Summarised Contents of the Ocean Diver Training Programme
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 - five Sheltered Water lessons - a theory assessment - five Open Water lessons - a basic swimming assessment
Our BSAC Branch/Centre BSAC - the organisation Benefits of BSAC membership Benefits of training with a branch/centre Benefits of diving with the branch/centre What will it cost? Ocean Diver training Further branch training
Air and the atmospheric pressure Water pressure Basic equipment - mask, fins and snorkel The difference between basic and scuba equipment Scuba equipment Diving signals
Body metabolism Respiration - the lungs Heart and blood Breath hold diving and hyperventilation Respiration The ear The sinuses Teeth Buoyancy Density Buoyancy and divers
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
DCI Diver's first aid tool - oxygen The incident pit Preventing problems Prevention and resolution Surface support
Inland sites Underwater conditions, planning and preparation: - Sea diving - Shore & Boat diving
Basic skills including: fit a face mask, fit and clear a snorkel, develop finning action and be comfortable breathing from a demand valve underwater.
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
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
Further develop personal diving skills including buoyancy, mask clearing etc.
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
Have an enjoyable dive Establish correct weight required for the conditions and the protective clothing worn Develop buoyancy control skills appropriate to the standard of protective clothing worn
(if drysuit used) Recover from an inversion and disconnect their drysuit inflation hose in the event of the inflation valve sticking open Clear mask, retrieve and clear mouthpiece Static AS skills as both donor and recipient Further develop buoyancy control, finning action and swimming attitude Develop an awareness of pilotage as a means of navigation
Basic diving and emergency procedures
Recover an incapacitated diver to the surface, summon assistance and tow an incapacitated diver
Plan and lead a dive within the limitations of previous experience
Experience a range of four different diving conditions during a minimum in water time of not less than 120 mins.