The Overhead Protocols (OHP) course is designed to teach the student all of the guideline protocols, team protocols, basic navigation options and most importantly to be a safe thinking diver in any overhead environment like wreck diving, cave diving, or ice diving. This is a course that tests the team's ability to handle different failures that may be encountered during an overhead dive. These failures will test equipment, environment, and the team, all while stressing line management. It is many students first time using and managing a guideline so this course serves as a prerequisite for all overhead training courses.
This class takes place in non overhead environment (open or confined water), generally at depths of 30ft or less, and introduces the student to line-laying, line retrieval, no-visibility line following, touch contact communication, critical skills with no-visibility line following, lost line, lost buddy, and lost light to name a few. Once these skills are learned, the class introduces a series of simulated failures while on the line like out of air situations, valve failures, etc. These skills are tested to a level similar to that of Technical 1, but complicated by the necessity of staying on a line and simulating the need to navigate back to open water.
The usual schedule for OHP is two weekends consisting of eight dives with a maximum depth of no more than 30ft. The alternative schedule is a few week nights and one weekend or any 3 days in a row.
Course fee: $875
Student Materials: $99
Additional - dive site admission, certification processing, any rental gear needed
Overhead Preparation Classes
Wreck Penetration Classes
Cave Diving Classes
Ice Diving Classes