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Not the best swimmer...

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by Normal_life_is_just_SI, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. mmerriman

    mmerriman Captain

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boston MA
    Exercise 5: Equipment Exchange
    In confined water, demonstrate the ability to effectively
    respond to an unusual circumstance underwater by
    exchanging all scuba equipment (except exposure suits and
    weights) with a buddy while sharing a single regulator
    second stage earning a minimum score of 3.
    • Orient candidates to procedures for sharing a single
    regulator second stage, including exhalation between
    breaths and not covering the purge button as the regulator
    is passed back and forth.
    • Give buddy teams less than five minutes to discuss the exercise.
    • Have candidates begin sharing a single regulator second stage
    in water too deep in which to stand, exchange equipment
    and continue sharing air until they reach shallow water.
    • Do not assign problems — allow candidates to resolve any
    naturally-occurring ones.

    Score Criteria
    5 Task performed in a well-thought-out, efficient and
    purposeful manner with no sign of problems; very
    low anxiety level. Looks routine and appears easy.
    4 Task performed competently with a relatively low
    anxiety level. Challenges encountered were easily
    and efficiently handled.
    3 Complete exchange occurred without surfacing.
    However, numerous challenges were encountered
    that delayed the speed and efficiency of the
    performance. This score is also appropriate for a
    diver overly dependent on another.
    2 Significant problems demonstrated, and exchange
    completed only after one or both team members
    surfaced once.
    1 Inability to complete the exchange; or exchange
    completed with one or both divers surfacing more
    than once.
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  2. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Final exchange thought-- OK, I guess an instructor could evaluate each buddy separately. Such as: at one point one diver gets anxious, fumbles and surfaces while the other patiently awaits the task to resume. Or, one seems ill at ease buddy breathing and the other not. I still can't help think it could be difficult to grade individually when the whole task is all team effort.
    I think it was best when it was pass/fail.
    I don't have paperwork for back in 2009 when I did it, but seem to recall the description of the task was very similar. Of course there was no description of 1-5 points as it was pass/fail.
    The other 4 skills are individual with 3 of them based solely on time and the float on a couple of things--like can you do the hands out 2 minutes. There is nothing for the instructor to look at except the diver(s)--ie., any infractions such as grabbing the side to rest, etc.-- and a watch. Smoothness, form and teamwork don't apply.

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