RECREATIONAL 1

REC 1 | OPEN WATER + ESSENTIALS

Recreational Diver 1 (Rec 1) course is one of two entry level classes we offer (the other being Open Water).  It's designed to teach non-certified divers the wonders of diving. 


This extensive class combines Open Water and Essentials, in a very comprehensive entry level class.


Rec 1 training focuses on introducing brand new divers to the in-water skills similar to that of Essentials of Recreational Diving from the very beginning of their dive training. This will include proper balance and trim, precise buoyancy control, propulsion (frog, helicopter, back kicks), controlled descents and ascents, gear manipulation, regulator manipulation (s-drills) and smb deployment.  It also introduces team diving procedures and protocols from the very beginning of your training.


This is not a critical skills class.  No failures will be introduced by the instructor in this class.  All skills being performed will be discussed and practiced on land before entering the water.  All dives will be briefed prior to entering the water and all skills will be rehearsed.  

WHY REC 1?

Rec 1 is designed for the non-certified diver who wants to learn team recreational diving from the start.  In other words those who want to become a recreational diver (single tank, no decompression diving) and want to apply team diving principles into their recreational diving practices from the very start of their training, to increase both safety and fun.​


The Rec 1 class focuses on the foundational skills of recreational diving using the building block approach.  Many aspiring recreational divers want to begin their diving career with a solid foundation and also ensure the skills and knowledge they learn now will be consistent with their future training and equipment needs and desires.


Rec 1 introduces the skills taught in the Open Water class, but also introduces and incorporates team diving skills and protocols, more precise buoyancy control and multiple propulsion techniques and SMB deployment, similar to Essentials.


Sound like a bit more than you want?  Check out our Open Water class,and feel free to contact us.  We're happy to provide more information to help you make a decision that best suits your goals.

SKILLS & DRY RUNS

Rec 1 is centered around building a foundation of skills of which you can incorporate immediately and build upon, regardless of your current and future aspirations.  Every diver wants to have control of their position, buoyancy and propulsion.  If you're in control of your positioning, buoyancy and kicks, you'll enjoy the dive more, and so will your buddies.


We'll show you how to properly configure your gear to fit you, step 1 of making your underwater life easier.  Once the gear is fitted, we'll put it use.


We'll spend at least 6 dives working on the positioning skills mentioned above, as well as introducing team skills (Basic 6, S-Drill, SMB, etc) while learning to stay "quiet" in the water.


We'll also work on controlled descents and ascents, providing you with the skills and confidence for those dives with no bottom contour to descend or ascend on.


Two additional dives will be experience dives to a max depth of 60', where the students will plan and conduct their own dives under the supervision of an instructor.


You will be evaluated during the class to obtain the UTD Rec 1 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. 


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.

ACADEMIC TOPICS & VIDEO REVIEW

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

  • Basic scuba physics and physiology
  • Gear configuration and how to properly fit it, and more importantly why it's configured that way
  • Decompression & "Min Deco"
  • Gas planning & management
  • Communication
  • Situation awareness
  • Conservation & minimizing diver impact on the environment

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 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

  • 6 days, 50 hours of academic discussion, minimum 6 confined water (pool) dives, 8 dives, 2 of which will be 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. 

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)

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