There is a lot of science involved in diving. In the Science of Diving we will delve a little deeper into the physics and physiology underlying diving. This program provides an in-depth and detailed study of physics, physiology, decompression theory, the aquatic environment and diving equipment. It is required training for most SSI Dive Professional programs, as well as some Extended Range programs.
Part 1: Physics in Diving
There are many questions that come up for divers after the certification program. How do dive computers change when diving at altitude? How does a digital gauge measure depth as I descend? Why does my buoyancy feel so different at 60 feet than at 30 feet? Why doesn’t my tank change pressure as I descend if pressure is increasing? How do 2 different sized tanks both hold 3000 psi of air? How does nitrogen on gas rates really change with depth and do deeper dives really make me more likely to get “bent”? These are all legitimate questions to have as certified divers. The Diving Physics section explains these issues and also covers more practical aspects of diving. Feel free to bring any other questions you may have to class.
Part 2: Physiology for Divers
Diving causes several physiological changes on the human body. Our physiology workshop focuses on all those changes that we need to be aware of, so we can execute our dives safely. The section interfaces with our First Aid / Physiology, O2 Administration, AED, & CPR course.However, if you have already completed a CPR and First Aid course, this course is the next step towards earning your Dive Master certification and progressing as a Dive Professional!
Our diver and aquatic-focused program was designed by scuba groups to integrate into diver training programs seamlessly.
Part 3: Decompression Theory
Decompression is possibly the least understood concept in scuba diving for most newly certified divers. But perhaps even stranger most divers don’t realize how little they know about this condition. Decompression has been a limitation all divers need to manage since the development of Scuba so many decades ago. One of the areas of knowledge that has changed so little over time is still one of the most misunderstood. Come find out the difference between DCI and DCS. How DCS became known as the “Bends” and the best techniques available to help avoid it.
Part 4: Equipment for Diving
Diving is an equipment intensive sport and there are a lot of options for your Total Diving System. To better help you understand your own equipment, we will explore the different components that make up your systems and the various options divers have when selecting equipment. We will also discuss some basic maintenance procedures and some ways to begin trouble shooting our equipment. This program dovetails easily into our Equipment Field Repair Course where you will learn how to make simple field repairs so you won’t miss a dive.
Part 5: The Diving Environment
“Animals living in the waters, especially the sea waters… are protected from the destruction of their species by man. Their multiplication is so rapid and their means of evading pursuit or traps is so great, that there is no likelihood of his being able to destroy the entire species of any of these animals” — Jean-Baptise Lamarck, 1809″
We know now that this statement is about as far from true as you can get. The ocean is, in fact, one of the most fragile resources we have. Understanding the underwater environment teaches us how to interact with the very thing we dive to see. Proper diving technique and conservation practices are how divers can do their part to protect the future of the oceans. Learn about the cause and effect of ocean waves, wind, tides, ecology, species, and conservation. All the while learning how it can effect divers entries, exits, and time in the water.
Tell me about the schedule.
The Science of diving is a 4 evening class covering the topics above. During the program, we will review the various sections to make the final exam a smoother experience.
To benefit most from the course, you should complete all of the reading and textbook exercises prior to attending class. You will also need a total diving system including weights, and cylinders. The weight cylinders can be rented for the program from Oceanic Ventures
Like any training program, your ratings and certification cards will be awarded when earned and by completing all of the requirements and paperwork.
What is included in the program?
- Instruction for all class, pool & open water sessions
- Educational materials including, lecture notes and cards when earned
- Use of instructional aids for class
Not Included: Total Diving System, transportation to the open water sessions (car pool can be arranged), park entrance fees, cylinders and air fills for open water sessions.
What equipment is required?
Required Equipment beyond Basic System: Your instructor will work with you to determine what is best for your needs and goals (please wait and talk to your instructor prior to purchasing new equipment so you don’t purchase things you may not be able to use in the program)
- No extra equipment required (but you may want something…)
What is the minimum class size and the maximum class size?
- Minimum: 2 person minimum for class,
- Maximum: 20
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Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ann Keibler at 713.523.3483 or via email.
What are the prerequisites?
What specialty classes are covered?
Science of Diving Specialty
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