Specialty Scuba Diver Courses
One of the most exciting things about scuba diving is that it offers all divers the opportunity for further exploration and training after Open Water Certification plus the opportunity to meet other divers with similar interests. To the left & below is a menu of the numerous specialty certifications. Get the required specialty ratings and you're on your way to becoming a Master Diver.
Tuition Fees for the programs are listed on corresponding pages (Coming Soon), and vary with each Specialty Course. The tuition fee will cover the cost of the training and certification registration fees, study materials and air fills necessary for the training. Each diver is required to supply (own or rent) all necessary equipment for the course. During the course you will be able to rent any necessary gear from The Dive Shop On McEver Dive Center at 50% off our standard rental rates. Go ahead, explore and have a look at the following pages. Interested in participating? Contact us to check for available training dates. Most Specialty courses are offered on a monthly basis.
Wreck Diver Specialty Certification
History is written among the lost vessels that lie on the bottom of the seas. In the ocean even the most humble of vessels has its memorial. Often well with range of recreational divers, shipwrecks line coastlines and beckon to those who would explore them. Whether you want to penetrate the structure or you’re mostly interested in seeing the rich concentration of life that wrecks support, the Wreck Diver Course is your entry to safe shipwreck diving.
Underwater Digital Photography Diver Certification
The digital camera is the single greatest advancement for underwater photography ever. Most of the technical and logistical difficulties of shooting underwater have been all but eliminated by even the most basic of digital point and shoot cameras. Between an almost endless supply of “film” and the ability to review and reshoot mid-dive, even novice underwater photographers can get excellent photos their first time out. The Underwater Digital Photography Course gives you the foundation on equipment use and how to defeat the unique challenges of the underwater environment.
Deep Diver Specialty Certification
Mention "deep diving" amid a group of divers and watch the reactions. Novice divers want to know what it's like. More experienced divers, who have been a bit deeper chat with excitement. Deep Diving Specialty Divers, those qualified to venture to 130 feet, the recommended farthest edge of recreational diving, also show enthusiasm, but tempered with respect for the more serious nature of deep diving. There's something a bit attractive, exciting and mysterious about "going deep." Through the Deep Diving Specialty Course you will be introduced to the techniques of deep diving and be qualified to dive to depths as deep as 130 feet.
Getting back to the boat after a great dive you can hear the excited chatter about all of the amazing things everyone saw, but in every group you’re bound to find one person who isn’t saying a word. Carefully drying a housing and removing the video camera inside, our mute diver plugs into the galley TV. The boat goes quiet as everyone gathers experience the sights all over again. That’s what it’s like to be an underwater video shooter.
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
A DPV is your ticket to covering more of a dive site without the heavy exertion of long swims. You’ll stay relaxed, even during deep dives or in strong currents while the vehicle does all the hard work. The Diver Propulsion Vehicle course will get you up to speed on these scooters of the sea.
There’s more to being a good boat diver than just being able to fall into the water. In the PADI Boat Diver Course you’ll learn about techniques for diving from different kinds of boats and how to safely enter and exit the water in any conditions. The course covers boat terminology (it’s called the “head” not the “bathroom”) as well as the challenges of dealing with current when diving from a boat. If you have limited experience being on a sea-going vessel, this course will get you up to speed in no time.
Enriched Air / Nitrox Diver
Chances are you’ve heard the term “NITROX” and you’ve probably seen the bright green and yellow stickers ringing some divers’ tank. Have you ever noticed that the people with those tanks are often the last ones out of the water by a long shot? Enriched air/nitrox is a gas blend with a higher proportion of oxygen than regular air. Diving with nitrox, your no-stop limits can increase dramatically, particularly in the 40-80 foot range, where most recreational diving takes place. The Enriched Air/Nitrox Certification is your ticket to more dive time!
Search & Recovery Diver
Sure, everyone wants to be ready to raise the gold vault from the Lost Spanish Galleon Fleet, but search and recovery is about much more than treasure hunting. In the Search and Recovery Specialty you’ll learn the special techniques to find submerged objects and safely bring them to the surface. Chances are you’re not going to be bringing up many chests of doubloons, but you’ll be a hero when you can find and bring back your buddy’s weight pocket that somehow popped free during a giant stride entry.
Under water Navigation is, without a doubt, the most important, and often, the most overlooked aspect of diving. Remember your very first Open water dive? You were excited about your first diving experience and probably paid little attention to where you were going during the dive. You were perhaps astonished to surface and see that your instructor knew exactly where you were all the time. Navigation can be difficult but, with a little practice and experience, you two will soon be navigating like a pro.
Why would people dive at night when they can see the same dive site just as easily during the day? At dusk, nocturnal animals such as shrimp, crabs and many nocturnal fish become active. Other animals that are difficult to approach during the day, will let you get closer at night. Night diving adds a whole new perspective to an "old" dive site.
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