Atlantic Scuba

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.

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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

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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

Fieldwork

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

NAS Recorder Day

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NAS Recorder Day

Aims and objectives

The following aims and objectives explain what will be covered in both an Intertidal and Underwater Recorder Day. Please refer to the timetable for a breakdown of how the day will be spent.
The NAS Recorder Day aims to teach participants the following:
  • The aims of the NAS
  • To be aware of the basic principles of maritime archaeology
  • To introduce the wide variety of site types worked on by maritime archaeologists
  • To appreciate that maritime archaeology is not just the study of shipwrecks and is not always underwater
  • To recognise types of finds and how they should be dealt with
  • To understand the basic principles of survey/recording and monitoring and some of the common methods used on archaeological sites
  • To become familiar with the site and produce a sketch plan that can be used for further project planning
  • To demonstrate field techniques discussed in the classroom lectures

By the end of the day the participants will have met the aims by the following objectives:

  • Appreciate the differences between maritime and terrestrial archaeology, history and salvage, and the different types of maritime archaeology (e.g. coastal, intertidal and underwater)
  • Define key terms in maritime archaeology such as site, artefact and context
  • Describe the differences in preservation that are likely to be found between wet and dry sites
  • What to do with their finds in the UK (reporting process)
  • Photographing finds and site features
  • Videoing finds and site features
  • Site sketching
  • Using a map to plot features and find scatters (intertidal only/site dependant)
  • Using app(s) to plot the site in a wider context (intertidal only/site dependant)

Learning outcomes

By covering the learning objectives for the day participants should be able to understand what the NAS is, how they can get involved further and where to go for help. They will also understand how to be safe on site and how archaeological sites are linked. They will also be able to show an awareness that maritime sites are not only underwater and will be able to demonstrate the practical skills required to record a site.
Please note Timetable is provisional and may be subject to change (Timetable dependant on tide times or site access)
09.00 Meet / registration / paperwork
09.15 What are we working on?
10.00 Health and safety (explanation and paperwork)
10.30 Break
10.45 So how do we record a site? (practice run)
11.15 Recording a real site (diving practical 1)
13.30 Lunch
14.00 Recording a real site (diving practical 2)
15.30 Results, archiving and end of day discussion
16.30 Get involved and discover more
17.00 Course End

NAS Surveyor Days

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NAS Surveyor Days

Aims and objectives

The following aims and objectives explain what will be covered in both an Intertidal and Underwater Surveyor Days. Please refer to the timetable below for a breakdown of how the day(s) will be spent.
The NAS Surveyor Days aims to teach participants the following:
  • Build on the skills learned from the NAS Recorder Day
  • Introduce the various factors involved in archaeological work
  • Introduce the basic principles of survey and monitoring along with some of the common methods used on archaeological sites
  • Become familiar with the site and produce a 2D survey that can be used for further project planning
  • To demonstrate field techniques discussed in the classroom lectures

By the end of the day the participants will have met the aims by the following objectives:

  • Being aware of the factors involved in planning archaeological work and projects
  • Understand how to conduct a 2D survey
  • Set out and position-fix a grid(intertidal only/site dependant)
  • Understand how to use a planning frame
  • Utilise relevant proformas where appropriate
  • Understand how to draw a site
  • Understand how to archive data and logs
  • Use a map to plot features and find scatters (intertidal only/site dependant)
  • Use app(s) to plot the site in the wider record (intertidal only/site dependant)

Learning outcomes

By covering the learning objectives for the day participants should be able to understand what the NAS is, how they can get involved further and where to go for help.They will also understand how to be safe on site and be able to show an awareness of project planning. All participants will also be able to demonstrate the practical skills required to survey a site.
Please note Timetable is provisional and may be subject to change.
DAY ONE
09.00 Meet / registration / paperwork
09.15 What are we working on?
10.00 Health and safety (explanation and paperwork)
10.30 Break
10.45 So how do you survey a site? (Practice run)
11.45 Site survey (in the field)
14.00 Lunch
14.45 Site survey (in the field)
16.15 Debrief, archiving, and end of day discussion
16.45 Course End
DAY TWO
09.00 Meet and brief
09.30 Site survey (in the field)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Debrief
13.30 Drawing up your results (practical)
14.30 Post-fieldwork, archiving and end of day discussion
15.15 Get involved and discover more
16.00 Course End

SDI Sidemount Diver

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Who this SDI course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent.

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TDI Oxygen (O2) Equipment Service Technician

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The TDI Oxygen (O2) Equipment Service Technician Course allows candidates the ability to engage in the preparation of scuba equipment for the use and exposure of oxygen and other mixed gasses used in technical diving. The objective of this course is to train candidates in the proper procedures required for oxygen equipment cleaning. This course may be combined with the Visual Inspection Procedures course at the discretion of the Instructor.

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TDI Advanced Gas Blender

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Are you ready to progress on as a Gas Blender? The TDI Advanced Gas Blender Course picks up where you left off in the previous sequence in training, the TDI Nitrox Gas Blender course.After successful completion of the TDI Advanced Gas Blender course, you will be able to engage in the blending of oxygen and helium based gases. The objective of this course is to train candidates in the proper procedures needed for the preparation and blending of high quality nitrox and trimix gases for use in technical diving. The TDI Advanced Gas Blender course will take you through this process in an easy-to-understand format.

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TDI Nitrox Gas Blender

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Have you ever wondered how your nitrox cylinders are filled? Do you like the “behind the scenes” look at what makes a dive happen? Take the TDI Nitrox Gas Blender Course to find out how your cylinders get filled with nitrox! The TDI Nitrox Gas Blender Course will take you through the blending of nitrox in an easy-to-understand format.This course provides the training required to competently blend nitrox gas. The objective of this course is to train candidates in the proper techniques, equipment requirements and hazards involved in blending nitrox gases for recreational scuba diving activities.

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