Dive Courses

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Peak Performance Buoyancy

Float effortlessly, drifting over reefs. Be the diver you want to be, with ultimate buoyancy control, able to hover close to the bottom and examine underwater organisms without touching them.

Buoyancy skills separate the good divers from the great divers. In the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, you will learn to how to precisely weight yourself for optimum control, poise and balance. You learn to ascend and descend so effortlessly, it seems like you only think about it and it happens. By mastering streamlining, you move through the water cleanly, efficiently and gracefully. You swim near fragile environments without harm to them or yourself.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 10 years old.
  • Number of dives: Two
  • Buoyancy fundamentals, weighting and adjustments
  • Streamlining, balance and trim
  • Fine tuning buoyancy and mastering hovering
  • Materials: You’ll Need Peak Performance Buoyancy video

 

Get the buoyancy control great divers have with PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Underwater Naturalist

Are you fascinated with aquatic life? Always wondering what that fish is and why it always dances under a coral head whenever you get close? If you're engrossed with life under the surface, the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is especially for you.

In your journey to underwater naturalist, the course teaches you about the different major aquatic life groupings and how they interact so that you understand what you observe in the underwater environment. With the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course under your belt, you see the aquatic world differently. You don't see "fish", but individual species with distinct strategies for surviving in a complex, interactive ecosystem.  

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Overview of aquatic life groupings and interrelations
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • Number of Dives: Two
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Underwater Navigator

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. When everyone's buzzing about a reef or checking out a wreck, they're having a great time until its time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.

Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass. You learn to estimate distance underwater, follow navigation patterns and know where you are while following an arbitrary, irregular course using the Nav-Finder.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Number of Dives: Three
  • Navigation patterns, natural and compass navigation
  • Following irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
  • Dive site relocation
  • Materials: You'll Need Nav-Pak, which includes the PADI Underwater Navigator Manual, Underwater Navigation video and the Nav-Finder

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Underwater Photographer

Freeze time with an underwater camera and you tell a story that even nondivers can understand. Not only that, but you have a record and log of your adventures – more than the memories. Reliving a dive is as simple as looking at a photograph.

Whether you’re a casual holiday snapper or a consummate photo pro, the PADI Underwater Photographer course teaches you the basics as they apply to taking photos underwater, with a special emphasis on practical techniques.

  • Number of Dives: Two
  • Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and be 10 years old.
  • Materials: You’ll Need Photo-Pak, which includes the PADI Underwater Photographer Manual and Underwater Photography video.

 

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Underwater Videographer

Other than taking someone diving, there’s only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world. It’s underwater videography –motion imaging that allows you to share and document your underwater adventures. The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course introduces you to underwater video equipment and videography fundamentals, such as exposure, focus, shot types, moves, story line and shot sequencing. It takes you through the post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and create an underwater masterpiece. By the time you complete the course, you’ll have gone through the entire basic video production process.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Number of Dives: Three
  • Equipment overview, selection and maintenance
  • Story planning and organization
  • Shot sequencing
  • Basic editing

 

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Deep Diver

The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime - going deep to see things others can only dream about.

In this course you will experience what it’s like to dive beyond 60 feet.

Down there, it’s different. It takes additional training. Here’s where you get it.

  • Must be a PADI Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 15 years old
  • Experience diving beyond 18 metres/60 feet
  • Learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards
  • Four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 metres / 60 - 130 feet.
  • Gain experience with diving deep under the direct, professional supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Wreck Diver

You drift down and pass through a window into the past. As you near the bottom, a recognizable shape begins to form. First, you see a straight line, then a round window. Next, a ship materializes in front of you. As you look at the wreck, past and the present meet.

Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, whether a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile, the call of wrecks is nearly irresistible to divers. Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course, you get the skills, knowledge and procedures you need to answer the call of wreck diving.

  • Must be a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and be at least 15 years old.
  • Number of Dives: Four dives over two days
  • Materials You’ll Need: Wreck-Pak, which includes the PADI Wreck Diver Manual and Wreck Diving video.

 

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. The underwater world needs heroes. Be one. Learn how to conserve the aquatic environment.

 

Cavern Diver

If you dive within the light zone of a cave, the area near the cave entrance where natural light is always visible, you're cavern diving. If you want to explore secrets hidden in caverns around the world you'll want your PADI Cavern Diver certification. During this course you will learn to use the equipment and procedures that allow you to explore such areas safely. This is a challenging and very exciting course that includes four training dives over at least two days.

  • Cavern navigation and line protocols
  • Planning, organization, techniques, problems and hazards of cavern diving
  • Special equipment use, such as lights, guidelines, reels and redundant breathing systems.
  • Air sharing, disorientation, silting, line problems and other emergency procedures specific to cavern diving.
  • Silt prevention, buoyancy control, air management and emergency procedures.
  • Depth and distant limits for cavern diving.
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Ice Diver

If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice. Ice diving opens a new and different view of familiar dive sites. During the PADI Ice Diver course, you dive with a PADI Professional in one of the most extreme adventure specialities recreational diving offers. If you like fun, people and a challenge, you’ll love the PADI Ice Diver Specialty course.

  • Must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and 18 years old
  • Learn to plan and organize ice dives
  • Practice the procedures and techniques for handling the problems and hazards of ice diving
  • Site selection, preparation and hole-cutting procedures
  • Use specialized ice diving equipment, safety lines, signals, communications, line tending and line-securing techniques
  • Learn about the effects of cold, emergency procedures and safety-diver procedures
  • Explore the unique aquascape found only under ice

 

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Search & Recovery Diver

Spend time around water (as a diver, how can you avoid it?) and sooner or later, you come across someone who lost something underwater. If you’re looking for the challenge and excitement – along with doing your good deed for the day – the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. It gives you the skills you need to find what’s been lost, and how to get it to the surface.

In the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course, you learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems. You learn how to locate large and small objects using search patterns, and various ways for lifting them to the surface. Not only do these skills make you more capable and confident in the water, but most Search and Recovery Divers eventually end up searching for and recovering something they lost themselves.

  • Must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or a PADI Open Water Diver with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty (or equivalent certification from another organization)
  • Must be at least 12 years old
  • Number of Dives: Four
  • Search patterns, lift bag use and recovery methods
  • Limited visibility techniques and navigation for search and recovery
  • Materials: You’ll Need Search and Recovery-Pak, which includes the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Manual and the Search and Recovery video.
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
  • Find what you’ve lost with the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course.

 

SemiClosed Rebreather - Dolphin/Atlantic and Ray

Imagine sliding through the water, accompanied not by the roar of bubbles, but by silence. Imagine getting close and personal with aquatic life – getting closer than ever before. When you dive with a semiclosed rebreather, you’re nearly bubble free – reducing the noise and disturbance that can scare away shy creatures.

Through either the Semiclosed Rebreather Draeger Dolphin/Atlantis Specialty course or the Semiclosed Rebreather Draeger Ray Specialty course you learn the special procedures for semiclosed rebreather diving. This includes special dive planning, organization, procedures and potential hazards, many of which differ significantly from conventional (open circuit) scuba.

  • Must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) or a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) with proof of at least 10 logged dives beyond open water training dives, and be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Number of Dives: Three
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Assembly, disassembly and maintenance
  • Dive planning and emergency procedures with semiclosed rebreathers
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

Dive nearly bubble free.

 

Discover Scuba Diving

If you’re looking for a convenient way to try scuba, look to a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience to broaden your horizons. You can jump into this program near home in a pool, or on vacation near open water.

Give it a try. Diving can change your life.

  • World’s most popular introduction to scuba diving
  • Available in a pool, ocean, river, lake, quarry or almost anywhere there’s water
  • Discover Scuba Diving skills may be credited toward the PADI Open Water Diver certification
  • Average dive depth is 6 metres/20 feet (12 metres/40 feet is the maximum depth)
  • Most Discover Scuba Diving experiences take just an hour or two
  • No equipment necessary – everything’s provided except you supply the smiles

Emergency First Response Instructor

As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you can conduct Emergency First Response Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (first aid) courses. You’ll learn how to conduct the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid) courses. You’ll also learn to conduct the recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.

National Geographic Diver

Continue the adventure with the PADI National Geographic Diver Specialty course. During the course, you join an elite group of divers who are more than tourists, but explorers, adventurers and conservationists.

As part of the National Geographic Diver Specialty course, you fine-tune your buoyancy, then set off on your exploration project. Whether it’s a survey of plant life or a study of water temperature variation, this project is your chance to think, observe and document like those who dive for science and discovery. On your next dive you’ll hone your navigation skills, then you’ll dive into an aquatic life exercise – which may also be part of your exploration project.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and be at least 10 years old.
  • Number of Dives: Two
  • Knowledge Development: Complete the National Geographic Knowledge Review based on information from the National Geographic Diver Almanac and DVD.
  • Materials You’ll Need: National Geographic Diver Specialty course materials including the National Geographic Diver Almanac and National Geographic Diver DVD.

 

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

 

Digital Underwater Photographer

Digital has taken the underwater photography world by storm. Get in on the action with the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course. You can quickly and easily capture the underwater world with your camera and on your computer.

During the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course, you learn to use the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine and Adjust) method, which takes full advantage of digital technology. The result is good underwater photos faster than you may imagine. You not only learn how to take good photos, but how to share them with your friends via email or printing, optimizing your work with your computer, storage and more.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) However, you can take the course as a snorkeler and receive a nondiving certification.  Not a diver yet? Start today with PADI eLearning.
  • Choosing and using modern digital cameras and underwater housings
  • Using the PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
  • Editing and sharing your pictures
  • The three primary principles for getting good photos underwater
  • The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer certifications credits toward the Master Scuba Diver rating.

 

This is one of PADI’s most adaptable specialty courses, and can even be started during the last dive of your PADI Open Water Diver course