Extreme Scuba Makeover

Extreme Scuba Makeover

199.99

For already-certified divers, this 1-day confined water class will help you build a solid foundation for buoyancy, trim and propulsion. This course is an excellent primer and first step toward taking other UTD classes.

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Introduction

Extreme Scuba Makeover is an entry level class designed to teach certified divers the foundational trim, buoyancy, and balance skills to be safe and comfortable in the water.  This class is structured to prepare divers for recreational diving and more advanced UTD classes.  This class incorporates basic scuba diving theory, knowledge and equipment configuration with precise diving skills.

This class is normally conducted over a 1-day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 6 hours of instruction including academics and confined water to a maximum depth of 20’/6m using air as a breathing gas.

This class is the entry point into the UTD education system for previously certified divers and offers a great way to prepare for any Essentials courses.

Class Upgrades

This class may be upgraded to any Essentials course.

Who this class designed for?

Extreme Scuba Makeover is a great first step towards transitioning to UTD/DIR-style diving.  Students receive a foundation of skills which they can build the UTD philosophy, configuration, and in-water skills.  The class is designed for any diver who wants to learn about the benefits of buoyancy, balance, and trim and apply them to their diving.

The class is geared toward the newly-certified open water diver.  However, even seasoned veteran divers have found that by incorporating the UTD principles into their diving practices, they increase their safety and fun.  Photographers and videographers will especially appreciate the detailed training in propulsion and precision buoyancy control that assists you in getting that perfect shot.  Instructors will appreciate a "fresh look" at diver training and skill development.  This is a great first step towards learning and understanding the UTD approach.

Why should I take this class?

Regardless of your experience level, the UTD philosophy allows you to grow as a diver.  Some divers are eager to begin incorporating the increased skill and academic demands of UTD but do not have the desire to become deep technical divers.  This class is designed for divers new to UTD who want to learn more without the burden of "passing" a class, or to existing UTD divers who wants to learn what foundational skills they need to work on.

This class serves as an excellent introduction to the UTD/DIR-style of diving, and is perfect for someone who wants to start training in more advanced UTD classes.

Class Information

Typically the day begins with a 2 to 3 hour session of introductions, a presentation including a video of the skills to introduced in the class.  Then the hands-on equipment retro-fitting begins, reviewing the configuration with a discussion of pros and cons.

We then focuses on dry-runs of the foundational skills and some practice before entering the water.  Dry-runs allow the student to practice the skills on land under the watchful eye of an instructor.  Skills include improving diver trim, proficiency in precision buoyancy control, and some propulsion techniques.

Students will then proceed with a minimum of 3 hours of confined water, putting their skills and concepts they learned in the morning session into practice while video is captured for a review.  We conclude the day with a 1 to 2 hour video review.
 

Class Limits

  • Confined Water

  • Maximum depth 30’/9m

  • Standard gas is air (21% O2)

  • No overhead diving

Requirements

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

  • Must have previously been certified as an open water diver from a recognized scuba training agency

  • Must complete UTD online registration process

  • Must be able to swim 25'/5m on a breath hold

  • Must demonstrate a swim of 500 yards/45m in less than 12 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 class, 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 class 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 class and pay for the online study materials will be provided.