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Dive Technician Courses:

2016 update: Click on these links in the left column to learn more about the different Diving and Instructor Courses that we offer.

Are you interested in learning about the aspects of diving that involves equipment maintenance and repair or have you always wanted to learn about mixing different gas blends of Enriched Air or Trimix. Our Dive Technician Courses help provide these answers. We offer a series of technician courses from PSI/PCI and PADI to help you learn to become a technician or improve your skills.

PSI/PCI Fill Station Operator and HAZMAT Course:

This course provides the necessary knowledge for a technician to safely fill dive cylinders. You will be given specific training for the operation and basic maintenance of high pressure air compressors. The safe, efficient use of fill station control panels and fill whips is crucial in the operation of a modern dive shop. As well, the students are instructed in the proper handling and transportation of high pressure compressed gas cylinders. This course is required for all dive shop employees by OSHA and the Department of Transportation regulations.

Details:

  • Total course hours: 3 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Required Gear: None

PADI Equipment Specialist:

Whether it is a blown o-ring, simple regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic scuba equipment adjustments. The student will learn basic scuba equipment maintenance, care, and adjustments, that they may encounter on any dive. In addition, background information about how your gear works, how it is repaired and other information that helps you with your equipment investment are covered. This course is geared to assist the professional divemaster or instructor learn how to make basic adjustments at the dive site. This course provides an introduction to scuba equipment for a professional technician.

Some of the skills that are covered are:

  • Review the theory, principles and operation of scuba diving equipment
  • Learn about routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage
  • How to overcome common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures
  • Gain simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear

Details:

  • Total course hours: 6 hours
  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite: Open Water/Junior Open Water

DSAT Trimix Gas Blender:

This technical course will train you to be a qualified gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified consumers. You will learn about the physical properties of oxygen, its associated hazards, handling requirements, and what cleaning equipment is necessary. Finally, you will learn different methods of obtaining the desired enriched air mix and the various methods used to obtain proper helium mixes. In addition to blending mixes, you will learn how to properly clean cylinders, regulators, and other equipment to be safely used in oxygen service applications.

Details:

  • Total course hours: 24 hours
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Prerequisite: Open Water Scuba Diver and Enriched Air Diver

PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector (VCI) and Visual Cylinder Inspector Refresher (VCIR):

In this course the technician will learn how to conduct visual inspections on both solid wall and composite SCUBA and SCBA cylinders. Upon successful completion of the course the new inspector is qualified to independently conduct Fill Station Operator and HAZMAT course. This course is intended for anyone who will be conducting cylinder inspections such as dive shop technicians or firefighters. Inspectors who have not attended requalification training or an update in the past three years may take this course to renew their certification.

Some of the skills that are covered are:

  • Sustained Load Cracking (SLC) and other types cylinder neck cracking or defects
  • Damage limits to cylinders
  • Government regulations applicable to inspectors
  • Required equipment for cylinder inspections
  • Cylinder construction techniques
  • Inspection procedures and protocols

Details:

  • Total course hours: 8 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Prerequisite: None

PSI/PCI Visual Cylinder Inspector Update (VCIU):

This course is for Visual Cylinder Inspectors who have attended VCI training or a VCIU within the past three years. The inspector is taught about changes and updates to the program, regulations, and developments in cylinder safety.

Details:

  • Total course hours: 2 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Prerequisite: VCI within three years of previous VCI training or update.

PSI/PCI Valve Repair Technician (VRT):

In this course, the technician will learn about how to service the valves commonly found on many SCUBA cylinders. A broad overview of different valve types, valve repair, and valve care will be covered. This course is approved by many valve manufactures as a valve maintenance course for their brands of valves. Students will participate in a valve disassembly/assembly exercise.

Details:

  • Total course hours: 3 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Prerequisite: None.

PSI/PCI Oxygen Cylinder Cleaning Technician (OCCT):

This course provides the technician with a background in the proper techniques to safely clean cylinders and valves to be used in an oxygen rich environment. Cleaning techniques, various cleaning solutions, material compatibility, and oxygen clean inspection procedures.

Details:

  • Total course hours: 3 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Prerequisite: Current VCI.

PSI/PCI Eddy Current Technician (ECT):

In this course the technician learns about Eddy Current testing. When used properly, this is a valuable form of non-destructive testing required to be conducted on some types of cylinders. The student will learn about how to properly conduct Eddy Current tests on SCUBA and SCBA cylinders as well as participate in a practical exercise to demonstrate knowledge of Eddy Current equipment operations.

Details:

  • Total course hours: 2 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Prerequisite: Current VCI.
 
 

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