Thursday, April 20, 2006

Technical Diving International - Surface Supplied Air Course - July 2006 - Klamath Falls OR

Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team
Technical Diving International (TDI)
Surface Supplied Tender
Surface Supplied Air Diver
Surface Supplied Air Operator
Courses to be offered July 2006

This July Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team will host a series of surface supplied air courses. The certification will be through Technical Diving International (TDI).

The courses include:
surface supplied tender
surface supplied air diver
surface supplied operator

In addition, a surface supplied nitrox diver course can be provided if the interest is warranted.

Please email if you are interested or want additional information on costs and dates.

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Drager Dolphin Rebreather Training - Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team - Scheduled October 2006 - Klamath Falls Oregon

Drager Dolphin Semi-Closed Curcuit Rebreather Training
Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team
Scheduled October 2006
Klamath Falls Oregon

At the request of the Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team, we will be traveling to Klamath Falls to conduct semi-closed curcuit rebreather training.

The Team believes that rebreathers can make their job easier, especially on potentially long and shallow, body and evidence, recoveries using the standard public safety diving search patterns in all areas of the county and it's environs.

At this time we have been authorized to conduct the training for eight members of the Special Underwater Investigation and Training Squad (S.U.I.T.S.) of the Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team. All members are currently nitrox (EANx) certified and gas blending certified. All members are currently at a minimum level of divemaster, with some at the assistant instructor level and the remaining members are at the instructor level.

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YSCUBA Instructor Institute - 2006

YMCA Scuba Instructor Institute
YMCA Scuba Diving Instructor Crossover Institute

Course Details and Costs as of 04/20/06


Books and Materials: $300 which includes shipping to your address from three different sources. This fee is due upon sign up. It can be made by check or deposited into a US Bank account in your area. If this option is used, an account number will be made available.

YMCA Instructor Trainer (IT) Fees: Deposited prior to first class. Email for current fees.

YMCA Scuba Agency Fees: $225 payable to YMCA at successful completion of the course.

You provide:

Pool: Suitable YMCA or equivalent pool (6-foot minimum depth, fees, etc. (for both student and IT)) for pool sessions on both days (2 – 3 hour minimum each day). Times need not be the same.

Equipment: Standard Leadership Diving Equipment for pool only use. List is provided in the Materials listed above. (We will not be going to the open water unless the IT deems it necessary, and this will be an extra expense and time for the IT and student(s)).

Cylinders: One for the IT and one for you filled with at least 2250 psi of air.

Time: Expect that we would meet around 8 am the first day and go until 5 pm the first day depending on the number of candidates and just how active the discussion is and then at 9 am and go until 4 pm the second day, if all goes well and the candidates produce acceptable results.

Be expected to Complete:

Swim Test: Be prepared to take the swim test as outlined in the materials on the first day of the class.

Take Home Exam: Complete the exam prior to class, provided in the materials, and we will discuss during class.

Paper Work Requirements:

Provide the YMCA Instructor Trainer with copies of the following:
Your $1,000,000 (minimum) scuba diving instructional liability insurance
(prior to certification by YMCA, a binder will need to be provided to the YMCA showing the YMCA as an additional insured)
current medical history form completed by a physician
instructor ratings and specialty ratings (cards)
current CPR card
current First Aid card
current oxygen administration certification.


Please check or for a list of all of them.

Thank you for your interest in the YSCUBA program.

Phillip E. Graf
YMCA Scuba Diving Instructor Trainer

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Public Safety Diving - Training Weekend - September 2006

Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team
Hosting a PSD Training Opportunity
Come Join Us

Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team is hosting a Public Safety Diving (PSD) Weekend, September 8, 9 and 10, 2006, at Lake of the Woods, Klamath County, Oregon.

Public Safety Diving Instructors from Washington and Oregon plan on attending to assist the Klamath County Sheriff Dive Rescue Instructors.

Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) and Public Safety Diving Association (PSDA) public safety diving instructors will be on hand to conduct classes, specialties, discussions, in-water work, and control of the overall training aspects.

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Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) (Public Safety Diving) ERD I course - McCall Idaho - August 2006

McCall (Idaho) Fire/Dive Rescue Team is hosting an Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) ERD I course in McCall, Idaho from August 11, 12 and 13, 2006.

For more details email about course fees, times, and equipment needs, etc.

The following is a brief outline of the course:

ERD I (Emergency Response Diver I)

This entry level emergency response diving course is designed to give the public safety diver the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of a public safety dive team. This course is OSHA and NFPA compliant as is with all other ERDI courses.

Topics such as:

problem solving
tender skills
search patterns
evidence handling
are covered just to name a few.

Dive skills include:

executing search patterns
victim recovery
decontamination procedures
among others.

ERD I also serves as a prerequisite to ERD I Ops Components courses.

ERD I Ops Components

ERD Drysuit Ops
ERD Ice Diving Ops
ERD Full Face Mask Ops
ERD Night Ops
ERD Small Boat Ops
ERD U/W Crime Investigation

The ERD Tender course is being held at the same time.

ERD Tender

This course is designed to introduce the public safety professional to the ERD Tender skills necessary to participate in public safety diving operations in a non-diving roll. Successful completion results in the ERD Tender certification.

The ERD Tender course can be taught in conjunction with the ERD I course. While the ERD Tender course is a non-diving course, the tender student should have a working knowledge of diving physics, physiology, techniques, and equipment.

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YMCA SCUBA Instructor Institute - Klamath Falls Oregon - June 2006

The 2006 YMCA SCUBA Instructor Institute will be completed on the weekend of June 24 and 25, 2006, in Klamath Falls Oregon.

For more information on what the existing candidates for the institute have completed, please read on.


In 1959 the YMCA developed SCUBA training standards for instructors. These standards remain the most thorough and comprehensive in the diving industry today.

When it comes to SCUBA certification, trust is an important aspect of training. YMCA SCUBA Instructors follow the philosophy of the YMCA while building self-esteem and nurturing personal growth in divers. YMCA leadership prides itself with maintaining values. In a sport such as SCUBA diving, it is important for those participating to have values, good moral character and ethics. YMCA SCUBA Instructors instill character development in their students by promoting caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility during dive training.

Instructor certification permits an individual to teach SCUBA students how to become competent divers. The Instructor promotes safe diving and upholds the standards of YMCA SCUBA. The Instructor also teaches many specialty and leadership courses.

Phase Training Overview

YMCA SCUBA has a three phase training sequence that leads to SCUBA Instructor. Each of these leadership institutes follows the same outline regardless of where it is offered. Candidates may then attend institute phases at different locations.

Instructor crossovers from another agency are usually combined with Phase III institutes as the prerequisites and requirements are very similar.

Instructors interested in crossover requirements should review the description of Phase III in this blog, and then email for more information.

Phase I Advanced Training for Leadership

This phase provides you with information on advanced diving, YMCA SCUBA and the additional requirements and preparation required for farther leadership training. A pool session reviews basic skills and previews the pool teaching requirements for the other phases.

* 17 years of age or older
* 15 logged dives
* medical questionnaire
* statement of understanding/waiver release

Phase II Assistant Instructor Institute

Institute staff present lectures on teaching techniques and various subjects of the entry-level course. Your diving knowledge is tested with a written exam, and your presentation technique is evaluated when you give a short talk typical of an entry-level course. An open water session evaluates your ability to rescue a diver and conduct a tour dive as you may be called upon to do during a checkout dive. This phase prepares you to take a more active role in the training of SCUBA students while working with a SCUBA Instructor. You may also gain experience by teaching the YMCA Safe Snorkeling and Skin Diving courses.

* Phase I completion
* 18 years of age or older
* attend/observe at least an Open Water diver course
* medical exam
* current CPR and First Aid
* Oxygen Administration
* Dive Activities Management specialty course
* S.L.A.M. course (or S.L.A.M. crossover if Rescue Diver from another agency)
* current YMCA SCUBA Standards & Procedures Manual

Phase III SCUBA Instructor Institute

What you have learned during Phase I and II, the teaching experience you have gained as an Assistant Instructor and your additional study and preparation are evaluated during this phase. You must take several written exams, be evaluated on your classroom and pool teaching techniques, demonstrate proficiency in pool and open water skills and conduct a mock open water checkout dive with the staff playing the role of your students. Additional staff lectures cover the administrative aspects of being a YMCA SCUBA Instructor.

* completion of Phase I and II or current instructor with a nationally-recognized SCUBA certification agency
* 18 years of age or older
* current medical exam
* current CPR and First Aid
* current Oxygen Administration
* at least one year of diving experience since entry-level certification
* documented 100 logged SCUBA dives
* documented 15 hours of lecture experience
* documented proof of assisting with at least three separate open water class checkouts
* a complete classroom and pool teaching outline for entry-level SCUBA class you plan to teach
* S.L.A.M. Rescue Diver (or S.L.A.M. crossover if Rescue Diver from another agency)
* current YMCA SCUBA Standards and Procedures Manual

We would like candidates for Phase I, II, or III to contact and then they can get a copy of the Leadership Prep Manual that contains additional information on prerequisites and completion requirements.

For more information about leadership training, contact

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Class - Klamath Falls OR - August 2006

August 19 and 20, 2006, is the scheduled completion dates for the IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix course.

At the completion of the Recreational Trimix Diver class in Klamath Falls Oregon, students will begin the Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver course. Below is listed some of the particulars for the course.

Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver

A. Purpose

1. This Program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge in the use of EANx for Sport diving. It further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding of the EANx concept of diving. It is also intended to supplement the skills of recreational trimix divers.

2. The Program employs EANx mixes from 21% to a maximum of 50% oxygen. For divers qualified as recreational Trimix Divers mixtures of a minimum of 28 % oxygen combined with a Helium content that maintains an END no greater than 80 fsw (24 msw) may be used.

3. This program qualifies divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 150 fsw (45 msw) and perform decompression stops required dives up to 15 minutes using EAN 50 as a decompression gas.

B. Prerequisites

1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Recreational Trimix Diver with proof of a minimum of 30 logged dives or sufficient experience to satisfy the instructor that the student has the ability and knowledge to continue into this level of training.

2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

C. Texts

1. IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Student Manual and Workbook, or equivalent text(s) approved in writing by the Board of Directors (written approval will be issued by IAND, Inc./IANTD World Headquarters).

D. Program Content

1. All Lecture and theory material must be completed.

2. This Program must include a minimum of 120 minutes of OW bottom time completed within 4 dives, 2 of which must be to depths between 100 fsw (30 msw) and 150 fsw (45 msw). If combined with a Deep Diver Program, the total dive time for both Programs must include a minimum of 160 minutes completed within 6 or more dives. Even if the time and skill requirements are met within fewer than 6 dives, the minimum 6 dives must be made. If combined with a Deep Diver Program 3 dives must be made to depths between 100 fsw (30 msw) and 150 fsw (45 msw). All dives deeper than 80 fsw (24 msw) must be made on recreational trimix mixtures.

3. Students are taught the use of Recreational trimix mixtures from 25% to a maximum of 40% oxygen and with a helium content with an END no greater than 80 fsw (24 msw) for diving. EANx mixtures in the range of 41% to a maximum of 50% oxygen are used to for safety and decompression stops.

E. Equipment Requirements

1. A safety or decompression gas cylinder (if used) rigged as either a pony or stage cylinder. Gas cylinders must be oxygen clean and oxygen serviceable where needed.

F. Program Limits

1. There may be no more than 4 students per Instructor. This ratio may be increased by 2 students for each assisting IANTD Divemaster, up to a maximum of 8 students with 2 IANTD Divemasters per class session.

2. No dives may be conducted to depths greater than 150 fsw (45 msw).

3. All dives must be conducted using EANx (maximum 40% oxygen). A higher EANx (maximum 50% oxygen) may be used at the decompression or safety stops.

4. All appropriate safety or required decompression stops must be performed.

5. Mandatory decompression stops are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.

6. No dives made me made with a PO2 greater than 1.6.

G. Water Skills Development

1. A confined water session must be completed before conducting any OW dives.

2. Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of dive techniques and employ precision buoyancy control.

a. Swim in a simulated out-of-air situation (without breathing, and exhaling slowly) without a mask for a distance of at least 45 feet (15 meters), and commence gas sharing; or appropriate Rebreather gas management drill for out-of air diver. While gas sharing, swim for 3 minutes, then replace and clear mask.

Revision Date August 15, 2003
Copyright 2003 by IAND, Inc. / IANTD All Rights Reserved "The Leader in Diving Education"

Confined Water: yes
Number of Dives: 4 dives
Bottom Time: 120 minutes
Depth Limit: 150 feet
Dives to Specific Depths: 2 dives between 100 and 150 feet

IANTD Text: IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Student Manual and Workbook

Text Costs: $35

Certification Fees: $15

Instructor Fees: $495

Gear rental, additional required student manuals, required tables and charts, boat fees, entry fees to dive sites, travel fees, gas fills, etc. are extra and are not included in the listed fees.

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IANTD Recreational Trimix Class - Klamath Falls OR - August 2006

An International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD) Recreational Trimix Class is going to be held in Klamath Falls Oregon in August 2006.

This Program is designed to provide Sport Divers with a breathing medium for extending their dives to Sport Diving Depths by using ENDs in the 40 to 80 fsw (12 to 24 msw) depth ranges. The diver may elect to dive the "mix" on tables or computers.

The IANTD Recreational Trimix Diver qualification may be taught as a single program or combined with a variety of the IANTD Advanced or Specialty Diver Programs.

The Program covers the use of Recreational (Rec) diving mixes in the range of 28 to 40% oxygen with Helium content to provide an END no greater than 80 fsw (24 msw).

The program qualifies divers to do no stop required dives using Recreational Trimix Gas mixtures to a depth of 100 fsw (30 msw) or deeper up to students previous qualification level.

Prerequisites: Must be a qualified Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent and EANx Diver or take the EANx Diver course in conjunction with the Recreational Trimix Diver course.

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ERDI Ice Diving Operations - McCall Idaho - March 2006

An Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) Ice Diving Operations class was held in McCall, Idaho. Members of the McCall Fire/Dive Rescue Team participated in the class. The class was held on the weekend (March 18 and 19, 2006). Class (introduction and preparation) started at 9 am in McCall. Training dives were initiated on Saturday and completed on Sunday.

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Ice Diving 2006 - Klamath Falls OR

An Ice Diving class was held in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The class was held on the weekend (January 28 and 29, 2006). Class (introduction and preparation) started at 9 am in Klamath Falls. We completed all the diving on Saturday and Sunday.

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