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Discover Scuba Diving

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Discover Scuba Diving

Who should try this experience?

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. You can try scuba close to home or while you’re on vacation at a dive destination. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.

Discover Scuba Class are held Saturday. All participants must call and register for the class. Class will be held at Blu Water Scuba Aquatic Center 9446 Taney Road, Manssas, VA 20110. Class time is 9 AM. Please arrive 10 minutes before class time to do the paper work and get fitted for gear. All participants must sign releases and under 18 must have legal guardian sign the release. Click here for the medical release form, please read before coming to the class, if you answer yes to any question on the form you must have your Doctor sign the form giving you permission to do scuba diving. Please be advised that we have a 72 hour cancellation policy once your register for the class. If you have any questions please call the store (571) 379-7000.

The Fun Part

There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to – after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that – but after a few mintes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving program is not coaxing participants into the water, but coaxing them out when the program is over. The fun part? It’s all fun!

What will you learn?

You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:

  • Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
  • Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
  • Have fun swimming around and exploring.
  • Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Next Step

Breathing underwater for the first time is thrilling, so don’t wait.

Click the button Get Started, and view our schedule

Pre Registration is required stop by or call our store to register for your class


Open Water Scuba Certification

Open Water Scuba Certification

The PADI Open Water Diver course is broken into 3 phases:

Phase 1: Knowledge Development to learn the basic principles of scuba diving

  • PADI eLearning (flexible, web based learning completed at your own pace)

Phase 2: Confined Water to learn the basic skills of scuba diving

  • Pool sessions

Phase 3: Open Water Check out dives to review your skills and explore the wonderful world underwater

  • Two days
  • Four dives (which can be accomplished locally or on a trip)

Knowledge Development and Pool Training Includes:

  • Classroom and pool instruction by a certified PADI instructor
  • Required Study materials and pool fees
  • Full SCUBA Unit (BCD with weight belts or pockets, wetsuits, regulators, tanks, and weights).

Cost:

  • eLearning/Pool – $390 plus the PADI e Learning fee $190 paid online direct to PADI

Students are responsible for providing their own personal scuba gear (mask, fins, snorkel, and wetsuit boots). Which can be purchased at our store

Phase 3:  Open Water Certification Dives  Cost:  $360

  • Instruction by a certified PADI Instructor
  • Full SCUBA Unit (BCD with weight belts or pockets, wetsuits, regulators, tanks, and weights).
  • Local Quarry Fees
  • Certification Card & Processing Fees

Students are responsible for providing their own personal scuba gear (mask, fins, snorkel, and wetsuit boots).

Camp-n-Dive or Trip fees not included.

Referrals to complete Phase 3 at another PADI Dive Shop – $45 + tax
Includes Referral Letter, Documentation of training, and Copy of Medical Statement

Class Schedule Days and Times:

Monday thru Fridays by appointment
Saturday 8AM to 5PM

For the open water certification dives we use the Rappahannock Quarry as our local quarry every month from April thru October. Once a month we go to Dutch Springs (a scuba park in Pennsylvania) and once a month we go to Lake Phoenix in Rawlings VA.  Known as our camp and dive weekends.  During the colder months (November – March) we run warm water trips to Florida and the Caribbean for students to complete their training. Alternatively, students can compete the first two parts of their training with us and then get a referral to take to another PADI operation worldwide.

Check our calendar in the store or on our website for exact dates and times.

Advanced Open Water Diver Course

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. It all starts with e-Learning followed by you open water dives.  Sign Up Now!

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.)

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course

vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include

  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
  • More ways to use your underwater compass
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
  • How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear  including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment , DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.

Check with your local dive shop about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual and DVD provide information on more than 16 types of specialty diving.You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures.

Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Navgation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.

Your Next Adventure

After you’ve tried a specialty in the Advanced Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take the whole course and learn more:altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving

Altitude Diver

Altitude Diver

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

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

AWARE Fish ID

AWARE Fish ID

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.”

What 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

 

Visit Project AWARE Foundation to download your copy today.

Your Next Adventure

While you’re learning about fish, you’ll probably also be curious about the different types of coral and want to check out the Coral Reef Conservationist course.

As you learn about fish survey techniques you may also want to work on a conservation project as part of your PADI National Geographic Diver certification.

You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the species you’re encountering.

 

Boat Diver

Boat Diver

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 to

  • 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

 

Cavern Diver
Gain the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly and safely. This course guides you to enter far enough for adventure, but stay within the light zone for an easy exit to open water.

Description

Caverns exist in many areas where scuba divers venture – from freshwater springs to volcanic island walls and limestone coasts. In these locations you’ll find large, dark spaces that seem incredibly inviting, yet are potentially dangerous. The PADI Cavern Diver Specialty course gives you the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly – allowing you to enter far enough for adventure, but staying within the light zone for an easy exit to open water.

You need to be PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old to enroll in the Cavern Diver course.

Academic

Ready for a challenge? You’ll complete four scuba dives with the first focused on line handling, reel use and emergency procedures outside a cavern; and the next three dives put your new skills to use inside a cavern. You’ll also learn about:

  • Other specialized equipment for cavern diving, such as lights and redundant breathing systems.
  • Avoiding disorientation and anti-silting techniques.
  • Dive planning, including depth and distance limits and air management for cavern diving.

Equipment

Along with your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a primary dive light and a smaller backup light, plus a line and reel. Your PADI Instructor may suggest other gear appropriate for cavern diving, such as a collapsible snorkel that fits in your pocket or other technical diving equipment.

Getting Started

Visit our retail center or click the registration button below to enroll in the course and schedule the first class session with your PADI Instructor.

Coral Reef Conservation

Coral Reef Conservation

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

The 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

 

Deep Diver

Deep Diver

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

 

Digital Underwater Photographer

Digital Underwater Photographer

 

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.

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.

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

 

Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Propel your way through the water and glide over reefs, buzz around a large wreck or weave through a kelp forest. You must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Description

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.

If you’re at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course.

 

Academic

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course guides you in choosing the right DPV for you. You’ll make two dives and learn about:

  • Maintaining your DPV.
  • How to plan dives, including procedures for staying with your buddy.
  • DPV-handling skills, such as making proper descents and ascents.
  • Potential problems and ways to deal with them.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

Equipment

Of course, you’ll need a DPV along with your basic scuba equipment. If you have your own DPV, your instructor will have you complete all your training using it. Ask your PADI Instructor or our staff which DPVs are available, and what other additional equipment you may need for your scuba diving exploration with a DPV.

Getting Started

Stop by our retail center or click the button below to enroll in the course, pick up your Diver Propulsion Vehicle Manual and Diver Propulsion Vehicle video and start learning. By studying independently, you’re better prepared to get in the water with your instructor and start “scootering.”

Drift Diver

Drift Diver

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
  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group

 

Dry Suit Diver

Dry Suit Diver

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.

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

Practical skills you’ll master in this course:

  • Dry Suit Familiarization
  • Safety Checks
  • Entry Techniques
  • Bubble Check
  • Buoyancy Check
  • Descent techniques
  • Fin Pivot
  • Hover
  • Excess gas in feet emergency roll drill
  • Stuck inflator emergency drill
  • Stuck exhaust valve emergency drill
  • Ascent procedure· Remove and replace scuba unit and weight belt on the surface
  • Exit techniques· Removal of dry suit, storage and maintenance

 

Emergency Oxygen Provider

Emergency Oxygen Provider

Who should take this course?

Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this course – it’s open to everyone. Scuba divers, snorkelers and anyone who is around divers – boat crew, lifeguards, etc. – will benefit from having this training.

What will you learn?

You’ll learn about:

  • Dive Injuries
  • Different types of Emergency Oxygen Equipment
  • Safety considerations when using oxygen.

Then you’ll practice:

  • Assembling and disassembling emergency oxygen equipment.
  • Deploying a non-rebreather mask
  • Demand inhalator valve on a breathing diver
  • Using a pocket mask on a nonbreathing diver

How can you start learning now?

Visit our retail center to enroll in the course and get your PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Manual.

Read the manual before class as directed by your instructor in preparation for skill practice.

What gear will you use?

Your PADI Instructor will have emergency oxygen units available to use for training for your class.  If you wish your instructor can help you purchase your own unit for use after the class. You’ll also need to have a non-rebreather mask to use during practice sessions, if you don’t have one they are available for purchase in our retail center.

Next Step

Be oxygen savvy and earn this important certification:

Enriched Air Diver

Enriched Air Diver

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 the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty.

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

Step 1 – E-Learning

  • To purchase this course  Start Here!
  • On your schedule; log onto PADI by clicking on the start here button above
  • Choose your language
  • Select your course

Step 2 – Classroom

The classroom session covers equipment orientation, analyzing oxygen content in a scuba tank, setting a dive computer with enriched air nitrox & knowledge review along with finalizing paperwork.

Cost:

  • e-Learning paid direct to PADI $180
  • Classroom Paid to Blu Water Scuba $65
  • Total cost of $245

 

Equipment Specialist
Learn to manage basic scuba diving equipment repairs and adjustments. Understand routine care and maintenance procedures and how dive gear works.

Description

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it's a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You'll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Equipment Specialist course.

Academic

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions. You may even get to jump into the water to try new or unfamiliar equipment.

Equipment

Your PADI Instructor may ask you to bring your basic scuba equipment to class, but will also have examples of other dive gear for you to work with during training.

Getting Started

Visit our retail center or click on the button below to enroll in the course and get The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving to use as a reference during the course.

Ice Diver

Ice Diver

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 buoyancynavigate under the ice, and keep in contact with the lead diver and tenders via line pulls.

You learn:

  • 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

Multilevel Diver

Extend your underwater time, learn what multilevel diving is and how to calculate for multilevel dives. Plan and execute a two-level and three-level scuba dive using the eRDPML .

Description

In the old days, dive profiles were calculated from the surface down to a maximum depth, then back to the surface. Now, dive computers continually analyze your depth – giving you more bottom time for going shallower and allowing you to maximize your dive time. If you’d like to understand more about dive computers and learn how you can use tools like the eRDPMLTM to plan multilevel dives, then the Multilevel Diver Specialty course is for you.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Multilevel Diver course.

Academic

You'll review decompression theory as it relates to multilevel diving and dive computer models, and plan multilevel dives using the eRDPML. During the first of your two multilevel dives, you’ll plan and execute a two-level dive, and on the second dive, you’ll complete a three-level scuba dive.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

Equipment

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll want to have your own dive computer and a slate to record dive information. Ask our staff what additional equipment you may need for your multilevel scuba dives.

Getting Started

Stop by our retail center to sign up for the course, and purchase your eRDPML and Instructions for Use booklet. Start learning to use this multilevel dive planner on your own before meeting with your PADI Instructor.

Night Diver

Night Diver

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.

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

Project AWARE Specialty

Project AWARE Specialty

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.

The Fun Part

You can make a difference.

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.

What You Learn

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

Rescue Diver

Rescue Diver Course

 Who should take this course?

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

PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.

Start the course online or stop by the dive shop.

What will you learn?

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

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

You may be able to get college credit for the Rescue Diver course – ask your instructor.

How can you start learning now?

Register for Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You progress through five knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course.

If you prefer, you can choose to study with the Rescue Diver Manual and watch the Rescue Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Stop by the store to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your rescue exercises and scenarios.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.

Next Step

Become confident and earn your next certification:

Rescue Diver Online

Rescue Diver Online gets you started right away and let’s you learn at your own pace and in your own time. 

To purchase this course and attend our class session  Start Here!

 

Scuba Review Tune-up

Scuba Review Tune-up

Scuba Review

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 acclimated again

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear.

Check with your local dive shop about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop

The Learning Materials You Need

Quickly and effectively review scuba diving fundamentals with PADI’s Scuba Tune-Up Guidebook. Begin by answering a few questions related to dive safety, problem management and dive planning. For example:

  • What are the five steps in a pre-dive safety check?
  • What is the maximum depth limit for all recreational diving?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of decompression sickness?
  • At 12 meters / 40 feet a diver runs out of air. Her buddy is more than 60 feet away, what should she do?

Correct answers will allow you to complete the book quickly. For incorrect answers, you’ll read a brief explanation to help you understand the concept.

Prerequisites

To take Scuba Review, you must

  • Have a scuba diver certification or be enrolled in a scuba certification course
  • Be at least 10 years old

Side Mount Diver Specialty

Side Mount Diver Specialty

Interested in Sidemount?
The PADI Sidemount Diver Course is designed to train certified divers how to safely utilize side-mounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional back-mounted configuration. We offer Sidemount certification as a standalone course, or it can be combined with any specialty certification as a training option.

Why Sidemount?

  • Sidemount originated with cave diving, basically to get cave divers in to spots they were unable to go with back mounted tanks. The smaller profile allowed travel through some passages (or “restrictions”) that could not be traveled before.
  • But why would recreational divers be interested to go to a side mount configuration, over the traditional back mount? There are many benefits to the side mount configuration that can be applied to even the most basic recreational diver; we’ll cover some of those benefits here.
  • Ability to fully reach and manipulate valves and regulators. What was once difficult to control and reach behind the shoulder, is now right in front of you.
  • Completely independent tanks and therefore gas supply. There is no one failure that will eliminate more than 1/2 of your remaining gas.
  • No entanglement areas are behind your back. Think about wrecks that you could be exploring with dangling ropes and fishing nets that can snag on a backmounted tank.
  • A more streamlined profile that reduces drag and makes moving through the water easier and more efficient, and makes trim adjustment easier,
  • Sidemount configurations can be completely customized to fit an individual, and they can be used for all forms of advanced diving such as with wrecks, technical, and caves.
  • Easier to carry tanks to the water, for fills, etc. This can be especially beneficial for those with injuries or disabilities where the weight of a backmounted tank(s) can be a stress, or simply impossible on long or steep walks. Sidemounted tanks can be carried to the water separately, and then just attached to the harness in the water.
  • Travelling divers can use any set of rental tanks without changing their configuration.
  • Instructor rating available!

What are the Benefits of Sidemount Training?

  • As sidemount seems like just an alternate tank configuration option, you may wonder why specialty training is even required for it. However there are several key benefits to formal training for even the most experienced divers.
  • Information about specialized sidemount systems available today, configuration options, optimal adjustments for fit and trim.
  • Learn and practice the skills required to manage the gas supply using separate primary cylinders.
  • Learn and practice skills required to dive with mixed teams (sidemount and backmount).
  • Learn and practice emergency procedures using the sidemount configuration.
  • Your instructor has the benefit of experience diving the sidemount configuration, and can share tips and best practices that will benefit you!

Student Diver Prerequisites:

  • PADI OW Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • 15 years of age.

Training Requirements:

  • Complete 4 side mount open water dives (no more then 3 dives per day).
  • First OW Dive not to exceed 10 meters/30 feet, with all subsequent dives not to exceed 30 meters/100 feet.

What Blu Water Scuba Supplies:

  • Hollis Side Mount BC
  • Two tanks for each of the 4 dives
  • Two regulators
    • 1-Regulator with  7 foot LP hose and 1 second stage
    • 1-Regulator with 34 inch LP hose and 1 second stage
  • 4-Stainless steel swivel snaps(bolt snap)
  • 1-1/4 inch bungee cord for second stage necklace
  • 2-Tanks AL 80
  • 2-Hp gauges with 6 inch hose
  • 1-Stainless steel small bold snap for second stage regulator

Student Supplies:

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Exposure suit appropriate for local diving environment and depth (dry suit or wetsuit). Hood, boots and gloves or mitts, if needed.
  • Quick-release weight belt or weight system, if needed.
  • Complete instrumentation, including a means to monitor depth, time and direction.
  • Recreational Dive Planner.
  • Diving tool or knife capable of cutting line.
  • Slate with pencil.
  • Whistle or other surface signaling device.
  • Log Book.

Recommenced equipment:

  • Underwater Light
  •  “SMB” Signal Marker Buoy

Duration:

  • 2 days 4 dives
  • Day 1 – Classroom theory, equipment workshop and skills training.
  • Open water dives 1 and 2
  • Day 2 – Advanced classroom theory and skills training
  • Open water dive 3 and 4

Certification

  • PADI Specialty Recreational Side Mount Diver
  • PADI Specialty Instructor

Search and Recovery

Search and Recovery

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

The Fun Part

Find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.

What You Learn

  • Search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
  • How to locate large and small objects using search patterns
  • How to use a lift bag and other recovery methods
  • Limited visibility search techniques

ReBreather

Rebreather Diver

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.

PADI Rebreather Diver

In this entry-level rebreather program you will learn to use Type R rebreathers to a maximum of 18 meters/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 Advanced Rebreather Diver

This course expands on the basic knowledge you have already acquired and provides training to a maximum of 30 meters/98 feet (40 meters/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)

If you are interested in becoming qualified as a Rebreather Diver click on our Rebreather Calendar for class schedule

Rebreather Class Schedule and Cost.


Underwater Navigator

Fine-tune your underwater observation skills and learn to use your compass more accurately. 

Description

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re 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.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

Academic

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. You will practice these skills during your three dives.

Methods to estimate distance underwater.

  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
  • Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.
  • Underwater map making.

Also, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

Equipment

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and underwater slate. Your PADI Instructor may suggest other gear to help you stay oriented, such as marker buoys or lines and reels.

Getting Started

Stop by Blu Water Scuba today to enroll in the course and get a PADI Underwater Navigator Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your navigational skills when you meet with your PADI Instructor.

Wreck Diver

Wreck Diver

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.

  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

Underwater Naturalist

Underwater Naturalist

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.

What 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.

Underwater Videographer
Capture the sights, sounds, and the dynamic motion of the underwater world as a videographer. Cover the fundamentals and create interesting, entertaining video worth watching again and again.

Description

Video is the best way to share the sights, sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world. If you want to get the best clips and also learn to edit your scuba diving stories to share with friends through social media, then the PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course is for you. Learn to create underwater videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course.

Academic

Your PADI Instructor will explain how to select, maintain and care for your underwater video equipment, whether it’s a housed unit with external lights, or your underwater camera that also shoots video. You'll cover fundamentals such as exposure, focus, story line and sequencing. Post dive, you’ll learn about the editing process and how to produce a video that truly captures your scuba adventures.

Equipment

Of course you’ll use an underwater video camera and need your basic scuba equipment. To edit your video, you’ll need access to video editing equipment, which usually includes a computer with editing software. Ask our staff about what additional equipment you may need for getting high-quality underwater video while diving locally.

Getting Started

Digital Underwater Photographer Online – PADI’s eLearning option – cover the basics of underwater imaging, with the third section dedicated to video. Although the first two sections focus on still photography, this web-based educational program guides you through the principles of great underwater imaging, which includes video. By studying independently online, you’re ready to complete both specialty courses – Underwater Videographer and Digital Underwater Photographer.

Visit our retail center to discuss your training options.

Professional Level Training

Professional Level Training

Are you ready to transform your life?

You’ve been a scuba diver for over six months, you may have already attained the Master Scuba Diver rating, and treated yourself to several fun-filled scuba diving vacations —but something’s missing. Then one day you realize that you not only want to participate in scuba diving, but you want to teach the sport you have come to love.

 PADI’s Professional-Level Training:

  • Helps you expand your knowledge of dive theory.
  • Teaches you to apply the PADI System to confined water skills, knowledge development presentations, and open water training.
  • Provides career opportunities worldwide.
  • Expands your knowledge of scuba gear.
  • Enables you to meet and network with other dive professionals worldwide.
  • Provides you with professional continuing education options.
  • Lets you do what you love!

Are You Ready?

To find out how to get started, contact us today to discuss your goals and course schedule.

Learn more about becoming a PADI Pro by clicking on the topics below

Divemaster

Divemasters Wanted!

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.

Get started now with Divemaster Online!

PADI Divemaster Course:

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.

What You Learn:

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

As you progress through your Divemaster course, you’ll expand your diving knowledge, hone you skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a PADI Divemaster, you’ll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the the acquatic realm.

What You Can Teach:

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
  • surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
  • when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

The Scuba Gear You Use:

You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.

It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find most everything at your local dive shop

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Divemaster Crew-Pack includes:

  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster slates
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment
  • Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
  • PADI Professional Log
  • DSD Cue Cards
  • PADI Pro Bag
  • PADI Divemaster Application package

There are other required materials that a Divemaster Candidate will need but may have received them during other PADI programs so they have not been included in the Divemaster Crew-Pak.  Please ask your PADI Instructor for the full list of required materials that you will need for the program.

You also have the option to take Divemaster Online and purchase the Divemaster eLearning Crew-Pak.

Prerequisites:

  • 18 years old
  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Other Courses That Will Prepare You for Success as a PADI Divemaster:

Here are some suggestions for other PADI courses that will help make you more successful as a PADI Divemaster:

  • Search and Recovery (Highly recommended)
  • Deep Diver (Highly recommended)
  • Dive Theory Online
  • Boat Diver
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Enriched Air Diver (You can even sign up for the PADI Enriched Air Course Online!)
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigation (Highly recommended)

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

Open Water Scuba Instructor / Assistant Instructor

Open Water Scuba Instructor

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.

The 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.

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

During 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

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)

You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all 24 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part .

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.

You can purchase all the equipment needed for the course here at our store.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course Crew Pak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
PADI Instructor Manual

Prerequisites

To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

If you are looking to go pro, please contact us and sign-up today!

Your Next Adventure:

You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.

Next Steps

View our Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Instructor Examination (IE) Calendar

Specialty Instructor

Specialty Instructor

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

Whether 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

Doing Specialty Instructor with a PADI Course Director

  • 10 experience dives in each particular specialty
  • Minimum number of certification not required

Apply for Specialty Instructor Rating directly to PADI

  • 20 experience dives in each particular specialty
  • Have certified at least 25 divers before applying

Specialty Instructor Training course attendance is highly recommended. These courses provide valuable hands-on training, technique demonstrations, course marketing information, current PADI Standards information and, when applicable, instructor-level open water training.

 What You Can Teach

 

Teach the PADI Specialties you like most!

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear, some scuba accessories and depending on which specialties you teach, you’ll need other specialty diving gear such as dive lights or underwater photography equipment. You can find most everything in our dive shop.

Learning Materials You Need

PADI’s Specialty Instructor Manual (product no. 70250) includes the specialty instructor guides for all of PADI’s standardized specialties. The outlines are also available digitally on the Specialty Instructor Manual CD-ROM (product no. 70909MUL). Once registered, the digital specialty manual can be updated for a discounted price.

To purchase this product, contact us.

Prerequisites

You must be a:

  • Renewed PADI Assistant Instructor
  • PADI Instructor
  • or have completed an IDC or Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)  program within the past 12 month.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

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).

The 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.

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 Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as some scuba accessories.

It is highly recommended and expected that, as a diver of this level, you own your own scuba equipment. We can help you select the right gear here in our store.

Prerequisites

  • To qualify as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you must
  • Be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Have five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications
  • Have certified at least 25 PADI Divers

If you’re considering entering the realm of technical dive instruction, then the MSDT will be useful. You must be a MSDT to become an instructor in Tec 50 Diver or the DSAT Trimix Diver courses.

If you are looking to go pro, please contact us and sign-up today!

IDC Staff Instructor

IDC Staff 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

Because IDC Staff Instructors are an integral part of the PADI Instructor Development, 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.

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

 

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.

It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.

 

Prerequisites

You must be

  • a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification
  • at least 18 years old

If you are looking to do IDC Staff Instructor, please contact us and sign-up today!

Master Instructor

Master Instructor

The PADI Master Instructor Rating

Be recognized as one of the elite dive educators – PADI Master Instructor. PADI Master Instructors embody the essence of a 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

Course Director

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).

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What 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 Prerequisites for This Course

To take this course, you must:

  • Be a renewed, teaching status PADI Master Instructor for at least the past six months
  • Have no verified Quality Assurance complaints for at least the past 12 months
  • Conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods consistent with PADI Standards and philosophy as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual for at least the past 12 months.
  • Exclusively use the complete PADI System of diver education including all appropriate PADI training materials for at least the past 12 months.
  • Certified as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor
  • Have staffed at least two complete IDCs after being certified as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor
  • Certified as a current Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • Experience working with a PADI dive shop or resort
  • Have a minimum of 250 logged dives
  • Meet all other requirements as specified by PADI at the time of application
Instructor Development Course (IDC) Schedule

Instructor Development Course (IDC) Schedule

January 23-31 February 1-2 February 3-6
Feb/March 27-7 March 8-9 March 10-13
April 17-25 April 26-27 April/May 28-1
May 15-23 May 24-25 May 26-29
June 19-27 June 28-29 June/July 30-3
July 17-25 July 26-27 July 28-31
August 21-29 August 30-31 September 1-4
Sep/Oct 25-3 October 4-5 October 6-9
Oct/Nov 30-7 November 8-9 November 10-13
December 4-12 December 13-14 December 15-18
Instructor Exam (IE) Schedule

Instructor Development Course (IDC) Schedule

January 23-31 February 1-2 February 3-6
Feb/March 27-7 March 8-9 March 10-13
April 17-25 April 26-27 April/May 28-1
May 15-23 May 24-25 May 26-29
June 19-27 June 28-29 June/July 30-3
July 17-25 July 26-27 July 28-31
August 21-29 August 30-31 September 1-4
Sep/Oct 25-3 October 4-5 October 6-9
Oct/Nov 30-7 November 8-9 November 10-13
December 4-12 December 13-14 December 15-18
Master Scuba Diver Trainer Schedule

Instructor Development Course (IDC) Schedule

January 23-31 February 1-2 February 3-6
Feb/March 27-7 March 8-9 March 10-13
April 17-25 April 26-27 April/May 28-1
May 15-23 May 24-25 May 26-29
June 19-27 June 28-29 June/July 30-3
July 17-25 July 26-27 July 28-31
August 21-29 August 30-31 September 1-4
Sep/Oct 25-3 October 4-5 October 6-9
Oct/Nov 30-7 November 8-9 November 10-13
December 4-12 December 13-14 December 15-18
PADI TecRec

Technical Diving

Technical diving is scuba diving’s “extreme” sport, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazard this type of diving entails. Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who hear its challenge call, the PADI TecRec courses are the answer. View the Tec Diving Blog

What is technical diving?

Technical scuba diving is defined as diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational scuba diving limits. It is further defined as and includes one or more of the following:

  • diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet deep
  • required stage decompression
  • diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface
  • accelerated decompression and or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive

Because in technical diving the surface is effectively inaccessible in an emergency, tec divers use extensive methodologies and technologies and training to manage the added risks. Even with these, however, tec diving admittedly has more risk, potential hazard and shorter critical error chains than does recreational scuba diving.

How long has technical diving been around?

Most people would agree that cave diving is a form of technical diving. Cave diving developed in the late 1960s and 1970s, developing into a discipline largely like it is today by the mid 1980s. In the early 1990s, several groups of divers around the world began experimenting with technologies for deep diving (beyond recreational limits) to explore both caves and wrecks. These communities united and emerged as “technical diving” or “tec diving” with the publication of aqua Corps (no longer in print), which dedicated itself to this type of diving. Since then, tec diving continues to develop both in scope and in its technologies.

Why would I want to be a tec diver?

Tec diving not only has more risk, but it requires significantly more effort, discipline and equipment. It’s not for everyone, and you can be an accomplished, avid top-notch diver your entire life without making a tec dive. That said, there’s a cadre of individuals who want to visit places underwater that relatively few people can. Many spectacular, untouched wrecks lie at depths well below 40 meters/130 feet. Deep reefs have organisms you don’t find in the shallows. Some people enjoy the challenge and focus tec diving requires. Still others love being involved with cutting edge technologies. These reasons make tec diving rewarding.

The PADI TecRec Difference

The TecRec program debuted in 2000. Although TecRec is not the first tec diving program (cave diver training has been around for decades), it repeatedly receives accolades for its merits.

  • TecRec courses are integrated into an instructionally valid, seamless course flow that takes you from beginning tec diver to one qualified to the outer reaches of sport diving using different gas mixes.
  • Each level introduces you to new gear, planning and procedures appropriate to extend your diving limits.
  • The Tec Diver course is an integrated sequence of three sub courses: Tec 40, Tec45 and Tec 50. You can complete them continuously, or you can complete each level separately with a time span between them. This gives you learning efficiency, instructional integrity and schedule flexibility.

The Scuba Gear You’ll Use

Tec diving uses much more equipment than recreational diving. The technical scuba gear typically uses two to four or five regulators, a dive computer, and some accessories.

Prerequisites:

TecRec prerequisites vary (see individual course descriptions), but the following applies to anyone interested in technical diving: You must be

  • 18 years or older
    • A mature, responsible person who will follow the required procedures and requirements strictly and faithfully
    • Medically fit for tec diving (physician’s signature required)
    • Willing to accept the added risks that tec diving presents
    • An experienced diver with at least 100 logged dives
    • Certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver and PADI Deep Diver or equivalent (for this program equivalency is proof of training in recreational deep diving 18 meters/60 feet to 40 meters/130 feet consisting of at least four dives and training in nitrogen narcosis considerations, contingency/emergency decompression, making safety stops and air supply management OR, have a minimum of 20 logged dives deeper than 30 meters/100 feet.)

The Fun Part

The fun part of TecRec is rising to the challenges as you dive deeper and longer than most divers ever do.

The PADI TecRec Flow Chart

Tec 40
Consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four training dives. Designed for the diver transitioning from recreational diving to technical diving.
 
Description

The PADI Tec 40 course is where you transition from recreational scuba diving to technical diving. It’s a great place to start because it’s the first subdivision of the full PADI Tec Diver course and bridges the gap between no stop diving and full technical deep decompression diving. You gain experience and begin building the knowledge and skills you need to continue your tec diver training. You will qualify to make limited decompression dives to 40 metres/130 feet.

To enroll in the Tec 40 course, you must be:

  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • A PADI Enriched Air Diver with at least 10 dives using enriched air deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
  • A PADI Deep Diver or proof of at least 10 dives to 30 metres/100 feet
  • At least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives

You also need to have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply.

Academic

The Tec 40 course consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four training dives. You’ll learn about:

  • Technical diving’s risks and responsibilities
  • Technical diving equipment, proper rigging and set up
  • Gas planning, oxygen limits and decompression planning
  • Team diving techniques and emergency procedures, such as dealing with free flows, manifold leaks and out of gas situations

Equipment

You’ll start with your basic scuba diving equipment and add technical equipment, which essentially means you’ll begin to double up on gear. You may dive with backmounted or sidemounted cylinders. Your PADI Tec Instructor may have you dive with EANx for additional conservatism.

Getting Started

Stop in our retail center to purchase your Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak that includes a PADI Tec Deep Diver Manual, which you can start reading right away. You’ll study independently before meeting with your PADI Tec Deep Instructor. You can also get an Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video, which is a great tool to help you practice skills between your tec diving adventures. You'll continue to use the Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak through your Tec 45 and Tec 50 courses.

Tec 45
Part 2 of the PADI Tec Deep Diver program. Extend your depth limit to 45 metres/145 ft. Learn to plan & execute repetitive decompression dives using a single stage/decompression cylinder.

Description

The PADI Tec 45 course is the second part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program. You’ll extend your depth limit to 45 metres/145 feet and learn to plan and execute repetitive decompression dives using a single stage/decompression cylinder. It puts you in a complete tec diving rig, which can be either backmount or sidemount. You’ll also make accelerated decompression dives using EANx or pure oxygen. This is a course where you’ll rise to the challenge and make the commitment to become a technical diver.

  • To enroll in the Tec 45 course, you must:

    • Be a PADI Tec 40 diver
    • Be a PADI Rescue Diver
    • Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, with at least 12 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 6 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

    Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply.

    Academic

    Your Tec 45 training consists of three knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four open water dives. Building on what you learned in the Tec 40 course, you focus on the function and maintenance of tec diving equipment and associated issues. You continue fine-tuning gas planning and calculating accelerated decompression stops. Plus, you learn to think like a technical diver.

    Equipment

    You’ll use full technical equipment, which includes wings and doubles plus an additional deco cylinder, or you may use a technical sidemount configuration. Your PADI Tec Deep Instructor will explain the gear required for your tec diving adventures.

    Getting Started

    Stop in our retail center to purchase, if you don’t already have one, a Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak that includes a PADI Tec Deep Diver Manual, which you’ll use for self-study. The Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video is an optional tool to help you practice skills between your tec diving adventures. You'll continue to use the Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak through your Tec 50 course.

Tec 50

Description

The third part of the full PADI Tec Deep Diver program is Tec 50. As a Tec 50 diver, you show that you’ve developed competency as a tec diver and have the skills to dive to a maximum of 50 metres/165 feet. You know how to make extended, accelerated decompression stops using up to two gases. It’s not easy to reach this level and earning your Tec 50 certification opens the door to deeper diving expeditions.

To enroll in the Tec 50 course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 45 diver
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 dives on enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply.

Academic

The Tec 50 course includes two knowledge development sections, three practical application sessions and four open water dives. A primary focus of this course is mission planning and execution. You also learn more about handling emergencies and how to think like a technical diver.

Equipment

You’ll use full technical equipment and you may use a technical sidemount configuration, plus two stage/decompression cylinders. Your Tec Deep Instructor may also introduce you to using trimix on the last open water dive.

Getting Started

Stop in our retail center to purchase, if you don’t already have one, a Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak that includes a PADI Tec Deep Diver Manual, which you’ll use for self-study. The Equipment Set-up and Key Skills video is an optional tool to help you practice skills between your tec diving adventures. You'll continue to use the Tec Deep Diver Crew-Pak through your Tec 50 course.

Tec Trimix 65
Extend your depth range the right way with a blend of helium, oxygen & nitrogen (trimix). The Tec Trimix 65 course introduces you to using trimix down to a maximum depth of 65 metres/210 feet.

Description

If you’re into technical diving then you know that to extend your depth range you need to use trimix – a blend of helium, oxygen and nitrogen. The Tec Trimix 65 course introduces you to using trimix down to a maximum depth of 65 metres/210 feet. There are advantages to using three gases, but you need to know how to do it right. Earning the Tec Trimix 65 certification makes deeper exploration a reality.

You’re qualified to enroll in the Tec Trimix 65 course, if you:

  • Are a PADI Tec 50 diver
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply.

Academic

Tec Trimix 65 course topics include:

  • Trimix diving depth ranges
  • Exposure planning
  • Selecting a mix
  • Argon inflation systems
  • Handling three or four decompression cylinders
  • Decompression models
  • Emergency procedures
  • Decompression software and multi-gas computers

Equipment

You’ll use full technical equipment and you may use a technical sidemount configuration, plus two stage/decompression cylinders. Your Tec Trimix Instructor may suggest other equipment.

Getting Started

Stop in our retail center to purchase, if you don’t already have one, your Crew-Pak that includes a PADI Tec Trimix Diver Manual, which you can start reading right away. You also receive a deep stop calculation table, trimix decal and emergency procedures slate as part of your pak. 

Tec Trimix Diver
This course turns experienced tec divers into extreme divers. During this course, you'll make dives as deep as 90 metres/300 feet, use multigas trimix computers, & handle up to 4 stage/deco cylinders.

Description

Ready for the outer edge of technical diving? The Tec Trimix Diver course takes experienced tec divers and turns them into extreme divers who go deeper and visit pristine sites where few others will ever go. During the course, you’ll make dives as deep as 90 metres/300 feet, but once you earn this tough certification, there are few limits. Your training teaches you to build experience gradually and you do it because you’ve made it this far and have more exploring to do.

To enroll in the Tec Trimix Diver course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Tec 50 diver or Tec Trimix 65 diver
  • Have a minimum of 150 logged dives
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Trimix Instructor.

Academic

The Tec Trimix Diver course emphasizes mission application:

  • Gas selection options, especially deco gases
  • Bubble models and deep stops
  • Using multigas trimix computers
  • Handling up to four stage/deco cylinders

Equipment

You’ll use full technical equipment, including more than two stage/deco cylinders, and you may use a technical sidemount configuration. Your Tec Trimix Instructor may suggest additional gear.

Getting Started

Your Tec Trimix Diver Crew-Pak includes a PADI Tec Trimix Diver Manual, which you can start reading right away. Stop by our retail center to purchase your materials, which also include a deep stop calculation table, trimix decal and emergency procedures slate.

Tec Sidemount
Wearing more than one tank has become increasingly popular for technical diving. With the Tec Sidemount Diver course you can apply what you learn to other TecRec courses.

Description

If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.

If you’re a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives, you qualify to enroll in a Tec Sidemount Diver course. It’s recommended that you also have a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Sidemount Instructor.

Academic

You’ll learn about the advantages of diving with a sidemount configuration and how to set up a tec sidemount harness. You’ll get hands-on training during one confined water session and four open water dives where you’ll start with two tanks and add at least two more, maybe even getting to six sidemounted cylinders.

Getting Started

Get the PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount Diver Manual from our retail center and start studying immediately. If you have a recreational sidemount diver certification, you’ll focus on Chapters Two and Three, if not, you'll read the entire manual.

Tec Gas Blender
Being a gas blender is a key job at a busy PADI Dive Center or Resort. This course teaches you how to blend enriched air nitrox and helium-based gases using one or more blending methods.

Description

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is the most popular diver specialty course and the number of technical divers is on the rise, which means that lots of scuba divers want enriched air and gas blends. The Tec Gas Blender course teaches you to blend enriched air nitrox and helium-blend gases using one or more blending methods. Being the blender is a key job at a busy PADI Dive Center or Resort and your work allows other divers to do what they love to do – scuba dive.

If you’re a PADI Enriched Air Diver and are at least 18 years old, you can enroll in a Tec Gas Blender course.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply. 

Academic

The Tec Gas Blender course includes three practical application sessions, but no dives. During independent study and instructor-led review, you learn:

  • About the advantages and disadvantages of different blending methodologies.
  • To blend enriched air and trimix blends to within one percent of the target mix.
  • About the potential hazards related to handling oxygen, and how to manage those risks.
  • To demonstrate the steps for oxygen cleaning equipment, along with the requirements for oxygen service.

Getting Started

You can purchase your PADI Gas Blender Manual to start your independent study by visiting our retail center.

Tec Gas Blender Instructor

The Tec Gas Blender Instructor Course

Help meet the demand for qualified gas blenders. As a Tec Gas Blender Instructor, you will understand the differences between gases and be able to explain critical information to others.

Description

Enriched air, trimix and rebreather diving just can’t happen without the right gas mixes. Not only does a dive shop need the right blending equipment, but it also needs qualified gas blenders. As a Tec Gas Blender Instructor, you can help meet the demand for gas blenders by offering this important training – the Tec Gas Blender course.

To enroll in a Tec Gas Blender Instructor course, you must be a:

  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • PADI Enriched Air Instructor
  • Tec Gas Blender

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply. 

Tec Instructor
The entry course into tec diving and your opportunity to join the PADI TecRec professional ranks. Certifications from other diver training organizations may apply - ask your Tec Instructor Trainer.

Description

Tec Instructor has a nice sound to it, especially if you’re a PADI Instructor interested in technical (tec) diving and ready to combine your interests. The Tec Instructor course is your entry into the tec diving world and your opportunity to join the PADI TecRec professional ranks. As a Tec Instructor, you’ll be qualified to conduct Discover Tec programs, teach the Tec 40 course and assist a Tec Deep Instructor with Tec 45 Diver courses (which is a great way to gain experience).

To enroll in a Tec Instructor course, you must:

  • Be a renewed PADI Instructor
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Instructor, or have completed a PADI Enriched Air Instructor course.
  • Be a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor, or have completed a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor course.
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 enriched air dives, 25 dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet.

Prior to sending in your Tec Instructor application, you must also:

  • Be a renewed PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Instructor
  • Be a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor
  • Be a Tec 45 Diver
  • Have a minimum of 20 stage decompression dives
  • Have successfully completed the Tec Instructor course exams

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Instructor Trainer.

Tec Deep Instructor
Tec Deep Instructors contribute to deep exploration by training the next generation of tec divers. Certifications from other diver training organizations may apply - ask your Tec Instructor Trainer.

Description

Diving beyond recreational depths with open-circuit technical gear has allowed tec divers to discover amazing wrecks and photograph never-before-seen organisms. Tec Deep Instructors contribute to deep exploration by training the next generation of tec divers. When you earn this rating, you can conduct Discover Tec programs and teach Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50 Diver courses.

To enroll in a Tec Deep Instructor course, you must:

  • Be a renewed PADI Instructor
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Instructor, or have completed a PADI Enriched Air Instructor course.
  • Be a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor, or have completed a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor course.
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 enriched air dives, 25 dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet.

Prior to sending in your Tec Deep Instructor application, you must also:

  • Be a renewed PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Instructor
  • Be a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor
  • Be a Tec 50 Diver
  • Have assisted with at least one Tec 50 Diver course or one Tec 45 Diver course
  • Have a minimum of 270 dives logged, with at least 25 stage decompression dives deeper than 40 metres/130 feet.
  • Have certified a total of 10 or more PADI Deep Divers and/or PADI Enriched Air Divers.
  • Have successfully completed the Tec Deep Instructor course exams.
  • Meet a peer review waterskill requirement.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply.

Tec Trimix Instructor
As a Tec Trimix Instructor you can teach the full range of deep open-circuit tec diving courses, including Tec Trimix 65 and Tec Trimix Diver. It's a respected certification only a few achieve.

Description

Becoming a Tec Trimix Diver takes you to the outer edge of technical diving. Earning the Tec Trimix Instructor rating makes you the person who trains these extreme divers. It’s a respected tec diving instructor certification that few achieve. If you’ve got the experience and are up for the challenge, then it could be your next step. As a Tec Trimix Instructor you can teach the full range of deep open-circuit tec diving courses, including Tec Trimix 65 and Tec Trimix Diver.

To enroll in a Tec Trimix Instructor course, you must:

  • Be a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Be a PADI Tec Deep Instructor, or have completed the PADI Tec Deep Instructor training course
  • Be a PADI Tec Trimix Diver
  • Have a minimum of 200 logged dives, with 20 tec decompression dives of which at least 10 dives were deeper than 40 metres/130 feet using trimix.

Prior to sending in your Tec Trimix Instructor application, you must also:

  • Be a PADI Tec Deep Instructor
  • Have assisted with at least one Tec Trimix Diver course
  • Have a minimum of 350 logged dives, with 50 decompression dives deeper than 40 metres/130 feet of which 30 dives must be deeper than 40 metres/130 feet using trimix and 10 dives deeper than 50 metres/165 feet using trimix with less than 21 percent oxygen.
  • Have successfully completed the Tec Trimix Instructor course exams

Academic

You begin your training by reviewing the Tec Trimix course content and practical skills. Then, you complete multiple practice teaching scenarios in the classroom and in the water to ensure you know how to cover all the materials, organize skill practice and control open water dives.

Tec Sidemount Instructor
As a Tec Sidemount Instructor, you can teach the advantages of sidemount diving to tec divers or introduce scuba divers to tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course.

Description

For technical divers, using a sidemount configuration is becoming more common and it certainly is convenient for traveling, especially to locations where backmount isn’t available. As a Tec Sidemount Instructor, you can teach the advantages of sidemount diving to tec divers or introduce scuba divers to tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course.

To enroll in a Tec Sidemount Instructor course, you must:

  • Be a renewed PADI Instructor
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver
  • Be a PADI Enriched Air Instructor, or have completed a PADI Enriched Air Instructor course
  • Be a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor, or have completed a PADI Deep Specialty Instructor course
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, with at least 20 enriched air dives, 25 dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 15 dives deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
  • Be a Tec 45 Diver

Prior to sending in your Tec Sidemount Instructor application, you must also:

  • Be a PADI Tec Instructor or higher rating
  • Be a PADI Tec Sidemount Diver
  • Have logged at least 20 technical sidemount dives including 10 with three or more cylinders

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Sidemount Instructor Trainer.

Academic

If you aren’t a certified Tec Sidemount Diver, then your Tec Sidemount Instructor course will include the entire Tec Sidemount Diver course. You’ll not only get to practice all the skills, but will also get the chance to present knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching segments. Your Tec Sidemount Instructor Trainer will make sure you’re ready to teach the course and also provide ideas for organizing and marketing your tec sidemount courses.

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