Advanced Classes & Workshops

Advanced Open Water Course

What most instructors call, "The Fun Class of SCUBA Diving"

Advanced Open Water SCUBA Course ~ $175 - $225*

This course is a continuing education certification course for certified divers. It is an enjoyable program of continued supervised experience designed to introduce divers to a variety of diving activities and to be taught entirely in an open water setting. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

This course is appropriate for divers who:

• Desire additional training.
• Are looking to refresh their Scuba skills after a long hiatus
• Have moved from one diving area to another and desire local orientation.
• Do not have, but wish to obtain, NAUI certifiction.
• Desire orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions.
Pre-requisites for the Advanced Certification Course:

Age. Minimum is 15 years (Junior certification for ages 12- 14 years is allowed.)
Dive Certification. Certification as a scuba diver by a NAUI recognized agency is required. The instructor is to carefully screen and evaluate all prospective students to assure that they understand diving safety and possess the necessary skills to participate. Curriculum and skills from other NAUI courses shall be used to evaluate and improve the diver's knowledge and proficiency if necessary.
Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all student gear to insure it is adequate and in proper working order. Some equipment rental is available. Some equipment must be owned by diver. Call for details.
Skill Requirements:
• Perform selected basic scuba skills.
• Perform selected rescue or assist skills.
• Use dive tables to plan all dives.
• Record dives in log books.
• Navigate underwater.
• Use appropriate equipment to perform selected tasks

Diving Activities

The required dive topic areas listed represents three separate dives of the minimum six required. The remaining dives can be combined or split as needed to fit the situation and meet student needs provided at least six separate dives are made.
Required Dives
Navigation
Night or Limited Visibility Diving
Deep diving ( 130 feet maximum)
Elective Dives
Search and Recovery
Boat diving
Light salvage
Hunting and collecting
Exploration and underwater mapping
Non-penetration wreck diving
Observation and data collection
Diving in surf or currents
Shore diving
Diving for photos or videos
Using dive computer
*The fee is reduced $50 if you book one of our 2 Day Catalina Island Boat trips to complete your dives.

Rescue Diver Techniques

"They who help each other, help themselves...."
Course Tuition ~ $425


Course Orientation - July 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  ~ ocean Gear Scuba Center


This course is taught by our own Rachel Cushman, Assistant Diving Safety Officer at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.


OVERVIEW AND QUALIFICATIONS

The course trains divers in the knowledge and skills needed to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies. Included are: assists, transports, surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat- and shore-based skin and scuba divers. This course meets the prerequisite rescue training for NAUI Skin Diving Instructor, NAUI Assistant Instructor, NAUI Divemaster and NAUI Instructor certifications. This course also meets the pre-requisite requirement for the Aquarium of the Pacific.  Note: Adult CPR training (approximately four hours) meets the requirement for Rescue Scuba Diver certification. However additional CPR training that includes two-person CPR and the use of  rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g., pocket mask, face shield, is required to meet the requirements for NAUI leadership certification.

• Graduates are considered competent to perform assists and rescues in open water provided the diving site and diving situations approximate those of the course.

• Graduates may use this certification to meet the prerequisite for the NAUI Training Assistant specialty course, NAUI leadership courses and NAUI Instructor course.

Course Format

 ~ 1 Evening Orientation

 ~ 2 weekend days of class and pool

~ 2 weekend days of ocean diving

Master SCUBA Diver Course

The "MacGyver" Course of SCUBA Diving

Course Tuition ~ $400


Come join our Course Orientation on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm

This course is available via our live streaming webinar format.  Call Ocean Gear to arrange.

OVERVIEW AND QUALIFICATIONS

The course is a continuing education certification course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving.  Emphasis is on student participation and practical application of knowledge in open water aſter a classroom discussion of subjects. The

course is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles.  Some subject areas are a review and expansion of material from previous courses. Each subject area is a progression in study not a definitive study in the particular diving activity. However, instructors will specify performance objectives for related course diving activities; for example, during a navigation dive the student will swim a reciprocal course to within 10 feet (3 m) of its origin.

The course may be divided and taught in sections with the student’s Diving/Training Log being signed off for each activity until all requirements are met.  Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without

supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

Course Format

 ~ 4 - 5 Evening Class Sessions

 ~ 8 Ocean Dives

   - Deep Dive

   - Night Dive

   - Search & Light Salvage

   - Navigation

   - 4 other dives

Policies Applying to Specialty Diver Courses

OVERVIEW

NAUI Specialty Diver Courses are either introductions to or are more detailed treatments of the respective areas of specialized diving. Accordingly, some specialty courses are designed to provide more detailed training and result in additional qualifications. In these instances the qualifications are described in
the respective specialty course standard. Specialty courses provide divers the opportunity to enjoy organized diving which yields experience and documents training in specialized diving activities.

QUALiFICATION OF GRADUATES

Graduates of a specialty course are considered competent to participate in the respective specialty activities without supervision, provided the activities engaged in and the areas dived approximate those in which the diver was trained.

GENERAL PREREQUISITES

Screening ~ In a pre-course session using selected skills, the instructor screen and evaluate all students to ensure that they possess the necessary diving skills to minimize risk. This is not required when the students' diving proficiencies are well known to the instructor. Also the instructor is to verify that the student has the prerequisite diver certification. Specialty courses with prerequisite certifications that are higher than Scuba Diver are listed in the respective course standard.
Equipment ~ Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all student gear to ensure it is adequate and in proper working order.
Open Water Dives ~ Required open water dives dedicated to the specialty activity vary for each course. One open water dive (which does not count toward the minimum number of dives required for a given course) is to be used as a screening and evaluation dive to determine the readiness of the students to perform the skills and activities appropriate for the particular specialty. This is not required when the students' diving proficiencies are well known to the instructor. Some courses, because of their complexity of the training or the skills involved, have a higher minimum number of dives designated. If more than three dives on a single day is planned the following factors shall be considered: student's physical and mental stamina, motivation, readiness to learn and be evaluated, residual nitrogen levels, hydration levels, as well as environmental conditions, dive planning, i.e., surface intervals, flying or ascending to altitude after diving.

Night Diver Program

OVERVIEW

This course is to provide the diver with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of diving at night.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Coverage is to include planning and preparation, night diving equipment, procedures, problems, hazards, navigation and buddy system techniques.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

You will be required to own a Primary Dive Light, a Back-up Dive Light and a Marker Beacon. These should be purchased at Ocean Gear SCUBA Center when you come in to pick up your gear for the evening, or, through our online store.

Program Cost

A good Night Diver Specialty Course is about $200 plus rentals, lights, etc.

Our costs are simple. Each evening activity costs $40. Any SCUBA equipment necessary (i.e. rental gear) is provided at no extra charge - that's right, the gear is FREE.

After you have completed 4 night dives, you may choose to purchase your Night Diving Specialty Card for the cost of $30.

Make your reservations NOW! Space is limited.

Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Program ~ $200 - $250*

Ocean Gear is a proud provider of Nitrox training. We pump Nitrox using our membrane compressor system. This means that any diver can immediately begin Nitrox diving without the costly expense of a full Oxygen service overhaul. If you deal with nitrox gas created with partial pressure blending, you may be required to have this service provided. A simple visual inspection of your SCUBA tank is all that is necessary. If your regulator has not been serviced within the past 12 months then a standard overhaul is strongly recommended.

Benefits of Nitrox

  • Extends bottom time

  • Reduces surface interval time

  • Increases number of dives you can make in a day

  • Appears to reduce fatigue of standard SCUBA diving

Benefits of Ocean Gear’s Nitrox course

  • 2 Evening class session; or,

  • Distance Learning program in your Home (must have internet access – webcam is helpful but not absolutely required)

  • Can be added onto any of our SCUBA Certification programs at a reduced rate

  • Can be combined with ocean dives in most any other training course (no additional dives are required)

OVERVIEW

This course is to provide the diver with the information necessary to utilize EANx as a breathing medium. The course may be taught as a stand-alone specialty course to certified divers or the knowledge and skills training may be integrated into other NAUI certification courses including the NAUI Scuba Diver Course.

QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

Upon successful completion of this course or program, graduates are considered competent to utilize EANx (up to EAN40) in open water diving activities without direct supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

COURSE POLICIES

Dives shall not exceed a depth of 110’ or 1.4 atm with 1.6 atm PO2 as a contingency, whichever is less. No planned dives shall require actual decompression stops. This course may be taught as a NAUI Recognition Program if the open water training dives are not included. Recognition may be upgraded to EANx Diver certification upon completion of the required dives under supervision of a NAUI EANx Instructor.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

For the EANx Diver certification at least two dives are to be planed and safely executed using EANx, one of which is to be a repetitive dive. The student is to analyze his or her own breathing mixture.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

The following topics are to be covered: history of nitrox as a breathing gas; Dalton's law of partial pressures; physiology of oxygen and nitrogen; depth limits, advantages, disadvantages and risks of nitrox; oxygen toxicity; hazards and precautions of handling oxygen; the concept of Equivalent Air Depth; use of EANx with Standard Air, EANx, RGBM based dive tables, or a personally owned dive computer; appropriate dive planning; common gas mixing procedures; and gas analyzing procedures.

*Course Fee is reduced to $200 if taken in conjunction with any other NAUI certification course (Scuba Diver, Advanced, Master, etc.)

Underwater Hunting & Collecting

Value of course:

You will experience unique and fun activity for underwater.

You will learn some techniques for hunting, collecting, local regulations, etc.

The best part of this course is that we get to eat after we catch!!

Prerequisites:

Age: Minimum 15yrs with SCUBA Diver Certification, or equivalent

Course Policies:

Meetings: 12 hours estimated including one Classroom session a couple of extensive “debriefings” at the end of each Openwater session.

OW Dives: Minimum number of dives is Two: One Skin and One SCUBA

Techniques: Use of Spear Gun for game fish and Lobster Hunting (all by hand) will be covered.

Equipment:

Fishing License w/ Ocean Stamp

Tape measure (Minimum 35”)

Huge Plastic Bag or Huge Plastic Container if you get a huge fish

Cost:

Course Fee: $175 + Equipment Rental (Skin $25 and SCUBA $40)

* If students buy a spear gun from us before ocean dive, they will get $50 discount for the course ($125).

Certification: You will earn your Underwater Hunting & Collection Specialty Card

Date: TBA

Your Underwater Hunting adventure is presented by our own Masa Komura. Masa is one of our most experienced instructors. His experience and expertise in the art of Hunting & Collecting is exceptional. His approach is fun with a strong emphasis on safety. Numbers in the class are kept small and staffing is provided to make sure that this activity stays both fun & safe.

OVERVIEW

This course is to provide the diver with the skills and knowledge to enjoy underwater photography while minimizing the risks of such activities. This is a course of underwater camera techniques and underwater photo problems.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Coverage is to include an overview of underwater photographic equipment, use of digital equipment, photo techniques, lighting techniques, fundamentals of photography, underwater camera techniques and underwater photo problems. No equipment purchases should be made until after your initial class session. Time will be set aside at the end of the class session for you to purchase your equipment.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Divers are to actually take underwater photographs and have the results reviewed and critiqued. Activities of other diving courses may be used to provide photographic
opportunities.

Camera Use

While not inexpensive you can purchase cameras for under $200.

Complete photo systems including strobes, software, cable, carry case, etc. can be purchased for under $800.

Hours

MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday11:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday11:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday11:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday11:00AM - 6:00PM
SundayCLOSED

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