Speciality Courses

PADI Specialty Diver Courses

PADI Specialty courses let you pursue your own interests underwater.

PADI Specialties cover a wide range of activities in the aquatic world. If you want to hone your new skills in buoyancy or navigation then there is a course just for you. We can also help you extend existing interests such as photography or a fascination with history and wrecks into the deep!

How about combining these into a fantastic trip to Scapa Flow in Scotland to find and photograph the German High Seas Fleet? Or perhaps visit HMS Scylla in Cornwall – sunk to create a new artificial reef? Play with the seals and learn to identify the marine life around the Farne Islands, perhaps? The world is the mollusc of your choosing!!

Whichever way you want to develop your diving, there will be a PADI speciality on offer with us to meet your needs. For more information simply click on the headings below or if you prefer, feel free to contact us for a chat

What are the prerequisites for the course?

To apply for the PADI Specialty Diver certification, you must:

·       Be qualified as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver –OR- equivalent with another certification body. In the case of Junior Divers, they are subject to the restrictions shown on their Junior Open Water or Junior Advanced Open Water certification card. For some specialties there may be a higher level required for the course – see the individual descriptions below.

·       Be a minimum age dependent on the specific specialty (see descriptions below).

·       Complete a medical questionnaire 

What is included in the course price?

The course price quoted includes all course manuals and tuition. In some cases there will pool and/or classroom sessions to complete and these are also included in the cost.

Certain courses require the use of additional equipment e.g. drysuit or video and these will be made available for the duration of the course. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own equipment so as to become comfortable and familiar with it as early as possible.

What is –not- included in the course price?

We do not cover the costs of travel, accommodation, site entry fees or boat fees where these are payable. We will advise you of approximate costs and we will be happy to help you locate suitable accommodation.

For some courses there is a DVD – this will be available from our library in return for a deposit or you can purchase your own copy if you wish to own it for future reference.


Non-diving Courses.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialist

Minimum Age:             None            Number of Dives:              0           

Duration:            ½ Day            Minimum Certification:             None           

 

Coral reefs are one of the most important features of the marine environment. On this course you will learn about coral reef distribution, diversity, formation and ecology. It also reveals factors that threaten reefs and discusses conservation measures to protect these living resources and secure their long-term future.

Project AWARE Specialist

Minimum Age:             None            Number of Dives:              0           

Duration:            ½ Day            Minimum Certification:             None           

 

The purpose of the Project AWARE Specialty is to familiarize both divers and non-divers with the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems and to describe what individuals can do to help protect them.

 

Periodically, we will be running Project Aware events in conjunction with local organisations. This will be, for example, a local canal-side clear-up or river cleanup. A small charge will be made for participation and this will be donated to Project Aware.

 

Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Minimum Age:             15            Number of Dives:                   0           

Duration:            ½ Day            Minimum Certification:             Open Water Diver           

 

This course qualifies recreational divers to use enriched air (“nitrox”) for no stop recreational diving, extending the available dive times by reducing the rate of absorption of nitrogen in to the body. The program addresses the use of enriched air with 22 percent to 40 percent oxygen, with emphasis on enriched air with 32 and 36 percent oxygen.

 

Although there is no requirement to dive on this course, we can offer two optional dives for those wishing to complete their first enriched air dives under supervision. This option will require an extra day at an open water site and additional cost applies.

 

Equipment Specialist

Minimum Age:             10            Number of Dives:                   0           

Duration:            ½ Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Scuba Diver           

 

The purpose of the PADI Equipment Specialist course is to familiarize divers with the operation and maintenance of diving equipment. The goals of PADI Equipment Specialist training are to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles and operation of diving equipment.

 

Have you ever considered just how many parts there are in a simple inflator hose? Now is the time to find out! We will show you exactly what goes on inside your gear – regulator 1st & 2nd stages, inflator and dump valves etc. Understanding this will help you take better care of your gear and prolong its life.

 

Emergency Oxygen Provider

Minimum Age:             None            Number of Dives:              0           

Duration:            ½ Day            Minimum Certification:             None           

 

Becoming a certified Emergency Oxygen Provider enables you to give the very best care for a fellow diver in the event of an accident. We will teach you to recognise the diving illnesses which are treatable with emergency oxygen, how to set equipment up safely and the correct procedures for administering oxygen.

This qualification complements both the Emergency First Response and Rescue Diver certifications. Completing all three as a package will give you the best possible preparation for dealing with diver emergencies.


Recompression Chamber Awareness

Minimum Age:             15            Number of Dives:                 1 Chamber Dive           

Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             Open Water Diver           

 

The Recompression Chamber Awareness Distinctive Speciality provides a safe and well supervised introduction to a hyperbaric or recompression chamber facility. It is designed to familiarise divers to the facilities available, the procedures, knowledge, problems and hazards associated with a recompression chamber and the possible treatment therein. You will be introduced to a recompression chamber and safely take part in a recompression chamber dive to a maximum of 40 metres

 

Diving Courses.

Boat Diver

Minimum Age:             10                Number of Dives:                      2           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water            

 

The Boat Diver course will introduce you to the appropriate techniques for diving from boats to make it a safe and fun experience. On the course we will:

·                Develop your knowledge of dive boats — proper boat diving etiquette, personal conduct, basic dive boat terminology, local boat diving laws and/or ordinances.

·                Develop your ability to perform important boat diving skills — boat diving entries/exits, use of emergency/safety equipment and, in some situations, basic boating skills.

·                Show you how to plan, organize and conduct safe dives from a boat.

 

Deep Diver

Minimum Age:             15                  Number of Dives:                     4           

Min. Duration:            2 Days            Minimum Certification:             Adventure Diver           

 

On this course we will familiarize you with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of diving between the depths of 18 metres to 40 metres. The Deep Diver specialty course is intended to serve as a safe, supervised introduction to deeper diving within the limits of recreational scuba diving. Training will emphasize fun and safety.

 

During this course you will:

·                Develop your theoretical knowledge of deep diving.

·                Learn how to plan, organize and make no-decompression dives between the depths of 18 metres to 40 metres.

 

Digital Underwater Photographer

Minimum Age:             10                  Number of Dives:                      2 + Workshop           

Min. Duration:            2 Days            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water           

 

Shooting the best photos underwater requires special techniques. On this course we will show you the best angles and distances to use as well as teaching you how to adjust the camera settings to account for the changes in colour while underwater. Once you have taken some pictures you will be taken through a photo processing workshop where you will learn how to fine tune them for even better results.

 

We recommend taking the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty before enrolling on this course – underwater photography requires excellent buoyancy control.

 

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver

Minimum Age:             12                Number of Dives:                       2 + Pool Session           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water           

 

Here you will learn techniques and excitement of using DPVs. We will teach you:

  • Setup and maintenance for the DPV.
  • The practical knowledge and planning procedures that make diving with a DPV fun.
  • How to Plan and organize dives to safely use diver propulsion vehicles within depths and conditions as good as or better than those in which you will be trained.
  • The hazards of DPV diving and demonstrate the techniques and procedures required to minimize those hazards.

 

Over to you, Mr Bond!

 

Drift Diver

Minimum Age:             12                Number of Dives:                      2           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water

 

Drift diving is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have underwater. Once you have arrived at the depth you wish to dive you can relax and let the current sweep you along with no effort – underwater flying!!

           

We recommend taking the Surface Marker Buoy specialty before enrolling on this course – using an SMB allows your surface support to track your position while you drift.

 

Dry Suit Diver

Minimum Age:             10                     Number of Dives:                      2 + Pool Session           

Min. Duration:            1½ Days            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water           

 

Feeling chilly? Diving in a dry suit is your route to keeping warm and extends the diving season. Once you are in the right gear, you can dive all through the year. We will teach you about the different dry suits and undersuits available, how to care for and use them. In the pool we take you through the differences in diving with a dry suit compared to a wetsuit together with essential safety procedures. Then we head to open water for some supervised diving to put your new skills into practice.

 

Multilevel Diver

Minimum Age:             12                Number of Dives:                       2           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water

 

Multi-level diving allows you to extend your no-decompression diving time by planning your dive in stages at progressively shallower depths. Using the Recreational Dive Planner provides the most conservative dive plan because it assumes you are at your maximum depth for the whole dive. Now you will start to plan for a dive to start at your deepest depth and then ascend to shallower depths – this gives you a significantly greater dive time.           

 

Night Diver

Minimum Age:             12                  Number of Dives:                      3           

Min. Duration:            2 Days            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water           

 

Take a look at a different world by torchlight. During the day we see a huge range of fascinating sea life but, come dusk, the night shift takes over! You will see a whole new range of creatures which spend the daylight hours in hiding. Over the course of three dives you will learn the safety procedures equipment required for safe diving at night.

 

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Minimum Age:             10                     Number of Dives:                      2 + Pool Session           

Min. Duration:            1½ Days            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water

 

Buoyancy control is one of the most important skills to master. This course will help you learn how to adjust for correct weighting and, just as important, show you where the weight should be. The benefits of achieving control over your buoyancy are in:

·       Protecting the environment.

·       Protecting yourself and your equipment.

·       Improving your comfort and air consumption, leading to longer dive times.

 

This is a great course to take in conjunction with courses such as Digital Underwater Photography or Wreck Diver, amongst others.           

 

Search & Recovery Diver

Minimum Age:             12                  Number of Dives:                      4           

Min. Duration:            2 Days            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Advanced Open Water           

 

Learn how to hunt for missing items and safely retrieve them. We will teach you the appropriate methods for finding objects including the use of search patterns, lines and reels – even in low visibility conditions. Once you have found them then you will use lifting bags to safely lift them and return them to the surface.

 

Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) Diver

Minimum Age:             12                Number of Dives:                      2           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Advanced Open Water           

 

Surface Marker Buoys are an essential tool for UK diving and for diving in currents. We will teach you about the different types of reels and buoys which are available and show you how to work with them safely. A great way to let the boat know where you are!

 

Underwater Naturalist

Minimum Age:             10                Number of Dives:                       2           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water

 

The aim of this course is to expand your understanding of the aquatic world and the creatures that in habit it. We will give you an overview of diving in different environments and then burrow in to:

  • A basic overview of major aquatic life groupings (kingdoms and phyla).
  • Factual information that dispels myths of potentially dangerous aquatic life.
  • An overview of basic aquatic life interactions and associations.
  • Responsible human interactions with aquatic life.
  • Diving technique used to help preserve bottom dwelling aquatic life and minimize aquatic life disturbance.                       

 

Underwater Navigator

Minimum Age:             10                Number of Dives:                      3           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water           

 

It’s always good to be able to find a dive site and even better to find the boat at the end of the dive! This course aims to build your skills as a navigator using natural navigation and compass. This will include the use of search patterns and how to estimate distance underwater. Once you’ve found your dive site we will also give you some tips on how to re-locate it on subsequent dives.           

 

Underwater Videographer

Minimum Age:             10                Number of Dives:                       3           

Min. Duration:            1 Day            Minimum Certification:             (Junior) Open Water           

 

For the budding Broccoli’s among us – the Videographer course will introduce you to the techniques essential to making great underwater videos. We will take you through:

·       The selection, maintenance, care and handling of underwater video equipment.

·       Safe diving practices while using underwater video equipment.

·       Exposure, focus, and maintaining color with video equipment.

·       Shot types, lengths and camera moves

·       Developing a story line and shot sequencing

·       The planning, organization, procedures, techniques and problems of underwater videography.

 

We recommend taking the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty before enrolling on this course – underwater videography requires excellent buoyancy control.

 

 

Wreck Diver

Minimum Age:             15                  Number of Dives:                      4           

Min. Duration:            2 Days            Minimum Certification:             Adventure Diver

 

Learn the ins and outs of Wreck diving – ideal if you have a fascination for the history and fate of sunken ships. We will take you through the organisation and proper procedures for wreck diving with emphasis on:

 

·       The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving

·       The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels

·       Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures

 

We recommend taking the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty before enrolling on this course – wreck diving requires excellent buoyancy control.

 

Sidemount Diver

Minimum Age:             15               Number of Dives:             4 + Classroom + Pool Session           

Min. Duration:            3 Days            Minimum Certification:             Advanced Open Water           

 

Sidemount diving offers you the opportunity to dive with multiple cylinders in a streamlined setup where all valves and regulators are fully accessible. The system has grown out of cave diving and is now moving into the recreational diving arena. This system allows you to enter the water with minimal gear and rig the cylinders once you are in. You have the advantage of redundant air supplies as with twinsets, increasing your safety plus all valves and regulators are in easy view.

 

A “must try” system for anyone wanting to expand into multiple cylinders, brilliant for overhead environments such as cave or wreck diving and an excellent system for anyone with back problems.