PERFECT YOUR BUOYANCY
T.A.P TRIM ADJUST PERFECT
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
T . A . P WORKSHOP – TRIM | ADJUST | PERFECT
One of the biggest keys to being able to truly relax and enjoy your time underwater is achieving pinpoint buoyancy control. The basic buoyancy control skills taught in open-water class, fin pivots and hovering, are only the beginning. Ultimate buoyancy control, and all the benefits that come with it (lower air consumption, less fatigue, longer and more comfortable dives) are earned with practice and experience, but you can accelerate the learning process with our tips and an easy in-water test.
Weighting and Trim
Effortless buoyancy control really comes down to two key factors-finding the just-right amount of weight, and finding the best way to wear that ballast on your body and gear to achieve proper trim.
This is how you started your first scuba diving experience in the pool. One instructor, many students kneeling at the bottom of the pool, over weighted, using bulky or ill-fitting jacket bcds, “floaty” buoyant cheap plastic fins. We do not blame you. Most dive schools in Singapore operate their business in this manner. Over-weighting students is one of the ancient methods that instructors uses to stabilize the students in the pool so they can quickly finish conducting the necessary skills.
So do you remember your first ocean dive in Pulau Tioman or Pulau Dayang? Holding a rope to aid you in your first descent, your heart was pounding rapidly, you were wondering what is going happened next. And when you finally reach the bottom of the ocean bed, 10 of you were holding onto a horizontal line while your instructor conducted the skills, one diver after another. Most of your memories of your basic diving course was kneeling on the seabed. Proper weighting, finning techniques, trimming and right equipment were never discuss.
Happy with your new Open Water Diver certification, you embarked a new journey of diving in exotic diving destinations, renting your BCD and regulator, but often, struggling with your buoyancy, kicking up sand and often feeling tired at the end of the dive. You decided to sign up for the next level of diving course, the Advanced Diver course, hoping to improve your buoyancy. After the course, you were still over-weighted, having problems with your buoyancy. Your concerns were not resolved. Perhaps this is why you found this course to begin with.
Imagine gliding through the water effortlessly, improving your air consumption because you are now using less weight. Proper thrust and gliding with your new finning techniques, learning how to fin backwards without flapping your hands like a wild bird in water.
Total freedom and control with nothing but your new found buoyancy and finning techniques.
This is how your dive should be, trimmed, correctly weighted and with proper diving equipment.
WATCH WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCOMPLISH
Step 1 – Theory Lesson
The T.A.P Workshop is designed to cultivate neccessary skills and habits that are required and used by seasoned divers that have been scuba diving for more than a few years. The lessons cover the importance of selecting proper diving equipment and how different equipment can affect your buoyancy.
You will learn in detail on the physics behind buoyancy, how a BCD can affect your buoyancy, the science behind fins design .etc.
Classroom session are conducted on any Monday from 6.30pm to 10pm at our dive school.
Step 2 – POOL LessonS
The pool sessions are dived into 3 main sections that build upon one another.
For the first section of your pool session, you will be working on the level of self-awareness. Basic but crucial breathing techniques, that are often overlooked in beginner level courses, will be discussed and practised extensively. Also, manipulation of breathing and body motion to achieve various depth and objectives in-water will be mastered before strapping into your diving equipment. That’s right! Clean fatigue with nothing but your mind and body. This is the purest way of buoyancy control. Only with the fundamental fully grasped would the pool training proceed.
The next section of the pool training focuses on proper equipment fitting and manipulation. During so diving equipment will be customized to your body to the T. Lead weight (only if needed) will be distributed to various part of your equipment to help you acheive that trim. New divers often struggle with buoyancy as they allow the equipment to take over their actions. These poor practices will all be rectified. Different finning techniques will be learnt to help you in whatever dive environment that you might be in.
The final section of the pool training is about unlearning and relearning diving. Skills that were taught to you during the beginner level course will be reintroduced but this time, all skills will be done while you are neutrally buoyant and in the trim position – as it should be. No skills are done kneeling while you are diving in the real world.
With all these being the core contents of the course, it does require a certain level of commitment, patience and determination. Divers have achieved perfect buoyancy in various number of sessions so do not expect to be accomplished in a session or two.
Step 3 – OCEAN DIVES
When you are done with your theory and pool training, it is time to decide where you would want to go to complete your 4 optional ocean dives.
Orpheus Dive offers many different packages catering to your budget and also your need for comfort and experience.
Local Diving Course – Designed for divers who wants to obtain their certification without leaving the country. The visibility around Singapore water is not the best in Asia, with an average underwater visibility of about 3 to 4 metres. The 4 required ocean dives are conducted over two seperate weekends on Sunday mornings.
Budget Tioman Trips – Designed for divers who wants to be trained by our experienced instructors but do not wish to have all the comfort and ease of diving. Please note, such packages requires almost a total 10 hours per way. The chalets in such packages are generally quad sharing (two twin sharing beds) in a “rustic” wooden chalets. DO NOT EXPECT ANY FORM OF SERVICES from the chalets in this package.
Bali Weekend Getaway – Designed for divers who can take 1.5 days off from work. Bali as a diving destination is renowned and the bungalows we used are designed for comfort for 2 divers. All we have gotten as reviews from divers are “Value for Money”, “Great Diving”, “Much better than the tiring Tioman Trips” and “Extreme luxurious trip at affordable prices”.
Liveaboard Diving from Singapore – For divers who want the comfort without taking off from work, another option we provide are liveaboard departing from Singapore. Whilst liveaboard is not as comfortable as our Bali trips, it is significantly much better than the budget Tioman trips as well.
- To enroll in a T.A.P, divers must have a minimum of Open Water Diver certification (15 years old).
- Minimum 10 logged dives
- Commitment and Tenacity
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE FEES
- 1 theory class
- 2 reviews
- Minimum 3 pool sessions
- All equipment needed for training
- Free Scubapro Jetfins
- Free Backplate Customized to diver body
For divers who already has Scubapro Jetfins and a backplate, there will be a discount of SGD$ 200.00