Recreational Diver 1


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 class is structured to prepare divers for recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and breathing mixtures. The class incorporates  – not only how we do things, but also why. Recreational Diver 1 training focuses on introducing new divers to the in-water skills similar to that of Essentials Recreational diving. This will include problem identification and resolution, building the platform for the beginning diver to practice, and then continuing on to progressively more challenging diving. In this class, students will be trained in the use of single tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them.

The UTD Recreational 1 course is normally conducted over a 5-6 day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 50 hours of instruction including academics, pool/confined water, and open water dives to 60’/18m using air as a breathing gas. The final dives are “experience dives,” where you will use your new skills while being “shadowed” by your 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.



  • Minimum 16 years of age

Course limits

  • Maximum depth 60’/18m
  • Standard gas is Air (21% O2)

Who this class is designed for?

The Recreational 1 class is presented in a friendly learning environment where new divers will learn from the start the foundation of UTD configuration and UTD philosophy similar to that learned in the “Essentials of Recreational Diving”. The class is designed for the recreational diver who wants to learn proper recreational diving from the start. In other words those who want to become a recreational diver (single tank, no decompression diving) yet want to become a safe and well rounded recreational diver with a great platform to build the rest of their diving career upon and applying the UTD principles into their recreational diving practices to increase both safety and fun.

Why Should I Take this Class?

The Recreational 1 class focuses on the foundational building block and skills of UTD configuration and is limited to 60’/18m. Many beginning recreational divers now want to start their diving career with a solid foundation and want to ensure when they learn the next set of skills or equipment or theory that thing will not change. They want to stay consistant to the ideologies and ultimately safely explorer this new territory up to 60’/18m while still using Air and single tanks.

Class Information


The UTD Recreational 1 course is normally conducted over a 5-6 day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 50 hours of instruction designed to provide a introduction to UTD equipment configuration, basic scuba diving physics and physiology, Minimum decompression, including history of decompression and practice, physics, physiology, tables, and operational considerations including situational awareness and understanding scuba environment.  The inwater skills will first conducted in a confined water environment prior to entering the openwater. These skills will include but not limited to snorkeling techniques, buoyancy, trim, propulsion and basic 6 air sharing and valve management.

Course requirements include ten (10) hours of academics and six (6) hours of confined water work, eight (8) dives, four (4) of which will be critical skill dives and two (2) will be experience dives as defined in the UTD standards and procedures.

The initial two (2) dives will be conducted in water no deeper then 30 feet (15 meters)  to evaluate the diver’s ability and to transition from the Pool to the Openwater environment while still maintaining the required skill levels.  The last two dives are to be at depth for experience, but not in excess of course depth limitations.

All UTD classes are videotaped for educational and review purposes only as we believe this 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. You will be evaluated during the class to obtain the UTD “Recreational 1” Certification. This Certification will allow you to Scuba Dive unassisted by an Instructor or Dive Master  within your certification limitations and to continue within the UTD Recreational Training curriculum. Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in water practice. In our helpful hints section and our Learning Center you can find out more information about the class, the equipment and skills you will be learning about.


  • 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
  • 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.

Getting Started

  • Check the Schedule of classes in your area
  • Register Online
  • Complete the Online Knowledge Base course for Recreational 1
  • Get a copy of and review the “Essentials of Recreational Diving DVD”


  • Single configuration
  • Long hose primary, and necklace style backup regulator hose configuration
  • Student to Instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises but 3:1 during any direct in-water training.
  • Maximum training depth 60 feet (18m) (+/- 20 feet (+/- 6 meters)).
  • No overhead environment diving

Equipment Requirements

Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following required equipment.

  • Tanks/Cylinders:
  • Single. All dives must start with a minimum of 72ft3/1850 liters.
  • Appropriate Regulators system
  • Buoyancy Compensator:
  • Harness system
  • At least one depth-measuring device.
  • Compass.
  • One timekeeping device.
  • Minimum and No-Decompression tables.
  • Mask and fins
  • Minimum of one cutting device.
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure.

Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a UTD representative to verify equipment requirements. All participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment.  However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a UTD representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of UTD’s web site.