UTD Journal Volume 1, Issue 7, September 2013 - Page 8

UTD Open Water Training Using Zuba One of the secrets we discovered in teaching Open Water is the need to strip the diver down to the core of diving, basically eliminate the noise. This means remove the cylinders, weights, wetsuits and so on, allowing students to experience natural neutral buoyancy while breathing underwater. This imprints muscle memory from day one of what it feels like to be neutrally buoyant and how to achieve it without use of the equipment. But how do we go underwater without scuba equipment? This is where Zuba became the perfect tool. Zuba (www.zubadiving.com) is a surface supplied hookah system that floats the tank on the surface and feeds the air down to the diver through a second stage. The hose is 25’/7m allowing you to enjoy Zuba diving without the weight and clutter of traditional scuba. Zuba is not only a great tool for a Try Scuba class or a Kids’ program, but a required tool for UTD Open Water classes. Zuba allows the new student to descend free of weights, tanks and other noises...the first dive is clean and easy and successful. This also gives our instructors time to discover exactly how much weight the students need and how to position the weight to be in good horizontal trim. The key is students can attain excellent buoyancy skills on their first dive. Once they achieve this we can slowly add the gear – scuba tank and weights – and watch them transition to comfortabe, confident scuba divers within the course of a typical 4-day Open Water class. CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO ON ZUBA. CLICK HERE. Zuba – Surface Supplied Diving Specifications: Cylinder floats on the surface. Air is delivered by 25’/7m hose. The Confined Water Process In a Bathing Suit and Snorkel Proper weighting Proper breathing Proper trim In a Bathing Suit and Zuba Proper weighting Proper breathing Proper trim In a Wetsuit and Zuba Proper weighting Proper breathing Proper trim In a Wetsuit with Gear but no Cylinder Proper weighting Proper breathing Proper trim In a Wetsuit with Gear and Full Cylinder Proper weighting Proper breathing Proper trim