Fundamental Skill Requirements



The ability to gear up at the surface independently including two stage bottles properly positioned

A high level of situational awareness in terms of self, team and environment

How to efficiently and comfortably donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gas-sharing episodes

Comfortably demonstrate two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments

The ability to maintain position and control utilizing back-kicks

A safe and responsible team position throughout all NMDE Training and Project Dives

Proficiency in the ability to deploy a SMB

Exceptional buoyancy and trim

Proficiency in underwater communication via hand signals and wetnotes

A thorough understanding of all equipment used during NMDE Training and Project Dives

Mastery of the following open water skills while in trim ± 3 foot depth and within 20 degrees of horizontal:

  • Mask Clearing
  • Mask Removal and Replacement
  • Primary Regulator Removal and Stowage
  • Necklace Regulator Use
  • Safety Drill – S-Drill
  • Valve Management
  • Deploy Back-Up Mask and Swap for Primary
  • Deploy Knife and Replace in Sheath
  • Properly Identify the Difference Between a Regulator Failure vs. Manifold Failure
  • Swap Stage Regulators, Position Working Regulator and Stow Failed Regulator
  • DPV Operations