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Specialty Classes / Re: PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Course - May 8
« Last post by Instructor Jay on April 25, 2017, 04:19:10 PM »
Who's planning on attending this great course?  You'll be glad you did!
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Tips & Tricks / How to Build Your Own Save-a-Dive Kit
« Last post by Instructor Jay on January 30, 2017, 02:44:17 PM »
How to Build Your Own Save-a-Dive Kit

It’s not if, but when, you’ll rely on the contents of your save-a-dive kit: your mask strap breaks as you're getting geared up, your buddy's regulator mouthpiece is leaking, an o-ring blows. If you’re not prepared, you’re not diving. I've been that guy on the surface while everyone else is having the dive of their lives.  Use our list below to start assembling your own save-a-dive kit.

Pre-packaged kits are available, but it's much more effective (and less costly) to build your own.  You may even have some of these items already.  Here is a sample list of items to get you started:

  • Fin straps *
  • Mask strap * or extra mask
  • Regulator mouthpiece
  • Zip/cable ties
  • Nail clippers
  • O-rings
  • Waterproof Band-Aids / plasters
  • Duct tape or electrical tape
  • Batteries
  • Silicone grease for o-rings
  • Multi-tool/adjustable wrench
  • Port plugs – include both high and low pressure port plugs
  • Defog
  • Bolt snaps
  • Snorkel keeper
  • Copy of dive insurance card
  • Spare PADI C-card
  • Sea-sickness medication

* If you upgraded to spring straps for your fins, the original straps make great spares.  The same is true for your mask strap, if you've upgraded to a Velcro strap.

The list above is just a suggested list.  Each save-a-dive kit is unique.  (Which means that if you don't have something you need on a dive boat, there's a chance that your dive buddies do.)  Depending on the type of diving you do, you may need to add/remove items from this list.  If you dive with a dry suit, you may want to bring an extra low-pressure inflator hose and a tube of zipper wax.  Underwater photographers, technical divers, and certain specialty dives may require additional items not on this list. If you have any questions about what should be in your kit, ask your instructor.

Once you've collected all of the items that you think would make a good kit, you need to find some way to store them.  I use a Pelican case.  They're watertight and very durable.  The only problem with them is that since they are rigid, they take up a bit of room on a cramped dive boat.  Some divers prefer a flexible container, like a dry bag. 

Now you have a proper save-a-dive kit for those times when problems occur.  The best way to avoid problems in the first place is to take care of your gear and have it serviced regularly. The PADI Equipment Specialist course is great starting place to learn proper “care and feeding” of your scuba equipment.  For more information, contact the shop.


-- Borrowed in part from padi.com
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Specialty Classes / PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Course - May 8
« Last post by Instructor Jay on January 30, 2017, 01:39:28 PM »
Hi Everyone!  Please join Instructors Peter and Jay at the shop for a couple of hours on Monday, May 8 at 7:00pm for a great course!

 

Every diver, whether you have 5 or 500 dives, can benefit from the PADI Enriched Air Diver course.  I encourage my Open Water students to take this course as soon as they can, so they can enjoy the benefits of diving on enriched air.

- Do you feel fatigued after doing multiple dives on air?
- Do you want to safely extend your allowable dive times (no decompression limits)?
- Do you want to increase your safety margin on all dives?
- Are you interested in gaining knowledge while having a great time in the process?

If you answered yes to any of the above; then the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course is for you!


The Nitrox (Enriched Air) Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive dives.    This is the entry-level certification course for recreational divers wishing to utilize Nitrox (EAN) as a breathing gas. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for using Nitrox mixes from twenty two (22) to forty (40) percent oxygen content.

  • Prerequisites:  12 yrs old; Open Water certification
  • Course tuition: $125     Book/DVD $85
  • Requirements:  One classroom session and 2 recommended training dives.  Training dives may be omitted, but are highly recommended and are easily combined with other specialty dives.

* Please pre-register, read the book, and complete the knowledge review questions prior to class.  Unfortunately, you will be unable to take the test until the book work is completed.
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Specialty Classes / PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course - Mar 13 & 27
« Last post by Instructor Jay on January 30, 2017, 01:34:34 PM »
Join Instructor Jay for one of our most popular specialty courses.  The history; the beauty; the drama!  This is why we wreck dive!

Please join us at the dive shop on Monday, March 13 at 7:00pm for Part I of the academics for one of PADI's most popular specialty courses; Wreck Diver.



The PADI Wreck Diver Course
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past.  Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and they're usually teeming with aquatic life.  The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the "in's and out's" of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

Prerequisites
To enroll in the PADI Wreck Diver course, you must
  • Be 15 years or older
  • Be a PADI Adventure Diver or above (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)

Required Materials
  • Wreck Diver Crew Pak
  • Underwater slate
  • Penetration line and reel ("wreck reel")

Please stop by the shop in order to sign up and purchase the course manual beforehand.  Prepare for the exciting – and specialized - world of wreck diving with PADI’s Wreck Diver Crew Pak. Preview the skills you’ll practice during your open water dives, become familiar with wreck diving etiquette, and take in breathtaking images from wreck diving hotspots around the world.

The Fun Part
The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook.  Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.

What You'll Learn
  • Techniques for exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards
  • How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks
  • Wreck diving equipment considerations
  • Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
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Emergency First Response course
April 17th and 24th at the shop at 7pm - you must attend both nights
Who should take this course?
Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.
EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings including Dive Master.
What will you learn?
• Primary Care (CPR) – This course teaches you the steps and techniques for handling life-threatening emergencies. You’ll practice eight skills for aiding patients who aren’t breathing, have no heartbeat, may have a spinal injury, may be in shock or who may have serious bleeding. You’ll learn to how to perform CPR and continue to monitor the patient, so that you provide every possible chance of survival while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.
• Secondary Care (First Aid) – Because many medical conditions are not life-threatening and emergency medical services are sometimes delayed or unavailable, this course teaches you how to provide first aid that eases pain and reduces the risk of further harm. You’ll learn to assess a variety of injuries and illnesses and practice bandaging and splinting.
• Care for Children – This course allows participants to learn, practice and apply emergency care skills specific to helping infants and children with medical emergencies. It’s designed for those who work with children or are likely to have to respond to emergencies involving youngsters. This course is often integrated with Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses.
• CPR & AED – This course focuses on CPR training and teaching participants how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). When workplace or governmental requirements specify this training, the CPR & AED course meets the need. This course is often integrated into First Aid at Work programs.
EFR Refresher – It’s a good idea to refresh your CPR and first aid skills every 24 months, and that’s what the EFR Refresher course is designed to do. Focusing on key skills, the course allows you to stay up-to-date and ready to lend aid when needed.
This is a 2 night course, the first night being CPR and the second will cover first aid and other medical emergencies.
Register at the shop
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Specialty Classes / PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course - June 17, 2017
« Last post by Instructor Peter on January 30, 2017, 01:18:35 PM »
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course
Saturday June 17 at 9am - Dutch Springs
What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.
What You Learn
How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water.
How to trim your scuba gear & weighting to improve your balance in the water.
Nuances in determining weight.
How to hover effortlessly.
The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all your basic scuba gear as required in your local diving environment.
Prerequisites
To enroll in the PADI Peak Performance Diver course, you must Have a PADI Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization).
Successful completion of this course will result in a Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Certification. This certification can count towards the Master Scuba Diver Rating
Sign up at the shop. You'll need the PPB text book.
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Local Diving / Last day at Dutch..
« Last post by DIT Earl on November 02, 2016, 05:28:13 PM »
So the end of another season is upon us. I for one did not get a lot of local diving in this season but I'm going for one last dive at Dutch Springs  November 13th
 I'm sure the water will be on the chilly side but I'm going to try one last day of diving anyway.
 If anyone is feeling brave and want to get a dive( or two) in before they close for the season come join in.
I have a few who are going to brave it with me. I will only be up there on Sunday so hopefully it won't be to crowded.

                                                                                              Earl
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Instructors / Instructor Garan
« Last post by Instructor Jay on October 07, 2016, 10:25:26 AM »
Name: Garan Gunn
Current Certification: Open Water Scuba Instructor
Year I started diving:
Type of diving I enjoy most:

What I have to say: 



Courses I teach:
CORE COURSES:  Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Emergency First Response
SPECIALTIES:  Peak Performance Buoyancy


Equipment I own:
RECREATIONAL: 

ACCESSORIES: 


Places I have dove:

Favorite dive destination: 
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Instructors / Instructor Peter
« Last post by Instructor Jay on October 06, 2016, 12:18:50 PM »
Name: Peter Dworsky
Current Certification: Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Year I started diving: 1989
Type of diving I enjoy most: Wreck Diving

What I have to say:  I got into diving because a girl I really liked said we should try it, so we did. The girl is gone, but the passion for diving still exists. I took a hiatus from diving when my kids were little, but got back into it and finished my dive master and instructor program with Jim and Donna.



Courses I teach:
CORE COURSES:  Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response
SPECIALTIES:  Boat Diver, Enriched Air/Nitrox, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Emergency First Responder, Deep Diver,
 


Equipment I own:
RECREATIONAL:  Shearwater Petrel computers (2) ScubaPro Air2 alternate, ScubaPro Twin Jet fins, (2) steel 120 cuft tanks

TECHNICAL:  Dive Rite Nomad, (2) Apeks Tek3/XTX50 regulators (one left, one right), (2) aluminum 80 cuft tanks

ACCESSORIES:  GoPro HD digital video camera,  ScubaPro Nova HP LED light, various reels, lights, lift bags, stage bottles, slates, knives, and tools


Places I have dove: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Florida Keys, Canada, Mexico

Favorite dive destination:  North Carolina
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Who should take this course?
Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings including Dive Master.

What will you learn?
•   Primary Care (CPR) – This course teaches you the steps and techniques for handling life-threatening emergencies. You’ll practice eight skills for aiding patients who aren’t breathing, have no heartbeat, may have a spinal injury, may be in shock or who may have serious bleeding. You’ll learn to how to perform CPR and continue to monitor the patient, so that you provide every possible chance of survival while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.
•   Secondary Care (First Aid) – Because many medical conditions are not life-threatening and emergency medical services are sometimes delayed or unavailable, this course teaches you how to provide first aid that eases pain and reduces the risk of further harm. You’ll learn to assess a variety of injuries and illnesses and practice bandaging and splinting.
•   Care for Children – This course allows participants to learn, practice and apply emergency care skills specific to helping infants and children with medical emergencies. It’s designed for those who work with children or are likely to have to respond to emergencies involving youngsters. This course is often integrated with Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses.
•   CPR & AED – This course focuses on CPR training and teaching participants how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). When workplace or governmental requirements specify this training, the CPR & AED course meets the need. This course is often integrated into First Aid at Work programs.

EFR Refresher – It’s a good idea to refresh your CPR and first aid skills every 24 months, and that’s what the EFR Refresher course is designed to do. Focusing on key skills, the course allows you to stay up-to-date and ready to lend aid when needed.

This is a 2 night course, the first night being CPR and the second will cover first aid and other medical emergencies.

Register at the shop
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