Includes: course materials, equipment rental, certification and dives.
What you’ll learn
The course includes theoretical lessons (the physics and physiology of diving, the planning and study of the various underwater environments), practical lessons (equipment configuration, buoyancy, trim, kicking techniques) exercises and safety procedures (emptying of the mask, sharing the air, launching the signal balloon).
The course teaches you to become a safe and environmentally friendly diver.
The use of the UTD/DIR standard ensures that students meet the highest teaching standards.
The UTD Open Water course is usually carried out in four days, and includes a total of at least 24 hours of teaching distributed between theory, exercises in confined water and in open water.
How it’s done
It is a complete course structured in a simple and intuitive way. Exercises and skills are tested in confined water before being performed in open water. Skills include snorkel techniques, buoyancy, trim, propulsion, six basic exercises, air sharing and rescue procedures.
The exercises in the water are videotaped so that the students can visually check their behavior and learn to self-evaluate. Dives with decompression and in obstructed environments (caves or wrecks) are excluded. Student to instructor ratio should not exceed 6:1. The instructor could reduce the number of students in particular environmental conditions.
What to expect
In a few days you will discover the charm of the underwater environment and learn the basic techniques to dive safely in this fantastic world.
- Minimum age 16 years
- Be able to swim at least 15 meters while holding your breath
- Can swim at least 185 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping and stay afloat for 10 minutes
- Required configuration:
- Single cylinder backmount (rear) or sidemount (lateral) configuration
- Primary regulator with 150 or 210cm long hose and secondary regulator with elastic under the neck
- BCD (buoyancy compensator) with rear bag, harness and plate
- depth gauge
- Mask and fins
- A cutting tool
- A spool with 30 meters of line
- A closed circuit inflatable marker (Surface Marker Buoy)
- Wetsuit suitable for the diving environment
Note: at Argentario Divers you will find all the equipment you will need for the course. Contact your UTD instructor before purchasing equipment.
- Sidemount (if the course was carried out in Backmount configuration)
- Backmount (if the course was carried out in Sidemount configuration)
- Dry suit