(ISO 11121, CMAS Introductory Scuba Experience, RSTC Introductory Scuba Experience)
PTRD Intro Scuba Diving
- Aim of the training programme
1.1 This training programme aims at providing interested persons with an introductory SCUBA diving
experience, to a maximum depth of ten (12) meters under the direct supervision of a PTRD
Instructor, whilst using air as a breathing gas, in a safe manner.
2.1 The PTRD Intro Scuba Diving Training Programme is classified as an entry-level
sport diver training programme that is commonly referred to as a “resort course”.
- Instructor and Assistant Requirements
3.1 The PTRD Intro Scuba Diving Training Programme may be presented by any PTRD
scuba instructor with a minimum of a PTRD 2 Star Master Instructor grading that complies with the
requirements as prescribed by Clause 2.1.20 of the definitions in Chapter 1.
3.2 The PTRD 2 Star Master Instructor may be assisted by a PTRD Dive Leader that complies with
Clause 2.1.21 of the definitions in Chapter 1.
- Competencies of a certified PTRD Intro Scuba Diving Diver
4.1 A PTRD Intro Scuba Diving Diver shall be trained such that when assessed
by a PTRD Instructor, he shall be deemed to have sufficient knowledge, skill and
experience to participate in an open water Intro SCUBA Diving.
4.2 A PTRD Intro Scuba DivingDiver may only dive under the direct supervision
of a PTRD Instructor and is not qualified to procure air, equipment, or any other diving
- Prerequisites for participation in the training programme
5.1 In order to gain access to the PTRD One Star Diver Training Programme, the participant shall:
5.1.1 Be at least fourteen (15) years of age; there is no upper limit. Parental or
legal guardian signature is required on the appropriate form(s) when the applicant is a minor.
5.1.2 Effectively demonstrate his basic watermanship ability by performing, to a PTRD
Instructor, the prescribed physical conditioning and watermanship evaluation of the
PTRD Country Partner or PDC;
5.1.3 Complete the medical history/statement form required by the PTRD Country Partner or PDC
prior to participating in any in-water activities.
Documented evidence shall be obtained that the student has been medically screened as suitable for recreational diving by means of an appropriate questionnaire or medical examination. In any case of doubt, or at the scuba instructor’s discretion, students shall be referred to proper medical resources. If the student is not examined by a physician the student shall be obliged to confirm by signature that he or she has understood written information given by the scuba instructor on diseases and physical conditions which may pose diving related risks.
Students shall be advised of the importance of appropriate regular medical examinations.
NOTE In some countries and training organizations a medical examination is mandatory.
5.1.4 Sign the appropriate form(s) as required by the PTRD Country Partner or PDC acknowledging and
assuming the risks of SCUBA diving prior to participating in any in-water activities:
5.2 The following information shall be made available to the students prior to, or during the first class
5.2.1 Information prior to provision of the service
The service provider shall provide the following information to the client.
contractual issues including conditions bearing on the signature, delivery and termination of the contract,
prerequisites and any qualification requirements in order to obtain the service (e.g. medical certification, diver certifications),
insurance requirements in accordance with national regulations,
local environmental considerations,
diving related legislation and legal requirements concerned with the specific kind of service.
If the service provided involves training the following additional information shall be provided:
limitations of eventual qualification,
scope of the training course,
means and methods for assessment, criteria for successful completion,
that records will be kept of their personal data and these records may be passed on to a training organization.
In the case of guided dives or organized dives the following additional information shall be provided:
information concerning the dive site, in particular hazards which could affect the safety of the dive (e.g. under-water obstructions),
arrangements concerning buddy teams and/or group size,
depth and/or time limitations.
5.2.2 Information during service provision
Prior to each dive or training session, clients shall have safety provisions identified to them, including:
the identity and role of staff,
the conduct required of clients.
5.3 Risk Assessment
The service provider shall ensure that a risk assessment is conducted before each dive, and shall adopt
procedures to ensure that all risks are controlled as far as is reasonably possible. The following factors shall be considered as part of this assessment taking into account the capability of participants:
water movement (e.g. current, wave action)
suitability of the site for planned activities,
emergency action plan.
The service provider shall have the right to prevent any client from taking part in the activity if following a risk
assessment this is deemed to be in the best interest of the client and/or of other clients.
5.4 Emergency equipment and procedures
5.4.1 Emergency equipment
For all locations where diving activities take place the service provider shall ensure the availability of:
a first aid kit suitable for the planned diving activities,
an emergency oxygen unit with a capacity of delivering at least 15 liters/min. of pure oxygen for at least
a communication system suitable for alerting emergency services.
5.4.2 Emergency procedures
At each dive site where diving activities take place a documented emergency plan comprising at least the following information shall be available:
procedures for casualty recovery, resuscitation and evacuation,
use of the emergency oxygen supply,
information about the nearest medical resources (including data about the availability of a hyperbaric
- Requirements for certification
6.1 In order to be certified as a PTRD Intro Scuba Diving , the student
6.1.1 Comply with all the prerequisites for participation in the training programme as
prescribed by Clause 5 of this Standard;
6.1.2 Successfully complete the theoretical assessment as provided for in Clause 10.1 of
6.1.3 Successfully complete the confined water assessment as provided for in Clause 10.2
of this Standard; and
6.1.4 Successfully complete one (1) open water training dive at depths between five (5) to
ten (12) meters with a minimum underwater duration of fifteen (15) minutes, as
provided for in Clause 10.3 of this Standard.
- Required theoretical knowledge and diving skills
7.1 The participant shall receive tuition in the theoretical knowledge and diving skills as prescribed in Chapter 3.
- Theoretical training parameters
8.1 The PTRD Instructor shall conform to the standard theoretical training parameters as prescribed
by Clause 4.5 of Chapter 1.
- Practical training parameters
9.1.1 Activities in shallow water (see 9.2) and open water (see 9.3) may be conducted separately or
may be combined into a single session with skills being initially introduced in shallow water before
participants are taken into deeper water.
9.1.2 The safe supervision of participants is solely the scuba instructor’s responsibility. Where
environmental conditions are less than ideal (e.g. where underwater visibility is poor or there is
significant water movement), the scuba instructor shall limit the number of participants under his/her
responsibility. The scuba instructor may also use additional aids to improve safety, e.g. ascent lines,
surface support stations or safety scuba divers. Where safety scuba divers are used, they shall have at
least a dive leader qualification.
9.2 Shallow water
9.2.1 During any in-water activities, a scuba instructor shall be present. All scuba skills shall be
directly supervised by a scuba instructor. The scuba instructor shall determine whether the participant’s
performance is satisfactory in order to proceed to deeper water.
9.2.2 Participants shall be introduced to and shall be required to demonstrate the scuba skills in
accordance with Clause 2 in Chapter 3.
9.2.3 If these skills are introduced in a swimming pool, the maximum number of participants per scuba
instructor shall be 8.
If a natural site is used for shallow water activities, the maximum number of participants shall be 4,
or when the scuba instructor is assisted by a dive leader, the maximum number of participants shall
be 6. Additional dive leaders may be used as assistants; however, no additional participants shall be
added to the responsibility of the individual scuba instructor.
9.2.4 If shallow water is not available, the instructor may conduct the skills session from a boat, dock
or other surface support station in benign conditions by using a device such as a descent line, ladder or
platform to control students’ depth that shall be within 2 m of the surface.
The ratio shall be 1:1 when using the descent line or ladder option. When the instructor is satisfied
with the participants’ skills and comfort in shallow water, they can then descend to the deeper phase
of the dive.
9.2.5 All scuba skills shall be conducted in daylight conditions.
9.3 Open water dive
9.3.1 Open water scuba dives shall be directly supervised by a scuba instructor.
9.3.2 For open water dives, the maximum number of participants per level 2 Star Master Instructor shall be 4, or when the scuba instructor is assisted by a dive leader, the maximum number of participants shall be six. The scuba instructor shall limit the number of students where environmental conditions are less than ideal, e.g. where underwater visibility is poor or where there is significant water movement.
9.3.3 All open water dives shall be conducted during daylight conditions, at depths not to exceed 12 m
and in water that allows direct vertical access to the surface.
9.3.4 During an open water dive, the scuba instructor may delegate responsibility for direct supervision to a dive leader for the purposes of escorting participants during surface excursions and exits.
9.3.5 During open water dives, the level 2 scuba instructor shall at least be equipped with:
126.96.36.199 diving equipment:
equipment consisting of fins, mask, snorkel, demand regulator, alternative breathing gas system,
cylinder, cylinder support system, buoyancy compensator, a quick-release weight system (when
weights are needed), submersible pressure gauge, means to measure depth and time and to safely limit
exposure to inert gas and diving suit (if appropriate)
Note 1 to entry: A demand regulator can also be referred to as a regulator.
Note 2 to entry: An alternative breathing gas system could range from a simple octopus system to a duplicate
breathing system with a separate breathing gas supply.
Note 3 to entry: A submersible pressure gauge can be a breathing gas pressure monitor.
Note 4 to entry: Specific environments or activities can require additional equipment (e.g. an underwater
navigational aid, knife/cutting device).;
188.8.131.52 a dive knife/diver’s cutting tool;
184.108.40.206 an emergency signaling device.
NOTE It is considered good practice to use a surface support station with a dive flag if appropriate.
9.3.6 During open water dives, participants shall at least be equipped with diving equipment in
accordance with 220.127.116.11 except that a snorkel and a means to measure depth and time and to safely limit
exposure to inert gas are not required.
9.3.7 During any open water dive, scuba instructors shall not engage in any activities other than the
direct supervision of the participants.
9.3.8 Descents shall be conducted in a controlled manner that allows participants to equalize their air
spaces, e.g. descent following the bottom contour; along a descent line; 1:1 instructor/participant ratio.
10.1.1 The participant shall demonstrate to the PTRD Instructor knowledge of SCUBA
diving by taking an oral or written examination. As the PTRD Intro SCUBA Diver is not recognized as a certified diver this examination shall test elementary theoretical knowledge and knowledge of SCUBA skills as prescribed in Chapter 3.
10.2 Confined water SCUBA skills
10.2.1 The participant shall demonstrate to the PTRD Instructor his mastery of the confined
water SCUBA skills, as prescribed in Clause 2.1 of in Chapter 3, during
one or more of the confined water lessons.
10.3 Open water SCUBA skills
10.3.1 The participant shall be required to participate in one (1) Intro SCUBA Diving.
11.1 Upon successful completion of the training programme the participant shall be awarded with
a PTRD Intro Scuba Diving C-card.
Minimum Training Programme Content
- Required theoretical knowledge
1.1 Subject Area 1: Introduction
1.1.1 The participant shall be provided with all such information, as provided for in Clause 4. 2 of
Chapter 1 in order to enable him to take an informed decision about his participation in the
PTRD Intro Scuba Diving Training Programme.
1.1.2 The participant shall be provided with the information about the PTRD as provided for in
Clause 4.3 of Chapter 1.
1.2 Subject Area 2: Equipment
1.2.1 The participant shall be provided with introductory information on the use of the
following items of equipment.
18.104.22.168 Mask and snorkel
22.214.171.124 Exposure suit and quick release weighting system (if it is going to be used)
126.96.36.199 Buoyancy control devices
188.8.131.52 Demand regulator
184.108.40.206 Submersible pressure gauge (breathing gas monitor)
220.127.116.11 Depth gauge/depth monitor
18.104.22.168 Alternative breathing gas source
22.214.171.124 Knife/cutting device
1.3 Subject Area 3: General knowledge
1.3.1 The participant shall be provided with the following introductory information relating
to diving and the diving environment:
126.96.36.199 Reasons for:
-not holding one’s breath,
-breathing continuously during the dive
188.8.131.52 Equalization techniques
184.108.40.206 potential local hazards (avoiding hazardous aquatic life)
220.127.116.11 Hand signals
18.104.22.168 Necessity for seeking further training and where to obtain it
1.4 Subject Area 8: Career development
22.214.171.124 The participant shall be informed of the Necessity for seeking further training and where to
- Required SCUBA skills
2.1 Confined/shallow water skills
2.1.1 The participant shall be able to demonstrate the following skills in a comfortable
and relaxed manner; each skill shall be mastered in confined water before
participating in the Intro SCUBA Diving in open water:
126.96.36.199 Diving system assembly and disassembly (at water’s edge)
188.8.131.52 Appropriate entry/exit technique
184.108.40.206 Pre-dive equipment inspection and buddy check
220.127.116.11 Proper weighting
18.104.22.168 Mask clearing
22.214.171.124 Regulator mouthpiece clearing
126.96.36.199 Regulator retrieval
188.8.131.52 Ear clearing/equalization techniques
184.108.40.206 Underwater breathing, descent and ascent technique
220.127.116.11 Swim under-water efficiently with appropriate buoyancy and attitude control
18.104.22.168 Diving system disassembly and disassembly (at water’s edge)
2.2 Open water skills
2.2.1 The participant shall be required to participate in one (1) Intro SCUBA Diving.
- Minimum course duration
3.1 Recommended number of sessions 3
3.2 Minimum duration: 4 hrs
- a) Classroom: 1½ hrs
- b) Confined water: 1 hrs
- c) Open water preparation and dive: 1½hrs