BS Divers Commercial Diving School

At BS Divers Commercial Diving School we believe you have a choice to be trained as a competent commercial diver to function effectively and  efficiently in an ever evolving global diving industry. We are the most up to date commercial school in South Africa, approximately 120 km from Cape Town, and we excel in providing  relevant and  current  training to equip you with all necessary skills in modern facilities and with the latest  diving equipment.

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Commercial Courses Offered

As many students come to us for further courses, we believe it would be the best to start the correct training right from the beginning.

Below are the list of commercial courses offered at BS divers commercial diving school :

CLASS IV

This is the first course offered by BS Divers, as stipulated by Department of Labour, and acts as a steppingstone, upon successful completion, to further commercial courses. The emphasis is to acquaint and integrate the student to the underwater environment through theoretical and practical training – the key outcome is that the trainee diver is capable and competent to dive safely as a commercial diver, and know the techniques and problems involved in carrying out the specific underwater work needed for this class of diving. With this ticket the diver can work in the following areas: Police/Fire Brigade diver, scientific diver or archaeological diver.

Attained the age of 18 yrs; Pass a medical examination conducted by a designated medical practitioner. This Certificate must be obtained before training commences; Be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and fractions; calculate percentages and transpose and solve simple formulae, e.g. gas laws, in the English language; Be able to understand and make written and verbal communications and communicate easily with others, in English; Pass a watermanship evaluation, prior to commencement of the course; Understand and make written and verbal communications and communicate easily with others; Be willing and able to work as part of a team, and have basic computer literacy skills.
This course constitutes a period of one month with one-week theory, a three day level one first aid course, valid for three years, and three weeks practical training. All our tickets are Department of Labour issued, internationally recognized and valid as long as the diver is medically fit.

The theory consists of the following components:-

History of diving, diving physics, diving physiology, diving trauma and medical emergencies, diving procedures, underwater work, decompression theory and tables, underwater and diving emergency procedures, plant and equipment, gas handling, chambers, diver communication, environmental conditions, underwater hazards and dangerous conditions, basic seamanship, support, documentation, management and planning, safety, diving legislation.
Three exams will be written consisting of the Theory (60% pass mark), the Diving Legislation (80% pass mark), and the First Aid (80% pass mark).

The practical training consists of the following:-

Pool/confined water training, open water training (consisting of the following three sections: basic surface swimming equipment competency, basic SCUBA competency and water skills competency), in water training and bottom times, practical diving, surface procedures, underwater emergencies, communications, underwater work, plant and equipment, seamanship and rope work.
The various minimum bottom times the student will complete consists of the following depths and times: 0-19 meters with an overall bottom time off 600 minutes, and 20-30 meters with an overall bottom time of 100 minutes which will include various drills and equipment.

The Watermanship evaluation will consist of :-

1.) 25 m underwater swim from a standing start; 2 – 300 m free style (To be completed within 10 minutes); 3 – 100 m back stroke; 4
2.) 50 m swim with 5 % of body mass on weight belt; 5 – 60 seconds treading water with hands on head; 6 – 30 seconds rest period; 7 – 20 second breath hold on the pool floor.

Students who do not have a qualified DMO in their vicinity can, on the first day of the course, do the medical checkup in Hermanus, where in the case they are declared unfit to dive, they will be refunded in full.

Students will need the following basic diving gear before commencement: 7 mm diving suit, mask and snorkel, gloves and booties, flippers, knife and weight belt with 1 kg lead for every 10 kg body weight. Please contact Coral Wetsuits two weeks before the course!!

We will supply the rest of the diving gear, studying manuals and materials needed to complete the course safely and successfully. We are situated in a harbor, 30 cm from the sea, with modern classroom facilities including overhead projector, PowerPoint and DVD training material. The instructors are still actively involved in various commercial sectors bringing firsthand knowledge to the diving students.

Diving drills:-

We do believe that students must maintain a high level of personal fitness.

Continuously through the course various swimming drills will be executed to help enhance the students fitness level. This will be invaluable in future work efficiency and the responsibility lies with the student to carry on with a lifelong exercise regime.

CLASS III

After successful completion of the class IV course, a student directly qualifies for the class III course. If some time has expired between these two, the student must have an in-date medical report. Where SCUBA was the primary form of diving on the first course, it will now form the backup system of the commercial diver on this and all the courses to follow. High pressure and low pressure gas supplies will now feed air, nitrox or tri-mix to the diver on demand, with communication masks and helmets being the norm. More emphasis is placed on handheld tools and the skills involved in using these in a wide variety of work environments, as using these tools forms the divers primary work function. After successful completion, students can look forward to working in a wide variety of settings, namely: Diamond diving industry, civil work projects (harbor construction, dam refurbishing) and even on offshore diving projects.

The theory consists of the following components:-

History of diving, diving physics, diving physiology, first aid, diving trauma and medical emergencies, diving procedures, underwater work, decompression theory and tables, underwater and diving emergency procedures, plant and equipment, gas handling, chambers, diver communication, environmental conditions, underwater hazards and danger conditions, basic seamanship, support, documentation, management and planning, safety, diving legislation.
Two tests will be written consisting of the Theory (60% pass mark) and the Diving Legislation (80% pass mark). If more than three years has expired since the last first aid certificate, arrangements can be made to renew this.

The practical training consists of the following:-

The various minimum bottom times the student will complete consists of the following depths and times: 0-19 meters with an overall bottom time of 700 minutes, and 20-30 meters with an overall bottom time of 100 minutes which will include the following various drills and equipment: Dives with various communication masks (Aga, Exo 26, Kirby Morgan 18, 17, 27), dry suit dives, various search techniques dives, night training dives, lifting bag and rigging tasks, compared navigation and camera tasks, hand tool and inspection tasks, HP and LP compressors, power tools, day / night and fresh / sea water diving.

Students must be medically in date to commence on this course and also bring along their basic diving gear. We will supply the rest of the gear, studying manuals and materials needed to complete the course safely and successfully. We are situated in a harbour, 30 cm from the sea, with modern classroom facilities including overhead projector, PowerPoint and DVD training material. The instructors are still actively involved in various commercial sectors bringing firsthand knowledge to the students.

Diving drills:-

We do believe that students must maintain a high level of personal fitness.

Continuously through the course various swimming drills will be executed to help enhance the students fitness level. This will be invaluable in future work efficiency and the responsibility lies with the student to carry on with a lifelong exercise regime.

CLASS II

This course is specifically designed to equip the student with the needed technical and practical skills to work effectively in the ever-expanding offshore industry.

Natural resource companies are looking further and deeper offshore, and the need for commercial divers to assist in this process is always increasing and in high demand. With the latest range in helmets and equipment you will learn the necessary skills to effectively function on deeper dives and offshore platforms. Students will also be taught on course an introduction to underwater welding and broco cutting.

Emphasis will be placed on a variety of dive settings from boat, shore, quarry, harbor, wet bell and chamber simulated dive environments to increase contact with the dive industry standards.

An integration of the various commercial diver training aids with a focus on the offshore environment, history of diving, diving physics, diving physiology, first aid, diving trauma and medical emergencies, diving procedures, underwater work, decompression theory and tables, underwater and diving emergency procedures, plant and equipment, gas handling, chambers, diver communication, environmental conditions, underwater hazards and danger conditions, basic seamanship, support, documentation, management and planning, safety and diving legislation.
Two tests will be written consisting of the Theory (60% pass mark) and the Diving Legislation (80% pass mark). If more than three years has expired since the last first aid certificate, arrangements can be made to renew this.

The practical training consists of the following:-

The various minimum bottom times the student will complete consists of the following depths and times: decompression chamber training, 0-19 meters with an overall bottom time off 500 minutes [including 5 wet-bell dives of 100 minutes], 20-39 meters with an overall bottom time off 140 minutes, and 40-50 meters with an overall bottom time of 40 minutes which will include the following various drills and equipment: Pneumatic and hydraulic tools, various wet bell drills, wet bell to decompression chamber transfers, hot water suit dives, underwater welding and cutting drills, flange make-up tasks, air lifting / dredging task, various underwater rescue procedures, search and rigging tasks, various decompression chamber dives and drills, high pressure water jets, dry suit diving, day / night and fresh / sea water dives, HP, LP compressors and air-quads, inspection and measurements.

Students must be medically in date to commence on this course and also bring along their basic diving gear. We will supply the rest of the gear, studying manuals and materials needed to complete the course safely and successfully. We are situated in a harbour, 30 cm from the sea, with modern classroom facilities including overhead projector, PowerPoint and DVD training material. The instructors are still actively involved in various commercial sectors bringing firsthand knowledge to the students.

Diving drills:-

We do believe that students must maintain a high level of personal fitness.

Continuously through the course various swimming drills will be executed to help enhance the students fitness level. This will be invaluable in future work efficiency and the responsibility lies with the student to carry on with a lifelong exercise regime.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

At BS Divers we offer an international student package for the needs of students traveling in from abroad.

Full international package deal. This is for 12 weeks for R125,000.00 / $9,300.00

RPL international training deal. This is for 5 weeks for R70,000.00 / $5,200.00

Please contact us to make use of this offer.

LOCATION

New Harbour, Hermanus
South Africa

PHONE

+27 (0)28 313 0894
+27 (0)82 589 3892

FAX

+27 (0)86 546 5340

EMAIL

bsdivingschool@yahoo.com

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