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Continuing Education Scuba Courses

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.

Denver Divers specializes in customizing your continuing education experience, making sure you reach your goals and continue your adventure for a lifetime. Schedule an appointment with our training department (scuba@denverdivers.com) to customize your course outline today. Our goal is to prepare you for the adventure that lies ahead, as well as make sure you have a great time doing it!


Specialty Diver

Specialty Diver Certification


# of Dives Required: 12 Logged Dives

# of Courses: Minimum 2 Specialty Classes

Bundled Price: $225 for 2 standard Specialties ($15 savings)

Bundled Price with Nitrox: $285 for Nitrox and 1 standard Specialty ($65 savings)

Advanced Diver

Advanced Diver Certification


# of Dives Required: 24 Logged Dives

# of Courses: Minimum 4 Specialty Classes

Bundled Price: $400 for 4 standard Specialties ($80 savings)

Bundled Price with Nitrox or Science of Diving: $475 for Nitrox or Science of Diving and 3 standard Specialty Courses ($115 savings)

Master Diver

Master Diver Certification


# of Dives Required: 50 Logged Dives

# of Courses: 4 Specialty Classes

Additional Course Requirement: Stress & Rescue

Bundled Price: $600 for 4 standard Specialties and Stress & Rescue ($170 savings)

Bundled Price with Nitrox: $685 for Nitrox, 3 standard Specialty Courses, and Stress & Rescue ($195 savings)

Dive Professional

Become a Dive Professional


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Bundle prices include materials fees for courses included in the bundle. Stress & Rescue courses do not include mandatory CPR, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Provider certifications


Academic Material Fee Includes:

  • Online downloadable interactive course
  • Online certification card
  • Plastic certification (if desired)

Upcoming Course Dates

Scuba Scheduler

Specialty Courses Available

Course Cost: Starting at $240
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 3 hour
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
Description: “Enriched Air 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 so that you can use it safely. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive. Visit our Nitrox Diver Page to learn all about our Nitrox course options.

Course Cost: $130
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1 hour
Pool Time Required: 3 hours
Open Water Dives Required: none
Description: Do you want to increase your buoyancy control, minimize your air consumption, and move effortlessly through the water? The skill most divers struggle to master is maintaining neutral buoyancy during a dive. During out three-hour Perfect Buoyancy course, you will learn how to best weight yourself, how to position your body underwater, and how to hover with perfect buoyancy off the bottom for your next dive. If you want to become more comfortable diving, this is the class to take!

Course Cost: $290
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 3 hour
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. This program teaches you the skills and knowledge required to recognize and deal with stress, prevent accidents and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers. Visit our Stress & Rescue Page to learn all about this fun, exciting, and important course.

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 2 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: 3 dives (not included in course cost)
Description: Many exciting dive sites are located in deeper water. Without proper training, this kind of diving puts you at risk. The SSI Deep Diving Specialty will give you the ability to safely and comfortably plan and conduct dives between 60 and 130 feet, and is a prerequisite for some advanced training.

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in course cost)
Description: This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably dive at night or in limited visibility conditions, such as lakes or reservoirs. Some of the ocean's most amazing creatures only come out at night, so your dive day doesn't have to end when the sun goes down. You will learn how to enter and exit the water, use specialized equipment, and how to communicate and dive with a buddy at night or in limited visibility. Night diving is a whole new way to experience the underwater world!

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in course cost)
Description: To become a safe and confident diver, it is critical to develop an understanding of navigation. This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably navigate underwater during a dive. You will learn how to use a compass and natural navigation techniques, estimate distance, basic navigation patterns and how to leave and return to a designated point.

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in course cost)
Description: “Diving on wrecks means diving into the past - and it is always related with a certain thrill...” It is an unbelievable experience to see a bird’s eye view of a big ship and to glide towards the captain's bridge. 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 required to safely scuba dive above and around these underwater treasures.

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in course cost)
Description: The ocean is filled with dive sites, but many of them cannot be reached from shore. This program gives you the skills and knowledge required to safely dive from a boat, allowing you to get the most from your underwater opportunities. You will also learn some dive boat etiquette, which will reduce stress and make your boat diving experience more enjoyable!

Course Cost: $215
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 6-9 hours (two to three sessions)
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
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!

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
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!

Course Cost: $120 ($50 if you are enrolled in a Denver Divers group trip!)
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
Description: “Wow, what a beautiful/weird/interesting fish! I wonder what it is! What’s it doing?” Have you ever been on a dive and seen a fish you wanted to identify, but didn't know how? Are you a new diver and want to know what you’re going to see? Denver Divers' new destination specific Fish ID seminar is a great way to gain understanding of what you’re looking at on your dive! Prepare for your trip! Advance your knowledge and improve your dive with a fish ID and behavior seminar! We have Fish I.D. classes prior to all of our group trips that cater specifically to those destinations. If you are going on a trip that is not through Denver Divers and you would like us to do a custom, destination specific Fish I.D. class for you, contact a Denver Divers staff member and let us know where you’re going and when!

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
Description: You either love them or fear 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.

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
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, and what you can do to protect them!

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 1.5 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
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!

Course Cost: Free with dry suit purchase, otherwise $180
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost, not included with dry suit purchase
Time in Classroom: 2 hour
Pool Time Required: 2-4 hours (dry suit rental not included)
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in course cost)
Description: Donning 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 the special requirements for dry suit diving, how to use and maintain your new equipment, the benefits of a dry suit, and how to deal with emergency situations that are unique to dry suit diving.

Course Cost: $120
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 2 hours
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: none
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.

Course Cost: $170
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 3 hours
Pool Time Required: 6 hours (two sessions)
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in course cost)
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 lift bags in order to bring heavy objects securely to the surface.

Course Cost: Free with computer purchase, otherwise $65
Study Materials: none
Time in Classroom: 1 hour
Pool Time Required: none
Open Water Dives Required: 2 dives (not included in course cost)
Description: Have 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 understand how to use your computer before diving with it. 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!

Course Cost: $170 ($65 with purchase of a camera)
Study Materials: Online - included in course cost
Time in Classroom: 3 hours
Pool Time Required: 3 hours
Open Water Dives Required: Optional (not included in course cost)
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.