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SMB Diver

The PADI Surface Marker Buoy Distinctive Specialty

Delayed Surface Marker Buoys are stored by the diver during the dive, and then filled with air and launched from underwater, using a reel to pay out line.

The Fun Part

Knowing how to safely deploy a dealyed surface marker buoy whilst doing a drift dive, diving in boat traffic areas or to supply a reference line for your ascend after the dive.

Delayed Surface Marker Buoy used for Scuba Diving

What You Learn

This course covers the knowledge and techniques required for the safe use of Surface Marker Buoys and delayed Surface Marker Buoys.

Semiclosed Rebreather

The PADI Semiclosed Rebreather Course

If novelty and diving quietly appeal to to you, then try the Semiclosed Rebreather course.

The Fun PartThe PADI Semiclosed Rebreather course helps you scuba dive closer to shy marine life such as this  docile Manta Ray

The main feature of a semiclosed rebreather is the reduced bubbles and silence it offers, which allows you to get closer to shy wildlife.

What You Learn

Through the Semiclosed Rebreather Specialty course you learn the special procedures for semiclosed rebreather scuba diving. This includes special dive planning, organization, procedures and potential hazards, many of which differ significantly from conventional (open circuit) scuba.

It specifically focuses on the features, accessories, maintenance and proper use of the Draeger Semi-closed Rebreather. You make at least one confined water dive and at least three open water dives to learn:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of the rebreather
  • Assembly, disassembly and maintenance
  • Dive planning and emergency procedures with semiclosed rebreathers

Semiclosed Rebreather Specialty Chart




Your Next Adventure

While diving with a rebreather and getting up close and personal with the wildlife, you’ll probably want your underwater camera to capture the memories. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course can give you the tips you need to bring home some great snapshots.

Wreck Diver

The PADI Wreck Diver Course

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 demis

Scuba divers exploring wreck

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 African Waters Scuba PADI instructor

Wreck Diver Specialty Chart

Your Next Adventure

Many shipwrecks are often found in deeper water. That’s why the PADI Wreck Diver course is a natural companion to the PADI Deep 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.

Search and Recovery

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

The Fun Part

Find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.

Scuba diver recovering lost glassesGet Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course.

What You Learn

  • Search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
  • How to locate large and small objects using search patterns
  • How to use a lift bag and other recovery methods
  • Limited visibility search techniques

Search and Recovery Specialty Chart

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

 

Scuba diving class practicing search and recoveryYour Next Adventure

Because you often need to navigate to specific spots to find lost items, the Underwater Navigator course can help you perfect your navigation skills.

Underwater Videographer

The PADI Underwater Videographer Course

Other than taking someone diving, there’s only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world: video.

The Fun Part

Show your scuba vacation adventures to your friends and family. Use your editing skills to share your clips with the world through YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and more. Use your underwater videos to turn more of your friends into dive buddies.

What You Learn

The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

Scuba diver practicing their underwater videography skills

  • Selecting, maintaining and caring for your underwater video equipment
  • Videography fundamentals, such as
    · exposure
    · focus
    · shot types
    · moves
    · story line
    · shot sequencing.
  • The post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and create an underwater masterpiece.

By the time you complete the course, you’ll have gone through the entire basic video production process.

Underwater Videographer Specialty Chart

 

 

Your Next Adventure

Part of the secret to getting good video is having great buoyancy skills to capture the footage you’re seeking. The Peak Performance Buoyancy course can help you fine tune your skills.

Also, some of the tips and skills you learn from underwater videography can also help you take better underwater photos. Check out the Digital Underwater Photography course.

Project AWARE Speciality

Project AWARE Specialty

The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems.

The Fun Part

You can make a difference.

Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.

Napolean fish off the shore of a dive resort in BonaireWhat You Learn

Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry’s leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.

You learn about:

  • The ocean commons and coastal zone issues
  • Fisheries challenges and sustainability
  • Coral environment overview and inhabitants
  • The role of the scuba diver in protecting aquatic environments

Project AWARE Specialist

Visit Project AWARE Foundation to download your copy today.

Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

Your Next AdventureDiver breathing underwater next to coral reef

If you are interested in becoming an underwater conservationist, you’ll also enjoy these specialty courses:

PADI National Geographic Diver
AWARE Fish Identification
Coral Reef Conservation
Underwater Naturalist
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Digital Underwater Photography
Underwater Videographer

Underwater Navigator

The PADI Underwater Navigator Course

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

The Fun Part

Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.

Scuba instructor teaching student how to use a compassGet  College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Underwater Navigator Course.

What You Learn

Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass.

You learn

  • Navigation patterns
  • Natural navigation (without a compass)
  • Compass navigation
  • How to “mark” or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface
  • Underwater map making
  • How to follow irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
  • Dive site relocation
  • How to estimate distance underwater

Underwater Navigator Specialty Chart

 

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

Divers using underwater navigationPrerequisites

You must be:

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from  another organization)
  • At least 10 years old

Your Next Adventure

Underwater navigation is an important skill no matter what type of scuba diving you’re doing. It’s especially useful when night divingwreck diving or when you’re searching to recover a lost item underwater.

Peak Performance Boyancy

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Scuba instructor demonstrating buoyancyThe PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course

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.

 

Perfecting buoyancy in their scuba diving classThe 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

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Chart

Your Next Adventure

Part of mastering buoyancy control is learning how to use your BCD and weight system effectively, plus maintain streamlining. This makes the PADI Equipment Specialist course a natural companion, because you learn more about these pieces of gear and how to make them suit your specific diving styles.

Underwater Naturalist

The PADI Underwater Naturalist Course

Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.

Jellyfish that have adapted to the undwerwater environment - it no longer needs to stingThe Fun Part

Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

 

Scuba diver observing clown fishWhat You Learn

  • The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths.
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

You put this information into practice during your two open water dives.

Underwater Naturalist Specialty Chart

Your Next Adventure

If you are interested in becoming an underwater conservationist or documenting what you encounter, you’ll also enjoy these specialty courses:

PADI National Geographic Diver
AWARE Fish Identification
Coral Reef Conservation
Project AWARE Specialist
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Digital Underwater Photography
Underwater Videographer

Night Diver

The PADI Night Diver Course

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

Night divers discover lobster crawling along the bottomIntroduce 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 LearnScuba diving class taking night course

  • 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

Night Diver Specialty Chart

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact us.

Your Next Adventure

Take your navigation skills to new levels with the PADI Underwater Navigator course.

Get your buoyancy dialed in with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

Recognize what those critters are on your night dive with the AWARE Fish Identification course.

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