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Campbeltown SAC follows the training schedule laid down by the Scottish Sub-Aqua Club. Training for beginners consists of weekly swimming pool sessions, usually on Thursday evenings over the winter along with lectures.
The first step is to pass a swimming assessment. The swimmer must be able to:
The next step consists of instruction in the use of basic snorkelling equipment, including fins, diving mask and snorkel. Once these are mastered, you can progress onto actually using scuba equipment.
You will be trained in (and assessed on) the following:
Alongside the practical training, you will have the following lectures:
Once you've finished all that, which takes most of a winter session, you get out into the open water:
Open Water Training
Carry out at least 10 dives in sequence at five or more different sites on five or more different days. Each dive to have a duration of not less than 15 minutes. No more than two dives are to be carried out in one day. These dives must include at least seven dives in seawater, and at least two dives from the following list:
(a) Shore dive along a sloping seabed.
The first four dives are to be between 6-10m and the following seven each to be between 10-20m and no deeper. Until the Sport Diver award is completed, trainees must not dive deeper than 20m.
Candidates must log at least 5 hours of underwater time before being awarded the Sport Diver certificate.
The following training assessments to take place during open water training:
After all that, congratulations! You get the award of Sport Diver.
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