Recreational 2

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Introduction

The Recreational 2 (Advanced Diver) course is the next step for recreational divers to expand their diving to slightly deeper depths with more advanced gases.  Recreational 2  is a modular course structured to prepare divers for a wider range of environmental conditions and more advanced recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and breathing mixtures including a thorough knowledge of the use of nitrox.

The course will also seek to incorporate teaching more advanced decompression theories and the use of SMBs for correct and safe ascent procedures when diving beyond 60’/18m.  Recreational 2 training focuses on expanding on the Recreational 1 or Open Water diver course and is designed to cultivate and integrate some critical skill training while solidifying the essential skills, all required for safe deeper recreational diving.

Course Information

The Recreational 2 course is based around two parts with modules.  Part one is a personal skills development module and part two has four modules: nitrox, deep, navigation, and night.  Recreational 2 classroom materials cover all parts and modules.  Part one must be completed prior to starting any in-water training modules from part two of this course.  The personal skills module is mandatory and must be completed prior to any of the other modules, which can then be completed in any order.

The personal skills module includes problem identification and resolution, building the capacity for progressively more challenging diving.  In this course, students will be trained in the use of single or double  cylinders in either backmount or sidemount and the potential failures associated with them.  This module is normally conducted over 1 confined water session and 2 open water dives.

The navigation module addresses both natural navigation and the use of a compass for underwater navigation.  The compass skills dive includes at least 2 of the following patterns:  out and back, triangle, square, or compass course. 

The nitrox module includes the expanded use of nitrox for extending bottom times.  This module includes two dives: buoyancy control and toxing/unconscious diver recovery.

The deep module includes gas planning and ascent strategies for dives to 100’/30m, along with the use of a surface marker buoy (SMB) and mid water ascent strategies.  This module requires two dives to depths of 80'/24m - 100’/30m.

The night module includes one night dive and addresses proper air-sharing procedures at night, navigation, and loss of primary and backup lighting.  Each of the four modules are normally conducted over a 1-2 day period, cumulatively involving a minimum of 32 hours of instruction including academics, confined water, and open water dives.  If completed as one contiguous course, the course is normally completed over 3 to 4 days.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 100’/33m
  • Standard gas is Nitrox 32
  • No overhead diving
  • No stage decompression

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must have completed UTD Recreational 1, UTD Open Water, or equivalent
  • Must have at least 25 dives beyond open water certification
  • Must have 10 non-training dives
  • Must complete UTD online registration process
  • Must be able to swim 50'/15m on a breath hold
  • Must be able to swim 200 yards/195m in less than 14 minutes without stopping
  • No smoking
  • Use of prescription drugs must be authorized by a physician prior to training

Equipment Requirements

Prior to the commencement of the course, students should consult with a UTD representative to verify equipment requirements.  All participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.

In general, it is better for the student to learn while using their own equipment.  However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard or unnecessary equipment.  Please contact us prior to making any purchases.

Sidemount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders:  sidemount pluggable single or double cylinders with appropriate stage rigging and quick disconnects
  • Low pressure distribution system such as a Z-Distribution Block or Z-Isolator Manifold
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device: rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Z-System harness or equivalent
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins
  • Cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil

Backmount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders: backmount single or double cylinders
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device:  rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Backplate and harness system
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins
  • A cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil