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AWARE Reef Diver

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Course

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs.

The Fun Part

As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.

What You Learn

Diver gliding over coral reefThe AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and :

  • How coral reefs function
  • Why they are so important
  • Why many reefs are in serious trouble
  • What you can do to prevent further decline

AWARE Coral Reef Chart

Visit Project AWARE Foundation to download your copy today.

Your Next Adventure

As you learn about coral reef conservation you may also want to work on a conservation project as part of your PADI National Geographic Diver certification.

Since fish life and coral reefs go hand in hand, it also makes sense to learn about fish identification with the AWARE Fish ID course.

You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the conditions of the reefs and species you’re encountering.

AWARE Fish ID

The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Course

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 fishWhat 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

AWARE Fish ID

Cavern Diver

The PADI Cavern Diver CourseScuba divers cavern diving

Can you see the light? If you dive within the light zone of a cave–the area near the cave entrance where natural light is always visible–you're in the cavern zone.

The Fun Part

The fun part is exploring secrets hidden in caverns around the world and having the knowledge and skills to do it correctly.

What You Learn

This is a challenging and very exciting course that includes four training dives over at least two days. During your first open water dive you'll practice line handling, reel use and emergency procedures without entering a cavern. But, for your next three dives, you're headed into the cavern, staying within the light zone and 40 metres/130 feet total distance from the surface. You learn about

  • Cavern navigation and line protocols
  • Planning, organization, techniques, problems and hazards of cavern diving
  • Special equipment use, such as lights, guidelines, reels and redundant breathing systems
  • Air sharing, disorientation, silting, line problems and other emergency procedures specific to cavern diving
  • Silt prevention, buoyancy control, air management and emergency procedures
  • Depth and distant limits for cavern diving

Cavern Diver

African Waters Scuba has all the material and equipment for you to complete this course. For more information, please contact us.

Your Next Adventure

The Peak Performance Buoyancy course will help you perfect your buoyancy skills for cavern diving. Many cavern and cave divers are also Enriched Air Nitrox certified so that they can enjoy more time exploring underwater. If you love cavern diving you may be interested in the Discover Tec Diving experience, which lets you try out basic technical diving equipment and skills to help you see if you want to learn more about going beyond recreational diving limits.

Altitude Diver

The PADI Altitude Diver Course

Any time you’re diving at 300 to 3000 metres/1000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you're altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you.

The Fun Part

Dive more challenging dive sites while you satisfy your curiosity for “I wonder what’s down there?” The fun part about altitude diving is that you can explore places many people have never seen.

What You LearnLearn to scuba dive in high altitudes

You’ll learn the effects of pressure at higher altitudes and how to adjust your dive plan accordingly. Whether you use a recreational dive planner table (RDPTM), an electronic eRDPTM or a dive computer, you’ll learn how plan and make a dive at high altitudes. You’ll learn :

  • Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Recreational Dive PlannerTM procedures for diving at altitude
  • Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures at altitude

Boat Diver

The PADI Boat Diver Course

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.

The Fun Part

Diving from a boat is fun, especially when you look at ease when maneuvering around on it. It’s fun to know what you’re doing.

What You Learn

Learn the tips, tricks and ways toLearn to scuba dive from a boat

  • Dive from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards :
    • how they differ from place to place
    • gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area
  • Safely enter and exit the water :
    • sometimes it’s better to hand your gear up to the crew and then climb in the boat
    • sometimes you just take off your fins and weights and walk up the ladder
  • Stow your gear in the most appropriate areas
  • Use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives.
  • Locate basic boat safety equipment

Boat Diver Chart

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