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Specialty Courses

WRECK DIVING

 

Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery and usually teeming with aquatic life.

The SSI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving including helping with the development and mastery of necessary fundamental skills, knowledge and SCUBA techniques associated with diving on wrecks and in their overhead environments.

The plan:

Join us for the beginning of your new and exciting adventure underwater. We will first conduct a theory workshop including the course registration and orientation session and knowledge development (theory) presentations. These presentations will guide you through the basics in maritime archaeology and responsible wreck diving techniques.

You will begin to delve into a practical workshop introducing you to the proper techniques of using reels and guideline underwater, useful in wreck diving and also in many other diving applications. In addition to the theory workshops. This will prepare us for your open water training dives, scheduled shortly after; this is where you will demonstrate and reinforce the correct wreck diving techniques learned in class, whilst exploring a number of South Australia’s premier shipwreck sites. During your final training and assessment dive we will complete a penetration into the internal structures of a wreck in a full overhead environment, under the direct supervision of your instructional team. The ultimate achievement in preparing you for your future wreck diving adventures.

You will learn:

  • Learn wreck dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards of wreck diving including emergency procedures
  • Considerations and techniques for entering wrecks
  • Practical training workshop developing fundamental buoyancy, trim and propulsion techniques
  • Complete 3 open water dives that teach you recognition of hidden dangers, wreck mapping, reel use and wreck penetration
  • Gain experience with wreck diving under the direct, professional guidance of a SSI instructor
  • Your SSI Wreck Diver certification will count towards your SSI Master Scuba Diver rating.

You will complete knowledge development (theory) workshops, practical reel and guideline land drills, in water buoyancy, trim and propulsion techniques workshop and 3 open water training dives onboard our fleet of custom built dive boats.

Optional & fun additions:

Introduction to twin cylinder systems and stage/pony bottle use. Canister HID or LED Light.

Equipment Requirements:

Full SCUBA, gloves, primary and back up lights, reel, u/w slate and SMB (safety marker buoy).

Prerequisites:

SSI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from other organization). You must be at least 15 years.

*Please note that it is recommended that you purchase your own equipment at this level of training.

 

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NIGHT DIVING


Who should take this course?

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.

 

What will you learn?

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. 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.
  • You may be able to get college credit for the Night Diver course

Also, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification 

 

What scuba gear will you use?

Along with your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a primary dive light and want to have a backup light, too. 

 

 DEEP DIVING

 

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 18 metres/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 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the SSI Deep Diver Specialty course.

What will you learn?

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

  • Specialized deep diving equipment.
  • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

What scuba gear will you use?

At this level of diving it is recommended that you have your own dive gear, however hire is available where required. Recommended gear includes spool & SMB, dive computer, underwater torch & slate along with the rest of your basic scuba equipment. A stage tank with regulator is also required for this level of diving, please inquire if you require hire of this item.

Next Step:

Dive deeper and earn your next certification, contact the shop to secure your place on the next Deep Diver Course.

 

 

DRY SUIT DIVING

 

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.

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a SSI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Dry Suit Diver course.

What will you learn?

The first thing you’ll discover is which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you and the diving you’ll do. Then you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit. During two dives, in addition to a confined water dive, you’ll practice:

  • 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.

The first dive of this SSI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

How can you start learning now?

Stop by the store, give us a call or book now to enroll in the course and pick up an SSI Dry Suit Diver Manual and Dry Suit Diving video. By reading the manual and watching the video before class, you’ll be ready to get into the water with your instructor and start practicing with your dry suit.

What Scuba gear will you use?

A dry suit is necessary along with your basic Scuba equipment. The Adelaide Scuba dive team will explain other gear or equipment options you may need to dive comfortably with your dry suit. For example, because you’re more buoyant in a dry suit than in a wetsuit, you may want a different weight system setup to ensure your diving a balanced rig.

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