Sunday, December 21, 2008

PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector Training - January 17, 2009 - Vancouver WA


Worldwide Training in High Pressure Cylinder Safety

Greetings,

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector training.

The next course in your area will be held Saturday, January 17, 2009 in Vancouver, Washington starting at 8:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm.

This certification course teaches the basics of conducting the annual visual inspections of solid wall and composite SCUBA and SCBA cylinders. The 7 - 8 hour course is suited for those new to visual inspection well as those who have been inspecting without formal training through its wide range of inspection subjects including damage limits, neck cracking, and laws affecting inspectors.

In addition, this course meets the OSHA and DOT requirements for employee HAZMAT training and attendants completing the course are qualified to conduct "in-house" HAZMAT training for cylinder handlers.

Previously certified inspectors may attend this full course or the Refresher Course for re-qualification at a reduced rate. The course is open to anyone 16 years or older and no previous cylinder inspection experience is required. Participates receive certification as Visual Cylinder Inspectors upon course completion.

The course tuition is $350.00 and includes the text book "Inspecting Cylinders" by Bill High, a course curriculum workbook; supplemental materials and certification are also included.

If you have any other questions before the class is scheduled feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks again for you interest in our training program.

Regards,

Phil Graf
PSI Instructor # 130
omnidive@gmail.com

For more information about Visual Cylinder Training, both SCBA and SCUBA, contact omnidive@gmail.com.

Link at
www.omnidivers.com/visualcylinderinspection.html
.

Link at
www.omnidivers.com/visualcylinderinspectionclasses.html


Thank you for your interest in the upcoming PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector training.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ice Diving McCall Idaho, February 6 - 8, 2009, Payette Lake


Omni Divers - Ice Diving, February 2009

POTENTIAL DIVING LOCATIONS:
Cascade Lake, Cascade, ID
Payette Lake, McCall, ID

DATES:
February 6 - 8, 2009


PREREQUISITES:
Advanced Open Water Certification or evidence of deep, navigation, and night dives

COST:
Class - $295
Text - $35
Certification fees - $25

More Specific Detailed Information on Ice Diving 2009

Ice Diving: We have now established a date and will start in earnest for the preparations for the ice dives. We will soon make room reservations McCall, Idaho.

We will do a presentation in McCall on Friday evening at 6 pm at the new McCall Fire Station, McCall Idaho.

We still will need to get organized earlier than Friday night in order to see what everybody is going to bring as their share of shovels, tents, tarps, ropes, ice harnesses, cross cut saw, gas for the snow blower, the snow blower, blower oil, carabiners, dry clothing bags, several extra pairs of gloves, waterproof boots, dry socks, etc.

We will need to think of special safety measures overnight so no one falls in the hole, i.e. flagging, poles, etc.

About the only gear we don't have for ice diving is the tent, we can try to get the same tent we used last year from one of the ice divers or we can fabricate one from blue tarps and pvc pipe.

We have been getting interest statements and now we are getting deposits to verify how much really serious interest we have in ice diving in April 2008 in Idaho.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ice Diving January 23 - 25, 2009 in Klamath Falls (Lake of the Woods), Oregon


Omni Divers Ice Diving
January 2009

DIVING LOCATIONS:
Lake of the Woods, Klamath Falls, OR
Looking forward to a great time!

DATES:
January 23 - 25, 2009


COST:
Class - $295
Text - $35
Certification fees - $25

DATES:
February 6 - 8, 2009


COST:
Class - $295
Text - $35
Certification fees - $25

POTENTIAL DIVING LOCATIONS:
Cascade Lake, Cascade, ID
Payette Lake, McCall, ID

PREREQUISITE:
Advanced Open Water Certification
or evidence of deep, navigation, and night dives

Ice Diving Information for 2009

More Specific Detailed Information on January Ice Diving 2009!

Ice Diving January 2009: We have started the preparations for the ice dives. We will stay in motel rooms in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

We will do a presentation in Klamath Falls on Friday evening at 6 pm at the new Omni Divers location.

We will get organized earlier than Friday night in order to see what everybody is going to bring as their share of shovels, tents, tarps, ropes, ice harnesses, cross cut saw, gas for the snow blower, the snow blower, blower oil, carabiners, dry clothing bags, several extra pairs of gloves, waterproof boots, dry socks, etc.

We need to provide special safety measures overnight so no one will fall in the hole, i.e. flagging, poles, etc.

More Specific Detailed Information on February Ice Diving 2009

Ice Diving February 2009: We have now established a date and will start in earnest for the preparations for the March 2009's ice dives. We will soon make room reservations in McCall, Idaho.

We will do a presentation in McCall on Friday evening at 6 pm at the new McCall Fire Station, McCall Idaho.

We still will need to get organized earlier than Friday night in order to see what everybody is going to bring as their share of shovels, tents, tarps, ropes, ice harnesses, cross cut saw, gas for the snow blower, the snow blower, blower oil, carabiners, dry clothing bags, several extra pairs of gloves, waterproof boots, dry socks, etc.

We will need to think of special safety measures overnight so no one falls in the hole, i.e. flagging, poles, etc.

About the only gear we don't have for ice diving is the tent, we can try to get the same tent we used last year from one of the ice divers or we can fabricate one from blue tarps and pvc pipe.

We have been getting interest statements and now we are getting deposits to verify how much really serious interest we have in ice diving in January in Klamath Falls in Oregon and in February 2009 in Idaho.

Please email omnidive@omnidivers.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

MEDIC FIRST AID PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants, and Adults


Your training foundation for helping infants and children!

Version 6.0 of MEDIC FIRST AID's PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants, and Adults provides an ideal training solution for schools, childcare providers, youth sports coaches, and others required to learn how to respond to medical emergencies involving children.

Updated to reflect the newest guidelines for CPR, the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and first aid, this versatile program offers treatment guidelines for all ages. Course materials include optional child care topics to help meet child care training requirements.

PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants, and Adults Program Description

Intended Audience

Child Day Care Providers
School Personnel
Bus Drivers
Youth Sports Coaches

Class Configurations

Max Student Instructor Ratio: 12:1
Max Student to Manikin Ratio: 6:1
Max Student to AED Training Device Ratio: 6:1
Max Class Size: 24 (with 2 Instructors)

Instructor Materials

Pediatric Training Programs Video or DVD
Pediatric Training Programs Instructor Guide

Student Materials

PediatricPlus Student Pack, including:
Student Guide
Wallet Skill Guide
Successful Completion Card

Hands-on Skill Practice

Students will practice essential skills in small group practices and can also apply those skills in optional scenario-based practices.

Recognized Completion Period

Up to 2 years

Evaluation Method

Students are evaluated through Instructor observation of the reasonable performance of skills. Performance and written evaluations are available and optional for use.

Recommended Time to Complete

Initial Training: 6 to 7 hours

Retraining time depends on the experience and training history of the students. It is typically shorter than initial training.

MEDIC FIRST AID PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants, and Adults

Course Segments

Emergency First Aid Care
Children and Emergencies
Recognizing an Emergency
Deciding to Help
Personal Safety
Using Barriers
Assessing for Response
Mechanism for Spinal Injury
Activating Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Basic Life-Supporting Skills
Airway – Head-Tilt, Chin-Lift
Clearing the Airway – Log Roll
Protecting the Airway – Recovery Position
Breathing – Ventilations Mask/Shield
Circulation – Chest Compressions
Initial Assessment
Unresponsive Patient
CPR for Cardiac Arrest
Infant CPR
Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Using an AED
Bare, Prepare, and Place Pads
Basic AED Operation
Troubleshooting Messages
Other AED Considerations
Control of Bleeding
Managing Shock
Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
Infant Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
Ongoing Assessment
Warning Signs of Serious Illness
Altered Level of Responsiveness
Pain, Severe Pressure, or Discomfort in Chest
Breathing Difficulty, Shortness of Breath
Severe Abdominal Pain
Mechanism for Significant Injury
Swollen, Painful, Deformed Limb
Specific First Aid Problems
Moving Patients
Emotional Impact of Providing First Aid Care

Please email omnidive@omnidivers.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Monday, September 01, 2008

DAN Training and Education


Classes starting September 12, 2008, Washougal Washington. Email for details.

As a DAN Instructor, you can offer your students nine classes that will help make them safer divers.

These classes are:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™)
On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
Diving First Aid for Professional Divers
Diving Emergency Management Provider Program


DAN Instructors are scuba diving educators who want to offer dive safety programs to their students. To become a DAN Instructor, you must participate in a DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC).

The IQC follows a modular format. There is a Core Module and then a separate module representing each training program. You can take all nine modules as part of one course, or just take the Core Module and one course module - whatever you are interested in teaching. Later, as long as you remain a current and active DAN Instructor, you can take additional modules without retaking the Core Module. The Core Module is now available online.

Prerequisites for DAN Instructor Qualification Course:
DAN Member
Active scuba diving educator
Current CPR Instructor
Documentation of First Aid training

Prerequisites for DAN IQC Modules:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
CPR Instructor

Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
CPR Instructor

Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
CPR Instructor

Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
CPR Instructor

Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving Instructor

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
CPR Training

Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™)
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor

On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor

Dive Accident First Aid for Non-Divers

To offer this program, DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors must be in Active Teaching Status for:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving

Diving First Aid for Professional Divers

To qualify, the candidate must:

Have an affiliation with an aquarium, scientific diving program, public safety diving program or a commercial diving operation
Be a CPR Instructor
Be a current DAN Member

Current DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors who are certified to teach Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries, AEDs for Scuba Diving and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, and who meet the other criteria, may complete an online crossover.

Course Objective

The DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) trains and educates qualified scuba diving educators to plan, manage, conduct and promote dive safety through DAN Training Programs such as the Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course, the Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™) course, the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving and the First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course along with the Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies course.

In addition, the course develops role-model teaching techniques in the use of first aid for suspected dive injuries. Instructor Candidates also have the opportunity to develop further knowledge in relation to the special considerations involved in providing emergency first aid.

The DAN IQC consists of eight modules. There is a core module that introduces DAN and the DAN Training philosophy. This core program serves as the introduction for all other DAN Training programs. The remaining program modules represent each of the individual training courses offered by DAN. Qualified Instructor Trainers can present all seven program modules or select only the modules appropriate for the Instructor Candidates.

Qualifications of DAN Instructors

Successful completion of the DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) results in certification recognizing the Instructor Candidate's understanding and performance of the knowledge and skills contained within this program.

Instructors must maintain active teaching status with DAN in order to conduct DAN Training programs. In order to maintain active teaching status, DAN Instructors must teach or assist with teaching each course they are certified in once within a 24-month period.

Recommended Minimum Hours of Training

Knowledge and Skills Development

Core Module: 4 Hours
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Module: 2-3 Hours
Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies Module: 2-3 Hours
Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries: 1-2 Hours
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Module: 2-3 Hours
Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving: 1-2 Hours
Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals: 8 Hours
Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen Module: 1-2 Hours

The time the course actually takes to teach varies depending upon many factors, including the number of students and their ability to process the educational components of the program along with the number of modules offered. Instructor Trainers desiring to include subjects or training beyond the course requirements may do so only before or following the course. Any additional training must not be required for completion of course requirements.

Required Curriculum Subject Areas

The Instructor Trainer must ensure Instructor Candidate familiarity with each of the following subject areas:

Knowledge Development Core Module

What is DAN?
DAN Training Methodology
Role of the DAN Instructor
General Standards and Procedures for All DAN Training Programs
Marketing DAN Training Programs
Disease Transmission
Oxygen and AED Equipment/Safety
First Aid Equipment



Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Course Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies Course Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development
Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development
O2 Resuscitation Systems (MTV and BVM)
Providing Advanced Oxygen First Aid
Recommendations for Advanced Oxygen Providers and equipment use
Skills Development
CPR Review
Resuscitation with an MTV
Resuscitation with a BVM

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals

Knowledge and Skills Development categories
Initial Assessment
Airway management
Breathing and ventilation
Circulation
Including AED use
Control of bleeding
Shock management
Ongoing Assessment

REMO2™ Course Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Diving Emergency Management Provider

To offer this program, DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors must be in Active Teaching Status for:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving InjuriesFirst Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving

Preferred Additional Credentials:
DAN Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

Examination

General Standards and Procedures Exam - 20 Questions
Module Exams - 10 Questions Each

Course Summary

The Instructor Trainer must ensure that the Instructor Candidate is able to successfully demonstrate the ability to perform the required skills for each certified program in a role model fashion.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Guardian Mask Progress Report


Ocean Technology Systems

Guardian Mask Progress Report



Greetings,

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for your purchase of our Guardian full face mask. I would also like to announce that the mask is very close to being in full production. Our OTS design team has elected to add some great improvements to the second stage regulator. One of the exciting changes was in the exhalation assembly. This modification has dramatically increased the performance of the regulator! In order to implement our changes, it was necessary to have new tooling/molds made. To say the least, this process has been tedious and time consuming.

Many of you have been asking, "When can I have my order?" Our plan is to deliver product in late October of this year. In the mean time, we will be conducting extensive testing and field evaluations to ensure we keep our exceptionally high quality standards. This will guarantee that what you receive will be the finest full face mask available!

As additional information becomes available, I will pass it along to keep you updated. You can also check our web site for the latest information.

Respectfully,

Michael R. Pelissier
President/CEO
Ocean Technology Systems

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver - Operator Training -- Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses


Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver and Operator Training - Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Dates: Later October through and including November 2008.

Course Outline:

Course Overview
Course Objective
Course Prerequisites
Equipment Needed
Required Training Dives
Course Content
Tending
Air Diving
Operation of the Console
Minimum Course Hours
Organization
Class Room
Open Water Dives/Exercises/Scenarios
Dive Debriefing
TDI Log Books filled out and signed by the instructor


This course is five long days. We are starting in the morning on the first day. We will get the paperwork concluded, then we go through the materials and the hands-on session using the Superlite 27's, or AGA's if you have/use them, then to the confined water.

Then the next day we head to the "nice water" and each diver makes two separate dives, then tends and then uses the console. This is on a rotating basis. If you have non-divers we take them though everything except the confined water and in water activities. I do have them try on the helmets to get the idea of what their divers go through.

Then on the following day we go to the "yukky water" and each diver makes two separate dives, then tends and then operates the console.

Depending on equipment and numbers of students, we usually get done late afternoon on that day, in time to travel.

This course will continue all day with more dives at two different locations.

Costs are for the text, materials, certification fees, Klamath County Sheriff Dive rescue team donation per student structured into the costs, and instructor fees. I do have group rates depending on the number of students.

The course is to be held in Klamath Falls, as that is where the equipment is located.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with this or any other possible training at our location or yours.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver - Operator Training -- Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses


Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver and Operator Training - Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses in New Jersey

Dates: August 9 through and including August 17, 2008.

Course Outline:

Course Overview
Course Objective
Course Prerequisites
Equipment Needed
Required Training Dives
Course Content
Tending
Air Diving
Operation of the Console
Minimum Course Hours
Organization
Class Room
Open Water Dives/Exercises/Scenarios
Dive Debriefing
TDI Log Books filled out and signed by the instructor


This course is five long days. We are starting on Monday. We will get the paperwork concluded, then we go through the materials and the hands-on session using the Superlite 17's and AGA's.




Costs are for the text, materials, certification fees, and instructor fees.


The course is to be held in New Jersey, as that is where the equipment is located.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with the training.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) ERD I course in Vancouver, Washington


Clark County (Washington) Dive Rescue Team is hosting an Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) ERD I course in Vancouver, Washington starting on July 24, 2008.

For more details email omnidive@omnidivers.com about course fees, dates, 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 are all other ERDI courses.

Topics such as:

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

Dive skills include:

executing search patterns,
victim recovery, and
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.

Email us a omnidive@omnidivers.com for details, costs, prerequisites, etc.

Link at www.tdisdi.com/erdi/Courses.html

Another link at www.omnidivers.com/erdi.html

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver - Operator Training -- Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses

Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver and Operator Training - Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Dates: June 30 through and including July 4, 2008.

Course Outline:

Course Overview
Course Objective
Course Prerequisites
Equipment Needed
Required Training Dives
Course Content
Tending
Air Diving
Operation of the Console
Minimum Course Hours
Organization
Class Room
Open Water Dives/Exercises/Scenarios
Dive Debriefing
TDI Log Books filled out and signed by the instructor


This course is five long days. We are starting at noon on Monday. We will get the paperwork concluded, then we go through the materials and the hands-on session using the Superlite 27's, or AGA's if you have/use them, then to the confined water.

Then Tuesday we head to the "nice water" and each diver makes two separate dives, then tends and then uses the console. This is on a rotating basis. If you have non-divers we take them though everything except the confined water and in water activities. I do have them try on the helmets to get the idea of what their divers go through.

Then on Wednesday we go to the "yukky water" and each diver makes two separate dives, then tends and then operates the console.

Depending on equipment and numbers of students, we usually get done late afternoon on Wednesday, in time to travel.

This course will continue all day Thursday and Friday with more dives at two different locations.

Costs are for the text, materials, certification fees, Klamath County Sheriff Dive rescue team donation per student structured into the costs, and instructor fees. I do have group rates depending on the number of students.

The course is to be held in Klamath Falls, as that is where the equipment is located.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with the training.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Guardian is a Completely New Mask


The Guardian is a completely new mask. While, from a distance, it looks similar to a Divator MKII, it is certainly a different mask. We didn’t design it with intentions of compatibility of parts. While you can see some influences of the Divator and a few other masks, we pretty much designed this from the ground up as a diving mask. It’s constructed of a silicone skirt and the vast majority of parts are constructed of Nylon 66. This is a glass filled nylon that is extremely strong and durable. The visor is one of the thickest on the market. The buckles are attached to tabs that will prevent tearing of the skirts if the mask is improperly donned (pulling out to the sides) and are made of the same glass filled nylon.

The second stage is a balanced downstream design. There are no external adjustments to the regulator. It’s attached to the mask with a quick release, so the regulator will stay on the hose and the mask can be stored separate from the reg. This allows for ease of use and rapid breakdown and cleaning of equipment. The regulator is released from the mask with a button on the inside of the mask preventing any inadvertent release underwater. It snaps in quickly and securely. The second stage uses standard threads, although it comes with a hose, you will be able to use any standard scuba hose. The regulator is a demand style regulator. It is significantly different, the complete assembly, not just the regulator, that it will require a different class and certification for service technicians.

The communications will be different, to adapt the MKII communications assemblies would be a difficult task. The comm. port is on the right side of the mask and is independent of the regulator, you no longer have to remove the comms to remove the regulator. In designing the mask we decided to look forward with the technology. I know this may seem to be an additional expense to have to purchase new communications equipment, but we didn’t feel that staying with the old configuration was going to be an advancement in the configuration. We also don’t think that many divers will be stripping their AGA masks of their communications, taking them out of service and installing the comms on our mask. We are also going to have a new Buddy Phone introduced soon with two channels, adjustable volumes, battery power and continuous transmit option. The ear/mic assembly is also going through a redesign as well for the Guardian.

With the mask, you’ll get a standard hose, integrated ABV and our mask bag. Speaking of which, have you seen our new mask bag?

http://www.oceantechnologysystems.com/mask-bag.shtml

Sorry, shameless plug, but they turned out nice. They’ve been out for about a year now. The ABV has been redesigned, it now has an integrated valve seat, uses a new mushroom valve and is keyed into the mask to prevent any possibility of over rotation. It’s no longer an option, it will come standard with the Guardian.

We’re hoping to have the mask ready for delivery soon.

We ask for those of you that have masks on order to be patient. We see this as having one chance to get it right and we’re are striving to do just that. I can tell you, it’s looking good! I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.

Hopefully this answered most of the questions, let me know if you have more.

John P. Hott
Training Director
Military/Public Safety Representative
Ocean Technology Systems
3133 West Harvard Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Toll free: 800-550-1984 Ext: 112
Fax: 714-966-1639
E-mail: jhott@oceantechnologysystems.com
www.oceantechnologysystems.com

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver - Operator Training -- Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses

Surface Supplied Air Tender - Diver and Operator Training - Technical Diving International (TDI) Specialty Courses in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Dates: June 30 through and including July 4, 2008.

Course Outline:

Course Overview
Course Objective
Course Prerequisites
Equipment Needed
Required Training Dives
Course Content
Tending
Air Diving
Operation of the Console
Minimum Course Hours
Organization
Class Room
Open Water Dives/Exercises/Scenarios
Dive Debriefing
TDI Log Books filled out and signed by the instructor


This course is five long days. We are starting at noon on Monday. We will get the paperwork concluded, then we go through the materials and the hands-on session using the Superlite 27's, or AGA's if you have/use them, then to the confined water.

Then Tuesday we head to the "nice water" and each diver makes two separate dives, then tends and then uses the console. This is on a rotating basis. If you have non-divers we take them though everything except the confined water and in water activities. I do have them try on the helmets to get the idea of what their divers go through.

Then on Wednesday we go to the "yukky water" and each diver makes two separate dives, then tends and then operates the console.

Depending on equipment and numbers of students, we usually get done late afternoon on Wednesday, in time to travel.

This course will continue all day Thursday and Friday with more dives at two different locations.

Costs are for the text, materials, certification fees, Klamath County Sheriff Dive rescue team donation per student structured into the costs, and instructor fees. I do have group rates depending on the number of students.

The course is to be held in Klamath Falls, as that is where the equipment is located.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with the training.

Friday, May 16, 2008

TDI Surface Supplied Diving Training Successful

RC Goodwin & Associates, Inc.

was trained in the following

Technical Diving International (TDI) courses:
Surface Supplied Tender
Surface Supplied Air Diver
Surface Supplied Air Operator


Courses were held May 2008


Between May 12 - 15, 2008, RC Goodwin & Associates, Inc. was trained in a series of surface supplied air courses as part of their safety requirements and their job requirements.

The successful candidates received training in the following courses:
surface supplied tender
surface supplied air diver
surface supplied operator

Surface supplied diving equipment usually includes communication capability with the surface, which adds to the efficiency of the working diver. The surface supplied diver is less likely to have "out-of-air" emergencies because when a cylinder supplying the umbilical is exhausted it can be removed and replaced with a full one at the surface.

Surface supplied diving refers to divers using equipment supplied with breathing gas using an umbilical cord from the surface, often from a diving support vessel but possibly, indirectly via a diving chamber. In this training scenario we were land based and worked off the shore. SCUBA, which is commonly used in recreational diving, is the main alternative to surface supplied diving equipment.

Surface supplied diving equipment and techniques are mainly used in professional diving or military diving due to the increased cost and complexity of buying and operating the equipment. This type of equipment is used in saturation diving. Divers almost always wear diving helmets or full face diving masks when being supplied from the surface. Surface supplied divers also use the spherical helmet with brass and glass windows of the historical standard diving dress.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with any dates in your area and your location.

Link at www.omnidivers.com/tdisurfacesupplied.html

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Technical Diving International (TDI) Surface Supplied Diving

RC Goodwin & Associates, Inc.

is being trained in the following

Technical Diving International (TDI) courses:
Surface Supplied Tender
Surface Supplied Air Diver
Surface Supplied Air Operator


Courses to be held May 2008


Between May 12 - 15, 2008, RC Goodwin & Associates, Inc. will be trained in a series of surface supplied air courses as part of their safety requirements and their job requirements.

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

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

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with any dates in your area and your location.

Link at www.omnidivers.com/tdisurfacesupplied.html

Spring 2008 Public Safety Diving Courses

GALVESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

DIVE ACADEMY


Spring 2008 Public Safety Diving Courses

Galveston, Texas May 30, 31, and June 1

Underwater Crime Scene

Small Object & Skeletal Remains Recovery


PREPAID advanced registration - $165.00 per person.
After May 23, 2008, registration will be $195.00.

REGISTRATION MUST BE IN GALVESTON BY MAY 27, 2008, FAX, MAIL OR EMAIL

These are stand alone courses.

Payment is required at the time of registration. Please make check or money order payable to: "Galveston PD Training Division" and return to 601 54th Street, Suite 200, Galveston, Texas 77552.

For more information or to RESERVE spots, call 409- 765-3642 or FAX Registration forms to 409-765- 3641.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received prior to 3 weeks before the start date of the class will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 8-14 days prior to class start date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received 0-7 days prior to class start date will not receive a refund.

Medical and Liability Release Forms

These forms MUST BE COMPLETED and submitted before students will be allowed to participate. The forms can be downloaded below or at GPD-DiveAcademy.

The forms may be submitted in advance or at the start of the course. The medical relese is a standard RSTC Medical Release. Participants are asked to fill out the questionaire. If any question is answered 'Yes' - a physician release is necessary. Medical conditions that require a physician release will disallow divers participating in the scuba exercises if a medical release is not presented PRIOR to the start of the programs*.

Prerequisites: Scuba participants MUST be a minimum of OW certified with a dive log showing no less than 15 dives.

Students MUST participate in all evolutions to qualify for certificate of completion and payment will NOT insure certificate.

Watermanship skills will be tested.

Participants must provide their own basic scuba gear. If necessary, some extra gear will be available but prearrangement will be required to insure you will have what you need. Please bring tanks and weights if you are driving. Air refills will be provided at no cost.

At least 2, rigged 13cf Pony bottles per team are REQUIRED. Pony bottles will be available at the facility at no charge BUT numbers are limited.

Underwater Crime Scene Specialties

The Underwater Crime Scene Specialties are designed to present a new aspect of Public Safety Diving to Fire, Police and SAR Dive Recovery Teams. These courses offer classroom lecture, theory, controlled pool work and real dive scene scenario training. Participants will be introduced to a variety of new skills and will be shown and allowed to practice, safety measures and techniques that will hopefully enhance their skillsand abilities.

Weapons and Body Recovery Course

Participants will gain classroom knowledge on basic evidence handling, terminology, safety issues, standards information and concepts of the job of a Public Safety Diver. Participants will practice those classroom skills to an acceptable level of proficiency in a clear water pool using blacked out masks and will gain real experience in methods of underwater search and recovery in the simulated zero visibility environments. During our scenario training, participants in the Weapons and Body Recovery Course will successfully perform a search and evidence recovery of at least one weapon and will successfully perform a body recovery. Participants will also be challenged with an underwater obstacle / confidence building course that will test their ability to handle a variety of stressors including entrapment problems and self rescue issues.

Each scenario will be a separate crime scene and the participants will be responsible for assessing the site, gathering intelligence, setting up the dive and recovering either a weapon or a body. Each team must complete the recovery and submit all documentation related to their task to successfully complete the course.

Small Evidence and Skeletal Remains

The Underwater Crime Scene, Small Evidence and Skeletal Remains course will focus on basic digital crime scene photography, fingerprint science, small object recovery and the recovery and handling of skeletal remains in a zero visibility environment.

Participants will be introduced to fingerprinting techniques, process fingerprints, and then photograph, document and process a top side crime scene. The fingerprint science portion of the seminar is not designed to teach divers to be fingerprint technicians. It is designed to teach them how fingerprints are deposited, where they are most likely found and knowing how fingerprints are processed and developed, students will learn how to best preserve fingerprints during underwater recoveries.

Participants will be introduced to the Lane Search Pattern and will practice skills in a controlled environment. Students will conduct dives in a safe environment to hone skills prior to open water diving.

Our scenarios are real. Students will be tasked with a crime scene and will use the skills and lessons learned to evaluate a dive scene. Students will preserve, protect and process an underwater crime scene in zero visibility. Safety, techniques, documentation and attention to detail will be challanged and tested.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ice Diving McCall Idaho, April 25 - 27, 2008, Payette Lake


Omni Divers - Ice Diving, April 2008

POTENTIAL DIVING LOCATIONS:
Cascade Lake, Cascade, ID
Payette Lake, McCall, ID

DATES:
April 25 - 27, 2008


PREREQUISITES:
Advanced Open Water Certification or evidence of deep, navigation, and night dives

COST:
Class - $295
Text - $35
Certification fees - $25

More Specific Detailed Information on April Ice Diving 2008

Ice Diving April 2008: We have now established a date and will start in earnest for the preparations for the ice dives. We will soon make room reservations McCall, Idaho.

We will do a presentation in McCall on Friday evening at 6 pm at the new McCall Fire Station, McCall Idaho.

We still will need to get organized earlier than Friday night in order to see what everybody is going to bring as their share of shovels, tents, tarps, ropes, ice harnesses, cross cut saw, gas for the snow blower, the snow blower, blower oil, carabiners, dry clothing bags, several extra pairs of gloves, waterproof boots, dry socks, etc.

We will need to think of special safety measures overnight so no one falls in the hole, i.e. flagging, poles, etc.

About the only gear we don't have for ice diving is the tent, we can try to get the same tent we used last year from one of the ice divers or we can fabricate one from blue tarps and pvc pipe.

We have been getting interest statements and now we are getting deposits to verify how much really serious interest we have in ice diving in April 2008 in Idaho.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Solving your organization's training needs!



First Aid, CPR and AED training?

Whether you utilize an outside training organization to provide your first aid training or you use an in-house first aid training network, MEDIC FIRST AID is your solution. We have been creating emergency care training programs for more than 30 years!

Our training programs are high quality, easy to use, and cost-effective. They're an ideal choice to meet OSHA workplace training requirements.

Looking for in-house employee training?

Let an experienced and skilled MEDIC FIRST AID Trainer help. Trainers are uniquely qualified to give instructor candidates from your business or organization an excellent foundation in the MEDIC FIRST AID teaching method.

Convenient two-day MEDIC FIRST AID Instructor classes include provider-level training, a self-study administrative component, and classroom training in the instructional tools found in MEDIC FIRST AID Training Programs. Those who successfully complete the training requirements will become authorized MEDIC FIRST AID Instructors. Check our training calendar to see if there is an upcoming class in your area.

Healthcare providers and current instructors from other training programs may already satisfy some of the MEDIC FIRST AID training requirements. If so, they may be able to cross over and become a MEDIC FIRST AID Instructor through a simple online orientation.

Rather look to an outside provider?

Independent MEDIC FIRST AID Training Centers and training organizations are located near you and can deliver the same high quality, easy-to-use instruction you count on from MEDIC FIRST AID Training Programs.

Check out the MEDIC FIRST AID Training Referral List to find a training organization in your area.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with any dates in your area and your location for MEDIC FIRST AID training.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Hands-Only CPR Statement from DAN Training

Last Updated: 4/4/2008 2:37:37 PM

Earlier this week, the American Heart Association released revisions to the current guidelines for lay provider adult CPR. These revisions announced that recent studies have shown no difference in survival rates of the witnessed collapse of an unresponsive adult not breathing normally who are quickly provided with either traditional CPR or compression-only CPR.

AHA does advise that traditional CPR remain in place for other situations and cardiac arrest will mostly fall in those other situations. For our complete statement regarding compression-only CPR and our training courses, please see below.

Thank you for your continued support of DAN and dive safety. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Safe diving,

Scott H. Smith
Manager, Training Programs
Divers Alert Network

DAN News
Hands-Only CPR Statement from DAN Training
Last Updated: 4/4/2008 2:37:37 PM

The American Heart Association recently released a position statement regarding the use of compression-only CPR without delivering rescue breaths. This statement, intended to clarify CPR training for lay rescuers, was issued to amend and clarify the “2005 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)” for bystanders who witness an adult out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.

Extensive research, completed since the 2005 guidelines were released, indicates the survival rates for full CPR are no better and no worse than compressions-only CPR. These studies discuss only the situation in which a collapse was witnessed and pertains only to adults in certain situations.

The idea is that if the requirement for delivering rescue breaths as part of CPR is removed, bystanders will be more likely to administer care to a collapsed adult. The AHA states, “although bystander CPR can more than double survival from cardiac arrest, the reported prevalence of bystander CPR remains low in most cities (about 27-33 percent). Reducing barriers to bystander action can be expected to substantially improve cardiac arrest survival rates.”

While this change is important with regard to lay rescuers providing emergency care in the event of a collapse on the street, it will not affect the care of an unconscious diver. Many dive injuries involving an unconscious, non-breathing diver begin with respiratory arrest and drowning. DAN Training does not plan to change any DAN courses to feature hands-only CPR, which is relevant to the world at large but does not affect diving circumstances.

“The AHA ECC Committee acknowledges that all victims of cardiac arrest will benefit from the delivery of high-quality chest compressions (compressions of adequate rate and depth with minimal interruptions) but that some cardiac arrest victims (e.g., pediatric victims and victims of drowning, trauma, airway obstruction, acute respiratory diseases and apnea [such as that associated with drug overdose]) may benefit from additional interventions taught in a conventional CPR course. Therefore, the Committee continues to encourage the public to obtain training in CPR to learn the psychomotor skills required to care for a wide range of cardiovascular- and respiratory-related medical emergencies.”

DAN Instructors teaching DAN classes will need to be aware of this change, however. It is possible that as basic-level CPR classes change, students may not know how to perform rescue breathing, depending on their level of experience and training. This will require additional training and practice to develop proficiency at the DAN level.

The following are AHA recommendations:

All victims of cardiac arrest should receive, at a minimum, high-quality chest compressions (i.e., chest compressions of adequate rate and depth with minimal interruptions). To support that goal and save more lives, the AHA ECC Committee recommends the following:

When an adult suddenly collapses, trained or untrained bystanders should — at a minimum — activate their community emergency medical response system (e.g., call 911) and provide high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest, minimizing interruptions (Class I).

If a bystander is not trained in CPR, then the bystander should provide hands-only CPR (Class IIa). The rescuer should continue hands-only CPR until an automated external defibrillator arrives and is ready for use or EMS providers take over care of the victim.

If a bystander was previously trained in CPR and is confident in his or her ability to provide rescue breaths with minimal interruptions in chest compressions, then the bystander should provide either conventional CPR using a 30:2 compression-to-ventilation ratio (Class IIa) or hands-only CPR (Class IIa). The rescuer should continue CPR until an automated external defibrillator arrives and is ready for use or EMS providers take over care of the victim.

If the bystander was previously trained in CPR but is not confident in his or her ability to provide conventional CPR including high-quality chest compressions (i.e., compressions of adequate rate and depth with minimal interruptions) with rescue breaths, then the bystander should give hands-only CPR (Class IIa). The rescuer should continue hands-only CPR until an automated external defibrillator arrives and is ready for use or EMS providers take over the care of the victim.

Should you have any questions about this subject and teaching your DAN courses, contact us at 1-800-446-2671 Option 4, +1-919-684-2948, or email us at oxygen@diversalertnetwork.org.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with any dates in your area and your location for DAN training.

Guardian Full Face Mask - THE NEW FACE IN DIVING




Guardian Full Face Mask - THE NEW FACE IN DIVING - Stop everything!

Take a look at our new Guardian Series Full Face Masks. OTS stepped up to the plate and designed the finest full face mask with divers in mind. This is not a Gas Mask or any other type of mask that has been modified for divers. It was built from the ground up with your comfort and needs in mind. For more information click on the picture - You won't be disappointed!

The Guardian Full Face Mask

Designed With Divers In Mind!!!

With over 60 years of diving experience and having sold almost every Full Face Mask (FFM) on the market, it was easy to see there was a need for something better. A common problem with most FFM, is the seal. The lack of a good seal causes the diver to use air quicker and can interfere with the divers ability to hear if using underwater communications.

The Guardian as a Better Mask

The Guardian was designed with a double seal, allowing for the comfort of both small and large faces.

Equalizing system which helps fit virtually all noses.

Variety of Colors are offered

Low profile (visibility is superb)

Hose comes off the right side (most preferred by divers)

Easily adjustable head straps & robust buckles.

Ambient Breathing Valve (ABV)

Easily removable 2nd stage regulator (great for storage and maintenance)

Mask bag and more. . .

One of the first to use the Guardian was Mr. Howard Hall.

His elite divers utilized the Guardian while filming using a large format camera.

We will be releasing more information on the movie when we get final authorization.

For more information, contact an OTS Representative or OTS direct.

Ocean Technology Systems
3133 West Harvard Street, Santa Ana, CA. 92704
Telephone: (714) 754-7848 Fax (714) 966-1639

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific information.

Omni Divers Underwater Services, L.L.C. ordered one at the DEMA show in Orlando last year. OTS says we are in line for delivery soon. We will post on this blog when it arrives.

New housing for the Nikon Coolpix S600 digital camera


New Product Release From Fantasea Line

We are pleased to announce the release of a new housing specifically designed for the Nikon Coolpix S600 digital camera. The Fantasea FS-600 housing, depth rated to 60 meters/200 feet, is fully functional providing photographers with access to all camera functions.

Fantasea Line Releases the FS-600 Underwater Housing for Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera

New Housing Provides Access to All Camera Controls and Functions

Fantasea Line announces the release of a new housing specifically designed for the Nikon Coolpix S600 digital camera. The FS-600 housing, depth rated to 60 meters/200 feet, is fully functional providing photographers with access to all camera functions. Fantasea's new compact housing design and improved construction ensures easy handling and accurate access to camera functions through the critical placement of push-button controls. The Fantasea FS-600 housing has a double O-ring seal on all controls, anti-glare hood over LCD screen, removable flash diffuser and a 46mm threaded lens port.











The FS-600 housing is ideal for outdoor and underwater photographers' needs. Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of such activities as white water and paddle sports, sailing and boating, surfing, fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. The FS-600 protects the Coolpix camera from water, sand, dust, and other damaging elements.

The FS-600, like all Fantasea housings, comes with an optional Accessory System which will enable photographers to further enhance their imaging capability.



Free One Year Flood Insurance Policy

As with all other Fantasea Camera Housings, in the event of accidental water leakage, the Coolpix camera inside is insured*. This attractive additional protection is exclusive only to Fantasea Housings and provides the ultimate peace of mind for photographers, who want to be sure their cameras are adequately and safely protected during use in these rugged environments.

*According to the terms and conditions of the Flood Insurance Program.

About Fantasea

Fantasea Line is an international company dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing of creative and affordable product solutions for the diving, underwater photography and water sports markets. Fantasea's management has been involved in the diving, water sports and photographic industries for over 37 years. With offices and representatives worldwide, Fantasea cooperates with leading international manufacturers on joint venture projects for product development and distribution.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific information.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

MEDIC FIRST AID on Compression-Only CPR


MEDIC FIRST AID on Compression-Only CPR
Apr 3, 2008

MEDIC FIRST AID will be releasing new support materials for Instructors and students later this week to reflect recent changes in guidelines calling for compression-only CPR in the event of a witnessed adult collapse in an out-of-hospital setting.

Earlier this week, the American Heart Association amended and clarified guidelines for bystanders who witness an adult out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. The AHA released an advisory calling for compression-only CPR by untrained responders or those who are not confident in performing conventional CPR, which combines chest compressions and rescue ventilations. The AHA science advisory, “Hands-Only (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Call to Action for Bystander Response to Adults Who Experience Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest” was published in the March 31, 2008, edition of the journal Circulation.

MEDIC FIRST AID concurs that compression-only CPR is a viable alternative in certain situations to conventional CPR, which combines chest compressions with rescue ventilations in a ratio of 30 compressions to two rescue ventilations. Our training programs follow science treatment recommendations and guidelines based on the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Since the AHA advisory amends these specific guidelines, we have begun to update our training materials and class presentation materials to reflect the amended guidelines. New support materials addressing compression-only CPR will be available beginning Friday through the Instructor login section of our website, medicfirstaid.com.

The concept of compression-only CPR has been widely discussed since the 2005 guidelines were released. Since then, MEDIC FIRST AID Instructors have been teaching conventional CPR, with the caveat that compression-only CPR can be performed when the first aid provider is unable or unwilling to provide rescue ventilations. It is important to note that compression-only CPR is not recommended for children and infants, adults discovered unresponsive, and non-heart-related arrests such as drowning victims, and persons suffering from a drug overdose.

“This amendment to the guidelines is actually more clarification than change for students attending MEDIC FIRST AID training classes. Trained providers are already given the option to perform compression-only CPR,” says Bill Rowe, director of product development. “We will quickly have supplemental materials out to help provide further information and clarity. Meanwhile, our Instructors can reassure those they train that MEDIC FIRST AID training materials do indeed reflect the most current CPR training guidelines available.”

By eliminating the apprehension associated with the need to ventilate, compression-only CPR may encourage more bystanders to take action and attempt CPR when an adult collapse is witnessed. Studies show that when an adult is seen to collapse, compression-only CPR can be as effective as conventional CPR. Regardless of the approach, high-quality chest compressions with as few interruptions as possible help keep blood pumping from the heart to the lungs and brain, increasing the odds of successful resuscitation.

MEDIC FIRST AID International, Inc
1-800-800-7099
Fax 1-541-344-7429
response@medicfirstaid.com
www.medicfirstaid.com

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with any dates in your area and your location for Medic First Aid training.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

TDI Surface Supplied Air Diving Courses

RC Goodwin & Associates, Inc.

is being trained in the following

Technical Diving International (TDI) courses:
Surface Supplied Tender
Surface Supplied Air Diver
Surface Supplied Air Operator


Courses to be held May 2008


Between May 12 - 15, 2008, RC Goodwin & Associates, Inc. will be trained in a series of surface supplied air courses as part of their safety requirements and their job requirements.

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

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

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with any dates in your area and your location.

Link at www.omnidivers.com/tdisurfacesupplied.html

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Compression-Only CPR


Compression-Only CPR
Apr 1, 2008

In recent months we have been closely following the discussion and debate regarding the benefit of compression-only CPR in comparison to the conventional CPR method of combining ventilations and compressions.

The American Heart Association has released a science advisory, Hands-Only (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Call to Action for Bystander Response to Adults Who Experience Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The advisory, published in the March 31, 2008 edition of the journal Circulation, amends and clarifies the guidelines for bystanders who witness an adult out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.

The most significant change in the advisory is to acknowledge that compression-only CPR and conventional CPR are considered to be equally adequate for treating adults who have had a witnessed collapse, and are assessed to be unresponsive and not breathing adequately. It is important to note that this recommendation does not apply to arrests that are not witnessed, arrests in children, or arrests suspected of not being related to the heart.

MEDIC FIRST AID training programs follow science treatment recommendations and guidelines based on the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Since the AHA Science Advisory amends these specific guidelines, we will immediately begin to make assessments on any changes required to our training materials and class presentation in order to make sure we are consistent with current guidelines.

We will provide information very soon on the impact that this will have on our training programs and changes Instructors will need to make in conducting courses.

MEDIC FIRST AID International, Inc
1-800-800-7099
Fax 1-541-344-7429
response@medicfirstaid.com
www.medicfirstaid.com

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information on costs and specific times associated with any dates in your area and your location for Medic First Aid training.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector Training

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March 29, 2008

Worldwide Training in High Pressure Cylinder Safety

Greetings,

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector training.

The next course in your area will be held Saturday, March 29, 2008 in Washougal, Washington starting at 9:00 am.

This certification course teaches the basics of conducting the annual visual inspections of solid wall and composite SCUBA and SCBA cylinders. The 7 - 8 hour course is suited for those new to visual inspection well as those who have been inspecting without formal training through its wide range of inspection subjects including damage limits, neck cracking, and laws affecting inspectors.

In addition, this course meets the OSHA and DOT requirements for employee HAZMAT training and attendants completing the course are qualified to conduct "in-house" HAZMAT training for cylinder handlers.

Previously certified inspectors may attend this full course or the Refresher Course for re-qualification at a reduced rate. The course is open to anyone 16 years or older and no previous cylinder inspection experience is required. Participates receive certification as Visual Cylinder Inspectors upon course completion.

The course tuition is $350.00 and includes the text book "Inspecting Cylinders" by Bill High, a course curriculum workbook; supplemental materials and certification are also included.

If you have any other questions before the class is scheduled feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks again for you interest in our training program.

Regards,

Phil Graf
PSI Instructor # 130
omnidive@omnidivers.com

For more information about Visual Cylinder Training, both SCBA and SCUBA, contact omnidive@omnidivers.com.

Link at
www.omnidivers.com/visualcylinderinspection.html
.

Link at
www.omnidivers.com/visualcylinderinspectionclasses.html


Thank you for your interest in the upcoming PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector training.

Please email omnidive@omnidivers.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) ERD I course in Grants Pass, Oregon

Josephine County (Oregon) Search and Rescue Team is hosting an Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) ERD I course in Grants Pass, Oregon in the spring of 2008.

For more details email omnidive@omnidivers.com about course fees, dates, 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 are all other ERDI courses.

Topics such as:

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

Dive skills include:

executing search patterns,
victim recovery, and
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.

Email us a omnidive@omnidivers.com for details, costs, prerequisites, etc.

Link at www.tdisdi.com/erdi/Courses.html

Another link at www.omnidivers.com/erdi.html

Sunday, March 16, 2008

PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector Training

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March 22, 2008

Worldwide Training in High Pressure Cylinder Safety

Greetings,

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector training.

The next course in your area will be held Saturday, March 22, 2008 in Washougal, Washington starting at 9:00 am.

This certification course teaches the basics of conducting the annual visual inspections of solid wall and composite SCUBA and SCBA cylinders. The 7 - 8 hour course is suited for those new to visual inspection well as those who have been inspecting without formal training through its wide range of inspection subjects including damage limits, neck cracking, and laws affecting inspectors.

In addition, this course meets the OSHA and DOT requirements for employee HAZMAT training and attendants completing the course are qualified to conduct "in-house" HAZMAT training for cylinder handlers.

Previously certified inspectors may attend this full course or the Refresher Course for re-qualification at a reduced rate. The course is open to anyone 16 years or older and no previous cylinder inspection experience is required. Participates receive certification as Visual Cylinder Inspectors upon course completion.

The course tuition is $350.00 and includes the text book "Inspecting Cylinders" by Bill High, a course curriculum workbook; supplemental materials and certification are also included.

If you have any other questions before the class is scheduled feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks again for you interest in our training program.

Regards,

Phil Graf
PSI Instructor # 130
omnidive@omnidivers.com

For more information about Visual Cylinder Training, both SCBA and SCUBA, contact omnidive@omnidivers.com.

Link at
www.omnidivers.com/visualcylinderinspection.html
.

Link at
www.omnidivers.com/visualcylinderinspectionclasses.html


Thank you for your interest in the upcoming PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector training.

Please email omnidive@omnidivers.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals (BLSPRO)




Class starts at 9 am March 15, 2008, in Washougal Washington. Email us for details.

The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional or entry-level CPR programs.

The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional or entry-level CPR programs. DAN Instructors and Instructor Trainers will now be able to offer a healthcare provider-level basic life support program for their student and divers.

Called Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals (BLSPRO), this program is ideal for dive professionals and divers interested in understanding professional-level resuscitation techniques. This program is designed to be applicable to the diving market, including scenes and scenarios from dive situations, as well as the non-diving/healthcare market.

Coupled with DAN’s existing Training Programs and the new Advanced Oxygen First Aid program, DAN Instructors and Instructor Trainers will now be able to offer a complete diving emergency program.

This program also addresses basic life support skills for adults, children and infants.


Objectives
Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals is a professional-level basic life support program designed to teach advanced skills to dive professionals, divers who find themselves in remote situations where emergency help is not immediately available and interested others who are involved with diving.

Recommended Minimum Hours of Training
Knowledge and skills development hours = 8

This is an 8-hour program, although it is skills dependent program, not time dependent. It is video driven. The instructor shows short video segments, demonstrates the skills in real-time, does a second skill demonstration breaking down key steps as appropriate and then conducts student practice.

With a small number of trained students, the course could be completed in less time. With large groups or adult learners, it is possible that the course could take more than 8 hours to complete. There are also shorter options for retraining and a direct challenge for professional rescuers with a tremendous amount of experience and skill providing basic life support.

Required Curriculum Subject Areas
The program covers the broad skill areas including:

Initial assessment
Airway management
Breathing and ventilation
Circulation
Including AED use
Control of bleeding
Shock management
Ongoing assessment

There are two AED options with this program. The instructor can choose to include the AED information included with the program, or integrate the dive specific information from DAN’s Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving course.


Skills learned in this program that set it apart from lay-provider level CPR courses include:

two-person CPR;
ventilation using a bag valve mask;
finger sweep;
suctioning;
cricoid pressure; and
the technique for caring for an unconscious choking victim.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals




Classes starting March 15, 2008, Washougal Washington. Email us for details.

The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional or entry-level CPR programs.

The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional or entry-level CPR programs. DAN Instructors and Instructor Trainers will now be able to offer a healthcare provider-level basic life support program for their student and divers.

Called Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals (BLSPRO), this program is ideal for dive professionals and divers interested in understanding professional-level resuscitation techniques. This program is designed to be applicable to the diving market, including scenes and scenarios from dive situations, as well as the non-diving/healthcare market.

Coupled with DAN’s existing Training Programs and the new Advanced Oxygen First Aid program, DAN Instructors and Instructor Trainers will now be able to offer a complete diving emergency program.

This program also addresses basic life support skills for adults, children and infants.

Skills learned in this program that set it apart from lay-provider level CPR courses include:

two-person CPR;
ventilation using a bag valve mask;
finger sweep;
suctioning;
cricoid pressure; and
the technique for caring for an unconscious choking victim.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.

DAN Training and Education


Classes starting March 15, 2008, Washougal Washington. Email for details.

As a DAN Instructor, you can offer your students nine classes that will help make them safer divers.

These classes are:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™)
On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
Diving First Aid for Professional Divers
Diving Emergency Management Provider Program


DAN Instructors are scuba diving educators who want to offer dive safety programs to their students. To become a DAN Instructor, you must participate in a DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC).

The IQC follows a modular format. There is a Core Module and then a separate module representing each training program. You can take all nine modules as part of one course, or just take the Core Module and one course module - whatever you are interested in teaching. Later, as long as you remain a current and active DAN Instructor, you can take additional modules without retaking the Core Module. The Core Module is now available online.

Prerequisites for DAN Instructor Qualification Course:
DAN Member
Active scuba diving educator
Current CPR Instructor
Documentation of First Aid training

Prerequisites for DAN IQC Modules:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
CPR Instructor

Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
CPR Instructor

Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
CPR Instructor

Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
CPR Instructor

Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving Instructor

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
CPR Training

Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™)
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor

On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor

Dive Accident First Aid for Non-Divers

To offer this program, DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors must be in Active Teaching Status for:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving

Diving First Aid for Professional Divers

To qualify, the candidate must:

Have an affiliation with an aquarium, scientific diving program, public safety diving program or a commercial diving operation
Be a CPR Instructor
Be a current DAN Member

Current DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors who are certified to teach Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries, AEDs for Scuba Diving and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, and who meet the other criteria, may complete an online crossover.

Course Objective

The DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) trains and educates qualified scuba diving educators to plan, manage, conduct and promote dive safety through DAN Training Programs such as the Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course, the Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™) course, the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving and the First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course along with the Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies course.

In addition, the course develops role-model teaching techniques in the use of first aid for suspected dive injuries. Instructor Candidates also have the opportunity to develop further knowledge in relation to the special considerations involved in providing emergency first aid.

The DAN IQC consists of eight modules. There is a core module that introduces DAN and the DAN Training philosophy. This core program serves as the introduction for all other DAN Training programs. The remaining program modules represent each of the individual training courses offered by DAN. Qualified Instructor Trainers can present all seven program modules or select only the modules appropriate for the Instructor Candidates.

Qualifications of DAN Instructors

Successful completion of the DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) results in certification recognizing the Instructor Candidate's understanding and performance of the knowledge and skills contained within this program.

Instructors must maintain active teaching status with DAN in order to conduct DAN Training programs. In order to maintain active teaching status, DAN Instructors must teach or assist with teaching each course they are certified in once within a 24-month period.

Recommended Minimum Hours of Training

Knowledge and Skills Development

Core Module: 4 Hours
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Module: 2-3 Hours
Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies Module: 2-3 Hours
Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries: 1-2 Hours
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Module: 2-3 Hours
Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving: 1-2 Hours
Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals: 8 Hours
Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen Module: 1-2 Hours

The time the course actually takes to teach varies depending upon many factors, including the number of students and their ability to process the educational components of the program along with the number of modules offered. Instructor Trainers desiring to include subjects or training beyond the course requirements may do so only before or following the course. Any additional training must not be required for completion of course requirements.

Required Curriculum Subject Areas

The Instructor Trainer must ensure Instructor Candidate familiarity with each of the following subject areas:

Knowledge Development Core Module

What is DAN?
DAN Training Methodology
Role of the DAN Instructor
General Standards and Procedures for All DAN Training Programs
Marketing DAN Training Programs
Disease Transmission
Oxygen and AED Equipment/Safety
First Aid Equipment



Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Course Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies Course Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development
Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development
O2 Resuscitation Systems (MTV and BVM)
Providing Advanced Oxygen First Aid
Recommendations for Advanced Oxygen Providers and equipment use
Skills Development
CPR Review
Resuscitation with an MTV
Resuscitation with a BVM

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals

Knowledge and Skills Development categories
Initial Assessment
Airway management
Breathing and ventilation
Circulation
Including AED use
Control of bleeding
Shock management
Ongoing Assessment

REMO2™ Course Module

Manual Overview - Standards and Procedures
Knowledge Development Session
Overview
Topics
Skills Development Session
Overview
Use of Scenarios
Injured Diver Scenarios
Teaching Exercise

Diving Emergency Management Provider

To offer this program, DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors must be in Active Teaching Status for:

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving InjuriesFirst Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving

Preferred Additional Credentials:
DAN Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

Examination

General Standards and Procedures Exam - 20 Questions
Module Exams - 10 Questions Each

Course Summary

The Instructor Trainer must ensure that the Instructor Candidate is able to successfully demonstrate the ability to perform the required skills for each certified program in a role model fashion.

Please email omnidive@gmail.com if you are interested or want additional information.