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UTD Extreme Scuba Makeover

Extreme Scuba Makeover

ESM (Extreme Scuba Makeover) is a great first step towards transitioning from "regular" forms of scuba diving to UTD/DIR style of diving.

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Here students receive the foundation or base skills on which you can build the UTD philosophy, configuration, and in-water skills. The class is designed for any diver that wants to learn about the benefits of buoyancy, balance, and trim and apply it to their diving. The class is geared toward the newly certified open water diver, but even seasoned veteran divers have found that by incorporating UTD principles into their diving practices, they increase both safety and fun. Photographers and videographers will especially appreciate the detailed training in propulsion & precision buoyancy control that assists you in getting that perfect shot! Instructors will appreciate the "fresh look" at diver training and skill development. This is a great first step towards learning and understanding the Unified Team Diving approach.

Why Should I Take ESM?

Regardless of your experience level, UTD philosophy allows you to grow as a diver. The ESM course teaches advanced buoyancy and propulsion skills that will benefit a Diver of any discipline.  The in depth look at diving physics and air consumption improves situational awareness and overall diver control and confidence.  Whether you are a new diver looking to advance your skills, a seasoned photographer looking to improve positioning or an experienced diver looking to take their training to the next level this course will get you there.  

ESM Information

ESM is designed to be taught over a 2 day period with a minimum of 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of confined water.

Typically the day begins with a 2-3 hour initial session consisting of introductions, a powerpoint presentation including videotape of the skills to be introduced in the class. Then we begin the hands-on equipment retro-fitting, reviewing the configuration with a discussion of the pros and cons. We then focus on the “dry runs” from the foundational skills and some practice before entering the water. Dry runs allow the student to practice the skills on land under the watchful eye of the instructor(s). Skills include improving diver trim, proficiency in precision buoyancy control, some propulsion techniques. Students will then conduct a minimum of two hours of confined water putting the skills and concepts learned in the morning session into actual practice while the videographer captures the in-water session for review. We conclude the day with a 1-2 hour video review.

All UTD classes are videotaped for educational and review purposes only.  We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication, and team diving. Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class.


  • Minimum age of 16
  • Completed UTD registration process
  • Complete the ESM Online Knowledge Base Class
  • Open water certification
  • All UTD classes are Non Smoking


  • Average depth during the class of 20ft (6m).
  • Single tank configuration
  • Long hose primary, and necklace style backup regulator hose configuration

Equipment Specifications

You are encouraged to use your personal equipment for the course.  We will discuss the pros and cons of your current configuration compared to the UTD configuration. The UTD equipment configuration is designed to be simple, efficient, and consistent. To get the most from your class it is advisable that you take the course in a complete UTD style system. You do not have to own any UTD equipment as it can be rented. Certain equipment will be provided so that you may experience the difference your configuration will make. To better assist you in preparing for class, we have listed below our required and suggested equipment lists for the class.

Required Equipment:

  • Fins: non-split variety. Without these you will be unable to learn proficient fin kicks.
  • Mask
  • SCUBA Regulators and BC (If you own your own equipment you can bring it or rent a setup from the shop)

* Note we do not rent mask or fins. All other equipment can be rented.

Recommended Equipment:

  • Backplate BC System, SS or Aluminum Backplate w/ web harness and hardware
  • Back inflate style wing
  • At least one depth-measuring device
  • At least one time-keeping device
  • At least one cutting device
  • X-notes or Wetnotes
  • One spool with 100 feet of line
  • One surface marker or lift bag
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the environment you will be diving in


Tuition $300

Does not include learning materials, pool fees or rental fees.  Contact the shop for more details.

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