AWARE Fish Identification
I'm sure everyone can recognize "Nemo" hiding in an anemone, but what about the surrounding fish? There are over 21,000 species of fish out there! Taught in only one day over two dives, you will learn how to break marine life into groups for easy identification and discover how to make fish count estimates in a scientifically valid way for data collection and protecting the marine environment.
Enriched Air Diver
This course is a must for all divers now that Nitrox is widely available at many dive centers and resorts around the world. By replacing the nitrogen in air with a higher proportion of oxygen, Enriched Air allows divers to stay down for longer, with the same amount of Nitrogen absorption. One can also use Nitrox to mathematically reduce the risk of decompression sickness by widening the safety margin when used within recreational limits. Very popular with older divers and divers with anything that can predispose them to decompression sickness. In this course, which can be completed in one day, you'll learn the benefits and considerations regarding Enriched Air, before learning how to plan Enriched Air dives. After certification, you'll be able to obtain Enriched Air fills up to 40%. You will also be able to continue to Tec Deep Diver and Gas Blender as well as rebreather courses!
Keep getting lost on your dives? Can't find your way back to the float at Lake Pleasant? Not after you take this course. You'll spend a lot of time practicing different methods to find your way under water, so you can dive and lead with confidence. You will complete lots of different patterns underwater learning both compass navigation and underwater pilotage, also find out how to return to that exact same special place underwater. Two days, four dives.
Learn all about the myriads of underwater creatures you see when you dive - not just the fish, which are just a small part of the jigsaw. The course consists of a couple of classroom sessions where you will first learn about human perceptions and interaction with aquatic life. You will then learn the main different groups of life found in the aquatic environment. Finally we get to look at different types of relationships between different species including mankind and how we effect the aquatic environment. Then there are two open water dives where you look for the things you learned about in the classroom. This is just the start - after this course you will gain a whole lot more satisfaction and enjoyment from every dive you make as you will find interest in looking for the not so obvious things underwater! One day, two dives.
What do you do when the battery fails on you dive computer when on holiday? By using the PADI eRDPML to plan and make your dives, you can extend your dive time considerably. This course is extremely valuable if you like deeper dives as using multi-level dive techniques you get to spend more time in the water. This course may be completed in conjunction with the PADI Deep Diver specialty course. Your instructor will teach you how to do this, and you will make and plan two multilevel dives. over the course of a day.
You will learn a lot more about decompression theory on this course. Which will be very useful when you continue on the professional level courses when you need to know more about decompression theory. To stay even longer you can combine multilevel diving with Enriched Air diving, you can really lengthen your bottom time.
If you have completed the Wreck adventure dive during your Advanced Open Water course the you only need to complete three more dives to earn this specialty rating. On dive two you will make a map of the wreck noting possible entry and exit points, on dive three you will practice using a reel while handling a dive light on the outside of the wreck, if you are successful at that then you can visit the inside of the wreck.
Wrecks are exciting and fascinating glimpses into history, as well as making great artificial reefs. We have several wrecks located in San Diego in Wreck Alley. We recommend taking a trip over to Wreck alley, they have several wrecks ar various appropriate depths allowing plenty of time for learning wreck diving techniques including how to make wreck penetration dives. It doesn't get much more exciting than this! California is littered with wrecks, take the Deep Diver course and check out Tech diving courses to get deeper and extending your bottom times! 2 days 4 dives
Places that you've dived during the day take on a whole new character at night, with dramatically different aquatic life and ambience. Another whole different world again! In this course you'll learn and practice techniques to dive safely and have fun during the darkness of night. You will learn all about dive lights, carrying back up lights, special signals, how to navigate at night and some good tips for night photography and how to handle a camera at night as well as your dive light! This course is taught over two evenings with two dives on the first night and one on the second night.
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Not only do you feel like you're flying, you cover a lot of ground with zero effort. With a DPV you could explore more, encounter more marine-life, and use less air! If you're a technical rated deep diver, underwater scooters (DPV's) help to reduce exertion and potential narcosis while giving you much more range at depth.
When you take our PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Course you will get instruction on how to handle the DPV. You'll learn about the equipment and how to operate it safely, charging, building, preparing and learn techniques on how to avoid damaging fragile aquatic life. You will plan and go on two DPV dives with an instructor. By the end of the course you will know under what circumstances a DPV would be beneficial and you'll be equipped to get more out of every dive.
Underwater maps can be used for dive briefings, survey work and environmental research. This course is a great assest for Divemasters in training, after all you have to make an underwater map on your course and this course teaches you how to do this quickly and accurately. Only available through Dive Aqaba and Dive Arizona, this program was written by PADI Course Director, Rod Abbotson. The course helps improve all your diving skills, such as buoyancy control, navigation, and pilotage, which will help you find your way around without a guide. Course time is one day with 3 dives.
The opportunity to explore our world of underwater caverns and caves is one available to only a few. The cave environment is a beautiful, exciting, and challenging environment which demands a great deal of those who choose to enter it.
As the first of three steps toward the Full Cave Diver certification, this course allows you to explore that portion of the cave system within the daylight zone. It provides you with the opportunity to experience the overhead environment in a controlled setting to determine if cave diving is of interest to you.
The Cavern Diver course requires a minimum of 2 to 3 full days.** You must be at least 18 years of age, have a minimum of 50 logged dives, and hold an Advanced Open Water certification.
***Travel is required at additional fees, contact us for more information.
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Buoyancy control is something many new divers complain about, this course will fine-tune your buoyancy skills with an array of exercises and games. Improving buoyancy helps to reduce air consumption, protects the reef (and the diver!) and, let's face it, makes you look cool when you're down. If you want to take photos are video underwater, then good buoyancy control is a must!
Dry Suit Diver
Winter months here at Lake Pleasant can get down into the 40's making deep longer dives almost unbearable. Keeping body temperatures warmer is crucial and with a dry suit, you'll be able to maintain comfort during those dives you long to do! Over the course of two dives during one day you will learn all the skills necessary to dive safely (and warmly) with exceptional buoyancy control. Ideally you should have your own drysuit to learn in however we understand they are quite the investment. We do have a small assortment of drysuits for rent at an additional cost.
This course is a great option for those looking to get into technical diving and/or rebreather diving. Dry suits also make trips to colder waters such as California much more enjoyable!
Search and Recovery Diver
On this specialty course you will need to be completely at ease with your buoyancy control as during the course there will be a lots of tasks to complete underwater. You'll first examine and practice different search techniques then learn how and when to apply them. You will be covering circular, square pattern, " U " pattern and jackstay searches. Also you will learn how to tie several types of knot and when to apply them underwater including safe techniques on how to rig a lifting bag to bring heavier objects to the surface. You will also learn how to properly plan a real search and recovery dive by collating all known data to determine the are to be searched and the best method to use.
Learn the safety aspects of diving deeper within recreational limits, and gain practical experience of dives greater than 30m. A diver here explores the underwater washes and gulleys of Lake Pleasant. Experience of dives over 30m is required to enter the PADI TecRec series of technical programs which extend sport diving beyond recreational limits, for those with a keen sense of adventure - this could be your first step! Find out about other deep dive sites underwater that most divers don't get to see! This course requires four dives over two days.
This course was written by one of my very own Course Directors, Rod Abbotson and approved by PADI so that is counts towards Master Scuba Diver. It can be part of a special "Green" MSD package. This is also good on a diving CV if one wants to get a job in marine research as a PADI pro. The course primarily looks at estimating aquatic life growth on artificial reefs. You will learn different techniques that can be applied to a wide range of situations anywhere in the world including how to collect and analyze data for research applications. In Lake Pleasant the best place to complete these dives is on Christmas Tree Reef which was created by divers a few years ago as an artificial fish habitat.
When most people think of altitude diving they picture diving in the crystal clear waters of glacial-fed alpine lakes. While those types of dives will certainly etch their scenic beauty in your mind forever, they are not the only possibility for altitude diving. PADI defines altitude diving as any dive at an elevation above 1,000 feet. While that is much higher than sea level, it's also much lower than most alpine lakes. In fact, a popular place to dive here, Lake Pleasant, has an elevation above 1,000 feet, meaning that essentially all diving in those states is considered an altitude dive!
Whether you're diving at our very own Lake Pleasant or in that glacial fed alpine lake, you'll learn all the procedures necessary to dive safely at altitude!
Digital Underwater Photography
This is a scuba diving course on the use of digital underwater cameras were you learn how to get the best results from whatever system you have. In a one day fast track course you can learn to improve your shots with correct shooting angles and lighting underwater. Learn how to use an underwater strobe effectively, find out all about white balance and where to find a histogram and what it means. Also includes post dive processing with computer software to correct simple mistakes and make your photos look better. This could be the start of a career in professional underwater photography!
The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course teaches you how to configure and use one or two cylinders mounted at your sides instead of on your back. Experience a different way to streamline in the water, reduce lower back strain and take advantage of the increased gas supply for longer dives. Sidemount diving is configuring the diver’s cylinders under the diver’s arms, rather than on the back. This configuration is well suited to a lot of different environments and implies excellent advantages for divers with limited mobility that prefer sidemount over wearing back mounted cylinders. Sidemount is also popular for cave & wreck diving, also single cylinders are easier to haul when divers must carry gear through rough terrain to the water’s edge.
The course can be completed in 2 days with a practical application session, 1 confined water dive and 3 open water dives
Self Reliant Diver
PADI’s overall training programs and philosophy support the proven system of diving with a partner for several reasons, not the least of which are its contributions to diver safety. PADI also recognizes that experienced divers, after being trained in the skills, knowledge and safety techniques of diving in a self-reliant manner, can be prepared to dive independent of a partner. Those experienced divers, through proper training (as in the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty course) learn knowledge and skills in dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment preparedness and diving responsibly to compensate for situations when diving alone. You will need to be Advanced Open Water or equivalent and have a minimum of 100 dives with a buddy before starting this course. This course is completed over three dives in one day.
If you are looking for something different, something challenging or maybe a stepping stone into the realms of technical diving, then try the PADI Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather Specialty. The main feature of a semi-closed rebreather is the reduced bubbles and silence it offers, which allows you to get closer to shy wildlife.
Through the PADI Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather Specialty you learn the special procedures for semi closed rebreather, or SCR for short, diving. This includes special dive planning, organization, procedures and potential hazards, many of which differ significantly from conventional, open circuit scuba. We also focus on the features, accessories, maintenance and proper use of the Draeger Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather.
Many divers use this specialty as a stepping stone onto the fully closed circuit rebreather training programs offered here at Dive Arizona such as the KISS Rebreather and the Pelagian Rebreather.
If you still think that "port" is a fortified wine and "starboard"i s a deck on the S.S.Enterprise then this is the course for you. You'll learn lots of cool nautical terms (so you can understand strange people with wooden legs, hooks for hands and parrots on their shoulders.) Joking aside you will learn the proper procedures and etiquette behind boat diving including proper entry and exit techniques while demonstrating your knowledge on two boat dives. This will enable you to get more enjoyment out of your future diving from boats and make it look like you know the ropes. (Now where did I put that nautical knot book!)
This course can also count towards gaining you rating as a Master Scuba Diver - the "Black Belt of Scuba Diving". The course can be completed on a single day out diving aboard a local dive boat in Lake Pleasant.
This is a great course to improve your buoyancy control, learn some useful techniques and more about the environment. It also covers organizing clean up events, gaining sponsorship, and publicizing your efforts. During the dives you'll practice effective techniques for cleaning trash from the aquatic environment including rigging and lifting for large objects, special techniques for fishing line recovery and net removal. This distinctive specialty course was written by one of my very own Course Directors, Rod Abbotson in Aqaba, Jordan.
If you're diving over delicate environments, it's great to understand the reef and how to protect it. You'll examine reef organisms and ecosystems in the classroom, then apply your new knowledge in the water. To get more detailed information on coral reefs take our Coral Reef Conservation course which is also open to non divers as it is all in the classroom, for the conservation program participants can receive either a certificate or a Project AWARE card which can also count towards Master Scuba Diver as well as this Reef Diver certification which is 1 day, 1 dive.
When you dive in a strong current or tide - how do you dive? Drift diving uses less energy so you get longer underwater and cover more area, no worries about finding you way back! Find out about all the procedures and safety considerations to make this type of diving more fun. You can learn the techniques here in Arizona then apply what you have learned in other places where the current is stronger!
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