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REC 1 Course

The Recreational Diver 1 course is a more robust entry level class than our Open Water class. It is designed to teach NON-certified divers the wonders of diving and to build a solid UTD platform using the law of primacy as the greatest tool.

This course is structured to prepare divers for recreational diving using DIR/UTD equipment, teaching both diving techniques and breathing mixtures. The clases explain – not only how we do things, but also why.

Recreational Diver 1 training focuses on introducing new divers to water skills similar to those of Essential Recreational diving. The course includes problem identification and resolution plus practise with single tanks – it provides a solid base for the beginner diver to build upon.

The UTD Recreational 1 course is usually taught over a 4-5 day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 50 hours of instruction including theory, pool/confined water practises, and open water dives to 60’/18m using air in cylinders. The final dives are “experience dives,” where students hone new skills whilst “shadowed” by an instructor.

UTD’s Rec 1 focuses on the fun of underwater exploration while teaching good diving skills, safety, and a tremendous respect for the marine environment.

Who is this course is designed for?
The course is designed for those beginners who want to undertake a top quality course. In other words those who aspire to become a safe, well rounded recreational diver (single tank, no decompression diving) with a great platform to build the rest of their diving career upon. Applying the UTD principles into their recreational diving practises to increases both safety and fun.

Why Should I Take this Course?
The Recreational 1 course focuses on the foundational building block and skills of UTD configuration and dives are limited to 18 metres. Many recreational divers now start their diving careers with the solid foundation afforded by a Rec 1 course and want to ensure when they learn the next level of skills & theory that there will be continuity. They want to stay consistant to their ideologies, safely exploring new territories up to 18 metres using Air and single tanks.

  • Minimum age of 16
  • Completed UTD registration process
  • All UTD classes are Non Smoking.
  • The use of prescription drugs must be authorized prior to the onset of diver training by a physician.
  • Participants must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on one breath.
  • Participants must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping.
  • Maximum depth: 18 metres.
  • Standard gas: air (21% O2) and/or Nitrox 32 (32% O2).
  • No stage decompression.
  • No overhead environments.