Sunday, November 28, 2010

PE.210 SCUBA As taught in: Spring 2007


As taught in: Spring 2007

A diver confronts a barrel sponge in the waters off Belize.




Prof. Halston Taylor

Course Description

This course will thoroughly educate the successful student with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a certified beginning SCUBA diver. The prerequisite for the course is passing the MIT SCUBA swim test and demonstrating a "comfort level" in the water. At the end of the class, students will attempt to pass the certification exam to become certified divers. The class is taught in two parts each week: a classroom session and a pool session. The classroom sessions along with the reading material will provide the student with the knowledge necessary to pass the written exam. At the pool, the water skills are taught in progressions that build on the previous skills, making the difficult skills seem easy.

Lecture Notes

This section includes video of the classroom sessions. Poolside and underwater video clips of specific skills can be found in the Video section.


·         Introduction to instructor and each other
·         Basic classroom procedures and paperwork
·         Why do you want to do SCUBA?
·         History of SCUBA
·         Fitness in general and how it relates to SCUBA in specific
·         Instincts and habits
·         Equalization
·         Introduction to and selection of equipment (mask, snorkel, fins)

Pool 1 / Swim test and pool basics

·         SCUBA swim test
·         Small pool mask and snorkel training
·         Skin diving skills
·         Buoyancy compensator introduction (inflation and deflation)
·         Equalization
·         Fin fitting if necessary
·         Giant stride entry
·         Flutter kick
·         Surface dives
·         Displacement mask and snorkel clearing

·         Continue introduction to equipment (tanks, BCs, regulators)
·         Introduction to physics as it relates to diving (gas laws, water compared to air, buoyancy, pressure, volume, humidity, air consumption rates)
·         Hand signals to be used underwater

·         Continue swim test
·         Learn to connect regulator and BC to tank
·         Buddy check
·         Entry and warmup (practicing flutter kick and surface dives) before going on SCUBA
·         Entry practice
·         Practice mask clearing and regulator recovery
·         Introduction to and practice of neutral buoyancy
·         Practice regulator recovery

·         Continue introduction to equipment (wet suits and accessories, dry suits, and weights and weight belts)
·         Continue with physics (direct and indirect effects of pressure on equipment and body)
·         Oxygen toxicity
·         Review of physics problems to finish this section

Pool 3 / Skills review and new skills

·         Review previous skills
·         Buddy check, entry, and warmup
·         Surface don and surface skills
·         Octopus use and ascents
·         Doff and don on the bottom
·         Continue practice of neutral buoyancy

·         Decompression illness
·         Ingassing and outgassing
·         Introduction to dive tables

·         Review previous skills
·         Use automatic air inflators
·         Buddy check, entry and warmup
·         Assisting tired diver rescues and tows
·         Ditch and recovery of equipment
·         Simulated emergency swimming ascents
·         Continue practice of neutral buoyancy

·         Completion of dive tables
·         Altitude diving
·         Flying before and after diving
·         Diving with computers
·         Sport diving limits for each certification level
·         Dive planning
·         Air consumption rates

·         Review previous skills
·         Do-si-do in small pool as an introduction to rescues
·         Weight belt use
·         Buddy check, entry, and warmup
·         Surface doff and don of weight belt
·         Rescue of unconscious victim
·         Review ditch and recovery and more complex situations
·         Continue practice of neutral buoyancy

·         First aid
·         Rescues
·         Compass use and navigation
·         Continuing education and specialty diving
·         Environmental factors and water movement
·         Marine life
·         Review of all class topics before exam
·         Final exam given

·         Review previous skills
·         Buddy check, entry, and warmup
·         M to M resuscitation
·         Rescue techniques with weight belts
·         Alternate kicks
·         Counting kick cycles
·         Continue practice of neutral buoyancy

·         Grade and review exam

·         Review previous skills
·         Bailout techniques
·         Fun and games
·         Kick cycles
·         Water portion of exam in the ocean (end of week)

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