Course Outline

Prior to your first open water dive, you must complete a swim test. The reason for doing this is to prove you are reasonably fit and to demonstrate how comfortable you are in the water.

  • You can complete the swim test in one of two ways.
    • Complete a 200-meter/200-yard swim without stopping and without using a mask, snorkel, fins, or other swimming aids. Use of the sides is not permitted.
    • Complete a 300-meter/300-yard swim without stopping while using a mask, snorkel, and fins. Use of the sides is not permitted.
  • In addition, you must tread water or float on the surface for 10 minutes, without stopping and without using a mask, snorkel, fins, swimming aids, or the pool sides.
  • The pool or confined water must be too deep to stand up in.
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