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Advanced Nitrox Course
At Barrier Reef Dive Center our Advanced Nitrox Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to utilize enriched air (Nitrox) at oxygen concentrations up to and including 100% by volume (EAN22 to Oxygen) in their diving activities including stage decompression procedures. It is highly recommended the Advanced Nitrox Diver students also take Narcosis Management® – Level III in order to expand and enhance their ERD knowledge, skills and training, and to prepare them for required deco stops.

Classroom: 6 hours

Advanced Nitrox Course

Prerequisites:

A. Age:
The student shall be of legal age of majority at the time and location of course entry and conduct.
B. Certification:
The student shall have graduated from a recognized Nitrox Diver course.

C. Prior Dive Experience
The PSAI Advanced Nitrox Diver student shall have a minimum of fifty (50) logged open water dives of which at least 10 have been between 27 meters (90 feet) and 40 meters (130 feet). These have to have been dives after being certified to these depths, not just logged.

D. Special Notes
This course may be taught in conjunction with an internationally recognized Open Water course at the discretion of the PSAI Nitrox Instructor.

Class Details

Open Water Dives: A minimum of four (4) open water dives are required for the PSAI Advanced Nitrox Diver course.
  1. Dive one (1) should be to 27 meters (90 feet).
  2. Dive two (2) should be to 30 meters (100 feet).
  3. Dive three (3) should be to 40 meters (130 feet).
  4. Dive four (4) should be no deeper than 45 meters (150 feet).

No dive depth shall exceed 45 meters (150 feet). Total combined underwater run times shall be a minimum of 150 minutes.
Narcosis Management Diver
PSAI Narcosis Management® is our signature program. This training, the best in the world, has you perform only the underwater skills that relate to the actual real world of diving. You will be required to keep up with Depth, Air, Time and Awareness (DATA). You must become comfortable and competent with the mental and motor skills at each training depth before training down to the next level. PSAI is the only agency offering Narcosis Management® training down to 240 feet (73 meters).

It is taught in seven different depth levels, allowing your choice of training depth. This Narcosis Management® program is taught on air, to prepare divers for Trimix diving which requires the use of the less forgiving helium-based gases. Proper buoyancy control, gas management, gas switches and runtimes shall be performed while diving on air.

Narcosis Management Diver Prerequisites

Prerequisites:

A. Age:
  1. The student shall be 18 years of age or of the legal age of majority at the time and location of course entry and conduct.
  2. Less than 18 years of age or the age of majority requires written parental consent.
  3. Minimum age for Level II is 15 years.
  4. Minimum age for Level III and deeper is 18 years of age.
B. Prior Certification:

  1. Level I: The student shall have graduated from an internationally recognized Open Water course and be PSAI Deep Sport Diver certified.
  2. Level II and beyond: The student must be certified (with a PSAI Narcosis Management® certification card) for the previous Narcosis Management® Level. In some cases, Level I may be skipped with certain qualifications approved in writing by PSAI Global Headquarters.
  3. Level V and beyond: Please contact PSAI Headquarters
  4. Classroom: 8 hours
C. Prior Dive Experience: Must provide proof of a minimum of ten (10) logged dives.

Details

At Barrier Reef Dive Center, we only teach up to level IV;

Level I 30m (100')
Level II 40m (130')
Level III 45m (150')
Level IV 55m (180')
Level V 60m (200')
Level VI 67m (218')
Level VII 73m (240')

It is highly recommended that the Level III students enroll in PSAI Advanced Nitrox Diver course to further expand their skills and knowledge. It is also recommended that the Level IV students enroll in PSAI Extended Range Nitrox Diver course to further expand their skills and knowledge.

Open Water Dives:
Level I – IV, 2 Dives each class
Extended Range Nitrox Course
The Extended Range Nitrox Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to conduct dives beyond 45 meters (150 feet) but not exceeding 55 meters (180 feet), using staged decompression techniques for both depth and extended bottom times. This course uses air as the primary back gas and nitrox(s) as decompression gas(es). It is highly recommended the Extended Range Nitrox Diver students also take Narcosis Management® – Level IV in order to expand and enhance their ERD knowledge, skills and training.


Prerequisites:

A. Age:
The student shall be at least the age of majority at time of course entry.
B. Cetification:
The student(s) shall have graduated from PSAI Advanced Nitrox Diver course or equivalent course that includes decompression techniques.

C. Prior Dive Experience
  1. The PSAI Extended Range Nitrox Diver student(s) shall have a minimum of seventy-five (75) logged open water dives; twenty (20) decompression dives; shall have been deeper than 30m (100 feet)
  2. Have used twinset Prior Dive Experience:

Details

Classroom: 8 hours

Open Water Dives: A minimum of six (6) dives are required for the PSAI Extended Range Nitrox course.
Two (2) required dives are to be deeper than 30 meters (100 feet).
Two (2) dives are to be deeper than 40 meters (130 feet)
One (1) dive deeper than 50 meters (165 feet) and one (1) dive to 55 meters (180 feet).
No dive shall exceed 55 meters (180 feet).
Trimix Diver Programs
At Barrier Reef Dive Center, our Trimix Diver programs are designed for those divers who wish to conduct dives using helium-based bottom mixes with associated advanced staged decompression techniques. The PSAI Mixed Gas diver program is conducted in three phases leading to dive depths of up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Level 1 – Trimix Fundamentals 60m/200ft.
Level 2 - Expedition Trimix 75m/245ft.
Level 3 – Explorer Trimix 100m/330ft

Classroom: 12 hours
Trimix Diver Programs Prerequisites Prerequisites
A. Age: The student shall be at least the age of majority at time of course entry.

B. Certification: The student(s) shall have graduated from a recognized Extended Range Nitrox or equivalent Diver course that included advanced decompression procedures to undertake Trimix Level I or II. Students may graduate from a PSAI Advanced Nitrox course and undertake the Trimix level I but will not graduate beyond level I until they gain further experience prior to level II Expedition Trimix

C. Prior Dive Experience: The PSAI Trimix Diver student(s) shall have a minimum of one hundred (100) logged open water dives; thirty (30) decompression dives shall have been deeper than 30 meters (100 feet).

Special Notes
Level II – Expedition Trimix requires the diver be certified PSAI Level I or equivalent – Trimix Fundamentals.
Level III – Explorer Trimix requires the diver be certifies PSAI Level II or equivalent – Expedition Trimix.
Class Details
Approximately 8 to 12 hours for classroom and practical demonstration (oxygen analysis, helium analysis, equipment marking and equipment rigging) are required to complete the PSAI Trimix Diver course.
The first level of Trimix diver course will require the complete academic session. The second and third levels require review of specific information and techniques for the depths of each level.
Each level will require the completion of a specific written examination.

Open Water Dives:
Where the student is coming from Extended Range Nitrox a minimum of four (4) helium-based dives (with oxygen contents of 18% or greater) are required for Level 1 – Trimix Fundamentals certification to 60 meters (200 feet).
Where the student is coming from Advanced Nitrox a minimum of six (6) helium-based dives (with oxygen contents of 18% or greater) are required for Level 1 – Trimix Fundamentals certification to 60 meters (200 feet).
An additional two (2) dives are required for Level 2 – Expedition Trimix certification to 75 meters (245 feet).
Finally, a third set of two (2) dives are required for Level 3 – Explorer Trimix certification to 100 meters (330 feet).
Rebreather Diver
(No-Decompression)
Barrier Reef Dive Center prides itself on being able to offer the best rebreather training in Central America.
Our rebreather non-decompression Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to utilize either enriched air (Nitrox) in a Semi Closed Circuit Rebreather or oxygen concentrations up to and including 100% (+/- 1% by analysis) in a Closed-Circuit Rebreather during their sport diving activities. The training and qualification depth are limited by the choice of equipment and in all cases to a maximum of 30 meters (100 feet). This course and qualification do not include decompression diving.

Classroom: 8 hours

Confined Water Dives: 1 dive

Open Water Dives: 5 dives

THE REBREATHER HAS TO BE PROVIDED BY STUDENT UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR ALL REBREATHER COURSES


Prerequisites:

A. Age:
The student shall be at least the age of majority at time of course entry.
B. Cetification:
The student shall have graduated from a minimum of an internationally recognized Open Water course or undertake an open water course where the re-breather is the primary scuba unit of choice and all skill conducted using the re-breather. A PSAI or similarly recognized Nitrox Diver qualification is also required.

C. Prior Dive Experience
No dives other than those required for Open Water and Nitrox Diver certification are required for entry into the PSAI Air Rebreather Non-Decompression Diver course.
Advanced Rebreather Diver
(Decompression Diving)
The Advanced Rebreather Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to use a Closed-Circuit Rebreather with Nitrox pre-mix or an air diluent during their decompression diving activities.
This outline is generic and designed to work with all mechanical and electronic closed-circuit rebreathers PSAI have enabled Instructors to teach. A rebreather manufacturer specific requirement on depth, gas or absorbent canister duration will always take precedence if within the standard set out below.

Classroom: 12 hours

Confined Water Dives: 120 minutes

Open Water Dives: minimum 6 dives with 480 minutes of underwater time

THE REBREATHER HAS TO BE PROVIDED BY STUDENT UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR ALL REBREATHER COURSES


Prerequisites:

A. Age:
The student shall be at least the age of majority at time of course entry.
B. Cetification:
The student shall have graduated from a minimum of an internationally recognized PSAI Advanced Nitrox or equivalent advanced Nitrox and decompression skills course. If the student is coming from a PSAI Re-breather Non-Decompression background the content is detailed within this standard.

C. Prior Dive Experience
The student will present 100 properly logged and verified dives under varying conditions using open circuit diving equipment. Non-Decompression Re-breather diving will be considered as advantageous prior experience and each logged dive will count as two equivalent open circuit dives.

D. Special Notes
This course may be taught in conjunction with PSAI Advanced Nitrox Diving course at the discretion of the PSAI Instructor where no prior decompression diving qualification is held. This is to enable a diver to make a choice between safety stop and required decompression diving.
Fundamentals Mixed Gas CCR Diver
(60m/200ft)
The Fundamentals Mixed Gas Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to use a CCR with a trimix diluent during their diving activities.

Classroom: 8-12 hours

Open Water Dives: 6 dives with a total of 360 minutes

THE REBREATHER HAS TO BE PROVIDED BY STUDENT UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR ALL REBREATHER COURSES


Prerequisites:

A. Age:
The student shall be at least the age of majority at time of course entry.
B. Cetification:
The student shall have graduated from a PSAI Advanced or Technical Re-breather course or equivalent.

C. Prior Dive Experience
The student will present 250 or more properly logged and verified dives under varying conditions with a minimum of 60 using Closed Circuit Re-breather diving equipment, 40 dives on re-breather or previously used open circuit shall have been be deeper than 30 meters (100 feet). No course dives are to be included.

D. Special Notes
This course may be taught in conjunction with PSAI Open Circuit Mixed Gas course at the discretion of the suitably qualified PSAI Instructor and awarded when the student fulfills conditions set out in standards for both qualifications.
Expedition Mixed Gas CCR Diver
(61 to 75 meters ~ 200 to 250 feet)
Our Expedition Mixed Gas Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to progress their use of a Closed-Circuit Re-breather with a trimix, heliair or heliox diluent during their diving activities below 60m/200ft.

Classroom: 3 hours

Open Water Dives: 3 dives – 60 minutes each. Total 180 minutes minimum

THE REBREATHER HAS TO BE PROVIDED BY STUDENT UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR ALL REBREATHER COURSES


Prerequisites:

A. Age:
The student shall be at least the age of majority at time of course entry.
B. Cetification:
The student shall have graduated from a PSAI Fundamentals Mixed Gas Re-breather course or equivalent.
The student must be Rescue Diver qualified with an emphasis on CCR rescue technique.

C. Prior Dive Experience
The student will present 15 or more properly logged and verified CCR Mixed Gas dives under varying conditions with a minimum of 1200 minutes logged on dives with a target depth between 46 meters (155 feet) and 60 meters (200 feet) since their Fundamentals course. No course dives are to be included.

D. Special Notes
This course may be taught in conjunction with PSAI Open Circuit Mixed Gas course at the discretion of the suitably qualified PSAI Instructor and awarded when the student fulfills conditions set out in standards for both qualifications.
Explorer Mixed Gas CCR Diver
(76 to 100 meters ~ 253 to 330 feet)
Barrier Reef Dive Center’s Explorer Mixed Gas CCR Diver course is designed for those divers who wish to progress their use of a Closed Circuit Re-breather with a trimix, heliair or heliox diluent during their diving activities below 75m/253ft.

Classroom: 4 hours

Open Water Dives: 3 dives – 90 minutes each. Total 270 minutes minimum

THE REBREATHER HAS TO BE PROVIDED BY STUDENT UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR ALL REBREATHER COURSES


Prerequisites:

A. Age:
The student shall be at least the age of majority at time of course entry.
B. Cetification:
The student shall have graduated from a PSAI Expedition Mixed Gas Rebreather course or 75m (250 feet) depth equivalent. The student must be Rescue Diver CPR and First Aid qualified with an emphasis on CCR rescue technique

C. Prior Dive Experience
The student will present 15 or more properly logged and verified CCR Mixed Gas dives under varying conditions with a minimum of 1200 minutes logged on dives with a target depth between 61 meters (203 feet) and 75 meters (250 feet) since their Expedition course. No course dives are to be included.

D. Special Notes
This course may be taught in conjunction with PSAI Open Circuit Mixed Gas course at the discretion of the suitably qualified PSAI Instructor and awarded when the student fulfills conditions set out in standards for both qualifications.