Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to

• be at least 14 years old
• hold the PADI Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives
• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)
• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)


PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty

from €150

Course Description

If you had to name any one skill that can make such a difference to your diving, then control of buoyancy and trim underwater has to be high on the list. Having the correct position underwater encourages us to be more relaxed, which helps reduce the effort we need to move through the water, and naturally helps us conserve our breathing gas, which could mean more time under the water. It makes such tasks as launching a DSMB, or taking photographs that much easier. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty requires two dives over one day, and combined with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty manual, provides you with the knowledge and skills to really improve your positioning under the water.

Course Content

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty manual
• Certification upon successful completion

And remember that on all of our courses there will never be more than four students per course!

You can book this course from €150 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €236 (2 people sharing)

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Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty comes with an informative and easy to understand manual. Within this manual you´ll get to look at -

Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty• Reasons to Fine-Tune your Buoyancy Skills
• Buoyancy Check
• Fine-Tuning Your Buoyancy
• Weight Position and Distribution
• Streamlining
• Visualization Techniques
• Connection between PPB and Staying Physically Fit

Included within the manual are two Knowledge Development sections that you´ll need to complete, and are designed to help you better understand and retain the information.

With the knowledge development completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are two dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 6-9 mtrs

Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver SpecialtyThis dive we’ll look at a few of those individual components that make up great buoyancy control; from how we can use our breathing to control our descents, ascents and neutral buoyancy, and how to effortlessly hover in mid water, and not forgetting the importance of correct weighting and distribution.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills -

• Use visualization techniques prior to the dive to help you relax, establish a comfortable breathing pattern and move gracefully through the water
• Conduct a buoyancy check by adjusting the amount of weight worn to achieve neutral buoyancy at the surface of the water with the BCD deflated
• Make a controlled, slow descent to the bottom and, if needed, adjust for neutral buoyancy using the BCD
• Adjust for neutral buoyancy at a predetermined depth
• Hover for 60 seconds without rising or sinking more than 1 metre/3 feet by making minor depth adjustments using breath control only
• Make minor depth adjustments using breath control only
• Swim horizontally, while neutrally buoyant without touching the bottom or breaking the surface of the water with equipment or body
• Demonstrate efficient fin kicks, using long, slow strokes and gliding
• Adjust weights (trim) and practice hovering in different positions – vertical, horizontal, feet slightly elevated and head slightly elevated
• Conduct a post dive buoyancy check by adjusting the amount of weight worn to achieve neutral buoyancy at the surface of the water with the BCD deflated

Dive Two – depth 9-12  mtrs

Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver SpecialtyNow you’ve had chance to develop your buoyancy skills we’re going to look at how we can use those skills in a real diving environment. Particularly we’ll look at how we use buoyancy to help us fine tune our position, and how it’s possible to carry out dive skills (in this instance mask flood and clear) in mid water whilst maintaining our depth and trim.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Use visualization techniques to help you relax, establish a comfortable breathing pattern and move gracefully through the water
• Conduct a pre- and post-dive buoyancy check by adjusting the amount of weight worn to achieve neutral buoyancy at the surface of the water with the BCD deflated
• Make a controlled, slow descent to the bottom and if needed, adjust for neutral buoyancy using the BCD
• Demonstrate efficient fin kicks, using long, slow strokes and gliding after each kick
• Hover for 90 seconds without rising or sinking more than 1 metre/3 feet by making minor depth adjustments using breath control only
• Flood and clear your mask while holding a specific hover depth
• Manoeuvre as close to a non-living portion of the bottom (rock, sand, etc.) without touching it and then back away using neutral buoyancy with hand or fin sculling


Course
Links

What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? Now that you’ve seen the importance of controlling your position in the water, take it to the next level by learning how and when to use a delayed surface marker buoy. The PADI Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty builds upon the skills for controlling your buoyancy, and now gives you the confidence to carry and use this important piece of dive equipment. And of course now that you can fin above the seabed, without disturbing the bottom or damaging the delicate aquatic organisms, you can get to really appreciate more of the marine life, and why not use this skill to develop your underwater photography techniques with the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty? You´ll be amazed at how good your photos will be, and use them to show other non-divers what they are missing!

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