Your drill sargeant will instruct you in many skills, from knot tying, lift bag use, and navigation to rescue skills, search techniques, launching a DSMB (delayed surface marker buoy) and more. You’ll even learn how to thread a cam band on the back of a BC. Who knows how to thread a cam band?! You’ll then divide into two teams and compete against the other team for time during two dives. The first is a search and recovery mission; the second is a rescue mission.
It’s important to practice your skills and determine who’s going to perform which skill during the missions. If the skills are done incorrectly, your team loses time. While you’re under water, you’ll have to watch out for the zombies. If you get “bitten,” your team loses time. But don’t worry too much if you suffer some “bites” during the first dive. The second dive will afford you access to an anti-zombie weapon and give your team a chance for some payback!
The winning team gets Bluewater Divers swag and bragging rights for the next year. Everybody gets the PADI Zombie Apocalypse Diver certification that counts toward the Master Scuba Diver rating. This is also the only PADI specialty that allows for your picture on the back of the cert card to be “zombiefied.” Contact your drill sargeant with any questions!