The functioning of diving equipment is a fascinating subject. This is why it is so surprising that there are hardly any books available that give real insight in the functioning of regulators, valves, BCDs and other equipment items. This course and the related materials do.
Step-by-step complicated technical features are “brought to life” with the help of text, drawings, pictures and video. All common equipment features are covered. Subjects such as regulator freezing, testing the condition of diving equipment in the field and calculations of regulator performance make this course to one that can really be said to provide “in-depth knowledge”.
The course is modular. At the end of each segment you answer questions related to the knowledge you just acquired. Correct answers then give you access to the next course segment. After completion of the last segment, you receive a document that allows you access to the practical part of the course. With this document you can address yourself to one of the instructors that are qualified for this program to complete the practical part and to become certified as an Advanced Equipment Specialty Diver.
During the practical part of your training you learn how to do small repairs to your equipment and observe the annual service of a regulator. You will also learn and practice a test that allows you to test the condition of regulators without any tools or instruments and that can thus be performed at any time and place. The instructor will also require you to write a test based on the information you have learned in this online course.
This specialty addresses itself to divers who “really want to know how equipment works”. The subject can at times be complicated, but a lot of effort has been invested in a course plan that progresses in small steps – this and avoiding complicated terminology have aided in a course program that can help all to get a grip on this fascinating subject. This distinctive specialty goes far beyond the “normal” level of knowledge on diving equipment. It develops a real understanding of subjects such as balanced and non-balanced, the functioning of rebreathers, the difference between various cylinders and so on. The text is supported by pictures, drawings and video.
For participation in this course you must be a certified diver. The minimum required level is PADI Open Water Diver or an equivalent certification level from another training organization. The official minimum age is 12, but you must be advised that this course has an advanced level that will proof to be too challenging for most kids of that age.
The price for the online part of your training is 99 Euro. For the price of the practical part, you can address yourself to the internet page of the instructor of your choice. After completion of the last course segment, your access code will remain active for another month. This allows you to refresh your memory before starting the practical part of your training.