Essentials of Recreational Diving

Essentials of Recreational Diving

799.99

This course gives every diver an opportunity to learn the personal skills needed to participate in a unified team and be in the water as a “thinking diver.”

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Introduction

The Essentials of Recreational Diving course gives every diver an opportunity to learn the personal skills needed to participate in a unified team and be in the water as a “thinking diver.”  The course may be conducted in either back mount or side mount with or without nitrox training.

Precise buoyancy, combined with a horizontal trim position, is the hallmark of control in the water.  You’ll learn to effortlessly hold your position in the water, which leads to the next set of skills:  propulsion, where you’ll learn five different kicks that eliminate silting and increase your control, allowing you to move both forward and backward.  Other skills include proper air-sharing procedures, team protocols, gas planning, ascent strategies, and much more.

This course is the point of entry for all previously certified divers and is the prerequisite for all other recreational UTD courses, except Open Water and Recreational 1Essentials of Recreational Diving is designed to cultivate the core techniques required by all sound diving practice, regardless of level or environment.  Essentials of Recreational Diving acts as a bridge between conventional training and UTD’s more demanding curriculum.

Course Information

The Essentials of Recreational Diving course is normally conducted over a 3-day period.  Combining lecture, practical in-water sessions and video debriefings, this course focuses on cultivating the foundational skills required by all diving practice.  It is focused on increasing diving fun by reducing stress and increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy, trim, propulsion, teamwork, and other UTD principles.  If not previously certified by UTD, this is the introductory course for certified divers into the UTD style of diving.

Course requirements include a minimum of 4 hours of academics and 4 in-water sessions.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 60’/18m or 100'/30m if student is nitrox certified

  • Standard gas is air (21% O2) or Nitrox 32

  • No overhead diving

  • No stage decompression

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 15; students who are 15 must be supervised by parent or legal guardian

  • No doubles or nitrox unless the student is 16 or older

  • Must be a certified open water diver from a recognized training agency

  • Must complete UTD online registration process

  • Must be able to swim 50'/15m on a breath hold

  • Must be able to swim 300 yards/275m 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

  • 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 $99.00 directly from UTD International.  Upon registration, a link to register for the course and pay for the online study materials will be provided.