Underwater Lighting I: Dive Skills and Techniques

This class focuses on Lighting Specific Dive Skills that are ESSENTIAL for working underwater. The underwater work of a Lighting Technician is significantly different than what is taught in recreational diving. If you want to work underwater, you must be able to function underwater in a manner that does not disturb the set/environment, clarity of water, other crew members, or potentially harm yourself or other crew members.Some of the skills that we will focus on are: silt-free propulsion; reverse kicks; helicopter turns; precision buoyancy; moving equipment; and hand-holding lights for underwater photography.We also will cover the necessary equipment, whether to provide your own or use gear supplied by production, hypothermia, necessary top-side support, as well as essential safety/rescue gear and personnel that MUST be available when divers are working in the water.Members who wish to learn to be shore support are welcome and encouraged to attend this class. If you wish to work in the water, you MUST be a certified diver and able to pass a basic medical questionnaire or have permission from a physician. The forms are available on the Training728 site.

Skills Taught: 

    • Lighting
      • Underwater Lighting Technician

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IATSE, Local 728
Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians
1001 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 954-0728

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