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National Geographic Diver

The PADI National Geographic Diver Course

Join an elite group of divers who are more than tourists, but explorers, adventurers and conservationists.

The Fun Part

The fun part about the PADI National Geographic Diver certification is the opportunity to participate in an exploration project. You'll learn to observe and explore like an underwater scientist.

Learn to explore like an underwater scientist.  Meet amazing creatures like these Manta RaysWhat You Learn

The insight and training you gain during this program will broaden your awareness and take your diving skills to a new level. You will complete a minimum of two dives during this certification.

As part of the National Geographic Diver Specialty course, you fine-tune your buoyancy, then set off on your exploration project. Whether it’s a survey of plant life or a study of water temperature variation, this project is your chance to think, observe and document like those who dive for science and discovery. On your next dive you’ll hone your navigation skills, then dive into an aquatic life exercise – which may also be part of your exploration project.

A PADI National Geographic Scuba Diver et up close to a sea Lion in the Channel Islands, CAYou learn:

  • How to observe your surroundings to get the best experience from each dive
  • Practical experience by gathering information and collecting images to create a visual representation of a dive site, detailing what you’ve discovered through your observations
  • Improved underwater navigation skills and ability to find your way around underwater by using a compass as well as natural references
  • You’ll be introduced to a multitude of aquatic species and be able to identify local plants and animals.

National Geographic Diver Specialty Chart

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

Your Next Adventure

During the PADI National Geographic Diver course you’ll learn about Peak Performance BuoyancyUnderwater NavigationCoral Reef ConservationFish Identificationunderwater photography —all of which are PADI specialty courses for you to delve deeper.

Dry Suit Diver

The PADI Dry Suit Diver course

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.

The Fun Part

Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months—especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months.

Scuba divers in dry suits

What You Learn

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit. You learn:

  • Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  • Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
  • Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options

Practical skills you’ll master in this course:

  • Dry Suit Familiarization
  • Safety Checks
  • Entry Techniques
  • Bubble Check
  • Buoyancy Check
  • Descent techniques
  • Fin Pivot
  • Hover
  • Excess gas in feet emergency roll drill
  • Stuck inflator emergency drill
  • Stuck exhaust valve emergency drill
  • Ascent procedure· Remove and replace scuba unit and weight belt on the surface
  • Exit techniques· Removal of dry suit, storage and maintenance

Dry Suit Specialty Chart

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact your local PADI dive shop or resort

Your Next Adventure

Scuba diving with a dry suit is useful when diving many types of dive sites. A dry suit is necessary when ice diving and sometimes while altitude diving.

Dry suit divers underwater in IrelandMany technical divers wear dry suits on almost every dive due to the length of the time spent underwater. The longer the diver is in the water, the more thermal protection is required. If technical diving is something that interests you, check out the Discover Tec Diving experience.

Multilevel Diver

The PADI Multilevel Diver Course

Maximize your dive time so you can explore more!

In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all.

The Fun Part

This is a great way to learn how to make multilevel dives even if you forget to bring your dive computer.

What You Learn

You'll learn what multilevel diving is and why you want to plan for multilevel dives. You'll also get to see the various types of multilevel dive calculators (including dive computers), as well as learn about multilevel dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, and potential problems. You'll plan a multilevel dive profile and dive it with your African Waters Scuba PADI instructor.

You learn how to:

  • Plan and execute multilevel dives (different depths on the same dive)
  • Back up your dive computer and plan multilevel dives
  • Maximize your no stop time

Multilevel Diver Speciatly Chart

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

 

Your Next Adventure

Multilevel diving is often conducted while deep diving or wreck diving. Multilevel diving combined with Enriched Air Nitrox provides the longest no stop dive times possible.

Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Course

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

The Fun Part

Drift Diving is nearly effortless and relaxing. You simply glide along and enjoy the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work.

What You Learn

During your PADI Drift Diver certification course, you learn about:

  • Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drift diving
  • An introduction to drift diving equipment -- floats, lines, reels
  • Buoyancy-control, navigation and communication for drift diving
  • Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects
  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group

Drift Diver Specialty Chart

Learn to drift with proper scuba diving training

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact your local PADI dive shop or resort

Your Next Adventure

The Diver Propulsion Vehicle course introduces you to scuba diving with underwater scooters, which can come in handy while drift diving.

Ice Diver

The PADI Ice Diver Course

If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice.

During the course, you dive with a PADI Professional in one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers.

The Fun Part

Explore the unique aquascape found only under ice. You can be one of the few that have ever dived under a solid ceiling of ice. Plus, imagine the look on your Divemaster’s face on your next Caribbean trip when you flash your PADI Ice Diver certification.

You might get a chance to play with your exhaled air bubbles on the bottom of the ice or an opportunity to try the unique sport of upside down, bottom of the ice, skiing.

What You Learn

You will complete a minimum of three ice dives for your certification. Dives are typically done as a group working with support personnel, divers, tenders, and safety divers. You are under the ice to learn to control buoyancynavigate under the ice, and keep in contact with the lead diver and tenders via line pulls.

You learn:

  • To plan and organize ice dives
  • Reasons and opportunities for ice diving,
  • Equipment considerations
  • About site selection, preparation and hole-cutting procedures
  • How to practice the procedures and techniques for handling the problems and hazards of ice diving
  • To use specialized ice diving equipment, safety lines, signals, communications, line tending and line-securing techniques
  • How to manage equipment problems
  • About the effects of cold, emergency procedures and safety-diver procedures

Ice Diver Specialty Chart

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

Your Next Adventure

Although some ice divers dive in a wetsuit, you’ll probably find that you are more comfortable in a dry suit. The PADI Dry Suit Diver course can help you become familiar with the nuances of using a dry suit.

While you’re brushing up on your specialty diving skills, you should also take the Rescue Diver course, which puts you just on step closer to the Master Scuba Diver rating.

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Course

DPVs offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, a DPV is a great way to see more and have a blast doing it.

The Fun Part

Fun? Underwater scooters (DPVs) are a kick! It’s all fun.

What You LearnRent or buy a DPV for your next scuba diving trip

  • You learn:
    Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Equipment considerations
  • Diver etiquette and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact your local PADI dive shop or resort

Your Next Adventure

DPVs can come in handy when wreck diving because they let you tour more of the wreck, plus reduce your air consumption. You may want to consider the PADI Wreck Diver course while working your way to Master Scuba Diver.

Equipment Specialist

The PADI Equipment Specialist Course

Don’t miss a dive due to a scuba gear issue.

Whether it's a blown o-ring, regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic scuba equipment adjustments.

As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repaired and other information that helps you with your equipment investment.

The Fun PartTwo divers

The more you know about how your dive gear works, the more

  • Comfortable you are with it
  • Performance you get from it
  • You can care for it

What You Learn

  • Review the theory, principles and operation of scuba diving equipment
  • Learn about routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage
  • How to overcome common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures (may include a demonstration of repair procedures)
  • Gain simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear (may include optional confined water dive to try new or unfamiliar equipment)

Equipment Specialist Specialty Chart

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

 

Your Next Adventure

The PADI Equipment Specialist Course is not an equipment repair course, but it provides the foundation you’ll want if you’re interested in learning equipment repair

Digital Underwater Photographer

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and Underwater Photographer Courses

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

The Fun Part

It's a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family. CreditSnorkeler taking underwater photos

What You Learn

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
  • The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
  • The three primary principles for good underwater photos

Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Chart

 

Your Next Adventure

Learn to scuba dive and take great underwater photosTwo excellent specialties to pair with underwater photography are the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, and the PADI Dry Suit Diver course on your way to PADI Master Scuba Diver The PADI Enriched Air Diver course allows you to extend your time underwater so you have more time to capture images. In cooler climates, a dry suit allows you to dive comfortably longer, and to make more dives.

You may also find the Peak Performance Buoyancy course gives you helpful tips to optimize your weighting and skills so you’ll be in better position to capture that perfect picture.

Enriched Air Diver

Scuba Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox

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 PartDivers 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.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course.

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

Enriched Air Diver Specialty Chart

 

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

 

Your Next Adventure

Breathe underwater longer with NitroxDiving with enriched air nitrox benefits all types of diving, but it goes especially well with these specialties:

  • PADI Wreck Diver course – Popular wrecks tend to be deeper, so enriched air nitrox maximizes your exploration time.
  • PADI Deep Diver course – The deeper you dive, the shorter your no stop time – but enriched air nitrox increases it, giving your more time at depth
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer – Photographers usually like to make several dives so they can get lots of pictures. Enriched air nitrox reduces the amount of residual nitrogen you accumulate, allowing repetitive dives to be longer.
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver The PADI Enriched Air Diver course counts toward your Master Scuba Diver rating -- the highest non professional rating in recreational diving.

Deep Diver

The PADI Deep Diver CourseScuba divers discover beautiful coral reef

After 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.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Deep Diver course!

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 African Waters Scuba PADI instructor

Deep Diver

To purchase learning materials and equipment, please contact us.

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

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