CONTENT OF EXAMINATIONS – CLASS C DIVER
— Principles of physics applying to recreational underwater diving and solving problems related to the application of those principles.
— Principal systems of the human body and the various physiology principles applying to recreational underwater diving.
— Understanding of the necessity of being in good physical condition to engage in safe recreational underwater diving.
— Preventive measures and causes of accidents in recreational underwater diving.
— Ability to correctly select, check, adjust and maintain the equipment and make minor repairs to certain equipment.
— Brief description of the operation of a two-stage regulator, submersible pressure gauge, depth gauge, digital decompression device (dive computer) and a compressor with air storage cylinders.
— Reading and using a nautical chart in the planning of a dive.
— Basic knowledge of seamanship and piloting of small craft.
— Safety procedures for boat diving.
— Basic knowledge of marine animal life and flora in fresh water and salt water in Québec.
— Environmental phenomena that may influence a dive, including currents and tides.
— Safety requirements for various recreational underwater diving conditions.
— Basic principles of self rescue, assisting a distressed diver and a complete rescue.
— Principles of underwater navigation, including the use of a compass and the use of natural references at the bottom.
— Principles of compressed breathing gas consumption, including the calculation of the volume of compressed breathing gas available to the diver according to the planned dive.
— Organizing and carrying out a night dive, current dive, limited visibility dive and deep dive, including a description of the required equipment and precautionary measures.
— Principles underlying the action to take in case of emergency decompression.
— Reading and using a decompression table in recreational underwater diving.
— Using a digital decompression device (dive computer) in recreational underwater diving.
— Basic knowledge and precautions with respect to certain types of specialty diving including ice diving, wreck diving (with penetration), diving with compressed breathing gas other than air, diving using a closed circuit or semi-closed circuit scuba system, cave and cavern diving and certain other types of technical diving.
— Knowledge of usual methods of non-verbal communication.
— Principles of ethics and diver’s responsibilities.
— Using a diver’s log.
— Québec legislation with regard to recreational underwater diving and other legal aspects related to diving in Québec.
PRACTICAL EXAMINATION IN OPEN WATER
— Ability to correctly and efficiently display the diving skills referred to in Schedule 2 under the heading “Practical examination in open water”, adapted to a Class C diver conditions for night diving, deep diving (between 30 and 40 m/100 and 130 ft) and limited visibility diving.
— Scuba self-rescue skills and techniques; efficient and correct use of rescue techniques to assist or rescue a diver simulating distress.
— Ability to appropriately simulate first aid that must be given to a diver in the following conditions: unconsciousness, near-drowning, pulmonary barotrauma, perforation of the tympanic membrane, cold shock, decompression sickness.
— Ability to plan and organize a night dive, a limited visibility dive and a current dive and to observe the safety requirements for those dives.
— Ability to plan and organize an exploration dive using underwater navigation, demonstrate the use of a compass and navigation techniques using natural references.
— Ability to plan and organize a dive observing no-decompression limits to a depth of between 30 and 40 m, with a decompression stop simulation at a depth of 5 m during the ascent.