Course Outline

You will be getting wet! So, you will need what you would normally take to go swimming (a swimsuit, a towel, etc.). Your instructor will help fit you and explain the use of special equipment for your experience. This will include the following:

  • Mask and fins
  • Snorkel
  • Appropriate exposure protection
  • Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA or scuba) equipment
    • A scuba cylinder that holds the air you will breathe
    • A primary regulator (second stage) that delivers the air from the cylinder
    • A backup regulator second stage (alternate air source or AAS)
  • Submersible pressure gauge (SPG) to monitor the amount of air in your cylinder
  • Buoyancy control device (BCD) to enable you to adjust your buoyancy
  • Weight on a belt or in pouches (quick-release system) to overcome the buoyancy effect of you and your thermal protection, enabling you to descend in the water column under control
  • Float, flag, and marker buoy
  • Cylinder-support systems
  • Timing devices
  • Depth gauge/depth monitor
  • Dive tables
  • Personal dive computers (PDCs)
  • Knife/cutting device
  • Lights
  • Emergency signaling device (acoustical or optical) to attract the attention of your buddy or surface support for assistance or to signal that you are okay
  • First-aid and oxygen kit, consisting of a basic sports first-aid kit and therapeutic oxygen at the dive site (required by all dive professionals)
  • Personal diving log to record details from your dive (The RAID online dive log is convenient and available to all students. Use it.)

Note: When additional equipment is required, relevant training needs to be provided. In environments where surface marker buoys (SMBs) or delayed SMBs (DSMBs) are commonly used, further instruction is required.

We recommend that whenever possible, you purchase your personal items—which include your mask, snorkel, fins, and exposure protection—prior to your in-person training. Consult your dive center to ensure the equipment meets the specific requirements for the type of diving that you will be doing now and in the future.

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