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Specialty diver courses are scheduled "on-demand", we will match the specialty instructor and figure out a schedule that will work to make your more confident and competent in the water. Specialties often have unique logistical requirements, and have dives (as many as four), or no dives at all. Go ahead and let us know which specialty we can get set up for you!

UNDERWATER NATURALIST

Just like your neighborhood or office, there is a lot going on among the inhabitants. Underwater life has structure, and relationships both symbiotic and parasitic. This class helps you to recognize and understand behavior patterns. Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do, and their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

 

This course will give you insight and a better understanding of the ecosystem intrinsic to your familiar dive site.

 

When you identify and record different relationships during your dives you can research them and discover more after the dive.

PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY

The fine art of floating and hovering effortlessly like the fish is called buoyancy control. With the ability to glide, ascend and descend smoothly you control your dive, use less air and enjoy aquatic life without disturbing their environment. Taking the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy certification delivers on all counts.

The course will lead you to think differently about your position in the water.  We will practice breathing techniques, gear configurations and fin strokes to maximize your dive time.

KAYAK DIVER

Want to dive the “boneyard” without signing up for a charter? Kayak Diver is the ticket. Learn how to choose the right kayak, predict marine weather, currents and tides and safety and equipment requirements. This is a hands-on practical course that takes place in the classroom and on the water.

We'll teach you how to properly rig your kayak and set out for a great day of diving.  SAFELY.

Practicing entries and exits, you'll gain the confidence you need to plan and execute your day of kayak diving with friends and family.

WHALE SHARK AWARE

The whale shark is at the top of the "must-see" list and diving or snorkeling with the largest fish in the sea is truly exciting.

 

Although its favorite meal is plankton, we still need to be aware that interacting with these gentle giants needs to be done in a passive manner. Find out about whale shark biology, behavior and distribution. Learn safe ways to observe them and, where you can go to participate in whale shark conservation, dives and snorkel tours. 

Ask us about our trips to the Mexican islands and worldwide to view these incredible ocean creatures.  This specialty can be paired with any of our overseas whaleshark trips.

SEARCH AND RECOVERY

Have you ever found a perfectly good dive light or knife on a dive? To hear divers talk about what they lost and have to replace, the ocean floor must be littered with all kinds of goodies. You never know when you or your buddy might lose something on a dive so Search and Recovery are handy skills to have.  

​In this course you use your navigation and mapping skills to find the item, but most importantly learn how to get that lost object, small, large or just awkward, back to the surface safely.

Whether you dropped your sunglasses, or lost an anchor... we can prepare you for a successful search.

DRIFT DIVER

Imagine gliding (or flying) through the water effortlessly, that’s drift diving. Scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to see more fish, see more of the reef and have longer dives, since with drifting you won't be working as hard. You can be relaxed and exhilarated at the same time!

 

There are many techniques you learn in this course. Handling and deploying floats, lines, reel, the surface marker buoy or dive flag, using a drift line for communication with your buddy and buoyancy control to manage your depth. These are just a few of the skills unique to drift diving.

NIGHT DIVER

Night diving takes you to a whole new world. The dive site you know so well will have a different cast of characters as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. It is marvelous to see how plants and animals differ and change behavior at night.

​Learn new ways to communicate with your buddy, those hand signals aren’t going to work in the dark. Other good skills you gain with this course and effective use of dive lights, entering, navigating and exiting the water in the dark. This is a great option for busy divers who can’t get out during “work hours”.

EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST

You rely on your equipment to be there and safely support you underwater. Return the favor and spend time with it above water so you don't miss a dive due to a broken fin strap or blown o-ring. Get hands-on with simple repairs that can save your dive.

 

The more you know about how your equipment works the more comfortable you will be when diving.

 

Build a save-a-dive kit that's appropriate for your gear as well as common items that will help any diver. See the inside of a regulator and how it works, then understand how to clean it to avoid common problems. Ever had a sticky BCD inflator? You can avoid and possibly fix it.  

 

Meet handy field repair tools and learn how to perform basic wetsuit and dry suit repairs. We’ll look at your gear with specifics about: comfortable equipment configuration, routine recommended care, maintenance and storage. 

MASTER SCUBA DIVER

Master Scuba Diver is the highest level of certification in recreational scuba diving and the platinum certification card to have. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. It shows that you have mastered numerous aspects of scuba diving through extensive training and significant experiences in a variety of environments.

The great thing about this journey is that it can take many paths, following your interests.  Starting in Open Water Diver class is the beginning and getting there is a journey - you can continue your journey from anywhere within the certification process.

 

Your path may follow along learning about the environment through the AWARE courses, or learn about deep diving through the Tec diving program. Want to learn photography and video along with the dive skills needed to be the most stable photo platform you can be? We have a path for you.

This is an application process, not just an electronic certification. Once you achieve the rating of Master Scuba Diver, you will be on the wall with an elite group of divers.

DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER

Remember the exciting dive in the Solomon Islands when you saw the rare Tasseled Scorpionfish? Did you capture it on camera, or did you end up with a perfect shot of a fish butt?

 

Whether you are a new or seasoned photographer you can benefit from this course. Some of the topics you learn and practice are: framing and shooting techniques, planning and organizing a photography dive, adjustments underwater and post production. You will come out of this course with quality photos you will be proud to share with the world!

CORAL REEF RESTORATION

Why do we dive? To see what’s out there and as divers, coral reefs are an intrinsic part of our world. The health of these aquatic ecosystems is what makes a good dive.

The Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems.

We all have the responsibility as divers to understand the aquatic life around us, and teach others the lessons of the underwater world.

WRECK DIVER

Diving a wreck is a real scuba adventure that gives us a chance to go back into the past. As you swim passed sunken ships, airplanes and even trucks, you’ll feel like you’re in an underwater museum. 

But wrecks aren’t just rusting hunks of metal and piles of purpose sunk concrete, they’re thriving ecosystems that teem with aquatic life. In class you learn how to survey and map a wreck. And, explore it using penetration lines and reels.

We'll show you the dangers and benefits of diving these wonderful marine habitats safely.

UNDERWATER NAVIGATION DIVER

Yes, you can find your way to the beach or boat and back. Do you know how to keep track of where you are and how far you’ve gone during your dive?

Practice techniques to measure distance underwater, use natural navigation without a compass and follow patterns using compass headings. The end result is you can confidently find the beach or boat in any conditions.

​Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you are going!

DEEP DIVER

Do you long to dive those interesting wrecks and captivating deep walls that are beyond your recreational diving limit of 60 FT?

​With the Deep Diver certification you will expand the gas planning techniques you learned during your open water course to include calculating surface-air-consumption (SAC) or surface consumption-rate (SCR).

 

Alternative equipment configurations and considerations for deeper dives and make modifications to your setup to meet the dives goals. 

BOAT DIVER

Boat diving is fun, often preferred by most divers and sometimes is the only way to get to a dive site. However, boats come in different sizes, shapes that may require different rules, procedures or etiquette.

If you have never dove from a boat or maybe are travelling to a new destination that uses a different boat than you've dove from before, here are some things to consider:

  • Stowing your gear in appropriate areas

  • Using surface line to initiate or conclude your dive

  • Locating basic boat safety equipment

FISH IDENTIFICATION

There was a truly amazing, brilliant multi- colored fish on that last dive…you want to enter it in your logbook but what the heck was it?  The PADI Fish ID course is for you. On far away trips and local dives you see a range of fish and logging a list of them can be a fun and educational activity.

You will enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics. 

With just a little practice and some fundamentals you can start to identify different groups and characteristics of similar fish. 

SELF-RELIANT DIVER

Self-reliant diving appeals to divers for many different reasons. Photographers are a good example of a diver who would stray from the pack. Other examples are , divers who want to become self-sufficient in case of foreseeable emergency, and divers who want to improve their dive skills.

 

It is an adventure activity that is not for everyone but does have its place. If you have the mental discipline and commitment to learn and follow self-reliant diving techniques, you’ll bolster your skills and confidence when diving alone, in a dive pair or as part of a team.

Some of the critical skills you will learn are recognizing and understanding the inherent risks, risk mitigation strategies, the best way to configure your equipment, and differences in dive planning and preparation. This course prepares you to think like an independent unit.

PUBLIC SAFETY DIVER

Want to learn what it takes to assist local community departments in search and recovery, rescue, and other scenerio's?

Although public safety diving can be a fun and exciting adventure, it’s serious and requires special training. The PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course gives you a solid foundation to build upon and teaches you both surface and underwater skills that you may need on the job.

 

To enroll in a Public Safety Diver course, you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 18 years old. 

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Hours:
Monday-Friday  9AM-7PM
Saturday  8AM-7PM
Sunday  8AM-4PM
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