Scuba diving courses
Scuba diving courses
Learning scuba diving and taking further scuba diving courses can be some of the most rewarding things you will ever do. The feeling of weightlessness is unique and unforgettable. Being surrounded by beautiful marine life in an environment that most people only experience on tv, is something you’ll want to do again and again.
Many people think of dive training as a daunting process and often have preconceived notions about what it really entails. It’s common for people to think that scuba diving courses involve being in very deep water from the start. Thanks to the legacy of jaws, many people are initially apprehensive about marine life. But these notions are not even close to the reality of dive training. Learning scuba diving is an incremental process starting at very shallow depths. The only marine life that may injure, would only do so in self-defence as a last resort (i.e. you cornered a moray eel in its hidey hole).
Open water diver
An open water course involves theory sessions, time in a pool, and then 4 or 5 open water dives. Pool training with thetechnicaldiver doesn’t start with skills, the focus is on the most important part of diving, buoyancy.
Time is spent on correct weighting, and getting your equipment configured so it’s easy to remain horizontal. Time is also spent on different propulsion methods, i.e. how you kick.
Your first dives in the ocean are very shallow. By this stage you will have already become comfortable with being underwater in the pool.
Upon certification, you should really be wondering why you left it so late to learn. You will be qualified to dive to 18 or 20m (60-65ft).
Advanced open water
Advanced diver is a bit of a misnomer, and a marketing tool used by the diving agencies. It’s really about giving you more diving experience whilst showing you different types of diving. You will do 5 or 6 “themed” dives, commonly deep, navigation, buoyancy, wreck, and night dive.
The deep dive with thetechnicaldiver involves learning about dive planning and gas management for going to 30m (100ft). This is not normally included on standard courses.
The advanced open water course will certify you to dive to 30m (100ft), 35m with Raid (115ft).
Rescue diver and first aid
Being able to assist other dives, either physically or psychologically is something all divers should be competent at. A distressed or incapacitated diver needs someone nearby who will know how to effectively help them.
This includes managing stress, dealing with tired or panicking divers, surfacing an unconscious diver, and bringing an unconscious or non-breathing diver back to the boat or shore. Technical divers should also be qualified rescue divers.
Rescue diver training needs to be realistic so that it can be applied effectively in a real situation. thetechnicaldiver courses normally take 3 days to complete and include a pool session, theory, and open water training.
A divemaster’s main roles are to guide certified divers and assist dive instructors during scuba diving courses. It’s the first level of professional training, so it is vital that you understand how to ensure the safety of divers that you guide. You also learn about marine life and how to find it, and how to look after and maintain scuba equipment.
The course is usually run over 1-3 months, and you are encouraged to do as much diving as possible in that time. A divemaster is eligible to undertake the instructor training course, though the more experience you have as a divemaster beforehand, the better.
Even if you have no intention of ever working as a dive guide or instructor, it’s still a worthwhile course to help improve your diving.
Click on the links for more information about divemaster training with each agency: