BSAC Snorkel Diver
Snorkelling is a sport that introduces many people to our planet's fascinating under water world for the first time. You can sit in an armchair and look at photographes, television films and documentaries but there is nothing comparable to looking or diving down to see for yourself what is beneath the surface. The joy of feeling weightless in the water, being at one with the underwater environment and moving through the water with a great sence of feedom is why snorkelling is such an exciting activity.
Snorkelling does not have an age limit - whether young or old, a good swimmer or not, anyone can learn to snorkel as long as you are comfortable in the water.
Snorkelling is not a costly sport either as the equipment is relatively inexpensive and if looked after, will last for some considerable time. The equipment is also lightweight and is portable and can travel quite easily in holiday luggage.
This course is the follow-on course to the Dolphin Snorkel Diver. In the Snorkel Diver course you are introduce to the first theory lesson of the snorkel diver program. Also you are introduced to some additional practical skills
On completion of training the student should be competent in the safe and correct use of mask, fins and snorkel for surface and brief breath-hold dives in warm waters.
Where as the BSAC Dolphin Snorkeller course is designed with children in mind, the BSAC Snorkel Diver is aimed more at teenagers and adults.
Both the Dolphin Snorkeller and the Snorkel Diver have the same practical skills within their syllabuses. However, in the Snorkel Diver course there are some additional theory lessons and a theory assessment.
For Dolphin Snorkeller's who wish to upgrade to a Snorkel Diver, the diver only needs to complete the theory lessons and pass the theory exam.
On completment of the Snorkel Diver course the diver will be issue with the Snorkel Diver certification card.
This course consist of, 4 - theory lesson, which is then followed by a short theory assessment and 5 - practical skill lessons. This practical lesson is conducted either in a swimming pool or in can be conducted in shallow sheltered water conditions.
The entry requirements for this course are as follows,
· The student must have completed a self - declaration ‘Fitness to Snorkel’ and this should be signed by their parents or guardian, if under 18 years of age.
· The student must be competent in swimming at least 50 meters (freestyle)
The duration of this course is 1 - 2 days (depending on training site locations)
The course starts with the instructor presenting a brief introduction into the BSAC Snorkeling program. Next comes the different type of basic equipment that is used for snorkeling. Basic equipment usually consists of a diving mask, fins and Snorkel. In this section, you will learn about the features and the purpose of each piece of equipment, considerations when purchasing this equipment and how to take care and maintain of your equipment.
As already mentioned in the Snorkeling Introduction section, snorkeling underwater exposes our body to increased pressure. These pressures will affect our body airspaces, breathing and buoyancy. So it is important that you understand how this water pressure affects us when we are snorkeling and how to avoid any problems related to this pressure in order that we can dive safely.
The lesson finishes with a look at some basic snorkeling safe diving procedures. Diving with a dive buddy, choosing the correct dive site, surface buddy diving procedures, applying the One up, One down buddy system are just a few of the safe tips covered in this section.