Peak Buoyancy Control Course
Short of remembering to breathe and equalize, there is no skill more critical to divers than controlling buoyancy — and no skill more difficult for new divers to master. In an ideal world, no diver would ever need this course, as you simply wouldn’t be able to get certified unless you could demonstrate adequate buoyancy skills.
Unfortunately, the average diver’s buoyancy skills are an embarrassment — and make divers a danger to themselves and the environment.
Why do so many divers have such poor buoyancy skills? There are several reasons, including:
- Developing good buoyancy control skills takes time and practice — something absent from so many entry-level scuba courses these days.
- Learning to control buoyancy also requires the opportunity to get out and dive, while frequently stopping, starting and changing depth. Unfortunately, for many new divers, their open-water training consists mostly of kneeling on the bottom, waiting impatiently for the opportunity to perform yet another “skill.” In fact, most entry-level training “dives” don’t involve much in the way of actual diving. (No wonder so many new divers can’t control buoyancy.)
While we would like to think that our beginning divers are fortunate enough to avoid these problems, not every diver gets to learn to dive from us. And even some of our own students could use a little more work in this area.
This is why we offer this convenient Specialty Diver course — so that every diver has the opportunity to master and excel at this important skill.
Who Can Enroll? This course is open to divers who are:
- At least 12 years old.
- PADI Certified Junior Open Water Divers, Open Water Divers or equivalent.
- Able to either answer No to all questions on the standard Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.
What is involved? This course consists of:
- Self study with PADI Peak Buoyancy Diver Manual or eLearning and completion of knowledge reviews.
- Classroom sessions are most often in the form of going over knowledge reviews & thorough briefings at the dive site or at the dive store just prior to your trip and a skills overview.
- One pool session, which is not required but highly recommended.
- There are 2 open water training dives required for certification.
Where and When?
Where and when do classes take place? Classes take place at the following places and times:
- Pool sessions take place at the Wet Set pool.
- Dives are offered at Lake Lanier or the Rock Quarry. Join us for one of our trips to the rock quarry or call to arrange for your dives at Lake Lanier.
How much does it cost? The course fee is $99 per person and includes:
- Instructor briefings, Q & A session, and knowledge review discussions.
- 2 Open Water training dives.
- PADI certification w/ Card upon completion.
- We offer the Advanced and all Specialty dives on a “dive by dive” basis for $35.00 per dive on most any trip. You will need the PADI Manual for this course, available at Wet Set Scuba. Your PADI certification card is $35.00 once you complete all required dives and knowledge reviews.
As about our TDS Discount on Advanced and Specialty Dives.
Students are responsible for the costs of any dive travel, diving fees, plus equipment rentals if needed. Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below, plus:
- PADI Peak Buoyancy Diver Manual & Knowledge Reviews.
What equipment will you need? Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:
- Mask, snorkel, fins and boots.
- Adequate exposure protection.
- One cylinder per dive, per day.
- Weight system, weights.
- Buoyancy Control Device (BC).
- Regulator/alternate air source.
- Dive Computer.
- U/W Compass
- Audible surface signal (whistle).
- Surface signal (safety tube).
- Cutting tool.
- Dive tables and slate.
All of these items are available at Wet Set Scuba for sale or rent.
Divers doing the Advanced & Specialty dives are encouraged to own their own Scuba System for safety and comfort – you’ll be a better diver in equipment you are familiar with!
How to Enroll
Get Started Now: The best way to get started is to either call or visit Wet Set Scuba in Stockbridge, GA to pick up your PADI Peak Buoyancy Diver Manual and discuss your diving options. You can also get going right now by clicking on the PADI e-Learning link and scheduling your dives on our next trip.