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SPECIALTIES

What is Specialty Diving?

Specialty Diving is a series of courses that focus on the type of diving that interests YOU. Often a Specialty is related to a hobby, like Deep Diving, Wreck Diving, Photography, Videography or Kayak Diving. Sometimes Specialty learning is a matter of necessity like Drysuit Diving, altitude Diving or Deep diving. Often, a Specialty course is a way to advance your knowledge, skills, and safety for upcoming dives such as Wreck Diving, Drift Diving or Boat Diving. Many times, a certified diver just wants to improve their skills and be a better diver, which they can accomplish with Specialties that include Peak Buoyancy, Enriched Air Diving, and Navigation. Whatever your motivation, a Specialty Diving certification increases your skill level and expands your opportunities for fun underwater.

Specialty courses range from beginning level training to highly advanced training. They range in duration from 4 hours to 24 hours of class time and 1 to 4 dives devoted to open water training. A specialty course is not intended to make you an expert in a specialty area of diving. It will, however, introduce you to the specialty, make you aware of the potential hazards, how to avoid them, allow you to safely experience the specialty, and let you know resources for learning more about the special interest area.

Course Requirements:
Must be at least 10 years’ old (10 to 14-year-old can earn their PADI Jr. Diver certification.)

Must be in good health and comfortable in the water
Must be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or Jr. Open Water Diver
Have an enthusiastic attitude and want to have FUN!

Materials and Equipment Needed:
eLearning Materials Needed:

-PADI Specialty eLearning
-Logbook
-PADI Dive Tables
Personal Diving Equipment Required:
-You will need all your own personal dive equipment, which includes a mask, snorkel, fins, and boots. There may be other equipment needed, depending on which specialty is taken. You will need a regulator system with computer, BCD, two or more cylinders, exposure suit, weight system with weights (available to rent or purchase.)


Course Scheduling:
Becoming a Specialty diver is simple as one, two, three!

Step One:
Orientation: To start, give us a call, so our staff can plan spending about two hours with you. During that time, we will go over course logistics, paperwork, equipment fitting and equipment purchases.
Step Two:
Classroom: During the classroom session, we will go over the knowledge review for each of the specialties you want to do.
Pool: If a pool is need, we will cover the skills you’ll need for that specialty.
Step Three:
Open Water Dives: One or two days in an open water environment (Gulf or Spring,) where you will complete the open water dives for each specialty.

Your Instructor may adjust the schedule according to the weather or conditions.

PADI SPECIALTIES

No Dive Specialties

Specialty

Store/Pool Fees

Instructor Fee

Total Fees

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

$25.00

$50.00

$75.00

Emergency Oxygen Provider

$25.00

$50.00

$75.00

Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) *

$25.00

$50.00

$75.00

Equipment Specialist *

$25.00

$50.00

$75.00

Project AWARE Specialist

$25.00

$50.00

$75.00


Two Dive Specialties

Specialty

Store/Pool Fees

Instructor Fee

Total Fees

Altitude Diver

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

AWARE Fish Identification

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Boat Diver *

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Digital Underwater Photography *

$50.00 (pool)

$150.00

$200.00

Diver Propulsion Vehicle *

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Drift Diver *

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Dry Suit Diver *

$50.00 (pool)

$150.00

$200.00

Peak Performance Buoyancy *

$50.00 (pool)

$150.00

$200.00

Underwater Naturalist

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00


Three Dive Specialties

Specialty

Store/Pool Fees

Instructor Fee

Total Fees

Night Diver *

$25.00

$150.00

$175.00

Sidemount Diver

$50.00 (pool)

$150.00

$200.00

Underwater Navigator *

$25.00

$200.00

$225.00


Four Dive Specialties

Specialty

Store/Pool Fees

Instructor Fee

Total Fees

Deep Diver *

$25.00

$200.00

$225.00

Search & Recovery Diver *

$25.00

$200.00

$225.00

Wreck Diver *

$25.00

$200.00

$225.00

* - Designates eLearning is available for these courses.


DISTINCTIVE SPECIALTIES

Two Dive Specialties

Specialty

Store/Pool Fees

Instructor Fee

Total Fees

AWARE Shark Conservation

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Dive Against Debris Diver

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Full Face Mask Diver

$50.00 (pool)

$150.00

$200.00

Intro. To Dive Boat Operations

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Safety Sea Signing Diver

$50.00 (pool)

$150.00

$200.00

Sea Turtle Awareness

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Surface Marker Buoy Diver

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Surf Diver

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Underwater Angler

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Underwater Archaeology Diver

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Underwater Communications

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Underwater Habitat Diver

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Underwater Hunting & Collecting

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Whale Shark Awareness Diver

$25.00

$100.00

$125.00

Zombie Apocalypse Diver

$25.00

$125.00

$150.00


Three Dive Specialties

Specialty

Store/Pool Fees

Instructor Fee

Total Fees

Marine Awareness Diver

$25.00

$150.00

$175.00

Self-Reliant Diver

$50.00 (pool)

$200.00

$250.00


Four Dive Specialties

Specialty

Store/Pool Fees

Instructor Fee

Total Fees

Kayak Diver

$50.00 (pool)

$250.00

$300.00

Research Diver

$50.00

$200.00

$250.00


The minimum age for these courses varies, some have the prerequisite of the Advanced Open Water Diver, while others are available after your Open Water Diver course. For dates and times, please see our current class schedule on our web site.

There is an extra fee for the following: PADI eLearning, handouts, applicable taxes, rental equipment, or any boat trips. These must be paid at the beginning of the course.

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with your course materials and make sure to review the introduction in the course materials prior to your first class.

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