encompass each of the following, each on at least three occasion: planned two stop decompression dive, drift dive, dive in tidal waters. In addition a further six dives should include at least three of the following: navigation dive, night dive, low (>2m) visibility dive, wreck dive, wall dive.

Of the 20 dives at least 10 should be carried out from boats, on at least 10 the student should act as dive leader and at least six dives should show experience of depths greater than 30m. on at least five occasions, including at both known and unfamiliar sites, the student should act as Dive Marshal.



LESSON SUMMARY
Lesson Code Lesson Title Key components
AT1* The Role of the Advanced Diver Senior diver and Dive Marshal for unknown sites, charts, tides, weather
AT2 Advanced Diving Personal & equipment considerations, other diving gases/systems, developing own experience
AT3 Organising diving from different platforms DM and organising, Cox'n/Skipper liaison, crewing on boats, ropework
AP1* Expedition Planning
AT4 Review of Diving Conditions & on site first aid
AO1 Diving and Rescue skills Review
AO2 Rescue Management Review
AP2* Dive Planning and marshalling For an unknown site.


INSTRUCTION
(*Must be carried out by an Advanced Instructor or by an Assistant AI under on site supervision of Advanced Instructor. All other lessons minimum of OWI/Advanced Diver

Guide to coding
First letter = diver grade, eg. 'O' = Ocean Diver
Second letter = lesson type
T = Theory
S = Sheltered Water
O = Open Water
P = Practical (e.g. Dive Marshalling)


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