Open Water Diver

Open Water Diver

from 399.99

An entry level course designed to teach non-certified divers to be safe and comfortable while enjoying the wonders of our oceans, lakes and other waters.

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Introduction

The Open Water diver course is an entry level course designed to teach non-certified divers to be safe and comfortable while enjoying the wonders of our oceans, lakes and other waters using air.  This course is structured to prepare divers for recreational diving using proper equipment and proper diving techniques.

The course incorporates basic scuba diving theory, knowledge and equipment configuration with precise diving skills and emergency procedures.  This course not only teaches you how to use the equipment, but it teaches you how to be a safe and environmentally aware diver.

The Open Water course is normally conducted over a 4-day period and cumulatively involves a minimum of 24 hours of instruction for including academics, confined water, and open water dives to a maximum depth of 60’/18m using air as a breathing gas.

Course Upgrades

The Open Water course can be upgraded to the full Recreational 1 course by adding an in-depth nitrox class.

Course Information

The Open Water diver course is designed to provide an introduction to UTD equipment configuration, basic scuba diving physics and physiology, minimum decompression, including history of decompression and practice, physics, physiology, tables, operational considerations, situational awareness, and understanding scuba environment.

The in-water skills will first be conducted in confined water prior to entering the open 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 or completion of UTD Confined Water diver course or Junior Open Water diver course; a minimum of 1 snorkeling dive and 4 open water dives, 1 of which will be an orientation dive, 2 will be skills dives, and 1 will be an experience dive using air.

The initial dive will be conducted in water no deeper than 30'/15m to evaluate the diver’s ability and to transition from confined water to open water while still maintaining the required skill levels.  The last dive is an experience dive at depth but not in excess of course depth limitations.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 60’/18m

  • Standard gas is air (21% O2)

  • No overhead diving

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 16

  • Must complete UTD online registration process

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

  • Must be able to swim 200 yards/185m 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 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.