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BSAC Compressor Course conducted for other dive agencies:
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 18:19

Over the past few months, BSAC Thailand has received many inquiries with regards to other dive schools who primarily offer training from other diving agencies wanting to offer some of the BSAC Skill Development Course (SDC’s). These courses can be conducted to compliment other dive agencies syllabuses.

BSAC SDC’s are unique to the BSAC and many of these courses are not offered by any other agency, for example Powerboat Handling, First Aid for Divers (specifically aimed at First Aid in the diving environment) and the Compressor Operator course.

The Compressor Course is already being run by some PADI dive centres in conjunction with PADI Divemaster Training and for PADI Instructors. Benefits for candidates include learning new skills which they cannot access through their own diver training agency, and gaining qualifications which make them more employable within the diving industry.

From a dive centre point of view a compressor is one of the key components of running a dive centre, not to mention a substantial investment. Operating compressors and filling cylinders for someone who is not properly trained to do so, can have some degree of risk. “Out of test” cylinders and poorly maintained cylinders pose the risk of rupturing when being filled. Inadequate filter changes and monitoring of air purities causing contaminated breathing air can result in blackouts and fatalities. So many dive centres now prefer to use qualified compressor operators who are trained to control these risks.

For a dive centre to conduct these types of SDC’s the centre must first be registered as a BSAC SDC centre and must have a qualified BSAC Instructors to conduct the training. See the instructor crossover program in the “BSAC course” section of this website.