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  1. 1. SDIInstructor Manual Part 2 SDI Diver Standards All Rights Reserved, 1999© By Scuba Diving International (SDI)
  2. 2. Copyright 1999© Scuba Diving International (SDI)All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. Except as permitted under the Copyright Act of 1976,no part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Scuba Diving International 18 Elm Street, Topsham, ME 04086 Phone: 207-729-4201 Toll Free: 888-778-9073 Fax: 207-729-4453 Web site: www.tdisdi.com E-mail: worldhq@tdisdi.com Business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern time
  3. 3. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards Table of Contents1. Course Overview Matrix ...................................................................................... 12. SDI - General Course Standards ......................................................................... 2 2.1 Administrative ................................................................................................................................. 2 2.2 Accidents ........................................................................................................................................ 2 2.3 Confined Water Training................................................................................................................. 2 2.4 Open Water Training ...................................................................................................................... 3 2.5 Student – Minimum Equipment Requirements............................................................................... 3 2.6 Instructor – Minimum Equipment Requirements ............................................................................ 4 2.7 Temporary Certification Cards ....................................................................................................... 43. SDI - Skin Diver Course ....................................................................................... 5 3.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 5 3.2 Qualifications Of Graduates ........................................................................................................... 5 3.3 Who May Teach ............................................................................................................................. 5 3.4 Student – Instructor Ratio............................................................................................................... 5 3.5 Student Pre-Requisites................................................................................................................... 5 3.6 Course Structure And Duration ...................................................................................................... 6 3.7 Administrative Requirements.......................................................................................................... 6 3.8 Required Equipment....................................................................................................................... 6 3.9 Required Subject Areas.................................................................................................................. 6 3.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements.......................................................... 74. SDI - Scuba Discovery Program.......................................................................... 8 4.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 8 4.2 Qualifications Of Graduates ........................................................................................................... 8 4.3 Who May Teach ............................................................................................................................. 8 4.4 Student – Instructor Ratio............................................................................................................... 8 4.5 Student Pre-Requisites................................................................................................................... 8 4.6 Course Structure and Duration....................................................................................................... 9 4.7 Administrative Requirements.......................................................................................................... 9 4.8 Required Equipment....................................................................................................................... 9 4.9 Required Subject Areas.................................................................................................................. 9 4.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements........................................................ 105. SDI - Future Buddies Program .......................................................................... 11 5.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 11 5.2 Qualifications Of Graduates ......................................................................................................... 11 5.3 Who May Teach ........................................................................................................................... 11 5.4 Student – Instructor Ratio............................................................................................................. 11 5.5 Student Pre-Requisites................................................................................................................. 11 5.6 Course Structure And Duration .................................................................................................... 12 5.7 Administrative Requirements........................................................................................................ 12 5.8 Required Equipment..................................................................................................................... 12 5.9 Required Subject Areas................................................................................................................ 12SDI Instructor Manual - Part Index i of iv2.doc
  4. 4. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards 5.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements........................................................ 136. SDI - Open Water Scuba Diver Course ............................................................. 14 6.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 14 6.2 Qualifications Of Graduates ......................................................................................................... 14 6.3 Who May Teach ........................................................................................................................... 14 6.4 Student – Instructor Ratio............................................................................................................. 14 6.5 Student Pre-Requisites................................................................................................................. 15 6.6 Course Structure And Duration .................................................................................................... 15 6.7 Administrative Requirements........................................................................................................ 15 6.8 Required Equipment..................................................................................................................... 16 6.9 Required Subject Areas................................................................................................................ 16 6.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements........................................................ 177. SDI - Inactive Diver Program - Refresher Course ............................................ 19 7.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 19 7.2 Qualifications Of Graduates ......................................................................................................... 19 7.3 Who May Teach ........................................................................................................................... 19 7.4 Student – Instructor Ratio............................................................................................................. 19 7.5 Student Pre-Requisites................................................................................................................. 20 7.6 Course Structure and Duration..................................................................................................... 20 7.7 Administrative Requirements........................................................................................................ 20 7.8 Required Equipment..................................................................................................................... 20 7.9 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements........................................................ 218. SDI – Advanced Diver Development Program ................................................. 22 8.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 22 8.2 Who May Teach ........................................................................................................................... 22 8.3 Graduation Requirements ............................................................................................................ 229. SDI - Rescue Diver Course ................................................................................ 23 9.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 23 9.2 Qualifications Of Graduates ......................................................................................................... 23 9.3 Who May Teach ........................................................................................................................... 23 9.4 Student – Instructor Ratio............................................................................................................. 23 9.5 Student Pre-Requisites................................................................................................................. 24 9.6 Course Structure And Duration .................................................................................................... 24 9.7 Administrative Requirements........................................................................................................ 24 9.8 Required Equipment..................................................................................................................... 25 9.9 Required Subject Areas................................................................................................................ 25 9.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements........................................................ 2510. SDI – Master Scuba Diver Development Program ........................................... 26 10.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 26 10.2 Who May Teach ........................................................................................................................... 26 10.3 Graduation Requirements ............................................................................................................ 26SDI Instructor Manual - Part Index ii of iv2.doc
  5. 5. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards11. SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver Course ............................................... 27 11.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 27 11.2 Qualifications Of Graduates ......................................................................................................... 27 11.3 Who May Teach ........................................................................................................................... 27 11.4 Student – Instructor Ratio............................................................................................................. 27 11.5 Student Pre-Requisites................................................................................................................. 28 11.6 Course Structure And Duration .................................................................................................... 28 11.7 Administrative Requirements........................................................................................................ 29 11.8 Required Equipment..................................................................................................................... 29 11.9 Required Subject Areas................................................................................................................ 30 11.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements........................................................ 31SDI Instructor Manual - Part Index iii of iv2.doc
  6. 6. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards Revision History Revision Number Date Sections Changed 2.0 05/27/01 The Manual has been completely restructured and updated to reflect latest changes and additions. 2.1 09/04/01 Editorial changes and minor updates. 2.2 10/10/02 Updated with latest Training Updates. 3.0 8/15/03 Updated with latest Training Updates. 3.1 12/19/03 Editorial changes and minor updates. 5.0 11/19/04 Major updates and new course standardsSDI Instructor Manual - Part Index iv of iv2.doc
  7. 7. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards1. Course Overview Matrix Experience Card can Pre-req. Certification Number of Required Ratio in Open Water Student / Instructor Student / Instructor must be issued by Certification Card Ratio in Confined Specialty Name Minimum Age be issued by Instructor Water Dives SDI 1 Skin Diver 4 1 16 10 None Optional Yes 2 Scuba Discovery Program 10 1 8 6 None No Yes 3 Future Buddies Program 8 1 2 N/A None Optional Yes 4 Open Water Scuba Diver 10 4 10 8 None Yes No Inactive Diver Program – 5 10 1 10 8 None No No Refresher 25 Open Water dives 6 Advanced Diver 10 N/A N/A N/A Yes No +4 Specialties Advanced or 40 Open 7 Rescue Diver 15 N/A 10 8 Water dives Yes No + CPR + First Aid 50 Open Water dives 8 Master Scuba Diver 15 N/A N/A N/A + Rescue Yes No Diver + 4 SpecialtiesSDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 1 of 322.doc
  8. 8. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards2. SDI - General Course Standards These standards apply to all SDI Diver Courses and Specialties.2.1 Administrative Instructors must ensure that all students complete the following forms – for each and every course andspecialty the student participates in. They are:“Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk” Form.“Medical Release” FormIf a student writes a “yes” to any question in the Medical Release Form under the section marked “Have you everhad a history of or do you currently have” then the student must provide written permission from a doctor beforeparticipating in confined or open water training or any course or specialty training.“Diver Registration” Form (upon completion of the specified program).“Student Record” Form (must be kept for seven (7) years).2.2 Accidents Hopefully you will never have to do this, however, if you, the Instructor, were involved in an accident orsimply witnessed an accident, the “Accident Report” Form must be completed by you, the Instructor/witness, andfaxed to SDI headquarters immediately after the accident happened.2.3 Confined Water Training Confined Water Training must be conducted in a swimming pool or a confined body of water with thefollowing conditions: 1. Approximately three (3) meter / ten (10) feet of visibility. 2. Calm surface conditions. 3. Easy access to depths that allow students to stand with their head above water. 4. Depths that allow skills (as defined in the Confined Water lesson guide) to be adequately demonstrated. 5. Equipment appropriate for the training site. 6. Confined Water training sites other than pools, must be approved by SDI Headquarters.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 2 of 322.doc
  9. 9. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards2.4 Open Water Training The Instructor, with the following considerations, must carefully choose an Open Water training site: 1. Body of water similar to the regional diving conditions (ocean, lake, etc.). 2. Swimming pools are not considered an open water environment. 3. Water clarity. 4. Temperature above and below the water. 5. Weather conditions. 6. Water access. 7. Equipment adequate for the conditions. 8. Thermal protection appropriate for the conditions. 9. No dives are to require a decompression stop. 10. No dives will be conducted in an overhead environment unless otherwise stated. 11. A complete briefing that includes: A. The dive site. B. Water conditions. C. Skills to be performed. D. Entry/Exit to be used E. Emergency procedures. 12. A complete de-briefing that includes: A. Performance of divers as a whole. B. Areas that need improvement. C. Environmental observations. D. Question and answers.2.5 Student – Minimum Equipment Requirements The students must have the following equipment: 1. Mask, Fins and Snorkel. 2. Buoyancy compensator with a low-pressure power inflator. 3. Regulator with submersible pressure gauge. 4. Alternate air source. 5. Weight system. 6. Personal Dive Computer (PDC) unless otherwise noted. 7. Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions. 8. Compressed gas cylinder. 9. Compass (during navigation skills). 10. Rescue signal.Note: Students wearing Air integrated hose-less computers are not required to carry a submersible pressure gauge.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 3 of 322.doc
  10. 10. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards2.6 Instructor – Minimum Equipment Requirements Unless otherwise noted, the minimum equipment requirements for training by an Instructor, AssistantInstructor and Divemaster is as follows: 1. Mask and Fins Snorkel. 2. Buoyancy compensator with a low-pressure power inflator. 3. Regulator with submersible pressure gauge. 4. Alternate air source. 5. Weight system. 6. Personal Dive Computer. 7. Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions. 8. Compressed gas cylinder. 9. Compass.Cutting device. 10. Rescue signal. 11. A dive Flag (unless in a pool) must be carried in accordance with local laws or regulations.Note: Instructors wearing Air integrated hose-less computers are not required to carry a submersible pressuregauge.2.7 Temporary Certification Cards Temporary cards are available for purchase from SDI and can be issued after all performance requirementsand administrative requirements are met. The temporary cards are valid for thirty (30) days from the signing andmust be signed within ten (10) days of course completion.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 4 of 322.doc
  11. 11. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards3. SDI - Skin Diver Course3.1 Introduction This snorkeling course is designed to give students the necessary skills to safely snorkel in conditionssimilar to their training without the direct supervision of an instructor.3.2 Qualifications Of Graduates Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may: 1. Snorkel in conditions similar to their training. 2. Enroll in an SDI Open Water Diver Course.3.3 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor. 2. An active SDI Assistant Instructor.3.4 Student – Instructor Ratio Academic: 1. Unlimited, so long as adequate facility, supplies and time are provided to insure comprehensive and complete training. Confined Water (Swimming pool-like conditions): 1. A maximum of sixteen (16) students per Instructor/ Assistant Instructor. 2. Instructor / Assistant Instructor have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an Active Divemaster, for a total of eighteen (18) students. Open Water (Ocean, lake, quarry, spring, river or estuary): 1. A maximum of ten (10) students per Instructor / Assistant Instructor. However, it is the instructor’s discretion to reduce this number as conditions dictate. 2. Instructor / Assistant Instructor have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an active Divemaster, for a total of twelve (12) students3.5 Student Pre-Requisites The student must: 1. Be a minimum age of eighteen (18).Be a minimum age of four (4) with parental consent.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 5 of 322.doc
  12. 12. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards3.6 Course Structure And Duration Open Water execution: 1. Students must complete one (1) snorkeling trip and remain in the water for twenty (20) minutes. 2. All snorkeling trips must be completed during daylight hours. Course Structure: 1. SDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skill level. Duration: 1. The suggested number of training hours is four (4).3.7 Administrative Requirements Administrative Tasks: 1. Collect the course fees from all the students. 2. Ensure that the students have the required equipment. 3. Communicate the schedule to the students. 4. Have the students complete the Liability Release and Medical history forms. 5. The Instructor must review the Liability Release and Medical Forms before starting on the course. Upon successful completion of the course the Instructor must: 1. Issue one of the following cards: A. A SDI Experience card. B. A SDI Certification card. Complete and submit the Registration Form to SDI HQ.Award card.3.8 Required Equipment Basic SDI skin diving equipment including Mask, Snorkel and Fins.3.9 Required Subject Areas Instructors may use any additional text or materials that they feel help present these topics. The followingtopics must be covered during this course: 1. The Aquatic Environment A. Vision. B. Light. C. Sound. D. Heat loss. E. Tides. F. Currents. G. Waves. H. Surge.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 6 of 322.doc
  13. 13. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards I. Marine Life injuries. 2. Physics and Physiology A. Buoyancy. B. Pressure. C. Equalization Techniques. 3. Snorkeling Equipment A. Mask, Fins, and Snorkel. B. Exposure Protection. C. Buoyancy Compensator Device. D. Weight Systems. 4. Accessories A. Dive Flag. B. Rescue Signal. C. Knife or cutting device. 5. Planning your dive A. Diver Fitness and overexertion. B. Buddy system. C. First Aid.3.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements Students are required to successfully complete the following snorkeling skills: 1. Properly prepare, don, and adjust all skin diving equipment. 2. Perform a buddy check, and demonstrate good use of the buddy system. 3. Safely conduct exits and entries either from land or boat. 4. Achieve neutral buoyancy. 5. Proper breathing and clearing of a snorkel. 6. Proper use of Buoyancy Control Device / Snorkel vest. 7. Surface Dives. 8. Proper use of hand signals. In order to complete this course, students must: 1. Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 7 of 322.doc
  14. 14. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards4. SDI - Scuba Discovery Program4.1 Introduction This program is designed to give prospective students an introduction to Scuba diving in a controlledenvironment under the direct supervision of an active Instructor.4.2 Qualifications Of Graduates Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may: 2. Dive under the direct supervision of an active instructorEnroll in an SDI Open Water Diver Course4.3 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor.4.4 Student – Instructor Ratio Academic: 1. Unlimited, so long as adequate facility, supplies and time are provided to insure comprehensive and complete training. Pool: 2. A maximum of eight (8) students per Instructor. Confined Water (Swimming pool-like conditions): 3. A maximum of four (4) per instructor or six (6) students per Instructor with a certified assistant. Open Water (Ocean, lake, quarry, spring, river or estuary): 3. A maximum of four (4) students per Instructor or six (6) with a certified assistant. However, it is the instructor’s discretion to reduce this number as conditions dictate.4.5 Student Pre-Requisites The student must: 1. Be a minimum age of eighteen (18). 2. Be a minimum age of ten (10) with parental consent.Demonstrate comfort and adequate swimming skills.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 8 of 322.doc
  15. 15. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards4.6 Course Structure and Duration Open or Confined Water 1. Training depth must not exceed twelve (12) msw / forty (40) fsw. 2. One (1) dive required, second dive optional. 3. All dives must be completed during daylight hours. 4. Instructors are not allowed to carry any photo or video equipment while conducting the open water dives. Course Structure: 1. SDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skill level. Duration: 1. The suggested number of training hours is two (2).4.7 Administrative Requirements Administrative Tasks: 1. Collect the course fees from all the students. 2. Ensure that the students have the required equipment. 3. Communicate the schedule to the students. 4. Have the students complete the Liability Release and Medical history forms. 5. The Instructor must review the Liability Release and Medical Forms before starting on the course. Upon successful completion of the course the Instructor must: 6. Complete the SDI Student Registration form. 7. Issue a SDI Experience card. 8. Award card.4.8 Required Equipment Basic SDI Open Water SCUBA equipment as prescribed earlier in this manual. The exception to this is that a dive computer is not required, however it is highly recommended.4.9 Required Subject Areas Instructors may use any additional text or materials that they feel help present these topics. The following topics must be covered during this course: 1. The Aquatic Environment A. Marine Environment. B. Marine Life expected to encounter at local dive site. 2. Physics and Physiology A. Buoyancy. B. Pressure. C. Gas spacesSDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 9 of 322.doc
  16. 16. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards I. Equalization Techniques. II. Lung Over-Expansion Problem. D. Reason for breathing continuously while underwater 3. Scuba Equipment Assembly A. Mask, Fins and Snorkel B. Exposure Protection I. Wetsuits C. Buoyancy Compensator Device D. Regulator I. Primary Regulator II. Alternate Air source E. Cylinders F. Weight Systems G. Underwater Instruments I. Submersible Pressure Gauge II. Dive Computers III. Depth Gauges 4. Underwater communications 5. Taking the SDI open water diver course4.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements Students are required to successfully complete the following skills in confined water: 1. Weight system adjustment with proper weighting 2. Pre-dive check of self and buddy 3. Ear clearing and equalization 4. Mask clearing (partial and full at depth) 5. Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) use A. Inflation using low pressure inflator and deflation, at the surface. B. Inflation using low pressure inflator and deflation, at depth. 6. Buoyancy Control A. Controlled ascents. B. Controlled descents. 7. Regulator use. A. Breathing, clearing, and recovery at the surface. B. Breathing, clearing, and recovery at depth. 8. Underwater swimming (proper use of fins). 9. Computer use (use and reading of computer if worn by diver). 10. Use of gauges. 11. Underwater Communications. In order to complete this course, students must 6. Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 10 of 322.doc
  17. 17. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards5. SDI - Future Buddies Program5.1 Introduction This program is designed to provide children between the ages of eight (8) and nine (9) an introduction toscuba diving in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of an insured Instructor.5.2 Qualifications Of Graduates There are no specific qualifications available after graduation.5.3 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor.5.4 Student – Instructor Ratio Academic: 1. Unlimited, so long as adequate facility, supplies and time are provided to insure comprehensive and complete training. Confined Water (Swimming pool-like conditions): 1. A maximum of two (2) students per Instructor. Open Water (Ocean, lake, quarry, spring, river or estuary): 1. N/A.5.5 Student Pre-Requisites The student must: 1. Be a minimum age of eight (8) with parental consent. 2. Demonstrate comfort and adequate swimming skills.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 11 of 322.doc
  18. 18. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards5.6 Course Structure And Duration Confined Water execution: 1. Training depth must not exceed six (6) msw / twenty (20) fsw. 2. One (1) dive required, second dive optional. 3. All dives must be completed during daylight hours and with adequate lighting conditions. Course Structure: 1. SDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skill level. Duration: 1. The suggested number of training hours is four (4).5.7 Administrative Requirements Administrative Tasks: 1. Collect the course fees from all the students. 2. Ensure that the students have the required equipment. 3. Communicate the schedule to the students. 4. Have the students complete the Liability Release and Medical history forms. 5. The Instructor must review the Liability Release and Medical Forms before starting on the course. Upon successful completion of the course the Instructor must: 1. Issue one of the following cards: A. A SDI Experience card. B. A SDI Certification card. Complete and submit the Registration Form to SDI HQ. 2. Award card.5.8 Required Equipment Basic SDI Open Water SCUBA equipment as prescribed earlier in this manual. The exception to this isthat a dive computer is not required, however it is highly recommended.5.9 Required Subject Areas Instructors may use any additional text or materials that they feel help present these topics. The followingtopics must be covered during this course: 1. History of Diving 2. The Aquatic Environment A. Marine Environment.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 12 of 322.doc
  19. 19. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards B. Marine Life. 3. Physics and Physiology A. Buoyancy. B. Pressure. C. Air Spaces I. Equalization Techniques. II. Lung Over-Expansion Problems. D. Breathing Air Under Pressure. 4. Scuba Equipment A. Mask, Fins and Snorkel B. Exposure Protection I. Wetsuits. C. Buoyancy Compensator Device. D. Regulator I. Primary Regulator. II. Alternate Air source. E. Cylinders. F. Weight Systems. G. Underwater Instruments I. Submersible Pressure Gauge. II. Dive Computers. III. Depth Gauges. H. Accessories I. Dive Flag.5.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements The required skills should be performed in Confined Water with a maximum depth of six (6) msw / twenty(20) fsw. 1. Weight system adjustment with proper weighting. 2. Pre-dive check of self and buddy. 3. Mask clearing (partial). 4. Buoyancy Control Devise (BCD) use C. Inflation using low pressure inflator and deflation, at the surface. 5. Buoyancy Control A. Controlled ascents and descents. 6. Regulator use. 7. Underwater swimming (proper use of fins). 8. Use of gauges. 9. Underwater Communications. In order to complete this course, students must: 1. Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 13 of 322.doc
  20. 20. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards6. SDI - Open Water Scuba Diver Course6.1 Introduction This entry-level certification course is designed to give students the necessary skills to conduct open waterdives in conditions similar to their training without the direct supervision of an instructor.6.2 Qualifications Of Graduates Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may: 1. Conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training. 2. Enroll in the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.6.3 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor.6.4 Student – Instructor Ratio Academic: 1. Unlimited, so long as adequate facility, supplies and time are provided to insure comprehensive and complete training. Confined Water (Swimming pool-like conditions): 1. A maximum of eight (8) students per Instructor. 2. Instructors have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an Active Assistant Instructor or Divemaster. 3. The total number of students an instructor may have in the water is twelve (12) with the assistance of two (2) Assistant Instructors or Divemasters. Open Water (Ocean, lake, quarry, spring, river or estuary): 1. A maximum of eight (8) students per Instructor are allowed. However, it is the instructor’s discretion to reduce this number as conditions dictate. 2. Instructors have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an active Assistant Instructor or Divemaster. 3. The total number of students an instructor may have in the water is twelve (12) with the assistance of two (2) Assistant Instructors or Divemasters.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 14 of 322.doc
  21. 21. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards6.5 Student Pre-Requisites The student must: 1. Be a minimum age of eighteen (18), however participants may be between the ages of 10 to 17 years old so long as written parental consent is provided. 2. Students between the ages of ten (10) to fourteen (14) may obtain a Junior Open Water Diver Certification if the following conditions are met: Students are to train and dive under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or active leadership level diver. 3. When a Junior Open Water Diver reaches the age of fifteen (15) years they can upgrade to an Open Water Scuba Diver certification6.6 Course Structure And Duration Open Water execution: 1. Students must complete four (4) Open Water dives and remain underwater for minimum of fifteen (15) minutes on each dive, for a total of 80 minutes. 2. Training depth must be between six (6) msw and eighteen (18) msw / twenty (20) fsw and sixty (60) fsw. 3. A maximum of three (3) dives per day. 4. The maximum depth should not exceed eighteen (18) msw / sixty (60) fsw on all the dives. 5. All dives must be completed during daylight hours. 6. Assistant instructors may lead dives 3 & 4 under indirect supervision so long as all required skills have been evaluated by the instructor and the student is proficient prior to the start of dives three and four. If an AI is to lead dives 3 & 4 the ratio can not exceed 2 un-certified divers to 1 Assistant Instructor 7. Upon successful completion of the dives, the students must complete their logbooks and the instructor must sign off on the completed dives. Course Structure: 1. SDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skill level. Duration: 1. The suggested number of total course training hours is twenty (20).6.7 Administrative Requirements Administrative Tasks: 1. Collect the course fees from all the students. 2. Ensure that the students have the required equipment. 3. Communicate the schedule to the students. 4. Have the students complete the Liability Release and Medical history forms. 5. The Instructor must review the Liability Release and Medical Forms before starting on the course. Upon successful completion of the course the Instructor must: 1. Issue an SDI temporary certification card. Complete and submit the Registration Form to SDI HQ. 2. Award card.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 15 of 322.doc
  22. 22. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards6.8 Required Equipment Basic SDI Open Water SCUBA equipment as prescribed earlier in this manual. The following material is required: 1. SDI Scuba Diver manual and associated Knowledge Quest Book. The following material is available and recommend; 1. SDI Log Book. 2. SDI Scuba Diver video or DVD 3. SDI Confined Water / Open Water Teaching slates. 4. SDI Skill Check-off slate.Instructors may use any additional text or materials that they feel help present these topics. The6.9 Required Subject Areas following topics must be covered during this course: 1. History of Diving 2. The Aquatic Environment a. Vision. b. Light. c. Sound. d. Heat loss. e. Tides. f. Currents. g. Waves. h. Surge. i. Marine Life injuries. 3. Physics and Physiology a. Buoyancy. b. Pressure. c. Boyle’s law. d. Air Spaces i. Lung Over-Expansion Problems. ii. Equalization Techniques. e. Breathing Air Under Pressure i. Decompression Sickness 1. Repetitive Dives. 2. Safety Stops. 3. Emergency Decompression. 4. Omitted Decompression. ii. Nitrogen Narcosis. iii. Oxygen Toxicity. iv. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. v. Mixed Gases vi. Hyperventilation, shallow water blackout 4. Scuba Equipment a. Mask, Fins, and Snorkel.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 16 of 322.doc
  23. 23. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards b. Exposure Protection i. Wetsuits. ii. Dry suits. c. Buoyancy Compensator Device. d. Regulator i. Primary Regulator. ii. Alternate Air source. e. Cylinders. f. Weight Systems. g. Underwater Instruments i. Submersible Pressure Gauge. ii. Dive Computers. iii. Dive Watch. iv. Depth Gauges. v. Compass. h. Accessories i. Dive Flag. ii. Rescue Signal. iii. Knife. iv. Dive Lights. v. Gear Bag. vi. Logbook. vii. Slate. 5. Planning your dive a. Diver Fitness and overexertion b. Orientation to new or local diving environments c. Boat divining procedures d. Buddy System e. First Aid6.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements Students are required to successfully complete the following skills: 1. Swimming evaluation a. Distance swim of two hundred (200) meters non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel or of other swimming aids or three hundred (300) meters non-stop in mask, snorkel, and fins b. Survival swim of ten (10) minutes Note: If an exposure suit is worn for any of the above skills, the wearer must be neutrally buoyant at the surface. 1. Scuba skills a. Scuba system assembly and disassembly. b. Weight system adjustment with proper weighting. c. Removal and replacement of weight system on the surface. d. Removal and replacement of weight system at depth. 2. Pre-dive check of self and buddy. 3. Mask clear – partial, at depth.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 17 of 322.doc
  24. 24. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards 4. Mask clear – full, at depth. 5. Breathing and swimming underwater without a mask. 6. Buoyancy Control Devise (BCD) use: a. Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at the surface. b. Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at depth. c. Removal and replacement at surface. d. Removal and replacement at depth. 7. Buoyancy Control a. Hovering. b. Controlled ascents. c. Controlled descents. 8. Regulator use a. Breathing, clearing, and recovery at the surface. b. Breathing, clearing, and recovery at depth. 9. Underwater swimming (proper use of fins). 10. Entries and exits a. Controlled seated entry. b. Back-roll entry. c. Giant stride entry. d. Shallow water exit. e. Deep water exit. 11. Snorkel use a. Adjustment. b. Clearing (blast method) c. Regulator snorkel exchange at the surface d. Surface snorkel swim in full gear 12. Computer Use a. Reading and understanding data b. Understanding functions of computer 13. Use of gauges 14. Underwater Communications 15. Rescue techniques a. Tired diver tows. b. Cramp relief. 17. Out-of-air emergencies A. Controlled swimming ascent. B. Alternate Air source use (Air sharing with a buddy while making a controlled ascent) In order to complete this course, students must: 1. Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution. 2. Satisfactorily complete the SDI Scuba Diver Knowledge Quest. 3. Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 18 of 322.doc
  25. 25. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards7. SDI - Inactive Diver Program - Refresher Course7.1 Introduction The Inactive Diver program is designed to update and review the knowledge and skill level of an inactivediver. SDI encourages the use of this program for Instructors, Assistant Instructors, Divemasters and Resorts orDive Facilities that have questions regarding the diving history of an individual. This program can also be used as acatalyst for continuing education programs.7.2 Qualifications Of Graduates Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may: 1. Enroll in the Advanced Diver development program or Specialty courses depending on what their prior certification was. 2. Dive without the direct supervision of an instructor.7.3 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor. 2. An SDI Assistant Instructor.7.4 Student – Instructor Ratio Academic: 1. Unlimited, so long as adequate facility, supplies and time are provided to insure comprehensive and complete training. Confined Water (Swimming pool-like conditions): 1. A maximum of ten (10) students per Instructor or Assistant instructor. Open Water (Ocean, lake, quarry, spring, river or estuary): 1. A maximum of eight (8) students per Instructor are allowed. However, it is the instructor’s discretion to reduce this number as conditions dictate.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 19 of 322.doc
  26. 26. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards7.5 Student Pre-Requisites To participate in the Inactive Diver course, the individual must: 1. Have proof of a certification card.7.6 Course Structure and Duration Water execution: 1. Training depth must not exceed eighteen (18) meter / sixty (60) feet. 2. One (1) dive required, second dive optional. 3. All dives must be completed during adequate lighting conditions. Course Structure: 1. SDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skill level. Duration: 1. The suggested number of training hours is four (4).7.7 Administrative Requirements Administrative Tasks: 1. Collect the course fees from all the students. 2. Ensure that the students have the required equipment. 3. Communicate the schedule to the students. 4. Have the students complete the Liability Release and Medical history forms. 5. The Instructor must review the Liability Release and Medical Forms before starting on the course. There is no card to issue upon successful completion of the course.7.8 Required Equipment Basic SDI Open Water SCUBA equipment as prescribed earlier in this manual, personal dive computer (PDC) not required but strongly recommended.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 20 of 322.doc
  27. 27. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards7.9 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements Although one (1) In-Water training dive is required (In-Water training outline is provided) the Instructor orAssistant Instructor may use their discretion with reference to the skills needed to complete the dive. SDI offers thefollowing outline: 1. Plan Dive A. Equalization techniques. B. Communication signals. C. Lung over-expansion problems. D. Review of dive computer. 2. Scuba system assembly. 3. Weights adjustment / mask defog. 4. Don scuba system. 5. Adequate entry for site conditions. 6. Controlled descent. 7. Computer check, if used. 8. Regulator clearing. 9. Regulator recovery. 10. Mask Clearing. 11. Fin use. 12. Buoyancy control – hovering. 13. Underwater tour. 14. Computer check. 15. Controlled ascent – computer assisted. 16. Exit. 17. Disassemble scuba system. 18. Log Dive. In order to complete this course, students must: 1. Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution. 2. Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 21 of 322.doc
  28. 28. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards8. SDI – Advanced Diver Development Program8.1 Introduction The SDI Advanced Diver Development Program was created to make truly “Advanced Divers.” Underthe old way of training a student could take an Advanced Course right after an Open Water course and only have atotal of nine (9) dives all under the direct training of an instructor. The SDI – Advanced Diver Developmentprogram requires a new OW student to take four (4) SDI specialties or equivalent, along with having a total oftwenty (25) logged dives. SDI feels a diver will truly be “Advanced” after this is accomplished.8.2 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor or Assistant Instructor, qualified to teach specialties.8.3 Graduation Requirements Advanced Diver Certification procedures for students: 1. Completion of four (4) specialty courses. 2. Completion of twenty five (25) logged dives. 3. After the previous requirements are met and verified by an Instructor, the Instructor simply fills out a Diver Registration form or a Pre-paid Diver certification form to file for the Advanced Diver certification card. 4. Requirements for Junior Advanced include the above so long as the 4 specialty courses they have taken are allowed by their age.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 22 of 322.doc
  29. 29. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards9. SDI - Rescue Diver Course9.1 Introduction The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individualto effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid.9.2 Qualifications Of Graduates Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may: 1. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are able to conduct rescues to distressed divers. 2. Upon successful completion on this course, graduates are qualified to: A. Enroll in the SDI Divemaster Course. B. Enroll in the Master Diver Program9.3 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor.9.4 Student – Instructor Ratio Academic: 1. Unlimited, so long as adequate facility, supplies and time are provided to insure comprehensive and complete training. Confined Water (Swimming pool-like conditions): 1. A maximum of ten (10) students per Instructor. 2. Instructors have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an Active Assistant Instructor or Divemaster. 3. The total number of students an instructor may have in the water is twelve (12) with the assistance of one (1) Assistant Instructors or Divemasters. Open Water (Ocean, lake, quarry, spring, river or estuary): 1. A maximum of eight (8) students per Instructor are allowed. However, it is the instructor’s discretion to reduce this number as conditions dictate. 2. Instructors have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an active Assistant Instructor or Divemaster. 3. The total number of students an instructor may have in the water is ten (10) with the assistance of one (1) Assistant Instructors or Divemasters.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 23 of 322.doc
  30. 30. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards9.5 Student Pre-Requisites 1. Minimum age eighteen (18). 2. Minimum age fifteen (15) with parental consent. 3. Current CPR and First Aid certification. 4. Advanced Diver certification or forty (40) logged Open Water dives.9.6 Course Structure And Duration Instructors are required to teach and evaluate all the following skills: 1. On the surface identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating: A. Breathing difficulties. B. Tiredness. C. Leg cramp. D. Early panic symptoms. 2. Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately six (6) msw / twenty (20) fsw. 3. Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver fifty (50) meter / one hundred and fifty (150) feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing. 4. Once reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one (1) aid, removing the diver from the water. Course Structure: 1. SDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skill level. Duration: 1. The suggested number of training hours is twelve (12). 2. Of the suggested twelve (12) hours, eight (8) of the suggested hours should be performed in Open Water conditions.9.7 Administrative Requirements Administrative Tasks: 1. Collect the course fees from all the students. 2. Ensure that the students have the required equipment. 3. Communicate the schedule to the students. 4. Have the students complete the Liability Release and Medical history forms. 5. The Instructor must review the Liability Release and Medical Forms before starting on the course. Upon successful completion of the course the Instructor must: 1. Issuing a SDI Certification card. Complete and submit the Registration Form to SDI HQ. 2. Award card.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 24 of 322.doc
  31. 31. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards9.8 Required Equipment Basic SDI Open Water SCUBA equipment as prescribed earlier in this manual, with the addition of acutting device.9.9 Required Subject Areas The SDI Rescue Diver manual is required for this course. Instructors may use any additional text ormaterials that they feel help present these topics. The following topics must be covered during this course: Instructors are required to cover all the following topics: 1. Prevention and causes of diving accidents A. Stress and psychological factors i.e. the panic syndrome in self and others. B. Physical conditioning. C. Equipment. D. Surface drowning syndrome. 2. Diving lifesaving A. Self rescue. B. Diver assists. C. Surface and underwater rescues. D. Types of transports. E. In-water artificial respiration. F. Boat and shore exit techniques. G. Diver First Aid. H. Introduction to O2 administration. 3. Hyperbaric injuries and management A. Information collection. B. Access to hyperbaric chambers. 4. Accident management A. Access to emergency transport/assistance. B. Accident reporting. C. Liability and related legal considerations.9.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements In order to complete this course, students must: 1. Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution. 2. Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently. 3. Satisfactorily complete the SDI Rescue Diver written examination located in the SDI Rescue Manual or equivalent.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 25 of 322.doc
  32. 32. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards10. SDI – Master Scuba Diver Development Program10.1 Introduction The SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program was created to make truly “Master Divers”. The SDI –Master Scuba Diver Development program requires a new Open Water student to have a total of four (4) SDIspecialties and the Rescue Diver course, along with having a total of fifty (50) logged dives. SDI feels a diver willtruly be “Master Scuba Diver” after this is accomplished.10.2 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. An active SDI Instructor qualified to teach specialties.10.3 Graduation Requirements Master Scuba Diver Certification procedures for students: 1. Completion of four (4) specialty courses. 2. Completion of fifty (50) logged dives. 3. Completion of the Rescue Diver course. 4. After the previous requirements are met and verified by an Instructor, the Instructor simply fills out a Diver Registration form or a Pre-paid Diver certification form to file for the Master Diver certification card.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 26 of 322.doc
  33. 33. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards11. SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver Course11.1 IntroductionThis entry-level certification course is designed to give students the necessary skills to safely conduct open waterdives in conditions similar to their training using the Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System without the directsupervision of an instructor. This course is specific to the Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System and is not intendedto train participants in the use of conventional scuba diving equipment. Therefore, use of conventional scuba divingequipment by participants during this program is prohibited.11.2 Qualifications Of GraduatesUpon successful completion of this course, graduates may: 1. Conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training using the Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System to a maximum depth of 30 feet (9 meters)11.3 Who May Teach Who may teach this course? 1. Any active SDI/Mini-B Instructor who has completed the SDI/Mini-B Instructor’s Online Orientation Course and has a Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System on hand for training purposes.11.4 Student – Instructor Ratio Academic: 1. Unlimited as all required academic presentations and evaluations are conducted online. Topside student contact sessions also have no maximum student to instructor ratio, so long as adequate facility, supplies and time are provided to insure comprehensive and complete training. Confined Water (Swimming pool-like conditions): 1. A maximum of ten (10) students per Instructor. 2. Instructors have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an Active Assistant Instructor or Divemaster. 3. The total number of students an instructor may have in the water is fourteen (14) with the assistance of two (2) Assistant Instructors or Divemasters. Open Water (Ocean, lake, quarry, spring, river or estuary): 1. A maximum of eight (8) students per Instructor are allowed. However, it is the instructor’s discretion to reduce this number as conditions dictate. 2. Instructors have the option of adding two (2) more students with the assistance of an active Assistant Instructor or Divemaster. 3. The total number of students an instructor may have in the water is twelve (12) with the assistance of two (2) Assistant Instructors or Divemasters.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 27 of 322.doc
  34. 34. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards11.5 Student Pre-Requisites The student must: 1. Be a minimum age of eighteen (18), however participants may be between the ages of 10 to 17 years old so long as written parental consent is provided. 2. Students between the ages of ten (10) to fourteen (14) may obtain a Junior SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver Certification if the following conditions are met: Students are to train and dive under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or active leadership level diver. 3. When a Junior SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver reaches the age of fifteen (15) years they can upgrade to an SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver certification 4. Successfully complete the swimming evaluation. 5. Successfully complete the online SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver academic course.11.6 Course Structure And Duration Open Water execution: 1. Students must complete two (2) Open Water dives in warm, clear, and calm waters with a maximum depth of 30 feet (9 meters). 2. Remain underwater for minimum of twenty (20) minutes on each dive, for a total of forty (40) minutes. 3. Training depth must be between three (3) msw and nine (9) msw / fifteen (15) fsw and thirty (30) fsw. 4. A maximum of three (3) Open Water dives per day. 5. All dives must be completed during daylight hours. 6. Upon successful completion of the dives, the students must complete their logbooks and the SDI/Mini- B instructor must sign off on the completed dives. 7. The SDI/Mini-B instructor must record all in-water and topside training events on the student’s record folder and online training record. Course Structure: 1. Academic requirements are fulfilled by way of an Internet based online training program developed by Scuba Diving International. 2. All topics are presented in the context of using the Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System in warm, clear, and calm waters with a maximum depth of 30 feet (9 meters). 3. SDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skill level. Duration: 1. The typical number of student online learning hours is three (3) to five (5) 2. The suggested number of student contact training hours is eight (8).SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 28 of 322.doc
  35. 35. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards11.7 Administrative Requirements Administrative Tasks: 1. Collect the course fees from all the students. 2. Ensure that the students have the required equipment. 3. Communicate the schedule to the students. 4. Have the students complete the Liability Release and Medical history forms. 5. The Instructor must review the Liability Release and Medical Forms before starting the course and compare to the answers given during the student’s online training phase. 6. Verify successful completion of the academic phase of training by way of the online training system. Upon successful completion of the course the Instructor must: 1. Complete the student’s online record of in-water and topside training activities and dives. 2. Issue an SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver Certification card. 3. Complete and submit the registration form to SDI HQ.11.8 Required Equipment 1. Students A. Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System that includes: I. High pressure air cylinder of 28 to 40 cubic feet (3.8 to 5 Liter) capacity II. Integrated buoyancy compensator device with auto-inflator mechanism III. Factory supplied regulator with primary and alternate second stages IV. Submersible pressure gauge and depth gauge integrated into a console V. Mini-B rucksack and backboard B. Mask C. Fins D. Snorkel E. Weights and belt with quick release buckle F. Protective dive suit (if needed) 2. Instructor and Certified Assistants A. Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System or conventional SCUBA system with alternate air source, pressure and depth gauges B. Mask C. Fins D. Snorkel E. Weights and belt with quick release buckle (if needed) F. Protective dive suit (if needed) NOTE: It is recommended that the instructor wear a Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba System to reinforce that conventional scuba is not used for Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diving™.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 29 of 322.doc
  36. 36. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards11.9 Required Subject Areas The following material is available: 1. SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver Online course 2. SDI Log Book. 3. SDI Confined Water / Open Water Teaching slates. 4. SDI Skill Check-off slate. Instructors may use any additional text or materials that they feel help present these topics. The following topics must be covered during online course: 1. History of Diving 2. The Aquatic Environment A. Vision. B. Light. C. Sound. D. Heat loss. E. Tides. F. Currents. G. Waves. H. Surge. I. Marine Life injuries. 3. Physics and Physiology A. Buoyancy. B. Pressure. C. Boyle’s law. D. Air Spaces I. Lung Over-Expansion Problems. II. Equalization Techniques. E. Breathing Air Under Pressure I. Decompression Sickness II. Nitrogen Narcosis. III. Oxygen Toxicity. IV. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. 4. Scuba Equipment A. Mask, Fins, and Snorkel. B. Exposure Protection I. Wetsuits. II. Skinsuits C. Mini-B Integrated Buoyancy Compensator Device. D. Mini-B Integrated Regulator I. Primary Regulator. II. Alternate Air source. E. Mini-B Integrated Cylinders I. Use II. Removal and replacement III. Care and inspection requirements F. Weight Systems. G. Underwater InstrumentsSDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 30 of 322.doc
  37. 37. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards I. Submersible Pressure Gauge. II. Dive Watch. III. Depth Gauges. H. Accessories I. Dive Flag. II. Rescue Signal. III. Knife/Cutting tool. IV. Logbook. V. Slate. 5. Planning your dive A. Diver Fitness and overexertion. B. Buddy System. C. First Aid.11.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements Students are required to successfully complete the following skills: 1. Swimming evaluation A. Distance swim of two hundred (200) meter non-stop using any stroke or three hundred (300) meter non-stop in mask, snorkel and fins. B. Survival swim of ten (10) minutes. 2. Scuba skills A. Mini-B assembly and disassembly. B. Weight system adjustment with proper weighting. C. Removal and replacement of weight system on the surface. D. Removal and replacement of weight system at depth. 3. Pre-dive check of self and buddy. 4. Mask clear – partial, at depth. 5. Mask clear – full, at depth. 6. Breathing and swimming underwater without a mask. 7. Mini-B Integrated Buoyancy Control Devise (BCD) use: A. Inflation and deflation (oral/auto) at the surface. B. Inflation and deflation (auto) at depth. C. Removal and replacement at surface. 8. Buoyancy Control A. Hovering. B. Controlled ascents. C. Controlled descents. D. Not exceeding the planned depth of the dive and/or 30 feet (9 meters). 9. Regulator use A. Breathing, clearing, and recovery at the surface. B. Breathing, clearing, and recovery at depth. C. Alternate Air source use (Air sharing with a buddy while making a controlled ascent) 10. Underwater swimming (proper use of fins). 11. Entries and exits A. Controlled seated entry. B. Back-roll entry.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 31 of 322.doc
  38. 38. SDI Instructor Manual Date: 11/19/2004 Part 2 – SDI Diver Revision: 5.0 Standards C. Giant stride entry. D. Shallow water exit. E. Deep water exit. 12. Snorkel use A. Adjustment. B. Clearing (blast method). 13. Use of gauges. 14. Underwater Communications. 15. Rescue techniques A. Tired diver tows. B. Cramp relief. 16. Out-of-air emergencies: simulated swimming ascent ending with establishing positive buoyancy upon reaching the surface In order to complete this course, students must: 1. Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution. 2. Satisfactorily complete the SDI/Mini-B Shallow Water Scuba Diver Final Knowledge Quest via the online training system. 3. Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently.SDI Instructor Manual - Part Page 32 of 322.doc

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