Saturday, March 31, 2018

Scuba fatalities... The industry must stay vigilant and insist on only the highest standards and accountability.

As you can see by the number of recent incidents, scuba diving continues to be a dangerous activity. The industry must stay vigilant and insist on only the highest standards and accountability.

Please take a moment to remember them for what they loved about life...




Kauai man, 33, dies after being rescued from ocean




Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Long Beach Diver








Search for missing diver between Walmer and St Margaret's-at-Cliffe near Dover




Canadian diver found dead




Dive accident in mine - big rescue effort




Diver dies in Doubtful Sound, rescuers flown to hospital


A MAN has died after falling ill at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow

Friday, March 30, 2018

Blog articles that you might have not read in a while. Some great lessons that you might have forgotten. Never be complacent underwater.

Learning how to get into the water with scuba diving gear isn't difficult. Every diver gets into the water. However, getting out of the water is all together another issue. If you have gotten a little complacent over the years, it's time you re-read some of these blogs! Complacency is more dangerous to a scuba diver than the lack of training.



Checklist for Referral Divers for their dive destination. What you need to know when you're completing your dives internationally.
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2018/03/checklist-information-for-referral-divers-at-their-dive-destination.html
Most scuba education does not teach you how to manage being on your own once you leave the dive shop. While most divers figure it out, the frustration and learning curve often contribute to diver drop-out. Don't a drop-out statistic...



An evaluation of diving off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Not the act of diving, but the logistics of diving and what you need to know.
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2018/03/the-logistics-of-diving-off-isla-mujeres-mexico-my-evaluation.html
Even a dive instructor can get caught up in a fast-paced international diving environment that they are not familiar with. Just because you would do it "this" way at home doesn't mean you will do it "that" way when you're traveling. 



Response to Cave Diver Harry Article: Proper weighting.
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2018/03/response-to-cave-diver-harry-article-proper-weighting.html
Proper weighting is the key to good buoyancy, comfort in the water, and a matter of safety. Once properly weighted, you can't take for granted that you know how to ditch your weights, you have to practice it!



Average Depth Calculator (spreadsheet) Download and why your dive computer is just an expensive calculator. Decompression theory...
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2018/03/your-dive-computer-is-a-fancy-calculator-average-depth-spreadsheet-calculator.html
Computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, but a diver's understanding of the risks associated with diving has not. Relying on computer technology has it's place, and in diving, the computer can be a valuable tool. However, this valuable tool becomes a paperweight once the battery dies. What do you do then?



What you're really paying to get scuba certified. Did you read the fine print?
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2018/02/what-youre-really-paying-to-get-scuba.html
Scuba is a great sport. The marketing of scuba has exploded. With great marketing come a niche to be filled. What you don't learn might be the last thing you think of when you run out of air at 50ft. The saying, "you get what you pay for" is especially true when it comes to scuba diving. If you want to save money on your dive trip, don't dive!



Is it really that hard to find a good scuba diving instructor?
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2018/02/is-it-really-that-hard-to-find-a-good-scuba-diving-instructor.html
We work hard for our money and finding the best deal out there comes at a price. If you consider the costs of running a business, a scuba diving shop is no different. However, if the dive shop doesn't make anything from education, is there a value in that student? If an instructor ends up making minimum wage after all the work they put in, how valuable are you (the student) at the end of the day?



PADI IS NOT A SCUBA CERTIFY AGENCY... THEY FOLLOW THEIR OWN AGENDA AND ONLY HAVE REGARDS FOR THEMSELVES AND PROFIT!
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2017/12/padi-is-not-scuba-certify-agency.html
There is a long-lasting joke everyone knows about PADI... "Put Another Dollar In." If an agency that is as successful as they are with the marketing and promotion of scuba, shouldn't they be know for education, safety, training, or standards?



Private Scuba Instruction vs. Group Classes: Some insights, questions, and considerations... Which one do you choose?
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2017/09/Private-Scuba-Instruction-vs-Group-Classes-insights-questions-considerations.html
Are you the lowest common denominator? Even if you do well in a group setting, if the instruction is being divided amongst eight students, how much do you really get? What are you learning while sitting on the ocean floor in a circle of divers waiting for your turn to demonstrate skills?



"Who's the barber, here?" Why is this important?
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2017/11/whos-barber-here-why-is-this-important.html
When some one tells you, "I've been doing this for 30 years," do you follow them blindly or will you throw common sense out the window? Program standards have changed over the last 30 years; Equipment has changed over the last 30 years; Educational requirements have changed over the last 30 years; Students' abilities have changed over the last 30 years; So, why would you give someone a 30 year old program?




To dive or not to dive the Oregon Coast Aquarium

https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2015/01/to-dive-or-not-to-dive-oregon-coast.html
There are several special several dive excursions that everyone has to do at least once. Homestead Crater (a 94° hotspring in Utah), Titan One Missile Silo (abandoned nuclear missile silo in Kennewick, WA), and in an aquarium. However, the rules and guidelines for safe diving practices should never change because it will be a "fun" dive.



"Justin Theroux suffered scuba diving scare during honeymoon" -- MY ANALYSIS AND TONGUE LASHING...!!!
https://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2015/12/justin-theroux-suffered-scuba-diving.html
Some want to just "try it and see if they like it." When it comes to a new recipe, one has little to lose. But when it comes to one of the most dangerous activities one can "try," scuba shouldn't be one of them. If you're going to try it, do that in a pool or pool-like conditions. If you do try it in the ocean, once is enough. If you want to continue diving, get certified!



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If it's been a while since you've watched these videos, here is a list of the most viewed, popular, and important... I hope there are some valuable lessons you can take from them!

So, you want to learn how to scuba dive on your vacation. Please learn locally!
https://youtu.be/JNi2wWH-iYo


Not all programs are created equal. The new student has a lot to gain by doing their dives locally. Not only have you developed a relationship with their instructor, this instructor has gotten to know their students in an out of the water. 



If you haven't dove in a while, a Scuba Diving Refresher Course is what you need. Diver complacency.
https://youtu.be/e53DByST9pw


Divers sometimes feel that scuba diving is like riding a bicycle. The biggest difference if you fall down on a bike and fall down underwater is obvious! Don't overestimate how much you think you know. A full refresher course should never be a couple hours in the pool if you've taken more than a year off from scuba diving.



Good buoyancy skills and techniques are easy! Here are some things to consider...
https://youtu.be/MivC0DeORHE



Good buoyancy is an important skill to learn. Contrary to popular belief, you can learn from day one of your training. If you are going to have to fix some things you've been doing wrong, the best place to start is to slow down!



Who is responsible when a scuba diver dies? "Rob Stewart's family is taking legal action"
https://youtu.be/XvLD_g9VZIM


When a diver dies, friends and family sometimes want to blame others. However, diver error is often the cause of injury or death. Scuba diving is dangerous. If you are going to take shortcuts, it will eventually catch up to you.



Scuba diving and sign language don't mix. Don't sign and dive! Focus on your dive!
https://youtu.be/FnUTpeVrq_E




When we go scuba diving, it's important to stay focused and communicate where we are within our dive plan. That can include being okay, having enough air, getting closer to your buddy, and that you're out of air. However, a conversation about what to have for dinner can wait until the end of the dive!




Situational Awareness is VERY Important in Scuba Diving (SUBTITLED). Pay attention while underwater!
https://youtu.be/lFp3dup_s3s




Everyone thinks they are paying attention to what's going on more often than they really are. If you think you know what's going on right in front of your eyes, this video is for you.




Scuba diver panics and bolts to the surface... Panic is NOT the same thing as anxiety.
https://youtu.be/Vmpz0HJxxhw




Panic can happen even to the most trained individuals. When it does, there is little that can happen to fix that problem especially while underwater. Anxiety, on the other hand can happen to anyone at anytime but anxiety is our body's way of telling us something does not feel right. If we listen to it, or if others are watching for it, we can deal with it before panic manifests itself.




Another diver comes to the rescue. How two divers almost became statistics. Safe diving practices.
https://youtu.be/1LyocSGiXdU




Most people at one time or another has thought they were more qualified than they really are. When this happens, a diver can end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. If this happens to be you, you might not have someone there to help you get out of this bad place!




Equipment assembly at poolside for a dive. Are you assembling your equipment correctly?
https://youtu.be/wCW8eHiMaJU



Putting scuba equipment together is not hard, however if you've never seen this equipment before, there is a better way to do it. With that said, it always make more sense to correct an assembly error before completing the rest of the assembly. Knowing what your equipment does is important, but knowing why it does those things takes precedence.



Human Factors Skills in Diving Review of Presentation at DEMA. Scuba skills, safety, and awareness.
https://youtu.be/uWhCgEYOYLA


Human beings are interesting creatures. They will do things that others have proven to be dangerous just because it hasn't happened to them. Sometimes, people walk through life with blinders on. Underwater, not seeing the bigger picture has dire consequences. Sometimes you don't know what you don't know.



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Thursday, March 29, 2018

PADI dive shops in Hawaii refuse to take a referral from any other certification agency


Prospective student just called to get info on doing my referral program then go to Hawaii to complete cert dives. She was told by a #PADI business that she MUST do PADI elearning. She was lied to! This happens all the time. PADI is a disgrace to the dive industry! #scuba #NAUI

@TDIdivers @SDIdivers @SDITDIERDI @NAUIWorldwide @PADI #myPADI 

PADI, you need to send a corporate email out to dive centers and tell them NOT to lie to prospective students by saying that PADI elearning is the only program students can take.

Now, this student just told me that this shop will ONLY accept a PADI referral. Really? A dive shop that believes that NAUI, SDI, and SSI will not be able to provide equal or better education? Will any dive shops in #Hawaii please confirm that you will turn my business away!

This is very sad! Not only does it sound like they are manipulating the customer to believe that PADI is the only way to go, but if they fail to deliver the level of education others may provide, the customer loses! Any dive shop from any certification agency would be proud to have one of my students. 



PLEASE DO NOT PATRONIZE ANY OTHER DIVE SHOPS IN HAWAII EXCEPT THESE LISTED BELOW


All NAUI dive shops and centers in Hawaii

Kona Honu Divers, Inc
74 - 5583 Luhia St
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii USA 96740
808-324-4668

Balanced Divers
34 E Kawili St
Hilo, Hawaii USA 96720
http://www.balanceddivers.com
562-833-4617

Hilo Ocean Adventures
1717 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, Hawaii USA 96720
808-934-8344

Scuba Luv Maui
2725 Kalialani Circle
Pukalani, Hawaii USA 96768
http://www.scubaluvmaui.com
808-870-2738

Oceanus Divers LLC
1665 Kalakaua Ave STE 105
Honolulu, Hawaii USA 96826
808-200-4613

Kukui Divers
1253 S Beretania St Suite #2808
Honolulu, Hawaii USA 96814
808-312-3767

Underwater Oahu
85-491 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, Hawaii USA 96792
https://underwateroahu.com
808-589-2177

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Checklist for Referral Divers for their dive destination. What you need to know when you're completing your dives internationally. #scuba #scubadiving #scubareferral #divedestination

PAPERWORK

• standard agency or company only

While each company can create their own documents to run their business, every agency provides all dive shops and instructors a free to download standardized medical history questionnaire and liability release. Most agencies have student record folders that a shop or instructor can purchase but they are not required. The agencies you've probably have heard of and will interact with include: BSAC, CMAS, GUE, IANTD, IDEA, NASE, NASDS, NAUI, NSS-CDS, PADI, PDIC, RAID, SDI, SSI, TDI, UTD, and YMCA. These agencies require use of a RSTC, WRSTC, or their own forms for the Medical History Questionnaire and Liability Release.



LIABILITY INSURANCE
  Required by the agency, required for the instructor, required by the government, or not required

While the United States is a litigious society, there are countries that do not require Professional Liability Insurance, Business Licenses, or ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

Please contact these agency headquarters to confirm whether your dive shop and/or instructor in the country you are traveling to are required to have Professional Liability Insurance and the minimum policy coverage and limits. If the dive shop holds a group insurance policy, is that valid for independent instructors and are they signed with them? If your instructor is independent of a dive shop, do they own their own Professional Liability Insurance? If that agency does not require shops or instructors to have insurance, does the government of that country require it. Please keep in mind that US Citizens might not have the rights and privileges of that country's citizens. Consider buying traveling and diving insurance through DAN (Divers Alert Network). It is very inexpensive.

NAUI: https://www.naui.org/contact; 800-553-6284
PADI: https://www.padi.com/contact; 800-729-7234
TDI/SDI: https://www.tdisdi.com/contact; 888-778-9073
DAN: https://www.diversalertnetwork.org; +1-919-684-2948


RENTAL EQUIPMENT
• complete or mismatched
• proper fit 
• inspection and assembly prior to departing the dive shop
• tanks: hydro and visuals




Each certification agency might vary slightly in the required equipment to complete certification, but here are some that are likely to be required across all agencies: mask; snorkel; boots; fins; BCD; regulator system (1st stage, primary 2nd stage, an octo or alternate air source, pressure gauge, depth gauge, timing device, dive computer); compass; cylinder; weights; weight belt; signal marker buoy; finger spool and line; cutting tool; exposure/thermal protection; and dive light. While not all dive shops will offer dive computers, a dive computer can take sometimes take the place of a depth gauge, timing device, pressure gauge, and compass. You should find out what brand and model of dive computer you will be renting if you don't own your own so that you can download the instruction manual ahead of time to read it. Remember, the scuba diving gear you are diving with is life support equipment. While mechanical failure is rare, if you don't inspect it prior to leaving the dive shop, you could be accepting responsibility for defective or failing equipment.

A cylinder is due to be inspected and tested at the first time it is to be filled after the expiration of the interval as specified by the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, or as specified by national or international standards applicable in the region of use. 

United States: hydrostatic test every 5 years; visual inspection is not required by the USA DOT. The visual inspection requirement is a diving industry standard based on observations made during a review by the National Underwater Accident Data Center.
  • European Union: hydrostatic test every 5 years; visual inspection is required every 2.5 years
  • Norway: hydrostatic test (including a visual inspection) 3 years after production date, then every 2 years
  • Australia: hydrostatic test every 12 months
  • South Africa: hydrostatic test every 4 years; visual inspection every 1 year
  • Mexico: hydrostatic test every 3 years







AIR COMPRESSOR AND AIR FILLS
• air quality inspection certificate

Each country has it's own standards and limits for contaminates regarding the testing of breathing gas (air) that goes into a scuba cylinder. 

Here is some information from the United States: https://archive.epa.gov/region10/diving/web/pdf/dt_divers_how_clean_is_your_air_dec09-2.pdf


NOAA defines acceptable air to be that which meets the compressed gas association (CGA) grade E standard or better. The following table is taken from the NOAA Scientific Diving Standards and Safety Manual, section 3.6, August, 2008.


Oxygen: 20-22%/v
Carbon Monoxide: 10 ppm/v
Carbon Dioxide: 1000 ppm/v
Condensed Hydrocarbons: 5 mg/m3
Total Hydrocarbons as Methane: 25 ppm/v
Water Vapor: (ppm) 2
Objectionable Odors: None 

United States: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration); https://www.osha.gov
ISO standards: (International Organization for Standardization); https://www.iso.org/



DIVE BRIEFINGS ("SEABAG")
Did you remember to bring your logbook? Are you going to log each dive after each dive? Will the instructor sign your logbook after each dive or at the end of the certification weekend? 

The dive briefing and planning stage before the dive is often more critical than the dive itself. Dive briefings that are 5-10 minutes are inadequate. If you've never been on this dive site, in that gear, with 30-70lbs of gear on your back, and lack the experience to deal with unforeseen issues that might occur while underwater, and 5-10 minutes will do it, that's assuming a lot!

Any student that is relying on the instructor to save them if the shit hits the fan, don't forget that this instructor may have six other students and only two hands! Let's say a student bolts to the surface. Does that instructor go after them and leave the group or let that person go and stay with the group? Your perspective changes when you are in both positions.



• Site
Where are you diving? The name of the dive site and the city, state. What is the history of this dive site? How often do people dive here? Is this an intermediate, advanced, or technical dive location? 

• Environment
Environment may be different than site. What does the topography of the floor in that body of water look like? Does it change when the tide changes? Is there a current? Are there any hazards? What kind of animal life lives there? What are some of the permanent fixtures you'll see there? Is there a general area that one should avoid and for what reasons? Is the bottom rocky, silty, sandy, etc. What is the visibility like? What is the temperature of the water? 

•  Emergency 
Emergencies happen. Being prepared is the key to all situations. Do you know where you are and can you explain directions to EMS if needed? If you are in a foreign country, what is their emergency management system protocols? If there is an emergency, does someone need to go to the road to escort them to the site of the accident? Where is the emergency oxygen? Is the cylinder full, is the regulator connected, and is it ready to be used instantly? Is there an AED and can everyone use it? Where is the nearest decompression chamber?

• Activity (see skills below)
What is our goal of diving at this site and doing this dive? When will you go? How long will the dive be? Will there be any skills required to be demonstrated? Are there any skills that are required to dive on this site? What do you do if divers get lost or separated? What are the communication hand signals that will be used? Who is your dive buddy? Will there be a dive debriefing? Who is leading the dive?

• Buoyancy
As addressed in "Environment", there may be special considerations about this dive site that particular attention to buoyancy are required. While good buoyancy is always a good idea, if the topography has to be always in mind (silty bottom, no bottom, dangerous objects or animal life), how does one modify their diving to adapt to it? Are special kicking techniques required? Will buoyancy be controlled only through one's BCD, drysuit, or both?

• Air
Gas consumption is always a consideration, however there are several factors that can effect how much gas you breath; one's diving experience, the work load you'll be undertaking, task loading and the amount of equipment you will be operating during the dive, depth of the dive, time at depth, time in the dive, emergency air sharing, and possible decompression requirements. How does one communicate how much air they have and do they know their SAC rate or RMV? Does the size of the cylinder matter and what about tank volume baseline? Will one be required to end the dive with a certain amount of gas in reserve?

• Gear
New divers might not own any of their own gear yet and the gear they use at their dive destination may be different than what they used at home. Gear that is likely to be used is listed above. Was an inspection of the equipment done at the dive shop or is the first time you are looking at it? Is everyone diving with the same kind of gear or are some divers equipped with different styles, brands, manufacturers and does one's dive buddy (chosen or assigned) know how to manage it? If you are going to do a buddy check, have you tried ditching that persons weight, releasing weight pockets, buckles, and clasps or were you just told how they work? Is everyone diving with an octopus or does anyone have an air-source, integrated-air, or RBS (redundant breathing system) and have they explained to others how they will share air in the event of an OOA (out of air) situation? Does everyone have a dive computer? Is anyone diving tables? Does anyone have a "Save-a-Dive" kit?

SKILLS
Conditions can vary from dive site to dive site and even effect the ability to complete a skill, but there are some minimum skills that every diver should be asked to do. Some of these skills are done prior to entering the water, upon entering the water, only in confined water (pool), and open water. Each agency has it's own version of how these skills should be performed as well as the professional opinion of the instructor that is demonstrating them or the evaluation of skill presented to the instructor. 

Swimming

  • Demonstrate swim stroke proficiency of at least 15 continuous stroke cycles
  • 10 minute survival swim
  • 50 feet underwater swim, 1 breath

Skin Diving
  • 450 yards snorkel swim, non-stop
  • Recover diver from about 10 feet

Skin Diving Techniques
  • Water entries and exits
  • Surface dives
  • Surface swimming
  • Clearing the snorkel
  • Ditching the weight belt
  • Buoyancy control
  • Underwater swimming and surfacing

Diving
  • Pre and Post Dive Skills
  • Select, check, assemble, and don equipment
  • Pre-dive gear check for self and buddy
  • Defog masks
  • Doff, rinse, and care for gear

Surface
  • Entries and exits
  • Perform surface buoyancy/weighting check
  • Surface communications for divers
  • Orally inflate/deflate own and buddy's BC
  • At surface remove (in turn) equipment
  • Face submerged, breathe through snorkel, rest/swim
  • Face submerged, breathe through water in snorkel
  • Release simulated cramp for self and buddy
  • Entry/exit, use of float/flag (if applicable)
  • Deploy a signal marker buoy 

Ascent/Descent
  • Control pressure in air spaces
  • Control feet first descent with breath or BC
  • Controlled ascent with precautionary stop

Underwater
  • Give, recognize, and respond to U/W signals
  • Mask clearing, including remove and replace
  • Remove, replace, and clear primary regulator
  • Primary regulator recovery
  • Hover without support
  • Use of buddy system
  • Monitor air supply -- communicate amount
  • Environmental and compass navigation
  • Compass navigation, bearings, and reciprocal

Planning
  • Surface air consumption calculation
  • Plan then make no-deco dive between 40-60 feet
  • Calculate repetitive no-deco dive using tables

Environmental
  • Diving with minimal impact on environment
  • Marine life identification

Emergency
  • Transport 50 yards simulated exhausted buddy
  • Share air both as donor and receiver
  • Perform controlled emergency swimming ascent
  • Alternate air share both as donor/receiver
  • Retrieve unconscious diver from 10 feet


SAFE DIVING PRACTICES
No one expects to have a dive accident. Dive accidents don't just happen under the water. You're also carrying around 35-70 pounds of equipment depending on where you do your dive and how much weight you'll be wearing. Some of these items below are good old-fashioned common sense. Just because you know what you're suppose to do, or not do, accidents can still happen if you let it. Remember, the video of the two divers? Don't forget, "Who's the barber, here?"
  • Be trained and certified by a professional underwater instructor.
  • Maintenance good physical and mental conditions for diving. Be at ease in the water. Only dive when feeling well. Do not use any intoxicating liquor or dangerous drugs before diving. 
  • Have a regular medical exam for diving.
  • Use correct, complete, well-maintained diving equipment, which is checked before each dive. Equipment must not be loaned to non-certified divers. Use a buoyancy compensator, plus a submersible pressure guage and alternate air source.
  • Know the limitations of yourself, your buddy and your equipment. Use the best possible judgment and common sense in planning each dive. Allow a margin of safety in order to be prepared for emergencies. Set moderate limits for depth and time in the water.
  • Know your diving location. Avoid dangerous places and poor conditions.
  • Control your buoyancy to make diving as easy as possible. Strive for neutral buoyancy. Be prepared to ditch your weights. Make an emergency ascent, clear your mask or take other emergency action if needed. In an emergency: Stop, Breathe, Think, Act.
  • Never dive alone. Always buddy dive -- know each other's equipment. Know hand signals and stay in contact.
  • Use a boat or float as a surface support station whenever this will increase the safety and enjoyment of the dive. Fly the "diver down" flag to warn boaters that divers are underwater. 
  • Slowly surface close to the float and flag, watching and listening for possible hazards. (See "Safe Boat Diving Practices")
  • Beware of breath holding. Breathe continuously throughout all scuba diving activities. Emphasize exhalation any ascents. Without scuba: avoid excessive "over breathing" before a skin dive; do not overexert. Know your limits and allow for a margin of safety. Be sure to equalize pressure early and often both during ascent and descent.
  • If your are cold, tired, injured, out of air or not feeling well, get out of the water. Diving is no longer fun or safe. If any abnormality persists, get medical attention.
  • Know decompression procedures, tables and emergency procedures. Make all dives as "no decompression" dives. Avoid stage decompression particularly on repetitive dives, at altitude or when flying after diving. Wait a minimum of 24 hours before flying or driving to altitude.
  • Ascend no faster than 30 feet per minute -- ascend 10 feet and wait for 20 seconds -- one foot every two seconds, etc...
  • Make a "recommended safety stop" at the end of dives. That means you should pause at about 15-18 feet for a minimum of three minutes before your final ascent to the surface. For dives deeper than 60 feet, do a "recommended deep stop." Ascend half of the deepest part of that dive and pause for 90 seconds. Ascend half that distance again and pause for another 90 seconds. Safety stops and deep stops may be combined.
  • Continue your scuba training by diving regularly, taking additional training, specialty courses, refresher courses, and continuing education. Log all dives and make at least 24 dives each year (like 2 dives on one day each month).


SAFE BOATING PRACTICES
Diving from a boat is fun. Sometimes you can't learn it all before getting certified, but here are some things to remember. If you aren't sure, ask someone on the boat. The Divemaster or Instructor will be more than happy to answer any questions you have. If you're not going to dive or you're not on a dive boat, ask the First Mate or Captain. While some countries don't have a Coast Guard, most have a Navy. 
  • Select a Coast Guard licensed boat that is fully equipped with the required safety equipment and has diver support and safety equipment.
  • Ask to receive boat diving techniques training as a part of your basic, sport or advanced diving courses.
  • Rely on the Captain's knowledge of the most suitable dive sites. Plan your dive using the specific site information provided by the crew or Divemaster.
  • Only sign up for trip destinations that are consistent with your ability and dive plan.
  • Arrive at the boat 15 minutes before departure. Stow your well marked gear in the assigned locations. Respect the boat facilities: no wet suits in the bunk room or dropping tanks or weight belts on the deck.
  • Between dives keep dive gear in your bag to avoid lost or broken equipment. Assist your buddy with his/her tank. Do not sit on the deck to put your tank on or you may get hit on the head by another diver's tank.
  • Use your equipment to dive easily and safely. Do not over weight yourself. Only use your BC to fine tune your buoyancy during the dive or to compensate for a heavy game bag at the end of the dive.
  • No loaded spear guns are EVER allowed on the boat or boarding ramp. Bring a container for your game. Help keep the boat deck clean and clear.
  • Use the boat exit points recommended by the crew. Move away from the boat exit once you are in the water. Either snorkel clearly on the surface or begin your descent down the anchor line. Do not use scuba to skim just under the surface. If you just skim the surface you cannot be seen by passing boats or other divers.
  • Fins should be put on last while you are waiting near the exit. Do not walk around the deck wearing fins.
  • Be sure to use a compass and submersible pressure gauge. Plan your dive so you end the dive with a reserve of air and are able to return to the boat while still under water.
  • Be aware of changes in current conditions during the dive. Use natural clues such as seaweed. Look for current lines trailed behind the boat on the surface. Do not hesitate to pull yourself hand-over-hand back to the boat using this line.
  • Use common sense, training, and experience and ask questions if you are unsure. Allow for a "margin of reserve" and do not push your endurance limits. Watch for other divers waving one arm while on the surface. They are signaling a diver in distress. Divers who maintain personal control and are comfortable in the water have safe, enjoyable experience under water.


                                                             --carlos




"Every dive is a dream come true."
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Introducing the "Open Water Traveler PRO" Referral Scuba Diving Program (Copyright © 2013-2018 by Juan Carlos Aguilar and JCA Elite Scuba. All Rights Reserved)

I've created a "Scuba Diving Referral Program" called Open Water Traveler PRO©. It will includes: the educational component, pool sessions, and one day of diving, locally. For the diver that's planning to travel to tropical locales and want to complete their certification dives at their dive destination, this is the program for them!

Unlike the regular Open Water Traveler (the referral program requiring 4 dives over 2 days), the student will only need one day and two dives at their destination to receive their open water scuba diver certification. This program is faster, more through than any traditional referral, and the student will also get to experience diving in the Pacific Northwest! 

Four dives are still required but seeing as certification dives do not need to be completed in one continuous weekend, this model will fit even a greater number of students looking forward to scuba diving at their dive destination without the probability of 2-3 days devoted to just completing an educational program.

I came up with this idea in order to add the extra level of education the student needs as well as give the student a clear and concise understanding of what they should be getting everywhere they go. If they don't get what they are expecting, they'll still be prepared well above and beyond those that arrive at their dive destination without any open water experiences.


Additionally, if the diver had already planned to do two days of diving at their destination, this will bring them up to 6 logged open water dives. More dives are always a good idea.








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