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When divers enter into an overhead environment they give up the option of a direct ascent to the surface should a problem occur. To help offset this additional risk a continuous line is ran to open water using a simple line reel. Now here’s where it gets a bit sticky, while the reel itself may be simple, using one is anything but!
Learning to use a line reel properly takes a lot of practice, some good input from an experienced source and exposing oneself to a bit of anxiety and aggravation. Some might even suggest it’s actually fun! To reduce the anxiety experienced learning to use these “simple” devices, to shorten the learning curve and to increase the fun level, Olympus Dive Center offers a variety of specialty courses providing training in the exploration of overhead environments.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that reelmanship is not the only issue in enjoying safe overhead environment adventures. There are a variety of other risk reduction techniques to learn, hazards to become aware of and emergency scenario protocols to learn. The simple fact is that no open water training will prepare a diver for low-risk overhead environment diving. Even open water scuba instructors, lacking formal overhead environment training, have died inside wrecks, caverns and caves! Make the commitment to do it right or please don’t do it at all.
North Carolina is often cited as having "America's Best Wreck Diving". Bathed by the warm, clear waters of the Gulf stream, our wrecks are inhabited with a diversity of tropical and temperate aquatic life. Additionally, North Carolina was voted by Readers of Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine as being one of the best spots for viewing big aquatic animals. What better place to take your PADI or NAUI Wreck Diver Specialty Course?
The SportDiverHQ educational team members are obviously well versed in the methodology and techniques of wreck diving. Our staff literally "eats, drinks and sleeps" wreck diving. After all, wreck diving is what we do best! Don't you deserve the highest quality training from the most qualified staff?
The PADI and/or NAUI Wreck Diver Course is designed to prepare divers for planning and conducting wreck dives within established recreational scuba limits. During your course you'll learn about the use of line reels, lights, air management, and various techniques for safe shipwreck exploration. You're independent knowledge development may come through home reading assignments and by completing the Knowledge Reviews at the end of each section and/or Instructor led discussions and the exciting "PADI Wreck Diver" or NAUI Wreck Diver video will round out your academic training. In fact, if you're wanting to get a real head start on your training you can "Start Today" by purchasing a personal copy of the video to go along with your text.
Your in water training will consist of four exciting wreck dives over a period of two days. During these dives you and your instructor will explore some of North Carolina's finest wrecks. A variety of activities will help you to develop the skill and experience needed to safely plan and explore wrecks without the supervision of an instructor. You'll discover fun and adventure on every dive.
Advanced Wreck Diver/Penetration Wreck Diver:
Our Advanced Wreck Diver/Penetration Wreck Diver specialty is an exclusive program available only through our Director of Training, Mr. Robert Decker. Based upon Mr. Decker's experience in wreck diving, underwater archeology and cave diving, this unique program is designed as an opportunity for additional, in-depth training for those with a strong desire to pursue penetration wreck diving, filling in a gap left by traditional wreck diving training programs.
The purpose of the PADI Advanced/NAUI Penetration Wreck Diver Distinctive specialty course is to provide additional training and experience in the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and excitement of penetration wreck diving within excepted recreational diving limits. The Advanced Wreck Diver Distinctive specialty course is intended as a safe, supervised experience and review of diving on wrecks. Training should emphasize fun and safety. The goals of the PADI Advanced Wreck Diver Distinctive specialty course are;
To increase the student's practical knowledge of the underwater wreck environment.
Advanced Wreck Diver Course Requirements are:
Student to instructor ratio: 4:1; 2:1 for wreck penetration. Instructor must accompany students during any penetration.
Confined-water training may be added at the discretion of the instructor conducting the specialty course. As a pre-assessment before the course begins, a confined-water session may include a scuba skills review. The PADI Skill Evaluation or the Scuba Review program are excellent means of accomplishing this review.
Technical Wreck Diver:
A few experienced divers, highly motivated towards exploring less frequently visited sites, may find that they desire to push beyond the limits of training provided by the Advanced/Penetration Wreck Diver course. For divers with strong motivation to make penetrations beyond the natural light zone, at a distance greater than 130 feet linear from the surface, at depths greater than 130 FSW or requiring stage decompression we offer the NAUI Technical Wreck Diver program.
The goals of the NAUI Technical Wreck Diver course are to provide the diver with the skills and knowledge needed to gain experience and minimize the risks in penetration wreck diving requiring stage decompression or depths greater than 130 FSW. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute penetration wreck dives that require stage decompression and utilize air and/or EANx and/or oxygen for stage decompression without direct supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training. Prerequisites include 21 years of age, certification as a NAUI Penetration Wreck Diver or equivalent, with at least 10 penetration dives, a minimum of 50 logged dives total and certification as a NAUI Technical EANx and Decompression Techniques Diver or equivalent ratings. The course involves an estimated 8 hours of classroom time and eight training dives.
A fascinating world of beauty and excitement lies beneath the crystal clear waters found in the world's springs, sink holes and cenotes. Along with this unequaled adventure comes the higher risk associated with entering an overhead environment on scuba equipment. Specialized procedures and techniques are mandatory in order to insure that the explorer makes a safe return to the surface. The PADI Cavern specialty is designed to provide participants with the knowledge needed to explore this fascinating environment.
The purpose of the PADI Cavern Diver specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of cavern diving. The Cavern Diver course is intended to provide a safe, supervised introduction to diving in natural overhead environments. However, although the course introduces students to the myriad skills, procedures and techniques that cavern diving has in common with cave diving, the Cavern Diver course is not intended to provide an introduction nor enticement to cave diving.
Your Cavern Diver training will emphasize conservation, safety and enjoyment. The goals of PADI Cavern Diver training are: To develop the student's practical knowledge of the cavern environment. To raise the student's awareness of the need for conservation and positive landowner relations. To familiarize the student with the three direct and two major contributing causes of cave and cavern diving fatalities ("Accident Analysis") and how they form the basis of the safety rules around which this course and all subsequent cavern dives revolve. And, finally, to enable the student to plan and organize dives to safely explore caverns that fall within the stated limitations of Cavern Diver training and that offer conditions as good as the caverns in which the student was trained.
Prerequisite certification for participation in the PADI Cavern Diver course is PADI Advanced Open Water or an equivalent rating. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Students are required to supply the following equipment: Mask and fins; Exposure suit; Weight system; BCD with low-pressure Inflator; Regulator with submersible pressure gauge; Alternate air source suitable for sharing air with other divers and which is connected directly to the diver's primary air supply, (use of "H" or "Y" valve highly encouraged); A single diving cylinder with at least 50 cubic feet of air, (larger tank highly recommended); Recreational Dive Planner (tables or wheel); Dive tool or knife capable of cutting guideline quickly and effectively; Slate with pencil; Logbook. In addition to these standard equipment items the following specialty equipment is required: Reel and guideline - one per team minimum, one per diver highly recommended (maximum capacity 140' of line); Primary, battery-powered dive light; Backup, battery-powered dive light. While not required, students are encouraged to purchase a copy of The NSS-CDS Cavern Diving Manual
Your Cavern Diver specialty course will include three in-depth classroom lecture sessions. Additionally, there will be both land & confined water (pool) sessions to familiarize you with proper line reel use. Certification dives will consist of four dives, two per day, at two different sites, plus shallow-water line drills outside of the overhead environment. Penetration training dives are limited to within direct sight of the cavern exit and within 130 feet from the surface, vertical and horizontal distance included. Visibility is to exceed 40 feet. Maximum depth during training dives will be 70 fsw.
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