The lure of the deep. There is something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes its a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres (60 feet), and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres (130 feet), you should take the PADI or IANTD Deep Diver course.
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.
Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the worlds cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.
The PADI Enriched Air Diver and IANTD Nitrox diver courses are the most popular specialty scuba courses. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then donâ€™t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.
Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where youre going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.
The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you may have been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you have ever wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.
It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you have ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.
Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI and IANTD Wreck Diver courses are popular because they offer rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.
Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You have seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level. Buoyancy control is key to diver progression and is one of the core skills that create a solid foundation to build upon.
Project AWARE philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the worlds water resources and choose to make a difference - one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certification, you will be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.
Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they are seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems.
Having scuba tanks on your back is not a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility, streamlining and, more importantly, redundancy in an emergency situation. PADI and IANTD Sidemount and TEC Sidemount Diver courses available.
DPVs offer a thrilling way for scuba divers to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time. They scoot you through the water allowing you to glide over reefs, buzz around a large wreck or weave through a kelp forest. Whether making a shore or boat dive, a DPV is a great way to see more and have fun doing it. Shadow Technical use SUEX scooters.