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PADI Specialty Courses

PADI Specialty Dive Courses:

Gaining experience, becoming a well rounded diver and completing dives that both excite and challenge you are the goals of many divers and these specialty dives can help you achieve these goals.
We offer special pricing when you combine specialties or complete the training dives on our club dive trips.

Deep Diver

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 Deep Diver Specialty course.

What you will learn
Along with reviewing reasons for deep diving and the importance of knowing your personal limits, you'll learn about specialized deep diving equipment
Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures, safety considerations and buoyancy control
Managing your gas supply and dealing with gas narcosis

Course Prerequisites
Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification)
15 years or older

4 Training Dives - $400 + Boat

Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) Dive

Boats and currents are two common factors associated with many dive sites. Boaters don't always recognize that divers are in the area and current can carry you further than expected. Launching a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) before you surface can alert others to your location in advance of your ascent. Adding another layer of safety, you can also use the DSMB line to complete your safety stop, which is advantageous in a current or when there are no other visual references. 

What you will learn
Preparing and stowing your DSMB and reel
Deploying the DSMB from a stationary position and from mid-water
Swimming while towing a DSMB and managing the reel and line
Making a safety stop using the DSMB line

Course Prerequisites
Open Water Diver
12 years or older

2 Training Dives - $260

Dive against Debris specialty

Do you want to make a difference on every dive but are not sure where to begin? Gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist by taking the Dive Against Debris® Specialty. You'll learn to complete Dive Against Debris surveys under the guidance of a PADI® Professional and help keep you your local dive sites healthier by removing trash.

What you will learn
Learn about marine debris, the damage done, what it is, where it comes from and how divers are part of the solution and how to establish a Dive Against Debris® survey
The five easy steps to report the debris you've removed to maximize each survey's benefits
Conducting a Dive Against Debris® survey, including weighing, sorting, recording, disposing and reporting your marine debris to Project AWARE

Course Prerequisites
Open Water Diver
12 years or older

1 Training Dive + 1 Theory Session - $260

Drysuit Diver

Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A Drysuit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world's cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.

What you will learn
In addition to reviewing dive safety procedures when using a dry suit, you'll learn which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you
How to take care of your dry suit
Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance
Mastering buoyancy control when using a dry suit

Course Prerequisites
Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)
10 years or older

1 Pool Session + 2 Training Dives - $350 

Emergency Oxygen Provider 

Learn why oxygen is beneficial in an emergency and practice with different delivery systems. Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you're ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

What you will learn
Learn about dive injuries, different types of emergency oxygen equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen
Assembling and disassembling emergency oxygen equipment
Deploying a non-rebreather mask and a demand inhalator valve on a breathing diver
Using a pocket mask on a non-breathing diver.

Course Prerequisites
No diver certification required
No age limit

1 Theory Session - $200

Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox)

Enriched air, also known as nitrox or EANx, contains less nitrogen than regular air. Breathing less nitrogen means you can enjoy longer dives and shorter surface intervals.
Analyse your cylinder, identify potential hazards, then plan & conduct 2 dives with up to 40% Nitrox

What you will Learn
How to use an oxygen air analyzer, obtain nitrox air fills
Setting your dive computer and planning dives

Course Prerequisites
Open Water Diver
12 years or older 

1 Theory & Practical Session - $250
With 2 Training Dives (optional) - $350

 

 

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You've seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. Our Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

What you will learn
While working on moving more efficiently through the water, you'll also learn how to determine the exact weight you need, so you're not too light or too heavy
Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you're perfectly balanced in the water
Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently
Hover effortlessly in any position

Course Prerequisite
Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)

2 Training Dives - $260

Night Diver 

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. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the Night Diver Specialty course.

What you will learn 
Scuba diving at night teaches you to pay attention to details you may overlook during the day. You'll learn light handling and communication techniques 
Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark 
Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night

Course Prerequisites
Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)
12 years or older

3 Training Dives - $350

Search and recovery

It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you've ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you'll practice:

What you will learn
Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation
Locating large and small objects using various search patterns
Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods
Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive

Course Prerequisites
Open Water Diver 
12 years or older

4 Training Dives - $400

Underwater Naturalist

Take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you'll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when you know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.

What you will learn
Through class discussions and on two scuba dives, you'll learn Kky differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds
Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths
Responsible interactions with aquatic life. 

Course Prerequisites
Open Water Diver 
12 years or older

2 Training Dives - $260

Underwater Navigation - 

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you're going. We all know New Zealand has some challenging visibility at times. Our Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

What you will learn:
You'll learn to use natural clues to navigate and also practice methods to estimate distance underwate
Compass navigation while making multiple turns
Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface
Underwater map making

Course Prerequisites:
Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)

3 Training Dives - $350

Wreck Diver

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

What you will 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

Course Prerequisites
Adventure Diver
15 years or older

4 Training Dives - $400