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Specialty Dive Certifications

NITROX DIVER NITROX DIVER

The Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) course is one of the most popular specialty scuba courses. A definite plus for those divers wishing to expand their dive horizons, and for our liveaboard dive trips out to the Dry Tortugas as it gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver. You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session and two scuba dives you’ll discuss managing oxygen exposure, practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank, and set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

Cost: $275

  • Includes instruction, 1 half day boat trip, 2 dives & certification.
  • Credit towards Master Scuba Diver.
  • Must be currently an Open Water Certified Diver.

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site. This course will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. You’ll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from a boat in Key West or the Marquesas Keys area and learn boat terminology, boat diving procedures and etiquette, including how to enter and exit, and where to stow your gear, boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.

Cost: $195

  • Includes instruction, one half day boat trip, 2 dives & certification.
  • Must be currently a Junior Open Water or Open Water Certified Diver.
  • Credit towards your Advanced Open Water Certification.

Specialty Dive CertificationsDRIFT DIVER DRIFT DIVER

The Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. A definite advantage when on one of our liveaboard trips out to the Dry Tortugas or anywhere else in the world. Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll, receive an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels, get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects, practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives, learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.

Cost: $250

  • Includes instruction, one half day boat trip, 2 dives & certification.
  • Must be currently a Junior Open Water or Open Water Certified Diver.
  • Credit towards your Advanced Open Water Certification.

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers as they glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. You too can more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing your surroundings. This course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level. During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to, determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy, trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water, streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water & hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.

Cost: $195

  • Includes instruction, one half day boat trip, 2 dives & certification.
  • Must be currently a Junior Open Water or Open Water Certified Diver.
  • Credit towards your Advanced Open Water Certification.

Specialty Dive CertificationsNIGHT DIVER NIGHT DIVER

If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, than the night diver course is a must! The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, even scary, yet so alluring. At night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice, light handling and communication techniques, entering, exiting and navigating in the dark, identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

Cost: $295

  • Includes instruction, 1 night boat trip, 3 night dives & certification.
  • Must be currently a Junior Open Water or Open Water Diver.
  • Credit towards your Advanced Open Water Certification.

Wrecks and on purpose-sunk artificial reefs such as ships, airplanes and cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. The Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. During four dives you’ll learn, safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks, surveying and mapping a wreck, using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration, & techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

Cost: $395

  • Includes instruction, 1 full day boat trip, 4 dives & certification.
  • Must be currently an Open Water Certified Diver.
  • Credit towards your Advanced Open Water Diver Certification.

Specialty Dive CertificationsDEEP DIVER DEEP DIVER

The lure of the deep is exciting and mysterious and a thrill of a lifetime as you explore deeper dive sites, such as wrecks or wall reef diving. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, this course is a must for the adrenaline junky diver! Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives in the Marquesas Keys & Key West areas with your instructor, you’ll go over, specialized deep diving equipment, deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control, managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

Cost: $395

  • Includes instruction, 1 full day boat trip, 3 deep dives & certification.
  • Must be currently an Open Water Certified Diver.
  • Credit towards your Advanced Open Water Certification.

Tired of swimming long distances back to the boat due to getting a bit turned around and lost underwater? Than this course is definitely one for the underwater navigational challenged. It will fine-tune 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. You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives in the Key West & Marquesas Keys areas, you’ll practice, 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.

Cost: $395

  • Includes instruction, 1 full day boat trip, 3 navigation dives, & certification
  • Must be currently an Open Water Certified Diver.
  • Credit towards your Advanced Open Water Certification.

Specialty Dive Certifications