Open Water Referral

Theory & Pool Dives Only

The SDI Open Water Referral Course is for a beginner, who wishes to do their SDI Open Water Training dives overseas.

Singapore offers students the convenience of completing the theory and pool sessions before departing for their holiday.  Why waste precious days in the classroom when you could be diving?

Your 4 open water dives in the ocean, required to complete the course, could be done at such exotic places like in Thailand (Phuket, Similans or Krabi), Indonesia (Bali, Maldives or Manado), Philippines (Cebu or Malapascua), Malaysia (Redang or Perhentian) just to name a few.

Prerequisite:

  • 10 years of age
  • Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water
  • Able to swim 200 meters non-stop with no swimmings aids
  • Able to tread water or float for 10 minutes with no floating aids

Prerequisites:

  • 10 years of age
  • Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water
  • Able to swim 200 meters non-stop
  • Able to tread water or float for 10 minutes

Detailed Course Structure

Knowledge Development Sessions Online:

Upon registration you will receive the login and password for online self study.  The theory must be completed prior to the confined water pool session.

Confined water pool session:

The confined water pool sessions will take place at either Outram Secondary School or Mana Mana swimming pool. During the sessions, fundamental skills of scuba diving that are required to keep a diver safe will be taught. Divers will also be introduced to all diving equipment needed during the course.

Even though the fees include all gear needed for the duration of the course, it is advisable that divers invest in their personal mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit prior to the confined water session. Reason being is that students adapt faster using their own personal gear as they will feel more comfortable and relaxed during the training. In addition, their next dive will require little or no adjustment to the equipment because they are already accustomed to their gear.

Students are required to successfully complete the following skills in confined water:

1. Swimming evaluation. Distance swim of 200 metres non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel or any swimming aids,or 300 metres non-stop using mask, snorkel, and fins.  Survival swim / float of 10 minutes

2. Scuba skills a. Scuba system assembly and disassembly

  • Weight system adjustment with proper weighting
  • Removal and replacement of weight system on the surface
  • Removal and replacement of weight system at depth

3. Pre-dive check of self and buddy

4. Partial mask clear at depth

5. Full mask clear at depth

6. Breathing and swimming underwater without a mask

7. Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) use:

  • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at the surface
  • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at depth
  • Removal and replacement at surface
  • Removal and replacement at

8. Buoyancy Control

  • Hovering
  • Controlled ascents
  • Controlled descents

9. Regulator use

  • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at the surface
  • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at depth

10. Underwater swimming; proper use of fins

11. Entries and exits a. Controlled seated entry

  • Giant stride entry
  • Shallow water exit
  • Deep water exit

12. Snorkel use

  • Adjustment
  • Clearing; blast method
  • Regulator snorkel exchange at the surface
  • Surface snorkel swim in full equipment

13. Computer use

  • Reading and understanding data
  • Understanding functions of computer

14. Use of gauges

15. Underwater communications

16. Rescue techniques

  • Tired diver tows
  • Cramp relief

17. Out-of-air emergencies

  • Controlled swimming ascent
  • Alternate air source use; air sharing with a buddy while making a controlled ascent

13. Computer use

  • Reading and understanding data
  • Understanding functions of computer

14. Use of gauges

15. Underwater communications

16. Rescue techniques

  • Tired diver tows
  • Cramp relief

17. Out-of-air emergencies

  • Controlled swimming ascent
  • Alternate air source use; air sharing with a buddy while making a controlled ascent

 

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