OO1 - Introduction to Open Water

  1. Advance briefing
  2. SEEDS brief
  3. Kit up and buddy check, dry run and entry
    • Assemble scuba equipment
    • Carry out functional checks
    • Prepare weights
    • Fit suit
    • Kit-up, in buddy pairs
    • Conduct buddy check
    • Dry run, operating controls wearing gloves
    • Dry run, action for BC inflator stuck open
    • Dry run, action for drysuit inflator stuck open
    • Fit mask and check seal
    • Shore entry, by wading or steps, into standing-depth water
  4. Adjust weighting and achieve neutral buoyancy
    • Descent and initial weight check, in standing-depth water
    • Adjust weight, if necessary
    • Maintain hover
    • Check trim
  5. Exploratory dive in 4-6m
    • Descent following shelving shore
    • Use of hand signals and monitoring of instruments
    • Buoyancy control
    • Underwater swimming
    • Underwater orientation
    • Awareness of environment
    • Pilotage
    • Weight check with less gas, and controlled ascent to 2-3m
    • Check student comfort
  6. Skills practice in 2-3m
    • Recap mask clearing
    • Partial-flood mask clear
    • Full-flood mask clear
    • Remove and replace mask
    • Demand-valve clearing
    • Switch to own AS demand valve
    • Demand-valve retrieval
    • Full demand-valve retrieval and clear
    • Drysuit inflator stuck open
    • BC inflator stuck open
    • Drysuit inversion recovery
  7. Exit from standing-depth water and de-kit
    • Weight belt/weight jettison practice
    • Exit water by wading or steps
    • De-kit
    • Report back to Dive Manager
    • Brief on equipment care
  8. REAP debrief

OO2 - Developing open water skills

  1. Advance briefing
  2. SEEDS brief
  3. Kit up and buddy check, dry run and entry
    • Assemble scuba equipment
    • Carry out functional checks
    • Prepare weights
    • Fit suit
    • Kit-up, in buddy pairs
    • Conduct buddy check
    • Dry run, AS ascent wearing gloves
    • Fit mask and check seal
    • Shore entry, by wading or steps, into standing-depth water
    • Check correct weighting and surface buoyancy
    • Descent into 4-6m water
  4. Skills practice in 4-6m
    • Buoyancy control
    • Recap mask clearing, in deeper water
    • Partial-flood mask clear
    • Full-flood mask clear
    • Remove and replace mask
    • Demand-valve clearing
    • Switch to own AS demand valve
    • Static AS use, student as donor then recipient
    • Use of AS on horizontal swim
    • Mini AS ascent, student as recipient then donor
    • Full AS ascent, student as recipient then donor
    • Surface actions, following AS ascent
    • Check student comfort
  5. Exploratory dive in 7-10m
    • Vertical descent
    • Use of hand signals and monitoring of instruments
    • Finning action and trim
    • Maintain neutral buoyancy, in changing depth
    • Awareness of environment
    • Pilotage
    • Vertical ascent
    • Carry out surfacing drill
    • Actions at the surface
    • Demand valve and snorkel exchanges while surface swimming
  6. Exit from standing-depth water and de-kit
    • Exit water by wading or steps
    • De-kit
    • Report back to Dive Manager
    • Equipment care
  7. REAP debrief

OO3 - Open water rescue skills

  1. Advance briefing
  2. SEEDS brief
  3. Kit up and buddy check, dry run and entry
    • Analyse Nitrox mix
    • Assemble scuba equipment
    • Carry out functional checks
    • Prepare weights
    • Fit suit
    • Kit-up, in buddy pairs
    • Conduct buddy check
    • Dry run, CBL wearing gloves
    • Fit mask and check seal
    • Deep-water entry, stride or backward roll
    • Check weighting and surface buoyancy
    • Controlled vertical/near-vertical descent to 6m, using datum
  4. Skills practice in 4-6m
    • Self-lift
    • Mini CBL
    • Mini CBL with initial underwater contact
    • Intermediate CBL from 6m
    • Full CBL from 6m
    • Surface actions, following a CBL
    • Signal for help
    • Tow casualty to safe exit
    • Check student comfort
  5. Exploratory dive in 12-15m
    • Finning action and trim
    • Maintain neutral buoyancy
    • Awareness of environment, impact of finning
    • Dive-leading demonstration and practise
    • Controlled vertical ascent
    • Carry out surfacing drill
    • Actions at the surface
  6. Exit from deep water, onto jetty or small boat, and de-kit
    • Weight belt/weight jettison from casualty, in shallow water
    • Deep-water exit using ladder
    • De-kit
    • Alternative small boat exit
    • Report back to Dive Manager
    • Equipment care
  7. REAP debrief

OO4 - Buddy diving skills

  1. Dive planning and briefing
  2. SEEDS brief
  3. Kit up and buddy check, dry run and entry
    • Check cylinder contents with gas analyser (if nitrox is used)
    • Assemble scuba equipment
    • Carry out functional checks
    • Fit suit
    • Prepare weights
    • Kit-up, in buddy pairs
    • Conduct buddy check
    • Dry run of dive leading skills
    • Deep-water entry, stride
    • Check weighting and surface buoyancy
    • Controlled vertical/near-vertical descent to 6m, using datum
  4. Dive-leading practice at 14-17m
    • Dive-leading demonstration
    • Dive-leading practice
    • Depth extension to 20m (optional)
    • Controlled vertical ascent
    • Check student comfort
  5. Skills practice at 4-6m
    • Partial-flood mask clear
    • Full-flood mask clear
    • Remove and replace mask
    • Controlled breathing underwater, static without mask
    • Alternative finning technique, frog kick
    • Low-gas weight check
    • Weight-belt/weight jettison practice
  6. Exit from deep water, onto jetty or small boat, and de-kit
    • Deep-water exit using ladder
    • Alternative small boat exit
    • De-kit
    • Report back to Dive Manager
    • Equipment care
  7. REAP debrief

Get In Touch With Us


By Email: info@lsac.co.uk

By Phone: 07365 207708

When And Where We Meet:
Wednesdays from 19:00
At The Olde Royal Oak, Bitteswell
How to Find Us

Diving and Dive Trips


Dive Trips Calendar

29th March - 1st April 2024
Falmouth

19th to 21st April
Capernwray - Rescue Skills Refresher

24th May to 27th May 2024
Farne Islands

14th to 17th June 2024
West Bay

Several days most weeks
Stoney Cove

Events and Socials


Events and Socials

10th February 2024
Annual Dinner
The Olde Royal Oak, Bitteswell

6th March 2024
Curry Night
Sunargow Broughton Astley

26th June 2024
Go Karting
Sutton Circuit

10th July 2024
Curry Night
Sunargow Broughton Astley

4th August 2024
Rutland Outdoor Swim
Rutland Waters

10th August 2024
Treasure Hunt
Lutterworth

23rd October 2024
Tenpin Bowling
TBC