Scuba Diving Specialty Courses

As one of the most active dive centers in the area, Aquaventure Scuba & Travel not only teaches the PADI Open Water Diver class and other certification levels, but we also teach a number of unique specialty classes.

Interested in taking one of our specialty courses? Contact our staff at Aquaventure Scuba & Travel if you have any questions.

Course prices vary depending on the course length and the number of dives required.

Experience Adventure

NEW - Olympus TG Series Photography

This workshop is designed to help you get the most out of your Olympus TG Series and other point-n-shoot cameras.

Steve & Jolene Philbrook developed this course from years of experience working the underwater imaging industry. This course will go through ambient & artificial lighting, portrait, macro, and wide angle photography and videography.

Course Fee – $95

 

Olympus TG series class

AWARE – Fish ID

“What was that fish?” is a common question after diving. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers instead of the one asking the questions, then take the AWARE—Fish Identification Specialty course.

You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

You can enroll in the AWARE- Fish Identification course if you’re at least ten years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee – $125 (includes class, materials, processing)

sea anemone and clown fish

Boat Diver

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or logged dozens, the PADI 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.

You can enroll in the Boat Diver course if you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver at least ten years old.

Course Fee – $185 (includes class, materials, processing)

scuba tanks and gear on boat

Deep Diver

The lure of the deep. Something is exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes, a wreck attracts you below 60 feet, and it may be a giant fan or sponge on wall dives.

Whatever it is, to scuba dive confidently at depths down to 130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

You can enroll in the Deep Diver course if you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher and are at least 15 years old.

Course Fee – $245 (includes class, materials, processing)

 

deep diver over reef

Drift Diver

The PADI 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. If this sounds fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.

Course Fee – $185 (includes class, materials, processing)

two divers drift diving along wall

Dry Suit Diver

Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then, dive dry. A dry suit protects you from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water.

Incredible diving is available in the world’s cooler regions; conditions are even better in some areas in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places more often.

You can enroll in the Dry Suit Diver course if you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee – $199 (includes class, materials, processing)

two dry suit divers

Equipment Specialist

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, a tear in your wetsuit or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments.

You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, which will make you more comfortable with it and better prepared to protect your investment.

You can enroll in the Equipment Specialist course if you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher.

Course Fee – $139 (includes class, materials, processing)

save dive kit orings

Ice Diver

If extreme, unusual and challenging scuba diving scenarios appeal to you, try diving under the ice. Ice diving is one of the most adventurous scuba specialties because you confront conditions and see beauty few others ever experience. Plus, you might play with your exhaled bubbles on the bottom of the ice.

Flash your PADI Ice Diver certification card to get instant respect, and other divers will usually ask you questions about what it’s like under the ice.

To enroll in the Ice Diver course, you must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old.

Course Fee – $279 (includes class, materials, processing)

two divers under the ice

Multilevel Diver

In the old days, dive profiles were calculated from the surface down to a maximum depth, then back to the surface. Now, dive computers continually analyze your depth – giving you more bottom time for going shallower and maximizing your dive time.

If you’d like to understand more about dive computers and learn how to use tools like the eRDPMLTM to plan multilevel dives, then the Multilevel Diver Specialty course is for you.

You can enroll in the Multilevel Diver course if you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver at least 12 years old.

Course Fee – $189 (includes class, materials, processing)

divers along wall

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Excellent buoyancy control defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They can more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings.

You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 10 years old, can take the Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

Course Fee – $185 (includes class, materials, processing)

two divers in shallow water with purple wetsuits

Search & Recovery Diver

It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you.

There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. There are also good and better methods to bring up small, large or awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging but a whole lot of fun.

PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Search and Recover Diver course. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

Course Fee – $199 (includes class, materials, processing)

divers with mesh recovery bag underwater

Underwater Navigation

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to use your compass underwater accurately. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

You can enroll in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course if you are a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least ten years old.

Course Fee – $185 (includes class, materials, processing)

underwater compass

Shark ID & Behavior

Have you ever wondered what kind of shark you saw on your last dive? Diving with sharks is one of the most exciting dives any diver can do. This class will also help dispel the myth that sharks are killing machines.

Dive with various species of sharks either in a controlled feeding environment and/or their natural environment.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Shark ID & Behavior course.

Course Fee – $125 (includes class & processing)

tiger shark scuba diving

Wreck Diver

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers or lost due to an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows into the past. Ships, airplanes and cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life.

Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying on something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can enroll in the Wreck Diver Specialty course.

Course Fee – $259 (includes class, materials, processing)

scuba diver plane wreck