SCUBAswim3 is SWIM SKILLS & WATER SAFETY PROGRAM for Certified Recreational SCUBA Divers

- Essential swim & water safety skills

- Ideal for those with basic swim skills or those who may want to review basic swim skills
- Ideal for certified recreational divers who want to review swim skills
- Format: Three 2 1/2 hour swim skills clinics and agreement to practice skills independently beyond participation in this program
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Is SCUBAswim3 for you?
- Participants offered instruction on essential swim & water safety skills relevant to scuba diving
- Participants wish to gain more confidence and comfort in water in order to enjoy every scuba diving experience
- Participants at this level have basic breath control skills, are comfortable in water and able to completely submerge body underwater
- Program includes instruction on surface survival swims as well as conservation-minded swim techniques that can help to preserve fragile aquatic environments


- Program taught without using scuba gear
- This is a fast-paced information packed program that may include time for individual instruction to address individual needs
- 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
- Private swim lessons are also available and can be custom-designed to suit your specific needs
- Can take place at your home pool, dive shop pool or rented pool space at an aquatic center with management approval
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Who teaches SCUBAswim3?
- Program taught by a a certified SCUBAswim instructor who is an experienced WSI (Water Safety Instructor) who is also a certified scuba diver

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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?

- SCUBAswim3 is taught in three 2.5 hour sessions (more sessions may be needed, depending on each participant's ability to learn and perform skills)
- Follows a structured lesson plan as a guideline and may offer time for personal instruction for each participant (time permitting)
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SAMPLE BLOCK & LESSON PLAN:            
Example private lesson schedule: Three Saturdays, 12:00-2:30pm


LESSON 1) Skills assessment, breath control essentials, buoyancy essentials, propulsion efficiency essentials, glides, horizontal to vertical/vertical to horizontal position (prone & supine), body side rotation (back to front & front to back), kicking basics (swimmer's flutter & frog vs scuba-specific mod. flutter & mod. frog kicking for divers), elementary backstroke (supine open water survival swim), personalized instruction & swim drills

Optional: tread water or float for 5 minutes, Endurance 1 (65 meter/yard lap swim for fitness, mask & fins optional)

LESSON 2) Review, new skills assessment, front crawl/freestyle & breaststroke arm techniques (surface swim arm strokes), review horizontal/vertical position &  body rotation (back to front & front to back), front crawl body roll fundamentals (to increase efficiency & reduce fatigue during long surface swims, head in water for efficiency & head out of water for sight line towards boat/land for long surface swims), "finning" arms & sculling arm strokes (supine open water survival swims), survival float (prone position, to save physical energy while waiting to be found/rescued), personalized instruction & swim drills (time permitting)

Optional: tread water or float for 7.5 minutes, Endurance 2 (100 meter/yard lap swim for fitness, mask & fins optional)

LESSON 3) Review, new skills assessment, importance of efficient arm stroke techniques to aid in propulsion if diver unable to use one or both legs (ex: legs fatigued or leg cramp), scissors kick and/or rotary kick introduced if appropriate, survival float + survival swim, treading (frog kick, scissors or rotary kick + sculling arm movement), underwater swimming essentials, personalized instruction & swim drills (time permitting)
Optional: tread water or float for 10 minutes, Endurance 3 (200 meter/yard lap swim for fitness, mask & fins optional)

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.



- Water Safety topics introduced as appropriate or as requested
- Block plan & lesson plans above is/are an example only - all group and private lessons are customized to meet participant needs
- Dive gear NOT USED during this swim training (no BC/BCD, cylinder or regulator)

* THIS IS A SWIM LESSON PROGRAM
* THIS IS NOT A SCUBA CERTIFICATION COURSE​​

Essential swim & water safety skills (scuba-specific). Ideal for certified scuba divers who want to review or maintain open water swim & water safety skills.

SCUBAswim offers three levels - which is for you?

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Fundamental swim skills lessons (scuba-specific). Non-swimmer to beginner level. Ideal for those with little to no swim skills who would like to take a scuba course sometime in the future.

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Because a BC is not a PFD

Basic swim & water safety skills (scuba-specific). Ideal for scuba course participants. Learn or review swim skills to help you pass a recreational scuba course swim skills test with ease.

SCUBAswim3

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SCUBAswim1

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