Open Water is your entry point into exploring the underwater world.
Open Water is an entry level class designed to teach NON-certified divers to be safe and comfortable while enjoying the wonders of our oceans, lakes and other waters.
The Open Water class is presented in a friendly learning environment where new divers will learn the basics of safe open water diving.
The class is designed for the aspiring recreational diver who wants to learn proper recreational diving from the start.
This class builds a solid foundation for the newly certified diver to build upon. It teaches scaleable skills the diver will use immediately in their own diving, and will continue to use throughout their diving career. When the diver's prepared to continue their training, the training will simply build on the diver's existing foundation. The skills remain consistent with any future training the diver pursues.
Focus is on balance/trim, buoyancy control, frog kick, controlled descents & ascents, gear manipulation (basic 6) and emergency procedures (s-drills).
For a more robust Open Water class, see Rec 1.
This class doesn't just certify divers. It creates safe, confident, comfortable divers who are able to plan, execute and enjoy their own dives and underwater explorations and adventures to depths up to 60' using a single tank of air.
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.
All of this in a non pass/fail environment. Allowing you to focus on learning, without the burden, stress or pressure of passing a class.
In addition to the many informal discussions throughout the course, we'll have in-depth discussions on:
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.
You will be evaluated during the class to obtain the UTD Open Water certification. This certification will allow you to scuba dive unassisted by an instructor or divemaster 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.
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.