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Scientific Diving Course - Summer 2008
California State University - Ocean Studies Institute
Instructor:  Jim Cvitanovich (OSI)
Locations:  CSULB, LBAOP, SCMI, Local Waters

June 28 - July 13, 200
8
(no class July 4-6)

Submit your application early will all the necessary paperwork.
Applications due June 1, 2008!

All students enrolling in the course must have the following:

1.  Certification as an open water scuba diver, issued by a nationally recognized certification agency (NAUI, PADI, YMCA, SSI, etc.)

2.  Advanced level diver certification, or equivalent, from a nationally recognized training agency, OR a minimum of 12 logged scuba dives.   The 12 logged dives must have been made SINCE entry level training was completed (entry level training dives do not count toward this number).

3.  A minimum of 4 logged dives within the past year, 2 of which are within the last six months.

4.  Scuba regulator service, by an authorized technician, within one year (or new within one year).

5.  Course application. *

6.  Research Diving Application. *

7.  Signed waiver. *

8.  Current Medical Examination for Scuba Diving; must be within one year (two forms). *

9.  Current First Aid training. within three years. **

10.  Current CPR training, within one year. **

11. Training in Emergency Oxygen Administration, within two years.

12.  Diver's Insurance is now required.  See the following websites for coverage:

DAN www.diversalertnetwork.org
PADI Diver Protection www.diveinsurance.com
DiveSafe www.divesafeinsurance.com
DiveAssure www.diveassure.com
Diver's Security Insurance www.diverssecurity.com
NAUI Worldwide Dive Travel & Insurance www.naui.org

** Forms are available on the OSI Diving Program website, or contact OSI.

** CPR, First Aid and O2 training will be available as part of the course

A visual inspection of all dive equipment will be conducted on the first day.  Equipment deemed “unsafe” or NOT in good working order, will not be allowed for use in the course.

Questions should be directed to Jim Cvitanovich, OSI Diving Safety Officer, 820 South Seaside Avenue, Terminal Island, CA  90731.  Cell:  (310) 560-9917, SCMI:  (310) 519-3172.  email:  cvitanov@csulb.edu

SWIM TEST REQUIREMENTS

There will be a swim evaluation at the beginning of this course. This evaluation will include:

  • 400 meter swim within 12 minutes

  • tread water continuously for 10 minutes, or 2 minutes without the use of hands

  • underwater swim for a distance of 25 meters without surfacing

  • surface dive to 10 feet to recover a swimmer on the bottom, and transport on the surface for 25 meters

***IMPORTANT:  ANYONE WHO DOES NOT 100% SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE SWIM TEST ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE COURSE, WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CONTINUE.

APPOINTMENTS MAY BE MADE TO TAKE THE SWIM EVALUATION EARLY.  This is advised for students who have any doubt as to whether they will be able to successfully complete each of the skills listed above.  An early evaluation will give the student a chance to see where he/she needs improvement, and time to work on these skills before the course begins.  Any student who successfully completes the swim evaluation early, will be excused from the test on the first day of the course.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT LIST 

__ Swimsuit and towel for swim test & pool scuba check-out

__ Pen, paper, etc. for taking notes

__ Mask, fins, snorkel

__ Booties

__ Wetsuit (6-7mm or ¼”, with hood, is recommended)

__ Gloves

__ Buoyancy Control Device

__ Weight belt

__ Regulator

__ Tank and Backpack

__ A second Tank is advisable and could be rented for specific days

__ Submersible Air-Pressure Gauge (tank pressure)

__ Depth Gauge

__ Timing Device (Dive Watch, Computer, etc.)

__ Dive Knife or other cutting device (e.g., scissors)

__ Underwater Compass

__ Underwater Slate

__ U/W “goodie” bag

__ Dive Log

__ Dive Tables (whichever you are used to using)

__ Gear Bag (for carrying dive gear to and from sites, and possible storage at Catalina)

DIVING WEB PAGE:  http://www.csulb.edu/web/labs/sharklab/divingprogram/index.html