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Scuba Diving Acronyms

Alphabetical Listing of Scuba Diving Acronyms

  • AA — Assisted Ascent
  • AAS — Alternate Air Source
  • ABT — Actual Bottom Time
  • AD — Adventure Diver (PADI) Advanced Diver (BSAC)
  • ADT — Actual Dive Time
  • AGE — Aterial Gas Embolism
  • AI — Assistant Instructor (PADI) Advanced Instructor (BSAC)
  • AIC — Advanced Instructor Course (BSAC)
  • AIE — Advanced Instructor Exam (BSAC)
  • AMDT — Adjusted Maximum Dive Time
  • AOW — Advanced Open Water
  • ATA — Atmospheres Absolute
  • BC — Bouyancy Compensator
  • BCD — Buoyancy Control Device
  • BFK — Big F*cking Knife (reference To The Diver’s Knife)
  • BHA — British Hyperbaric Association
  • BSAC — British Sub-Aqua Club
  • BT — Bottom Time
  • BWRAF — Buoyancy
  • C-CARD — Scuba Diving Certification Card.
  • CAGE — Cerebral Arterial Gas Embolism
  • CCR — Closed Circuit Rebreather
  • CESA — Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
  • CMAS — Confederation Moniale Des Activities Subaquatiques
  • CNS — Central Nervous System
  • DAN — Divers Alert Network
  • DCAP — Decompression Computation And Analysis Program
  • DCI — Decompression Illness
  • DCS — Decompression Sickness
  • DEMA — Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • DIN — Deutsches Insitut Fuer Normung
  • DIR — Doing It Right
  • DL — Dive Leader (BSAC)
  • DM — Dive Master (PADI)
  • DO — Dive Officer (BSAC)
  • DPV — Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • DSMB — Delayed Surface Marker Buoy
  • DV — Demand Valve
  • EAN(X) — Enriched Air Nitrox
  • EAR — Expired Air Resuscitation
  • EFR — Emergency First Response
  • END — Equivalent Narcotic Depth
  • EO — Equipment Officer (BSAC)
  • GMDSS — Global Maritime Distress And Safety System
  • GPS — Global Positioing System
  • HID — High Intensity Discharge
  • HP — High Pressure
  • HPNS — High Pressure Nervous Syndrome
  • HSE — Health And Safety Executive
  • IAND — International Association of Nitrox Divers
  • IDC — Instructor Development Course (PADI)
  • IDEA — International Diving Educators Association; Diving Instruction Organization.
  • IOC — Instructor Orientation Course (PADI)
  • ITC — Instructor Training Course (BSAC)
  • ITS — Instructor Training Scheme (BSAC)
  • ITW — Instructor Training Workshop (BSAC)
  • LAT — Lowest Astonomical Tide
  • LP — Low Pressure
  • MCA — Maritime And Coastguard Agency
  • MCS — Marine Conservation Society
  • MDL — No Decompression Limit
  • MDT — Maximum Dive Time
  • MOD — Maximum Operating Depth
  • MSD — Master SCUBA Diver (PADI)
  • MSDT — Master SCUBA Diver Trainer (PADI)
  • NASDS — National Association of Scuba Diving Schools; Diving Instruction Organization.
  • NAUI — National Association of Underwater Instructors
  • NI — National Instructor (BSAC)
  • NITROX — Any Gas Mixture of Nitrogen And Oxygen; Though Most Commonly Used For Oxygen Mixtures Above The Normal 21 Per Cent.
  • OD — Ocean Diver (BSAC)
  • OW — Open Water Certification; First Certification Level.
  • OW(D) — Open Water (Diver) (PADI)
  • OWI — Open Water Instructor (BSAC)
  • OWIC — Open Water Instructor Course (BSAC)
  • OWSI — Open Water SCUBA Instructor (PADI)
  • PADI — Professional Association of Diving Instructors
  • PDIC — Professional Diving Instructors Corporation International; Diving Instruction Organization.
  • PG — Pressure Group
  • PP — Partial Pressure
  • PPB — Peak Performance Bouyancy
  • PSI — Pounds Per Square Inch
  • RD — Rescue Diver (PADI)
  • RDP — Recreational Dive Planner
  • RIB — Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat
  • RNT — Residual Nitrogen Time
  • ROV — Remotly Operated Vehicle
  • RSTC — Recreational Scuba Training Council. Organization That Sets Basic Guidelines For Scuba Diving Agencies.
  • RYA — Royal Yachting Association
  • SAA — Sub-Aqua Association
  • SAR — Search And Rescue/Recovery
  • SCUBA — Self Contained Underwater Breathing Aparatus
  • SCUDA — Self Contained Underwater Drinking Apparatus. Product That Can Be Used To Drink Underwater.
  • SCUHA — Self-contained Underwater Heating Apparatus (urinating In Your Wet Suit).
  • SI — Surface Interval
  • SPG — Submerssible Pressure Guage
  • SSI — Scuba Schools International; Diving Instruction Organization.
  • SWP — Safe Working Pressure
  • TDT — Total Dive Time
  • TNT — Total Nitrogen Time
  • TO — Training Officer (BSAC)

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