Confined Water Diver

Confined Water Diver

549.99

An entry-level course designed to introduce non-certified teens ages 14 and up to the basics of Scuba and Zuba diving.

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Introduction

The Confined Water diver course is an entry-level course designed to introduce non-certified divers, ages 14 and up, to the basics of Scuba and Zuba diving.  This course is structured to prepare teen divers to transition to Junior Open Water diver, Open Water diver, and Zuba Open Water diver.  The course incorporates basic scuba diving theory, knowledge and equipment configuration with precise diving skills and emergency procedures.

Upon completion, the confined water diver will be able to Scuba dive only under direct supervision of a Scuba instructor while in confined water during daylight hours.  The confined water diver will not be able to purchase breathing gas or rent equipment.

The Confined Water course is normally conducted over a 3-day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 18 hours of instruction including academics and confined water dives to a maximum depth of 12’/4m using air as a breathing gas.  The course may be conducted on Zuba or Scuba.

Course Upgrades

When the confined water diver reaches their 15th birthday, they will have the option to upgrade to Junior Open Water diver or Zuba Junior Open Water diver.  On their 16th birthday, they will have the option to upgrade to the full Recreational 1, Open Water diver or Zuba Open Water diver, removing the restrictions of the confined water certification.

Course Information

The Confined Water course is designed to provide an introduction to UTD equipment configuration, basic scuba diving physics and physiology, minimum decompression, situational awareness and understanding the scuba environment.

All in-water skills will be conducted in confined water.  These skills will include, but not be limited to, snorkeling techniques, buoyancy, trim, propulsion, and basic 6, air sharing, rescue skills, photography and video skills recommended.

Course minimum requirements include three hours of academic review and 3 hours of confined water work.

Course Limits

  • Confined water only

  • Maximum depth 12’/4m

  • Standard gas is air (21% O2)

  • No overhead diving

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 14; students under 16 must be supervised by parent or legal guardian

  • Must complete UTD online registration process

  • Must be able to swim 30'/9m on a breath hold

  • Must be able to swim 100 yards/95m in less than 14 minutes without stopping and a 10 minute survival swim/float

  • 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

  • Optional: spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy

  • Optional: 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

  • Optional: spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy

  • Optional: primary light and backup light

  • Optional: wetnotes and writing utensil


Purchasing this course does not include the online study materials which must be purchased to complete your registration for $39.95 directly from UTD International.  Upon registration, a link to register for the course and pay for the online study materials will be provided.