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SDI Sidemount Diver eLearning

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The Sidemount Diver course teaches students how to utilize side-mounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional back-mounted method.

Sidemount_TDITwo separate courses are covered within this on-line program, the SDI Sidemount Diver course and the TDI Sidemount Diver course. Whether to take this course through Scuba Diving International (SDI) or Technical Diving International (TDI) will depend on your past training and experience, along with your future goals. If, for example, you have no prior technical diver training and experience, and you do not anticipate exceeding accepted sport diving limits, you will most likely take this course through SDI. On the other hand, if you see yourself doing technical dives or if you are interested in diving in overhead environments, you may decide on the TDI Sidemount Diver course.
Emphasis on this course is placed upon gear familiarity and sidemount diving skills and techniques.


Pressure Testing and Calibration Technician (DESTCo)

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This course on pressure testing and calibration of accessories is intended to give the candidate the information required to conduct a pressure test and check the calibration of accessories, whilst utilising correct operations procedures in a competent manner.

As a result, the candidate will become familiar with the following:

  • Recording the item for pressure check / calibration

  • Frequency of calibration

  • Understanding the operations procedures

  • Knowledge of reliable comparatives

  • Recording pressure check and calibration results

  • Pressure check/calibration certification

A hands on approach will be adopted during the courses and the candidate will have the opportunity to pressure check a selection of accessories. The purpose of pressure testing diving accessories is not intended as just being a “money making” service, on the contrary.

Whilst charging the client a service charge, pressure testing and calibration will identify any problems with such items as;

  • Depth gauges

  • Dive watches

  • Dive computers

  • Torches

  • Cameras

  • Any other diving accessory that relies on “O’” ring seals

The accuracy of depth gauges and computers is a major diver safety issue and should be addressed on a regular basis, as are the requirements to retest transportable pressure vessels (Cylinders) and diving regulator systems.

This course was designed and created by DESTCo.

Dive Centre Technician (SDI/TDI)

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The Dive Centre Technician course is a combination of several industry standard courses including:

These courses are accepted in most countries around the world as being suitable to work as a technician in a dive centre. Some countries will operate their own system for cylinder testing, like the U.K. These courses will give you a reasonable amount of skill and information in each of their relative fields.

SDI Kayak Diver

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The SDI Kayak Scuba Diver Speciality course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for an individual to use a kayak effectively for travel to and from a dive site. Kayaks provide a stable, economical, and efficient means of transportation over short distances. Scuba divers can use a kayak to carry gear during surface travel, provide a platform for dive operations and for dive flag deployment, and to return to shore after the dive. The ability to employ a kayak for scuba, extends the divers range and versatility.

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SDI RNLI Sea Survival Course

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The purpose of the SDI RNLI UK Sea Survival Speciality Diver Course is to cover the knowledge and skills to enable divers to be better prepared and skilled to dive in the UK environment. The course covers pre-dive planning with a focus on UK sea conditions, buddy procedures, emergency equipment, DSMB use and what to do if you are lost at sea. It is an ideal introduction to UK sea diving for anyone who has completed their training primarily at inland dive sites or outside of the UK.

If you’re in danger at sea, knowing what to do can make the difference between life and death. You could be rescued more quickly or may not even need rescuing if you have the right diving survival skills and kit.

The RNLI Diver Sea Survival course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to survive. We’ve developed the course in partnership with the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG).

What skills will I gain?

RNLI UK Sea Survival course covers:

  • dive planning
  • dive preparation
  • navigation and safety equipment on dive boats
  • diving in low-visibility conditions
  • how to deal with out-of-air emergencies
  • use of surface marker buoys (SMBs)
  • ways of calling for help
  • how to deal with an emergency on the surface.

You’ll also complete two open-water dives, to practise the skills and techniques you’ve learned.


SDI Visual Inspection Course eLearning

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International Training VIP Inspector Elearning Course

International Training Visual Inspection Procedures

Become a high-pressure cylinder inspector today! The International Training Visual Inspection Procedures eLearning program allows a VIP Inspector candidate to complete much of the academic requirements of the course at their own pace and on their own time. This is the first step for an individual who wishes to learn to the skills necessary to complete visual inspections on high-pressure cylinders in compliance with OSHA regulations. You will have access to the information provided in this eLearning program indefinitely after your training has been completed.

The Visual Inspector Procedures Inspector course is a two step process:

  • Step one is to complete this self-study academic program. This program will acquaint you with the history, rules and regulations, potential risks, and safe handling of high-pressure cylinders. It will also review fill station operations, compressor use and maintenance as well as identifying fill pressures, hydrostatic test stamps, and special markings on cylinders. This on-line program will also cover elements of valve repair, O2 cleaning cylinders, and the basis for performing visual inspections on composite, steel and aluminium cylinders
  • Step two is to print out the on-line course completion certificate and your course progress report and meet with an active International Training Visual Inspection Procedures Instructor.  Your instructor will review questions and concepts that were missed throughout the course exams to ensure 100 percent re-mediation of the materials. Once that is completed, your instructor will demonstrate and then evaluate skills and tools necessary to determine if a cylinder can remain in service and be safely filled and used. Upon successful completion of the practical evaluation with an Instructor, registrations will be submitted for processing, and you will receive your VIP Inspector certification.

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SDI Visual Inspection Procedures

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This Cylinder Inspection Course is designed to promote safety in the care and maintenance of high-pressure scuba cylinders. The VIP program is intended to demonstrate to the scuba industry, a need to meet and exceed the minimum standards established by the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, it is intended to train inspectors in the proper handling, filling, and inspection techniques, including the identification of the various defective conditions that can lead to cylinder rejection or condemnation. The course will also cover the operation and repair of valves, cleaning and maintenance and the operation of high pressure compressor systems.


Who this course is for:

Individuals that:

  • Wish to know more about the visual inspection procedures used in the compressed gas industry, not just scuba
  • Wish to know how to properly handle high pressure cylinders
  • Will be working with high pressure cylinders as part of their employment

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18

What you can expect to learn:

The Visual Inspections Procedures course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Purpose
    • Legal requirements, standards of the community
  • Safe handling of cylinders
    • Fill station operator rules and recommendations
    • Identification of the various cylinder markings
    • Legal/illegal filling requirements
    • Filling procedures
  • Tools and their uses
  • Visual inspection indications
    • Proper identification of the various defect conditions
  • Criteria for rejection and condemnation of a cylinder
    • Define the criteria for cylinder rejection
    • Define the criteria for condemning a cylinder
  • Other services
    • Valve inspection and cleaning
    • Compressor operations
    • oxygen cleaning
  • The basis for cylinder cleaning
  • Visual inspection procedures
    • Step by step walk-through of the inspection process

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course graduates may:

  • Visually inspect high-pressure scuba cylinders for defective conditions that could cause a cylinder failure
  • Train fill station operators (FSO) in the safe methods of handling, transporting and filling of high-pressure scuba cylinders

Also, the VIP certification counts towards a single speciality rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

Visual Inspection Procedures minimum requirements:

  • Inspect a cylinder during the program
  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Visual Inspection written examination with a score of at least 80%
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify those conditions in a cylinder that would reject or condemn

Course Duration

  • 1 day

Course Price

  • £235 (one to one), group discount will apply

This course is listed under both SDI & TDI as it belongs to both agencies under the International Training banner.

SDI Master Scuba Diver Course

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The SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program was created to make true master divers. The program requires a new open water diver to complete four SDI or TDI Specialities, the SDI Rescue Diver Course, and log 50 dives. SDI feels a diver will be a true master scuba diver after these steps accomplished.

If you have completed most of these requirements, then visit the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Course page. This page will take you from a non diver to a Master Scuba Diver.

The requirements are as follow:

  • Open Water
  • 4 Specialities
  • Rescue Diver
  • 50 logged dives

Our course recommendations are:

  • SDI Open Water Course, which is 4 dives
  • SDI Advanced Adventure Course, which is 5 dives. Completing 4 of the speciality dives as complete SDI specialities (Deep, Navigation, Advanced Buoyancy and Boat are recommended) extra 4 dives from the specialities.
  • SDI Rescue Diver, which is classed as 2 dives
  • 35 shore or boat dives.

To complete the 35 extra dives, is not quick task. At Atlantic Scuba, we quite often go on shore dives around Cornwall. We also have our own boat, which goes out at least once a week, all year round. I the summer, our boat could be going out 7 days a week. The time it takes to complete the 35 dives depends on your availability and finances. Shore diving is relatively cheap, especially if you have your own equipment. Boat diving is more expensive but takes you to more interesting and exciting dive sites.

So, if you fancy becoming an SDI Master Scuba Diver, give us a call now.


TDI Technical Divemaster


The TDI Divemaster Course is the first professional level certification in the TDI leadership levels. During this course you will be challenged and learn what it is like to work with divers as they begin or continue their technical diving experiences. You will learn how to manage divers, work as land or boat support, and conduct enjoyable dives. Dive physics, physiology, how conduct pre-dive briefing, how to assist technical instructors as well as how to be a professional TDI Divemaster is all part of the course. Your skills will be refined to demonstration quality and your knowledge increased to that of a technical diving professional.

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Who this course is for:

  • SDI Divemasters who are certified technical divers and want to assist with TDI Diver Courses and lead technical dives at the level they are certified to dive

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Certified as an SDI Divemaster (equivalent ratings from other agencies are not accepted for this TDI Divemaster prerequisite. Candidates must crossover to SDI prior to the TDI Divemaster course)
  • Provide copies of current CPR and first aid training
  • Have a current medical examination signed by a licensed physician within the past 12 months
  • Provide proof of 50 logged dives
  • Certified as technical diver for which they are applying as a TDI Divemaster in

What you can expect to learn:

Instructor must use the current TDI Standards and Procedures Manual but may also use any additional text or materials that they may feel help present these topics. The following topics must be covered during this course:

  • Knowledge development
    • Recreational dive leader
    • Diving physics
    • Diving physiology
    • Diving equipment
    • Personal dive skills
    • Professional skills

Required Skill Performance and Graduation Requirements

  • Must give a minimum of 2 complete briefs and debriefs
  • Show preparation, planning, and control in dive management and technical diving activities
  • Four open water dives, at least 2 of which must be at the highest Divemaster level being applied for
  • Training dives must not exceed the Divemaster candidate’s current experience and certification level
  • Upon successful completion of the dives, students must complete their logbooks and the instructor must sign off on the completed dives
  • Students must demonstrate all the skills required in the previous courses at Divemaster quality in leadership level equipment – Skills include:
    • Diving equipment assembly and disassembly
    • Equipment inspection
    • Entries and exits
    • Proper weighting and buoyancy control
    • Regulator recovery
    • Controlled descents and ascents
    • Underwater swimming
    • Buddy system techniques
    • Weight/ballast system removal and replacement
    • Scuba system removal and replacement
    • Out-of-air emergency alternatives
    • Equipment care and maintenance

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Assist an active TDI Instructor during approved diving courses provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior training
  • Supervise and conduct dives for certified technical divers provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior training
  • This program does not cover overhead environment with the exception of advanced wreck

TDI Divemaster minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the TDI written or on-line Divemaster examination with a minimum score of 80 percent, followed by 100 percent remediation
  • Satisfactorily complete the TDI written examination for the specific course for which they are applying for a Divemaster rating
  • Complete all water requirements
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgement concerning dive planning and execution

Nautical Archaeology Society Courses

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At Atlantic Scuba we can teach some of the Nautical Archaeology Societies Courses, the ‘Skills Days’. The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) produce a range of courses, mainly around the subject of underwater archaeology.

They start with three online courses, the NAS Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Course, the NAS Intertidal & Terrestrial Archaeology course and the NAS Underwater Archaeology Course.

The online courses are not compulsory before starting the practical courses, they will however, give you a good basis for nautical archaeology. If you would like to enrol in both the ‘Introduction to Maritime Archaeology’ and ‘Intertidal & Terrestrial Archaeology’ courses OR the ‘Introduction to Maritime Archaeology’ and ‘Underwater Archaeology’ courses, you can select the ‘Combined’ course option that is relevant to you.

NAS Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Course £25 – includes: 1 year’s access to lessons, forums, course hand-outs and NAS Tutor online + NAS Log book + Free 1 Year’s Membership (Online Newsletter)

NAS Intertidal & Terrestrial Archaeology Course £25 – includes: 1 year’s access to lessons, forums, course hand-outs and NAS Tutor online

NAS Underwater Archaeology Course £25 – includes: 1 year’s access to lessons, forums, course hand-outs and NAS Tutor online

NAS Combined Courses £45 – includes: 1 year’s access to lessons, forums, course hand-outs and NAS Tutor online + NAS Log book + Free 1 Year’s Membership (Online Newsletter)

Registering for NAS Online courses is easy, you just need to follow the two simple steps below:

Step 1 – Create an account on the NAS ELearning Site.

Follow the link above which will take you directly to the ‘Create new account’ form. You will need to fill in the form with your details. Please note that each individual who wishes to create an account will need a different email address.

Once you have completed the form, click ‘create my new account’.  An email will be sent to your email address, click on the link in the email and this will confirm your account and you will be logged in to the NAS ELearning Site.

Step 2 – Enrol in your NAS Training Course

Once you have logged in to the site, you will see the courses which are available to you. Select the course you wish to enrol in and click on the course title.  You will then be taken to the PayPal page in order to pay for your chosen course and complete your enrolment.

You can pay for the course using a credit/debit card or using your PayPal account.

If you decide the bypass the eLearning courses and go straight to the ‘Skills Days’, this is where Atlantic Scuba can help.

NAS Skills Days

Recorder Days and Surveyor Days

  • These days are for divers and non-divers and take place either on underwater or intertidal sites
  • The Recorder Day complements the ELearning Introduction to Maritime Archaeology course
  • The Surveyor Days complements the ELearning Intertidal & Terrestrial Archaeology and the ELearning Underwater Archaeology courses
  • These field-based Skills days are either 1 or 2 days
  • Credits are only issued when a member undertakes the Skills day and the complementary ELearning course
  • The Recorder Day is a prerequisite for the Surveyor Days

NAS Skills Days at Atlantic Scuba

Once the ‘Skills Days’ have been completed, you may then continue along your path with NAS Maritime Archaeological Courses.

Maritime Archaeology Courses

Anyone can take these courses and members can gain credits toward a certification if they wish. There are no prerequisites unless noted (mainly in the Fieldwork category).

  • The courses fall into four main categories: Research, Pre-Fieldwork, Fieldwork (practical and classroom-based) and Post-Fieldwork.
NAS starter levels

NAS starter levels


For more information on how to get involved with fieldwork, see the NAS Timetable and visit the NAS website.
  • The NAS encourages participation by awarding members credits for non-NAS run fieldwork (2.5 credits pd) and NAS-run and NAS affiliate – run fieldwork (5 credits pd) (eg CITiZAN, TDP, SCAPE etc.)
  • To take part in NAS fieldwork you will need to take the ELearning Introduction to Maritime Archaeology + Recorder Day

Maritime Events

This is your opportunity to broaden your archaeological knowledge by attending archaeological conferences, lectures or seminars, museum tours or by participating in heritage events suggested by NAS
  • There are no prerequisites to attend maritime events
  • Members can gain 5 credits per day for participating in maritime events

Certification and Award

  • A member can achieve a Certificate in Maritime Archaeology once they have obtained 100 credits, presented at the NAS Annual Conference
  • A member can achieve an Award in Maritime Archaeology once they have achieved 300 credits and completed an archaeological report, presented at the NAS Annual Conference.
NAS Cert and Award

NAS Cert and Award