Courses Offered with Specialties

Our Dive Shop is a 5 Star PADI dive center.

PADI Taught HereWe offer all of the PADI Recreational diving courses from Open Water through Instructor.  If you're interested in scuba diving lessons in _______________ we have the scuba training you need.  Whether you're a new diver looking to hone your skills with a specialty course, or interested in going pro and becoming an instructor or divemaster; we are the right dive center for you.

Requirements to take our scuba diving classes:

Young people under the age of 18 must have parental consent. Youngsters, as young as 10, may learn to dive and earn Scuba certification. After certification, divers under the age of 15, must be accompanied by an adult certified diver.

Good overall health is required for safe diving. Some conditions may require your doctor’s pre-approval.

Below is a general listing of courses offered at our dive center.  If you don't see what you're looking for contact us and just ask.  We have instructors for any and every course out there!

Please click on the course below to view the description:

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Learning Scuba is a Three Phase Process

1. Academics

The beginning diver must master the science that governs Scuba in order to understand the limitations nature places on the diver. Students need to understand how equipment works. Staying safe underwater is easy. The subjects are interesting.

There are two ways to master the academics:

  1. Combination home study and lecture - By utilizing the text book and / or DVD's the student prepares for review and testing sessions with the instructor. Depending on the format, there may be two or three sessions.
  2. Online home study - All of the academics are taken via a special online program at the student's pace and leisure. Even all of the testing is completed in our comprehensive online Program.

2. Pool or Confined Water Training

Diver TrainingHere is where the real fun begins. Students learn how to set up and adjust their equipment and how to handle it underwater. You'll learn how to become weightless and fly, at will, in any direction. The feeling will give a new definition to the word "Awesome".

3. Open Water Training Dives

You'll be executing some skill exercises and touring the ocean underwater environment. You'll see how easy and fun it is to fly over the landscape in a fluid sky. You'll be amazed by how much life and color there is to see. Now you know why you always wanted to do this.

Our Dive Shop Open Water Diver is available for Private Sessions or Group Classes.  Pricing includes equipment rental, pool and boat fees.

Educational materials (E-Learning or Books) are not included with this price.  Contact your local Dive center for more details.

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  • One Student (Private Lessons): $450
  • Two Students: $400 / diver
  • Three Students: $350 / diver
  • Four or More: $300 / diver
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Start your scuba training today with one of our E-Learning Courses

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PADI Advanced Open Water Course

The Advanced Open Water Certification is your passport to some of the best dives in this area and AROUND THE WORLD.  In many places, certain dives require an AOW certification card.

This course includes Five Ocean dives and certification costs. Academic materials are at additional cost. Get started today with the Online Academics of the PADI Advanced Open Water Certification.

Course Description:

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 must complete 2 required Adventure Dives (Deep and Underwater Navigation) and then you can try your had at an additional 3 elective adventure dives.  You can try your hand at digital underwater photography or videography, wreck diving, search and recovery diving, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

What do I need to start The Advanced Open Water Course?

An Open Water Diver certification from any recognized international certification agency

Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

How long will it take?

Count on three half day meetings with your Instructor

Minimum Open Water Training: five dives over two days

What do I need?

A book and or DVD or your can take the PADI Online Advanced Open Water Academics.

PADI Advanced Open Water Course $355.00 per student plus Books or Online Accademics

SAVE up to $200 per student. Learn How!

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Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

This course is, by far, the most popular course in the curriculum. In a nutshell, Nitrox is about diving longer, safer and with shorter surface intervals required. The enriched air diver can extend bottom times with less risk of decompression sickness. Nitrox divers can safely shorten surface intervals between dives. Nitrox is the perfect companion to Florida diving, as most of our diving is between 40 and 100 feet. This truly is Nitrox country.

The course includes academic training, practical use of analyzers and how to calculate mix and bottom times.

No dives are required for this Nitrox Course. Take the course Online and visit our store for practical experience in analyzing your gas and learn the different methods of filling your desired mix.

Diving with NITROX is perfect for South Florida dive profiles. You will get longer and safer bottom times. Sign up Online for $195 including instructor fees and Certification Card.

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The PADI Rescue Diver Course

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

Beach rescue with scuba gear onGet College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Rescue Diver Course.

What You Learn

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

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.

Rescue Diver Crew Pak for scuba diving training courseThe Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver crewpak includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.  There is also an E-Learning module available for this course.

Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must

  • Be 12 years or older
  • Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).

Course Fees:

PADI Rescue diver costs $350 plus your academic options (Books or Online).  You can also add your EFR (Emergency First Responder) for $50.

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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.

Get a Life as a PADI Divemaster and scuba dive for work anywhere in the world!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.

Expand your scuba diving knowledge and experience as a PADI DivemasterThe 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 everything at Our Dive Shop.

The PADI Divemaster crewpak 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

To take this course, you must be:

  • 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.

Our Dive Shop offers the Divemaster Course for $700 plus your books or online academics.  There are additional PADI fees as well.  Contact us.

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With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.  Below are some of our most popular specialty courses offered.  To reach MSD rating, you must complete five specialty courses.

You may also just take a class in any of these special interest fields for fun or just for the sake of learning.  Many of these specialty courses have special gear requirements.  Speak to your instructor to make sure you have all of the right equipment you need for any of these courses.

[su_tabs style="3"] [su_tab title="Boat Diver"]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 Boat Diving Specialty is perfect for divers who dive from private and commercial dive boats. You’ll learn how to set up a boat for drift diving and anchor or mooring dives. You’ll learn entry and exit skills. Know how to secure gear, when and where to set it up. Learn boat and diving etiquette.

This is a one day course, and includes 2 boat dives with your instructor.[/su_tab] [su_tab title="Underwater Navigator"]Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about that reef off to the west, or checking out the rubble on the north side of the shipwreck, they’re having a great time they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you will also know the way back to the boat.

In this course, you'll learn how to use a compass to navigate from point to point and back again. You'll learn "natural navigation" using indicators like ripples in the sand, the reef formations and depth.

Not being sure where you are or where the boat is adds stress to any dive. Relieve the stress. Take this specialty

This course requires completion of 3 dives with your instructor.[/su_tab] [su_tab title="Wreck Diver"] 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.

South Florida is loaded with shipwrecks, and with our dive shop, you could dive a different wreck every day for over a month. We have artificial reefs that were once prepared for recreational divers.  We also have "natural wrecks" that still have cranes and line and other obstacles to be dealt with. Knowing how to dive and penetrate wrecks safely makes diving them much more fun.

The PADI Wreck Specialty includes 4 boat dives on shipwrecks, and teaches you about the layout of the wreck, and can even prepare you for shipwreck penetration.[/su_tab] [su_tab title="Night Diver"] As soon as you think you know what the reef is like, try night diving. It gives stark meaning to the phrase "different as night and day". The reef is totally different. The critters are different. Diving is different. Assents and descents can be disorientating until you know how to do it. Navigation can be daunting without the proper knowledge. You'll find fish asleep and lobsters walking on the reef. Night diving is the second most fun thing you can do in the dark. Try it. You'll like it.

Remember special equipment is required for this course, including a primary light, backup light source, and tank marker. All diving is included in the price of this course.  Contact your instructor for more details [/su_tab] [su_tab title="Deep Diver"]It’s a rare diver who hasn’t felt the urge to dive deep. Deep diving opens the door to many new exciting dive sites like deeper wrecks, reefs and walls. As a rule, divers tend to be adventurous people, and deep diving – whether to visit a wreck or take photos – can certainly be called adventurous. It’s only natural that like most divers, you have some interest in deep diving.

Deep diving adds a whole new dimension to the underwater experience. The water is bluer. The fish are bigger. I can't describe the feeling but you'll know what I mean when you get there. Take a look at a thirteen-story building. Imagine scuba diving from the roof to the street. Knowing how to handle the descents, assents, stops and limitations depth imposes on the diver are critical. Knowing how to deal with the, sometimes euphoric, feeling that comes over the deep diver is knowledge needed. You can handle it. You will love it.

[/su_tab] [su_tab title="Digital Underwater Photography"]Do you want to be able to take underwater photos like the pros and wow your friends with the awesome images from the underwater world?

Underwater Photography can be extremely frustrating for the beginner as there are many techniques that may work topside that just don't work well underwater. Our Dive Shop knowledgeable instructors can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade for taking awesome underwater photos.

You'll learn about:

  • using strobes
  • post processing
  • wide angle vs. macro
  • point and shoot vs. DSLR

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[su_tab title="Underwater Videography"]With modern equipment, shooting underwater video is easy. Shooting good entertaining video is all about technique. Understanding how distance affects your shots and learning how to time clips will help cut short the frustration curve. Did you know that scene direction changes can confuse the story. If you're going to do it, do it right.

With the introduction of the GoPro to the diving world, underwater video has never been easier or more affordable! Let Our Dive Shop video experts take you through the tips and tricks to shooting professional quality videos.

This fun specialty course reviews:

  • Exposure, focus, and maintaining color with video equipment.
  • Shot types, lengths and camera moves
  • Developing a story line and shot sequencing

and more...[/su_tab] [su_tab title="Search & Recovery"]Ok... You're a boater or know one, who lost an 80-pound anchor in 60 feet of water. You know about where it is. How do you find it? More importantly, how do you bring it up without loosing control? Take the course and we'll teach you. If you don't learn now, when you need to know, it'll be too late.

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

This course includes 4 dives with your instructor, and has some special equipment requirements as well.  Contact us at our dive shop for all of the details.

[/su_tab] [su_tab title="Hunting"]Putting food on the table is a noble activity as old as man. Doing it underwater with thoughtful grace and consideration is a skill worth learning.   With the Underwater Hunter Specialty course, you'll learn about choosing the right speargun for you.  You'll also learn the following important items:

  • how to recognize what's good to eat and what's not.
  • how to determine if it's of legal size before capturing or pulling the trigger.
  • We'll teach you how to follow the law of the land and good conservation principles.

The hunt is exhilarating. The satisfaction of serving your friends and family all the lobster, hogfish, snapper and grouper they care to eat is priceless.[/su_tab]

[su_tab title="Peak Performance Buoyancy"]Do you want to learn how to have perfect trim and buoyancy in the water?

Advanced Buoyancy control is certainly one of those skills that newer divers want to master right away. With the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course, your instructor will hone your buoyancy control and fine tune your skills on this very important subject.

The purpose of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course is to assist all divers in polishing their buoyancy control beyond the Open Water Diver level. The goal of PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy training is to enhance the student’s buoyancy control abilities through knowledge development and skills practice.[/su_tab] [su_tab title="Drift Diving"] Drift Diving is Flying The Fluid Sky- No plane! Drift diving is the best diving. Once you learn and master the entries, exits, descents, assents, navigation and proper use of the line and float you'll see why it's the only way to go. Take the class and take flight.

The philosophy of this course is to focus on a controlled effortless flight underwater by making dives in a current, drifting with the current rather than using various means to move into it. This
course shows student divers the benefits, advantages, risks and disadvantages of drift diving.

Drift diving is the best way to enjoy the reefs of South Florida, and is the most common way to dive off of a boat.  Talk to your instructor to learn more about this course, and learn how to drift dive right.[/su_tab][/su_tabs] [/su_spoiler]