Safety & Risk, Divemaster Conducted Programs and Specialised Skills & Activities
I’ve recently completed a few more e-learning modules.
Diver Safety & Risk Management - 56 slides in 1.5 hours
Divemaster Conducted Programs - 52 slides in 1.1 hours
Specialized Skills & Activities - 95 slides in 2 hours
Diver Saftey & Risk Management
It should be no surprise that I found the Specialised Skills & Activities module the most interesting and the Diver Safety & Risk Management one a little dry in comparison.
That’s not to say it’s not important. Far from it. Diver safety is always the main factor when making any dive-related decision. Risk elimination and mitigation are closely related to this. PADI has assisted with all these aspects by having standard procedures to follow (including various Guide Books) and standard forms. They even do regular quality management checks to ensure everyone is following these correctly and consistently.
It was very informative to learn about this aspect and a critical component of the course.
Divemaster Conducted Programs
The Divemaster Conducted Programs was another informative module as it gave me more information about what courses a qualified Divemaster is able to take themselves and where they can assist an Instructor.
I hadn’t realised there were so many!
It covered who the intended participants are for each program as well as the approach and philosophy for the Scuba Review, Discover Local Diving, Skin Diver Course, Discover Scuba Diving and the two speciality dive courses - Digital Underwater Photography and Emergency Oxygen Provider.
I’m quite excited to learn how to do this from a practical perspective. It fits in well with learning how to demonstrate those 20 basic skills from the Open Water course too.
I also enjoy underwater photography so this gives me a good excuse to practice more. Not that I needed another reason!
Specialised Skills & Activities
The Specialised Skills & Activities part is more interesting to me as it involved learning how to map a dive site, search and recovery, the various signaling devices and marker buoys, as well as the procedures, equipment and aspects to consider with various dive activities such as diving from a boat, night diving, drift diving, altitude diving and, something I’m unlikely to do, cold water diving.
That’s not entirely true. I’d like to do this in Iceland between the North American and Eurasian continents. It’s called the Silfra fissure and visibility is around 100m. It’s glacial waters so tit will involve learning how to dive in a dry suit which will be an interesting experience. I consider myself to be more of a warm water diver which is also why it’s unlikely I’ll end up diving in another lake after the Silfra fissure as these tend to be a bit chilly.
A few more modules to go and it’s not long until I leave for Mauritius!