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Deep Diver

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Scuba divers discover beautiful coral reefAfter your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. It’s exhilarating.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for diving in the deeper  range of 18-40 metres/ 60-130 feet
    Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including a dive computer, some accessories and most likely a dive light

Check with your local dive shop about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop in your area.

The Learning Materials You NeedDeep Diver crew pak for scuba diving training class

PADI’s Deep Diver crewpak (DVD and manual) provides a thorough overview of the principles and techniques needed to complete the PADI Deep Diver specialty. In addition to previewing skills you’ll practice with your instructor, the materials serve as a reference guide for deep diving in a variety of conditions and environments. You’ll also find the answers to common questions such as :

Is it true that ascending no faster than your bubbles is a good ascent rate?
Can a slow ascent replace a safety stop?

Beautiful coral reefs in Australia

Your Next Adventure

Scuba lessons for deep divesMany shipwrecks are often found in deeper water. That’s why the PADI Deep Diver course is a natural companion to the PADI Wreck Diver course. Sometimes you can take these two specialties concurrently.

Other training to consider is the PADI Enriched Air Diver course on your way to PADI Master Scuba Diver

Project AWARE Fish ID

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Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, “What was that?”

The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

The Fun Part

You’ll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but their colors and markings maybe wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, it becomes much easier to look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw. That works better than asking about a “yellow thingy with a funny tail fin.”

Divers in full scuba gear hovering over reef to view fish

What You Learn

During two dives you gain hands-on (okay, eyes-on) experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You’ll learn :

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies
  • How to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear. You may also need some scuba accessories such as a dive slate for making notes when conducting fish surveys.
Check with your local dive shop about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop

AWARE Our World Underwater manualThe Learning Materials You Need

AWARE’s Our World Our Water includes a section on identifying reef fish based on body shape and habitat. You’ll also learn about marine life indigenous to tidal zones, polar regions, kelp forests, and wetlands. Our World Our Water also includes a five page glossary of terminology used by marine biologists.

Visit Project AWARE Foundation to download your copy today.

Prerequisites

To take this course, you must be
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)

Puffer fish resting on the coral reefYour Next Adventure

While you’re learning about fish, you’ll probably also be curious about the different types of coral and want to check out the Coral Reef Conservationist course.
As you learn about fish survey techniques you may also want to work on a conservation project as part of your PADI National Geographic Diver certification.
You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the species you’re encountering.

Nitrox Diver

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The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

The Fun Part

Divers breathing underwater with Nitrox

You can typically stay down longer and get back the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
  • Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer

Nitrox scuba tanksThe Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear. Your dive regulator. must be enriched air compatible.

 

Woman preparing for Nitrox class

Ask your PADI Instructor about how you can start your PADI Enriched Air Diver course during your PADI Open Water Diver course.

Nitrox or Enriched Air manualThe Learning Materials You Need

The Enriched Air Diver crewpak includes all required materials* to complete PADI’s Enriched Air Diver specialty. The Enriched Air Diver Manual covers the procedures for diving with Enriched Air (up to 40%) and the Enriched Air Diving video on DVD demonstrates step-by-step how to plan a dive using multiple dive tables. The crewpak also includes the 32%, 36% and the DSAT Oxygen Exposure tables.

Divers preparing their Nitrox scuba tanks

* The RDPTM used in the PADI Open Water Diver course is required but not included with this crewpak.

Breathe underwater longer with Nitrox