The Recreational Diver 1 course is a more robust entry level class than our Open Water class. It is designed to teach NON-certified divers the wonders of diving and to build a solid UTD platform using the law of primacy as the greatest tool. This class is structured to prepare divers for recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and breathing mixtures.
The class incorporates – not only how we do things, but also "WHY". Recreational Diver 1 training focuses on introducing new divers to the in-water skills similar to that of Essentials Recreational diving. This will include problem identification and resolution, building the platform for the beginning diver to practice, and then continuing on to progressively more challenging diving. In this class, students will be trained in the use of single tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them.
Breathing Nitrox allows for extended bottom times and/or a safety margin over air in depths to 100’/30m. The class covers the practical and theoretical aspects of breathing high-oxygen mixtures, gas laws and physics, physiology, gas blending and safety, maximum operating depths, “Min-deco” procedures, and an academic introduction to decompression diving.
The UTD Nitrox course is normally conducted over a 2 day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 16 hours of instruction including academics and two dives. The dives focus on precise buoyancy control and emergency procedures.
This is a class that gives the student a practical knowledge and understanding of breathing Nitrox.
The UTD Recreational 1 course is normally conducted over a 5-6 day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 50 hours of instruction including academics, pool/confined water, and open water dives to 60’/18m using air as a breathing gas. The final dives are “experience dives,” where you will use your new skills while being “shadowed” by your instructor. UTD’s Rec 1 focuses on the fun of underwater exploration while teaching good diving skills, safety, and a tremendous respect for the marine environment.
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Minimum 16 years of age
Maximum depth 60’/18m
Standard gas is Air (21% Oxygen)
Nitrox 32% (32% Oxygen Enriched if certified)
Who this class is designed for?
The Recreational 1 class is presented in a friendly learning environment where new divers will learn from the start the foundation of UTD configuration and UTD philosophy similar to that learned in the "Essentials of Recreational Diving". The class is designed for the recreational diver who wants to learn proper recreational diving from the start. In other words those who want to become a recreational diver (single tank, no decompression diving) yet want to become a safe and well rounded recreational diver with a great platform to build the rest of their diving career upon and applying the UTD principles into their recreational diving practices to increase both safety and fun.
Why Should I Take this Class?
The Recreational 1 class focuses on the foundational building block and skills of UTD configuration and is limited to 60'/18m. Many beginning recreational divers now want to start their diving career with a solid foundation and want to ensure when they learn the next set of skills or equipment or theory that thing will not change. They want to stay consistant to the ideologies and ultimately safely explorer this new territory up to 60'/18m while still using Air and single tanks.
The UTD Recreational 1 course is normally conducted over a 5-6 day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 50 hours of instruction designed to provide a introduction to UTD equipment configuration, basic scuba diving physics and physiology, Minimum decompression, including history of decompression and practice, physics, physiology, tables, and operational considerations including situational awareness and understanding scuba environment.
The inwater skills will first conducted in a confined water environment prior to entering the openwater. These skills will include but not limited to snorkeling techniques, buoyancy, trim, propulsion and basic 6 air sharing and valve management.
All UTD classes are videotaped for educational and review purposes only as we believe this is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication, and team diving. Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class. You will be evaluated during the class to obtain the UTD "Recreational 1" Certification.
This Certification will allow you to Scuba Dive unassisted by an Instructor or Dive Master within your certification limitations and to continue within the UTD Recreational Training curriculum. Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in water practice. In our helpful hints section and our Learning Center you can find out more information about the class, the equipment and skills you will be learning about.
Minimum age of 16
Completed UTD registration process
All UTD classes are Non Smoking.
The use of prescription drugs must be authorized prior to the onset of diver training by a physician
Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on a breath hold.
Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping.
Students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a UTD representative prior to making any purchases.
Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of UTD’s web site.