Why PADI Deep Diver?The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime - going deep to see thing others can only dream about.
What do I need to start?-PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization).
-Minimum age: 15 years old.
What will I do?You'll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 metres / 60 - 130 feet.
How long will it take?-Recommended Course Hours: 24.
-Minimum Open Water Training: four dives over two days.
What will I need?-Deep-Pak, which includes manual, video and log insert.
Where can I go from here?You can count the Deep Adventure Dive from your Adventures In Diving program as the first dive of the Specialty course, at your instructor’s discretion. This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification.
What you will see and do during the course?You will first have some home study with the Padi Deep diver manual. You will have to complete some short knowledge review sections regarding the manual. Then when you come to us we will show you how to safely plan and make 4 deep divers to a maximum depth of 40m. Whilst on this dives you will see wrecks, gorgonian fan corals and much more.
Technical DivingIn recent years we have seen the emergence of diving beyond the normal recreational diving, for example deep wreck penetration, cave, mixed gases diving, decompression and deep mixed gases diving. Also deep diving depth limits being broken time and time again.
Ever since we started diving people have wanted to push these activities, but they were reserved to special elite navy or commercial divers. Who were making salvage or recovery for the government.
Diving with mixed gases is not something new, for decades navy divers from around the world as well as commercial divers have been working and diving with different gas mixtures. With this they have gained safer and greater comfort in working deeper. The French, British and Italian navies were pioneers in these activities and great progress has been achieved with the development of new technologies, new scientific knowledge, and better physiological understanding of what the divers' bodies can sustain under an increased pressure.
We have always been fascinated by pushing our limits and there has been a great loss of life as the records have been broken. Most activities have paid their price including Mountaineering, Flying, Space Conquest, Sailing, Skiing, Rock Climbing and of course Technical and Recreational Diving.
It is our nature to push the limits and scuba diving doesn't escape the rule. As recreational diving applies to air diving, within specific limitations, our bodies are limited to physical and physiological rules from which no one can escape. Mixed Gas and Technical Diving has been developed to embrace what is beyond the rules of air diving in exceeding depth, time and decompression limits, but is still not commercial or military diving either.
Decades ago a journalist asked Sir Edmund Hillary: Why did you climb to the top of Mount Everest? And his answer was simply "Because it's there"! This is also true of technical diver. If we were asked: Why are you going on this deep, dark, cold wreck at 95m? Our answer would be the same "Because it is there"!
But, physical and mental achievements in those activities should never overlook the amount of training and time it took for those people to reach their goals.
So you ask can everyone go to the top of Mount Everest? The answer is obviously a "No". Can every diver go on a deep decompression mixed gases wreck dive? Again, the answer is "No".
The technical diving community is small and because they keep it small, they are able to train and obtain great safety records and achievements.
Today people in the diving industry seem to believe that Technical Diving is "fashionable" and is a great for extra income. But remember divers that want to train in these technical diving activities, it is of paramount importance that they have a great amount of time training with competent instructors, who teach safety is the most important factor.
To qualify to train in technical diving, you must be an already accomplished "traditional" recreational diver.