San Diego PADI Specialty Diver Certifications

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Enriched Air Diver (NITROX)

PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, the PADI Enriched Air Diver course with enriched air nitrox gives you more “no decompression” dive time, meaning more time underwater. Many divers choose this as their very first specialty, so they can stay down longer and get back in the water sooner.

Pre-requisites:

15 years old, Open Water certified

Time investment:

18 hours + 2 open water dives.

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $199

Learning Objectives:

  1. Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
  2. Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
  3. Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer
open water

 

Search and Recovery Diver

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface.

Pre-requisites:

12 years old and Advanced Open Water certified.

Time investment:

24 hours + 4 open water dives.

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $250

Learning Objectives:

  1. Search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
  2. How to locate large and small objects using search patterns
  3. How to use a lift bag and other recovery methods
  4. Limited visibility search techniques
rescue

 

Wreck Diver

The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

Pre-requisites:

15 years old, Adventure Diver.

Time investment:

24 hours + 4 open water dives.

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $299

Learning Objectives:

  1. Techniques for diving and exploring shipwrecks
  2. How to avoid common hazards
  3. How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks
  4. Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
  5. Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives
wreck

 

Deep Diver

The Deep Diver course teaches you to dive and explore the depths of the ocean.

Pre-requisites:

Minimum age 15, Adventure Diver.

Time investment:

24 hours + 4 open water dives.

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $299

Learning Objectives:

  1. Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 60-130 feet
  2. Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  3. Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives
Deep Diver

 

Night Diver

The PADI Night Diver Course teaches you to dive and explore the depths of the ocean…at night.

Pre-requisites:

12 years old, Open Water certified

Time investment:

12 hours + 3 open water dives

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $199

Learning Objectives:

  1. Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  2. How to control your buoyancy at night
  3. Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  4. Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you’ll see are different
Specialty Night

 

Boat Diver

The PADI Boat Diver Course teaches you to dive from a range of boats.

Pre-requisites:

10 years old and Open Water certified.

Time investment:

12 hours + 2 open water dives.

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $150

Learning Objectives:

  1. Dive from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards
  2. Gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area
  3. Safely enter and exit the water
  4. Stow your gear in the most appropriate areas
  5. Use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives
  6. Locate basic boat safety equipment
Boat Diver

 

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Learn to glide effortlessly, use less air, ascend, descend and hover with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course. You’ll learn to interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally, while refining your basic diving skills.

Pre-requisites:

10 years old and Open Water certified.

Time investment:

12 hours + 2 open water dives.

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $150

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to trim your scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water
  2. Nuances in determining weight so you’re not too light nor too heavy by even a slight degree
  3. How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water
  4. How to hover effortlessly in both a vertical position and a horizontal position
rescue

 

Digital Underwater Photography

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and Underwater Photographer Courses is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever.

Pre-requisites:

Minimum age 10, Junior Open Water certified

Time investment:

12 hours + 2 open water dives.

Cost:
[wpui_button url=”http://sdexpeditions.com/scuba-diving/la-jolla-scuba-classes/specialty-certifications/sign-up/” label=”Sign up!”] $199

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
  2. The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
  3. The three primary principles for good underwater photos
UW Photo