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The PADI Search and Recovery Diver

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”?

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

The Fun Part
Find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.

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

The Scuba Gear You Use


You will use the basic scuba diving equipment, an underwater compass and a lift bag.

The Learning Materials You Need
The Search and Recovery crewpak (DVD and manual) includes everything needed to prepare for the PADI Search and Recovery Specialty course. The manual includes a search pattern reference guide, knot-tying diagrams and an overview of how to organize a search. The video on DVD provides additional information on performing search patterns and how to plan a search in variety of conditions.

Prerequisites


To take the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course, you must be:

  • A certified PADI (junior) Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI (junior) Open Water Diver and a PADI Underwater Navigator (or equivalent certification from another organization)
  • At least 12 years old

 

 
PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and Underwater Photographer

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

The Fun Part
It's a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family.


What You Learn

* How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
* The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
* The three primary principles for good underwater photos

The Scuba Gear You'll Use

You use all the same basic scuba gear you would use for the diving environment as well as an underwater photography system.



Learning Materials You Need
Avoid the frustration of learning underwater photography through trial and error. The PADI Digital Underwater Photography crewpak shortens the learning curve with tips and hints from the pros.

 
PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider

Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider.

The Fun Part
Breathe easy—knowing that you know how to recognize illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared – especially in a time of need.


What You Learn

You learn how to
•    Recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen
•    Properly setup equipment
•    Administer emergency oxygen

The Scuba Gear You Use
Scuba gear is not necessary to take this course.


The Learning Materials You Need
O2 Provider Manual for scuba lessonsThe PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Manual is an important component of PADI’s Emergency Oxygen training program. Before class, you’ll review a step-by-step explanation of when and how to provide emergency oxygen. You’ll also learn about safety considerations, and how to assemble and disassemble emergency oxygen equipment. The care-at-a-glance card is a quick reference guide to pack in your gear bag and review in case of an emergency.

Prerequisites
Though suited for divers, this course has no prerequisites and doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course.

 
Enriched Air NITROX

Scuba Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

The Fun Part 

You can typically stay down longer and get back the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty.
Get College Credit


You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course.

What You Learn
•    Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
•    Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
•    Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer

The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba gear. Your dive regulator. must be enriched air compatible.
Check with your local dive shop about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop in your area.

Prerequisites
To enroll in the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, you must

* Be 15 years or older
*
Have a PADI Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)


Ask your PADI Instructor about how you can start your PADI Enriched Air Diver course during your PADI Open Water Diver course.



The Learning Materials You Need
The Enriched Air Diver crewpak includes all required materials* to complete PADI’s Enriched Air Diver specialty. The Enriched Air Diver Manual covers the procedures for diving with Enriched Air (up to 40%) and the Enriched Air Diving video on DVD demonstrates step-by-step how to plan a dive using multiple dive tables. The crewpak also includes the 32%, 36% and the DSAT Oxygen Exposure tables.


Divers preparing their Nitrox scuba tanks

* The RDPTM used in the PADI Open Water Diver course is required but not included with this crewpak.

 


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