There are a few courses coming up in the next few months that might be of interest. Some of them have pre-requisites that you must meet in order to attend the course or take the exam; I’ll list them below along with the course fee and a brief description. There’s more information on course content and prerequisites in the Courses and Tests Book if you’re interested.
You can assume that all courses require you to be registered and paid up with CFT. Courses tend to last the full day, and occasionally run over time, so you need to be available for the whole day.
Contact me (sdob) through the usual channels if you’re interested in any of these and we can talk further.
23 February 2013: Nitrox Diver (€80)
Prerequisites: Diver * with 20 dives logged.
Use of enhanced-air breathing gas with oxygen content greater than 21%.
26 February 2013: Advanced Nitrox Diver (€100) and Extended Range Diver (€100)
Prerequisites: Officially, just Diver * with 20 dives, but I’m not going to put you forward for either of these unless you’re a Nitrox Diver.
Planned decompression dives, mixed-gas diving, accelerated decompression. These two courses are being run concurrently; their content appears to be almost identical; I have no information on the new Extended Range course content.
As well as 26 February, you’ll need to be available on the following four Wednesday nights for lectures.
9 March 2013: Diver Coxswain (€80)
Prerequisites: open to all CFT members
Boat handling in diving contexts. Note: people with existing non-diving certifications (RYA, ISA, etc.) will want to attend the lectures in order to obtain a cross-over certification (but don’t have to pay the €80 fee).
13 April 2013: Gas blending (€TBA)
Prerequisites: Nitrox Diver
Blend your own Nitrox breathing gas.
20–21 April 2013: Rescue Diver (€80)
Prerequisites: Diver * with 19 dives logged
According to CFT : “Theory and practice of diver rescue, including deep rescue, self rescue, in-water resuscitation, rescue management and basic first aid.”
Note: to take the Rescue Diver exam, you’ll also need to take the Diver First Responder (DFR) Course, which has yet to be arranged.