Skill Development Course
Skill Development Courses build on a wide range of BSAC skills attained or required during your diving career. A number of which we can run locally through the club with our own qualified instructors. Some of these, such as Oxygen Administration, we run on a regular basis. Details of each of these courses we will be running in the near future is included below.
Current Skill Development Courses available within SISAC
Accelerated Decompression Procedures (ADP)
Longer, safer bottom times and optimum decompression using rich mixes.
Building on the foundation of Nitrox knowledge contained within Ocean Diver and Sports Diver training, the course develops this knowledge and in particular highlights the benefits that can be gained from using high oxygen mixtures to improve the efficiency of off gassing during decompression stops. This course takes your diving to a higher level.
Dive Planning and Management
Want to learn how to plan and manage dives?
Meticulous planning and good management help make diving trips successful, and this course will show you how. Aimed at potential Dive Leaders and Advanced Divers, this two-day course introduces and extends existing knowledge and practical skills in all aspects of the process of planning and managing dives.
Want to learn how to prolong the life of your dive gear?
This one-day course is great for divers that own their own equipment or look after their club’s kit. The course acquaints you with the maintenance requirements of modern diving gear. It also distinguishes between what maintenance the owner may safely undertake and what should be left to a trained repair technician.
The course covers typical problems and has a mixture of lessons and hands-on sessions so you can practice and develop your new skills.
Mixed Gas Blender/Nitrox Gas Blender
Want to be able to mix diving gas (nitrogen, oxygen, and helium)?
This one-day course provides training in mixing Nitrox (or also helium mixes). Both courses covers theory, complemented by practice to test skills learned in aspects of mixing gas. Successful candidates will be confident to mix gas to within safe diving tolerances for either Nitrox or also gases using helium.
Search & Recovery
Want to learn effective search and safe recovery of underwater objects?
This two-day course teaches divers how to use the correct techniques and procedures required for search and recovery projects. It also provides practical experience of underwater search methods and the use of buoyancy to lift objects. Search and Recovery SDC covers DO4 in the Dive Leader syllabus and this element can be signed up after the course.
First Aid for Divers – Considered a minimum and essential Skill Development qualification.
Want to be able to provide first aid in a diving environment?
This one-day course teaches the basics of non-resuscitation first aid likely to be needed in the BSAC diving environment. There is lots of practice on the course (under the guidance of experienced instructors) giving you the confidence to give first aid in a real emergency. It includes making use of the resources likely to be available at the time including improvisation of dressings and splints using materials and equipment commonly found at the dive site or in a boat.
If you already have first aid training, this course is a quick and easy way to ‘practice, practice, practice’ your skills, while learning the best way to apply them in diving.
Lifesaver Award – Considered an essential Skill Development qualification.
Looking to build on your core first aid and lifesaving skills in a diving environment?
The Lifesaver Award assesses students’ lifesaving proficiency and diver rescue skills within a pool or sheltered water environment. The course also allows for additional or refresher training as required.
Holders of the Lifesaver Award will have demonstrated their lifesaving proficiency in diving and non-diving situations.
Oxygen Administration – Considered a minimum and essential Skill Development qualification.
Want to learn how to safely administer oxygen?
This one-day course is designed to teach the administration of oxygen as a means of increasing the effectiveness of First Aid treatment of diving accidents. Oxygen treatment takes place on the surface – either on a boat or dry land. This course gives confidence to divers so they can assist with a diving-related injury.
The course concludes with a practical and theory assessment. Only those who pass the assessment will be able to apply for a qualification card.
Practical Rescue Management – Considered an essential Skill Development qualification.
Want to learn how to be an effective manager in a rescue situation?
This one-day course teaches divers how to manage the resources at their disposal in order to make the most effective use of them in a rescue situation. Although the emphasis is on the development of rescue management skills, the course also provides an opportunity for further instruction in personal rescue skills.
This course involves hypothetical scenarios to practice and test your management skills. It helps divers avoid pitfalls that untrained divers can fall into in a rescue situation.
Chartwork and Position Fixing
Want to learn how to get a boat to a dive site and back?
This two-day classroom and practical course will teach you the basic techniques of marine navigation including how to locate a dive site. This will ultimately help you plan and manage dives undertaken by BSAC branches in any type of boat.
The course focuses on the techniques of chartwork, position fixing, and navigation. This course goes hand-in-hand with the practical Boat Handling course.
Buoyancy and Trim Workshop – Considered an essential Skill Development qualification.
Perfecting buoyancy control is a major step towards safe and comfortable diving. This workshop aims to build on your existing skills by equipping you with the correct buoyancy and trim techniques needed to get the most out of your diving. The key aim of this one-day workshop is to help you to experience and understand the issues that affect buoyancy and trim, overcome over weighting and to maintain good buoyancy and trim at varying depths. There are four levels of achievement to be awarded – bronze, silver, gold and black – based on the levels at which the student’s buoyancy can be maintained.
What you’ll learn
The Buoyancy and Trim workshop consists of a theory presentation and a practical session:
• Principles of good buoyancy; issues and causes of poor buoyancy control
• Correct weighting; drysuit and BC
• Perfecting your trim – body positions and techniques