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  • Advanced Buoyancy Control Diver

Advanced Buoyancy Control Diver

Introducing a diver to the benefits of controlling his buoyancy usually has a great positive effect, an effect that will enhance the diver’s sense of enjoyment and feeling of accomplishment. This specialty is designed to increase the open water diver’s understanding of the factors that influence buoyancy, and to train the diver how to use the means available to him as methods for controlling his buoyancy. The added benefits to the marine and freshwater environments, cannot be overstated; as well as a diver that has better control of himself in conjunction with his environment.

Please note we will be training at several different confined water locations around Central Ohio, so please be sure to check out the location listed for each class. 

Don't see a class that works with your schedule? Contact us to talk about additional class options

Starting from
$175.00

Availability: In Stock

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to improve and/or fine-tune their buoyancy to prevent damage to the underwater world.

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Advanced Buoyancy Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why do we care about buoyancy?
    • Don’t touch the aquatic life, save the environment
    • Less fatigue, less effort required, more fun
    • Reduced air consumption = more bottom time
    • Able to control buoyancy = better pictures or video
  • When must a buoyancy check be performed?
    • When equipment is changed
    • When diving environment is changed
    • Have not been diving for a while
    • During every dive
  • Buoyancy factors
    • Additional equipment; photo, video, extra cylinder, extra equipment, dive lights, etc
    • Cylinder weight changes during a dive as air is consumed from the cylinder, dependent on cylinder size
    • Using lungs vs. BCD.
    • Using BCD vs. dry suit
    • Staying physically fit
    • Breathing patterns and technique
    • Compression of suit due to water pressure
    • Weights – position and distribution and what impact that may have
    • Streamlining equipment
    • Streamlining body (body positions)
    • Efficient kicking style
    • Practicing your skills
    • Weighting
      • Swimsuit
      • 3mm and 5mm wet suit
      • Cold-water suit with hood
      • Dry suit
    • How to perform a standard buoyancy check; with an almost empty cylinder

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Assembling of dive equipment
  • Pre-dive check
  • Perform a pre-dive buoyancy check with almost empty cylinder
  • Adjust weight to achieve correct buoyancy
  • Change cylinder and use a full cylinder
  • Do a pre-dive buoyancy check with full cylinder
  • Controlled descent
  • Hovering exercises
    • Fine-tune with breath control
    • Fine-tune with BCD or dry suit
    • Close to bottom exercises, no touch
  • Swimming exercises
  • Ascent that includes a safety stop hovering; simulate safety stop if in pool
  • Log dive, noting the amount of weight used
  • Change to a full cylinder
  • Do a pre-dive buoyancy check with the full cylinder
  • Controlled descent
  • Hovering exercises
    • Fine-tune with breath control
    • Fine-tune with BCD or dry suit
    • Close to bottom exercises, no touch
  • Ascent that includes a safety stop hovering; simulate safety stop if in pool
  • Log dive, noting the amount of weight used

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in advanced buoyancy diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

The SDI Advanced Buoyancy Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

What Gear is Provided for Class

  • Cylinders (tanks)
  • Weight
  • We offer 50% off rentals if you need to rent life support, personal gear or a wetsuit for this class
  • We highly recommend wearing a wetsuit for this class. Our pools are kept at 80-82 degrees

How to Prepare for Class

You will receive a detailed email with instructions regarding how to prepare for class from training@aquaticadventuresohio.com. If you do not receive this email, please be sure to let us know ASAP. 

Here is an overview of what is required before your first day of class:

  • Log into your SDI account and sign the required waivers. There is a medical waiver that may require a doctor's signature if you answer YES to certain questions. For instructions on how to access this, please click here
  • Contact us ASAP if you need to rent any gear for class

What to Bring to Class

  • Dr signature on your medical form, if required. You can also upload this to your SDI account
  • Your life support gear, a wetsuit and your personal gear unless you are renting from us. If renting from us we will bring this gear to the pool
  • Swimsuit - we also recommend a rash guard or skin if you have one
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Snack

Cancellation Policy

We understand that issues and sickness due arise. You can find the details of our cancellation policy by clicking here

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