Blue Octopus Scuba is proud to announce an agreement with archaeological group Battle of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group (BAREG). 

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  • 2017 F.W. Abrams BAREG survey
    BAREG Deputy Operations Coordinator  Fred Engle draws detailed diagram of F.W. Abrams while BAREG Operations Coordinator and TDI instructor Bill Chadwell looks on.  Drysuits enable divers to stay warm long dives over many days.  Twin backmount tanks provides divers with extended bottom times, and decompression cylinders "deco bottles" with advanced nitrox training shorten decompression stops.
  • 2017 F.W. Abrams BAREG survey
    Blue Octopus Scuba Divemaster and BAREG member, Sam Abbe performing archaeological survey on wreck of F.W. Abrams.  Sam used his Blue Octopus Sidemount training, taught by Blue Octopus owner Mike Wright combined with Advanced Nitrox, taught by BAREG's Bill Chadwell.
  • Ashkhabad
    Ashkabad - 2013 BAREG Survey.  This diagram was the result of the BAREG 2013 survey.  The original diagram is the length of a room.  Note the extreme detail, even the chain links are drawn.
  • MV British Splendour
    June 2018 BAREG will perform a detailed archaeological survey of the MV British Spendour, a WWII u-boat victim torpedoed April 7, 1941.

BAREG is a registered not-for-profit (501(c)3) corporation dedicated to research, education, and preservation of the maritime heritage of the Twentieth Century’s two World Wars.  BAREG’s membership is composed of sport and technical divers and many members are avocational marine archaeologists with formal training and certification from the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS).  Several of Blue Octopus Scuba's staff and customers are also members of BAREG.

For the past five years BAREG has organized archaeological surveys in collaboration with NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and UNC's Coastal Studies Institute.  Additionally, BAREG organizes recreational type dive trips from German submarine U-1105 in the Potomac River, to Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada, site of only u-boat attack on North American continent, to Scapa Flow, Scotland, where Germany's World War One fleet was scuttled.

BAREG is a separate training organization but will be using Blue Octopus Scuba's classroom and pool to conduct their training.  Their training focuses on providing advanced recreational specialties and technical courses.  All BAREG students must become BAREG members.

All are welcome, divers, and not divers, at the BAREG General Membership Meeting and Battle of the Atlantic Symposium Jan 28th, 2018 1000 to 1700 at Mantua Swim & Tennis Club, 9330 Pentland Place, Fairfax, VA 22031.

For more information about any of these courses, or to sign up, contact us at training@bareg.org.

BAREG No-Decompression Courses

Course fee: $150.00 per course.

Fee includes all classroom, pool, and open water instruction; admission fee for all pool sessions; required Student Manuals; certification card processing fee.

Fee does not include any equipment; gas fills; quarry entry fees; charter fees; lodging or meals during certification trip; instructor expenses for certification trip (transportation, lodging, charter fees, gas fills).

TDI Nitrox Course

This is the entry-level certification course for recreational divers wishing to utilize enriched air nitrox (EAN) as a breathing gas. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for using nitrox mixes from 22 through 40 percent oxygen content. This course or an equivalent is required for participation in all BAREG trips and expeditions. Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent.

Required equipment:

  • TDI Student Manual (included in course fee).
 

SDI DEEP DIVER COURSE

This course will provide the necessary training to plan and execute dives that are outside the range of depths that are experienced during an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, specifically beyond 18 metres / 60 feet and to a maximum depth of not greater than 40 metres / 130 feet. The course places particular focus on gas planning and management, based on known consumption rates. This course is ideally taken in conjunction with the SDI Wreck Diver Course. Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent.

Required Equipment

• Mask, fins and snorkel
• Buoyancy compensator device with a low-pressure power inflator
• Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
• Alternate air source
• Weight system
• Personal dive computer (PDC)
• Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions
• Compressed gas cylinder
• Compass
• Knife or cutting device
• Rescue signal
• Dry suit with inflator hose (for SDI Dry Suit Diver course)
• 200-400 foot reel (for SDI Wreck Diver course)
• Surface marker buoy (for SDI Deep Diver and SDI Wreck Diver courses)
• SDI Student Manuals (included in course fee)

Recommended Equipment

• Redundant air source (40 cft pony bottle, 1st stage, 2nd stage, SPG)
• Light

 

SDI WRECK DIVER COURSE

Exploring shipwrecks from the World War I and II Battles of the Atlantic is at the heart of the Group. This course will teach members the equipment and techniques necessary for safely diving these wrecks. This course is ideally taken in conjunction with the SDI Deep Diver Course. Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent. Divers must have a deep diver specialty certification or be able to provide proof of experience in order to dive deeper than 18 metres / 60 feet in this course.

Required Equipment

• Mask, fins and snorkel
• Buoyancy compensator device with a low-pressure power inflator
• Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
• Alternate air source
• Weight system
• Personal dive computer (PDC)
• Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions
• Compressed gas cylinder
• Compass
• Knife or cutting device
• Rescue signal
• Dry suit with inflator hose (for SDI Dry Suit Diver course)
• 200-400 foot reel (for SDI Wreck Diver course)
• Surface marker buoy (for SDI Deep Diver and SDI Wreck Diver courses)
• SDI Student Manuals (included in course fee)

Recommended Equipment

• Redundant air source (40 cft pony bottle, 1st stage, 2nd stage, SPG)
• Light

 

SDI DRYSUIT DIVER

This course allows the student to develop knowledge and skills to properly use a dry suit, which is essential for diving in many of the coldwater locales visit by the Group. Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent.

Required Equipment

• Mask, fins and snorkel
• Buoyancy compensator device with a low-pressure power inflator
• Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
• Alternate air source
• Weight system
• Personal dive computer (PDC)
• Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions
• Compressed gas cylinder
• Compass
• Knife or cutting device
• Rescue signal
• Dry suit with inflator hose (for SDI Dry Suit Diver course)
• 200-400 foot reel (for SDI Wreck Diver course)
• Surface marker buoy (for SDI Deep Diver and SDI Wreck Diver courses)
• SDI Student Manuals (included in course fee)

Recommended Equipment

• Redundant air source (40 cft pony bottle, 1st stage, 2nd stage, SPG)
• Light

 

TDI INTRO TO TECH

This course introduces students to the world of technical diving. Its objective of this course is to familiarize students with technical equipment configurations, enhance open water diving skills (such as buoyancy, trim, and situational awareness), and to introduce students to advanced gas planning techniques within a no-decompression context. This course is strictly a no-decompression course; students are permitted to use enriched air nitrox (EAN) mixes, provided the gas mix is within their current level of certification. Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent; proof of a minimum of 25 logged open water dives.

Required Equipment

• Mask and fins
• Buoyancy compensator device with a low-pressure power inflator
• Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
• Alternate air source
• Weight system
• Depth gauge and automatic bottom timer and/or dive computer
• Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions
• Compressed gas cylinder
• Compass
• Knife or cutting device
• Rescue signal
• Dry suit with inflator hose
• 200-400 foot reel
• Surface marker buoy
• Slate/wet notes
• TDI Student Manuals (included in course fee)

Recommended Equipment

• Redundant air source (40 cft pony bottle, 1st stage, 2nd stage, SPG)
• Light

BAREG Technical Courses

Course fee includes: All classroom, pool, and open water instruction; Admission fee for all pool sessions; Required TDI Student Manuals; Certification Card processing.

Course fee does not include: Any equipment; Gas fills; Quarry entry fees; Charter fees, lodging, or meals during certification trip; Tips for the boat crew; Instructor expenses for certification trip (transportation, lodging, charter fees, gas fills).

Cerification dives will be conducted at one of the following: Lake Jocassee, SC; Pompano Beach, FL; Key Largo, FL.
All BAREG technical courses require a minimum of 2 students.

TDI Helitrox Diver Course

TDI Advanced Nitrox/Helitrox Diver Course $750.00
Current Advanced Nitrox/Decompression Procedures divers upgrading to Heltirox $600.00
The Helitrox course examines the theory, methods and procedures for planned stage decompression diving utilizing Helium in the breathing mixture. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45 metres/150 feet. The most common equipment requirements, gear set-up, and decompression techniques are presented. Upon completion of the course, students will be certified to utilize Enriched Air Nitrox and Helium mixes with no greater than 20% He content and no less than 21% oxygen content. Within the BAREG training curriculum, this course is always conducted in conjunction with the TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver course.

Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; certified as an SDI Advanced Diver (with Deep specialty) or TDI Intro to Tech or equivalent; certified as a TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver or equivalent. Student may be enrolled in both the TDI Helitrox and Advanced Nitrox course at the same time. Proof of 50 logged dives.

TDI Trimix Diver Course

TDI Trimix Diver Course $500.00
The TDI Trimix course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox and/or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 60 metres/200 feet. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures of utilizing custom oxygen/helium/nitrogen mixtures as breathing gases. Gas mixes will not have any less than 18 percent oxygen (O2).

Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; minimum certification as a TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver and TDI Decompression Procedures Diver, or equivalent; proof of a minimum 100 logged dives.

TDI Advanced Nitrox

This course examines the use of EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for optimal mixes to a depth of 40 metres / 130 feet. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for utilizing EAN-21 through 100 percent oxygen for dives not requiring staged decompression. Within the BAREG training curriculum, this course is always conducted in conjunction with the TDI Helitrox Diver course.

Prerequisites: Minimum age 18; TDI Nitrox Diver or equivalent; roof of a minimum of 25 logged open water dives.