Dive Certifications


Research Diver Certification

DCIM101GOPROYour training starts with a comprehensive classroom session where you will be introduced to research dive theory and the specialized equipment. You will work closely with your dive buddy and instructors to master the procedures and methods to successfully conduct underwater research.

During your 6 dives (minimum) with your instructor, you’ll go over:

  • Specialized research equipment and methods.
  • Research dive planning, site mapping, and task handling.
  • Data collection and documentation.
  • Managing your gas supply and safety hazards.

You may be able to get college credit for the Research Diver certificate- ask your instructor.

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

The Advanced Open Water Course will take the entry level skills and provide more specialized training so you can further enjoy diving. The student will learn techniques such as Night Diving, Deep Diving, Search and Recovery Diving, and Underwater Navigation. These skills will help the student further enjoy the total underwater experience.

PADI Deep Dive Specialty

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

  • Specialized deep diving equipment.
  • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

PADI Night Dive Specialty

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. A Night Diver certification will teach you to focus on what you can see in your lights beam, perfect neutral buoyancy by feel, staying with your buddy and paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During your three night training dives you will practice light handling and communication techniques, entering, exiting, navigating in the dark, and identifying how plants and animals change behavior during the night.

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.

Through hands-on training during two scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Professional, you’ll discover:

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

PADI Wreck Diving Specialty

Wreck diving is probably one of the most sought after PADI specialty certifications. How many of us have thought of exploring a sunken ship and the treasures that await? The student will learn the skills necessary to navigate a ship wreck and the issues associated with a sunken artifact / ship.

There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. During four dives you’ll learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
  • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

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