Zuba Confined Water Diver

Zuba Confined Water Diver


An entry-level course designed to teach non-certified kids between 10-15 years of age to be safe and comfortable while enjoying the wonders of our oceans, lakes and other waters while using Zuba diving equipment.

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The Zuba Confined Water class (Z-Float Underwater Breathing Apparatus) is an entry level class designed to teach non-certified Zuba divers to be safe and comfortable while enjoying the wonders of Zuba diving in confined water.

This class is structured to prepare a child, between the ages of 7 and 10 years old, to safely Zuba dive while under the direct supervision of their parental guardian.  The class instructs the child in the use of the Zuba pool equipment and some Zuba diving techniques.  The class incorporates basic Zuba diving theory, knowledge and equipment configuration.  This class not only teaches them how to use the basic Zuba Pool equipment, but it teaches them how to be a safe Zuba confined water diver. 

Upon completion of the Zuba confined certification, the confined water Zuba diver can only dive in confined water or “pool-like” conditions with direct supervision of their parental guardian who must be a Zuba Open Water certified diver at a minimum.

The Zuba Confined Water class is normally conducted over a one-day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 4 hours of instruction including academics and confined water, with a maximum depth of 10’/3m using air as a breathing gas.

Class Upgrades

The Zuba equipment and certification are consistent and upgradable to become a certified Zuba Junior Open Water diver when the student turns 10 years of age.  The Zuba Confined Water diver must take a full Zuba Junior Open Water diver class to be upgraded.

Class Information

The Zuba Confined Water class is designed to provide a introduction to Zuba Pool equipment configuration, basic diving physics and physiology, situational awareness and understanding the aquatic environment.  The 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.

Class requirements include two hours of academic review and 2 hours of confined water work, a minimum of 1 skin dive and 2 hours of confined water dives, 1 hour of which will be an orientation and 1 hour will be a skills dive.

Class Limits

  • Confined water only

  • Maximum depth 10’/3m

  • Standard gas is air (21% O2)


  • Minimum age of 7; must be supervised by parent or legal guardian

  • Must complete UTD online registration process

  • Must be able to swim 20'/6m on a breath hold

  • Must demonstrate a swim at least 25 yards/22m in less than 14 minutes without stopping and a 2 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.

The following equipment is required for this class:

  • Z-Float with diver down flag - 1 per diver

  • Single cylinder

  • First stage with over pressure valve and QC6 male connector

  • 25’/7m low pressure hose with QC6 female connector, QC6 male connector, and two stainless steel bolt snaps

  • Z-Manifold distribution block with at least 1 QC6 female input

  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion

  • Z-Trim Device: rear inflation-type/wing or trim device (buoyancy compensating device)

  • Z-Harness or backplate system

  • Depth-measuring device

  • Time-keeping device

  • Mask

  • Non-split fins

  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure

  • Weighting system appropriate to be neutrally buoyancy at surface

Purchasing this class does not include the online study materials which must be purchased to complete your registration for $34.95 directly from UTD International.  Upon registration, a link to register for the class and pay for the online study materials will be provided.