Typical Day In The Life of A SCUBA Student
(The text below is an excerpt from a typical training schedule from an accelerated two day course. It is intended to give you an idea of what a typical SCUBA class is like)
The following document contains important information you will need to complete the accelerated SCUBA class that I will be teaching on January 15th (Saturday) and January 16th (Sunday), 2000.
Contact Information: If for any reason you need to contact me, you can reach me at the following numbers: (480) 325-9419 (Home), (602) 616-0785 (Cell), (480) 733-2147 (Office).
Class Schedule: Class will run from 8:00am until 10:30pm Saturday, with breaks at noon (45minutes) and 4:30pm till 6pm for dinner. On Sunday, class will begin at 10:00am (could change to earlier or later depending on how fast the class is picking up the academic portion) and will end at approximately 9:00pm with a break between 1:00pm and 2:00pm.
Academic training (Classroom) will run from 8:00am until 2:30pm.
Gear Fitting will run from 3:00 pm until 4:30pm.
Confined water training will run from 6:00pm until 10:30pm.
Academic training will run from 10:00am until 11:30.
Academic testing (Final Exam) will run from 11:30 until 1:00pm.
Confined water training will run from 2:00pm until 7:00pm.
Gear return and Classroom review will run from 7:30 until 9:00pm
Pre-Classroom Academic Work
Prior to Saturday, January 15th, you must have completed the following academic work:
1. Read the entire PADI Open Water Book, cover to cover.
2. Answer all of the academic questions at the back of each chapter.
3. Read the smaller recreational dive planner booklet (How to use the dive tables).
4. Work all of the recreational dive table problems in the recreational dive planner book.
Physical Stamina Requirements
On Saturday, January 15th, at the beginning of the confined water training, you will be required to complete the following Physical Stamina testing:
1. Swim a total of 200 yards, without stopping or standing up, at any speed and using any swimming style you wish.
2. Float unassisted in water too deep to stand, for a total of 10 minutes.
Classroom Materials you must bring with you
Please bring the following materials with you for all academic sessions:
4. Dive table
5. Open Water Dive Book
6. Recreational Dive Planner Booklet
7. Open Water Dive Log
8. Picture Identification
9. This Document
Confined Water Training materials you must bring with you
Please bring the following materials with you for all confined water (Pool) training sessions:
3. Shower Accessories (Combs, shampoo, etc.) as you wish.
4. All SCUBA gear assigned to you.
5. This Document.
Training Site Locations
Academic training will be held at our facility at 649 S. 30th Circle, Mesa, Arizona 85204. Directions: The major crossroads are Val Vista and Broadway in Mesa. Take Interstate 60 to Val Vista Road Exit. Head North on Val Vista Road to Broadway Road. Head West on Broadway to 30th Street. Go South on 30th Street and you will find that it dead ends in our facility.
Gear Fitting and Assignment and Return
Gear fitting and assignment will be done at ASU Divers, located in the shopping center on the North East corner of Baseline and 48th Street. ASU Divers is located in the South East corner of shopping center complex. If you wish to purchase any gear for the class (not required, but an extremely good idea if you are going to be diving frequently), ASU Divers will be offering a mask, fins, and snorkel special to our class at a significant discount. Please see the complete map attached to this document.
Confined Water Training (Pool)
Confined water training will take place at Kino Pool in Mesa. Kino is a Mesa public pool which is heated.
Kino is located at 848 North Horn. Take Interstate 60 to the Mesa Drive Exit, go North on Mesa Drive to University, head East on University to Horn. Go North on Horn to Kino Park. Please see the complete map attached to this document.
Some Important Notes
It is extremely important that you arrive to the specific locations for this training at the scheduled times. We have an extremely busy schedule, and being late to any event will cause you to miss important information.
SCUBA is an adventure sport, and this will be your first step on the road to a lifetime certification. The next step, after satisfactory completion of the Academic and Confined Water portions, is the Open Water training.
Open Water training consists of 4 dives, completed over a minimum of 2 days in an actual dive site location such as San Carlos in Mexico, Catalina Island in California, Hawaii, or any other location of your choice. Upon completion of Academic, Confined Water, and Open Water training, you will receive a lifetime certification as an Open Water SCUBA diver. A certification which is recognized world-wide, and will allow you to dive without supervision in any recreational dive location in the world.
SCUBA can also be a dangerous sport if not taken seriously, and performed with the utmost attention to detail.
It is extremely important that you pay attention in class, ask questions of me anytime (before, during, or after class), and actively participate in classroom and pool discussions. Perhaps most importantly, second only to your safety, is to remember to have fun. Welcome to the world of SCUBA… a world which is unlike any other you have ever experienced… or ever will experience. Get ready to have the time of your life!