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    Specialty courses teach divers proper techniques and considerations for different specific areas of diving.

    What they are:
    Specialties allow you to continue your scuba education, make you a better diver, all while having great fun! There are specialty diver courses available in virtually all areas of scuba diving to ensure you learn the knowledge, intricacies and skills required for all the different types of diving you are interested in.



    Agencies we teach for:
    SDI, NAUI and PADI.

    Course Cost:
    Specialty courses range from $99-$299 (see specific course breakdowns).
    The course cost includes: educational materials, your dive training, certification card, and photos (above and below water).

    Other costs:
    What not included are gear hire costs, gas fills, food, lodging, dive site fees, transportation and specialty dive gear (eg lights, reels, lift bags). Dive site fees range from $5-$40, depending on site. Air is $4, Nitrox is $8.

    Gear you need to provide:
    You will need to have your own basic gear: ie: mask, fins, booties, and snorkel. BC, regulator, wetsuit and weights are available for rental; reduced for alumni.

    For some Specialty courses (eg Cavern), you may need to purchase/rent additional gear.

    What the course entails:
    Related academics and at least two dives in the dive specialty area of your choice.

    Here are some details of the most popular specialties we offer at Dayo Scuba:

    · Boat Diver Specialty offered through SDI and PADI; Cost $189.
    This course is done at the ocean.

    During your Boat Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct boat dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (entries and exits), equipment (surface marker buoys (smb's) and other signaling devices), and emergency procedures associated with boat diving.



    This is always a great specialty, as the more boats you dive from, the more diving you will do!

    · Cavern Diver Specialty: check out more details in our Cavern and Cave Scuba Courses Section.



    · Deep Diver Specialty offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $219. You must be Advanced Open Water certified or equivalent to enroll in the Deep Diver Course. This course is done in the local springs or ocean.

    During your Deep Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct deep dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (buoyancy considerations), equipment (descent lines), and emergency procedures and other considerations associated with wreck diving.

    The minimum depth for the deep dives is between 60 to 100 feet (18-30 meters), with no dive exceeding 40 meters/130 feet. All your dives will be conducted within the no-decompression limits, planned out by use of tables or a computer.

    · DPV Diver Specialty is offered through SDI and PADI; cost $229. This course is done in the local lakes or the ocean. You must own your own DPV.



    During your DPV Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct DPV dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (good buoyancy and environmental awareness), equipment (DPV maintenance and care), and emergency procedures and other considerations associated with DPV diving.

    · Drift Diver Specialty is offered through SDI and PADI; cost $189. This course is done in the ocean.

    During your Drift Diver Specialty you will learn the proper techniques (good buoyancy control), equipment (smbs and other signaling devices) and emergency procedures and other considerations for drift diving.


    · Dry Suit Diver Specialty is offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $159. This course is done in the local springs or the ocean. You must own your own dry suit.



    During your Dry Suit Specialty Dives you will learn the proper techniques (buoyancy considerations, dry suit care and maintenance), equipment and procedures for safe dry suit diving.

    Discover the trick to staying warm and comfortable for EVERY dive you will ever do!

    · Fish ID Specialty is offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $189. This course is done at the local springs or the ocean.



    During your Fish ID Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct fish-watching dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (good bouyancy control), equipment (slates, FISH ID guides), and emergency procedures and other considerations associated with fish watching.

    · Night/Limited Visibility Diver Specialty is offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $189. You must be Advanced Open Water certified, or equivalent. This course is done at the ocean.

    During your Night/Limited Visibility Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct night dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (entries and exits), equipment (lights, smbs and other safety devices), and emergency procedures and other considerations associated with night diving.



    Night diving literally opens up a whole new world for divers....the wildlife you see and the experiences you will have will change your whole outlook in diving!

    · Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty offered through SDI and PADI; cost $219.

    During your Peak Buoyancy Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct dives while being neutrally buoyant. this training puts special emphasis on the techniques (streamlining, correct weight distribution and hovering), equipment, emergency procedures and other considerations associated with peak buoyancy diving.



    On every dive, you should strive to be “perfectly” buoyant…as perfect buoyancy means you conserve air, energy and minimizes damage to our precious environment.

    · Project AWARE Specialty is offered through by PADI; cost $129, minimum two open water dives. You must be Open Water certified, or equivalent, and at least 12 years old. Dives done in the ocean.



    During the PADI Project AWARE Specialty Dive course you will practice basic fish identification techniques, and use this skill to collect fish identification data for submission to the REEF Fish Survey Project (if appropriate). The Project AWARE course aims to educate divers about our beautiful but vulnerable aquatic ecosystems, how to care for them, and how to plan, organize dives to collect information about different fish while diving.

    · Search & Recovery Diver Specialty is offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $189. This course is done at the local springs or ocean.

    During your Search and Recovery Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct dives in search of missing objects. The course places special emphasis on the techniques (proper search methods, how to handle light salvage, knot tying and rigging), equipment (compasses, lift bags), emergency procedures and other considerations associated with search and recovery dives.



    This is always a great specialty, as during your diving career you or buddy will lose or find something important under the water. The knowledge and skills you gain in the Search and Recovery Diver course will help you out when this happens!

    · Solo Diver: check out more details here

    · Underwater Archaeologist Specialty Diver is offered through NAUI, cost $299, minimum four open water dives. You must be Advanced Open Water certified, or equivalent, and be at least 15 years old. This course is done at the ocean on wrecks.

    During your Underwater Archeology Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct dives in search of archaeological data. The course places special emphasis on the techniques (search methods for wrecks, mapping, researching), equipment (use of compasses, lift bags), emergency procedures and other considerations associated with wreck dives.

    This is always a great specialty, as qualified divers are essential to collecting and recording archaeological data for future generations, and to show those not lucky enough to see it for themselves.

    · O2 Provider: check out more details here

    · Underwater Ecologist/Naturalist Specialty Diver offered through SDI NAUI and PADI cost $299. This course is done at the local springs or the ocean.

    During your Underwater Ecologist Specialty Diver program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct ecology-orientated dives. The course places special emphasis on the techniques (fish ID, habitat mapping, researching), equipment (slates, Fish Id guides), emergency procedures and other considerations associated with such dives.

    This is always a great specialty, it teaches divers about our underwater surroundings and how to have more positive interactions with these delicate ecosystems. Specialties as both a Kelp Ecologist and a Coral Reef Ecologist through NAUI are also available.

    · Nitrox: Check out more details here (hyperlink)

    · Underwater Navigation Specialty Diver is offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $219. This course is done at local springs or the ocean.



    During your Underwater Navigation Specialty Diver program you will learn how successfully navigate and lead groups under the water. The course places special emphasis on the techniques (natural and compass navigation, mapping, estimating distances), equipment (reels, compasses and slates, emergency procedures and other considerations associated with such dives.



    This is a great specialty as it gives divers the confidence and skills to navigate in any underwater environment, and also to deal will poor visibility.

    · Underwater Photography Diver Specialty is offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $159. This course is done at the ocean or local springs. You can use your own or our camera.

    During your Underwater Photography Dives you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct photography dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (lighting, good buoyancy control), equipment (camera, strobes), considerations and emergency procedures associated with photography diving.



    This is a great specialty, as you will remember your amazing dive adventures and be able to share them back on-land with family and friends!

    · Underwater Videography Diver Specialty is offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $189. This course is done at the ocean or local springs. You must own your own video camera.

    During your Underwater Videography dives you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct boat dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (good buoyancy control), equipment (lighting and strobes, emergency procedures and other considerations associated with using video cameras while diving.

    · VIP Course: check out more details here

    · Wreck offered through SDI, NAUI and PADI; cost $229. You must be Advanced Open Water certified, or equivalent. We offer two types of wreck classes: external wreck diving, with no penetration, and a wreck diving specialty with limited penetration.



    During your Wreck Diver Specialty program you will learn how to plan, organize and conduct wreck dives, with special emphasis on the techniques (propulsion, good buoyancy control), equipment (up/down lines, lights and reels), emergency procedures and other considerations associated with wreck diving.

    How we teach it:
    There are two parts, the academics and the “wet” portion.

    * The academics are done at home from your Specialty Manual/DVD. The manual and DVD set are well structured, and a very informative learning tools, and excellent alternative to multiple day or evening lectures.

    As you work through the manual you will fill in your workbook (SDI and NAUI), or Knowledge Reviews (PADI), until you have completed all the material. During your specialty dives, you and your Instructor will do a full review of all the academics, and these will be reinforced throughout the specialty dive briefings and debriefings.

    * For the wet training, we typically do one/two days in the water (2-4 dives, depending on specialty), focusing on that particular aspect of diving.

    After successful completion of your academics, and the required number of specialty dives, you will awarded your certification in your chosen specialty.


    Age requirements:
    There are different age requirements for various specialties, generally you must be at least 10 years old to receive a Specialty Diver Certification. There is no maximum age. Check Specialty Matrix below for specific course details.

    Minimum # of students per class:
    We need 2 or more people to make a Specialty Diver class; private, one-on-one classes can be organized for a separate fee.

    How many people are in each class?
    Our Specialty Diver classes range in size, from 2-4 students. We always have two Instructors on site, to assure personal attention and fun, and usually some extra help too (Divemasters and Instructors in training). Weekends are busiest.



    Schedule/Timing for Specialty Diver Courses:
    We train all the time, and have multiple instructors on staff, many full time, so we do weekday and weekend classes.

    Call us or check out our Calendar for dates of upcoming courses.

    How long does the course take?
    Usually we complete the wet portion of the Specialty Diver Class in 1-2 days. Academics range from 4-24 hours.

    Where we do our courses:
    We use a variety of local springs (Alexander, Devils Den, Deleon, Blue Grotto, Blue Springs), lakes and ocean sites for Specialty Diver training.

    Prerequisites for Specialty Courses:

    * You will need a swimsuit and towel for your wet training.

    * Before participating in any Specialty Diver course, you will be asked to fill out a standard liability release form and a medical statement. If you answer YES to anything, a medical form will be required to be signed off by a physician.

    * Open Water Diver certification is required for all specialties.

    * Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or equivalent, is required for some specialties (check below).

    * DAN Insurance is HIGHLY recommend for all diving activities.

    What you can do afterwards:
    * Dive, dive, dive!!!

    * You will be a safer, more competent and comfortable diver in your specialty area after completion of you Specialty Diver course….knowing that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to plan and conduct specialty dives.

    * Continue your diver training with more specialized training.

    * Specialty diver ratings are prerequisites to the Master Scuba Diver rating.

    Specialty Matrix by Agency:

    Summary of SDI Specialty Courses:



    Summary of NAUI Specialty Courses:



    Summary of PADI Specialty Courses:



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