Full Face Mask Training
Mermaids Dive Centre are proud to present the PADI Full Face Mask Diver Training with Divator Full Face Mask. Since 2005 Mermaids have offered this very popular dive training. Daily it seems that full face mask and underwater comms are becoming more the norm.
Striving to stay cutting edge of dive training (as with dthe Association of Scuba Service Engineers and Technicians Technicians course), Mermaids bring you the FFM training and constantly updating our range of services.
Used as common practice by the military, safety divers and commercial divers underwater communication devices communicate underwater are now spilling over into recreational diving. The dive coms. equipment is still not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but is becoming more common place.
The AGA Divator mask manufactured by Inperspiro as used in the FFM course. This mask is the same item of equipment used by the military / fire / police / search & rescue teams world wide, and features built in 2 way single sideband radio communication gear operated by a simple ‘push to talk’ button located on the front of the mouthpiece. Communication with both another diver and the surface can be established.
The course is 2 days in length and the successful student will receive the Full Face Mask diver certification.
The Equipment – The AVA Divator
This Divator Full Face Mask is very popular, not only by professional divers, but also by recreational divers, who often dive in cold water or wish to stay in communication underwater even in warm. The Divator is fitted with a low volume diving visor designed to minimize the amount of air inside the face mask in order to reduce the effect of positive buoyancy. Weights are available which can be attached to the locating lugs on each side of the visor, if required. In addition to the counteraction of the positive buoyancy – the closer the visor is to the wearer’s eyes the better the angle of vision.
The mask is available with 2 types of regulator, an ordinary demand regulator, or a ‘positive pressure’ regulator, which keep a positive pressure inside the mask, this add an extra safety feature while diving in contaminated or dirty water. The positive pressure reduces the risk of in leakage and the positive pressure in the mask is maintained irrespective of the diver’s momentary air consumption. But if water should still have penetrated, the mask is easily drained by pushing the purge button of the breathing valve. The valve is designed to give a slight positive pressure of approximately 200 Pa (20 mm water column) in the mask. The positive pressure (safety pressure) is turned on automatically when the user takes his/her first breath in the mask. This ensures that there is no way of forgetting to turn on the positive pressure or that it could become accidentally turned off.
The mask communications equipment is required in many countries today to be used by professional divers and recreational alike. The microphone is place just over the regulator in the front of the mask. The speaker in the harness just next to the divers ear. The dive coms equipment features a built in 2 way single side band radio operated by a simple ‘push to talk’ button located on the front of the mouthpiece.
Check out some of the pictures of the dive professional trainees using the FFM – Full Face Mask Systems. Mermaids Dive Center Pattaya, Thailand:
The Self Sufficiency Diver Course:
Be a dependable dive buddy, not a dependant diver!…
The self sufficiency Diver course certainly teaches you the above and much more. It is not design to teach you to be cavalier about diving or dive in conditions unknown alone but to be safe if and when you are “in the realms” solo. This self-sufficiency diver course is the industry’s first diver program of it’s knid.
Many Divemasters and Instructors find themselves in “solo-diving” situations from time to time collecting a dropped item, setting out a descent line or after being called upon to free an anchor – any thing can happen. The skills learned in the self sufficiency diver course could well one day get them out of trouble, even save their lives. Also, with experience divers tend to become more focused on personal dive goals and unless buddy teams are well matched the buddy system becomes a burden rather than a complimentary activity. The evolution of modern dive equipment allows for sufficient safeguards for redundancy to effectively negate any real need for a dive partner – if trained properly. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo. The course focuses on self sufficiency, gear redundancy and self rescue and meets the needs of underwater photographers and others involved in diving without immediate contact to a buddy. You might begin with a buddy but that does not mean that he’ll be there if you need him!
- Minimum Advanced Diver Certified with a minimum of 100 logged dives.
The 2 day course concentrates on dive planning and equipment rig to ensure safe diving practices for the self-sufficiency diver plus the use of the waiver forms necessary when carrying out solo diving on your vacation. The open water dives include one accompanied training dive including an ‘out of air’ ascent made on the solo divers type II redundant air supply from as deep as 30m, plus one observed solo dive. (We can link this to the Fullface Mask divers course also – contact Mermaids dive centre for details).
Successful responsible candidates are awarded the self-sufficiency divers certification.