Refresher Courses

Getting back into diving...???

Has it been a while since your last dive...???

This is a non-certification program which affords supervised refresher experience at the scuba diver level for divers who need to re-establish proficiency owing to diving inactivity in light of intended dive trips or other factors. Divers who have completed the refresher course may once again participate in diving activities.

Two hours.1,2
Four hours for full educational review.3

Two hours.1,2
Four hours (for full skills review).3

Two (for divers in which it has been a period greater than 12 months since their last dive).2,3

100 feet, otherwise depth is limited by the participant’s capabilities, experience and previous certification(s).

Scuba Diving (open water). Following initial evaluation and pool, dive activity should be tailored to participant needs in terms of current proficiency versus projected diving activity. If refresher training is being used to prepare a diver for diving travel, emphasis is to be given to skills, knowledge and techniques applicable to the area to be dove. (See "Skills Required" below)

$1501 (2-hour educational review and pool only -- for divers in which it has been less than 12 months since their last dive)

$2502 (2-hour educational review, pool, and two open water dives -- for divers in which it has been a period greater than 12 months but not more than 24 months since their last dive)

$3503 (4-hour educational review, pool, and two open water dives -- for divers which it is has been a period of greater than 24 months since their last dive)


So, what are you waiting for? Let's go diving, again!

JCA Elite Scuba

Wondering why I require more from my students than other dive shops or other instructors? Please read these two articles:

Addressing the Issue of Diver Competence by Alex Brylske

Dive Training Today: A Perspective by Bret Gilliam

...and watch this video:
Potentially Fatal Scuba Diving Accident Intervention Bahamas by Aaron Hagen

The participant is to demonstrate scuba diving skill proficiency by satisfactorily performing all of the following: (Skills marked with an asterisk "*" must be introduced in confined water if it has been more than 12 months since the last dive.

*Select, check, assemble, adjust and don equipment; perform pre-dive gear check for self and buddy; defog masks; after diving, doff, rinse and care for gear

*Perform surface buoyancy/weighting check and make adjustments as needed to hover at diving depth. Correctly give and recognize surface communications for divers. Orally inflate and deflate own and buddy’s BC.

*At the surface, remove and replace (in turn): mask, fins, weight belt, and scuba unit.

*With face submerged, breathe through snorkel while resting and swimming.

With face submerged, breathe through water in the snorkel without choking.

Release a simulated muscle cramp from self and buddy.

If appropriate for the area, enter and exit the water with a float and/or, "Diver Down" flag and line; use to identify the dive area while diving.

*Control pressure in air spaces for comfortable, controlled descents and ascents.

*Descend feet first with a minimum of hand or fin movement, using breath control or BC to control rate of descent.

At the end of a dive, ascend at a controlled steady rate of 30 feet or less per minute and hover at a depth of approximately 15 feet for three minutes.

Give, recognize and respond appropriately to common underwater communications.

*Mask clearing, including removal and replacement.

*Regain primary regulator from behind the shoulder.

*Hover without support or significant movement.

*While wearing a standard buckle type weight belt and submerged in a prone position at the bottom or while hovering, unclasp, adjust the position of the belt so that the ballast is evenly distributed and the buckle is centered at the diver’s front and re-clasp the buckle.

Use the buddy system for scuba diving, remaining within 10 feet, or less if required by conditions, of buddy.

Monitor air supply and communicate amount remaining upon request and manage air supply so as to surface with a pre-planned minimum amount of air.

Using environmental navigation aids and a compass, travel underwater to a designated location or in a given direction for a set period of time.

Use an underwater compass to set a bearing: follow the bearing and return on a reciprocal course to the approximate starting location.

Measure, record and calculate individual air consumption (as surface air consumption rate) using a submersible pressure gauge, depth gauge and timing device.

Plan and make a no-required-stop dive to a depth between 40 and 60 feet. Planning is to consider at a minimum; adequate breathing gas supply for descent, time at depth, ascent, precautionary stop and safety margin. If local dive areas, i.e. dive locations within a 50-mile radius of the course facility, do not provide water depths in excess of 40 feet or there are other hazards that, in the Instructor’s judgment, prevent the completion of a dive that exceeds 40 feet a simulated deeper water dive to a lesser depth is acceptable as long as it still meets the definition of a scuba dive.

Upon completion of a dive, use the repetitive dive table to properly calculate a planned no-required-stop repetitive dive projected to begin after at least a one-hour surface interval. It is acceptable for students to be instructed in the use of their personally owned dive computers in lieu of using dive tables for dive planning. (The actual dive need not be conducted.)

Dive using skills that have a minimal impact on the environment and promote conservation.

Recognize and identify (by common name) samples of plant and animal life typically seen.

Transport for a distance of at least 50 yards a buddy who is simulating exhaustion. Eye-to-eye or voice contact between rescuer and diver must be maintained.

*In a stationary position in confined water and at a minimum depth of 15 feet in open water, share air in a controlled manner with another diver, be both the donor of air and receiver of air.

*Perform a relaxed, controlled emergency swimming ascent in confined water and from a minimum depth of 15 feet in open water.

*Share air as both a donor and a receiver from an octopus or alternate breathing source (not buddy breathing) during ascents in confined water and from a minimum depth of 15 feet to the surface in open water.

*Bring a diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from a depth of approximately 10 feet, remove victim’s weight belt, mask and snorkel; simulate in-water rescue breathing.