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  • Writer's pictureMeg

Why should I continue my dive education?

When you first began scuba diving, you learned some basic skills and dive planning. You may have gone diving on vacation over the years. But if you haven’t taken any advanced scuba training, you don’t know what you’re missing!

New scuba divers are encouraged to continue diving within their training and experience. So how do you expand your experience? Take continuing education scuba classes. Most if not all dive center, dive boats and independent instructors teach "specialties" or what the industry refers to as continuing education courses. Taking an advanced scuba class or specialty training introduces you to a plethora of equipment, techniques and new exciting dive sites. But even more important, these courses will increase your dive count and provide you with experiences that make you an even more capable diver and dive buddy. Learn how to dive shipwrecks, dive deeper, breathe different gas mixtures, navigate underwater, use diver propulsion vehicles and more. There really are no limits to what you can experience.

There are scuba classes for almost every interest. These are a few examples, but there are many more:

  • Glide through the ocean effortlessly, extend your dive time, reduce your air consumption and more with the Perfect Buoyancy specialty. No matter what your diving interest, having perfect buoyancy is the key to success for all scuba diving

  • Ever wonder how the guides and instructors taking you on dives find their way to the wreck, reef, or other attraction and back? Take Navigation and learn the fundamental techniques to improve your underwater navigation. Learn the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably navigate underwater during a dive, how to use a compass, and natural navigation techniques, estimate distance, basic navigation patterns, and how to leave and return to a designated point

  • Want to take fabulous underwater pictures or video to share and wow your friends or social media followers? Photo and Video will teach you how to choose a camera system and the techniques for capturing that perfect shot or scene through lighting, filters, and the use of lights

  • Want to dive deeper? In the Deep class, you will learn how to safely and confidently plan dives up to 130 feet/40m. What signs to look out for and how to avoid/resolve Nitrogen Narcosis along with solid buddy techniques for deep dives

  • Want to explore a cool ship wreck? The Wreck class will teach you how to safely navigate and survey a wreck, run lines and how to safely penetrate within specific parameters

  • How can you extend your No Decompression Limits (NDL) at depth? The Enriched Air Diver class will teach you how diving with “nitrox” will provide you with more no decompression time to see that wreck or reef just a bit longer

  • Do you want to dive longer, explore further and cover a large area? The Scooter/DPV Specialty is the best course for you! Your legs can only take you so far, but with a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV), you can enjoy easy diving every time

Grab your gear and expand your dive experience all while gaining some cool new skills. Still not sure how to get started? Drop us a line and we can walk you through your choices and set you up for the right class on your next charter!

Until next time, Fair Winds, Following Seas and Ultimate Visibility!


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