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PADI Courses


*all courses include equipment rental

DISCOVER SCUBA, ONE BEACH DIVE

In our "Discover SCUBA" program, you are taught the basic diving techniques that are required to visit the underwater environment. From the beach, skills are learned and practiced on your knees at a depth that allows you to stand and reach the surface. You then dive to a shallow reef to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the undersea world. The training takes about 3 hours & occurs under the direct supervision of a PADI instructor.
The rate for our "Discover SCUBA at the Beach" program is $75 USD (including equipment).

  • Children as young as 10 can participate in this course!

DISCOVER SCUBA, SNORKELING AND ONE BOAT DIVE

If you have some experience with SCUBA but are not certified, we can offer you a diving course that allows you to experience drift diving Cozumel-style, under the direct supervision of a PADI-certified instructor. We first take you to a shallow area where you snorkel and learn basic SCUBA skills. Then you perform a 40-foot dive at a coral reef that is only accessible by boat. The time schedule for this program coincides with those for dive tours.
The rate for our "Discover SCUBA by Boat" program is $100 USD (including equipment).


For a full Cozumel dive experience, you can add a 2nd dive after your inital "Discover Scuba" session for an additional $30 USD (offer only applies for that same day)
  • Children as young as 10 can participate in this course!

PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION

Or If you would like to become a certified diver, we can apply the introductory training discussed above to your full Open Water Diver Certification course. Our three-day course is divided into theoretical and practical training. The theoretical section involves:

  • Reading PADI materials
  • Watching instructional videos
  • Reviewing the information with the instructor

The practical training includes:

4 beach dives in shallow water, to learn & perform skills

A 2-tank boat trip to demonstrate your ability in open water

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a PADI card certifying you as an Open Water Diver Full certification, includes equipment, academic materials & PADI certification fees: $420 USD .


Children:

Children as young as 10 can earn an Jr. Open Water certification


REFERRAL COURSE

If you have already completed the theoretical and confined water training necessary for Open Water Diver Certification, you may perform your required open water dives with us. Please bring all materials/forms from your referring instructor.
This referral course includes two beach and two boat dives, equipment, and PADI certification fees for $280 USD.

  • Includes 2 beach dives and 2 boat dives.


Already a certified diver? Looking to continue your dive education?

We offer several continuing education courses including the following:


Advanced Open Water Certification

Complete at least 5 distinct specialty or adventure dives: 2 required are Deep Dive and Underwater Navigation
Select 3 of the following specialties to complete the full AOW course:

  • Fish ID
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search and recovery
  • Wreck dive
  • Night dive
  • Underwater digital photography
  • You will also gain experince in boat, drift, and mutli-level diving
  • This price includes all course material, PADI fees, equipment rental and instruction

Advanced Open Water Certification cost is $320 USD


RESCUE DIVER COURSE

This course is normally completed in 3 days.
Day 1 starts from the beach to learn and practice basic rescue skills.
You will practice various scenarios: tired, panicked, distressed, unresponsive diver as well as practice first-aid for pressure-related injuries and oxygen administration.
Days 2 and 3 will be from the boat for more practice more rescue scenarios.
It is recommended, but not required, to complete CPR/Emergency First response before hand.
This price includes all course material, PADI fees, equipment rental and instruction. $400 USD



PADI specialty certifications

  • Underwater photographer.
  • Multi-level diver
  • Deep diver
  • Boat diver
  • Drift diver
  • Fish Identification

Please contact us for more details.


Dive Master program

This course is normally completed in about 10 days and includes 25 dives.
You will assist the Divemasters and Instructors and receive hands-on training with certified divers and students.

  • 10 days, 25 dives.
  • This price does not include the materials nor PADI fees. Divemaster Crewpack sold separately.
Dive Master program Cost is $800 USD

Please contact us for more details.


SNORKELING

If you are not quite ready for SCUBA, we also provide the opportunity to view the undersea world from above with our snorkeling adventures. We will take you to three different reefs with the same fast boats we offer to our divers. Equipment, soft drinks, and purified water are included in the $40 USD price.


DIVEMASTER INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE

Please contact us for more details.





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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 PADI Bubblemaker Experience (8 yrs+)
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

Try a bubblemaker birthday party for a unique scuba experienceYoungsters 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)
PADI Discover Scuba® Diving Experience
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater. If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it. Most PADI dive shops offer a version of this program, either in a pool or other body of water. You might try it close to home or while you’re on vacation.

While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
The PADI Skin Diver Course
Learn to snorkel and skin dive!

Explore the underwater world from the surface.PADI Junior Rescue Diver

The PADI Skin Diver certification helps you get - and keep - your fins wet. While snorkeling is limited to peering down from the surface, skin divers generally venture further than snorkelers, making frequent surface dives to interact with aquatic life, up close and personal.

What You Learn
The course provides basic information on skin diving equipment, dive science, the environment, problem management and safe skin diving practices.

Inwater training includes various techniques for donning and adjusting equipment, entering the water, checking buoyancy, surface swimming, clearing water from your snorkel and performing effortless surface dives.

Prerequisites

• To enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course, you must be
• at least eight years old comfortable in the water.
Open Water Diver
Get Certified! Take a Scuba Lesson with the PADI Open Water Diver Course

Take a PADI Scuba lesson online.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. Start your scuba certification online or get started with the PADI Open Water Diver Touch™.
PADI 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:

• Get your PADI scuba diver certification so you can interact with dolphins and other amazing marine lifeDive 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 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.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
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.)
The PADI 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.

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Rescue Diver Course. 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.
Check with your local dive shop about the gear you’ll use during this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop in your area.

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
• 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).

Master Scuba Diver Rating
Take Your Skills to the Next Level with the PADI Master Scuba Diver TM 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 adventure and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart.

The Fun Part
The Best Way to DiveWith 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. See all the specialty diver courses offered.

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
The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Course
The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs.

The Fun Part
As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.

What You Learn
Diver gliding over coral reefThe AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and:
• How coral reefs function
• Why they are so important
• Why many reefs are in serious trouble
• What you can do to prevent further decline

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.



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.

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
Digital Underwater Photographer course
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment. Take the PADI Digital Underwater Photograher Course Online Now!!! The Fun Part
It's a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family.

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course

What You Learn
• How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
• The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
• The three primary principles for good underwater photos
Discover Snorkeling
Purpose : A snorkel lets you breathe with your face in the water, and to breathe more easily when waves are splashing about, without wasting air from your scuba tank. It’s especially useful when your cylinder is nearly empty and you have a long wait or swim to the boat or shore.
Also known as : schnorkel

Required features
A snorkel is very handy while scuba divingComfortable mouthpiece – Avoids jaw fatigue and chafing.
Proper fit and location – Secures to mask strap so it’s readily available when you need it, yet out of the way when not used.

Desirable features
• Nexus SnorkelSelf drain – Valve below mouthpiece that assists clearing water from the snorkel.
• Large bore – A wide diameter allows for easier air flow and more comfortable breathing.
• Smooth curves – Gentle bends reduce breathing resistance.

Optional features
• Flex design – Allows snorkel to swing out of the way when not in use.
• Quick connect – Allows you to easily attach and detach your snorkel from your mask strap, which is convenient for travel and storage.

How to choose a snorkel
• A snorkel should fit comfortably in your mouth with the tip at the crown of your head. The vast majority of snorkels will do this easily with adjustment, so your primary selection considerations are mouthpiece comfort and features.

Tips • Snorkels come in handy on all dives so make a habit of having yours with you even on dives where you think you won’t need it.
The PADI Deep Diver Course
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.

Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Deep Diver course!

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
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 demise.

Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course.

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
The PADI Cavern Diver Course
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
The fun part is exploring secrets hidden in caverns around the world and having the knowledge and skills to do it correctly.

What You Learn
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
The PADI Ice Diver Course
If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice.

During the course, you dive with a PADI Professional in one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers.

The Fun Part
Explore the unique aquascape found only under ice. You can be one of the few that have ever dived under a solid ceiling of ice. Plus, imagine the look on your Divemaster’s face on your next Caribbean trip when you flash your PADI Ice Diver certification.

You might get a chance to play with your exhaled air bubbles on the bottom of the ice or an opportunity to try the unique sport of upside down, bottom of the ice, skiing.

What You Learn
You will complete a minimum of three ice dives for your certification. Dives are typically done as a group working with support personnel, divers, tenders, and safety divers. You are under the ice to learn to control buoyancy, navigate under the ice, and keep in contact with the lead diver and tenders via line pulls.
• To plan and organize ice dives
• Reasons and opportunities for ice diving,
• Equipment considerations
• About site selection, preparation and hole-cutting procedures
• How to practice the procedures and techniques for handling the problems and hazards of ice diving
• To use specialized ice diving equipment, safety lines, signals, communications, line tending and line-securing techniques
• How to manage equipment problems
• About the effects of cold, emergency procedures and safety-diver procedures
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
The PADI Scuba Review Course
Has it been a while since you’ve been scuba diving? Do you feel like your scuba skills and knowledge are a bit rusty? The Scuba Review Tune-up is just the refresher you need. It reacquaints you with diving so that you're back to feeling comfortable in the underwater world in less than a day.

The Fun Part
Brush up on your scuba knowledge and skills. Improve your diving ability, and get your scuba gear ready for your next scuba vacation or diving holiday.

What You Learn
You go over scuba knowledge you learned during your initial training. Then, practice fundamental skills in a pool or a confined water area. You review:
• Safe diving practices
• Dive planning fundamentals
• Problem management
• Breathing air at depth
• Recreational diving and dive tables: basic knowledge
• Recreational diving and dive tables: dive planning

After you complete the knowledge assessment, you go through the Confined Water Skills Preview. You review information about each skill, why it’s important, points to remember when performing the skill and a short video clip. Completing this section just before practicing is a great way to refresh your knowledge of how each skill is performed.

The Scuba Review course is particularly beneficial if you:
• Are a PADI Open Water Diver course referral student who wants a refresher prior to making your open water training dives
• Are a PADI Scuba Diver who wants to upgrade to Open Water Diver
• Just haven’t scuba dived in a while and want to get aclimated again
PADI Emergency First Response Provider course
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
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 you are prepared 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

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
The PADI Emergency First Response Instructor course
CPR and first aid are important skills that in high demand. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you can teach these skills to anyone.

The Fun Part
Teach CPR and first aid to others so they can be prepared for an emergency.

Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the Emergency First Response Instructor Course.

What You Learn
Gain experience in how to structure learning, the requirements of performance-based training and your role as the instructor in the learning environment for teaching CPR and first aid.

You also learn how to motivate students, evaluate student knowledge, present course content effectively, become proficient in developing students' hands-on skills practice sessions, and are taught how to present an effective scenario-based learning experience.

What You Can Teach
Learn how to conduct the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid) courses.
You also learn to conduct the recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.
At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.
The PADI Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course
CPR and first aid are important skills that in high demand. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you can teach these skills to anyone.

The Fun Part
Teach CPR and first aid to others so they can be prepared for an emergency.

Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the Emergency First Response Instructor Course.

What You Learn
Gain experience in how to structure learning, the requirements of performance-based training and your role as the instructor in the learning environment for teaching CPR and first aid.

You also learn how to motivate students, evaluate student knowledge, present course content effectively, become proficient in developing students' hands-on skills practice sessions, and are taught how to present an effective scenario-based learning experience.

What You Can Teach
Learn how to conduct the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid) courses.
You also learn to conduct the recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.
At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.
PADI Divemaster Course
Do you have a deep and abiding passion for diving? Or, do you merely love it with all of your heart? If so, you should consider doing what you love for a living: become a PADI Divemaster.

When you Join the Tribe™ by becoming a PADI Divemaster, you align yourself with the largest and most respected dive tribe in the world—that of PADI Professionals. These are PADI Divemasters and Instructors sharing a passion for diving and an active concern for the health of the world’s underwater habitats.

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course
Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.

The OWSI program is a minimum of four days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator. As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you’ll make life long friendshipsThe Fun Part

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.

The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

The Challenging Part
The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.

What You Learn
Get a Life—an exciting one as a PADI Open Water Scuba InstructorDuring the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least
• Two confined water teaching presentations
• Two knowledge development presentations
• One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills
The PADI Assistant Instructor course
As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course can be conducted by all Five Star Dive Shops and Resorts and Five Star Instructor Development Centers and Resorts. To find the one closest to you, please visit our Dive Shop Locator.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Fun Part
Get mentored while gaining hands-on experience teaching students. Live the life you’ve always dreamed about as a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba InstructorGet College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Assistant Instructor course.

What You Learn
You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn through:
• Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
• Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
• Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
The PADI Specialty Instructor Course
Dive more, have more fun and teach about your favorite subjects.
Specialty instructor courses provide valuable teaching tips for meeting the requirements of the course. You can choose from any of the 27 standard specialty courses that PADI offers along with distinctive specialty courses your Course Director may offer. Having five specialty instructor ratings is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.

Browse the most popular instructor specialties.
Don’t see a specialty on a subject that interests you? Write your own specialty! It’s easy and it gets you teaching scuba divers about things you like.

The Fun Part
Teach PADI Specialty coursesWhether it’s Ice, Deep, Photography, Enriched Air Nitrox or one of your own, PADI Specialty Instructors are out there scuba diving and training. Join the fun.

As a PADI Specialty Instructor, challenge your students to become Master Scuba Divers
Increase your marketability as a PADI Professional

What You Learn
You're on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with only five PADI Specialty Instructor ratings

You have three ways to become a PADI Specialty Instructor:
1.With a Course Director
2.Use your experience to apply directly to PADI
3.Write your own outline
The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Course
You tell your students to aim for PADI Master Scuba Diver. You also want to tell them that you can take them all the way there because you’re a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT).
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers can certify PADI divers all the way up to Master Scuba DiverThe Fun Part

The Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart from other dive instructors by showing your commitment to continuing your dive training and being prepared to help others continue their training as well. You also get to teach specialty diver courses – which opens the door to lots of fun while working.

What You Learn
You’re a new instructor? Just finished the IE? No problem. See your Course Director for PADI Specialty Instructor Training and the Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep Course.
Become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)As a PADI MSDT, you demonstrate to a dive employer that you have good experience in teaching diving and also can teach a range of specialty diver courses. This makes a dive center or resort more likely to offer you a position.

What You Can Teach
As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you
• Teach the specialties you love to teach
• Enjoy watching your student divers excel as you lead them from PADI Open Water Diver to PADI Master Scuba Diver
• Increase your income with multiple level training
• Meet one of the requirements to qualify as a PADI Master Instructor
The PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course
As a seasoned PADI Instructor, you have wisdom and experience to share with up-and-coming PADI leaders. And, you know that continuing your education never ends.
As an Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor, you help bring up the next generation of PADI Instructors while gaining in-depth instructor-trainer knowledge.

The Fun Part
IDC Staff Instructors present topics during the PADI Instructor Development CourseBecause IDC Staff Instructors are an integral part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), you set the stage for moving on to PADI Course Director as you present topics in the IDC and help shape PADI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors into PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors
Many of dive center or resort management positions require this level of Instructor experience and training, making this an important step if you are considering a career in Dive Center or you want to open a dive shop or resort.

What You Learn
You become a master of instructor-level dive theory, knowledge development teaching presentations and confined water teaching presentations
You audit a complete IDC as a staff member rather than as a student


What You Can Teach
In addition to all the courses you can teach as a PADI Instructor can also:
• Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses.
• Assist PADI Course Directors in conducting the PADI Instructor Development Course.
• Assist PADI Course Directors in conducting instructor-level continuing education.
The PADI Master Instructor Rating
Be recognized as one of the elite dive educators – PADI Master Instructor. PADI Master Instructors embody the true dive professional, having demonstrated a thorough understanding of the PADI System of diver education, and put it into practice by training 150 or more PADI Divers. They are dive industry leaders who help to shape the development of future dive courses.

The Fun Part
The PADI Master Instructor rating is unique in the PADI System – it is the one rating that you do not earn through training. You earn it by exemplifying what it means to be a PADI Instructor in what you do.

Prerequisites
You must be


• A renewed, teaching status IDC Staff Instructor.
• A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor for at least two years.
• A current Emergency First Response Instructor.
• Have certified at least 150 PADI Divers, of which:
  · At least 50 of the certifications must be for PADI Adventure Diver or higher.
  · At least 15 of the certifications for PADI Specialty Diver.
  · At least 5 for PADI Rescue Diver.
  · At least 5 for PADI Divemaster.
  · At least 5 for PADI Assistant Instructor.
  · No more than 75 of the 150 certifications may be from credits earned for conducting Discover Scuba Diving experiences.
  · No more than 50 of the 150 certifications may be from credits earned for staffing IDCs.
  · No more than 25 of the 150 certifications may be from non-diving specialty certifications. (i.e. Equipment Specialist, Project AWARE Specialist, etc.).
  · No more than 10 of the 150 certifications may be from PADI Seal Team or Master Seal Team registrations.
  · Have trained at least 10 students through the Emergency First Response program.
• Possess a complete understanding of the PADI System of diver education.
• Have participated in at least three PADI Instructor Development Seminars.
• Use the complete PADI System of diver education including all appropriate PADI training materials when conducting PADI programs.
• Issue PADI as the primary certification, and conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods consistent with PADI Standards and philosophy as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual.
• Have no verified Quality Assurance violations within the past six months and no open quality assurance inquiries in progress. (A member in review status may not qualify for Master Instructor until the Review status is lifted.)
• Demonstrate support of the PADI organization in its efforts to establish programs in aquatic education and conservation.
Course Director Training Course
PADI Course Directors are instructor trainers who conduct PADI Instructor Development Courses and other instructor-level training. PADI Course Directors hold the highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving. They are among the dive industry’s most influential opinion leaders and role models. Those who join this elite group of professionals pass through a stringent screening process that examines their experience and training just to get into the competitive and demanding Course Director Training Course (CDTC).

Get Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Course Director Training Course. Get your dream career. Take the PADI Course Director Training CourseWhat You Learn

During the PADI CDTC, you learn how to conduct PADI Instructor Development programs and gain experience in developing scuba educators. The PADI CDTC is conducted by PADI Office Staff.

What You Can Teach
After successful completion of the PADI CDTC you can teach the following PADI courses and programs:
• PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) programs
• PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses
• PADI Status Updates
• After certification as a PADI Specialty instructor Trainer, you can also teach PADI Specialty Instructor Courses
The PADI Altitude Diver Course
Any time you’re diving at 300 to 3000 metres/1000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you're altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you.

The Fun Part
Dive more challenging dive sites while you satisfy your curiosity for “I wonder what’s down there?” The fun part about altitude diving is that you can explore places many people have never seen.

What You Learn
Learn to scuba dive in high altitudes
You’ll learn the effects of pressure at higher altitudes and how to adjust your dive plan accordingly. Whether you use a recreational dive planner table (RDPTM), an electronic eRDPTM or a dive computer, you’ll learn how plan and make a dive at high altitudes. You’ll learn :
• Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
• Recreational Dive PlannerTM procedures for diving at altitude
• Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures at altitude
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
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.

Get Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Night Diver course!

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
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.

Get 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
Scuba Diving with 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.

Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course.

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
The 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.

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
The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Course
DPVs offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, a DPV is a great way to see more and have a blast doing it.

The Fun Part
Fun? Underwater scooters (DPVs) are a kick! It’s all fun.

Rent or buy a DPV for your next scuba diving trip

What You Learn
• Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
• Equipment considerations
• Diver etiquette and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life
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.

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.
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and Underwater Photographer Courses
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

The Fun Part
It's a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family.
Get College CreditSnorkeler taking underwater photos

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course

What You Learn
• How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
• The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
• The three primary principles for good underwater photos
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and Underwater Photographer Courses
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

The Fun Part
It's a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family.
Get College CreditSnorkeler taking underwater photos

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course

What You Learn
• How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
• The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
• The three primary principles for good underwater photos
PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver
This course expands on the basic knowledge you have already acquired and provides training to a maximum of 30 metres/98 feet (40 metres/130 feet if you have a PADI Deep Diver certification), including carrying a bailout cylinder.

Prerequisites:
• PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Rebreather Diver certifications (or qualifying certification from a recognized organization) on the Type R rebreather used in the course
• 30 logged dives
• 18 years old
• PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (prior to PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver certification)
The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Course
Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?”
The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

The Fun Part
You’ll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but their colors and markings maybe wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, it becomes much easier to look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw. That works better than asking about a “yellow thingy with a funny tail fin.” Divers in full scuba gear hovering over reef to view fishWhat You Learn

During two dives you gain hands-on (okay, eyes-on) experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You’ll learn :
• How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species
• Fish survey techniques and strategies
• How to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures
AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Action Kit
Overfishing, bycatch and finning. You understand the tough problems facing shark populations worldwide and that divers can take significant steps to secure a brighter future for sharks. Mobilise your troops into action by teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Distinctive Specialty or using the resources available in schools, community groups etc.
The PADI Equipment Specialist Course
Don’t miss a dive due to a scuba gear issue.
Whether it's a blown o-ring, regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic scuba equipment adjustments.

As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repair and other information that helps you with your equipment investment. The Fun PartTwo divers

The more you know about how your dive gear works, the more
• Comfortable you are with it
• Performance you get from it
• You can care for it


What You Learn
• Review the theory, principles and operation of scuba diving equipment
• Learn about routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage
• How to overcome common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures (may include a demonstration of repair procedures)
• Gain simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear (may include optional confined water dive to try new or unfamiliar equipment)
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.

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

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.
The PADI Boat Diver Course
Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.

The Fun Part
Diving from a boat is fun, especially when you look at ease when maneuvering around on it. It’s fun to know what you’re doing.

What You Learn
Learn the tips, tricks and ways toLearn to scuba dive from a boat
• Dive from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards :
• how they differ from place to place
• gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area
• Safely enter and exit the water :
• sometimes it’s better to hand your gear up to the crew and then climb in the boat
• sometimes you just take off your fins and weights and walk up the ladder
• Stow your gear in the most appropriate areas
• Use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives.
• Locate basic boat safety equipment
The PADI Drift Diver Course
The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

The Fun Part
Drift Diving is nearly effortless and relaxing. You simply glide along and enjoy the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work.

What You Learn
During your PADI Drift Diver certification course, you learn about:
• Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drift diving
• An introduction to drift diving equipment -- floats, lines, reels
• Buoyancy-control, navigation and communication for drift diving
• Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects
• Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group
The PADI Dry Suit Diver course
Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.

The Fun Part
Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months—especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months.

Get College Credit
Scuba divers in dry suitsYou may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Dry Suit Diver course.

What You Learn
Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit. You learn:
• Dry suit buoyancy control skills
• Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
• Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options
The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course
Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider.

The Fun Part
Breathe easy—knowing that you know how to recognize illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared – especially in a time of need.

What You Learn
You learn how to
• Recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen
• Properly setup equipment
• Administer emergency oxygen
• The Scuba Gear You Use
• Scuba gear is not necessary to take this course.

Prerequisites
Though suited for divers, this course has no prerequisites and doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course.
The PADI Multilevel Diver Course
Maximize your dive time so you can explore more!
In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all.

The Fun Part
This is a great way to learn how to make multilevel dives even if you forget to bring your dive computer.

What You Learn
You'll learn what multilevel diving is and why you want to plan for multilevel dives. You'll also get to see the various types of multilevel dive calculators (including dive computers), as well as learn about multilevel dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, and potential problems. You'll plan a multilevel dive profile and dive it with your PADI Instructor.
You learn how to:
• Plan and execute multilevel dives (different depths on the same dive)
• Back up your dive computer and plan multilevel dives
• Maximize your no stop time
PADI Rebreather Courses
Think rebreathers are just for technical diving? Think again because the latest rebreathers are lightweight, easy-transportable units that use sophisticated electronics to simplify their use. Rebreathers allow longer no decompression limits, reduced gas consumption and unmatched wildlife encounters.

What is a rebreather?

The primary difference between rebreathers and open-circuit units is that rebreathers reuse some or all of the gas you exhale. There are two basic types of rebreathers: closed-circuit rebreathers (CCRs) and semi-closed rebreathers (SCRs).
The PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses use Type R units to introduce divers to rebreather diving within recreational dive limits. Type R rebreathers are electronically controlled and provide a back up for all the major systems and simplify training and use.
All rebreathers used during PADI courses must be third-party tested and manufacturers must ensure they meet a comprehensive list of requirements.
Because each rebreather model is different, you will need to qualify on each rebreather model. However, once you are qualified you will not need to repeat the entire course to earn your certification with a different Type R rebreather model. The PADI Rebreather Qualifier focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type R rebreather model.

In this entry-level rebreather program you will learn to use Type R rebreathers to a maximum of 18 metres/60 feet within no decompression limits.

Prerequisites:
• PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Enriched Air Diver certifications (or qualifying certifications from a recognized organization).
• 25 logged dives
• 18 years old
PADI Sidemount Diver Course
Find a new and different way to configure your cylinders with the PADI Sidemount Diver course. Sidemount diving offers:
• an alternative way to streamline in the water
• easier equipment transportation when topside
• reduced lower back strain
• provides redundant gas supply
• ability to monitor all equipment because it’s in front of you
• increased gas supply for longer dives

Because you are able to move the cylinder from your back to your side, it instantly takes the pressure off of your back and gives you more flexibility to move and enjoy your dive. Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back. You can enter the water and clip them on and go.

Prerequisites:
• PADI Open Water Diver
• At least 15 years old

You can easily combine sidemount diving with any other PADI Specialty you have take.


Source: PADI.com
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