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Training and diving with Tanya, Jon, Chris, and Radek at Submerged, Inc. has been one of the best experiences in my life!! The online training and videos really helped to prepare me for the classroom sessions and the pool. Tanya is very enthused and passionate about teaching her students how to dive as well as feeling comfortable diving. She covers all the fundamentals, verbiage, and hands on skills in a very easy to understand and demonstrate atmosphere. Jon's keen eyes notices each students challenging areas and provides individual, adaptive information to aid each student in successfully learning their skills. Chris's fresh enthusiasm and Radek's instructional pep talks help solidify and make Submerged, Inc. and their students/new divers one big family for life! I will continue to highly recommend Submerged, Inc. to everyone I know and proudly display my Dive Decals!!
All of our instructors worked together with us in the open water testing to give the benefit of all their experiences. This made our experience as the student a very comfortable and educational one from the classroom to the water. Special thanks to Tanya for her patience and masterfull instruction. Also great Kudos to Jon, Chris, and Radek for a memorable dive experience. I will continue to support Submerged Inc. In my future diving education.
Lori and I actually feel like we learned a great deal about what we were missing from our PADI training as well as learning about so many new concepts, techniques and procedures. We were exposed to a tremendous amount of new material from both the classroom instruction and the pool sessions. You and Jon both offered a substantial amount of detail and one-on-one focus within your curriculum and for me, I personally love to get any and all of the specific details as it allows me to intelligently share them in any future conversation . I have always liked to know the why's, the when's, the what's, and the how's during the class sessions ....it just prevents the possibility of missing the connectivity of interlaced information while learning the entire diving concept. . You both obviously have different styles of teaching students but having been exposed to both styles, noticed that collectively you are able to bring both balance and order to a students learning process.
I would highly recommend Submerged. The Unified Team Diving approach really appeals to me. It makes for a more fun, safer, and more confident dive experience. I can't say enough about the instructors. They are great! As a new diver, I've done 2 courses with Submerged. My confidence and competence has really improved tenfold.
Simply put, Jon Edwardsen's knowledge, experience, and commitment to team diving and safety made for a class that I felt personally excelled me to learn to actually dive, rather than just sifting through the water. It is easy to tell someone to do a skill a particular way--anyone can follow. On the other hand, to teach a person is to also provide them with logic and reasoning "why" we do a skill a particular way so they can understand the value of the techniques. This creates a foundation for success and FUN. This class, more importantly Jon, took my existing ability and brought me to a level that challenged me. As an "A" type personality, this was directly the type of instruction that I found myself wanting more of. Jon and Tanya are very oriented in team diving concepts, and being a part of the Submerged/ UTD team is a choice easy to make.
Submerged is an excellent shop; Jon and Tanya are great instructors and awesome stewards of both diving and the UTD approach; will definitely be returning for advanced training through them.
Essentials was challenging, even after being a working divemaster for 3 years. I really got to hone my buoyancy control and trim. And it wasn't bad to begin with. Essentials is a basic skills class where fin techniques and maintaining a steady position in the water is the bulk of the course. If doing Ess of Tec, you will learn doubles and a stage bottle. You also practice SMB deployment, team formations, light use, toxing diver rescue, and learn ratio deco.
Essentials and most UTD courses aren't cheap, but there is a lot presented in them and the instructors are committed to working with you to perfect your skills. You will find the money well spent when you have rock solid trim and buoyancy and complete control of your movements in the water, even while tasked with skills. It is a real eye opener to see what you weren't taught in standard scuba courses.
I would suggest getting the Essentials and Diver Procedures manuals now if you are serious about taking the class. Get familiar with the Basic 6 and valve drills, and read up on ratio deco. Watch the included videos.
Also, be aware that you will do better in the class if you are in a DIR rig with Jet fin-type fins. That may mean buying or renting gear. Stop in the shop and talk to them before buying anything. Gear is either DIR or it isn't. Jon at Submerged can help guide you in what you need, so you only have to purchase it once.
-Geoff R., - Essentials of Tech