Basic Skills Workshops


Good Life Divers wants to make you a better diver. Fact is, a diver that possesses great basic skills will have a better time diving than a diver who doesn’t. It’s not much fun struggling throughout the dive maintaining depth or awareness of their surroundings. A good grasp of Basic Skills will make the dive seem effortless and will be more enjoyable.

With every class Good Life Divers, basic skills are covered and drilled. If a full certification class isn’t something you want to do (I couldn’t understand why) we offer the Basic Skills Workshop.

What is covered?: 

Buoyancy: Truth is, what you learned during your Open Water class was wrong. There is no such thing as positive, neutral or negative buoyancy. (Thank you b1gcountry for pointing this out), it’s just buoyancy or gravity. Not enough buoyant force and gravity takes over and you sink. Too much buoyant force and not enough gravity, you float. As divers we don’t want to do either of these as we are enjoying the reef, wreck or cave. We want to maintain a state of equilibrium between buoyant forces and gravitational forces. We need to practice this skill until its second nature. Too often instructors pressed with time glance over the buoyancy skills portion of open water classes, telling students it’s not that important to master it during their class and should just work on it throughout their diving career. As any student or diver can remember bouncing along the bottom, destroying the viz or reef can tell you, that’s not much fun.

Trim: Trim is all about the body positioning of the diver in the water. Heads down, feet up, on the side, upside down, what ever position you need to be as long as you are horizontal. Why some divers choose (or due to poor skills, are forced) to dive in a vertical position, astounds me. Let’s take a look at the swimming mechanics of a tuna. Do tuna swim in a vertical position or horizontal position in the water column? Be like the tuna. You are not treading water here people! You are swimming. Be the tuna.

Finning Techniques: Again if we look at a tuna, they don’t have hands. even if they did, they wouldn’t use them to swim. Barring any disabilities with the divers, using hands (sculling) is the least efficient method of propulsion in the water. The reason we use fins for Scuba diving, because they work. Just using our fins to move through the water isn’t enough though. Using the proper fin kick is imperative, both for energy conservation and environmental conservation. How many times have you as a diver seen a large group of divers swimming along the bottom of a silty or sandy dive spot and destroy the visibility by using the effective but viz destroying flutter kick? A frog kick or in the very least a modified flutter kick would be a better choice of a kick near silt or the bottom. We cover different fin kicks and the proper time to use them.

Equipment: At Good Life Divers, we do not condone or endorse any specific type of BCD or fins or what-have-you. We do not sell equipment. We also do not fix skills problem with more equipment that you don’t need. You will never hear us say,” if you had a different BCD, you will be a better diver.”  We go over your equipment choices and the proper uses for them. We take whatever equipment you dive with and make the best out of it. Jacket style BCDs? No problems. We look at the equipment package as a whole and streamline it to make your diving more enjoyable. Doubles? No problem. Sidemount? No problem.

Emergency situations: Many divers come out of core classes, as good divers but lack the skills needed in emergency situations. When was the last time you practiced air-sharing? or no mask swimming? Or Mandatory deco stops since you over stayed your NDL? Have you practiced a CESA since open water class?

SMB Deployment/Reel Use: Properly using a reel and SMB isn’t only for cave or wreck divers. SMBs and reels are useful for any diver, and properly learning how to use them for Good Life Divers is an essential skill. During your deep specialty class or AOW, SMB use might be covered. In this Workshop, it absolutely is. Storing, deploying and emergency situations are thoroughly discussed and practiced.

Workshop length and Cost: The Basic Skills workshop is a two day course and includes at minimum of 4 dives.  The Basic Skills workshop cost $300 per person. This is a non-certification course. The following skills and objectives will be covered and drilled.

(List is not all inclusive) Dive/Gas Planning, equipment streamlining, Learning anti-silting techniques and kicks, Emergency Decompression techniques, Reels and SMB use, Running lines, Buoyancy drills, Disaster Dive drills, OOA situations, Air sharing, Buddy breathing, CESA, Using pony bottles and more emergency drills.

To view an outline of the workshop and sequence of the dives click here.

Setting up a workshop for a group or privately is easy just contact us at 516.224.3377 or email.



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