Academy Of Scuba

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Academy Of Scuba Rye Reviews

Saltwater Saltwater
4 reviews
Well worth the money Aug 28, 2011
I love the ocean so going scuba diving has always been on my 'Things To Do' list.

This is something you can sign up for on your own as there are always people keen to go for a dive.

There are two types of Open Water courses to choose from either doing it over 2 weekends or cramming it all into one weekend. The 2 weekender lets everything sink in.

Once you have chosen your course and signed up you will receive a Knowledge Review booklet which you will complete before the theory day.

The 1st weekend:

Saturday is theory day, roughly about 8hrs with plenty of breaks. The day involves going over your Knowledge review, making sure everybody has the correct answers and understands the techniques.

Sunday is all day in a heated pool. Your gear will be organised for you at the shop which you will then take to the pool yourself. Once at the pool you will pick a dive buddy and learn how to attach and un-attach your Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) to your tanks, regulator and the correct way to put them on. Everybody enters the pool jumping in at the deep end and signals OK. You will then do a few laps on top of the water breathing through your regulator and then empty your BCD of air and sink to the bottom where you will do a few more laps. In your groups everybody will do a number of tests like mask flood, mask removal, BCD removal and breathe from your buddy's spare regulator. The last test of the day involves a Controlled Emergency swimming ascent. This involves swimming to the surface on your last breath, exhaling only.

The 2nd weekend:

Saturday starts with everybody meeting at the Rye AOS shop. Here you will set out your gear alongside your buddy. The instructors will give you a pre brief before getting you to suit up and perform the 5 buddy safety checks. Once completed everybody crosses the road and walks down to the pier. Jumping in you float next to your buddy and the instructor tells you which tests you are about to perform. The tests are the same as in the pool except for the Controlled Emergency Ascent. The difference is your ascending from 6m not 2m in the pool. After completion of the tests you should have about 20 mins of a leisure dive to explore in and around the Rye Pier.

Sunday you again meet at the Rye AOS dive shop, collect your equipment this time heading to Portsea where you will set up at the Dive Victoria shop. Another pre-brief before suiting up and boarding the boat. The 1st dive of the day finds you at a site called Pope's Eye, a couple of k's into Port Phillip Bay. The depth of this dive is 11m. While down there you will again perform the tests of the pool and pier. As this is deeper you will use more air therefore having a shorter dive. The rocky outcrops have an abundance of sea life compared to the pillars of the pier.

The 2nd and final dive of the course is at a location called 'Castle Rock'. The depth of the dive is 18m. The group will descend together slowly resting on the bottom. Here you will perform the mask flood before being able to have a leisure dive of about 15 mins. When the dive instructors signal time for ascent everybody rises slowly and will perform a 5@5 which is a 5 minute stop at 5metres from the surface. This is done to let any nitrogen escape from your body, failure to do this could end up with you getting the bends and spending 3 weeks in a hyperbaric chamber in hospital, not much fun I'm told.

The boat ride back is full of people going wow did you see that huge fish, crab, stingray, and what about the colours of the fish.

The dive instructors are extremely helpful, with a ratio of 1 instructor per 4 divers and you know they will always be close by. I think they enjoy it us much as we do. They get to see the look of panic on our faces as we 1st enter the water, then transform in to the look of excitement, shock and awe of what we are doing.

It is such an amazing experience and I am already looking forward to starting the Advanced open water course.

This adventure is highly recommended for anyone and everyone, the panic that you first have is quickly forgotten once under water swimming around
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Saltwater Saltwater
4 reviews
Well worth the money Aug 28, 2011
I love the ocean so going scuba diving has always been on my 'Things To Do' list.

This is something you can sign up for on your own as there are always people keen to go for a dive.

There are to types of Open Water courses to choose from either the 2 weekend or cram it all into one weekend. The 2 weekender lets everything sink in.

Once you have chosen your course and signed up you will receive a Knowledge Review booklet which you will complete before the theory day.

The 1st weekend:

Saturday is theory day, roughly about 8hrs with plenty of breaks. The day involves going over your Knowledge review, making sure everybody has the correct answers and understands the techniques.

Sunday is all day in a heated pool. Your gear will be organised for you at the shop which you will then take it to the pool yourself. Once at the pool you will pick a dive buddy and learn how to attach and un-attach your Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) to your tanks and regulator, the correct way to put on your weight belt and how to do the Buddy 5 check.

Once you have passed all of this you suit up and jump into the heated pool. A few simple laps of the pool breathing through the regulator, then you learn how to deflate your BCD and sink to the bottom. A few more laps this time on the bottom. The next couple of hrs are spent doing tests like mask removal under water, BCD removal underwater.You will also practice the emergency descent which you will do the following week in the ocean.

The 2nd weekend:

Saturday is based at the Rye Pier directly opposite the AOS Dive shop. Everybody sets up out the back next to their buddy and goes over the Buddy 5 check. You then put on your gear and head across the road and down the pier. Once in the water you go over all the skills you learnt the previous week. Its a little harder as there could be a current or waves and of coarse the oceans not heated. After you have passed all your test with the remaining are in your tank you should get about a 20 minute leisure dive in and around the bottom of the pier, hopefully seeing some seahorses and stingrays.

Sunday is the big day you will look forward to. Instead of diving around the Rye pier you head down to Dive Victoria shop in Portsea and board there dive boat. The 1st dive if the day takes you out to the dive site called Pope's Eye in the middle of Port Phillip Bay. There is a lot of rock formations and a lot more fish. This goes down to a depth of 11m, here you will again perform the test you did in the pool and around the pier. Once the entire class has passed you should then get about 15-20 mins leisure dive. The 2nd dive of the day is called Castle Rock which reaches a depth of 18m, this is your depth limit as on open water diver. Once here you will perform 1 or 2 more tests as you will only have a total dive time of about 25 minutes. Here you get to dive around big rocky out crops and get close up to the fish hiding in the cracks without disturbing them. When the dive instructors signal time for ascent everybody rises slowly and will perform a 5@5 which is a 5 minute stop at 5metres from the surface. This is done to let any nitrogen escape your body, failure to do this could end with you getting the bends and spending 3 weeks in a hyperbaric chamber in hospital, not much fun I'm told.

The boat ride back is full of people going wow did you see that huge fish, crab, stingray, and what about the colours of the fish.

The dive instructors are extremely helpful, with a ratio of 1 instructor per 4 divers you know they will always be close by. I think they enjoy it us much as we do. The get to see the look of panic on our face as we 1st enter the water transform in to the look of excitement, shock and awe of what we are doing.

It is such an amazing experience and i am already looking for ward to starting the Advanced open water course.

This adventure is highly recommended for anyone and everyone, the panic that you first have is quickly forgotten once under water swimming around
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