1. Aim of the training programme
1.1 This training programme aims at introducing the fundamentals of SCUBA diving to new entrants to the sport of recreational SCUBA diving, which will enable them to undertake no-decompression stop dives, whilst using air or Nitrox 32 (or less Nitrox 32) as a breathing gas, to a maximum depth of twentyfive (25) meters in a safe manner. If he has received additional training he can dive to dive to a recommended maximum depth of twenty (30) meters with other SCUBA divers of the same level.
2.1 The PTRD One Star Nitrox Diver Training Programme is classified as an entry-level sport diver training programme.
3. Instructor and Assistant Requirements
3.1 The PTRD One Star Diver Training Programme may be presented by any PTRD Instructor with a minimum of a PTRD One Star Instructor grading that complies with the requirements as prescribed by Clause 2.1.20 of the definitions in Chapter 1.
3.2 The PTRD One Star Instructor may be assisted by a PTRD Dive Leader that complies with Clause 2.1.21 of the definitions in Chapter 1.
4. Competencies of a certified PTRD One Star Nitrox Diver
4.1 A PTRD One Star Diver shall be trained such that when assessed by a PTRD Instructor, he shall be deemed to have sufficient knowledge, skill and experience to procure air, equipment, and other diving services and to plan, conduct, and log open-water dives that do not require mandatory inwater decompression stops, without the supervision of a PTRD Instructor or PTRD Dive Leader, when properly equipped and accompanied by another certified diver of at least the same level, provided the diving activities undertaken, the diving conditions and the diving area are similar, equal or better to those in which training was received.
4.2 A PTRD One Star Diver is qualified to dive within the following parameters:
4.2.1 To use air or Nitrox 32 (or less Nitrox 32) as a breathing gas (MUST USE ONLY AIR TABLE);
4.2.2 To make dives which do not require mandatory in-water decompression stops;
4.2.3 To make dives during normal daylight hours;
4.2.4 To dive in environments where direct vertical access to the surface is possible;
4.2.5 To dive only when appropriate support is available at the surface; and
4.2.6 To dive under conditions that are equal or better than the conditions in which he was trained.
4.3 If he has received additional training he can dive to dive to a recommended maximum depth of twenty (30) meters with other SCUBA divers of the same level.
5. Prerequisites for participation in the training programme
5.1 In order to gain access to the PTRD One Star Nitrox Diver Training Programme, the participant shall:
5.1.1 Be at least fourteen (14) years of age; there is no upper limit;
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 Federation;
5.1.3 Complete the medical history/statement form required by the PTRD Federation prior to participating in any in-water activities; and 5.1.4 Sign the appropriate form(s) as required by the PTRD Federation acknowledging and assuming the risks of SCUBA diving prior to participating in any in-water activities. Parental or legal guardian signature is required on the appropriate form(s) when the applicant is a minor.
6. Requirements for certification
6.1 In order to be certified as a PTRD One Star Nitrox Diver, the student shall:
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 this Standard;
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 five (5) open water training dives at depths between five (5) to twenty (20) meters with a minimum underwater duration of fifteen (15) minutes as well as the open water assessment that shall be conducted during such dives, as provided for in Clause 10.3 of this Standard.
7. Required theoretical knowledge and diving skills
7.1 The participant shall receive tuition in the theoretical knowledge and diving skills as prescribed in Syllabus in Chapter 3.
8. 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.
9. Practical training parameters
9.1 The PTRD Instructor shall conform to the standard practical training parameters as prescribed by Clause 4.6 of Chapter 1.
10.1.1 The student shall demonstrate to the PTRD Instructor knowledge of SCUBA diving by taking and passing an oral or written examination. This examination shall test entry level theoretical knowledge and knowledge of SCUBA skills as prescribed in Syllabus 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 Syllabus in Chapter 3, during one or more of the confined water lessons.
10.3 Open water SCUBA skills
10.3.1 The participant shall demonstrate to the PTRD Instructor his mastery of the open water SCUBA skills, as prescribed in Clause 2.2 of Syllabus in Chapter 3, during one or more of the open water training dives.
11.1 Upon successful completion of the training programme the participant shall be awarded with a PTRD One Star Diver C-card.