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Specialty Diver Courses

Below you will find brief introductions to the PADI Specialty Diver courses we run at Aquatic Adventures.  Included in the information is some detail regarding what you will learn on the course, as well as the price per person*.  The courses are in alphabetical order for simplicity.

 

At Aquatic Adventures are prices are all inclusive - this means there are NO hidden costs, with all course specific equipment rental, boat fees, material and certification costs included.  The only thing you need to participate in one of our specialty courses is your own set of standard Scuba gear.

For more information on a specific course please click on the "More Info" buttons

 

To book on to an upcoming course, either visit our Course Calendar page, or click on "Book Now"

* PLEASE NOTE - all prices are based upon a minimum of 4 people participating in the course.  We will always endeavour to fill our courses, however in the event that a course is below minimum numbers, for it to go ahead on a given date then the cost would need to go up, to cover Instructor wages.  We will always inform all students in advance if this might happen and offer the opportunity to switch course dates if they do not wish to pay the extra cost.

 
 
 
 

BOAT DIVER

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. The PADI Boat Diver course will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. You’ll gain experience by completing two dives from a local boat and learn:

  • Boat terminology.

  • Boat diving procedures and etiquette

  • Boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.

$390/person

Aquatic Adventures Boat Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held the morning of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dives - a double boat dive comprises the in-water training.

 

DEEP DIVER

There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. To scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course and learn about:

  • Specialized deep diving equipment.

  • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.

  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

$650/person

Aquatic Adventures Deep Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - Double boat dives on both the Saturday & Sunday - 4 dives in total.

 

DIGITAL UW PHOTOGRAPHY

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. During this course you'll discover:

  • Methods for getting great shots quickly.

  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.

  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera, and how to edit them

$350/person

Aquatic Adventures Digital Underwater Photography courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on Saturday morning

  • Dives - held on Saturday afternoon & Sunday morning

  • Editing workshop - held Sunday afternoon.

 

DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS

Give a bit back to the ocean by making every dive a clean up dive - do your bit for marine conservation with Project AWARE's Dive Against Debris specialty course, one of the most satisfying courses you will ever take.  You will learn:

  • Methods for safely collecting rubbish from the ocean.

  • Identification strategies for the different types of debris

  • How to log your debris survey data into the global database

$200/person

Aquatic Adventures Dive Against Debris courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory session - held the morning of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dive - normally held Sunday morning as part of our monthly clean-up dive

  • Survey submission - done together after the dive.

 

DRIFT DIVER

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive and use ocean currents to glide along. Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

  • Receive an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.

  • Get an overview of aquatic currents.

  • Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.

  • Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.

$390/person

Aquatic Adventures Drift Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held the morning of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dives - a double boat dive comprises the in-water training.

 

DRY SUIT DIVER

A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often. You will learn:

  • Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance.

  • Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit.

  • Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit.

$250/person

Aquatic Adventures Dry Suit Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held the morning of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dives - 2 shore dives comprise the in-water training.

 

EMERGENCY O2 PROVIDER

Every diver breathes easier knowing that they can recognize diving illnesses treatable with oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

Learn about types of emergency O2 equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen:

  • Assembly and disassembly of emergency O2 equipment.

  • Deploying a non-rebreather mask and a demand inhalator valve on a breathing diver.

  • Using a pocket mask on a non-breathing diver.

$150/person

Aquatic Adventures Emergency Oxygen Provider courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory evening - normally held in conjunction with our Rescue Diver course

  • This is a classroom only course

 

ENRICHED AIR DIVER

Scuba Diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

During a practical session, and two optional scuba dives, you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.

  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.

  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

$250/person

Aquatic Adventures Enriched Air Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory evening - normally held on a Tuesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - You will complete "dry dive" exercises during the theory evening, and then there are 2 optional in-water dives which can be arranged for when you are next in the water.

 

EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it's a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear 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, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.

$250/person

Aquatic Adventures Equipment Specialist courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory day - normally held on a Saturday at our Rowville store

  • Dives - there are no dives for this course

 

NIGHT DIVER

Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. 

 

During three night dives, you’ll practice:

  • Light handling and communication techniques.

  • Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.

  • Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

$350/person

Aquatic Adventures Night Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held prior to the first dive of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dives - there are 3 dives to complete, and we normally complete 2 on a Saturday, and then the final dive on the Sunday following

 

PEAK BUOYANCY

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. They glide effortlessly, use less air and hover almost as if by thought. You can achieve this too!

During the two scuba dives of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.

  • Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.

  • Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.

$250/person

Aquatic Adventures Peak Performance Buoyancy courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held the morning of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dives - 2 shore dives comprise the in-water training.

 

SEARCH & RECOVERY

People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items.  During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

  • Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.

  • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.

  • Planning a search operation.

$350/person

Aquatic Adventures Search & Recovery courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - 3 dives run on either a Saturday or Sunday.

 

SELF-RELIANT DIVER

Increase you confidence and abilities to deal in the situation where you find yourself on your own, or give yourself the ability to dive independently of your buddy - this is a perfect course for photographers, and those who prefer solitude on their dives

During 3 dives and a theory session you will learn:

  • How to plan dives based upon your SAC rate and equipment configuration.

  • Stage management skills.

  • Emergency situation management strategies.

$450/person

Aquatic Adventures Self-Reliant Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - 2 shore dives, followed by 1 boat dive, normally held on a Sunday.

 

SIDEMOUNT DIVER

A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better steamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration.​

During 3 dives, you’ll learn how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.

  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.

  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.

  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

$550/person

Aquatic Adventures Sidemount Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - 2 shore dives, followed by 1 boat dive, normally held on a Sunday.

 

UNDERWATER NATURALIST

Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when you know more about underwater ecology, and aquatic habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.

You’ll learn:

  • Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.

  • Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths.

  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life

$250/person

Aquatic Adventures Underwater Naturalist courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held the morning of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dives - 2 shore dives comprise the in-water training.

 

UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR

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 more accurately use your compass underwater.

 

During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

  • Methods to estimate distance underwater.

  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns.

  • Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.

  • Underwater map making.

$350/person

Aquatic Adventures Underwater Navigator courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held the first morning of the course, normally over a coffee

  • Dives - 2 shore dives, followed by 1 boat comprise the in-water training.

 

WRECK DIVER

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

 

During four dives you’ll learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.

  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.

  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.

  • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

$650/person

Aquatic Adventures Wreck Diver courses run to the following schedule:

  • Theory review - held on a Wednesday evening at our Rowville store

  • Dives - 1 shore dive and a boat dive on the Saturday, followed by a double boat dive on the Sunday - 4 dives in total.