This program contains all the necessary subjects required to obtain the following certifications:
certified with ISO 24801-2, equivalent to CMAS 1 Star Diver and RSTC Open Water Diver.
It has been drafted based on the EUF/ISO, OSHA, CMAS, and RSTC standards guidelines.
Once you do the theory and practices in pool and sea and pass the evaluation,
you will sign the COURSE DECLARATION FORM
and your instructor will certify you with PTRD Open Water Diver,
which accredits you to:
- To dive up to -20 mt without decompression without the need for supervision of a PTRD instructor or PTRD Dive Leader
- In places with conditions like where you’ve trained without additional training,
- During the day,
- Where vertical and direct surface ascent is possible,
- With appropriate surface assistance (people who can assist divers)
- Using air
If you can’t successfully complete any of the training sections, check with your instructor for the options available, either the certification of a lower degree or the possibility to finish your course at another center.
Keep in mind that you’ll need extra training if you’re diving to places whose conditions are very different from your training. For example, if you’ve done your course in a quiet part of the Caribbean in short suits of 1mm, and then you’re going to dive in cold water with strong currents wearing 7mm or dry suits, you’ll need to train in such situations.
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 participants of their courses the following prerequisites to start:
- Medical Declaration or Medical certificate “suitable for diving”, which you will have to renew every 2 years: ask your instructor what you need.
- Photocopy of your valid ID card or passport.
- Parental authorization for children under 18 years of age.
- Minimum age 15 years or 10 years for Junior Open Water Diver (For younger ages we have Children Diving programs).
- Fill in the student’s sheet and information about the risks.
Your PTRD instructor (which must be at least PTRD 1 Star Instructor) must inform you in advance of your school’s own requirements, course price, course completion, and completion conditions, as well as have at your disposal the documentation of your mandatory Civil Liability and Accident insurance.
In addition to all administrative documentation, you will need specific equipment for the activity, which includes diving Tank, weight, BCD, regulator, suit, fins, mask,… that is usually provided to you by the school, or you should be informed in advance otherwise.
Course procedures: You may have already done some dives in a pool or sea, but keep in mind that this normally does not exempt you from making any of the parts, since, during the course, in addition to diving, we perform control and management exercises of the Equipment and training is integrated, which means that each exercise relates to the rest as a whole to make you a certified diver.
The logical order of completion of the course includes studying the theory previously, then performing the practices in a swimming pool or confined waters, and finally going to the sea (open water). The instructor can make some changes to the schedule, and repeat some pool practice after the open water, 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 1 STAR DIVER student manual
The theoric content is:
lesson 1: LIGHT OR BASIC EQUIPMENT
lesson 2: DIVING EQUIPMENT (SCUBA)
lesson 3: AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT
lesson 4: EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT
lesson 5: DIVING PHYSICS
lesson 6: MEDICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO DIVING
lesson 7: PSYCHOLOGY IN DIVING
lesson 8: USE OF DIVING TABLES AND COMPUTERS
lesson 9: DIVE PLANNING
lesson 10: DIVING ENVIRONMENT
Lesson 11: CONTINUOUS TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DIVING CAREER
Exam: online or presential