RECREATIONAL 3

REC 3 - RECREATIONAL HELITROX

Recreational Diver 3 is a no-decompression/minimum deco Helitrox course structured to prepare divers for deeper recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and a standard helium breathing mix. 


Rec 3 focuses on expanding the Essentials / Essentials of Tech and the Rec 2 skills and is designed to cultivate, integrate and expand those skills required for safe deeper recreational diving. 


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.


In this class, students will be trained in the use of single or double back gas tanks/cylinders and the potential failures associated with them,  the use of Nitrox and Helitrox for extended bottom times, and the use of helium to minimize narcosis, CO2, gas density and post dive “nitrogen stress.”


This is an NDL/minimum deco class preparing a diver for depths to 130’/39m without accelerated decompression procedures.  

WHY REC 3?

As Essentials and Rec 2 focused on the foundational building blocks, some experience skills, using single tanks and nitrox to a limit of 100'/30m, many recreational divers now want to start extending their range beyond 100'/30m and want to ensure they learn the next set of skills to safely explore this territory. 


This class is an excellent step for someone wanting to learn how to properly and safely dive using doubles and helium between 100' - 130' without carrying deco or stage bottles and without going into staged decompression diving.

SKILLS & DRY RUNS

Though Rec 3 is a critical skills (failures) class, we'll start by reviewing & fine tuning the skills introduced in Essentials & Rec 2, such as trim, proficiency and precision buoyancy control, perfecting propulsion techniques (including back kick), underwater communication, utilizing a team diving approach, valve drills, S-drills, ascent drills, SMB deployment, rescue diver techniques as well as effective dive planning.


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 4 critical skills dives with a max depth of 100' 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 130', using Helitrox 25/25 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 3" certification. This certification will allow you to dive to a maxiumum depth of 130', using Helitrox 25/25.  The certification will also allow you to get helitox fills. 


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:

  • Diving with Nitrox & Helitrox
  • Analyzing gas & proper cylinder labeling
  • Min Deco procedures using Helitrox
  • Operational considerations with Helium: END, ascent procedures
  • Gas planning
  • Dive planning
  • Emergency planning & 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
  • UTD Rec 2, or Intro to Tech and Nitrox, or equivalent
  • Minimum of 50 dives beyond open water certification, 25 of which must be non-training dives

OVERVIEW / COURSE LIMITS

  • Maximum depth is 130’.  Average depth for skills dives is 60 - 100'
  • All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4
  • Standard gas is Nitrox 32% or Helitrox 25/25
  • Double tank configuration strongly preferred
  • No stage decompression
  • No overhead environments
  • Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in open water, adjusting downward for environmental conditions.

DIVES & DURATION

  • 3 days, minimum 6 dives - 4 critical skills (failures) dives and 2 experience 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 tow a diver in full equipment, in the environment they will be diving in at least 400 yards in 16 minutes
  • All participants must demonstrate a rescue of a diver simulating oxygen toxicity

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

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