The Adventurer

The Deep Diver, Wreck Diver and Altitude Diver Specialties open up new environments for you as a diver. We offer a wide range of other specialties that cover many interests. These specialties can be found on the Specialties overview page.

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Deep Diver

Divers in Bonaire

After your first few scuba dives, you might want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts divers; you can explore wrecks, reefs and other features that only a few have seen. But you need to master a few basics first…

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

You need to complete four open water dives to complete the course.

In addition, you may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Deep Diver course!


    • Minimum age: 15
    • Adventure Diver



    • PADI Deep Diver Manual
    • View the PADI Deep Diver DVD


    • $325 includes materials and four open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.






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    Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) Diver

    Sidemount divers with DSMBDiving from a liveaboard? Drift diving? Or maybe you just want to protect yourself from boat traffic? Learn how to safely deploy a surface marker buoy while underwater. We’ll review the skills, knowledge, planning, equipment, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and excitement of diving with a DSMB.

    What You Learn

    • The different types of SMBs, reels and spools
    • Preparing and deploying a DSMB
    • The potential risks and hazards of DSMB use and how to avoid them.

    You need to complete two open water dives to complete the course.

     


      • Minimum age: 12
      • Open Water Diver



      • $145 includes two open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.






       

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      Wreck Diver

      Diver at Dutch Springs (c) Jonas FurbergWhether 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.

      What You Learn

      • Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid com
      • mon 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

      You need to complete four open water dives to complete the course.

        • Minimum age: 15
        • Adventure Diver



        • PADI Wreck Diver Manual
        • View the PADI Wreck Diver DVD


        • $325 includes materials and four open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.






         

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        Sidemount Diver

        Sidemount diverHaving scuba tanks on your back isn’t 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 and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course.

        What You Learn

        Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, you’ll learn how to:

        • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
        • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
        • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
        • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

        You need to complete one confined water and three open water dives to complete the course.


          • Minimum age: 15
          • Open Water Diver


          • your own mask, fins, boots, snorkel and exposure suit
          • BCD/harness configured for sidemount
          • regulators configured for sidemount
          • cylinders with appropriate valves


          • PADI Sidemount Diver Manual


          • $395 includes materials, a classroom session, one confined water and three open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.






           

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