SPECIALIST WATERMANSHIP PROGRAM

 

Specialist Watermanship Program - Victoria 2014. Photo courtesy of Russell Ord

Specialist Watermanship Program - Victoria 2014. Photo courtesy of Russell Ord

 

What is your discipline? Is it Surfing? Surf photography? Freediving? Ocean swimming? or do you just like to push your self in the ocean? What ever your discipline is, the Specialist Waterman Program will contextualise the training to suit your needs and give you the broadest training in general watermanship possible.

The program covers principals from the freediving, FSR and watermanship courses. The training, equipment, location and assistant instructors will vary from program to program because each course is specifically designed for the attending students.

Freediving students can complete either Apnea Level 1 or Apnea Level 2 on this program.

 

Pre Requisits: Must be physically fit, medically fit and have good knowledge of general watermanship, e.g. surf, freedive, ocean swim, life guard or shoot in the ocean regularly. No prior training in watermanship, surf survival, breath hold or freediving is necessary. Minimum age is 16.

Course Duration: 3 Days

Cost: Starting from $700 (excluding GST)

What is supplied?

  • Freediving mask, weight belt and weights.
  • Tea, water and juice
  • Fruit
  • Lunch
  • Stationary

What you need to bring?

  • Towel
  • wetsuit (board shorts/bikini and radiator minimum)
  • Fins
  • water
  • zink/sunscreen

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration and unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship you will not be required to complete a medical examination. Students with contradicting medical conditions will be required to undergo a dive medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. 

Medical conditions that are of concern are: lung conditions, heart condition, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean.

 

 

 

 

Basic Watermanship Course

 

Have you ever stood at the edge of the ocean and thought, “I wish I could just have fun playing in the surf and not be so scared of it…”, or have you been in a dangerous situation in the ocean or even had a near drowning experience and not moved through the fear of it…

This is why the Basic Watermanship Course was designed…  to help people overcome their fears and get back in the ocean with a big smile on their face!

Course Overview:

The Basic Watermanship Course is designed to give students the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy the ocean environment safely; whether it be deep ocean drop offs, open surf beaches or rocky points.

Through a series of theory lectures backed up by fun, challenging and realistic based confined water training , encompassing individual experiences and local beach conditions, students are given the knowledge and skills to feel right at home in the ocean.

“Irrational fear can render a person useless and lead to dangerous situations… with knowledge and skills this irrational fear is removed…”

Practical training covers areas such as:

  • Breath Hold
  • Swimming in the surf
  • Marine environment hazard identification
  • Ocean preparedness
  • Sea Survival
  • First aid and Rescue
  • Panic / Fear management

Cost: Starting from AU$300 (excluding GST)

Pre- requisites: Must be able to swim and be medically fit (see below). Minimum age is 16.

Course Structure:  1 Day

What is supplied?

  • Freediving mask and Flotation aids
  • Tea, water and juice
  • Fruit

What you need to bring?

  • Towel
  • wetsuit (board shorts/bikini and radiator minimum)
  • water
  • zink/sunscreen
  • pen and notepad
  • lunch.

To obtain the Basic Waterman certification, the candidate must:

  • Pass the theory test with a score of at least 80%
  • Perform a static apnea of at least 1’45”
  • Perform a dynamic-no-fins distance of 25 m.
  • Complete a 200m swim in under 8min
  • Correctly demonstrate survival swimming techniques
  • Perform a black out rescue on the surface
  • Tread water for 5min in swimmers

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration and unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship you will not be required to complete a medical examination. Students with contradicting medical conditions will be required to undergo a dive medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. 

Medical conditions that are of concern are: lung conditions, heart condition, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean.

Alex Frings during an underwater disorientation drill. Photo courtesy of Alex Frings.

Alex Frings during an underwater disorientation drill. Photo courtesy of Alex Frings.

Intermediate Watermanship Course

 

Whether you are a surfer wanting to explore new challenging surf breaks or wanting to get into your first 15ft bomb, this course will give you the confidence.

The aim of the Intermediate Watermanship Course is to give students the knowledge, skill and confidence to enjoy themselves in the ocean, whilst keeping themselves and others safe. This course will further expand the students pre existing watermanship knowledge and help them take their watermanship to the next level.

Course Overview:

Courses are designed to enhance students existing waterman skills in a relaxed, fun and safe atmosphere.

This is done by exploring the reactions the human body goes through whilst in stressfull situations like big wave holdowns and getting stuck in aggressive white water.  Then breaking this down step by step to give the student an insight into the actual processes that are taking place.

This theory is then backed up by fun, challenging and realistic based training in a safe environment to put this knowledge into practice.

Practical training covers areas such as:

  • Apnea
  • Advanced Swimming Techniques
  • Training Principals
  • Sea Survival
  • Planning and Preparedness
  • First aid and Rescue
  • Panic / Fear management

Pre- requisites: Must be able to swim, have had previous surfing experience, have completed the Basic Watermanship Program or equivalent and be medically fit (See Below). Minimum age is 16.

Course Structure:  2 Days

Cost: Starting from AUD$500 (excluding GST)

To obtain the Intermediate Waterman certification, the candidate must:

  • Pass the theory test with a score of at least 80%
  • Perform a static apnea of at least 2’30”
  • Perform a dynamic-no-fins distance of 35m.
  • Perform an underwater disorientation drill of at least 30sec
  • Complete a 400m swim in under 14min
  • Tread water for 10min in swimmers
  • Perform survival swimming techniques correctly 
  • Perform an unconscious diver rescue from 5m, and perform a black out rescue on the surface
  • Complete a 100m swim, a 50m unassisted tow, unconcious casualty carry and BLS.
  • Complete Dynamic No-Fins CO2 table in a maximum of a team of four for a minimum of 10min.
  • Correctly demonstrate all the practical components of Survival at Sea which are detailed in the Survival at Sea Standards.

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration and unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship you will not be required to complete a medical examination. Students with contradicting medical conditions will be required to undergo a dive medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. 

Medical conditions that are of concern are: lung conditions, heart condition, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Ord half way through a CO2 table. Photo courtesy of Russell Ord.

Russell Ord half way through a CO2 table. Photo courtesy of Russell Ord.

Advanced Watermanship Course

For some of the waterman population, its all about pushing the limits and surfing the biggest waves, windsurfing the most challenging conditions or paddling the longest open ocean distances… Its for this elite population of athletes that the Advanced Water(wo)manship Course was developed, to offer the best training to get athletes achieving their goals.

Course Overview:

By fine tuning existing watermanship skills, pushing beyond perceived limits of endurance, working as a tight knit team and analyzing and learning from past situations combined with exploring the reactions the human body goes through whilst in stressful situations like big wave hold downs and breaking this down step by step to give the student an insight into the actual processes that are taking place are just few of the key elements that make this course so unique.

To make sure that students are getting the best quality training each Advanced Course involves expert tuition from a guest instructor specializing in the fields like; freediving, professional life saving, big wave surfing, windsurfing or open ocean paddling. 

Training covers areas such as:

  • Breath Hold 
  • Specialized Training Techniques
  • White Water Swimming
  • Sea Survival
  • First aid and Rescue
  • Planning and Preparedness 
  • Mental Focusing Techniques

Pre- requisites: Must be able to swim, have had previous surfing experience, have completed the Intermediate Watermanship Program or equivalent and be medically fit (see below).

Minimum age is 16.

Cost: Starting from AUD$1000 (Excluding GST)

Course Structure:  3 Days

 What is supplied?

  • Freediving mask, weight belt and weights.
  • Tea, water and juice
  • Fruit
  • Lunch

What you need to bring?

  • Towel
  • wetsuit (board shorts/bikini and radiator minimum)
  • water
  • zink/sunscreen
  • pen and notepad 

To obtain an Advanced Waterman certification the candidate must: 

  • Have an adequate profile, at the discretion of the instructor
  • Perform all Level Basic and Intermediate exercises correctly
  • Pass the theory test with a score of at least 100%
  • Perform a static apnea of at least 4’
  • Perform a dynamic apnea of at least 100 meters
  • Perform a dynamic-no-fins apnea of at least 60 meters
  • Perform a constant weight dive to at least 25 meters
  • Perform an underwater disorientation drill of at least 1min10sec
  • Complete a 400m swim in under 11min
  • Tread water for 15min starting fully clothed
  • Perform survival swimming techniques competently 
  • Perform an unconscious diver rescue from 10m, and perform a black out rescue on the surface
  • Complete a 100m swim, a 50m unassisted tow, unconcious casualty carry and BLS.
  • Complete Dynamic No-Fins CO2 table in a  team of two for a minimum of 20min.

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration and unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship you will not be required to complete a medical examination. Students with contradicting medical conditions will be required to undergo a dive medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. 

Medical conditions that are of concern are: lung conditions, heart condition, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean.

 

Russell Ord putting his training to the test. Photo courtesy of Gorden Becker

Russell Ord putting his training to the test. Photo courtesy of Gorden Becker

STUDENT PATHWAY

 

BASIC WATERMANSHIP PROGRAM 


INTERMEDIATE WATERMANSHIP PROGRAM 

SPECIALIST WATERMANSHIP PROGRAM


ADVANCED WATERMANSHIP PROGRAM


WATERMAN INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM (RUN EVERY 2 YEARS)