OVERHEAD PROTOCOLS

OHP

Overhead Protocols (OHP) is the first half of the UTD Cave 1 and/or Wreck 1 curriculum.  


It teaches all of the skills taught in overhead training, but in a non-overhead environment, allowing the student to focus on the skills being taught without the stress of learning the skills in an overhead.


When the student is ready for training in the overhead, he/she is able to focus on diving in the overhead.


By separating these courses into smaller blocks the class offers 2 benefits to the student. 


First, it allows them to take the first half of their cave or wreck training at home, freeing up time on their vacation to enjoy their own non-class dives as well as gaining experience.  


Second, it allows them to learn these new skills in a building block fashion, giving them time to absorb the new knowledge and practice the new skills in a non-overhead environment at their own pace.


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.

WHY OHP?

This class is designed to prepare the diver for Cave 1 or Wreck 1 in a non-overhead learning environment.  By learning the essential protocols in a non-overhead environment, the student is able to focus on the skills without the added stress of being in an overhead. It teaches how to safely dive in an overhead environment as a team, and manage failures as a team.  It creates confidence in emergency procedures and problem management and the ability to begin their training in an actual overhead environment.


This class is designed for those individuals who want to learn by doing.  With an emphasis on practical, in-water training through development and simulation dives, this class builds safe, competent and skilled divers who are prepared to begin training in an overhead environment.


Diving in an overhead environment requires proper training, a heightened sense of awareness and in-water comfort.


It also requires the diver to be proficient with the protocols necessary to minimize risks and ensure a safe and enjoyable diving experience for the entire team.


This class allows the diver to learn the essential skills, protocols and procedures required for safe diving in an overhead environment prior to training in an actual overhead and without the time constraints that typically accompany overhead environment training due to travel or vacation plans.


The Overhead Protocols course enables the student to take the first half of their Cave 1 or Wreck 1 training in their local geographical area where they can then practice and become proficient with their newly learned skills prior to beginning their actual wreck or cave training.


This benefits the student in two ways.  First, by breaking their training into two smaller portions, the students have the advantage of being able to practice their newly learned skills on their own time prior to their actual overhead training.  When the students are ready to start their overhead training, they already have the basic foundation and are better prepared, allowing them to focus and concentrate on learning to dive in the overhead.  Second, it decreases the training time required for the actual overhead training, allowing the student to enjoy their own non-training dives while gaining their own ever-important experience.

SKILLS & DRY RUNS

OHP is taught in double cylinders and is designed to provide a working knowledge of the essential procedures, protocols and skills necessary to enter training in an overhead environment including line laying, line retrieval, no-visibility line following, touch contact communication & skills, line failures such as lost line and broken line and lost teammate procedures.


Once the previously mentioned skills have been practiced, critical skills will be introduced while on the line.  It also introduces protocols for line failures such as lost line, broken line, lost teammate, line entanglement and loss of visibility.  Once these skills are learned, simulated failures are then introduced while on the line.  These failures are similar in intensity and complexity to technical training, but are complicated by the necessity of staying on the line and simulating the need to navigate back to open water.


Completion of this class does NOT certify the student to enter an overhead environment.

ACADEMIC TOPICS & VIDEO REVIEW

This class is designed to provide a working knowledge of the essential procedures, protocols and skills necessary to enter training in an overhead environment including line laying, line retrieval, no-visibility line following, touch contact communication & skills, line failures such as lost line and broken line and lost teammate procedures. 


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.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Essentials (in doubles) or Essentials of Tech or equivalent
  • Minimum 75 non-training dives

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: Air or EAN32
  • Double tank configuration
  • No overhead environments
  • Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in open water, adjusting downward for environmental conditions

DIVES & DURATION

  • 3 days | minimum 9 dives | 8 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 
  • All participants must demonstrate a rescue of a diver simulating oxygen toxicity

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Double tank configuration 


Equipment Requirements Page


* We do have equipment available for use.  If you have any questions on equipment requirements please contact us prior to registering