Extended Range

Extended Range

SSI Extended Range courses are designed to take your diving to the next level. Whether you are looking for the excitement of deep diving, going beyond recreational diving limits, significantly extending your bottom time or enjoying the thrill of exploring deep reefs, wrecks and caves, Extended Range provides the training and experience necessary to complete your new adventure with confidence and skill.

Academically you will advance your knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures and theories specific to diving safely with a decompression ceiling. You will adapt your existing equipment or be introduced to new equipment concepts and the technically oriented dive rig. You will also learn and master new skills designed to enhance your safety and enjoyment using this new equipment design. During your program your instructor will cover everything from supreme buoyancy, propulsion, equipment management and effective decompression.

Throughout the program you will increase the knowledge, skills, equipment and experience to “extend your range of diving” in every sense of the word.

Whatever your current level of training, Extended Range Diving will challenge and thrill you mentally and physically.
This program qualifies you to dive to 45 metres using nitrox and 20 minutes of accelerated decompression using a one stage decompression gas (oxygen). The program can only be completed wearing a technical total diving system.

Your SSI Extended Range Instructor will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Extended Range Instructor (certified to 50 metres & able to use Trimix 21/35)
  • Current certification in Apply First Aid, CPR, Oxygen Administration and TAE Certificate IV in Training and Assessing
  • 500+ dives
  • 3+ years’ experience

PREREQUISITES:

  • SSI XR Extended Range Advanced Nitrox certification or equivalent
  • Master Diver certification or equivalent
  • Logged 50 dives including 10 Nitrox dives
  • Complete a ‘check out’ dive with a Scuba World XR Instructor. The price is simply for the dives (no additional fees to have the XR Instructor with you)
  • Each diver enrolled in the program must complete the watermanship skills evaluation specified for XR Extended Range divers
  • If you’re over 45 years old OR have a body mass index (BMI) over 32 OR a waist circumference greater than 102cm for males and 88cm for females you’ll be required to get a Australian diving medical

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Own all of your own high quality, annually serviced equipment (excluding tanks)
  • 45lb twin tank wing, backplate and harness (ideally you would use Apeks)
  • Twin tank regulator (ideally you would use an Apeks Tek 3)
  • 2 x Dive computers (ideally you would use the same brand and model for consistency)
    • 1 x Compass (this can be incorporated into one of your dive computers)
  • Full blade (not split) fins (ideally you would use an Apeks RK3)
  • 2 x Masks (ideally you would use a Diverite mask holder to store your backup mask)
  • Tech shorts with pockets (ideally you would use Apeks Tech Shorts)
  • 2 x High quality SMB’s (ideally you would use a Halcyon 1.8 metre with a CC DAM SMB)
  • Spool reel (ideally you would use an Apeks 45 metre)
  • Wetnotes (ideally you would use Halcyon wet notes)
  • 2 x knives
  • Primary torch that can mount to your left wrist (ideally a Light & Motion or Halcyon, however any brand is suitable)
  • Secondary torch (ideally a UK SL3 that can mount to your BCD, however any brand is suitable)
  • No zip ties are to be used on any of your equipment

These need to be purchased before day 1 of your course.

N.B. An Extended Range Instructor will complete an ‘equipment critique’ prior to your enrolment of this course

PRICE: $695 (Plus $110 GAS)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  1. Digital Internationally accredited certification card on completion of your course
  2. Pool fees
  3. SSI Extended Range Limited Trimix Instructor for 2 days
  4. Rental twin steel (12.2 litre) tanks, stage (11.1 litre) aluminium tank and weights with the necessary rigging kit
  5. 2 x ocean dives
  6. All course materials

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Hire of wing, back plate & harness is $45 a day (this will be deducted off the price of a wing & back plate set up if you purchase before the end of your graduation night)
    • This equipment is subject to availability. For more information ask a Scuba World staff member
  • Hire of Tek 3 regulator suitable for twin tank diving is $30 a day (this will be deducted off the price of a Tek 3 regulator if you purchase before the end of your graduation night)
    • This equipment is subject to availability. For more information ask a Scuba World staff member
  • Hire of oxygen cleaned 1st & 2nd stage regulator is $20 a day (this will be deducted off the price of a Oxygen cleaned 1st & 2nd stage regulator if you purchase before the end of your graduation night)
    • This equipment is subject to availability. For more information ask a Scuba World staff member
  • Back & Deco gas (oxygen & air) mixes are not included in the price. Gas is $110 for this program. Each student pays a portion of your instructor’s gas. This is the standard for technical diving across the world.

COURSE SCHEDULE:

DAY 1 | 7AM – 5PM: Theory, exam, equipment workshop, pool workshops and paper work

DAY 2 | 7AM – 5PM: 2 x ocean dives off the Sunshine Coast and paper work

QUALIFICATION:

As with the Extended Range course this course allows you to dive to 45 metres and 25 minutes of accelerated decompression time using one stage decompression gas (oxygen). The course can only be completed wearing a full technical total diving system.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Existing platinum club members only – if you purchase a second regulator, wing/back plate (BC), computer and wetsuit/ drysuit you’ll receive the following:
    • 12 month platinum club membership (WORTH $600!)
    • 20% discount off your second regulator and wing/black plate (BC)
  • Maximum of 4 divers will be in this course
  • Minimum of 3 divers will be required to start this course
  • Waterman ship evaluations consists of the following;
    • A 800 metre surface distance swim using a mask, snorkel and fins
    • A surface swim of at least 400 metre while wearing all of your equipment and required stage cylinder
    • A 15-minute survival swim/ float without the use of mask, snorkel, fins or other swimming aids
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