Training & Advice

Diver Training

As a club we offer training to our members too all the dive levels from Ocean Diver to Advanced divers, but there is far more to being a good diver than these qualification courses.

As a member of the club we often run specific courses along side these to up skill your knowledge and help you gain more experience. These courses include RYA Powerboat handling, Radio operator courses and Oxygen administration to name but a few.

In addition to this you have access to a huge range of regional and national course run directly by BSAC were you can learn to become an instructor and learn more specialist diving skills such as using mix gases, decompression diving and deep water diving.

Please click this LINK for a list of courses currently available to attend.

Safety & Equipment Advice

1 – Get Dive Fit. 
Prepare for the new season by doing some refresher training in the pool. Also, do some shallow warm-up dives before picking up where you left off at the end of last season.

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2 – Get your skills up to date
. Revisit some of your original training to ensure that key skills such as mask clearing and buoyancy control are still automatic responses, and you are comfortable doing them in the pool and open water.

3 – Practice, Practice, Practice
. It is clear from past experience that when skills are not practised regularly then they deteriorate. Skills should be practised regularly (even continually) to ensure that when required, they are automatic.

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4 – Use a Checklist. 
Make sure you don’t forget to pack that essential bit of kit by preparing a checklist. Simple Checklists are also valuable in preparing equipment prior to a dive, esepcially if more complex kit such as rebreathers are used.

5 – Gain new Skills & Experience.Skill Development Courses are an excellent opportunity to revise skills and learn new ones at the same time. The newer courses such as Wreck Appreciation and Underwater Photography are perfect vehicles for this. Alternatively becoming an Instructor may be the BEST way to ensure that you remain practiced in all diving and snorkelling skills by teaching them regularly. The Instructor Training Scheme provides the means to achieve this and shows you how to pass on your well earned skills and experience.

Equipment Preparation

6 – Have your Equipment serviced.
 The winter layoff for many divers is the ideal time to have your equipment properly serviced. Check it out for proper function, in the pool or shallow open water, before committing to a full dive.

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7 – Training with New Equipment. 
Before using new equipment for the first time practice with it in controlled conditions, the pool and/or shallow water, before using it on that deep wreck!

8 – Carry Surface Location Aids 
Delayed surface marker buoys, flags, strobes, air horns, personal flares, EPIRBS etc. and make sure you know how to use it and your surface cover knows what to look for.

9 – Nitrox MOD tables for various depths  maximum operational depths

Dive planning form

ESAC Dive Manager Form