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Skillz & Drillz Day

  • Dutch Springs 4733 Hanoverville Road Bethlehem, PA, 18020 United States (map)

Underwater World would like to congratulate all of our newly certified and continuing education divers and offer all of our divers the opportunity to practice both newly acquired or long forgotten skills during our 1st ever Skillz & Drillz event!

Many of our divers become certified for a specific trip or as a bucket list item and don't get the opportunity to dive as often as is needed to become truly comfortable and confident with the myriad of basic and advanced skills that make us safe and responsible divers.

Skillz n Drillz is intended to offer scheduled dives for registered participants who wish to practice skills acquired for their level of certification.  Underwater World Instructors and Training Assistants will be on hand to lead dives focused on:

- Basic Skills (Mask clearing, sharing air, signal tube deployment)
- Buoyancy
- Navigation
- Photography/Videography
- Dutch Springs Basic Attractions Tour (max depth 60 ft)
- Dutch Springs Advanced Attractions Tour (max depth 80 ft)

In addition to getting the benefit of practicing much needed skills, meet other Underwater World alumni and potential dive buddies, learn about other local diving opportunities as well as the many excellent Underwater World trips to warm water locations where you can also further your diving education and certification level.

Cost:  No cost for Instructor and Assistant led dives however all associated costs for rental equipment, air and Dutch Springs entrance fee do apply.

Open to all certified divers of all certification levels

Divers must register here.  Registered divers will be contacted prior to the event with more information regarding the scheduled dives. 

Event & Diver Information

Event: Sign-in
Time: 9:00a
Location: Peninsula Side of Dutch Springs
Registered Divers: ALL

Event: Peak Buoyancy Discussion
Time: 9:30a - 10:00a
Activity: A brief lecture on the fundamentals of buoyancy control. How breathing and weights effect your diving and how to become a pro at neutral buoyancy. Perfect for new divers or divers that struggle with maintaining proper trim underwater. 
Registered Divers: KT NT AL AL KT WS BS

Event: Underwater Navigation Practice (Land) 
Time: 9:30a - 10:00a
Activity: Divers will receive a review of the Advanced Diver Underwater Navigation training module. They will than practice navigating on land in preparation for the Advanced Diver Tour. Ideal for Advanced Certified Divers who want to perfect their skills of navigating and diving.  
Registered Divers: GD GW DD RR EG WM DB

Event: Individual Equipment Set-Up and Group Dive Briefings
Time: 10:00a - 10:30a
Activity: Divers will suit up and prepare their equipment to enter the water following their specific dive briefing. Divers will be broken off with the Instructor who is leading the dive that they are on for the briefing. 
Registered Divers: ALL

Event: Advanced Diver Tour
Time: 10:30a - 11:30a
Activity: Advanced Certified Divers will be taken on a guided tour to some of Dutch Springs' most secluded sites. This dive will include depths of 70' and underwater navigation practice. It is only available to Advanced Certified Divers. 
Registered Divers: GW EG DB

Event: Wall Dive
Time: 10:30a - 11:30a
Activity: A great dive for non-advanced divers to accomplish. The wall offers clearer visibility than much of Dutch and scenic views of fallen trees and beautiful rock formations. Divers can pick through some of the smaller rocks to find crayfish, the fish will love it! 
Registered Divers: GD DD RR KT WM

Event: Basic Skills & Buoyancy Control; Platform Dive
Time: 10:30a - 11:30a
Activity: Perfect for new divers who are not quite comfortable in the water. This dive will take place on and around the platform and will focus on the discussion points in the Peak Buoyancy lecture. It is great for practicing basic skills like buddy breathing and mask clearing. This dive resembles Certification Dives as skills and practice will be the primary focus. 
Registered Divers: KT NT AL WS BS

Event: Lunch
Time: 11:30a-12:00p
Registered Divers: ALL

Event: Individual Equipment Set-up and Dive Briefings. 
Time: 12:00p - 12:30p
Registered Divers: ALL

Event: Basic Diver Tour
Time: 12:30p - 1:30p
Activity: Whether you are a Basic or an Advanced Diver, this is a great dive to do. Divers will visit many of the popular attractions throughout Dutch Springs to include the school bus, the Silver Comet, and even the airplane. By following the underwater lines, divers will get a chance to see and understand the layout better, allowing them to plan and complete dives like this in the future. 
Registered Divers: GD DD DB AL RR KT WS WM BS

Event: Individual Planned and Led Dives (Supervised) 
Time: 12:30p - 1:30p
Activity: This dive allows divers to surface plan their dives and dive their plan, while under the supervision of an Instructor. Divers may elect to utilize underwater navigation or follow the lines. This dive is all about you and your ability to plan a dive with out needing a Dive Professional. 
Registered Divers: KT NT EG GW

Event: Mandatory Sit Time
Time: 1 hour from surfacing

Event: Open Diving
Time: Following Mandatory Sit Time
Activity: Divers may elect to continue to dive throughout the day. Dutch Springs will remain open until 6p allowing divers to practice what they have done with the Instructors throughout the day. It is also a great time to meet and dive with some of the other people attending Skillz and Drillz. It may be the last time you dive in make the best of it!