Wreck 1 Diver

Wreck 1 Diver

Wreck 1 Diver


Business: UTD Scuba Diving


$99.00
Price of Digital Course

Wrecks are an obvious attraction to any diver: they hold a promise of history, of mystery, and going where few dare. It’s an underwater haunted house. Of course, they also hold a tremendous potential for danger to the unwary diver. Even the essential equipment, doubles and guidelines, are complicated and there are many subtle and potentially dangerous issues that divers must be acquainted with while wreck diving.

UTD Wreck 1 Diver is designed to prepare divers for basic skills needed to penetrate a wreck safely while using doubles and a guideline. Students will learn the essentials of gas management, running and retrieving a guideline, following the line, no visibility line protocols, and failures associated with wreck penetration.

Historically, introductory level wreck classes have been so heavily distilled that very little actual information remains. 

This class strives to both instruct students in techniques for proper wreck diving, and then simulate “failures” in a controlled manner to ensure the retention of protocols even in the face of problems. At UTD, we always believe in training beyond your level of diving, as opposed to diving beyond your level of training.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • UTD Essentials of Tech or equivalent
  • UTD Overhead Protocols
  • A minimum of 100 dives beyond OW certification, 50 of which must be non-training dives

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 100’/30m
  • Standard gas is Nitrox 32
  • No stage decompression
  • Max penetration distance of 400’/120m (1 primary reel)
  • Use of one (1) main guideline only
  • Max gas penetration of 60cft/1800L
Why this class?

Wrecks are an obvious attraction to any diver: they hold a promise of history, of mystery, and going where few dare. It's an underwater haunted house. Of course, they also hold a tremendous potential for danger to the unwary diver. Even the essential equipment, doubles and guidelines, are complicated and there are many subtle and potentially dangerous issues that divers must be acquainted with while wreck diving. Even if a diver is familiar and comfortable with all the essential gear, the introduction of an emergency can create undue levels of stress that can cause poor decision making. This class strives to both instruct students in techniques for proper wreck diving, and then simulate "failures" in a controlled manner to ensure the retention of protocols even in the face of problems. At UTD, we always believe in training over your level of diving, as opposed to diving over your level of training.

Who is this class designed for?

This ”skill-intensive” class is designed for those who want to learn to apply UTD overhead protocols to their desire to penetrate wrecks. Go beyond the perimeter of the outside of the wreck and want to penetrate wrecks safely while understanding and using double cylinders and a guideline without entering into extended decompression. The workshop instructs divers in the use/failures of doubles, enriched air for bottom mixtures, full guideline use, failures and protocols. It is a minimum decompression class that has a max depth of 100ft (30m). Individuals interested in a less robust curriculum should consider a more conventional wreck class offered by other recreational agencies.

Class Information

The course is normally taught after completion of the UTD Overhead Protocols class. Wreck Diver is usually held over three days, encompassing roughly 30 hours of instruction, including 8 hours of academics, and six dives in and around the wreck. This class will focus on the DIR protocols of overhead environment diving and what important knowledge, understanding and skills and hazards of wreck diving.

Topics include

  • Working knowledge (including setup and failures) of doubles tank configuration
  • Extensive practice/use and failure of guidelines and protocols
  • The history and practice of minimum decompression
  • Physics, physiology, tables and operational considerations.

Diving skills include

  • Use of double cylinders
  • Line work (running line, tie-offs, team line protocol)
  • Special considerations for diving in an overhead environment
  • Buddy & Team awareness in an overhead environment
  • Communication skills
  • Gas management based on strict rule of thirds plus rock bottom
  • Appropriate risk evaluation and dive planning for wreck penetration 
  • Review of finning techniques and diver trim for silty environments

When merged with other DIR skills such as team diving and precision diver control, individuals are able to appreciate a whole new world of wreck penetration, having more fun while diving safer and more responsibly. Simply put, these techniques and principles enable divers to maximize their personal abilities and eliminate some of the frustrations common in conventional wreck diving.

Day 1. Since all Wreck Diver students have completed Overhead Protocols, Wreck Diver begins on the wreck. Typically we begin with a 3 - 4 hour initial session consisting of introductions and dry runs (on land) of the skills and some practice before entering the water. Then we begin our actual training dives. We will conduct two dives where we lay guideline line on and inside a wreck while progressively penetrating deeper in the wrecks. Afterwards we will do the video debrief and continue lectures on the the variety of gases we could use, the history of decompression.

Day 2. We start the day with dive planning examples followed by two dives where we continue to work the penetration distances, the gases and skills needed inside the wreck. Followed by lectures of decompression modeling and learning to understand minimum decompression procedures and video debriefings.

Day 3. Centered around gaining more experience in the wreck environment. You will conduct two dives to a max depth of 100ft/30m within NDL limits followed by video debriefing and a review session.

All UTD classes are videotaped for educational review, 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 any class, and video is one of the most important tools we have for instruction.

You will be evaluated during the class to obtain the UTD "Wreck Penetration Level 1" Certification. This Certification will allow you to dive within the class limitations and safely penetrate wrecks within the receational depths. Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in water practice. To help prepare for the rigors ahead, see our Learning Center you can find out more information about the class, the equipment and skills you will be evaluated on.

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Completed UTD registration process
  • UTD Essentials Tech or equivalent
  • UTD Overhead Protocols
  • A minimum of 75 dives beyond OW certification, 25 of which must be non-training dives (not part of a class).
  • All participants must be able to swim at least 300 yards in 14 min or must be able to swim at least 900 yards in 18 minutes with mask & fins.
  • All participants must be able to swim a distance of at least 40' (12m) on a breath hold or demonstrate an air share swim where the ooa diver swims at least 50' (15m) to the donating diver
  • 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.
  • The use of prescription drugs must be authorized prior to the onset of diver training by a physician

Guidelines

  • All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4
  • Minimum Deco (NDL) dives, with the max depth during class of 100ft/30m
  • Double tank configuration
  • Long hose primary, and necklace style backup regulator hose configuration
  • Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in the class, with a 3:1 for direct supervision for in water sessions.

Equipment Specifications

  • UTD equipment configuration is designed to be simple, efficient, and consistent. To get the most from your class it is required that you take the course in a complete UTD style system. To better assist you in preparing for class, we have listed below our suggested equipment lists for the class.
  •  Back plate BC System
  • SS or Aluminum Back plate w/ web harness and hardware
  • Back inflate style wing. 
  • At least one depth-measuring device 
  • At least one time-keeping device
  • Fins: non-split variety
  • At least one cutting device
  • X-notes or Wetnotes
  • 400ft (120m) penetration reel
  • One spool with 100 feet of line
  • One surface marker or lift bag
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the environment you will be diving in
  • Regulators & UTD Hose Configuration 7 ft. Primary Regulator Hose
  • 22 or 24" Necklace Regulator Hose
  • 24 or 26" SPG hose
  • BC mounted canister dive light w/ Goodman handle
  • Cylinders Double tank configuration (2 per day of diving)

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