Specialty Diver Education

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Expand Your Horizons!

Taking diving Specialty Courses expand your expertise in specific areas. Designed for Open Water Divers and Advanced Divers alike, you can complete training in a vocation that most interests you. Take a look at our lineup of courses and prepare for some more underwater fun!

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Dry Suit diver
dry suit diver
Stay Warm & Dry

If you want to see the spectacular and prolific aquatic life often found in colder water climates you'll need to stay warm and that means a dry suit. But, you want to be trained in proper techniques and this is where the Dry Suit Specialty course comes in. You'll also need this certification to rent a drysuit!

During your Dry Suit Diver 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, including dive planning, organization, techniques, problems and buoyancy control.


Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 12 years

Course Summary

  • Dry Suit manual
  • 2 class/ pool sessions + 1 ocean day (2 dives)
  • $100 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card
  • Save time & money - take this course during the Open Water Diver Course!
Enriched Air Nitrox Diver
enriched air nitrox
Safer & Longer Bottom Time!

By diving with enriched air rather than standard air you can extend your no-decompression limits. This means more time underwater. For example, if you dive to 50 feet on air, your no decompression limit is 80 minutes. But, diving on EANx36 gets you 220 minutes of no decompression time - an increase of 140 minutes.

The Enriched Air Diver Specialty certification emphasizes the theoretical and operational considerations involved with enriched air diving. You'll cover all the features & benefits that Enriched Air diving brings.

Prerequisites

  • Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 15 years

Course Summary

Deep Diver
deep diver specialty
Extend Your Range

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

You'll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 37 - 40 meters / 120 - 130 feet.

Prerequisites

  • Adventure Diver or above
  • Minimum age 15 years

Course Summary

  • PADI Deep Diver Book
  • 4 Dives over 2 Days
  • $125 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card
  • $100 Boat Charter Fee
Equipment Specialty
dive equipment specialist
Save a Dive

Whether it's a regulator problem, a wet suit tear or a broken mask strap, the Equipment Specialist course can help. This Specialty course prepares you for the basic equipment care & maintenance you'll encounter every day. You'll also purchase gear with confidence

During your PADI Equipment Specialist program, you'll familiarize yourself with the operation and maintenance of your personal equipment. Your instructor might also provide the opportunity to review new or unfamiliar dive equipment. The program is not an equipment repair program but it does give you: 1)Theory, principles and operation of dive equipment, 2)Routine recommended care and maintenance procedures, 3)Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures, 4)Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment

Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 10 years

Course Summary

  • 1 Class session
  • $60 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card
Naturalist Diver
naturalist diver
Observe Nature

If you're interested in aquatic life then the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is for you. This course is an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and will help develop safe and responsible aquatic life interaction techniques.

During your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course, you'll learn underwater naturalist dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also get an overview of the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths. You'll put this information into practice during your two open water dives.

Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 10 years

Course Summary

  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • 1 Classroom session + 2 dives in 1 day
  • $110 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card
Night Diver
night diver specialty
Discover New Marine Life interactions

When you go night diving you'll see a whole new world. Even your local dive site takes on a new personality at night, as many underwater creatures and plant life (different from those you see during the day) are active at night.

You'll learn night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to control your buoyancy, navigate and communicate at night. Since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different, you'll also get an introduction to nocturnal aquatic life.

Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 12 years

Course Summary

  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • 3 Night Dives over 2 or 3 sessions
  • $120 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card. Fees are less when combined with the Advanced Course.
Peak Performance buoyancy
peak performance bouyancy
Get Neutral

How is your Buoyancy control? A little "iffy"? Then this course has your name on it! The Peak Performance Buoyancy program is the perfect opportunity to hone your buoyancy skills. Perfect your buoyancy and you'll conserve air, energy and our precious environment.

Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 10 years

Course Summary

  • 1 Class/ Pool Session
  • $135  Instruction Fee- Includes C-Card.
Altitude Diver
altitude diver specialty
Great Adventures in Mountain Fresh Water

Any time you're diving from 1,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you're altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you.

The Altitude Diver Specialty course familiarizes you with the rules and procedures necessary to use the Recreational Dive Planner at altitude. This includes: 1)Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards, 2)Special Recreational Dive Planner procedures for diving at altitude, 3)Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures, 4)Special equipment necessary for altitude diving

Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 12 years

Course Summary

  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • 1 Class session + 2 dives over one day
  • $155 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card.
Boat Diver
boat diver
The Ins & Outs of Proper Dive Boat Procedures

Through the Boat Diver Specialty you'll learn the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats. The more boats you're diving from, the more diving you're doing. You'll learn about; 1)Boat diving planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards, 2)Proper boat diving etiquette, including equipment storage and conduct, 3)Common boat terminology, 4)Specific and local boat diving laws and ordinances, 5)Overview of emergency and safety equipment needed on private dive boats

Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 10 years

Course Summary

  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • 3 Night Dives over 2 or 3 sessions
  • $75 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card.
  • Boat Charter Fee (varies between $35 to $85)
Underwater Navigation
underwater navigator
Know Your Way

When you're underwater, knowing where you are and where you're going comes in handy, especially if you're looking for that beautiful reef that you've heard all about. The Underwater Navigator Specialty course will help you become a pro at finding your way underwater.

During your course, you'll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organization and potential problems. You'll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further your compass navigation skills. You'll put these into practice during your three open water dives

Prerequisites

  • Advanced Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 10 years

Course Summary

  • Underwater Navigation Manual
  • 3 Dives over 2 days. Your Navigation Adventure Dive may count toward this Specialty
  • $120 Instruction Fee - Includes C-Card. Fee may be less if combined with the Advanced Course.
Underwater Photographer
underwater photographer
Discover New Marine Life interactions

We can help you learn how to take your fist underwater photographs or fine tune your existing skills to produce photographs that will stun your friends. You'll learn the basics of underwater photography such as composition, film or digital types and camera handling, with special emphasis on practical techniques. You'll learn underwater photography dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to care for and maintain your camera equipment.

Prerequisites

  • Junior Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 10 years

Course Summary

  • Underwater Photography Student Kit or the PADI Elearning Home Study Course
  • Camera System- May be available for rent
  • 2 Class/ Pool sessions + 2 open water dives
  • $145 + ? Camera Rental + ?Boat Fee. Includes C-Card
Underwater Hunter
underwater hunter
Find & Collect your favorite seafood

Most of us enjoy seafood delicacies, but have always had to purchase it at the market or our favorite restaurant. Now that your a diver, you can enjoy hunting and collecting your own dinner, with many a story to go with the meal!

Prerequisites

  • Open Water Diver or above
  • Minimum age 15 years
  • Pole Spear or Speargun, game collecting bag/ stringer. Abalone iron, float, bag and gage if applicable to the trip (North Coast only)

Course Summary

  • 1 classroom +1 day (2 dives) of diving
  • $135 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card.
Wreck Diver
wreck diver
Explore History

The lure of exploring sunken vessels, airplanes and automobiles is something most divers can't resist. The Wreck Diver Specialty course introduces you to wreck diving and helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and fun wreck diving.

Your program includes; 1)The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving, 2)The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels, 3)Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures

Prerequisites

  • Adventure Diver or above
  • Minimum age 15 years

Course Summary

  • Wreck diver Manual
  • 1 class session & 4 dives over two days
  • Call for specifics. Depends on location
Sidemount diver
sidemount diver
Sidemount Diving with Singles and Twins

Find a new and different way to configure your cylinders with the PADI Sidemount Diver course. Because you are able to move the cylinder from your back to your side, it instantly takes the pressure off of your back and gives you more flexibility to move and enjoy your dive. Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back. You can enter the water and clip them on and go.


Prerequisites

  • Open Water Diver or above with more than 15 dives
  • Minimum age 15 years

Course Summary

  • Sidemount Outline
  • 4 class/ pool sessions + 2 ocean day (4 dives)
  • $230 Instruction Fee- includes C-Card

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