Specialty Diving

Rescue Diver

PADI Rescue diver holding person face up on their back

Who should take this course?

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken.  Why?  Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.  During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature.  Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques.  Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond.  During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills.  Topics include:

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

This course involves classroom, confined water (pool) training and open water scenarios.

Self Reliant Diver

The classic and most strict definition of solo diving is one diver in the water completely alone and self-contained with no shred of support either with him or waiting on the surface. There are a limited number of this type of solo dives made every day in dive destinations around the globe, and the PADI Self Reliant Diver course offers training to help make this type of solo dive more secure by presenting standard guidelines and rules for planning and execution. But there are lots of other types of solo dives and these are more common and less obvious, but nevertheless cry out for the skills offered by an Self Reliant Diver course.

The skills taught during this course are naturally applicable in the event of an emergency when diving as part of a buddy team and graduates from a PADI Self Reliant Diver course make better, more comfortable and more skillful divers.

  • Solo divers are self-sufficient
  • Solo divers understand their limitations
  • Solo divers plan dives in great detail
  • Solo divers have skills that translate well to buddy diving

The price of the class is $200.00. This includes your student manual and certification card. There will be 1 classroom session and 3 open water dives.
Pre-requisites are: 21 years old, Advanced OW Diver, and at least 100 Logged Dives In addition to your normal scuba gear, you will need the following personal equipment:

  • Pony bottle with regulator and pressure gauge
  • Audible Surface Signal (whistle)
  • Surface Marker (safety sausage)
  • Back-up Mask

Ice Diving

Ice diving can be a serene and beautiful aspect of Scuba diving. As a winter activity, ice diving offers the diver the opportunity to enjoy sport diving year round. Diving under ice presents hazards not common to the Open Water Diver and special training is required. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the diver with many of the hazards associated with ice diving and how to plan and execute an ice dive.

Dry Suit Diving

The PADI Dry Suit Diver course will open up a whole new world of diving to you.  Many of the waters around the world are better dove in a dry suit.  These waters have an abundance of marine life waiting to be seen and photographed, dry suits are also being used in tropical waters during the cooler months.  Your PADI Instructor will teach you:

  • Selection of a dry suit
  • Care and maintenance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Proper weighting
  • Buoyancy control

Equipment Specialist

There are many things that you as a diver can do to maintain your equipment and the PADI Equipment Specialty course is just the place to learn how to do that maintenance.  This course covers BCs’, regulators, wetsuits, dry suits and many more of the equipment items used while diving. Your SDI Instructor will teach:

  • Proper cleaning of equipment
  • Proper storage
  • Transportation and storage of dive cylinders

Enriched Air Diver

The PADI Computer Enriched Air course is a great next step after the Open Water Diver certification and is structured in an easy to understand manner by making use of a Nitrox programmable computer.  Enriched Air (Nitrox) is a breathing gas that has a lot of benefits for both new and experienced divers.  The course will cover the use of Nitrox mixtures from 22 to 40 percent oxygen.  The benefits of using Nitrox include

  • Increased safety margins
  • Reduced post dive fatigue
  • Extended no-decompression times

Oxygen Provider

The O2 Provider course is a straight forward no nonsense approach to teaching you as the first responder to an emergency how to handle the situation.  The course is an Emergency Oxygen administration program.
You will learn how to use what is at your disposal to treat and stabilize victims until medically trained professionals arrive. Subjects that are covered include:

  • Scene assessment
  • O2 administration