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PADI Adventure Diver Course
The PADI Adventure Diver certification allows people with limited
time to experience different types of diving, whilst increasing
their diving knowledge and experience.
PADI Rescue Divers will tell you this
course is both challenging and rewarding. It will take you to a
new level of diving by making you more confident and prepared in
the event of a diving emergency.
The PADI Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding your
knowledge and experience. You will learn to look beyond yourself
to consider the safety and well being of other divers.
Before starting the PADI Rescue Diver course you must successfully
complete a sanctioned course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR
Primary Care) and basic First Aid (Secondary Care) within
the past 24 months.
The Rescue Course will run over a 3 day period – Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
This is broken up into two sessions of theory at the NDAC 6pm – 9pm Thursday and Saturday morning.
A Confined Water session will take place on the Saturday from 3pm – 5pm and then the Qualifying Scenarios at the NDAC on the Sunday from 8am until complete.
How far will you take this diving thing? It's up to you. With PADI Specialty
Diver Programs you can chart your course for a colorful collection of
awesome dives. Sure, your PADI certification opens up the oceans and lakes
to you, but the PADI Specialty Dives take the underwater adventure to
depths that will stir your soul. Achieving PADI Specialty ratings can
take anywhere from as little as one day to a full weekend -but this is
all hands-on, so you'll be diving right from the start.
Below are the numerous specialty certifications
offered by the National Diving & Activity centre. Get five specialty
ratings and you're on your way to becoming a PADI
Master Scuba Diver.
PADI Digital Underwater Photography
Digital has taken the underwater photography
world by storm. Get in on the action with the PADI Digital Underwater
Photographer Specialty course. You can quickly and easily capture
the underwater world with your camera and on your computer.
This course is aimed at improving your underwater
photography skills using a compact camera. Youll be taking
better pictures faster than you ever imagined.
Sign up today and start sharing your underwater
memories with family and friends.
As the sun sets, you don your dive
gear, slip on your mask and bite down on your regulator. A deep
breath and you step off the boat –and into the underwater
night. Although you've seen this reef many times before, this time
you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under
the glow of your dive light.
The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours
when you complete your PADI Night Diver Specialty course. You learn
about night dive planning, equipment and navigation. You practice
these on three night dives, plus introduce yourself to the whole
new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down.
To gain the Night Diver certification students must complete three dives. Due to the limited time available for night dives at local diving facilities, this course could be spread out over several weeks.
Ever wanted to dive that one wreck
thats just out of reach? What about diving with sharks in
the Red Sea but cant get close enough? Or those colourful
reef walls youve heard about but so far youve been unable
to experience it for yourself.
These are just some of the reasons to complete your PADI Deep
Diver Specialty course and to go Deep Diving.
The PADI Deep Diver Speciality will allow you to dive to a maximum
depth of 40 meters, which is considered to be the maximum depth
for Recreational Divers.
As youll be venturing deeper into the underwater world, there
are inherent risks and a few more considerations. In this course
you will learn how to minimise these risks and dive safely to new
The theory session for this course will be held on the Saturday morning at 8am until 12 noon, followed by one of the Open Water Dives. The remaining dives will take place on the Sunday.
You drift down and enter a window into
the past. As you near the bottom, a recognizable shape begins to
form. First, you see a straight line, then a round window. Next,
a ship materializes in front of you. As you look at the wreck, past
and present meet.
Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, be
it a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile; the call of a wreck
is nearly irresistible to divers.
Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course
you will learn and practice the skills and knowledge that is vital
for safe wreck diving.
As part of this course, you will have the option
for a days diving from the South Coast on two wrecks. Please note
that boat fees are not included in the course cost.
The theory session for this course will be held on the Friday evening prior to the course from 6pm – 9pm at the National Diving & Activity Centre. The 4 dives required for certification will take place on the Saturday & Sunday following.
The dives are usually planned to take place in Plymouth. This will mean students will need to have their own travel arrangements and accommodation. The costs for travel and accommodation are not included in the course cost.
Want to stay warm and toasty when diving?
Fed up of only going diving through the summer months? Then this
is the course for you!
To become a well-seasoned
UK diver, and to open up other diving possibilities like Ice Diving,
becoming a PADI Dry Suit Diver is an essential certification to
The PADI Dry Suit Speciality course is designed
to help you develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary
for dry suit diving.
The theory session for this course will be held on the Saturday morning from 9am - 1130am at the National Diving & Activity Centre. The pool skills session will take place on the Saturday afternoon from 1pm – 3pm in the Thornbury Leisure Centre Swimming pool. The 2 dives required for certification will take place on the Sunday at 8am at the National Diving & Activity Centre.
If students do not have their own Dry Suit then one can be hired for £25.00 for the course.
Being a diver, you spend a lot of
time around water; the ocean, a lake or a quarry. Sooner or later
something may go slash and sink to the murky depths.
You may be looking for some underwater treasures, but how do you
find them? And once found, how do you get it to the surface?
If you want a new mental and physical challenge this course is
The PADI Search and Recovery Speciality course is where you will
learn and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and techniques
for safe search and recovery diving.
This course is recommended for PADI Rescue
Divers, as it will offer you a chance to hone your missing diver
Be the diver everyone wants to follow
and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater
Navigator Specialty course.
When everyones buzzing about a reef or checking out a wreck,
they're having a great time until it's time to go. Then they
turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the
way back to the boat.
Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater
Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You will learn
the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and
By the end of the course you will be able to estimate distance
underwater, follow navigation patterns and know where you are while
following an arbitrary, irregular course using the 'Nav-Finder'.
buoyancy control is the trademark of an experienced and eco friendly
diver. It separates the good divers from the great divers.
The PADI Peak Performance Speciality course will teach you the
skills and knowledge needed to progress and master your buoyancy
past the level of Open Water
A lot of divers master their buoyancy skills the long and hard
way, wasting valuable dive time. After all of that they're probably
dragging around too much weight and using up more air than is required
trying to control their buoyancy; again cutting down their underwater
Dont let your buoyancy control you - save time with ease
and master your buoyancy once and for all!
The PADI Oxygen First Aid Speciality
will teach you how to safely administer emergency oxygen to a person
suffering a suspected pressure related injury such as decompression
sickness or lung over-expansion injury.
As this is a non-diving certification, anyone can learn these
life saving skills. This includes anyone in contact with divers;
such as boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards and shore staff.
Whether it's a regulator problem, a wet suit tear or a broken mask
strap, the Equipment Specialist course can help.
This Specialty course prepares you for
the basic equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter
every day. In addition, you'll get the valuable background on equipment
repair and purchase, making you better able to protect your investment.
During your PADI Equipment Specialist program, you'll familiarize
yourself with the operation and maintenance of your personal equipment.
Your instructor might also provide the opportunity to review new
or unfamiliar dive equipment.