*Deep Adventure Dive:
As you drop below 18m/60ft, your air consumption increases (due to the increased ambient pressure), no stop time decreases, buoyancy declines (as wetsuits compress), and you may begin to feel the effects of nitrogen narcosis. None of these are hard to deal with, as long as you know how to manage them. On your Deep Dive, you will learn how to deal with these effects, learn about color changes at depth, pressure changes, and test how susceptible you are to nitrogen narcosis. Getting ‘narced’
*Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive:
While some people are natural navigators, many of us struggle with this skill, making the navigation dive one of the less popular specialties. However, it is a mandatory dive, because it is an important skill to learn. The priority of underwater navigation is to bring you back to the boat, shore or proper exit point safely. Good navigation techniques also increase your dive plan’s effectiveness. You’ll go directly to what you wish to see without wasting no-stop time and gas searching the site. You’ll practice your compass navigation skills on land first, and then refine those skills under the water, using kick cycles, visual landmarks, and time.
If you’re nervous about the Navigational dive, you can practice this skill at home. Purchase your own compass, which is a good piece of equipment to own for every diver.
*Peak Performance Buoyancy:
Ask any diver, and they will tell you that buoyancy is one of the most important skills to master in scuba diving. It’s a skill that most new divers struggle with, so it is the most recommended training dive by instructors. Peak Performance Buoyancy will help you further understand how buoyancy affects you, and how to master it. It's one of the most helpful, and fun training dives. Hoops, rings, and other obstacles are often set up in a course-like style for divers to navigate through. Suggested purchases that you may consider purchasing are proper weights. Your instructor will advice you on the amount that you should be diving with. Each dive trip may vary, depending on location, depth, thickness of your suit and more. Your instructor will go over this with you.
While diving in the dark may seem daunting, it’s something most divers start off being very nervous about, and end up loving! On a night dive, you can spot sea creatures that are active at night, and hard to find during the day. In many places, you can also experience bioluminescence. These are tiny plankton type organisms in the water that glow when set in motion. A chemical reaction that takes place inside the plankton causes them to light up, like fireflies. They are beautiful and fascinating to experience. You will need to purchase a light, & a few eco friendly mini lights for your night diving experiences.
Many dive sites around the world will involve currents, which can be challenging for new divers. In your Drift Diving Training, you learn how to manage currents to increase both your safety and enjoyment. It’s also another great training in buoyancy control. Done properly, drift diving can be both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, and you’ll learn to how go with the flow as you use the currents to glide along. The skills you learn in this training are fundamental skills you will use many times in your diving adventures.
A popular choice among students, wrecks are fascinating to explore, and are usually teeming with marine life. Ships, aircrafts, vehicles and more, whether purposely sunk or lost in an accident, offer a rewarding and adventurous experience for divers. While you won’t be able to penetrate the wreck on this training dive, you’ll learn about the hazards and safety techniques of wreck diving, and finning techniques to avoid stirring up sediment or disturbing the marine life. A skill your dive buddies will appreciate!
This dive will teach you the basics of how to get a great shot underwater. From learning how to use the camera in this environment, and finning techniques and buoyancy control practices to get that perfect shot. You also focus on really slowing down and examining the dive site. It’s a great way to learn how to find and recognize marine life. While it is a popular choice among students, it’s not always the best choice for beginners. If you struggle a lot with buoyancy, adding a camera will only make things more difficult, and focus your attention on the camera instead of your surroundings. Always dive within your abilities.
Fish ID/Underwater Naturalist:
When you first start diving, you probably have no idea what you are looking at, but you know it’s amazing. This training is a great way to start learning all about the new world you have discovered. Instead of thinking ‘that’s a pretty fish!’, you’ll know it’s name. When you know what you are looking for, you’ll see things you may not have noticed otherwise.
Search and Recovery:
If you plan to continue on to your Rescue or Dive Master course, this is a great option to give you a head start. It introduces you to the knots and search patterns you will use in those courses. It also ties in with navigation and buoyancy, and we all know that practice makes perfect.