PADI SPECIALTY DIVES

DIVE TRAINING IN OAHU

Become a specialty diver in one of the folowing categories on the North Shore and around Hawaii. Get 5 specialties and become a PADI Master Diver.

Night Diver Specialty

As the sun sets, you don yourdive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you get ge into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light

The Fun Part

Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night.

What You Learn

  • Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  • How to control your buoyance at night
  • Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  • Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you’ll see are different
  • 3 Scuba dives total.
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

Wreck Diver Specialty

Oahu is the capital of wreck diving in all the Hawaiian Island and Hawaii Eco Divers has access to most of them. 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 PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

The Fun Part

The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards
  • How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks
  • Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
  • 4 Scuba dives total
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

Deep diver specialty

After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. Oahu has amazing shipwrecks and they are all found in deep water.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for diving in the deeper  range of 18-40 metres/ 60-130 feet
    Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
  • 4 Scuba dives total
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

Underwater Photography Specialty Diver

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

What You Learn

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
  • The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
  • The three primary principles for good underwater photos
  • 2 Scuba dives total
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

Underwater Videography Specialty Diver

Other than taking someone diving, there’s only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world: video.

The Fun Part

Show your scuba adventures to your friends and family. Use your editing skills to share your clips with the world through YouTube, Facebook and more. Use your underwater videos to turn more of your friends into dive buddies.

What You Learn

The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

  • Selecting, maintaining and caring for your underwater video equipment
  • Videography fundamentals, such as
  • exposure
  • focus
  • shot types
  • moves
  • story line
  • shot sequencing.

The post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and create an underwater masterpiece.

  • 4 Scuba dives total
  • Includes all gear and High Definition video camera
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

Underwater Naturalist Specialty Diver

Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.

The Fun Part

Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

What You Learn

  • The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths.
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment
  • 2 Scuba dives
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

Peak Buoyancy Performance Specialty

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a Padi Open Wter diver and elevates them to the next level.

The Fun Part

The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible.

What You Learn

  • How to trim your scuba gearso you’re perfectly balanced in the water
  • Nuances in determining weight so you’re not too light nor too heavy by even a slight degree
  • How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water
  • How to hover effortlessly in both a vertical position and a horizontal position
  • 2 Scuba dives
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

Nitrox Diver

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

The Fun Part

You can typically stay down longer and get back the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
  • Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer
  • No Scuba dives required
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification, Age 12

Fish Identification Specialty Diver

Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, “What was that?” 20% to 25% of the species of fish found in Hawaii are endemic, which means only found here. The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

The Fun Part

You’ll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba dive vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

  • 2 Scuba dives
  • Pre-requisites – Open water dive certification

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