Sports Diver - Open Water Training

SO1 - Diver Rescue

  1. Briefing
  2. Kit up and buddy check
  3. Tow and RB - standing depth initially
    • Recap towing hold and RB technique - static
    • Tow incorporating RB in deeper water (2 - 3m) - mobile
  4. Jettison of casualty's weightbelt/weights - standing depth
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  5. Landing casualty onto a shelving shore - from standing depth
    • Kit removal
    • Landing casualty
    • Recovery position
  6. Kit up and buddy check
    • Dry run of CBL technique/buoyancy controls operation
  7. Rescue from 6m
    • 'Mini' CBL
    • Complete rescue sequence
      (Competence/confidence performance standard)
      • CBL to surface
      • Secure at surface
      • Tow incorporating RB for 25m
      • Remove kit
      • Land casualty
      • Recovery position
  8. Debrief
See Instructor Manual for guidance on adapting this lesson to differing circumstances.

SO2 - Use of SMB

  1. Briefing
  2. Dry practice of SMB operation
  3. Kit up and buddy check
  4. Entry
  5. SMB use during exploratory dive to 15 - 20m
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Descent
    • During exploratory dive
    • Monitor overhead for potential hazards
    • Use of buoy line as buddy line
    • Vertical ascent
  6. Exit
  7. Debrief

SO3 - Simulated Decompression Dive

  1. Briefing
  2. Dive planning
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Dive profile/decompression planning
    • Breathing gas management planning
  3. Dry practice of distance line use
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  4. Kit up and buddy check
  5. Entry into deep water
  6. Descent down shot/anchor line
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  7. Exploratory dive using distance line
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Securing line to anchor/shot weight
    • Outbound swim
    • Line management
    • Use for maintaining buddy contact in poor visibility
    • Securing line at turning points
    • Time/depth/gas management
    • Inbound swim
    • Preparation for ascent
  8. Ascent up anchor/shot line to 6m
  9. Simulated decompression stop for 3 mins
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
  10. Ascent to surface
  11. Exit from deep water
  12. Debrief

SO4 - Compass Navigation/DSMB deployment

  1. Briefing
  2. Dry practice of compass use
    • Setting a bearing
      (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Following a bearing
    • Estimating and controlling distance
    • Setting and following a reciprocal bearing
  3. Dry practice of DSMB use
    • Familiarity with equipment and inflation technique
  4. Kit up and buddy check
    • DSMB stowage/access
    • Compass access
  5. Entry
  6. Compass use on surface
    • Setting and following a bearing
    • Estimating and controlling distance
    • Setting and following a reciprocal bearing
  7. Compass use underwater (depth 2-6m)
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Swim to destination object and return
    • Out and back swims
  8. Exploratory dive to a maximum of 20m
    • Demo of general compass use
    • Integration with pilotage
  9. DSMB deployment from bottom - 10m depth
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Initial inflation to straighten buoy
    • Main inflation and deployment
    • Ascent reeling in line
    • Practice decompression stop at 6m for 1 min
  10. Exit
  11. Debrief

SO5 - Dive Leading/Basic Skills Review

  1. Briefing
  2. Exploratory dive planning
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Conditions
    • Route and navigation
    • Dive profile and decompression planning
    • Breathing gas management planning
  3. Kit up and buddy check
  4. Entry
  5. Skills review - 10m
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Remove and replace mask
    • AAS ascent to 6m as donor
    • AAS ascent to 6m as recipient
  6. Exploratory dive lead by student(s) - 15m
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Buddy monitoring
    • Navigation
    • Depth/time/gas monitoring
    •  Ascent and safety stop
  7. Weight check with low cylinder contents - 2m
    • Mid water hover
  8. Weights/weightbelt jettison - standing depth
    (Competence/confidence performance standard)
    • Jettison own weights/weightbelt
  9. Exit
  10. Debrief
See Instructor Manual for guidance on adapting this lesson to differing circumstances.