The Extended Range Foundations program first made its first appearance in the plethora of XR programs around 6 years ago but it only really found its feet and was given a backbone with solid instructional content when it went digital about two years ago. The Extended Range Foundations program is designed to provide divers with a confined water workshop environment to improve their skills to a high level using any total diving system that they are certified to dive with. The program focuses on the true mastery of buoyancy, trim, finning techniques, stability and communication which make up the foundations of becoming an accomplished XR diver. The ultimate aim is to create true personal perfection of in-water control. An ambition that all XR divers have.
The Extended Range Foundations program has such a wide variety of applications that it will attract a large range of students. Anyone with an open water diver certification and 24 logged dives can register for the Extended Range Foundations program. Some divers will seek out this training as a vehicle to gaining the highest level of buoyancy control, trim and control in an equipment configuration to which they are already certified in. These type of divers are very self-motivated and sometimes very self-critical and strive to achieve the ultimate in terms of mastery and prowess.
Others, may use this program to learn how to dive in a twinset configuration in order to increase their gas volumes while making recreational dives or perhaps even to use it is a trial to see if they actually like diving in a twinset and maybe then go on to register for the Extended Range program. Being used in that way it is almost like an “intro to tec” which also is a good option for those who are uncertain if XR diving is the path they wish to take.
The Extended Range Foundations program provides a very concentrated time focusing on the finer details of diving which are not always manageable to be covered with such intensity during any other training program. As it is a confined water program the student can focus 100% on the skills rather than having to also manage open water environmental elements, the end result is that skill development and progression is very efficient and effective.
If a pool is being used for training, the in-water times can be extended substantially as water temperatures and gas consumptions are no longer limitations. Some students may find themselves training in pools which have large mirrors within them so the student can see directly their body position which gives an immediate visual source of feedback. If a mirrored pool is not available the instructor may choose to use a video camera which again provides immediate visual feedback.
Buoyancy, trim and finning problems are a common challenge that instructors must help their students overcome. By teaching the Extended Range Foundations program, you will develop your ability to identify and correct problems that your students encounter. You will be able to use this training to provide high-level XR training in all of your teaching efforts.
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