Learning Objectives

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  1. To be able to describe the features and how to select, maintain and use of typical scuba equipment.
  2. Be able to understand the physical principles of Sound; Light; Buoyancy; Pressure/gas laws; and Temperature matter, their application to diving activities and hazards.
  3. Describe the physical and physiological characteristics of the various systems (i.e. Respiratory, Circulatory, etc) in your body that are important to divers and the affects that diving has on these systems.
  4. To be able to identify various Medical Problems Related to Diving including information on the causes, symptoms, prevention, first aid and treatment of diving medical problems.
  5. To be able to describe the direct effects of pressure on descent and on ascent.
  6. Know the causes, symptoms, prevention, and first aid related to the direct effects of pressure on the various air spaces in the human body.
  7. To be able to describe the indirect Effects of Pressure and other potential physical and psychological hazards typical to divers including causes, symptoms, prevention, and first aid.
  8. Obtain a basic understanding of decompression theory, use of dive tables and/or dive computers for safe diving.
  9. Calculate no-decompression limits, plan a dive and safely complete it within the no-decompression limits.
  10. Be able to calculate a divers individual SAC and RMV.
  11. Be able to state recommended diving practices, including depths; safety stops; ascent rates and flying after diving.
  12. How to adjust buoyancy, how good buoyancy is defined and know what it means to be properly weighted for a dive.
  13. Understand the need for an emergency action plan that is developed prior to any emergency and what to do or how to implement an emergency action plan in case of a diving emergency.
  14. Understand the importance of being a good steward of the marine environments, by using techniques that minimize impacts on the marine environment.
  15. Develop an awareness of the importance of conservation and preservation of marine resources.
  16. How to obtain information about the general diving conditions in diving environments and other areas unfamiliar to the diver.
  17. Be able to Identify conditions at the dive site that may affect your dive such as possible hazards and techniques to safely complete the dive.
  18. Know the difference between solo diving and being a self-sufficient diver.
  19. Be able to identify the qualities that make a good buddy and how to be a good dive buddy on a dive.