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Utah Valley University Scuba Diving Courses

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REC 1350 Scuba Diving I

Course description and overview

The REC 1350 Scuba Diving I course is an entry-level training course designed to give you the necessary skills to safely conduct open water dives. Some of the many skills you will be taught include buoyancy, proper weighting, marine conservation, equipment assembly, proper dive planning, and maintenance. The course covers all the basic knowledge about equipment, physiology and the marine environment while training students to perform basic skills underwater. This course is the key to start exploring scuba diving destinations around the globe or just in your backyard.

The course is taught in block format and takes seven once-a-week sessions. The academic portion of the course is done on a computer, in self-study format, followed by a single review session and a final test in the classroom. The course includes multiple quizzes/chapter reviews and a final test, all of which will be taken into account when grading. Academic portion of the course is followed by skill-development sessions at the City of American Fork Fitness Center & Pool. Your grade will be determined by your instructor after the last confined water session. Open Water Scuba Diver certification is offered as an option. Successful completion of four open water sessions is required for the certification.

Grading

  • 100 pointsFinal Exam: 1% = 1 point
  • 100 pointsConfined water skill performance: poor - 0 points, marginal - 30 points, acceptable - 60 points, good - 100 points
  • 100 pointsAttendance: this course is a performance based course and each subsequent session is building on the skills learned in the previous sessions. A single absence will result in zero attendance points. Exceptions may be made for students missing a single session if arranged prior to the session to be missed.
  • Total: 300 pointsA = 94%, A- = 90%, B+ = 87%, B = 84%, B- = 80%, C+ = 77%, C = 74%, C- = 70%, etc.

The final grade for the course will be determined by your instructor at the end of the last confined water session (pool). Your safety is our primary concern, no students performing below "acceptable" skill level will be allowed to proceed to open water sessions.

Student Evaluations

UVU faculty are committed to improving their methods of instruction. Student input is not only welcome, but vital to this process. Please take the time to participate in the on-line version of the Student Rating of Instructor (SRI). Your feedback is important. Your instructor will not see the results until after grades have been submitted.

Students with Disabilities

If you have any disability which may impair your ability to successfully complete this course, please contact the Accessibility Services Department (room BU-145). Academic accommodations are granted for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the Accessibility Services Department.

Academic Dishonesty

  • It is your responsibility to have read Utah Valley University Student Rights and Responsibilities Code.
  • If you are found guilty of violating The Student Code, expect to FAIL the course. All exams are to be completed by you working independently.
  • Personal listening or viewing devices are not permitted during class.

Course outline, main campus

Week Location Activity
I
  • 6:00 PM - 9:20 PM: Orientation, Paperwork, Photos.
Assignments:
Complete course on CD, print all Scuba IQ Reviews and bring them to the next class.
Visit Underwater Dynamics for scuba equipment fitting and familiarization session before the next class.
II
  • 6:00 PM - 9:20 PM: Academics review, Q&A session, Final Exam.
Assignments:
Read dive computer manual.
Perform breathing and posture exercises.
III
  • 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session.
IV
  • 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session.
V
  • 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session.
Assignment:
Print, complete and bring with you to the following week´s session Homestead Crater waiver.
VI
  • 7:30 PM - 10:50 PM: Open water training sessions 1 & 2.
VII
  • 7:30 PM - 10:50 PM: Open water training sessions 3 & 4.

Course outline, Wasatch campus

Week Location Activity
I
  • 6:00 PM - 9:20 PM: Orientation, Paperwork, Photos.
Assignments:
Complete course on CD, print all Scuba IQ Reviews and bring them to the next class.
Visit Underwater Dynamics for scuba equipment fitting and familiarization session before the next class.
II
  • 6:00 PM - 9:20 PM: Academics review, Q&A session, Final Exam.
Assignment:
Read dive computer manual.
Perform breathing and posture exercises.
III
  • 6:15 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session.
IV
  • 6:30 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session.
V
  • 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session.
Assignment:
Print, complete and bring with you to the following week´s session Homestead Crater waiver.
VI
  • 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM: Open water training sessions 1 & 2.
VII
  • 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM: Open water training sessions 3 & 4.

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REC 1351 Scuba Diving II

Course description and overview

Prerequisite(s): REC 1350 or instructor approval.

The REC 1351 Scuba Diving II course provides advanced knowledge of scuba techniques. Teaches skills beyond that of the Open Water Diver Course. The following topics will be covered:

  • Altitude Diving course will provide the student with an in-depth dive tables review and cover procedures and knowledge to safely dive at altitudes above the sea level.
  • Advanced Buoyancy course will cover breathing techniques, proper weighting, body position and trim control, advanced propulsion techniques.
  • Underwater Navigation will give student greater understanding and experience on how to properly navigate underwater using both natural and compass navigation.
  • Night and Limited Visibility will cover procedures, techniques, and potential hazards associated with scuba diving at night or in limited visibility.

The course is taught in block format and takes seven once-a-week sessions. The academic portion of the course is done via reading course materials, in self-study format and in the classroom in form of a lecture, presentation and practical exercises. Academic portion of the course is followed by skill-development sessions at the City of American Fork Fitness Center & Pool. Specialty Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver certification is offered as an option. Successful completion of open water sessions is required for the certifications.

Grading

  • 100 pointsHomework/Knowledge Quest - 1% = 1 point
  • 100 pointsSkill performance: poor - 0 points, marginal - 30 points, acceptable - 60 points, good - 100 points
  • 100 pointsAttendance: this course is a performance based course and each subsequent session is building on the skills learned in the previous sessions. A single absence will result in zero attendance points. Exceptions may be made for students missing a single session if arranged prior to the session to be missed.
  • Total: 300 pointsA = 94%, A- = 90%, B+ = 87%, B = 84%, B- = 80%, C+ = 77%, C = 74%, C- = 70%, etc.

The grade for the course will be determined by your instructor at the end of the last confined water session (pool). Student´s safety is our primary concern, no students performing below "acceptable" skill level will be allowed to proceed to open water sessions.

Student Evaluations

UVU faculty are committed to improving their methods of instruction. Student input is not only welcome, but vital to this process. Please take the time to participate in the on-line version of the Student Rating of Instructor (SRI). Your feedback is important. Your instructor will not see the results until after grades have been submitted.

Students with Disabilities

If you have any disability which may impair your ability to successfully complete this course, please contact the Accessibility Services Department (room BU-145). Academic accommodations are granted for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the Accessibility Services Department.

Academic Dishonesty

  • It is your responsibility to have read Utah Valley University Student Rights and Responsibilities Code
  • If you are found guilty of violating The Student Code, expect to FAIL the course. All exams are to be completed by you working independently.
  • Personal listening or viewing devices are not permitted during class.

Course outline

Week Location Activity
I
  • 6:00 PM - 9:20 PM: Orientation, Paperwork, Photos.
Assignments:
Complete Knowledge Quest for Underwater Navigation, Night & Limited Visibility courses, due Week II.
Visit Underwater Dynamics for scuba equipment fitting and familiarization session before the next class.
II
  • 6:00 PM - 7:50 PM: Altitude Diver lecture, Q&A session.
  • 8:00 PM - 9:20 PM: Underwater Navigation KQ review, Q&A session, practical session.
Assignments:
Read dive computer manual.
Perform breathing and posture exercises.
III
  • 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session for Advanced Buoyancy course.
IV
  • 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session for Advanced Buoyancy course.
V
  • 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM: Confined water scuba skills development session for Underwater Navigation course.
Assignment:
Print, complete and bring with you to the following week´s session Homestead Crater waiver.
VI
  • 7:30 PM - 10:50 PM: Altitude, Advanced Buoyancy and Night & Limited Visibility open water dives.
VII
  • 7:30 PM - 10:50 PM: Underwater Navigation and Night & Limited Visibility open water dives.

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Waivers & Forms

Equipment Manuals

Additional Reading

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UVU scuba diving courses schedule