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Specialty Courses

Altitude Diver: If diving in the mountains sounds like an adventure you’d like to try, then PADI’s Altitude Diver program is the course for you. Altitude diving ranges from 1,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level. The course includes two open water dives which may or may not be completed on the same day. You’ll conduct all open water dives using the special altitude rules and procedures from the Recreational Dive Planner. The course teaches you the knowledge, skills and techniques for altitude diving. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires two dives on one day. Minimum age: 10.

Boat Diver: Boat Diver program makes diving easy - just take one giant step off the back and you're in the water! You'll learn about diving from different kinds of boats, the parts of the boat and communication used on boats. It's a great program for those who travel the world and will be diving in all kinds of conditions on all kinds of boats. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires two dives on one day. Minimum age: 10.

Deep Diver: Deep diving can be fun and exciting if done safely. This specialty is geared toward the more challenging side of recreational diving. Although a bit more intense than shallow diving, this offers some rewards and discoveries that will enable you to dive deeper with the knowledge and confidence to keep you safe. Prerequisite: Advanced Open Water certification. Requires four dives over two days. Minimum age: 15.

Digital Underwater Photographer: Digital underwater photography is one of the fastest-growing underwater activities. Due to advances in digital underwater photography equipment, cameras and housings are becoming very affordable. You can bring your own camera for some special tips or rent one of ours. You will also get your own manual for reference after the course and the PADI Digital Underwater Photography white balance slate for use during and after the course. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires one or two dives on one day. Minimum age: 10.

Driver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV): DPV’s often referred to as underwater scooters and offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. With the DPV Specialty, your Instructor will familiarize you with the features and benefits of different DPV units, assembly and maintenance considerations, appropriate pre-dive checks, DPV dive planning; water entry; and of course emergency actions in case of DPV failure or runaway. These aspects are all covered in the usual way, via your PADI DPV Specialty Manual on a self-study basis, before attending dive site to complete two fun packed adventure dives with your instructor. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires two dives on one day. Minimum age: 12.

Drysuit Diver: Getting cold while diving does not have to be a necessary part of your adventures! Just replace your wetsuit with a dry suit! It is the ultimate way of diving, especially during those chilly winter months. A dry suit keeps you warm by trapping air between your body and the suit. The warmth is further increased by a layer of undergarment that is similar to ski undergarments. During this class you will learn the proper care and use of a dry suit first in our pool, then in the open water. During your Dry Suit Diver Specialty course, you'll not only cover the background knowledge related to dry suit diving, you'll get into confined water to put that theory into practice. Then, once you've mastered confined water, it's time for two open water dives and applying that knowledge. The course includes dive planning, organization, techniques, problems, and buoyancy control. The course requires only two open water dives during one day. Drysuit rental is included. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires two dives on one day. Minimum age: 12.

Emergency Oxygen (O2) Provider: Administering oxygen is among the most critical aspects of providing first aid for decompression sickness and lung-expansion injuries. Yet the proper and safe administration of O2 is a skill that goes far beyond what is covered in Rescue Diver training. It is why PADI also offers more comprehensive Oxygen Provider training. This is an excellent course to take in conjunction with Emergency First Response and Rescue Diver. Prerequisite: EFR (CPR and First Aid) recommended. No dives required. Minimum age: None.

Enriched Air Diver (NITROX): The latest way to safely give you more time underwater is Enriched Air. Better known as NITROX, this higher oxygen mix of diving gas can make you feel less fatigued and load less nitrogen while, in some cases, significantly increasing your bottom time. Want to learn to dive with NITROX in just one day! Then check out the Enriched Air Diver course. To enter the training you’ll need to be 12 years of age or older and be a certified Open Water Diver. Optional guided NITROX dives are available and recommended.

Equipment Specialist: Are you a diver that is unfamiliar with how Scuba Equipment works? The PADI Equipment Specialist program helps you familiarize yourself with the operation and maintenance of your own personal Scuba equipment as well as review new or unfamiliar dive equipment. The program is not designed to be an extensive equipment repair program, however, it does provide you with the basic knowledge to identify problems and perform basic repairs that are necessary. Prerequisite: Scuba Diver certification. No dives required. Minimum age: 10.

Full Face Mask Diver: Want to learn a better way to dive while breathing naturally through your nose. The course provides the diver with the basic safety, technical and practical knowledge necessary to be a competent full face mask diver and feel comfortable using the system. You will participate in a one-hour academic session to learn the features of full face masks, gain familiarity with the system in the pool, and finish by demonstrating skills during two open water dives. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires two dives on one day. Minimum age: 12.

Gas Blender (NITROX): More and more people are diving with enriched air, and this means the demand for enriched air fills is also increasing. However, there needs to be someone qualified to administer these fills to meet this demand. This is where the PADI Gas Blender course comes in. The Gas Blender course will train you as a qualified gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified consumers. You’ll learn the physical properties of oxygen, helium, its associated hazards, handling requirements, and how to conduct cleaning of valves and cylinders for oxygen service. Finally, you will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox mix and the various methods used to obtain proper helium mixes. Prerequisite: Enriched Air (NITROX) Diver certification. No dives required. Minimum age: 18.

Kayak Diver: The PADI Kayak Specialty Diver Course is to familiarize divers with the skills, procedures, techniques, organization, problems, hazards and enjoyment of diving from a suitable kayak.  The goals of the Kayak Diver course are to enable the student to plan, organize and make dives from a kayak near shore. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Minimum age: 15.

Night Diver: So many wonderful things happen underwater at night. It truly is a different world. Nocturnal creatures come out to play and crawl about. Let us show you this amazing, seldom seen world and teach some very useful and safety oriented skills along the way. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires three dives over two evenings. Minimum age: 12.

Peak Performance Buoyancy: This program is the perfect opportunity to hone your buoyancy skills. Improve your buoyancy and you'll conserve air, energy, and protect our precious underwater environment. Some fundamentals you'll concentrate on are fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, and positioning and distributing weight for comfort and desired body position. This course is recommended to any newly-certified Open Water Diver. Many experienced divers will also find value in being coached to learn techniques of fine-tuning with the lungs, achieving proper trim and underwater positioning. This is a great way to immediately begin adding to your PADI qualifications. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires two dives on one day. Minimum age: 10.

Public Safety Diver:  The PADI Public Safety Diving course is designed to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards of public safety diving. The course covers several key topics that include: specialized public safety diving equipment, scene handling, communication procedures, search patterns, witness handling, victim and self rescue techniques. Water skills include a variety of common, useful search patterns as well as team diving roles as primary diver, safety diver, tender, 90 percent diver and supervisor. Prerequisite: PADI Rescue Diver or qualifying equivalent certification, 18 years of age.

Search & Recovery: Accidentally drop something in the water? Looking for lost treasure? Learn effective ways to locate objects underwater with our Search & Recovery Diver course. You'll learn all about the techniques of navigation, lift bags, and search and recovery. Valuable skills and knowledge every diver should have. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires four dives over two days. Minimum age: 12.

Self-Reliant Diver: The PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course has been developed to focus on the need for divers to be more self sufficient for those occasions when a buddy may not be around. It is not a course for everyone and certainly not one to be taken lightly so the pre-requisites have been set accordingly. It is intended for experienced divers who wish to develop their skills generally - perhaps in preparation for further advanced training. Prerequisite: Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another traning organization. Have a minimum 100 logged dives. Be 18 years of age or older

Sidemount Diver: The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course teaches you how to configure and use one or two cylinders mounted at your sides instead of on your back. Experience a different way to streamline in the water, reduce lower back strain and take advantage of the increased gas supply for longer dives. This configuration is well suited for many different environments and provides many advantages for divers with limited mobility that prefer sidemount over wearing back mounted cylinders. Prerequisite: Open Water Diver. Requires one confined water dive and three open water dives. Minimum age: 15

Underwater Navigator: A must for every recreational diver. This course will leave you with the confidence and knowledge to navigate your way around most and dive sites or underwater areas and return easily and confidently back to the boat or shore. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires three dives over one or two days. Minimum age: 10.

Underwater Videographer: Information covered in your program includes: The selection, maintenance, care and handling of underwater video equipment. Safe diving practices while using underwater video equipment. Exposure, focus, and maintaining color with video equipment. Shot types, lengths and camera moves. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires three dives over two days. Minimum age: 10.

Wreck Diver:  During the Wreck Diver Specialty course you will learn about the interests, hazards and procedures for recreational wreck diving. The course includes techniques like surveying and laying safety line. Prerequisite: Advanced Open Water certification. Requires four dives over two days. Minimum age: 15.

Project AWARE Specialist: You can make a difference. The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems. Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.  Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry's leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment. To learn more about the Project AWARE Foundation, please visit http://www.projectaware.org/  This certification can be credited towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. Prerequisite: None. Minimum age: Any.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation: The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The coruse also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation, the function of coral reefs, their importance, the serious threats affecting them and what we can do to prevent the further decline of the world we need to protect. Prerequisite: None. Minimum age: Any.

AWARE Fish ID: The PADI Project Aware Fish ID Specialty course will introduce you to the most common fish families and species found in tropical waters. You'll also learn basic fish identification and scientific survey techniques as well as how important personal involvement is in aquatic conservation. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires two dives over one day. Minimum age: 10.

AWARE Dive Against Debris: During the AWARE Dive Against Debris specialty course, participants learn about damage caused by marine debris, conducting surveys, choosing dive sites, gear used, safety precautions, and the reporting of survey data. The classroom session is followed by one dive at a local site where students will remove, sort, weigh, and record debris that was removed during the dive. Prerequisite: Open Water certification. Requires one open water dive. Minimum age: 12.

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