Professional Education Course

SCUBA Diver 1: Introduction to Open Water Diving

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Course Title: SCUBA Diver 1: Introduction to Open Water Diving
Program ID: REC 1100P Subject: SCUBA

Sections

Registration DeadlineSection DatesFormat & LocationCEUsFeeStatus
Sep 22, 2014 (Mon)Sep 22, 2014 (Mon) - Nov 05, 2014 (Wed)Atlanta (Campus Recreation Center) (this is an onsite course)3.25$289CLOSED 

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Meeting Times:
On the first day, check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • Monday, September 22, 2014 (6:45 PM-9:00 PM) - Orientation
  • Monday & Wednesday, Sept 29-Oct 1, 2014 (6:45 PM-10:00 PM) - Classroom/Pool
  • Monday & Wednesday, October 6-8, 2014 (6:45 PM-10:00 PM) - Classroom/Pool
  • Monday & Wednesday, October 20-22, 2014 (6:45 PM-10:00 PM) - Classroom/Pool
  • Monday & Wednesday, October 27-29, 2014 (6:45 PM-10:00 PM) - Classroom/Pool
  • Monday & Wednesday, November 3-5, 2014 (6:45 PM-10:00 PM) - Classroom/Pool

Click here to register for the SCUBA Diver Refresher course.

Alternate Rates

  • $ 199 -- Georgia Aquarium employees (authorization required)
  • $ 199 -- Ga Tech Faculty & Staff (with valid ID)
  • $ 149 -- Ga Tech Students (with valid ID)

CRN

14868/220415302

Course Description

SCUBA Diver 1 is an entry-level course for people who have not been previously certified to SCUBA dive, and provides a comprehensive overview of basic concepts that are required to dive safely. Topics include diving equipment, diving physiology, dive planing, environmental considerations, and recognizing and managing risks associated with Open Water diving.

Participants who successfully complete the classroom and pool work will qualify for an Open Water certification experience, which must be taken separately and is not included in the course fee. Successful completion of the Open Water experience will result in an industry recognized and accepted certification at the level of Open Water Diver.

Who Should Attend

Those who are interested in becoming certified to scuba dive

What Is Covered

This comprehensive introductory SCUBA training course will enable participants to demonstrate an understanding of the following topics and skills:

  • Risks Associated with Diving
  • Diving Equipment

    • Basic Snorkel Gear
    • Exposure Protection and Weighting
    • Cylinders, Valves, and Regulator Systems
  • Diving Science and Adaptations

    • Physical Properties of Air and Water
    • Gas Laws for Diving
    • Effects of Diving on Human Physiology
  • Diving Skills

    • Skin Diving Skills
    • Basic Scuba Diving Skills
    • Managing Problems and Emergencies
  • Dive Planning

    • Dive Planning Factors and Phases
    • Dive Tables
    • Post-Dive Planning
  • Diving Environment

    • Introduction to Aquatic Biology
    • Potentially Dangerous Aquatic Animals
    • Conserving and Preserving Life

Course Materials

Students will each receive the PADI Open Water Manual with Dive Tables (imperial version).

Prerequisites

Required:

  • Completed SCUBA Medical Statement emailed to the course administrator prior to arriving for the course
  • A signed release from a physician if any of the items in the SCUBA Medical Statement are noted with a positive (YES) response. A "yes" response does not necessarily disqualify a candidate from diving but instead acknowledges that there is a pre-existing condition that may or may not effect safe scuba participation
  • Must meet watermanship requirements to include a 200 meter swim (free style), a 10-minute water tread and an underwater breath hold swim for distance
  • 10 years old or older
  • 10-15 year olds must get approval from the course director prior to acceptance into the program

Academic Honesty Policy

Each student is expected to adhere to the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code as listed on the Georgia Tech Dean of Students web site. Each student is expected to attend and contribute to the course. Attending a course while purporting to be a different person is a violation of the Georgia Tech Academic Honesty Policy. All participants in this course are expected to notify the instructor if they detect this situation.

Course Administrator

Jim Consuegra

Course Agenda

Option 1 Schedule (weekdays)

Time

Day 1 – Orientation Session

 

6:45 – 9:00 PM

Introduction and Orientation

Equipment Assignments

Swim Tests

 

 

Time

Day 2 – Lecture Session 1

Day 3 – Pool Session 1

6:45 – 7:30 PM

Dive Environment –

Briefing – Pool Session 1

7:30 – 8:00 PM

The Sea Around Us

SCUBA Set up and basic skills

8:00 – 8:30 PM

8:30 – 9:00 PM

Dive Equipment –
Basic Snorkeling Gear

Snorkeling Skills –
Entries, Kicks, and Dives

9:00 – 9:30 PM

9:30 – 10:00 PM

Snorkeling Test

 

Time

Day 4 – Lecture Session 2

Day 5 – Pool Session 2

6:45 – 7:00 PM

Lecture 1 Review

Briefing – Pool Session 2

7:00 – 7:30 PM

Dive Equipment –
Exposure Protection

7:30 – 8:00 PM

SCUBA Skills –
Managing Air Sources

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Dive Equipment –
SCUBA Gear

8:30 – 9:00 PM

SCUBA Skills –
Propulsion and Buoyancy Control

9:00 – 9:30 PM

9:30 – 10:00 PM

Dive Equipment – Accessories

Debriefing – Pool Session 2

 

Time

Day 6 – Lecture Session 3

Day 7 – Pool Session 3

6:45 – 7:00 PM

Lecture 2 Review

Briefing – Pool Session 3

7:00 – 7:30 PM

Dive Physics –
The Science of Diving

7:30 – 8:00 PM

SCUBA Skills –
Managing Dive Equipment

8:00 – 8:30 PM

8:30 – 9:00 PM

Dive Physiology –
How Divers Adapt to Diving

SCUBA Skills –
Ascents and Descents

9:00 – 9:30 PM

9:30 – 10:00 PM

Debriefing – Pool Session 3

 

Time

Day 8 – Lecture Session 4

Day 9 – Pool Session 4

6:45 – 7:00 PM

Lecture 3 Review

Briefing – Pool Session 4

7:00 – 7:30 PM

Dive Planning –
Safe Dive Planning

7:30 – 8:00 PM

SCUBA Skills –
Assists and Rescues

8:00 – 8:30 PM

8:30 – 9:00 PM

Dive Planning –
Using Dive Tables

SCUBA Skills –
Responding to Emergencies

9:00 – 9:30 PM

9:30 – 10:00 PM

Debriefing – Pool Session 4

 

Time

Day 10 – Lecture Session 5

Day 11 – Pool Session 5

6:45 – 7:00 PM

Lecture 4 Review

Briefing – Pool Session 5

7:00 – 7:30 PM

Final Course Overview

7:30 – 8:00 PM

Final Skills Assessment –
Managing Equipment

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Written Exam

8:30 – 9:00 PM

Final Skills Assessment –
Managing Emergencies

9:00 – 9:30 PM

9:30 – 10:00 PM

Debriefing – Pool Session 5

 

Option 2 Schedule (weekends)

Time

Day 1 – Orientation Session

 

6:45 – 9:00 PM

Introduction and Orientation

Equipment Assignments

Swim Tests

 

 

Time

Day 2 – Lecture

5:45 – 6:00 PM

Equipment Set up and basic skills

6:00 – 6:30 PM

6:30 – 7:00 PM

Dive Environment –

The Sea Around Us

7:00 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 8:00 PM

Dive Equipment –

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Basic Snorkeling Gear

8:30 – 9:00 PM

 

 

Time

Day 3 – Lecture 1 / Pool 1

Day 4 – Lecture 3 / Pool 2

12:30 – 12:45 PM

Lecture 1 Review

Lecture 2 Review

12:45 – 1:15 PM

Dive Equipment –

Exposure Protection

Dive Physics –

The Science of Diving

1:15 – 1:45 PM

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Dive Equipment –

Scuba Gear

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Dive Physiology –

How Divers Adapt to Diving

2:45 – 3:15 PM

3:15 – 3:45 PM

Dive Equipment - Accessories

3:45 – 4:15 PM

BREAK – Dismiss to Pool

BREAK – Dismiss to Pool

4:15 – 4:30 PM

Briefing – Pool Session 1

Briefing – Pool Session 2

4:30 – 5:00 PM

5:00 – 5:30 PM

Swim Tests

SCUBA Skills –

Managing Air Sources

5:30 – 6:00 PM

6:00 – 6:30 PM

Snorkeling Skills –

Entries, Kicks, and Dives

SCUBA Skills –

Propulsion and Buoyancy Control

6:30 – 7:00 PM

7:00 – 7:30 PM

Snorkeling Test

Debriefing – Pool Session 2

 

Time

Day 5 – Pool 3

5:45 – 6:00 PM

Briefing – Pool Session 3

6:00 – 6:30 PM

6:30 – 7:00 PM

SCUBA Skills –
Managing Dive Equipment

7:00 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 8:00 PM

SCUBA Skills –
Ascents and Descents

8:00 – 8:30 PM

8:30 – 9:00 PM

Debriefing – Pool Session 3

 

Time

Day 6 – Lecture 4 / Pool 4

Day 7 – Lecture 5 / Pool 5

12:30 – 12:45 PM

Lecture 3 Review

Lecture 4 Review

12:45 – 1:15 PM

Dive Planning –

Safe Dive Planning

Briefing – Pool Session 5

1:15 – 1:45 PM

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Final Skills Assessment –

Debriefing – Pool Session 5

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Dive Planning –

Using Dive Tables

2:45 – 3:15 PM

3:15 – 3:45 PM

3:45 – 4:15 PM

BREAK – Dismiss to Pool

BREAK – Return to Classroom

4:15 – 4:30 PM

Briefing – Pool Session 4

Final Course Overview & Review

4:30 – 5:00 PM

5:00 – 5:30 PM

SCUBA Skills –

 

5:30 – 6:00 PM

6:00 – 6:30 PM

SCUBA Skills –

Debriefing – Pool Session 4

Written Exam

6:30 – 7:00 PM