With the advent of Technical Diving and the introduction of Mixed Gas diving to the club in 2001, in October 2005, a new Nitrox Membrane Compressor at a cost of £10k was purchased. This unit is the only one of its kind in the North of Ireland. There are four other units in Ireland. By having access to the Nitrox Membrane compressor, we are able to dive much safer tham using air.
This unit was totally funded by the members and is an example of the united solidarity that currently exists in the club.
BSAC open circuit technical training
There are the three BSAC open circuit qualifications leading to technical diving:
Basic Nitrox Diver may use nitrox gas of up to 40% oxygen for no decompression stop diving.
Advanced Nitrox Diver is qualified to use nitrox gas of up to 50% oxygen and do decompression diving.
Extended Range Diver is qualified to do accelerated decompression using nitrox gas of up to 80 oxygen
BSAC now has a trimix qualifications of its own, it sanctions the use of trimix to a depth of 80m.
BSAC closed circuit technical training
BSAC has recently introduced its own rebreather qualifications and but it sanctions the use of certain closed circuit and semi-closed circuit rebreathers by externally qualified Diver Leaders.
If using nitrox, the rebreather diver is limited to a depth of 40m with minimal decompression. If using trimix, the rebreather diver is limited to a depth of 70m or the maximum specified by their qualification, which ever is less.