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Drysuit and Full Face skills

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers' started by mullannix930, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. mullannix930

    mullannix930 Solo Diver

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    I am taking a Drysuit and Full face cert class, this weekend, at our state fire school. I am just curious what the skills that are normaly covered in the classes. It is a class geard to the divers who want to get on a Public safety dive team.
     
  2. ffdiver

    ffdiver Dive Shop

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    Being that you finished the class this weekend you should post answer your own questions and post them here.
     
  3. mullannix930

    mullannix930 Solo Diver

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    The Class was great. Drysuits were provided by DUI, and Interspiro brought there Diveator system.

    The class covered the basics. Full face skills (flood and clear, remove and replace etc). Drysuit skills (inversion correction, emergency procedures). We also covered flying your drysuit, instead of using your BCD for correction. We were shown that if you are properly weighted, just adding enough air to stop the squeeze will make you neutral.

    I found it much easier to get good trim in the drysuit than in a wetsuit.

    When whe finished the basic Full face and drysuit stuff, we then learned to use the Interspiro Diveator system. It's a self contained system that has BCD, Fullface, and surface supplied air with hard wire comms.

    At the end we did a drill called "The Blue Monster" it's a square pattern on the bottom of the 4 foot part of the pool. Each leg is about 20' with a regulator at each corner. You swim to each reg and take one breath. between the 2nd and 3rd, and the 4th and 1st regs is a simple skill (deploy a buoy or cut some string). You follow the line for the entire course (don't pull the line or the instructors will cut it). You do the course 3 times, once with mask and fins, once with fins and no mask, and once in fins and with mask blacked out or turned around to render you blind.


    All in all this is a great class, and they are planning to have it again next year. I definitely recommend anyone that is interested come and take it. It pushed my skills and my comfort to a level that I didn't think I could reach. The instructors were great, guys from Lex Fire Department, Jeff Stiggal from Interspiro, and Buck Buchanan from Dive911. I am going to take the class again next year even if I get on the Lex FD Dive team.
     
  4. kwinter

    kwinter Rebreather Pilot

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    Maybe you want to buy a Divator mask and comms to keep in practice. I just happen to have some ;-)
     
  5. mullannix930

    mullannix930 Solo Diver

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    Want, yes, can afford at this time, no.
     
  6. kwinter

    kwinter Rebreather Pilot

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    You might be surprised. Make an offer?
     
  7. gurnie

    gurnie NAUI Instructor

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    Buck is a great instructor, what nickname did he give you? :)
     
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  8. mullannix930

    mullannix930 Solo Diver

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    Butters. He said I look like the kid from SouthPark.
     
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