SCUBA Diver Essentials
Wow! This is FUN!
SCUBA diving is for almost everybody. If you are: willing to learn, willing to expand your comfort zone to include world class dive sites, or your local ocean, in good health, comfortable in the water, not pregnant. If you: haven't had recent surgery, have no contraindications to diving, then SCUBA diving is for you!
"old salts" diving tip: Must be healthy and willing to learn.
Our students have been known to boast, share pictures with friends, and make outrageous claims about "how much fun" their dive class was. SCUBA diving is exciting and easy to learn. In the classroom dive equipment is discussed -- its use, and how it impacts the diver is explained. The principles of Physics and Physiology as pertaining directly to diving are reviewed and integrated with exercises fit for Archimedes himself. Eureka!
"old salts" diving tip: Principles are integrated with exercises.
Immediately following the classroom the student will be fitted with dive gear, and learn how to assemble and use the gear. Then the student will watch, practice, and demonstrate the skills and techniques needed for safe and competent diving. Students are individually instructed on how to control their buoyancy by normal breathing, and to find their own "Under Water Comfort Zone." The exercises are presented in a consecutive order so that each new skill builds on the last skill learned. After having learned good techniques for: entry into the water, equalizing pressure in their ears, clearing snorkel, mask, regulator, and fin kicking the student learns how divers properly weight themselves and control their buoyancy by simply breathing normally. Next the student diver, breathing from SCUBA, assisted by their buddy and Instructor, select weights in minimal amounts, to find the correct amount for their personal neutral buoyancy, controlled simply by normal breathing. E-Z Buoyancy is achieved! WOW! Weightlessness is achieved, just like the Astronauts.
"old salts" diving tip: E-Z Buoyancy, correct minimal weighting for each individual diver.
The class meets one night each week allowing enough time to absorb the current lesson and prepare for the next one. Review of the exercise experience, and e-mail contact are an important part of the class. Eight sessions are allocated to these practices so that the student diver is well prepared for the written test, and to enjoy the ocean environment. Our focus is on finding the FUN in the FUNdamentals. Part of the ocean experience is a self guided trip to a dive shop, to be fitted with a full wet suit and other necessary ocean equipment available for rental.
"old salts" diving tip: Divers are well prepared for the written test and the ocean.
Student divers will supply their own "personal gear" mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves. SCUBA gear for the pool is supplied by the Instructor. The primary focus of this class is fun, safety, discovery learning, evaluation of self and ocean conditions, as well as an enhanced enjoyment of the ocean environment.
"old salts" diving tip: Practice! How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice! Practice! Practice!
SCUBA diving requires commitment. SCUBA diving is NOT a spectator sport. You must practice to get good at it.
Our most important diving skills can be demonstrated and practiced out of the water, so our students can build neural pathways and muscle memory right from the start. If you are willing to practice, you will have FUN learning to dive.
Minimum age for certification is 15 years.
Registration for SF Rec & Park classes:
Online at www.SfRecOnline.org or at one of 12 Neighborhood Registration Sites
Questions about registration? Call Rex Biteng, Waterfront Sports Coordinator 415 335 9184
The "old salts" Diving tips
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