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BOAT DIVER

Many of the world’s top diving locations are only accessible by boat. So even if you are an experienced diver, this course will be beneficial.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Boat terminology
  • Entering & exciting the boat safely
  • Stowing your gear safely
  • Safely descending onto your dive site
  • How to locate safety equipment

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 10 years old

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DAN 02 PROVIDER

This course teaches you the techniques of administering emergency oxygen for suspected diving injuries and nonfatal drowning. Upon completion, you will be able to recognize a problem and respond accordingly accelerating the diver’s recovery.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Atmospheric gases
  • Respiration and circulation
  • Decompression illness
  • Oxygen and diving injuries
  • Oxygen safety

Skills You’ll Develop:

  • Oxygen equipment: ID, assembly, disassembly
  • Scene safety assessment
  • Initial assessment
  • Using demand inhalator valve & non-rebreather mask
  • Bag-valve mask operation
  • Operating manually triggered ventilator
  • Emergency assistance plan creation

PREREQUISITES:

  • None

DEEP DIVER

Ever wonder what resides 130 feet below? If you want to go deep, this course is for you!

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Specialized deep diving equipment
  • Planning & buddy contact procedures
  • Buoyancy control
  • Managing your air efficiently
  • Gas narcosis & all other safety considerations

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Adventure certified
  • Minimum of 15 years old

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DIVE PROPULSION VEHICLE (DVP)

Whether boat diving, or entering from the shore, DPVs provide divers the opportunity to see a lot of underwater real estate in a small amount of time. The scooters propel you through the water with ease over reefs, by wrecks, or through abundant kelp forests.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Maintaining your DPV
  • Planning your dives
  • Importance of staying with your buddy
  • How to handle your DPV – proper descents & ascents
  • Potential problems & solutions

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified or higher
  • Minimum of 12 years old

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DRIFT DIVER

Wonder what it feels like to fly? Drift diving is the closest you’ll come. Driven by the power of the current and your body, you’ll glide through the water as though you had wings. Go with the flow and sign up!

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Drift diving equipment: Floats, lines & reels
  • Overview of aquatic currents & their relevancy
  • Practice buoyancy control, navigation & communication
  • Staying close to your buddy, while drifting

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 12 years old

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DRYSUIT DIVER

Interested in staying warm & dry? Using a drysuit is the answer! These suits seal the water out and keep you comfortable, even in cold water. Often times, colder weather brings better visibility and becoming a drysuit diver allows you to expand your boundaries, dive more places, and extend your scuba season.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Taking on & off your drysuit with minimal assistance
  • Mastering buoyancy control using your drysuit
  • Dive safety procedures when using a drysuit

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified or higher
  • Minimum of 10 years old

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EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE


CPR and first aid skills are important to everyone, not just scuba divers. Becoming an Emergency First Response Instructor enables you to offer courses to anyone & teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines. The EFR course provides a comfortable & supportive environment where your students can practice their emergency care skills and finish feeling confident and ready to help someone in need.

You Will Practice:

  • Learning how to structure & organize EFR courses
  • Presenting course content
  • Encouraging self-discovery in students
  • Evaluating student understanding & skill mastery
  • Hands-on skills practice
  • Managing effective scenario-based learning experiences

PREREQUISITES:

  • None

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ENRICHED AIR NITROX DIVER


If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, this is the course for you! Scuba diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, without additional decompression time. Enriched air is an asset, especially on repetitive scuba dives. It’s no wonder this is PADI’s most popular course.

What Is Covered:

  • Oxygen exposure management
  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank
  • Understanding dive computer settings when using EAS

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 12 years or older depending upon region

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NIGHT DIVER


Have you ever heard the expression “It’s like night & day?” That explains diving at night. Even if you’ve explored the same dive site several times, it is entirely different in the moonlight. A bonus to diving at dark is the amount of nocturnal sea life that emerges; creatures you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see in the daytime appear at night.

Diving at night teaches you control your buoyancy by feel, focus on what is in the beam of your light and forces you to be more aware of the details to become a better diver. If you’re curious what happens underwater after the sun sets, don’t miss this course!

What You’ll Learn:

  • Light handling & communication techniques
  • Navigating in the dark, water entry & exit
  • How sea life differs at night both in species & behavior

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 12 years old

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PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY

When observing sea life, controlled buoyancy prevents a diver from disturbing their surroundings by keeping them off the bottom. This course is like “underwater yoga”; it teaches mental visualization and breath control. These concepts, coupled with proper weighting and trim, enable the diver to move effortlessly through the water while conserving their air, as well as the environment. Proper buoyancy control is a key component for proficiency in U/W Photography, U/W Videography and Drift Diving.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Weighting yourself properly
  • Adjusting weight system & gear for perfect balance
  • Streamlining your body posture for fluid movement
  • Using your air more efficiently
  • Hovering techniques, both vertically & horizontally

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 10 years old

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PROJECT AWARE SPECIALIST

This non-diving specialty was designed specifically for those individuals who are devoted to protecting water resources on a global level and wish to make a difference. Through classroom discussions you will be made AWARE of the most urgent issues currently effecting aquatic environments and learn what you can do to help.

Discussions Will Include:

  • Environmental issues in the ocean & coastal zones
  • Challenges fisheries are facing
  • Sustainability problems
  • The changes in coral reefs & their inhabitants
  • How you can become proactive

PREREQUISITES:

  • None

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PROJECT AWARE CORAL REEF CONSERVATION

Coral reefs are undoubtedly some of the most desirable places to explore for a diver. This non-diving course will expand your knowledge of the aquatic life residing in this type of environment and how you can help with the preservation of these important ecosystems.

Discussions Will Include:

  • Function & complexity of aquatic life on a reef
  • Why the reef is vital to the ecosystem
  • Challenges facing coral reefs
  • Becoming proactive in their preservation

PREREQUISITES:

  • None

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AWARE FISH ID

Have you ever wondered what fish that was you saw underwater? Learning how to identify what type of fish you are seeing during your dive will add a whole new dimension to your experience. You’ll understand where to look for certain creatures and how to approach them with your new-found knowledge. You will learn easy tips and tricks to quickly identify a wide variety of sea life, whether diving at home or abroad.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Identification by fish family & species
  • Survey techniques
  • Becoming proactive in aquatic life preservation

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 10 years old

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SEARCH & RECOVERY

Search & recovery skills come in handy in a variety of situations. Everyone, at some time or another, drops something into the water and it is never to be seen again. This course teaches you proper patterns and techniques to find your treasures. In the unlikely event an emergency situation with a diver arises, your Search & Recovery skills will be invaluable.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Search patterns using a compass U/W
  • Using lift bag for large or heavy objects
  • Different recovery methods
  • Formulating a plan & strategy

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Adventure certified
  • Junior Open Water + U/W Navigator
  • Minimum of 12 years old

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U/W HUNTER

The U/W Hunter course was designed to teach you how to hunt safely while underwater. Our course teaches the fundamentals of speargun safety, rules & regulations/limits, environmental awareness, and cleaning & preparing your catch.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Safety techniques when hunting U/W
  • Carrying equipment & buoyancy control
  • Laws & legal limits
  • Speargun, polespear & knife handling
  • Environmental awareness

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Adventure certified
  • Minimum of 15 years old

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U/W NATURALIST

Understanding more about your local ecosystem is very enlightening. This course teaches you about the symbiotic relationship between aquatic plants & animals, their habits & behaviors and highlights sea life you may have never noticed. Discover what you’ve been missing!

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Life above & below the surface: Differences
  • Responsible interaction with sea life
  • Dispelling myths about sea life & plants

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 10 years old

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U/W NAVIGATOR

It’s easy to get turned around underwater; knowing where you are and in which direction you are headed is always good thing. This specialty teaches you how to accurately use a compass underwater relative to your surroundings, so you can always gain your bearings and avoid getting lost.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Compass drills
  • Relocating submerged object from surface
  • Estimating distance U/W
  • U/W map making

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 10 years old

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DIGITAL U/W PHOTOGRAPHER

A picture is worth a thousand words! It’s almost impossible to convey how amazing the undersea world is unless you can back it up with a photo. This course covers the technique required to take that ideal shot, as well as how to select which camera is best suited for you.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Selecting the appropriate U/W camera system
  • SEA method: Shoot, Examine and Adjust
  • Composition principles
  • Techniques to capture a perfect shot

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 12 years old

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U/W VIDEOGRAPHER

The U/W Videographer specialty teaches you how to bring the magic of the underwater world to the surface. Elements such as light and current can inhibit a quality video, but we’ll teach you small tips & tricks to overcome these obstacles and show your audience what it feels like to be underwater. You’ll be sharing your masterpiece with friends and family in no time!

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Selecting video equipment
  • Video equipment maintenance
  • Fundamentals: Sequencing & storyline
  • Fundamentals: Lighting & focus

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 10 years old

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U/W VIDEOGRAPHER EDITING

So, you have the video: what’s next? This course will teach you how to edit your raw video, transforming it into a cinematic “work of art”. The magic’s in the editing – you’ll learn how to produce a high quality film that people actually want to watch!

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Clipping and editing
  • Inserting sound clips
  • Final production

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Minimum of 10 years old

WRECK

Wrecks hold a great deal of history and no two are alike. While some have sunk from weather or war, others have been dropped to create artificial reefs. Our course teaches you how to safely navigate, explore and penetrate these windows to the past.

What You’ll Learn About:

  • Mapping & surveying
  • Using penetration lines & reels
  • Navigating & exploring safely
  • Proper exploration techniques

PREREQUISITES:

  • Open Water certified
  • Adventure certified
  • Minimum of 15 years old

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