Speciality Diving Courses
Scuba diving can introduce people to an almost limitless number of interests with subjects ranging from Archaeology through to Zoology. There is no other sport or pastime that can match it for the diversity of knowledge to which a diver can be exposed. That’s often why this sport is often called "life changing"; it can introduce a diver to another interest that may not otherwise have been experienced, and then life can take on a different and exciting perspective!
Adventure/Advanced Open Water/Specialty courses
That’s also why we offer Adventure, Advanced Open water and Specialty training - because there’s a lot more to know about this sport than just blowing bubbles and taking pictures of Nemo!
So what are these courses all about? How much are they? How long do they take? And what to do to get started?
To be eligible to get started with any of these courses, a person needs to have at least an Open Water certification (and in some cases starting with that course). Then it’s easy! You just have to choose from a long list of specialty areas of interest and we’ll go about introducing you to them.
The ‘Adventure diver’ course consists of any three specialty dives. These are conducted on one day and the course fee is A$350 including text and certification.
The ‘Advanced Open Water’ course consists of five specialty dives, and must include a navigation and deep dive. These dives are conducted over two days and the course fee is A$450 including text and certification.
The course fees are varied as dives may be credited from those already performed for the Adventure or Advanced Open Water courses. If inquiring regarding any of these specialty courses, please advise your current level of training with the type of adventure dives completed during that training. In that way a more accurate estimate of overall course fee(s) can be made for you. Specialty courses can be ‘stand alone’ or performed in conjunction with your Adventure or Advanced Open Water course.
Master Scuba Diver
This is an award given to those who have who have a minimum 50 dives experience and has completed an Advanced Open Water, Rescue diver and 5 specialty courses. This is the highest non-professional diver certification that can be gained and is a measure of your broad knowledge and accomplishment. Contact us to show you how you can accomplish this. Go for it!
The specialty subjects
The specialty subjects available are as listed below and take between one and two days each to complete.
Air Fill Station Operator
Not only do you need to know how to safely fill scuba cylinders but also how to keep the air you pump into them free of contaminants and that the scuba cylinders we want to use are safe and within test.
Diving 300 metres above sea level is nearly always in a lake. Divers need to use altitude correction tables or make adjustments to their computers to compensate for the changes of a lower pressure evironment. Then there are the thermoclines and new animals to see!
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
Protection of our coral reefs systems are of paramount importance to the well-being of us all. Recognition of the many different types of corals and identification of what looks right and what doesn't allows you to play a very important role in our reef management for future generations.
AWARE Fish Identification
Can you recognize every species of fish you've seen? Didn't think so! This activity is made easier by learning how to identify families of fish and where you are most likely to find them. And there's always the possibility to discovering a new species!
AWARE Shark Conservation
Many shark species are in danger of becoming extinct but you can give sharks a fighting chance by taking an AWARE Shark Conservation course. Through Independent Learning or Classroom Presentations, you can become certified even if sharks are not seen on Training Dives. Help our friends the sharks by becoming more informed and passionate shark defenders who take action to protect sharks.
Many, if not most dives are performed from boats. Even with certain similarities, not all boats have the same design or protocols for diving. Learn how to dive safely from boats, where to stow your dry/wet gear, nautical terms and something about using ropes is a must. Also where useful items like first aid kits are kept makes you that much more comfortable when diving from boats.
Cavern diving is defined as any dive conducted within the light zone of a cave. This course covers a vast array of subjects including conservation/landowner relations, terminology, geology, types of caves, cavern diving procedures, hazards and equipment to use.
Chamber Orientation Diver
Never experienced narcosis? This is the chance to really find out how silly (dumb and dangerous) you can be at depth. A recommended course to discover your reactions.
Any depth between 18 metres and 40 metres is defined as a deep dive for any recreational diving activity. Consider diving deeper to going faster in your car. The faster you drive the more concern and caution you need about the way you feel and what your instruments tell you.This is no different when diving. If you wish to dive deeper play it safe and do a course! And if you want to go deeper still – start thinking about technical diving.
Digital Underwater Photography
Pixels, shutter speed, lenses, strobes … a bit confusing? Learn about the best type of camera and set up for what you want to shoot and how to make those 'gob-smacking' photos!
Dive Against Debris
Scuba divers have cleaned debris from underwater environments for decades. But despite our best efforts, the trash from our daily lives keeps piling up. In response to the onslaught of marine debris, one of the biggest ocean issues of our time, Project AWARE launched Dive Against Debris. Created by divers for divers, this global, underwater survey of rubbish is designed to increase debris removal efforts, prevent harm to marine life and connect your underwater actions to policy changes and prevention. Come to the lakes and collect trash with your treasure! For further information, go to: Project Aware: Dive Against Debris
Dive Propulsion Vehicle
Want to cover a lot of ground quickly? Hitch a ride with a DPV – but watch out for the rapid pressure changes and the fan that propels you along! There are some do's and don't you need to learn about!!
Diving at speed! Nothing quite like it! Drift diving allows you to see considerably more underwater terrain and marine life than on a regular scuba dive. It saves energy as water movement takes the place of fin action! There are also some countries where drift diving is the norm and no dive vessel is allowed to anchor at dive sites. Because both diver and support vessel are often separated, it makes it very important for the diver to conduct this activity with great care and to enable themselves to be seen and picked up by their support vessel.
Even in the warmer waters of the tropics you can become cool if not insulated correctly. If diving in cold water, a dry suit is the ONLY way to maintain warmth throughout the dive. Thicker wetsuits are useless in comparison – especially at depth.
Emergency Oxygen Provider
A must course for diving professionals but equally as important if you might be in a position where you need to look after anyone else. A life could depend on your knowledge.
More divers than ever are using enriched air (nitrox) to increase allowable times at depth. Would you be confident enough without these new skills?
Make no mistake – this type of course for recreational divers is a really smart thing to undergo. This should be a compulsory course for divemasters or those who wish to look after groups of divers. Knowledge gained from this course can get you out of all sorts of simple, easy to solve jams – but it is NOT a full repair technician's course.
First Aid for Marine Life Injuries
This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to identify hazardous marine life, to recognize possible injuries caused by hazardous marine life, to provide first aid for and to avoid hazardous marine life injuries.
Often far too underestimated, freshwater diving is both economic, laid back and offers unusual dive sites that are very rewarding. There are some differences between salt and freshwater diving you need to practice.
Full Face Mask Diver – Diving with an integrated mask
The integrated mask incorporates the regulator into the mask with the possibility of communication through talking. There are several benefits to diving with this type of mask, including: breathing through the nose, protection from the cold and greater peripheral vision. This is becoming very popular with research divers.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world, roughly parallel to the coast of Queensland, Australia, for almost 2,000km. Australia has almost 1/5th of the world's reef area and most is located in the (GBR) Great Barrier Reef. Washed by the warm waters of the South-West Pacific Ocean the perfect environment is created for the world's largest system of coral reefs. The Great Barrier Reef is of such pristine condition that it was listed by the World Heritage Trust as a protected site and is therefore managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to ensure that its beauty is maintained for many holiday-makers and sightseers to come. This course develops the student’s theoretical knowledge of diving GBR island and reef destinations including the planning, organisation and conduct of no–decompression dives.
A course dedicated to Bob Halstead, the creator of this often misleading expression! This course provides the training required to allow divers to competently and safely dive in “Muck” adventure diving situations.
Want to stay down longer? Learn how to extend your dive times at depths using basic tables as well as computers.
When the sun goes down, some animals go to sleep while others wake up. Familiar landscapes sometimes change to make you feel that you are somewhere different. In this environment where the lights can go out, it's important to know the rules and guidelines for this type of diving. Disorientation can be unsafe! Do the course!
Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver
We have a precious underwater environment. Please learn to pick your feet up and not crush/damage the animals. Even the most insensitive appearing sites have organisms (some 1,000s of years old) living there (your knees or size 10 fins don't). If your buoyancy control is a bit lousy – at least get tips from someone you've seen that looks pretty good at it. But for a quick and thorough fix, do this course. You may save someone's (helpless organism's) life!
We have a beautiful underwater world. Don't let untidy, uncaring individuals litter it. When you can – clean up! But there are cautions to be taken here also –like not putting a coke can in the rubbish bin on land with a snail or two wondering where their water's gone!
Public Safety Diver
If you have the opportunity to work with local authorities and be part of a scuba diving rescue team, or conduct search and recovery dives, this is the course for you.
Scientific Diving: RTD3508A Perform Diving for Scientific Purposes
The purpose of scientific diving standards is to ensure that all scientific diving is conducted in a manner that will maximize protection of scientific divers from accidental injury and/or illness. RTD3508A Perform Diving for Scientific Purposes covers the processes of scientific diving required to support research, monitoring and inspection roles associated with places or areas of significance. It requires the ability to plan diving operations, prepare for and conduct dives, debrief diving teams, check and store equipment, review diving programs and respond to diving maladies. Performing diving for scientific purposes requires the knowledge of the physics of diving, no-decompression tables, dive equipment and planning, emergency procedures, agencies standing orders for notification, and radio operation procedures. Read more »
Sea Turtle Awareness Diver
This course further serves to familiarise students with the role of Project AWARE in preserving the aquatic environment, introduce the diver to sea turtle species common in temperate or tropical waters and with the knowledge and skills needed to identify turtles and record sightings. It also informs students about decline in sea turtle populations, importance of sea turtles to marine biodiversity and what they can do to reduce the loss of sea turtles worldwide.
Search & Recovery Diver
Lost a ring or something you want back? Whether it's heavy or light, in clear or dirty water, this is the course to help you with knowing how to find what you're after. You might find other great finds also - like old bottles that don't go too badly as flower vases or just plain old (often literally) conversation pieces!
It's a good thing to be able to dive alone and know that you have virtually every chance of getting back safely without the assistance of a buddy. That needs special training and equipment. To do this course you need to be well experienced with proof of at least 100 logged dives.
Sidemount diving presents divers with a different approach to equipment configuration and diving techniques to master. Its benefits include ease of streamlining, easier equipment transport, versatility, increased gas supply, accessibility and is particularly useful in tight spaces (like cave and cavern diving).
SMB (Surface Marker Buoy) Diver
Often tied in with drift diving, but not necessarily so, being able to competently use a surface marker buoy is a must when there's any chance of you not surfacing close to the point of entry or the boat that's looking out for you. Every person that wishes to dive in remote areas should be well prepared with this ability.
The Snorkel Instructor Course (SISOSNK403A): "Instructing Snorkeling Skills" is the qualification you require to conduct occupational Snorkel Instruction and supervision. This unit of competency will be issued by the PADI Asia Pacific Registered Training Organisation (RTO #6729). There are some rerequisites such as: Be at least 18 years of age, be certified as a PADI Skin Diver or hold an equivalent, a current HLTAID001 Provide CPR, 2298VIC Course in Basic Oxygen Administration and medically evaluated and cleared by a physician within 12 months.
The Two-Year Diver
This course provides an opportunity to start a dive in one year and finish in another! It can only occur twice a year – think about it!
This course is an introduction to the historic importance of our maritime and underwater heritage in both its global and local aspects.
Bugs, beetles, fish and other animals. I've always found that it's easier to get close to nature underwater than on land. And what a lot of nature! Even in the dullest shallowest, grubbiest dives you can always find animals to grab your attention. This course goes into the do's and dont's of how we should interact with this environment and also gives a lot of tips on where to find things.
Starting on land just to get the hang of it, underwater navigation then graduates to low visibility water with plenty of turns that try to confuse you. This course gives you the confidence to get back to where you started from and have a fairly good idea as to where you are at any point throughout the dive.
There are many diving destinations that have been formed, and some that still are being formed, by volcanic activity. These present unique interests to divers - such as active fumeroles, hot water flows and amazing underwater topography. This course introduces the student to the geology and history of volcano formation, related dive sites, hazards and how to implement diving activities in these areas.
Whether it's the history or the marine life that ends up calling them home, wrecks are utterly fascinating. Even so, there are hazards to be aware of, often with legal and social considerations to be accounted for such as whether entry is forbidden or sensible in the first place.