This is a critical skills class.  Failures will be introduced by the instructor to facilitate problem identification and resolution and building capacity and bandwidth for more progressively challenging diving.

Recreational Diver 2 training expands on either the Recreational Diver 1 or the Essentials of Recreational Diving and is designed to cultivate and integrate some critical skills (failures) training while solidifying the essential skills, all required for safe deeper recreational diving. Critical skills include problem identification and resolution, precise buoyancy control and ascent procedures. Rec 2 builds the capacity for progressively more challenging diving and is the next step in becoming a “Thinking Diver."

Who is this class designed for?

Essentials of Recreational Diving laid the foundation for the diver to build upon, as it  introduced and focused on the diver's personal skills such as precise buoyancy control, propulsion, etc and also introduced the diver to team diving procedures and protocols.

Those who want to start extending their operating range beyond 60' and/or use Nitrox as their breathing gas will find Rec 2 provides them the skills, knowledge and training to start exploring deeper depths, while also gaining a deeper understanding of team diving protocols.

Why take this class? 

Recreational 1 and Essentials of Recreational Diving focus on the foundational building block and skills of UTD/Hogarthian and limit you to 60' while you gain experience and become proficient with your newly acquired skills. Many recreational divers want to start extending their range beyond 60' and/or low vis conditions (night and low vis) and want to ensure they learn the next set of skills to safely explore this territory up to 100' while using Nitrox and single tanks (this class can be taken in double cylinders).


Class Information

Rec 2 is designed to be taught over a 3 full day period with 6 dives, 4 of which will be critical skills and 2 will be experience dives.

Day 1 - Typically the class begins with a 3 - 4 hour initial session consisting of introductions and a power point presentation including video tape of the skills to be introduced in throughout the class.  These skills include shoring up, fine tuning and review of the foundational skills learned in Essentials, including precise buoyancy control, propulsion, ascents, s-drill  smb deployment.  We'll then move to dry runs some practice before entering the water. Dry runs allow the student to practice the skills properly on land, before entering the water, under the watchful eye of the instructor(s).  In addition to the revisited skills listed above, dry runs will include valve drills and various rescue drills, team positioning and communication.

Students will then conduct 2 critical skills dives with a max depth of 40 putting the skills and concepts learned in the morning session into actual practice while the videographer captures the in-water session for review. We conclude the day with a 1-2 hour video review.

Day 2 - Begins with more dry runs allowing the student to practice the skills on land.  Skills include simulated SMB failures, OOA emergencies, simulated valve failures, team separation, mid-water ascents, ascent line use and separation, minimum deco procedures. Students will then conduct 2 critical skills dives with a max depth of 60 while putting the skills and concepts learned in the dry-run session into actual practice while the videographer captures the in-water session for review. 

We conclude the day with a 1-2 hour video review followed by a 3 hour lecture covering Nitrox, gas planning, dive planning, min deco procedures, emergency planning and contingencies. 

Day 3 The third day will commence with 2 experience dives to a max depth of 100', using EAN32 where students will plan and conduct the dives under the supervision of an instructor.  These dives they will again be video'd for subsequent review

The class will then conclude with video review, final lecture session, test and student performance review. 

All UTD classes are video'd 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 2" certification. This certification will allow you to dive at what is known as an "Advanced" diver in the industry and continue within the UTD Recreational Training curriculum.  The certification will also allow you to get nitrox fills.  

Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in-water practice.


Minimum 18 years of age

UTD Essentials, Rec 1, Essentials of Tech or equivalent

Overview/Course limits

Maximum depth is 100’.  Average depth on non-experience dives is 20 - 30'

All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4

Standard gas is Nitrox 32%

Single tank configuration (doubles optional)

No stage decompression

No overhead environments

Long hose primary, and necklace style backup regulator hose configuration

Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in open water, adjusting downward for environmental conditions.


Complete the UTD academic materials (online or book)

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

Required Equipment

See our Equipment Requirements Page

Rentals are available for most equipment. If you have any questions on equipment requirements or rentals, please contact us prior to registering.

Rec 2 provides the diver with the skills,knowledge and training needed to safely and enjoyably conduct those dives.  

Where Essentials was a skills-based class, Rec 2 not only fine tunes those skills, it also introduces critical skills (failures) dives, requiring the students to work together as a team to identify, management, and resolve problems, resulting in increased situational awareness, communication and understanding of team protocols.

​Rec 2 also includes 2 
experience dives, allowing the students to plan and conduct dives in their new range, working as a team, under the supervision of an instructor.

The Recreational Diver 2 course is the next step for divers wishing to expand their limits to slightly deeper depths without venturing into decompression. The class is structured to prepare divers for a wider range of environment conditions, deeper environments, and more advanced recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and breathing mixtures. 

Rec 2 introduces thorough training in the use of Nitrox and certifies divers for its use. The class also incorporates teaching more advanced decompression theories and the use of lift bags and surface marker buoys for correct and safe ascent procedures.