OPEN WATER

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. 


WHY OPEN WATER?

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.

SKILLS & DRY RUNS

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.

ACADEMIC TOPICS & VIDEO REVIEW

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

  • Gear configuration and how to properly fit it, and more importantly why it's configured that way
  • Basic scuba diving physics & physiology
  • Conservation
  • Decompression & "Min Deco"
  • Gas planning & management
  • Communication

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.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Minimum 16 years of age

OVERVIEW / COURSE LIMITS

  • Maximum depth is 60’.  Average depth 20 - 30'
  • All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4
  • Standard gas is air
  • Single tank configuration
  • 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.

DIVES & DURATION

  • 3 days, minimum 3 hours of confined water (pool), minimum 4 dives, one of which will be an experience dive where the students plan and conduct a dive withing their certification limits, under the supervision of an instructor, 24 hours of academics

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. 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Long hose primary, and necklace style backup regulator hose configuration 
  • Blade style fins (no split fins)
  • Equipment Requirements Page