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PADI Advanced Openwater Diver Course
So youve got the skills to dive
safely, now you want to explore special diving interests and gain
The PADI Advanced Openwater program allows you to customise your
training path and learn various underwater tasks that broaden your
capabilities as a diver.
You will complete 5 adventure dives (Deep
and Underwater Navigation mandatory
dives, aimed at increasing your diving skills).
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.
The course is presented in 3 main sessions – Theory (2 sessions including exam) – Skills practice – Openwater Scenarios.
The first theory session will be held at NDAC on a Thursday evening from 6pm – 9pm.
The remainder of the theory component will be held on the Saturday morning from 8am – 11am. This will then be followed by kit set up leading to confined waterskills practice at NDAC from 12 Noon to 3pm.
On the Sunday, emphasis will be placed on students showing their level of skills during the required scenarios leading to certification as a Rescue Diver. This session will commence at 8am and continue until all requirements are met.
Emergency First Response Primary Care
(CPR), AED Use & Secondary Care (First Aid)
Creating confidence to care. Emergency
First Response is the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and
first aid training organisation.
The Emergency First Response course builds lay-rescuer confidence
to provide care when faced with a medical emergency.
You will learn and practice the same patient care techniques and
principles used by medical professionals, but at a layperson level.
Though independent study and skills practice with your EFR Instructor,
you will gain the training needed to help not only a diver in need,
but maybe a friend, family member, neighbour or co-worker.
The course will be held on a one day basis from 9am - 5pm to run in tandem with the PADI Rescue Course. This will be the most beneficial way to ensure those undertaking the PADI Rescue Course have the best level of Knowledge and Skill to successfully complete the PADI Rescue Course.
* If the full course is taken in conjunction with the PADI Rescue Course then a £50.00 discount will be given to this course.
This discount applies to the Full Course only, not the Update Course.
Full Course One Full Day at NDAC
17 Apr 2015
22 May 2015
19 Jun 2015
10 Jul 2015
07 Aug 2015
11 Sep 2015
23 Oct 2015
27 Nov 2015
18 Dec 2015
Further full 1 day courses can be arranged subject to a minimum of 4 students. Contact to discuss.
Full Course 2 Evenings at Cardiff Scuba
16 & 23 Apr 2015
21 & 22 May 2015
25 & 26 Jun 2015
16 & 23 Jul 2015
20 & 21 Aug 2015
17 & 18 Sep 2015
15 & 16 Oct 2015
19 & 20 Nov 2015
03 & 04 Dec 2015
Update Course 1 Evening at Cardiff Scuba
20 Mar 2015
Following these dates, anyone wishing to update their certification to remain in status can join the second half of the full day session at NDAC or the 2nd evening session of the course held in Cardiff.
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 Enriched Air Diver Speciality
Enhanced Air Nitrox, Oxygen Enriched
Air, Nitrox, EANx, Safe Air, Devils Gas, Voodoo Gas These
are just some of the names it goes by.
Welcome to one of PADIs most popular specialties
the PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality course. Diving with enriched
air nitrox lets you safely extend your no-stop time beyond the no-decompression
limits for air.
Diving with enriched air means more time underwater but
you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched
Whether youre into underwater photography or wreck diving,
on vacation in some tropical paradise or just out for a leisurely
day of diving at your local dive site, the PADI Enriched Air Diver
course helps you get more out of diving by giving you more time
Please note the Enriched Air Diver course is a one evening theory session. There are no dives required to complete on this speciality
course. However two escorted dives can be arranged at an extra cost.
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 experience deeper 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 Openwater 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.
Depending on the time of year - the skills session will take place either on the Saturday from 10.30am – 12.30pm at NDAC or in the Thornbury Leisure Centre Swimming pool from 1pm – 3pm. (NOTE: during the months May – October, the skills session will be held at NDAC.)
The two certifying dives will be held either on the Saturday afternoon from 1.30pm – 4pm (May – October) or on the Sunday from 8am to 1pm, both options at the NDAC.
If students do not have their own Dry Suit then one can be hired for £25.00 for the course.
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.
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.
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 Openwater
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!
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.