BSAC Compressor Management Course
The BSAC Compressor Management course is designed to give students with little or no prior knowledge or experience of high pressure gas systems instruction in filling diving cylinders from high pressure gas sources, covering all relevant safety knowledge. The lessons gives an appreciation of the physical and engineering principles associated with gas compressors, some simplified basic physics so that you can understand what happens to gases when they are compressed, and why compressors are multi-stage. It then describes the basic components of a compressor and some of the design and operating issues.
This course is open to anyone. It is therefore not necessary to have any diving background or experience. This course is ideal for divers, dive centre’s air filling stations and Liveaboard operators or to anyone who is expected to operate a compressor. All candidates on completion of the course will receive a set of student notes and their Compressor Management certification card.
This is a 1 day course consisting of both theory and practical lessons.
Big Blue Package – 10,000 THB
- Air Conditioned Accommodation
- Study Crew Pack with reference CD-Rom
- Big Blue BSAC Club T-Shirt and Mask Strap
The course starts with an overview of the program; before moving on to the first of 4 theory lessons.
We start by investigating the basic physics of gas compression. The lesson continues with the layout and design of a compressor as well as each of the different components of a gas compressor. This section then concludes with a brief look at Nitrox mixing and some safe guards of using Nitrox and air compressors.
The second lesson looks at compressor chemical towers and air filters. We will cover what chemicals are used to filter the gas, the different types of contaminants that can be found in the atmospheric air being compressed and what each of the chemical is used for. Filter changing and how to effectively monitor the compressor running times, are also covered in this lesson.
Next we look at air/gas purity standards, which are based on European Standards. We also examine some air purity testing equipment and how to use them. The last lesson covers air cylinder marking and labeling, cylinder filling procedures, operating the compressor, the use of air banks and related safety issues when filling cylinders and operating the compressor.
The practical lesson is where you will get the chance to put all of the above theory into practice.
You will first learn how to perform daily safety checks of the compressor, checking the logbook and assessing when last filter change was. We then move on the proper start-up procedures of the compressor. After checking and evaluating that the cylinders are in test and are safe to fill, you will then get hands –on experience of the correct way to both fill cylinders and changing the cylinders between each fill.
You will also be taught how to change the air filter carriages in the chemical filter towers and maintain an accurate record of the compressor running hours.
On completion of the course you will be issue with the BSAC Compressor management qualification card