SCUBAswim3 is SWIM SKILLS & WATER SAFETY PROGRAM - ESSENTIAL swim & water safety skills for those with basic swim skills

- Ideal for recreational scuba diving enthusiasts who want to review/refresh swim skills, gain more comfort & confidence in water or maintain their fitness level
- Format: Two 2-hour swim skills clinics and agreement to practice skills independently beyond participation in this program
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Is SCUBAswim3 for you?
- Prerequisite: A sports physical is required before beginning SCUBAswim3 (a "sports physical" is an exam performed by the participants chosen physician)

- Participants at this level have basic breath control skills, are able to completely submerge entire body underwater, can float, and swim 25 meters continuously

- Participants bring their own pair of swim goggles. We suggest wearing a one-piece bathing suit (women), jammers or swim trunks (men), rashguard/sun shirt ok
- Participants should be in good health. Consult with your health care provider before registering in this fast-paced program
- In order to show progress, participants agree to practice on their own beyond participation in this swim program
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Who teaches SCUBAswim3?
- Program taught by a certified SCUBAswim℠ instructor who is also a certified scuba diver
(Rescue Diver at minimum)
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Does the instructor teach in the pool?
- Whether lessons are taught by your instructor from the pool deck or whether the instructor enters the pool is decided by your instructor. Ask your instructor before scheduling lessons
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How is SCUBAswim3 taught?

- Follows a structured lesson plan as a guideline and offers time for personal instruction for each participant (time permitting)

- Program taught without using dive gear (no BCD/BC, tank/cylinder, weight belt, regulator, wetsuit, etc.)
- Lessons can take place at your dive shop pool or your rented pool space at an aquatic center (with approval from the aquatic center management)
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SAMPLE BLOCK & LESSON PLAN:            
Example SCUBAswim3 schedule: Two 2-hour swim skills clinics (or 2-day workshop)


SCUBAswim3 Part A

00:00 Breath control essentials, basic skills assessment

00:15 Surface buoyancy essentials, survival float (prone position, stationary, saves physical energy while waiting to be rescued in open water when not donning dive gear)

00:30 Hydrodynamics essentials, Law of Levers, glides, horizontal to vertical & vice versa positions, body side rotation (rolling prone to supine and supine to prone)

00:45 Kicking efficiency essentials (swimmer's flutter & frog vs. the more appropriate modified flutter & modified frog kick for divers/when wearing fins)

00:55 Break

01:00 Treading water essentials or refresher (sculling arm movement and frog kick or rotary/egg-beater kick introduced if appropriate)

01:15 Elementary backstroke (supine open water survival swim, efficient low energy swim, can be used to swim to safety when not wearing dive gear)

01:30 Personalized instruction, swim skill drills, optional: tread water for 5-minutes and Endurance 3A (continuous 100 meter lap swim, mask & fins optional)

01:45 Water safety topic: Chain of Drowning Prevention (inspired by the American Red Cross)

01:55 Q&A

02:00 End

SCUBAswim3 Part B

00:00 Breath control practice, skills review, new skills assessment

00:15 Surface survival swim (prone position, propelling the body forward through water, saving physical energy while attempting to move toward safety)

00:30 Law of Levers review, front crawl body roll essentials (to increase efficiency & reduce fatigue, head in water for efficiency & head out of water for sight line toward safety/boat/land for short or long surface swims)

00:45 Kicking efficiency essentials review

00:55 Break

01:00 Treading review, scissors kick introduced (sculling arm movement and frog kick, rotary kick and scissors kick)

01:15 Underwater swimming essentials, swimming underwater and retrieving submerged objects with and without swim goggles (no dive masks)

01:30 Personalized instruction, swim skill drills, optional: tread water for 10-minutes and Endurance 3B (continuous 200 meter lap swim, no mask or fins encouraged)
01:45 Water safety topics: Chain of Drowning Survival and Reach or Throw, Don't Go (inspired by the American Red Cross)

01:55 Q&A
02:00 End


* Water Safety topics introduced as appropriate or as requested

* Block plan & lesson plans above are examples - all group and private lessons are customized to meet participant needs
* SCUBAswim℠ IS A SWIM LESSON PROGRAM
* SCUBAswim℠ IS NOT A SCUBA CERTIFICATION COURSE​​
* Dive gear NOT USED during this swim lesson program
* We offer swim instruction only. Improved swim skills after participation in this program not guaranteed. Results depend on participant's efforts to improve.
* Medical clearance from your physician in order to participate in this program may be requested and required at any time


Next step: Commit to a healthy lifestyle. If you haven't already done so, find a regular fitness routine that works for you, including healthy food choices and stress management techniques for health & wellness. For more on this, check out DAN's Smart Guide to Safe Diving.

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