Perfect Buoyancy and SMB Deployment

Diving’s most critical skills

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■ One evening in the classroom and pool
■ Two optional open water dives for certification
■ $225/person for regularly scheduled classes

The details

Starting dates
■ Wednesday, January 31, 2018
■ Wednesday, February 28, 2018
■ Wednesday, March 28, 2018
■ Thursday, April 26, 2018
■ Wednesday, May 23, 2018
■ Thursday, June 28, 2018
■ Thursday, July 26, 2018
■ Wednesday, August 29, 2018
■ Thursday, September 27, 2018
■ Wednesday, October 24, 2018
■ Thursday, November 29, 2018
■ Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Classes meet from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Classes require a minimum of three people to run as scheduled. If fewer than three people sign up, we reserve the right to either cancel the class or impose a $100 uncharge.

Please be aware that, while we make every effort to keep our listings accurate and up to date, you should always call the store to confirm starting dates and times.

■ Open Water Diver certification
■ Completed medical history form

$225/person includes:
■ All instruction
■ Self-study materials
Private instruction available at an additional cost

You supply:
■ Mask, snorkel, scuba fins, boots
■ Weight system, weights
■ Adequate exposure protection
■ One cylinder
■ Buoyancy Control Device (BC)
■ Regulator/alternate air source
■ Personal dive computer and underwater comapss
■ SMB, audible surface signal, knife/cutting tool
■ Log book
Items other than mask/snorkel/fins may be available for rental

Perfect Buoyancy: There’s nothing like being in control of yourself and your whereabouts as a scuba diver in the deep blue sea. Divers need to be able to control buoyancy and know the operation, care and custody of the equipment they wear.

Imagine yourself at the end of a dive with no rope to hold onto during your ascent. Let’s go one step farther and say that boats are running around overhead. With 1,500 psi or less, aluminum tanks float. Are you confident of your ability to control your ascent?

In class, we discuss how to care for dive equipment and how to properly operate the BC. We spend time in the pool bouncing up and down before finally learning this elusive skill called neutral buoyancy.

You should be able to acquire and maintain Fish Position throughout a dive. This horizontal position keeps our lungs and air supply at the same level and pressure. When in Fish Position, we move less water, use less energy and conserve air.

SMB Deployment: Surface Marker Buoys (SMBs) have become standard equipment for boat divers. And, while most divers can figure out how to inflate one at the surface, to be effective, you need to be able to deploy one using a reel or spool before you even begin your ascent. This requires special training, which we now include with this course.

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