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Extended range Foundations

Extended Range Foundations

Intent

The intent of the SSI Extended Range Foundations program is to provide divers with a workshop environment to improve their skills to a high level using Extended Range Total Diving Systems and procedures.

Student Prerequisites

Enriched Air Nitrox Diver certification or equivalent.
Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent.
Have logged at least 24 dives.

Materials And Equipment

All dives must be completed using one of the following configurations:
A complete Extended Range Nitrox Total Diving System (the second “backup” regulator or pony cylinder is not required for this program).
A complete Extended Range Total Diving System.
A complete Extended Range Sidemount Total Diving System.

Depth Limitations

All training dives must be completed in confined water at depths shallower than 12 metres.

Requirements For Completion

Complete academic sessions and assessments as outlined in the Extended Range Foundations Manual.
Complete an Extended Range Foundations equipment configuration session.
Total combined time for training dives must be at least four (4) hours. Additional optional training dives are permitted.
Complete a water skills evaluation

Passing Criteria

At the recreational level:

Use either an Extended Range Nitrox or Extended Range Total Diving System.
Demonstrate the ability to maintain trim at +/- 30 degrees throughout the entire program.
Demonstrate the ability to perform all skills adequately with little shift in buoyancy or trim.

At the Extended Range Diving level:

Use an Extended Range or Extended Range Side mount Total Diving System.
Demonstrate the ability to maintain trim at +/- 15 degrees throughout the entire program.
Demonstrate the ability to perform all skills perfectly with almost no shift in buoyancy or trim.