PADI DIVING PROGRAMS

Diversity Diving is proud to offer a wide range of PADI programs from Open Water to Divemaster.

About PADI

Why learn to Scuba Dive?

If you have ever found yourself staring at the ocean, captivated by its vastness, mystery and beauty then we know exactly how you feel. See what millions of other people have experienced and take your first steps into exploring the underwater realm. Scuba Divng is a safe, fun, and amazing way to discover the wonders that lie beneath the sea. Here, on the world famous Riviera Maya, part of the worlds second largest barrier reef system Diversity Diving can offer you experiences that match your needs. Take your first breath underwater with us let us show you the Blue Planet.

If you only want to try diving you can take a Discover Scuba Diving, or Resort course and in only half a day you could be swimming with unbelievabe tropical fish and laid back Sea Turtles. If you want to take it further and get certified for life, the PADI Open Water course is your passport to the oceans and will serve as the perfect foundation for your diving adventures to come.

Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Experience

Have you been wondering what it’s like to breathe underwater? With a PADI Discover Scuba® Diving Experience, you can try scuba at your local PADI dive shop’s pool on your next vacation.

A PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is a great way to find out what scuba diving is really like before you take the full scuba certification course.

Your scuba instructor will spend a little time with you to explain the basic principles of scuba diving and give you an overview of your scuba gear, which is supplied by the dive shop.

Once you feel comfortable, your instructor will take you in the pool to help you learn basic scuba skills. Then, if you like, you can go with your instructor for a short discovery dive up to 40 feet/ 12 meters. Most Discover Scuba Diving experiences take about two to three hours.

The skills you learn during your Discover Scuba Diving experience may be credited toward the full PADI Open Water Diver certification. Or, start scuba lessons online now and finish your certification dives locally or on vacation!

Why take a PADI DSD Experience?

• World’s most popular introduction to scuba diving
• Discover Scuba Diving skills can be credited toward PADI certification
• Maximum dive depth is 12 meters/40 feet)
• Takes approx. 4 hours (including 2 dives)

The Fun Part. It’s all fun!

There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to –after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that – but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving program is not coaxing participants into the water, but coaxing them out when the program is over.

Plus, you can get credit! If your Discover Scuba Diving program includes an actual scuba dive in open water, your experience may count toward PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification, putting you a step ahead of the game when you decide to go for it.

What You Learn

You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. One thing you’ll learn is that you really can breathe underwater and whether you like doing that or not. You will:

• Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it.
• Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there.
• Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step.

The Scuba Gear You Use

All the equipment you will need is typically included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask , snorkel, and fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You might also wear a scuba wetsuit or a weight system depending on where you do your Discover Scuba Diving program.

The Learning Materials You Need

• Just your willingness and undivided attention

Prerequisites

To take Discover Scuba Diving, you must be:
• At least 10 years old

Duration

• 1/2 a day to full day, if the optional second dive is taken.

Cost: $110

Scuba Diver Course

Short on time and long on the urge to become a certified diver?

The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification, consider becoming a PADI Scuba Diver.

This certification allows for ample dive experience and is a good warm-up for the Open Water Diver course, if that’s your ultimate goal

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

• Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet
• Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
• Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses.

The Fun Part

• The Scuba Diver certification opens the door on the underwater world for anyone who’s thought that a course would take too long or be too difficult.

• Complete your Open Water Diver whenever you want! Take your Scuba Diver certification to Open Water Diver with a few additional dives and knowledge development, and make the jump to Open Water Diver certification. You can start scuba diving independently whenever time allows or you’re up for more.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You’ll use all the basic scuba gear and some of it may be included with your course. You may want to invest in your own mask, snorkel and fins since these personal items are a lot more fun to use when they fit properly. A buoyancy compensating jacket that holds your scuba tank, a scuba regulator that delivers air, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply will also be used. Depending on the scuba diving environment, you might also wear a scuba wetsuit .

Ask the dive shop where you plan to take your Scuba Diver course about the scuba equipment you’ll use.

What You Learn

• All the basics of scuba diving through knowledge development, a set of scuba skills in the pool that you’ll use again during open water dives, and an appreciation for the underwater world that will keep you coming back for more bottom time every chance you get!

During the course you’ll cover material and practice skills related to topics such as:
• Buoyancy skills including comfortable ascents and descents, and breathing underwater.
• Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
• Diving environments and aquatic life you’re likely to encounter.
• Preventing common problems underwater.
• An introduction to boat diving.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Scuba Diver. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also choose a book and video on DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.

PADI’s Scuba Diver materials provide a comprehensive overview of basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Once you’re a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures.

The Prerequisites for This Course

To take this course, you must be:
• 15 years old (or 10 years old for Junior Scuba Diver certification)

Duration: Two and half days

Cost: $265

Open Water Diver Course

Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures, or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves; this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

• Knowledge Development (online, Open Water Diver Touch or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
• Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
• Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must:

Be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires an extra registration step for students under 13 years due to international internet laws

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer and standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate, or cold water

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also chose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.

PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

To purchase these products, contact Diversity Diving

Start Now. You don’t have to wait to get going. With PADI eLearning and the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online, you can start right now. The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online lets you learn the background information you need before each dive at your own pace through friendly, interactive learning. Our instructors at Diversity Diving will be able to monitor your progress and are always available to assist with any questions. You can contact us by phone or by email.

Cost: $340

Open Water Referral

Get started at home and finish in paradise

You can start your course at home, either online with PADI eLearning or with your local dive center, and after completing the theory and pool, or Confined Water session’s, you can come to Playa del Carmen complete your Open Water training dives here with Diversity Diving. Our clear and tropical waters combined with our awesome instructors, provide the perfect atmosphere to finish your PADI Open Water certification.

Make sure to bring the corresponding documentation necessary for the referral. This can be either the student record in your PADI logbook or a copy of your student record file, both need to be signed off by your referring instructor. Your initial Instrcutor will give you any neccessary paperwork before you leave so don’t forget to ask for it. We will need to see and verify exactly what you completed and what else need’s to be finished.

When you arrive in Playa bring all your paperwork with you and we can customise a program just for you.

The remaining Open Water course components that will be undertaken will include:

• (4) Open Water Dives

• Prerequisites: 10 years old for Junior Open Water Diver and 15 years old for Open Water Diver. Good health and reasonable fitness

• Recommended duration: 2 days, depending on personal learning needs

• Materials You’ll Need: RDP table, PADI (gold) Hologram that came with your Open water Diver manual, log book, filled out course documentation by your referring instructor.

A PADI PIC (Personal Identification Card) may also be included with your paperwork, however if it not the PIC can be purchased upon arrival.

Equipment you’ll use during the course includes:

Mask, fins, snorkel, tank, regulator, buoyancy compensator, submersible pressure gauge and exposure protection (type of suit is depending on personal preferences)

Duration: Two and half days
Cost: $265

Diving with Kids

The PADI Seal Team Program

The PADI Seal Team is for young divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by doing exciting scuba AquaMissions.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dive with flashlights, take digital pictures underwater or float effortlessly like an astronaut? These are AquaMissions that introduce you to wreck, navigation, buoyancy, underwater photography, environmental awareness and more.

Here’s your chance to do some cool stuff in the pool, meet friends and share in the adventure of the underwater world.

The Fun Part

The best part of the Specialty AquaMissions is they reinforce safe diving skills while the kids are having fun. PADI Seals get to sample a wide variety of dives.

In addition, it provides parents with a structured program that lets their children develop skills, learn about the aquatic environment and have a lot of good, clean fun. This is also an excellent way to introduce kids to scuba diving prior to full Open Water Diver certification.

What You Learn

The PADI Seal Team program is broken into two parts.

Part one, AquaMissions 1 – 5, teaches kids the basics of diving – things like buoyancy control, mask clearing, regulator recovery, etc.

After building a solid foundation of scuba skills, kids move on to part two. Part two is full of specialty AquaMissions, which usually last about an hour.

PADI Seal Team

• Helps children learn responsibility
• Teaches children about the aquatic environment
• Is a fun pool-only experience
• Is conducted by certified, trained PADI Professionals

The Scuba Gear You Use

Children use all the basic scuba gear, which is made for their size and stature.

Check with your local dive shopabout gear rentals and packages offered with this program. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop

The Learning Materials You Need Calling all Seal Team recruits: The Seal Team crewpak includes everything a PADI Seal Team member needs to prepare for their AquaMissions. Video on DVD? Check! Activity book? Check! Log book pages? Check! You are now cleared for an underwater adventure.

Prerequisites

To participate in PADI Seal Team, a child

• Must be at least 8 years old

Your Next Adventure Upon successful completion of the first five AquaMissions, students become a PADI Seal Team members. Upon successful completion of 10 additional specialty Aqua Missions, students become Master Seal Team members

When kids are 10 years old, they can take complete the Junior PADI Open Water Diver certification.

The PADI Bubblemaker Experience

What a great way to introduce children to scuba diving in a pool in less than six feet of water. Celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker party with friends and family at your local PADI dive shop or resort. It’s fun, easy and safe.

The Fun Part

Youngsters can join in the family fun of scuba diving or even start a trend! Children should be comfortable in the water, but they don’t have to be super swimmers. With youngsters in mind, the maximum depth is only 2 metres/ 6 feet.

• Typical sessions last about an hour (sign up, gear up and fun included)
• Also available as a confined open water experience (2 metres/ 6 feet max. depth)

What You Learn

Kids get a chance to :

• Experience what scuba diving is like under the direct care and supervision of PADI Instructors
• Take their first breath underwater
• Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults

The Scuba Gear You Use Children use all the basic scuba gear, which is made for their size and stature.

Check with your local dive shop about setting up a Bubblemaker experience today.

The Scuba Gear You Use

Children use all the basic scuba gear, which is made for their size and stature.

Check with your local dive shop about setting up a Bubblemaker experience today.

The Learning Materials You Need

Ready to blow bubbles? The Bubblemaker crewpak gives kids a memento of their visit to the underwater world and is full of fun surprises. The pack includes: a kid-sized beach towel, log book, certificate, temporary tattoo emblem and the adorable and a popular Bubblemaker “action figure.” Adults love them, too.

To purchase this product, contact your local PADI Instructor, dive shop or resort

Prerequisites

The PADI Bubblemaker program is for children age 8 and above.

• No pre-training required

Your Next Adventure

Bubblemakers can continue the adventure to complete AquaMissions during the Seal Team program. Those who are 10-14 years old can take the Junior PADI Open Water Diver course and may want to pursue other advanced kids courses.


PADI Continuing Education Courses

Being a certified PADI Diver opens up huge possibilities for you. Once you have your foundation in diving you can begin looking into courses and experiences that you truly want to pursue.

Want to go deeper? No problem! The Adventure Diver certification, including any 3 adventure dives can send you on your way, and it only takes 1 day to complete. Do you want to see what the reef looks like at night, then a night adventure dive could be for you. If you want to sample 5 adventure dives the Advanced Open Water course, in only 2 days, can teach you Navigation and Deep diving procedures and any 3 additional adventure dives allowing you to sample many diffrent kinds of diving and choose the avenues that inspire or intrigue you.

If you really want to take your scuba skills to the next level then PADI Specialties such as Deep, Enriched Air NITROX, Drift, or Night Diver may be perfect for you.

And for those who love a challenge and want to improve their safetly, and that of others the PADI Rescue course will put you through your paces and open your eyes to a safer diving world.

Adventure Diver

The PADI Adventure Diver Course The PADI Adventure Diver course helps you get more out of diving by introducing you to new types of scuba diving adventures. It’s a great opportunity to work with your instructor to build your scuba diving skills and gain more confidence.

The Fun Part

Have you always wanted to try digital underwater photography? How about wreck diving? Here’s your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more at ease in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy scuba diving more than ever.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may be credited toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty course. This means you can be well on your path to becoming a Master Scuba Diver.

Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 10 years old and older:

• Altitude Diver
• AWARE-Fish Identification
• Boat Diver
• Digital Underwater Photography
• Dry Suit Diver
• Peak Performance Buoyancy
• Underwater Naturalist
• Underwater Navigator

Additional Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 12 years old and older:

• Deep Diver
• Diver Propulsion Vehicle
• Drift Diver
• Multilevel Diver
• Night Diver
• Search and Recovery Diver
• Underwater Videography
• Wreck Diver

 

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment , DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light , a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.

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

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and video on DVD provide information on more than 16 types of specialty diving. You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.

What You Learn

You can choose what you’re most interested in learning. Need to work on your buoyancy skills? Try the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive. Want to know what you’re looking at down there? Try the AWARE-Fish Identification Adventure Dive. Choose any three of the following Adventure Dives:

Prerequisites

To take the Adventure Diver course, you must be

• A PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
• Minimum age: 15 years old (10 years old for PADI Junior Adventure Diver)

Duration
: One and a half days

Cost: $195

Advanced Open Water

You’ve felt the rush of breathing underwater and completed your PADI Open Water Diver certification. Now you’re looking for new dive adventures to improve your scuba skills, gain more confidence, and meet more dive buddies.

Continuing your scuba education will help you increase your experience and comfort in the water with the assistance of a PADI scuba instructor.

In addition to taking PADI courses, try these tips from the pros while you work towards earning your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course.

The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

• Underwater navigation
• Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
• A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

The Fun Part: Your Choice

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.

Prerequisites

To take this course, you must be:

• A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
• 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning®. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.) Start Now!

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include:

• Practical aspects of deep diving
• Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
• More ways to use your underwater compass
• How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
• How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
• And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment , DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.

Check with Diversity Diving about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than 16 types of specialty diving.You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Navgation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.

Your Next Adventure

After you’ve tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take the whole course and learn more. Here are a some of the possibilities; altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving

Duration: 2 days

Cost
: $295*

*If you book a 3 day dive package with us, we will do the Advanced Open water course for FREE. You only pay for the book and processing fee.

Emergency First Responder

CPR and First Aid: Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver course.

Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors!

The fun part about Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You gain the confidence that prepares you to help in an emergency.

What You Learn in the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Courses

• BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level
• AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
• Preventing and caring for shock
• Spinal injury management
• Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
• Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations

The Learning Materials You Need

Through a combination of independent study and skill practice with an instructor, you’ll build the confidence and skills to provide basic emergency care. The Primary and Secondary Care Manual and video on DVD preview emergency scenarios and provide step-by-step skill demonstrations.

The Emergency First Response Care at a Glance card is a quick-reference guide for emergency situations. Designed to fit in a glove compartment or backpack, the Care at a Glance card is an important component for any first-aid or disaster preparedness kit.

Prerequisites

To enroll in Emergency First Response courses, you must:

• Care about other people and want to be able to assist them in a medical emergency

Duration: One day

Cost
: $120

Rescue Diver Course

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

What You Learn

• Self rescue
• Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
• Emergency management and equipment
• Rescuing panicked divers
• Rescuing unresponsive divers

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.

The PADI Rescue Diver crewpak includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.

Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must:

• Be 12 years or older
• Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
• Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).

Rescue Diver Online

The PADI Rescue Diver course is the newest addition to the PADI eLearning® family. Rescue Diver Online gets you started right away and let’s you learn at your own pace and in your own time. Start Now!

After completing CPR/first aid, and the PADI Rescue Diver course, you should take the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course. These three courses round out your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies.

Duration: 2 days

Cost
: $405

Master Scuba Diver

Take your skills to the next level with the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the ultimate dive lifestyle as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating puts you in a class of distinction – writing your ticket to endless adventures and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart.

The Fun Part

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

Prerequisites
• 12 years old
• PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
• PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
• PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
• Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses
• Minimum of 50 logged dives

Specialty Courses

Peak Performance Buoyancy

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing.

Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.

The Fun Part

The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible.

What You Learn

• How to trim your scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water
• Nuances in determining weight so you’re not too light nor too heavy by even a slight degree
• How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water
• How to hover effortlessly in both a vertical position and a horizontal position.

Minimum Age: 10

Prerequisites(jr.) Open Water Diver or qualifying rating

Learning Materials: PADI’s Peak Performance Buoyancy Video

Scuba Gear: Basic Scuba Gear

Cost: $120.00 plus the book

Duration: 2 days


PADI Deep Diver

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.

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

Minimum Age: 15

PrerequisitesAdventure Diver or qualifying rating

Learning Materials: PADI’s Deep Dive Crew Pak (DVD & Manual)

Scuba Gear: Basic Scuba Gear, Dive Computer, Some Accessories, Dive Light

Cost: $250

Duration: 4 dives


PADI Wreck Diver

Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

The Fun Part

The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.

What You Learn

• Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards
• How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks
• Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
• Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
• Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

Minimum Age: 15

PrerequisitesAdventure Diver or qualifying rating

Learning Materials: PADI’s Wreck Diver Crew-Pak

Scuba Gear: Basic Scuba Gear, Dive Computer, Accessories

Cost: $250

Duration: 2 days


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 Part

You can typically stay down longer and get back in 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

Minimum Age: 12

PrerequisitesOpen Water Diver or qualifying rating

Learning Materials: Enriched Air Diver Crew-Pak

Scuba Gear: Basic Scuba Gear, Dive Regulator

Cost: $120

Duration: 1 day


Night Diver

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

The Fun Part

Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night.

What You Learn

• Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
• How to control your buoyancy at night
• Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
• Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you’ll see are different

Minimum Age: 12

Prerequisites(jr.) Open Water Diver or qualifying rating

Learning Materials: PADI’s Night Diver Crew-Pak

Scuba Gear: Basic Scuba Gear, Dive Lights

Cost: $250

Duration: 2 days

Cavern Diver

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

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

Deep Diver

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 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

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