Let's get Started!
 
         
             1. Brief orientation at the Dive Site
             2. Do homework at your convenience
             3. Attend Class and pool sessions
             4. Go to lake for checkout dives.
             5. SERIOUS DIVING, SERIOUS FUN!!
 

                                       Student Equipment List
Dive Site provides all equipment needed for your Open Water Diving course except mask, fins, snorkel and booties. Let's gear up!
- Wetsuit and boots - Weightbelt with weights - Scuba unit:
Buoyancy Compensating Device (BCD or BC) Tank
Air Delivery System:
(1st stage regulator, primary 2nd stage, octopus (alternate air source)
and instruments
(depth and pressure gauge) - Fins - Mask and snorkel After you know the size of your wetsuit, BC, and the amount of weight needed you should log that information in your SSI Total DiveLog zippered logbook ($25.00 Value) included with your course.
Let's go diving!
 
Academic Outline
 
     
1. INTRODUCTION
    A. Instructor 
    B. Student
SECTION 1: YOUR BODY AND THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT
A. A BRIEF HISTORY OF MAN’S ATTEMPTS TO ENTER THE AQUATIC REALM
B. EFFECTS OF PRESSURE ON THE SURFACE AND UNDERWATER
C. SQUEEZE: PRIMARY EFFECTS OF PRESSURE ON DESCENT
D. EQUALIZATION TECHNIQUES
E. REVERSE SQUEEZES
F. THE SNORKELING SYSTEM
G. ADAPTATION TO THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT
H. UNDERWATER COMMUNICATION
SECTION 2: USING YOUR LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT UNDERWATER
A. HEAT LOSS IN THE WATER
B. THE EXPOSURE SYSTEM
C. DEVELOPING PROPER BREATHING PATTERNS
D. THE DELIVERY SYSTEM
E. THE INFORMATION SYSTEM
F. THE CONCEPT OF BUOYANCY
G. THE BUOYANCY SYSTEM
H. THE SSI EQUIPMENT SERVICE PROGRAM
I. THE BASIC RULES OF SCUBA
SECTION 3: BREATHING GAS AND THE EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY
A. INTRODUCTION TO PRESSURE INJURIES
B. BASIC RESPIRATORY AND CIRCULATORY ANATOMY
C. EFFECTS OF PRESSURE ON ASCENT
D. OVEREXPANSION INJURIES
E. DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS
F. PROPER ASCENT TECHNIQUES
G. FLYING AFTER DIVING
H. NITROGEN NARCOSIS
I. OXYGEN TOXICITY
J. CARBON DIOXIDE BUILDUP (HYPERCAPNIA)
K. CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Section 4: THE VALUE OF A DIVE BUDDY AND EXECUTING YOUR DIVES
A. THE VALUE OF A DIVE BUDDY
B. PROPER DIVE PLANNING PROCEDURES USING A DIVE COMPUTER
C. THE PRE-DIVE BRIEFING
D. PROPER PROCEDURES FOR SHORE DIVING
E. PROPER PROCEDURES FOR BOAT DIVING
F. EXECUTING THE DIVE
G. CALCULATING GAS CONSUMPTION AND TIME AT DEPTH
H. EQUIPMENT CARE AND LOGGING YOUR DIVE
Section 5: THE OCEAN AND YOUR DIVINGOPPORTUNITIES
A. INTRODUCTION
B. THE OCEAN
C. OCEAN MARINE LIFE
D. POTENTIALLY HARMFUL MARINE LIFE
E. THE FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENT
F. DIVING OPPORTUNITIES
Section 6: YOUR SCUBA DIVING EXPERIENCES AND BEYOND
A. TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
B. AVOIDING PANIC
C. PROPER RESPONSE TO DIFFICULT SITUATIONS
D. DECISION MATRIX
E. GETTING CERTIFIED AND REFERRAL DIVES
F. CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION
Appendix: DIVE PLANNING WITH THE SSI DIVE TABLES
A. DIVE PLANNING WITH THE SSI DIVE TABLES
B. TABLE 1: THE NO-DECOMPRESSION LIMITS TABLE
C. TABLE 2: THE SURFACE INTERVAL TABLE
D. TABLE 3: THE RESIDUAL NITROGEN TIMES TABLE
E. REPETITIVE DIVES AND THE DIVE PROFILE
 

  Pool Outline
Pool 1-3 1st session
Pool 1
Swim evaluation
Basic Snorkeling
Proper weighting
Entries
Pool 2
Regulator breathing Regulator clearing (2 methods)
Regulator retrieval (2 methods)
Mask clearing
Practice time
Pool 3
Inflate BC (2 methods)
Buoyancy control(2 methods) Air sharing Ascents/Descents Review
Practice time
Pool 4-5 2nd session
 
Pool 4
   Review
   Remove/replace weight system U/W
   Air Sharing Ascent
   Remove/replace weight system - surface
   Emergency Ascents
   Practice time

Pool 5 
   Review
   Remove/replace scuba unit - surface
   Remove/replace scuba unit - U/W
Practice time


 
Lake Outline
 
     
Dive 1
    Mask clearing surface 
    Surface dives (Buoyant)
    Buddy aid and assistance
    Surface swim
    Weighting
     Inflate BC (Bobbing Method)
Dive 2
    Exercises(Shallow Water) 
         Controlled Descent
         Regulator Clearing
         Regulator Retrieval
         Mask Clearing
    Review (Deep Water)
         Controlled Descent
         Regulator Clearing
         Regulator Retrieval
         Mask Clearing
    Exercises(Deep Water)
         Buoyancy Control(Power/Oral)
         Air Sharing(Alt. Air Source)
         Controlled Ascent
Dive 3
    Review
         Controlled Descent
         Regulator Clearing
         Regulator Retrieval
         Mask Clearing
         Air Sharing(Alt. Air Source)
         Buoyancy Control(Power/Oral)
         Controlled Ascent
     Exercises
          Air Sharing Ascent(Alt Air Src)
          R&R Weight System(Surface)
Dive 4
    Review
         Controlled Descent
         Regulator Clearing
         Regulator Retrieval
         Mask Clearing
         Air Sharing Ascent(Alt Air S)
         Buoyancy Control(Power/
                                           Oral)
         Controlled Ascent
     Exercises
         Emer. Swimming Ascent
         R&R Scuba Unit(Surface)
Dive 5
    Navigation
     
     
     
Dive 6 (Optional)
     FUN DIVE!
 
   
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