Ocean Diver - Open Water Training

OO1 - The First Open Water Dive

  1. Briefing
  2. Fit protective clothing
    • Put on suit
    • Fit additional weight to belt/pouches
  3. Prepare SCUBA unit
  4. Kit up and buddy check
    • Fit weightbelt/weights, then SCUBA unit
    • Locating and operating critical items wearing gloves
  5. Enter water
    • Steps or wading into standing depth water
  6. Equipment fit and buoyancy check - standing depth
    • Mask fit
    • Check mask seals
    • Buoyancy check - fin pivot
  7. Dive to a maximum of six metres
    • Enjoyment
    • Buoyancy control with changing depth
    • Finning action and swimming attitude
    • Impact on the underwater environment
  8. Mouthpiece and mask clearing - standing depth
    • Mouthpiece retrieval and clearing
    • Partial mask clear
  9. Weight and jettison check - standing depth
    • Weight check with low breathing gas contents
    • Weight belt/weight jettison
  10. Exit
    • Exit water by wading or steps
  11. De-kit
  12. Debrief
  13. Equipment care
See Instructor Manual for guidance on adapting this lesson to differing circumstances

OO2 - The Second Open Water Dive

  1. Briefing
  2. Prepare SCUBA unit and put on protective clothing
  3. Kit up and buddy check
    • dry run of the AAS exercise
    • dry run of the stuck inflator drill
  4. Entry - standing depth
    • Steps or wading
  5. Skills practice - 2m
    • (All competence/confidence performance standard except buoyancy control and AAS use)
    • Buoyancy control - mid water hover
    • Inversion recovery
    • Dry suit inflator stuck open
    • Mouthpiece retrieval and clear
    • Partial mask clear
    • Full flood mask clear
    • Remove and replace mask
    • Breathe from an Alternative Supply - stationary
  6. Carry out exploratory dive to approximately 10m
    • Buoyancy control with changing depth - descent
    • Finning action and swimming attitude
    • Awareness of and impact on the underwater environment
    • Pilotage demonstration
    • Buoyancy control with changing depth - ascent
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  7. Exit
    • Exit water by wading or steps
  8. De-kit
  9. Debrief
  10. Equipment care
See Instructor Manual for guidance on adapting this lesson to differing circumstances.

OO3 - The Third Open Water Dive

  1. Briefing
  2. Prepare SCUBA unit
  3. Kit up and buddy check
    • Recap AAS dry run
  4. Deep water entry - Stride or backward roll
  5. Vertical/near vertical descent
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Buoyancy control with changing depth
    • Descent arrested just clear of bottom
  6. Personal and rescue skills at 6m
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Partial mask clear
    • Full flood mask clear
    • Remove and replace mask
    • AAS ascent from 6m as both donor and receiver
  7. Exploratory dive to between 12 and 15 metres
    • Buoyancy control
    • Finning action and swimming attitude
    • Awareness of, and impact on, underwater environment
    • Dive leading demonstration
    • Buddy monitoring
    • Depth/breathing gas/time management
    • Pilotage
    • Interest
  8. Vertical/near vertical ascent
    • Buoyancy control with changing depth
    • Ascent check
  9. Deep water exit - as for boat or on to jetty
  10. De-kit
  11. Debrief
  12. Equipment care
See Instructor Manual for guidance on adapting this lesson to differing circumstances.

OO4 - The Fourth Open Water Dive

  1. Briefing
  2. Prepare SCUBA unit
  3. Kit up and buddy check
    • CBL dry run
  4. Deep water entry
    • As from boat or jetty
  5. Descent to 6m
    • Vertical/near vertical descent, arrested just clear of bottom
  6. Rescue skills from 6m
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • 'Mini' CBL
    • CBL to surface
    • Tow casualty 25m
  7. Exploratory dive to between 15 and 20 metres
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Buddy monitoring
    • Dive leading
    • Depth/time/breathing gas management
    • Pilotage
    • Interest
  8. Ascent
    • Vertical/near vertical ascent, ascent check
  9. Weights/weightbelt jettison - shallow water
    • Casualty weights/weightbelt jettison
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  10. Exit
    • Appropriate to local conditions
  11. De-kit
  12. Debrief
  13. Equipment care
    • Note: buoyancy control throughout lesson -
    • Competence/confidence performance standard
See Instructor Manual for guidance on adapting this lesson to differing circumstances.

OO5 - The Fifth Open Water Dive

  1. Briefing
  2. Dive leading planning
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  3. Prepare SCUBA unit
  4. Kit up and buddy check
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  5. Entry
    • Suitable for local conditions
  6. Student dive leading practice to between 12 and 20 metres
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Buddy monitoring
    • Depth/time/breathing gas management
    • Pilotage
  7. Weight check with low breathing gas contents - 2m
    • Mid water hover
  8. Weights/weightbelt jettison - standing depth
    • Jettison own weights/weightbelt
    • (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  9. Exit
    • Suitable for local conditions
  10. De-kit
  11. Debrief
See Instructor Manual for guidance on adapting this lesson to differing circumstances.