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Diving

Specialty Classes

If you have decided that diving is a sport in which you want to really immerse yourself, then it is time for you to continue your dive education. Enrolling in a specialty course is a great way to hone your skills and learn some new ones. Continuing Education is exciting and limitless. Choose your personal combination of training and diving experience to reach your diving goals today!

Each specialty course will provide you certain benefits and gets you one step closer to your Ultimate Dive Experience. Whether you want to dive deeper, dive at night or find your way around like a pro underwater, we have the specialty course for you!

If you want to give the whole continuing education idea a trial run, take the new SSI Advanced Adventurer Program. During the Advanced Adventurer class, you will have the chance to try out five different specialty courses. You then make one open water training dive per specialty, and if you decide to take a full course in any of the specialties you tried, your preliminary dive counts toward your advanced certification. Look in the table below to see the qualifying specialties available.

Denver Divers specializes in customizing your continuing education training. Schedule an appointment with our training director or one of our instructors to assist you in customizing your continuing education training. Our goal is to prepare you for the adventure that lies ahead, as well as make sure you have a good time doing it.

COURSE OPTIONS

Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: No
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in tuition)
Description: Many of the world's best dive sites are only accessible by boat. While you may have been boat diving in the past, this course will help you understand the terminology used on boats and how to safely and effectively dive from a boat.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: 2-3 hours
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: Don't be that diver, running in to the reef. Come to learn how to hone your perfect buoyancy. Proper buoyancy control can only be mastered with proper training. The Perfect Buoyancy program will improve your swimming position and reduce your effort which will lead to less air consumption. In addition, proper buoyancy control is the best skill for environmental protection.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: Free with computer purchase, otherwise $40
Time in Classroom: 1 hour
Study Materials: none required
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in tuition)
Description: You have invested in a new computer and now you want to know how to use it? Take the time before you go on your first dive with your computer to learn with us! We will take you through the basic functionality of your computer, take it on a virtual dive, and make sure you are a pro before you go. Don't own a computer or not ready to invest? We can also take you through a computer course using our rental computers. Then, you can rent from us and be ready for your vacation before you go. Confidence is key in a fun and safe scuba trip!
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 2 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: Do you know the difference between a staghorn coral and a brain coral? Is coral an animal or plant? Take our Coral Identification course and learn about the different types of coral you will see on your next vacation. Each course is tailored by destination, as the Pacific hosts different types of coral than the Atlantic and so on. This course will also help you become a better marine steward, understanding coral's role in the overall marine ecosystem.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: 3 dives (not included in tuition)
Description: Today the recommended recreational depth is no more than 130 feet. Most dive operators like to keep recreational divers significantly above that mark. There are a variety of physiologic changes to your body and mind as you sink to greater depths. Learn more about the impact of increased water pressure at depth and that puzzling condition known as “nitrogen narcosis”.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: Free with dry suit purchase, otherwise $65
Time in Classroom: 2 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: 2-4 hours (dry suit rental not incuded)
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: Doning a dry suit is not as simple as it may sound. Once you figure out how to get the dry suit on, you then need to know how to maintain proper buoyancy with the extra air pocket you have just added to your total dive system. During our dry suit specialty course, you will learn proper techniques for safely diving with a dry suit, proper maintenance, and special equipment features you may need to make your dry suit dives safe.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 2 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: Your Total Diving System is like a buddy underwater who you need to be able to rely on at any time. You will learn about equipment selection best suited for you, care and maintenance of your equipment, and how to properly store it; to ensure performance and extend the lifetime of your equipment.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: Divers are our best ocean advocates, as we are the eyes underwater. To become a better diver, it is important to understand your marine environment. During this beginner ecology course, learn the basics of marine ecology, which includes the study of how different organisms interact with one another, the flow of energy through ocean communities and the links between different ecosystems. We can guarantee your next dive will be more fun after you learn why certain fish are acting a certain way!
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in tuition)
Description: To become a safe and confident diver, it is critical to develop an understanding of navigation. You will learn how to use a compass properly and navigate with a compass underwater, and how to apply natural navigation skills and find your way to get back to the exit point. All things do not look the same below the surface!
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in tuition)
Description: Night diving is not the only time you will depend upon the skills learned in this class. Lake diving is almost always in murky and dark water. Even the most spectacular reefs renowned for good visibility can become a challenge in bad weather. While diving at night you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view. It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the mysteries held underwater when the sun goes down. Night diving is a whole new way to experience the underwater world.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $140
Time in Classroom: 3 hours
Study Materials: $80-$129 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: “EAN Nitrox” is defined as a mixture of nitrogen to oxygen in which the concentration of oxygen is greater than that found in air. Diving with Nitrox will increase your safety underwater, increase your bottom time, and reduce the fatigue that accumulates with multiple dives. You will learn all the necessary rules for planning dives with Nitrox and using Nitrox in a safe way. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive.
We offer three different types of Nitrox course and you get a discount as an Open Water Diver student, so visit our Nitrox Page to learn more!
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $100
Time in Classroom: 3 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: 3 hours
Open Water Dives Required: Optional (not included in tuition)
Description: Learn the proper photography techniques to get better results instantly and teach you how to optimize your camera system with valuable accessories. The UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY course can be learned in the pool/confined water or directly in the open water. This makes it a perfect “winter specialty” which can be done just before your diving vacation.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $125
Time in Classroom: 6 hours (two sessions)
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: Science of Diving addresses all the areas of diving knowledge in a detailed and comprehensive manner: Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment, and Diving Equipment. If you are simply interested in diving or plan to become a Dive Professional the Science of Diving program is what you need!
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $100
Time in Classroom: 3 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: 6 hours (two sessions)
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in tuition)
Description: In this class you will learn to perform different search patterns with the help of ropes and compasses, and to plan search and recovery operations in a team. You will also learn the correct handling of one or more lifting bags in order to bring heavy objects securely to the surface.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: Most divers love seeing turtles underwater, but it is rare that they can identify them by species or understand their behavior. In this fun class, you will learn how to properly identify sea turtles, understand their role in the marine environment, and learn about the threats different species face. Bonus: you will impress your dive buddy with your knowledge on your next dive with a turtle!
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: no
Description: You either love them or your are scared of them, regardless sharks are becoming increasingly endangered and shark ecotourism is helping populations stay alive. During our shark ecology course, you will learn how to identify different shark species, how to be safe while diving around sharks, and identify different behaviors you may encounter. You will also learn where different sharks reside and their role in the ocean environment.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $200
Time in Classroom: 3 hours
Study Materials: $80 online
Pool Time Required: 6 hours (two sessions)
Open Water Dives Required: 3 dives minimum
Description: If you only want to take one specialty, this is the specialty you should take. Visit our Stress & Rescue Page to learn all about this fun, exciting, and important course.
Classroom & Pool Tuition: $65
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Study Materials: $50 online
Pool Time Required: no
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in tuition)
Description: “Diving on wrecks means diving in the past - and it is always related with a certain thrill...” It is an unbelievable experience to see a big ship from a bird's perspective and to glide towards the captain's bridge. But there are also tragedies related to wrecks. Diving on wrecks is exciting and there are some potential risks too, but with the right training WRECK DIVING will become a great adventure. During this specialty course you will learn where and how to get background information on wrecks, how to locate wrecks and how to prepare for a wreck dive. During the 2 mandatory dives you will apply the correct wreck diving techniques, as well as, evaluate and avoid the potential risks while diving on wrecks.

Bundle Your Courses & Save Money:

Specialty Diver: Choose any two specialties priced at $65 and your bundled tuition is $110 and kit price is $100 ($20 savings)
Specialty Diver with Nitrox: Bundle Nitrox with one specialty priced at $65 and your bundled tuition is $155 and kit price is $115 ($65 savings)
Advanced Diver: Choose any four specialties priced at $65 and your bundled tuition is $200 and kit price is $180 ($80 savings)
Advanced Diver with Nitrox: Bundle Nitrox with three specialties priced at $65 and your bundled tuition is $250 and kit price is $200 ($115 savings)
Master Diver: Choose any four specialties priced at $65 plus sign up for Stress & Rescue and your bundled tuition is $350 and kit price is $220 ($170 savings)
Master Diver with Nitrox: Bundle Nitrox with three specialties priced at $65 plus sign up for Stress & Rescue and your bundled tuition is $400 and kit price is $250 ($195 savings)

Courses Recommended to Increase Confidence and Safety

Nitrox Diver “EAN Nitrox” is defined as a mixture of nitrogen to oxygen in which the concentration of oxygen is greater than that found in air. Diving with Nitrox will increase your safety underwater, increase your bottom time, and reduce the fatigue that accumulates with multiple dives. You will learn all the necessary rules for planning dives with Nitrox and using Nitrox in a safe way. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive.

We offer SSI, SDI, and TDI Nitrox Courses. All student materials can be accessed online. Through interactive learning, you can complete the required academic study and homework at home, and then come to class for the academic review and practical application sessions.

Diver Stress & Rescue: Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies. The Diver Stress & Rescue course will teach you about accident prevention and how to handle situations that might occur. You will learn how to avoid, recognize, and solve problems on the surface and underwater. Enhance your safety! The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and underwater. Prerequisites for the class include First Aid/CPR and Oxygen Provider.

Night & Limited Visibility: Night diving is not the only time you will depend upon the skills learned in this class. Lake diving is almost always in murky and dark water. Even the most spectacular reefs renowned for good visibility can become a challenge in bad weather. While diving at night you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view. It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the mysteries held underwater when the sun goes down. Night diving is a whole new way to experience the underwater world.

Deep Diving: Today the recommended recreational depth is no more than 130 feet. Most dive operators like to keep recreational divers significantly above that mark. There are a variety of physiologic changes to your body and mind as you sink to greater depths. Learn more about the impact of increased water pressure at depth and that puzzling condition known as “nitrogen narcosis”.

Underwater Navigation: To become a safe and confident diver, it is critical to develop an understanding of navigation. You will learn how to use a compass properly and navigate with a compass underwater, and how to apply natural navigation skills and find your way to get back to the exit point. All things do not look the same below the surface!



Courses Recommended to Improve Your Skills

Perfect Buoyancy: Don't be that diver, running in to the reef. Come to learn how to hone your perfect buoyancy. Proper buoyancy control can only be mastered with proper training. The Perfect Buoyancy program will improve your swimming position and reduce your effort which will lead to less air consumption. In addition, proper buoyancy control is the best skill for environmental protection.

Digital Underwater Photography: Learn the proper photography techniques to get better results instantly and teach you how to optimize your camera system with valuable accessories. The DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY course can be learned in the pool/confined water or directly in the open water. This makes it a perfect “winter specialty” which can be done just before your diving vacation.

Equipment Techniques: Your Total Diving System is like a buddy underwater who you need to be able to rely on at any time. You will learn about equipment selection best suited for you, care and maintenance of your equipment, and how to properly store it; to ensure performance and extend the lifetime of your equipment.

Wreck Diving: “Diving on wrecks means diving in the past - and it is always related with a certain thrill...” It is an unbelievable experience to see a big ship from a bird's perspective and to glide towards the captain's bridge. But there are also tragedies related to wrecks. Diving on wrecks is exciting and there are some potential risks too, but with the right training WRECK DIVING will become a great adventure. During this specialty course you will learn where and how to get background information on wrecks, how to locate wrecks and how to prepare for a wreck dive. During the 2 mandatory dives you will apply the correct wreck diving techniques, as well as, evaluate and avoid the potential risks while diving on wrecks.

Search & Recovery: In this class you will learn to perform different search patterns with the help of ropes and compasses, and to plan search and recovery operations in a team. You will also learn the correct handling of one or more lifting bags in order to bring heavy objects securely to the surface.

Science of Diving: Science of Diving addresses all the areas of diving knowledge in a detailed and comprehensive manner: Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment, and Diving Equipment. If you are simply interested in diving or plan to become a Dive Professional the Science of Diving program is what you need!

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How far will you go?

Specialty Diver

Specialty Diver


Requires:
  • 12 Logged Dives
  • 2 Specialty Programs


Advanced Open Water Diver

Advanced Open Water Diver


Requires:
  • 24 Logged Dives
  • 4 Specialty Programs


Master Diver


Requires:


Professional Level Certification


Dive Control Specialist

Open Water Instructor