The Recreational Diver 2 course is the next step for divers wishing to expand their limits to slightly deeper depths without venturing into decompression. The class is structured to prepare divers for a wider range of environment conditions, deeper environments, and more advanced recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and breathing mixtures. 

Rec 2 introduces thorough training in the use of Nitrox and certifies divers for its use. The class also incorporates teaching more advanced decompression theories and the use of lift bags and surface marker buoys for correct and safe ascent procedures.

This is a critical skills class.  Failures will be introduced by the instructor to facilitate problem identification and resolution and building capacity and bandwidth for more progressively challenging diving. 

Recreational Diver 2 training expands on either the Recreational Diver 1 or the Essentials of Recreational Diving and is designed to cultivate and integrate some critical skills (failures) training while solidifying the essential skills, all required for safe deeper recreational diving. Critical skills include problem identification and resolution, precise buoyancy control and ascent procedures. Rec 2 builds the capacity for progressively more challenging diving and is the next step in becoming a “Thinking Diver."



Recreational 1 and Essentials of Recreational Diving focus on the foundational building block and skills of UTD/Hogarthian and limit you to 60' while you gain experience and become proficient with your newly acquired skills. 

Many recreational divers want to start extending their range beyond 60' and/or low vis conditions (night and low vis) and want to ensure they learn the next set of skills to safely explore this territory up to 100' while using Nitrox and single tanks (this class can be taken in double cylinders).

Rec 2 provides the diver with the skills,knowledge and training needed to safely and enjoyably conduct those dives.  

Where Essentials is a skills-based class, Rec 2 not only fine tunes those skills, it also introduces critical skills (failures) dives, requiring the students to work together as a team to identify, manage, and resolve problems, resulting in increased situational awareness, communication and understanding of team protocols.

​Rec 2 also includes 2 experience dives, allowing the students to plan and conduct dives in their new range, working as a team, under the supervision of an instructor.


Though Rec 2 is a critical skills (failures) class, we'll start by reviewing & fine tuning the skills introduced in Essentials, such as buoyancy control, trim, propulsion, s-drills, ascents, Basic 6 and SMB deployment via dry runs and in-water practice.

We'll then move to failures and failure identification, management and resolutions.  These skills include simulated SMB failures, OOA emergencies, simulated valve failures, team separation, mid-water ascents, ascent line use and separation and minimum deco procedures. Students will then conduct 2 critical skills dives with a max depth of 40' while putting the skills and concepts learned in the dry run session into practice.

Two additional dives will be experience dives to a max depth of 100', using EAN32 where the students will plan and conduct their own dives under the supervision of an instructor.

We will "dry run" all skills.  Dry runs allow the student to practice the skills on land under the watchful eye of the instructor(s), allowing them to practice and discuss the skill prior to performing them underwater.

You will be evaluated during the class to obtain the UTD "Recreational 2" certification. This certification will allow you to dive to a maxiumum depth of 100', using Nitrox 32%.  The certification will also allow you to get nitrox fills.


In addition to the many informal discussions throughout the course, we'll have in-depth discussions on:

  • Diving with Nitrox
  • Analyzing and proper marking of cylinders
  • Gas planning & management
  • Min Deco using Nitrox
  • Emergency planning & contingencies

Our diving days end with video review of the day's dives.  All FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only.  We believe it 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.  

Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in water practice.



  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Essentials, Rec 1, Essentials of Tech or equivalent


  • Maximum depth is 100’.  Average depth on non-experience dives is 20 - 30'
  • All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4
  • Standard gas is Nitrox 32%
  • Single tank configuration (doubles optional)
  • No stage decompression
  • No overhead environments
  • Long hose primary, and necklace style backup regulator hose configuration
  • Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in open water, adjusting downward for environmental conditions.


  • 3 days, minimum 6 dives: 4 critical skills (failures) dives and 2 experience dives

All UTD / FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only. We believe it 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. 


  • Complete the academic materials (online or book)
  • All UTD & FKD 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