CMAS 2 Star Diver Certification
This course includes the following certifications:
- CMAS Two-Star Diver
- CMAS Rescue Diver
- CMAS Nitrox Diver
- CMAS Dry-Suit Diver
- 1st Aid/CPR/AED Certification
A NEW "OLD" OPTION IN DIVE TRAINING
Starting in 2006 we began offering this "new" option in dive training. Smith Diving was one of the first dive operations in the United States to offer training and certification through CMAS Americas. CMAS (Confederation Mondiale Des Activites Subaquatiques) is the oldest formal training organization in the world and was formed by a confederation of countries to develop a truly international diver training standard. CMAS Americas was recently formed as a new federation representing CMAS in the Americas and Caribbean. CMAS Americas is a unique and independant certification organization, and is not simply additional training which is tacked onto a certification offered by other training agencies.
CMAS differs from other certification agencies in 3 basic ways.
- CMAS training is based on learning and mentoring to produce divers who are superior in knowledge and ability. Mentoring includes greater individual instructor to student interaction. Instructors in CMAS training can be seen as both educators and coaches. Multiple Instructors with expertise in specific diving disciplines will be used during your CMAS training.
- The most obvious difference in CMAS is the lack of confusing and sometimes misleading titles for the various certification levels. CMAS uses the simple system of One, Two, and Three Star ratings for both divers and instructors.
- Lastly CMAS Americas Standards requires true mastery of skills before certification can be awarded. This means that students must show that they can complete real world skills in a controlled, comfortable manner not just once, but repeatedly in both confined and open-water. Students who simply perform the skill requirements once successfully do not fullfill certification requirements. This "Skill Mastery" standard dictates that CMAS courses are necessarily longer and require more dives than courses offered through other agencies.
THE ULTIMATE DIVE COURSE
The CMAS Two-Star Diver Certification course will include academic study and applied knowledge of the following areas
- Diving Physics
- Decompression theory
- Gas Laws and Pressure Relationships
- Air Consumption
- Mixed Gasses
- Diving History
- Diving Physiology
- Gas Tolerance
- Lung Function and Injuries
- Wounds & Injuries
- Hyperbaric Medical Treatment
- Dive Planning
- Use of Dive Tables & Computers
- Buddy/Team Skills
- Deep and Simulated Decompression Diving
- Contigiency Planning
- Emergency/Rescue Training
- Problem Recognition
- Assisting Other Divers
- In-Water Rescue Breathing
- First Aid
- Oxygen Administration
- Automated External Defibulator Training
- Diving Equipment
- Field Repair
- Care & Maintenence
- Dry Suit Selection, Use and Care
- Underwater Navigation
- Search and Recovery
- Light Salvage
- Non-Penetration Wreck Diving
- Underwater Environment Studies
- Water Movement
- Conservation & Preservation
- Shore, Bottom, and Surface Conditions
- Dive Site Assessment
- Underwater Mapping
- Marine Life Recognition & Hazards
- Extreme Diving Conditions
- Cold Water Exposure
- Low Visibility Diving
- River Diving
- Tethered Diving
- Wall Diving
Goto Course Dates and Locations
Training includes 9 classroom sessions (minimum)
Pool training consists of 2 pool sessions (minimum)
Openwater training consists of a minimum of 21 open-water dives at Square Lake, The Crosby Mine Pits and The North Shore of Lake Superior. See Specialty Course Calendar for complete schedule (below)
- 15 years of age.
- Scuba Certification - Prospective Students who do not hold the CMAS One-Star Certification must attend an evaluation session which will include academic as well as confined water evaluations.
- 15 logged and verified dives (following certification).
- A commitment to a high level of diving skills and an in-depth understanding of all aspects of recreational diving.
- All required texts, study guides and other material
- All air or nitrox fills (when filled at Smith Diving)
- Student discounts on equipment purchases
What You Need to Bring
- Regulator with octopus
- Pressure & depth gauges
- Redundant Scuba System (Pony) required for weekends 2 & 3 (rental avail.)
- Buoyancy compensator
- 1/4" or 6.5 mm wetsuit or dry suit (rental available)
- Hood, mitts and boots
- Mask, snorkel and fins
- Dive light
- Dive knife
- Dive watch, bottom timer or computer
- Dive flag
Special rental packages & rates are available to students enrolled in any Smith Diving course.
- Smith Diving.