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AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty

Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems. No Dives Required

  • How Project AWARE unites divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.
  • How coral reefs function and the complex nature of life on a reef.
  • Why coral reefs are so important.
  • Why many coral reefs are in serious trouble.
  • What you can do to prevent further decline.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world can take this course. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions and no water sessions are required to earn this non-diving certification

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

Download Free AWARE Our World Underwater Manual

Fish Identification Specialty

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics. Two Dives

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
  • Characteristics of local fish families and species will be explained
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies
  • Fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures will be practiced
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty

Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species
and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are an important resource
supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists.

But sharks are in a global decline. Overfishing has reduced many shark populations around the world to levels that threaten their continued existence. Shark numbers have fallen by more than 80% in many cases, and the continued existence of some species is at immediate risk in some regions.

You will also discover how close we are to losing some shark species forever, but there is hope. This Course takes you through the management strategies that can help protect sharks and, best of all, the many actions you can take to give sharks a fighting chance.

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

Download The Shark Conservation Study Guide

Boat Diver Specialty

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site. Two Dives

  • Boat terminology.
  • Boat diving procedures and etiquette, including how to enter and exit, and where to stow your gear.
  • Boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

Deep Diver Specialty

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course. Four Dives

  • Specialized deep diving equipment.
  • Deep dive planing, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 15 years old and have earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher.

Course Fee: $150.00 (additional material required)

Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.

Because underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course.

This course has 2 options: Full Specialty Certification has Two Dives; but Divers and Snorkelers can participate in this course (beginner level) with just one required pool session.

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Full Specialty Certification requires participant to be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher; Beginner Course is open to snorkelers, divers and non-divers able to swim.

Camera Required for Course

Course Fee Options:

Specialty Certification Online Course Fee: $247.00 (includes online Academic Session @ $172.00 & $75.00 for training dives), click Start Now to begin online.

Specialty Certification Book Course Fee: $190.00 (includes Academic Materials & training dives, Registration at Dive Center)

Beginner Level Online Course Fee: $172.00 (Includes Online Academics Session & Pool Session, click Start Now to begin) Does not yield a certification.

Beginner Level Book Course Fee: $125.00 (Includes Academic Materials & Pool Session, Registration at Dive Center) does not yield a certification.

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty

DPVs offer a thrilling way for scuba divers to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time. They scoot you through the water allowing you to glide over reefs, buzz around a large wreck or weave through a kelp forest. Whether making a shore or boat dive, a DPV is a great way to see more and have fun doing it. Two Dives.

  • Maintaining your DPV.
  • How to plan dives, including procedures for staying with your buddy.
  • DPV-handling skills, such as making proper descents and ascents.
  • Potential problems and ways to deal with them.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $125.00 (additional material required)

DPV Rental $25 for Training

Drift Diver Specialty

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. Two Dives.

  • Receive and introduction ot drift diving equipment - floats, lines and reels.
  • Get an overview of aquatic currents - causes and effects.
  • 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.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

Dry Suit Diver Specialty

Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly 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. Two Dives.

  • Don and doff techniques specific to your dry suit
  • Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  • Dry suit maintenance and storage
  • Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $125.00 (additional material required & Drysuit required)

Pool Session Required (Approximately 2 hours)

Enriched Air Diver Specialty

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because 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. This course requires the diver to own an Enriched Air Dive Computer. No Dives Required.

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Two Course Fee Options:

Online Course Fee: $175.00 / Practical  Classroom Fee $50.00 (Complete your online course and call 937-428-9836 to schedule your practical classroom session at Dive Center just click Start Now to begin online.)

OR

Book/Classroom Fee: $199.99 (Includes materials and a 4 hour classroom testing and practical session at Dive Center, must register and schedule your practical classroom session at Dive Center)

Scheduled Dates & Times:

Wednesday, June 21st - 6:30 pm

 

Equipment Specialty

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. No Dives Required.

  • Reviews the theory, principles and operation of dive equipment
  • Routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage
  • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures
  • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear
  • The PADI Equipment Specialist Course is not an equipment repair or assemble course, but it provides the foundation you'll want if you're interested in learning equipment repair.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00
Materials:  Equipment Touch: $51.25 (Fully interactive and comprehensive digital product for iOS and Android tablet devices.  This valuable tool provides a beautifully immersive look into scuba equipment through short video clips and 3D rotating images to help you get a more realistic insight into how things work.)

Scheduled Dates & Times:

Thursday, May 25th - 6:30 pm

Multilevel/Computer Diver Specialty

In the old days, dive profiles were calculated from the surface down to a maximum depth, then back to the surface. Now, dive computers continually analyze your depth – giving you more bottom time for going shallower and allowing you to maximize your dive time. If you’d like to understand more about dive computers and learn how you can use tools like the eRDPML to plan multilevel dives, then the Multilevel Diver Specialty course is for you. Two Dives.

  • Plan and execute multilevel dives (different depths on the same dive)
  • Back up your dive computer and plan multi-level dives with the eRDPML
  • Maximize your no stop time.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

Night Diver Specialty

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. 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. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course. Three Dives

  • Light handling and communication techniques.
  • Entering, exiting and navigation in the dark.
  • Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $125.00 (additional material required)

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level. Two Dives.

  • 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.
  • Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.
  • Hover effortlessly in any position - vertical or horizontal.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

Project Aware Specialty

 Project AWARE's philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them. No Dives Required

  • How Project AWARE unites scuba divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.
  • About environmental issues in the ocean commons and coastal zones.
  • About fisheries challenges and sustainability problems.
  • What's happening to coral reefs and reef inhabitants.
  • Your role in protecting aquatic environments.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world can take this course. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions and no water sessions are required to earn this non-diving certification

Course Fee: $75.00 (additional material required)

Download Free AWARE Our World Underwater Manual

Quarry Diver Specialty

Available only at Aquatic Realm! We wrote the specialty for seasoned and new divers alike. Improve your skills and enjoyment in our local diving environment. Two Dives.

  • Quarry Diving Techniques
  • Entries & Exits
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (no additional material required)

Search and Recovery Diver Specialty

Spend time around water, and sooner or later, you come across someone who lost something underwater. If you're looking for the challenge and excitement - along with doing your good deed for the day - the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. It gives you the skills you need to find what's been lost, and how to get it to the surface.

In the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course, you learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems. You learn how to locate large and small objects using search patterns, and various ways for lifting them to the surface. Not only do these skills make you more capable and confident in the water, but most Search and Recovery Divers eventually end up searching for and recovering something they lost themselves. Four Dives

  • Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
  • Locating large and small objects using various search patterns
  • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
  • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 12 years old and PADI (Junior) Advanced or a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver with the PADI Underwater Naviagtor Specialty.

Course Fee: $150.00 (additional material required)

Underwater Naturalist Specialty

Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal 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. Two Dives.

  • Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.
  • Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths.
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $75.00 (no additional material required)

Underwater Navigator Specialty

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. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way. Three Dives

  • 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.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $125.00 (additional material required)

Underwater Videographer Specialty

Video is the best way to share the sights, sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world. If you want to get the best clips and also learn to edit your scuba diving stories to share with friends  and other social media, then the PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course is for you. Learn to create underwater videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again. . Three Dives.

  • Equipment overview, selection and maintenance
  • Cover the fundamentals such as exposure, focus, story line and sequencing.
  • Shot sequencing
  • Learn about the editing process and how to produce a video that truly captures your scuba adventures.
  • Certification counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher.

Course Fee: $125.00 (additional material & video camera required)

Wreck Diver Specialty

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef 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. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices. Four Dives

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
  • Using pentration lines and reels to guide exploration.
  • Techniques to avoid kicking up sit or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

Pre-requisite: Must be at least 15 years old and have earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher.

Course Fee: $150.00 (additional material required)