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New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Open Water Diver (SOC 251)

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.

Version 1 and 2: 40 Hours (5 days). Version 3 and 4: 50 hours (10 days). 


Version 1: January 2001 - August 2007.  Version 2:  September 2007 -  June 2016. Version 3: July 2016 - May 2018. Version 4: June 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: engage in entry-level scuba activities; ditch, don and properly use scuba equipment; control buoyancy; and conduct a buddy rescue and a self rescue. Version 3 and 4: All outcomes in Version 1 and 2, additionally: engage in open water activities independently, provided those diving activities and areas dived are similar to training excercises. 


Version 1, 2, 3, and 4: Major topics include: equipment adjustment, watermanship evaluation, mask clearing (surface), snorkel clearing (surface), proper weighting, locating the weight system, surface, entries, snorkel breathing (no mask, optional), and expansion clearing.  Open Water Diver is the entry level scuba certification course that provides the fundamental knowledge and skills to scuba dive. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, and 3:  In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science or Physical Education or Health (05/06 - review conducted by the American Council on Education) (10/08) (6/11 revalidation) (7/16 revalidation). Version 4:  In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science or Physical Education or Health (6/18).