Maybe you want to learn how to be sleeker and more streamlined while stalking fish? Ever wanted to learn how to navigate without depending on a divemaster? Perhaps you want more practice diving off a boat, in a spring or through a fast current? Maybe you want to become a better dive buddy and safer diver or want to become a diver professional for a part-time or full-time career?! There are many great reasons to continue with your diving education – and it’s a great reason to meet new people, look for a new dive adventure or improve your skills to become a better diver!
Learning a new skill in order to do a specific dive you haven’t done before like a wreck, drift or cavern dive, can gain you the experience you need with the comfort of an experienced instructor. Whether you have just completed your open water or you were certified a while ago, people dive for many different reasons. Ask yourself some questions: What type of diving do I like to do? How do I want to challenge myself? What would I like to be better at? What skill set would be helpful for me to learn to achieve these goals? Taking continuing diver education classes depends on your schedule, budget, and interests. You may want to take as many as you can in a short amount of time, or you may just want to take a class every couple of years to keep you skills and interest levels up. It’s up to you!!
The Adventure Outfitter’s Advanced Open Water Course is a great way to start your continuing diver education and get a sneek peek at 5 different specialty dives including an: Underwater Navigation dive where you will learn the principles of underwater navigation and how to effectively use an underwater compass to find your way around; a Deep Water Dive from 60 to 100 feet and learn the important considerations of deep dives including the practical aspects and physiological concerns of deep diving. The last three Adventure dives are up to your choosing, currently we offer: Boat Diver, Fish Identification or Digital Underwater Photography, Dry Suit Dive, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Dive, Search and Recovery, and Wreck Dive.
Our Enriched Air or Nitrox course is one of the most popular specialty courses. This course enables you to use a gas mixture with a higher oxygen content – typically 32 percent to 36 percent. Learn the science behind oxygen consumption and how enriched air can give you a longer no decompression time – giving you a longer bottom time. You will also learn about managing oxygen exposure, equipment considerations, how to adjust your dive computer for Nitrox and analyzing the oxygen content of the air you breathe. Many people feel a lot less tired diving with enriched air as well.
Adventure Outfitters also offers a Rescue and Emergency First Response course to help you be more confident in the water, while also teaching you to be a better buddy. You learn how to see potential problems and quickly deal with them before they become big issues. You’ll also be ready to rescue someone in an emergency, but have the skills and awareness to prevent problems. This class is extremely popular as it is fun – and can save lives!
Let’s say that your dive career takes you to the level of a Dive Professional. Adventure Outfitters offers several intense programs to leave you with the real-world experience and know-how to become a professional diver including: Divemaster, assistant instructor, and instructor