Posted by brianc on August 16, 2001 at 10:52:57:
In Reply to: Re: Another approach you might consider posted by MHK on August 16, 2001 at 09:40:15:
I'm surprised that you've never heard of this, given that you were a PADI DM in a former life. You must of had a poor instructor, not the agency (let's see how quick I can duck the flame that one generates!). There are 18 skills that a DM is tested on and that OW students are expected to complete, but the suba review program only lists 16 (???).
The follow is lifted directly from the instructor's guide for the PADI SCUBA Review course. Have fun with it!
Confined Water Skills Review
The basic scuba skills covered in this review are part of the PADI Skill Evaluation.
By using the PADI Skill Evaluation Cue Card, you can organize practice and
document participant performance. The skills review may be performed as a
continuous moving circuit, or as a static (noncircuit) exercise.
To successfully complete the Confined Water Skills Review, participants
must meet all skill performance requirements, with two exceptions:
1. PADI Scuba Divers must complete only the first 13 skill performance
requirements. Their initial training did not necessarily include
hovering and removal and replacement of the scuba unit and weights.
2. Referred entry-level student divers must complete only those skills
they have already learned. You should determine which confined water
dive(s) participants completed and have them demonstrate only those skills.
You may also have divers practice Buddy Breathing (as listed on the PADI
Skill Evaluation Cue Card) if they know how to perform the skill. Remediate
participant skills as necessary.
By the end of the session, participants must:
1. Demonstrate proper assembly and disassembly of scuba equipment.
Prepare, don and adjust mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, scuba
2. Perform the predive safety check.
3. Demonstrate a deep-water entry.
4. Adjust the amount of weight worn to achieve neutral buoyancy at
the surface of the water with BCD deflated.
5. Demonstrate a descent using the appropriate five-step method:
o Signal buddy
o Orient yourself
o Snorkel/regulator exchange
o Note time
o Deflate BCD/equalize
6. Weight removal at the surface.
7. Independently establish neutral buoyancy underwater by pivoting
on the fi n tips or, when appropriate, another point of contact
(both oral and low-pressure inflation).
8. Demonstrate an ascent using the appropriate fi ve-step method.
o Signal buddy
o Note time
o One hand over head, other on BCD deflator
o Look up, rotate
o Swim up slowly
9. Exchange snorkel for regulator and regulator for snorkel while at
the surface without lifting the face from the water.
10. Completely remove, replace and clear the mask of water while
11. Locate, secure and breathe for 30 seconds from an alternate air
source supplied by a buddy while underwater.
12. Breathe effectively from a free-fl owing regulator for not less than
30 seconds while underwater.
13. Simulate a controlled emergency swimming ascent by swimming
horizontally underwater for at least 9 metres/30 feet while continuously
exhaling by emitting a sound.
14. Using buoyancy control only, hover without kicking or sculling for
at least 30 seconds.
15. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba unit on the surface
and on the bottom, with minimal assistance in water too deep to
stand up in.
16. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the weight system on the surface
and on the bottom, with minimal assistance in water too deep
to stand up in.
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