Let’s get Started!

Dive Site certifications are completed in four short phases. 

  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.

At Dive Site, you can work at your own pace, study at home and complete your cerification in as little as two weekends – or take as long as you need!

Dive Site Scuba – 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!

Course Outline

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Academic Outline

SECTION 1: YOUR BODY AND THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT

  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF MAN’S ATTEMPTS TO ENTER THE AQUATIC REALM
  • EFFECTS OF PRESSURE ON THE SURFACE AND UNDERWATER
  • SQUEEZE: PRIMARY EFFECTS OF PRESSURE ON DESCENT
  • EQUALIZATION TECHNIQUES
  • REVERSE SQUEEZES
  • THE SNORKELING SYSTEM
  • ADAPTATION TO THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT
  • UNDERWATER COMMUNICATION

SECTION 2: USING YOUR LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT UNDERWATER

  • HEAT LOSS IN THE WATER
  • THE EXPOSURE SYSTEM
  • DEVELOPING PROPER BREATHING PATTERNS
  • THE DELIVERY SYSTEM
  • THE INFORMATION SYSTEM
  • THE CONCEPT OF BUOYANCY
  • THE BUOYANCY SYSTEM
  • THE SSI EQUIPMENT SERVICE PROGRAM
  • THE BASIC RULES OF SCUBA

SECTION 3: BREATHING GAS AND THE EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY

  • INTRODUCTION TO PRESSURE INJURIES
  • BASIC RESPIRATORY AND CIRCULATORY ANATOMY
  • EFFECTS OF PRESSURE ON ASCENT
  • OVEREXPANSION INJURIES
  • DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS
  • PROPER ASCENT TECHNIQUES
  • FLYING AFTER DIVING
  • NITROGEN NARCOSIS
  • OXYGEN TOXICITY
  • CARBON DIOXIDE BUILDUP (HYPERCAPNIA)
  • 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

  • INTRODUCTION
  • THE OCEAN
  • OCEAN MARINE LIFE
  • POTENTIALLY HARMFUL MARINE LIFE
  • THE FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENT
  • DIVING OPPORTUNITIES

Section 6: YOUR SCUBA DIVING EXPERIENCES AND BEYOND

  • TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
  • AVOIDING PANIC
  • PROPER RESPONSE TO DIFFICULT SITUATIONS
  • DECISION MATRIX
  • GETTING CERTIFIED AND REFERRAL DIVES
  • CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION
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!

How to Sign-up

Getting Started is easy! Just Call us at 918.664.5717 to register, or contact us for more information