Operation Blue Pride is offering the PADI Advanced Open Water Certification and Dry Suit Classes through MASS Diving, Inc.
The number of spaces available for these classes is limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. A deposit is required on registration, see the deposit requirements at the OBP Program link.
ADVANCED OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION
The PADI Advanced Open Water Certification consists of One Classroom Session and 5 dives over 3 days.
Day One consists of two shore dives - Peak Performance Buoyancy and Underwater Navigation. During the Peak Performance Buoyancy dive, students will have the opportunity to achieve proper weighting, improve their proper buoyancy skills underwater, develop good breathing skills, and improve their overall comfort level in the water. On dive two, students will learn both natural and compass navigation.
Day Two consists of two dives that will be conducted from a boat - Deep Diving (between 60 and 100 feet) and Underwater Naturalist.
Day Three, the Advanced Open Water course will conclude with a Night divefrom the shore.
Pre-requisites: 1. Complete the PADI Continuing Education Documentation including the Medical Questionnaire. 2. PADI Open Water certification (or equivalent). 3. Students must have dove in New England within two months prior to class start date. This course is not an introduction or a refresher course to New England diving.
Home Study Requirements: Students are required to complete the Scuba Review section in the Adventures in Diving manual and read the chapters and complete the knowledge reviews for following chapters - Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation, Boat, Deep, Underwater Naturalist, and Night Diver sections prior to the orientation night.
Classroom Session: The Scuba Review, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation, Night, Boat, Deep, and Underwater Naturalist sections will be reviewed and discussed the night of class at MASS Diving.
Equipment Required: Full SCUBA equipment including a regulator with an octopus or redundant air, dive computer, and compass. Other equipment needed: an audible device (whistle or dive alert), primary dive light, back up light, tank light, underwater slate, and a log book. (PADI encyclopedia is not required, but is highly recommended.) Operation Blue Pride maintains this equipment (other than the underwater slate, log book and PADI encyclopedia) at MASS Diving and is available for "rental", at no cost to the Veteran.
Tuition, Student Kit (including PADI Adventure manual & slate, and student folder), Log Book and Boat Fee are paid by Operation Blue Pride.
Schedule: Thursday Night 6pm - Orientation and Classroom Session at MASS Diving Saturday Morning - Shore Dives - Peak Performance Buoyancy and Underwater Navigation Sunday Morning/Afternoon - Boat Dives - Deep Diver and Underwater Naturalist (BFW and Paddock Rock) Saturday Evening - Night
DRY SUIT DIVING CLASS
The PADI Dry Suit Course covers the following: Dry suit materials Proper selection and fit Choosing the proper undergarment Care and maintenance The academics & technical aspects of diving dry Proper diving technique
To receive a PADI Dry Suit Certification, students must have a PADI Open Water Certification Card or equivalent, and must complete two dry suit ocean dives.
This course is a pre-requisite for dry suit rentals.
Materials Needed: PADI Dry Suit Manual, PADI Drysuit DVD, Dry Suit and Undergarment Rental (Pool/Ocean). Dry Suit Manual, PADI Dry Suit DVD and Undergarment Rental are paid by Operation Blue Pride.
Pool Training: During the pool session we will go over how to properly don and doff the dry suit, buoyancy check at the surface, proper descent and ascent, neutral buoyancy at depth, proper kicking and positioning techniques, recovery from excess gas in the feet, plus removal and replacement of both the scuba unit and weight system at the surface.
Ocean Training: Dive 1: Surface buoyancy check, neutral buoyancy fin pivot, hovering, tour, neutralize buoyancy during ascent, ascent with safety stop.
Dive 2: Neutralize buoyancy at depth, disconnect and reconnect dry suit hose, tour, neutralize buoyance during ascent, and ascent with safety stop.
Pre-requisites: Minimum age is 15 with a PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent rating.
Schedule: Saturday 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Classroom) 5:00pm to 8:30pm (Pool) Sunday, 7:00am to 1:00pm (Ocean Dives)
Classroom sessions are conducted at MASS Diving, Inc. Pool sessions are conducted at the Wayland Community Pool - 258 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA.