3 Star Diver

  1. Aim of the training programme

1.1 This training programme aims at introducing the fundamentals of dive leadership to experienced certified PTRD 2 Star Divers, which will enable them to plan, organize and conduct their dives and lead other sport divers in open water with air, to a maximum recommended depth of PpO2=1,4bar + deep national regulation, meters in a safe and competent manner.

  1. Competencies of a certified PTRD 3 Star Diver

4.1 A PTRD 3 Star Diver is a Dive Leader. He shall be trained such that, when assessed by a PTRD Instructor, he shall be deemed to have a professional level knowledge of diving theory, solid rescue skills, dive management and supervision abilities, exemplary diving skills and sufficient diving experience to plan, organize and conduct open water diving activities and lead other recreational sport divers in open water on both guided and organized dives in a safe and competent manner.

In order to lead scuba divers on dives which have more demanding operational parameters a scuba diver at level 3 Star Diver shall have appropriate specialized training and experience. Examples of such dives include:

_ night dives,

_ limited visibility dives,

_ dives in underwater currents (e.g. drift dives),

_ deep dives,

_ wreck dives,

_ dry suit dives.

Where further scuba diving instruction is required, in order to meet the above mentioned competencies, this can only be provided by a suitably qualified scuba instructor.

4.2 A PTRD 3 Star Diver is qualified:

4.2.1 To carry out a risk assessment on a suggested dive location and conditions and to determine its safety:

4.2.2 To conduct any sport diving activities including Stage Stop decompression diving;

4.2.3 To conduct any specialized sport diving activities for which he has received appropriate training;

4.2.4 To plan and execute emergency procedures appropriate for the diving environment and activities;

4.2.5 To act as an instructional assistant to a PTRD Instructor by controlling students and improving safety. The PTRD 3 Star Diver is however not qualified to assess or teach any skills or knowledge to any participant on a PTRD Diver Training Programme.

  1. Prerequisites for participation in the training programme

5.1 In order to gain access to the PTRD 3 Star Diver Training Programme, the participant shall:

5.1.1 Be at least eighteen (18) years of age; there is no upper limit;

5.1.2 Hold the following PTRD Diver Training or equivalent certifications:

5.1.2.1 PTRD 2 Star Diver Training Programme or equivalent.

Students shall have experience of night/limited visibility diving, deep diving (taking into account local environmental conditions), and navigation (as documented in bearer’s log).

5.1.2.2 PTRD Oxygen Administration Training Programme or equivalent (where not prohibited by legislation)

5.1.2.3 PTRD Rescue Diver Training Programme or equivalent

5.1.3 Submit proof of at least fifty (50) logged open water dives that shall include night dives, limited visibility dives, deeper dives (between thirty (30) to forty (40) meters), drift dives, dives in colder water and navigation dives

5.1.4 Effectively demonstrate basic waterman-ship ability by performing, to a PTRD Instructor, the prescribed physical conditioning and waterman-ship evaluation of the PTRD Country Partner;

5.1.5 Complete the medical history/statement form required by the PTRD Country Partner prior to participating in any in-water activities.

Documented evidence shall be obtained that the student has been medically screened as suitable for recreational diving.

NOTE In some countries and training organizations a medical examination is mandatory.

Students shall be advised of the importance of appropriate regular scuba diving medical examinations.

5.1.6 Sign the appropriate form(s) as required by the PTRD Country Partner acknowledging and assuming the risks of SCUBA diving prior to participating in any in-water activities.

Documented evidence shall be obtained that the student has been medically screened as suitable for recreational diving by means of an appropriate questionnaire or medical examination. In any case of doubt, or at the scuba instructor’s discretion, students shall be referred to proper medical resources. If the student is not examined by a physician the student shall be obliged to confirm by signature that he or she has understood written information given by the scuba instructor on diseases and physical conditions which may pose diving related risks.

Students shall be advised of the importance of appropriate regular medical examinations.

NOTE In some countries and training organizations a medical examination is mandatory.

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