Deep Diver Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to
• be at least 15 years old
• hold the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• it is recommended that you also have the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox qualification (or equivalent)
• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment, along with reasonable buoyancy control. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives

• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)

• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)


PADI Deep Diver Specialty

from €302

Course Description

The allure of the deep! There is something exciting, almost magical, of deep diving. To explore a warship lost to the depths during a conflict, or to photograph a rare coral that is only found on the deeper part of a wall, deep diving is almost an adventure on its own! Of course there are special considerations for diving deep; from the selection of the right gas to extend your time underwater, to the equipment that you’ll need, and much more in-between. The PADI Deep Diver Specialty requires four dives over two days, and combined with the PADI Deep Diver manual, provides you with the knowledge and skills to get the most enjoyment from your deep diving. Upon completion of the PADI Deep Diver course you will be certified to dive up to a maximum of 40 metres.

Course Content

The PADI Deep Diver Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• Primary dive torch
• Independent air source for dive three and four
• PADI Deep Diver manual
• Certification upon successful completion

And remember that on all of our courses there will never be more than four students per course!

You can book this course from €302 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €394 (2 people sharing)

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Deep Diver Specialty

The PADI Deep Diver specialty comes with an informative and easy to understand manual. Within this manual you´ll get to look at -

PADI Deep Diver Specialty• Why Deep Dive?
• What is a Deep Dive?
• Equipment for Deep Diving
• Deep Diving Techniques: Buddy Contact and Neutral Buoyancy
• Deep Diving Techniques: Descents and Ascents
• Deep Diving Techniques: On the Bottom
• Deep Diving Techniques: Safety Stops and Emergency Decompression
• Deep Diving Techniques: Drift Dives and Wall Dives
• Gas Narcosis
• Decompression Sickness

Included within the manual are two Knowledge Development sections that you´ll need to complete, and are designed to help you better understand and retain the information.

With the knowledge development completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are four dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 18-30 mtrs

PADI Deep Diver SpecialtyOn this dive we´re going to look at how depth affects colour (highlighting the importance of a dive torch even when diving during the day), and compare the accuracy between different computers and analogue depth gauges. You´ll be expected to perform a controlled descent to depth, along with good buoyancy control throughout the dive and during ascent. We’ll also perform a safety stop, showing good control of buoyancy, along with good trim, and maintaining our stop depth.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills -

• Execute a descent using a reference as a tactile or visual guide (line, wall or sloping bottom)
• Compare changes in colour at the surface and at depth
• Compare your own depth gauge to your instructor’s and/or other student diver’s depth gauges
• Use a depth gauge and timing device (or a dive computer with an ascent rate indicator) to measure an ascent rate not to exceed 18 metres/60 feet per minute
• Perform a 3-minute safety stop at 5 metres/15 feet before surfacing.

Dive Two – depth 18-30 mtrs

PADI Deep Diver SpecialtyWe’re going to focus more on our control for descent; carrying out a free descent with reference only, and ensuring we descend in a controlled and comfortable way. At our chosen depth we´re going to look at how pressure sensitive objects are affected at depth (visibly demonstrating how depth affects air spaces and how neoprene can lose its thermal and buoyancy characteristics), and also complete a small navigation exercise. Using a compass you’ll navigate out to, and back from, a designated area underwater. At the end of the dive we’ll carry out a controlled ascent, again only using a visual reference, and perform a safety stop, again demonstrating good control of depth, trim and time.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Execute a “free” descent using a reference line, wall or sloping bottom as a visual guide only
• Describe and record the changes that occur to three pressure-sensitive items while at depth
• Perform a navigation swim with a compass away from, and back to, the anchor of the reference line (one diver navigates away from, the other navigates back to, the reference line for a distance of between 10 and 20 kick cycles, depending on visibility)
• Perform an ascent using a reference line, wall or sloping bottom as a visual guide only
• Use depth gauge and timing device (or a dive computer with ascent-rate indicator) to measure an ascent rate not to exceed 18 metres/60 feet per minute
• Perform a 3-minute safety stop at 5 metres/15 feet before surfacing without physically holding on to a reference line for positioning.

Dive Three – depth 30-40 mtrs

PADI Deep Diver SpecialtyThe deepest dive of the course, we´re going to bring together our skills learnt on descent and ascent, along with good control of our buoyancy, and experience the effects of gas narcosis, along with practicing a simulated emergency decompression stop whilst breathing from an emergency air supply. At the surface you’ll perform a timed task (a small puzzle), and then we’ll get you to do this at depth, where you'll experience and feel the effect of gas narcosis first hand. Time/gas permitting we’ll spend time exploring underwater.

With our equipment on we will complete our safety pre-dive check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water. We´ll complete these skills –

• Execute a descent using a reference as a tactile or visual guide (line, wall or sloping bottom)
• Compare the amount of time needed to complete a task on the surface and at depth
• Perform an ascent using a reference as a tactile or visual guide (line, wall or sloping bottom)
• Use a depth gauge and timing device (or a dive computer with ascent rate indicator) to measure an ascent rate not to exceed 18 metres/60 feet per minute
• Perform an 8-minute simulated emergency decompression stop at 5metres/15 feet before surfacing, while breathing from an emergency air source for at least one minute of the total time.

Dive Four – depth 30-40 mtrs

PADI Deep Diver SpecialtyThe last dive of the course, and chance for you to plan and execute your own deep dive. Within this dive we’ll discuss gas selection, gas consumption at depth and no stop limits. During this dive you’ll have chance to explore underwater, whilst demonstrating gas & time awareness.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Execute a descent using a reference as a tactile or visual guide (line, wall or sloping bottom)
• Complete an underwater tour of the area
• Perform an ascent using a reference as a tactile or visual guide (line, wall or sloping bottom)
• Use your depth gauge and timing device (or a dive computer with ascent rate indicator) to measure an ascent rate not to exceed 18 metres/60 feet per minute
• Perform a 3-minute safety stop at 5 metres/15 feet before surfacing


Course
Links

What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? Certainly the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver specialty can provide you with more time under the water, with up to 70% more time at 40 metres when you use the correct Nitrox mix. Going deeper also means a higher rate of gas consumption, so for added extra safety why not consider using a ‘twin set’, procedures and skills which can be found by taking the PADI Tec Basics course. And if you still want more time underwater, even after using Nitrox and carrying more gas under the water, then learn how to extend your dive time with the PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty.

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