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SCUBA BSA

Looking for a great winter activity for your Boy Scout?

Scuba USA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment and safety precautions associated with scuba diving, encourages aquatic activities that promote fitness and recreation, and provides a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.

The Scuba BSA experience contains two parts – Knowledge Development and Water Skills Development.  During Knowledge Development, participants learn basic dive safety information and overview skills to be used during their water experience.  The Water Skills Development session introduces essential dive skills, such as mask clearing, regulator clearing, and alternate air source use.

Successful completion of the Scuba BSA program will earn participants the SCUBA BSA patch.

WHO

This program is being offered by Splash Water Sports, a PADI certified scuba facility. Splash Water Sports will provide all equipment (mask, fins, wetsuit buoyancy control device, regulator, diving computer, air tank and weights), professional scuba diving instructors and program instructions.

WHEN

The Scuba BSA program is being offered on Saturdays from Noon till 2:30pm, January through April.  Pre-registration is REQUIRED.  Contact Splash Water Sports at 412-531-5577 to schedule your class.

WHERE

Water skills development will be conducted at Chartiers Valley High School swimming pool.

COST

Cost for the Scuba BSA program is $50 per participant. Ask about Group discounts.

The Scuba BSA program is not a scuba diving certification class but an introduction to scuba diving.  Additional classes are available to earn the scuba diving merit badge and to become a certified Open Water Diver.

Click through to BSA site here.

Dolphin Tragedy

From the Sea Shepherd’s website:

The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death.

This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003 when Sea Shepherd globally released covertly-obtained film and photographs of the now infamous bloody “Cove” in a village called Taiji. Starting in 2010 and continuing to this day, Sea Shepherd has a ongoing presence of volunteers standing watch on site at the Cove. They are The Cove Guardians.

With your help, we will continue to pressure Japan to end this cruel and destructive slaughter of dolphins. Because we are passionate, dedicated, and committed it may take time, but determination will win the day eventually for the dolphins at Taiji. We invite you to explore this site and support our efforts! http://www.seashepherd.org/cove-guardians/

We hope that you find this as unacceptable and reprehensible as we do. 




Boy Scout Troop 228 Scuba Diving Merit Badge

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 Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – 7:15 p.m.

This evening I meet with Dave Wilton, Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 228, along with 5 troop members before the beginning of their weekly troop meeting to discuss the requirements for earning the scuba diving merit badge and schedule the activities to meet those requirements. This was not new ground with Troop 228 as I mentored 5 members of their troop last year to attain their open water certification and scuba diving merit badge.

Before the meeting began, I ran into Sean, one of the assistant scout masters I certified last year. He told me he went to Sea Base in the Florida Keys for a week of diving. He lived on a boat for the week and got 17 dives in and had a great time. He wants to go back again and so do the scouts that signed up to take the merit badge.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 – 5:30 p.m.

Tonight we met at Dormont pool under omnibus skies to begin our first of three confined water dives. The weather looked bad, but we all agreed to give it a shot and hoped the dark clouds would not bring rain and lightning until we finished our dives.

We setup our equipment, entered the water, got into our scuba gear and just as we were about to go under water, mother nature let loose. The lifeguards heard thunder so we had to get out of the pool. We hoped the weather would pass and we were ready to wait it out but no such luck. It began to lightning and rain. For safety reasons, we called the dives, packed up our gear and went home to wait for another day.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.

We are back at Dormont pool and ready to begin our first confined water dives. The weather is with us today – bright and sunny skies with the temperature hovering around 95 degrees.

Dive training went well. The scouts were a little nervous at first but they got more confident and comfortable as the evening went on. All scouts successfully mastered the required skills for dive 1. On dive 2, one scout did not feel comfortable breathing with his mask off for the required one minute. After several unsuccessful tries, we agreed to call it a night and get back to this skill the first thing tomorrow at our next confined water session.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.

Back at Dormont pool to continue our confined water dives. All divers arrived early and setup their gear. I begin the session by working with the diver who was uncomfortable breathing without his mask. We started by just breathing from his snorkel, face in the water with no mask on. No problem. Once I saw he could breathe with his face in the water for more than a minute, I knew he could master this skill. So we went under water and I had the diver remove his mask and put it right back on. No problem. I then had the diver take off his mask for 10 seconds and put it back on. No problem. We gradually increased the time the mask was off until he was able to keep the mask off for more than a minute and do it repeatedly. YES! Skill mastered! I was very proud of this diver.

We then proceeded to run though the skills required for dive 3. No problems with these skills. I had the divers swim for about 10 minutes to work on their buoyancy and to learn not to use their hands when they dive. They all looked very good.

To finish off the evening at the pool, we did the required swimming skills. Five of the divers opted to do the 200 yard swim without mask, fins and snorkel and 1 diver did the 300 yard swim with mask, fins and snorkel. Afterwards all did the 10 minute water tread with no problems.

After we completed the water skills, we headed to Splash for our first academic session (chapters 1 and 2) and to discuss the Boy Scout Divers Code and the different types of ecosystems. All scouts passed the first two quizzes with flying colors.

Friday, August 3, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.

Today we are concentrating on academic work (chapters 3 and 4) and two merit badge requirements. After reviewing the safety features and going over the knowledge reviews, the scouts took quizzes 3 and 4. All passed. We then discussed four different types of ecosystems and finished the evening with first aid and CPR. It was a long night for all but the scouts have a very good relationship with each other. Their good natured bantering among themselves kept the evening light and enjoyable.

Saturday, August 4, 2012 – 8:15 a.m.

It is a good looking Saturday morning. The sun is out and it is a good day for diving. I arrived at Dormont pool with all of the dive gear and shortly thereafter the scouts arrived and unload the equipment.

Today, Sean and Ian who were in my last Boy Scout certification and merit badge class came along to dive with their fellow scouts. Sean agreed to be the Troop Scribe and take underwater pictures of his fellow scouts in training.

We had 2 fun dives. I don’t recall having a class where all the participants did not have trouble with the hovering skill. At the end of this skill, I had 6 divers all around me in the Budda position motionless in the water. These guys did a great job!

There was one scout that needed a little extra work to master the swim without a mask for 50 yards skill. This was the same scout that had problems with keeping his mask off for 1 minute. After working with the scout for a few minutes, he was able to swim the 50 yards without his mask but I have never seen anybody put their mask back on faster that this young man!

The pool session ended with swimming for fun and working on buoyancy. Sean took pictures. The scouts had fun as they clowned around with one another. Confined water skills are done!

After loading the dive gear into my car, it was off to Subway for some lunch and back to Splash for the final academic session and finish the last non-diving requirement for the scuba diving merit badge.

After going over chapter 5, the scouts took the 50 question final exam. Everybody passed with flying colors and we discussed professional diving opportunities. We are now finished with all the requirements for the scuba diving merit badge except for 4 open water dives. Everybody is very busy the rest of the month of August with vacations, scout camp and other activities so we are planning to do the open water dives at Strawberry Fields quarry at the beginning of September.

This was a nice group of young men to train. They all were very polite and well mannered. They were well prepared for the academic classes. They took their work seriously but had fun in the pool and in the class room. Being that they all knew each other and were friends, there was a lot of good natured bantering going back and forth among themselves. I enjoyed teaching this group of scouts. I am sure they will all be good divers.


Rescue Diver Vs. Public Safety Diver

 At Splash all too often we hear the term Rescue Diver used as Public Safety Diver. While it should be the goal of every diver to earn their Rescue Certification this is not to be confused with Public Safety Diver and the ability to do their responsibilities.

Rescue Patch

In Rescue you learn techniques for self rescue, assisting with tired divers, panicked divers, and unresponsive divers. You learn all this while using conventional scuba equipment including dive computers and other accessories. Rescue divers are a critical asset before trained rescue professionals arrive.

Public Safety Diving can be an exciting and honorable service provided to our communities by divers who call themselves Public Safety Divers. These specially trained divers provide services ranging from rescue diving to to recovery and underwater criminal investigations. Although public safety diving can be fun and adventurous, if not conducted by properly trained and equipped individuals it can be dangerous and deadly. 

To convert to public safety diving the diver needs to be trained in progressive steps, building a public safety diving foundation learning advanced techniques and equipment use specifically designed to allow the diver to safely and effectively participate in their particular environments and potential missions. Additionally prerequisite qualifications are considerably more extensive.

If this rewarding career field interests you feel free to contact us. It is just one of the over 50 PADI Courses offered by Splash Water Sports.

 

2012 North Carolina Dive Trip

 Who knew that the most dangerous part of our recent North Carolina Trip would be the drive down!

After two near accidents, first in Winston-Salem and then another on Route 70 near Morehead City the store manager of Splash and two customers, we finally arrived at Olympus Dive Center to check in and get ready for the next days diving!

Day 1

Today we dove the USGC Spar and Aeolus.

Spar

USCGC Spar

The profile was 104 feet sea water for 34 minutes and a 77 degree water temperature. The Spar featured quite a few BIG SHARKS. One interesting fact about the Spar is Hurricane Irene decided to take an upright ship and move her 260 feet further away from the Aeolus with a 45 degree list.

Aeolus

This vessel was sunk in 1988 as an artificial reef. The Aeolus was originally in an upright position and has since been split in 3 pieces and turned partially upright. She makes for an awesome multi-level dive with awesome swim throughs and penetration possibilities. Our profile was 102 feet sea water for 35 minutes with a 77 degree water temperature.

Day 2

Today dove the USS Schurz (SMS Geier) and the U-352. Both Ships of German origin.

USS Schurz (SMS Geier)

The Schurz was originally a 255-foot German gunship named the SMS Geier that was built in 1894. In 1914, the United States seized the ship and took control over the ship, renaming it what we recognize it as today, USS Schurz. When WWI broke out, this ship was one of Germany’s target ships for destruction because they didn’t want their own ship to be a factor in their own defeat; however, all destruction attempts failed. It wasn’t until June 21, 1918 that the Schurz found its position in 110 fsw when it collided with the SS Florida. Our profile was 106 feet sea water for 29 minutes with a toasty 77 degree water temperature.

U-352

Diving with Olympus

What can you say about the sub… The U-352 was a German submarine that was used during the notorious U-boat attacks during WWII along the NC Coast. On May 9, 1942 it was sunk by the Coast Guard Cutter ‘Icarus.’ This site was discovered in 1974 by Olympus owner and Captain, George Purifoy, and several friends. The history behind this site has been televised and featured on the History® Channel, and is one of North Carolina’s best known dive sites. Our profile was 111 feet sea water for 30 minutes with 77 degree water.

Day 3

Unfortunately on day 3 a storm front rolled in and the only site we were able to dive was the Indra. We attempted to move to the Suloide for the the second dive but the seas were building over 5 feet and the Captain was concerned about breaking the anchor line with divers in the water.

Indra

Diving with Olympus

This 300-foot landing ship/repair freighter is sitting in approximately 60 fsw about 10 miles off Emerald Isle. This freighter was sunk as an artificial reef on August 4, 1992. This dive is loaded with aquatic life and ideal for penetration dives! Our profile was 63 feet sea water for 30 minute with an ocean temperature of 77 degrees.

 

Be sure to join us next year July 12-15, 2013. You can sign up in the online store or at Splash!


Don’t Blow it – Rebreathe it!

Have you ever surfaced from a dive and thought “Wow, I wish I had more time?!” In the past what folks would do is buy bigger tanks and get them filled with nitrox or even, imagine the horror, use double cylinders! Now there’s a better way. Splash is very excited to welcome Hollis Gear and their two rebreathers the Prism 2 and Explorer to the line up of quality products we offer.

  Prism 2 RebreatherExplorer Rebreather

Rebreathers offer longer bottom times (almost limitless) because they always offer the optimum gas for depth whereas nitrox diving uses a static gas. These units are also tailor made underwater photographers – NO BUBBLES! 

If you’d like to learn more don’t hesitate to give us a call or come in we’d love to chat about it. Also watch for a Discover Rebreather coming soon!

Do you know your SCUBA Hand Signals?!

Scuba Hand Signal

Scuba Hand Signals. 

Give Sharks a Fighting Chance!

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That Wreck is Where?!

 

Technical Diving is scuba’s “Extreme Category”. It allows trained experienced divers the chance to dive far deeper than mainstream divers in the hopes of seeing things that many will never see in their lifetimes. Technical diving requires significantly more equipment and training than recreational diving to handle the additional hazards this type of diving can present. Technical diving isn’t for everyone but for those who want to explore innerspace further tec courses are the answer!

Most of the course names have a number behind them that signifies the maximum depth in meters the course is intended to certify a diver to. As a general rule each course has 4 dives associated with it.

Discover Tec 

This is intended as an introduction to the world of technical diving. It does not lead to certification but does introduce you the equipment and methodologies used in tec diving.

Tec 40

The Tec 40 subcourse of the DSAT Tec Diver course is a limited, entry-level technical
diving program that bridges the gap between recreational diving and full technical deep decompression diving. Certified Tec 40 divers are qualified to make limited decompression dives using equipment that is marginally more extensive than that used in mainstream recreational diving.

Tec 45

The Tec 45 subcourse of the DSAT Tec Diver course introduces Tec 40 divers to the first stages of full, technical deep decompression diving. Certified Tec 45 divers are qualified to make multistop decompression dives that employ EANx and oxygen for accelerated decompression. The expectation is that a Tec 45 diver intends to continue on in technical diving. Accordingly, the course not only develops the knowledge and skills to make open circuit technical dives as deep as 45 metres/145 feet, but also begins developing the knowledge and skills the diver will need at the Tec 50 level and beyond.

Tec 50

The Tec 50 subcourse of the DSAT Tec Diver course introduces Tec 45 divers to the first stages of full technical deep decompression diving. Certified Tec 50 divers are qualified to make multistop decompression dives using air, EANx and oxygen with up to two gases for accelerated decompression. The Tec 45 diver comes to the course with a strong knowledge and skill base. The Tec 50 course extends these, expanding existing skills and with an added emphasis on mission planning and execution.

Tec Trimix 65

This level qualifies divers to dive beyond 165 feet to a maximum of 210 feet utilizing mixes with down to 18% oxygen and allows the use of enriched air and oxygen for decompression.

Tec Trimix 

The DSAT Tec Trimix Diver course is intended to extend the depth range available to technical divers trained and qualified to use air, enriched air and oxygen for technical decompression dives beyond 50 metres/165 feet in open water. As part of the DSAT TecRec instructional umbrella, the Tec Trimix Diver course reflects the training philosophies exhibited by the prerequisite Tec 40, 45, 50, and Tec TMx 65 Diver courses. The approach is an instructional progression that directly addresses the added hazards, greater demands and challenges present in technical diving, most of which become more pronounced in the depth ranges typically associated with hypoxic trimix use.

Specialty Tec Rec Courses

Some PADI / DSAT Tec Instructors have been authorized to conduct specialty courses in technical diving. These include but aren’t limited to Cave Diver and Cave Dive Propulsion Vehicle Diver.

If you’d like to join the elite of the scuba world Splash has all of these courses available to enroll in.


2011 Year in Review

 If you’ve ever wondered what being a diver is all about check out the video below. Anybody can tell you but at Splash we’d rather show you!!

Thanks Bob and Kat Whitaker for the photos!