Become a “Thinking Diver.”
The Essentials of Recreational Diving course gives every diver an opportunity to learn the personal skills needed to participate in a unified team and be in the water as a “thinking diver.”
This course is the point of entry for certified divers and is required for all other recreational UTD classes (except Rec 1). UTD Essentials of Recreational gives divers the chance to learn skills needed to participate in a unified team. Consequently, you will learn to be in the water as a “thinking diver.”
First we tackle buoyancy. Precise buoyancy, as well as horizontal trim position, is the hallmark of control in the water. You’ll learn to hold your position with ease in the water. This leads to the next set of skills: propulsion. Here you’ll learn five different kicks that stop silting together with increasing your control. Moreover, this allows you to move both forward as well as backwards. Other skills include proper air sharing procedures, team protocols, gas planning, ascent strategies, and much more.
UTD Essentials of Recreational is designed to cultivate the core techniques required by all for good diving practice. This is true regardless of your level or environment. UTD Essentials of Recreational acts as a bridge between conventional training and UTD’s more demanding curriculum.
This course is normally conducted over a 3 or 4-day period combining lecture, practical (in-water) sessions and video debriefings.