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Course Details - Air Chamber Operator

Price: £440 + VAT
Duration: 2 Day

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Air chambers have two primary functions within the diving industry, which are; treating decompression illness (DCI) and conducting surface decompression. Our Air Chamber Operators Course has been developed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical hands on training in both techniques.

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Suspected decompression illness of any member of a dive team must always be treated as a true medical emergency and in such an event the Diving Supervisor, with the assistance of dive team members, will take the appropriate steps to ensure the best possible care and treatment of the casualty, which would most likely require recompression oxygen therapy using a designated air chamber. The course teaches the primary causes of decompression illness and how to recognise, react and treat a range of symptoms effectively.

Surface decompression is a technique for recovering divers from the water to an air chamber in close proximity, from where they will be decompressed in a controlled safe manner, normally breathing pure oxygen. Decompressing divers in this way has many benefits, not least the fact that they are in a warm controlled environment and not subjected to constant pressure changes that are prevalent when conducting in-water decompression in a sea-swell.

  • Air Chamber Management
  • Regulations, Standards and Guidance
  • Auditing Criteria
  • Use of Checklists
  • Therapeutic Treatments
  • Surface Decompression
  • Oxygen Toxicity
  • Hazards
  • Emergency Response
  • Planning and Risk Assessing

As well as covering all the relevant theory, highly valuable practical scenarios are included with hands on surface decompression and simulated treatment scenarios conducted on one of PDA’s superb twin lock air chambers.

On completion of this training, candidates will receive a competence certificate that will be valid for 3 years, which can be used to demonstrate to third parties that competence has been assessed by an industry recognised external training provider.

To book this course online please select an available date above or call us on 01369 701 701.
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