Monday, October 08, 2007

TDI Blender Course - October 13, 2007 - Klamath Falls OR

There is to be a TDI Blender Course at the home of the Klamath County Sheriff's Dive Rescue team on October 13, 2007, in Klamath Falls OR.

Please email if you are interested or want additional information.

SAR Conference - September 11 - 13, 2008 - Portland Oregon

Rob W wrote:

Hey folks-

I am working on the "water" portion of a SAR conference in Oregon for 2008. I need to ask you fine folks for some help with 2 things. Did anyone attend the Hybrid car presentation at IADRS, and what is your feedback?

Secondly, I want to get an MD or like to come talk about general dive fitness, and medical complications with divers up to and including DCS, recognition and prehospital care. DAN has not returned my emails...yet. I contacted Virgina Mason hospital in Washington but one there can commit. The local doc's at the Portland chamber aren't interested. Anyone have any leads/contacts?


We are planning a 3 SAR day conference Sep 11-13 in Portland. I have been tasked with the "water" portion. I hope you can make it. It will have several "tracks" so at any given hour you have a few options to choose from.

It has been a challenge to create this track and keep the appeal for all that work around water. I want to appeal to SAR coordinators, divers, SRTS, EMT's, and boat handlers.

Here is a tentative line up for the water track. I have the ME doing his thing you saw at the dive conference, a guy coming to talk about hybrid cars in water, a guy on diver health (DCS etc), a white water expert with case reviews (risk/benefit) , Redman trainer coming in to do full day of in water exercises dealing with panic/hostile victims in water, waterborne ICS management class, and managing risk in waterborne training (Damen Rusk)

What are your thought/ input? I hope the Marine Board steps up and sends some folks.

doug strain wr

Hey Rob, get a hold of Klamath County. There dive captain is a DAN trainer and works in the medical field.

Doug Strain

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

YMCA Scuba Instructor Institute

YMCA Scuba Instructor Institute
YMCA Scuba Diving Instructor Crossover Institute

Course Details and Costs as of 10/01/07


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 for a list of all of them.

Thank you for your interest in the YSCUBA program.

Phillip E. Graf
YMCA Scuba Diving Instructor Trainer

2007 YMCA SCUBA Instructor Institute

The 2007 YMCA SCUBA Instructor Institute will be completed on the weekend of October 12 through 14, 2007 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.

Prerequisites: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.

* 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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IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix course

Beginning on September 28 and going through September 30, 2007, the IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix course is being offered.

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: $25

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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