This program contains all the necessary subjects required to obtain the certification of:
certified with ISO 24801-3, equivalent to CMAS 4 star diver and RSTC Dive Supervisor.
It is the previous step to be able to do the technical diving programs or to become an instructor.
It has been drafted based on the EUF/ISO, CMAS, and RSTC standards guidelines.
A 3-star diver who has attained a higher than average level of knowledge and ability supported by broad experience. He will be competent to use divers and diving to achieve major tasks or project objectives.
It is not considered that this level will be reached following a course of fixed content, but rather as the result of experience acquired over an extended period and incorporating a broad range of conditions and requirements.
The diver must be able to prove his capabilities in organizing diving expeditions and other diving activities with particular stress on safety and emergency procedures, and by proving his competence in a given specialized area or in a scientific discipline.
The assessment will be made at a national level by a panel composed of 3 Star Instructors and confirmed by the responsible PTRD Country Partner (PCP).
Once you do the theory and practices in the sea and pass the evaluation,
you will sign the COURSE DECLARATION FORM
your instructor will certify you as a PTRD 4 Star Nitrox Diver as you will be considered to have a professional level knowledge of dive theory, solid rescue skills, dive management and supervision skills, exemplary diving skills and sufficient experience to plan, organize and perform open water diving activities and lead other open water divers in guided and organized dives in a safe and competent manner.
In order to lead divers on dives that have more demanding operational parameters, a PTRD 4 Star Nitrox Diver has specialized training and appropriate experience. Examples of such dives include:
- night dives,
- limited visibility dives,
- Dives in underwater currents (e.g. drift dives),
- deep dives,
- wreck dives,
- dry suit dives.
Where further diving instruction is required in order to comply with the above competencies, it may only be provided by a properly qualified diving instructor.
a PTRD 4 Star Nitrox Diver is qualified:
- to carry out a risk assessment in a suggested dive site and conditions and to determine its safety:
- to carry out sport diving activities up to a depth of 55 meters, including decompression stop diving;
- to carry out specialized activities of sport diving for which it has received the opportune formations;
- to plan and execute emergency procedures appropriate to the environment and diving activities;
- to act as an assistant to a PTRD Instructor to monitor students and improve safety. However, the PTRD 4 Star Nitrox Diver is not qualified to evaluate or teach any skill or knowledge to participants in a teaching program.
If you are unable to successfully complete any of the sections, discuss with your instructor the options available, whether it is certification of a lower degree or the possibility of completing your course at another centre.
Keep in mind that you will need additional training if you are going to dive to places whose conditions are very different from those of your training. For example, if you have done your course in a quiet area of the Caribbean in short 1mm suits, and then you are going to dive in cold water with strong currents using 7mm or dry suits, you should train in this type of situation.
A PTRD 4 Star Nitrox Diver must be prepared for dives of greater difficulty than a PTRD 2 Star Diver and with total autonomy: you must have the ability to plan, organize and control the dive with the greatest margin of safety.
A PTRD 4 Star Nitrox Diver is required to be cautious enough to avoid complications and have the ability to respond quickly and effectively to incidents, so you will learn the steps to take to prevent some incidents and the reactions you should take to try to resolve them.
Record all the dives that you make in your logbook, it is also mandatory in various countries, such as Spain. In this way, you will be able to prove your experience in different environments and diving situations to be able to opt for higher courses. Click on the DIVING LOGBOOK image to download a printable copy.
Please note that internationally, each country can have its own diving regulation, and set restrictions of any kind. Stay informed before diving.
PTRD, in compliance with the most restrictive legislation, requires the participants of its courses the following requirements prior to its start:
- Medical Declaration or Medical certificate indicating “suitable for diving”, which you will have to renew every 2 years.
- Successfully completed and certified as a PTRD 3 Star Diver for at least 2 years
- Demonstrate experience in night diving, limited visibility, deep diving and underwater navigation.
- Demonstrate good aquatic skills such as: maintain good buoyancy, be able to swim 25 meters underwater without fins, hold your breath for at least 1 minute.
- Demonstrate that you have received a Rescue Diver training program or equivalent
- provide evidence of at least 100 recorded open water dives since obtaining 3 Star Diver Certificates, including night dives, limited visibility dives, deep dives 40 to 50 meters), drift dives, cold water dives and underwater navigation skills
- Photocopy of valid ID or passport.
- Fill in the student’s sheet and information about the risks.
- Have DAN O2 First Aid (oxygen administration) and BLS (Basic Life Support) certificates or equivalent.
Your PTRD instructor (which must be at least PTRD 2 Star Instructor) must inform you beforehand of their school’s own requirements, the price of your course, the conditions of completion and completion of the course, as well as having at your disposal the documentation of your obligatory Civil Liability and Accident insurance.
In addition to all the administrative documentation, you will need specific equipment for the activity, which includes scuba cylinders, weights, BCD, regulator, suit, fins, mask, snorkel… and which is normally provided by the school, or you must be informed beforehand if not. It is recommended that you attend the course with your own diving equipment or, at least, with your deco buoy, spool, and diving goggles.
Course Procedures: You may have already made a specialty dive or dive deeper than your certification allowed, but keep in mind that this does not normally exempt you from doing any of the parts, since, during the course in addition to diving, we perform control exercises, handling equipment, control instruments and accessories and the training is integrated, which means that each exercise relates to the rest as a whole, to make you go from not being a diver at all, to being one.
The logical order of completion of the course includes studying the theory beforehand, then doing the practice. The instructor can make some changes in the programming, and repeat some practice, but always complying with the PTRD Standards.
You can study the theory online or download the manual and the decompression tables:
PTRD DECO TABLES
PTRD 3 STAR DIVER student manual
The theory content is:
lesson 1: DIVING EQUIPMENT
lesson 2: THE PHYSICS OF DIVING
lesson 3: PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS RELATED TO DIVING
lesson 4: THE USE OF DIVE TABLES AND DIVE COMPUTERS
lesson 5: DIVE PLANNING
lesson 6: RESCUE PROCEDURES FOR A DIVER
lesson 7: UNDERWATER NAVIGATION
lesson 8: DIVING ENVIRONMENT
lesson 9: PTRD 3 STAR DIVER AS DIVE LEADER
lesson 10: CONTINUING EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN DIVING
Exam: online or presential