Continuing Education Courses

These are Intermediate to Advanced level classes

Continuing Education

Receiving your Open Water certification is only the beginning! PADI's Continuing Education program is designed to provide divers with the opportunity to gain training and experience in a multitude of underwater disciplines through Specialty certifications.

With questions, or to register for a class, email or call us at 252-728-2265.

Class schedules are available on each course page.  If no schedule is shown, please call us for more information about scheduling your class.

PADI Rescue Diver Course

Overview

The PADI Rescue Diver course is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for individuals to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, manage diving accident situations, render proper first aid and qualify for PADI Divemaster training.

 

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Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification for enrollment is PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or has an equivalent rating. Divers must also complete a PADI Emergency First Response Course or equivalent First Aid and CPR Course prior to course completion.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

The PADI Rescue Diver course is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for individuals to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, manage diving accident situations, render proper first aid, and qualify for PADI Divemaster training.

Training consists of:

  • Classroom sessions
  • Confined Water Training
  • Open Water Training Scenarios
  • Final Exam

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full SCUBA including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • Wreck Reel
  • Safety Sausage
  • Pocket Mask
  • PADI Rescue Manual with Slate

Before Class:

  • Students should read and answer the questions at the end of each section before the first class meeting.
  • Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

 

RESCUE CLASS SCHEDULE 2021 (WEEKEND)

Class starts at 6 pm the first day of class.

 

May 1, 2  
June 11, 12, 13  
July 16, 17, 18  
August 13, 14, 15  
September 17, 18, 19  
October 15, 16, 17  
November 5, 6, 7  
December 10, 11, 12  

Class also offered upon request

 

 

RESCUE CLASS SCHEDULE 2021 (WEEKDAY)

Class starts at 6 pm the first day of class.

 

May 31, June 1, 2  
August 25, 26, 27  

Class also offered upon request.

PADI Open Water Diver Course

This course is a prerequisite for the Rescue Diver, Dive Master and Master Diver courses.

Prerequisites

PADI Open Water Diver or to have an equivalent rating.

Minimum age

15, or 12 for junior advanced open water.

Class Description

Training is divided into Classroom lectures and corresponding dives in the areas of:

  • Natural and Compass Navigation
  • Wreck Diving
  • Deep Diving
  • Search & Recovery
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle (Scooter)
  • Night (Tide permitting)

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Equipment Requirements

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and alternate air source
  • Dive Light – Primary
  • Dive Light – Back up
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Personal Marker Light
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual with Slate
  • Dive Slate (recommended)

Before Class

  • Students should read and answer the questions for Deep, Wreck, Search and Recovery, Underwater Navigation, Night, and Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) before the first class meeting.
  • Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE 2021 (WEEKEND)

Class starts at 6 pm the first day of class.

 

May 14, 15, 16  
June 11, 12, 13  
July 16, 17, 18  
August 13, 14, 15  
September 17, 18, 19  
October 15, 16, 17  
November 5, 6, 7  

Class also offered upon request

 

 

CLASS SCHEDULE 2021 (WEEKDAY)

Class starts at 9 am the first day of class.

 

June 14, 15, 16  
July 12, 13, 14  
   
   

Class also offered upon request.

PADI Night Diver Course

Overview

The PADI Night Diver course is designed to prepare the diver to dive safely at night.

Prerequisites

PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent rating.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

Classroom Lectures will cover:

  • Planning and preparation for night diving
  • Procedures and techniques for night diving
  • Problems and hazards
  • Dive lights
  • Navigation
  • Buddy systems
  • Communication
  • Buoyancy control
  • Disorientation
  • Nocturnal marine life

Training includes 3 shore dives. (All 3 may all be done in a single night)
Note: The Night Dive from Advanced Open Water counts towards the 3 total dives needed for certification

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Dive light – Primary
  • Dive light – Back up
  • Compass
  • Dive knife
  • Whistle
  • Personal marker light
  • Depth gauge
  • Bottom timer
  • PADI Night Diver Manual

Before Class

  • Students should read and answer the questions in the PADI Night Diver Manual before the first class meeting.
  • Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

Cost

$125.00

Dive Master Course

The Dive Master course is conducted on an individual basis and denotes an individual who has a high level of personal diving skill, has instructor-level knowledge of diving theory, has had significant training in assisting instructors during training activities and is able to assume a role of responsibility for the welfare of other divers in his/her charge.

Prerequisite certifications are Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Diver, Divemaster Prep and 40 logged dives.

Minimum age is 18.

Persons interested in this course are requested to contact the store staff instructors for further information.

Cost $795.00

Under Water Photography Course

Overview

This course covers basic underwater digital photography with special emphasis on practical photographic techniques, covering such subjects as; available light, flash photography, camera handling, composition, photographic principles and care and maintenance of equipment.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification for enrollment is PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent rating.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography course covers the essentials of making images and is a hands-on clinic with digital systems at the heart of this course designed for both the beginner and the intermediate photographer.

Classroom Lectures will cover:

  • Available Light
  • Flash Photography
  • Camera Handling
  • Composition
  • Photographic Principles
  • Care and Maintenance of Equipment

4 Open Water Dives that include:

  • 2 Shore Dives at Radio Island
  • 2 Dives at the Indra

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • Digital Camera with housing (Rental Cameras are available)
  • PADI White Balance Slate
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photography Manual

Before Class:

  • Students should read and answer the questions in the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Manual before the first class meeting.
  • Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

Cost

$250.00 includes one half-day boat dive.

PADI Search and Recovery Course

Overview

The PADI Search and Recovery course is designed to acquaint the diver with the techniques and applications of search and recovery methods.

 

Prerequisites

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent rating.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

Classroom Lectures will cover:

  • Planning
  • Procedures
  • Techniques
  • Problems and hazards of Search and Recovery
  • Organization
  • Navigation
  • Limited visibility diving
  • Object location
  • Salvage methods

Training includes 4 Open Water dives

Equipment Requirements

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Dive light – Primary
  • Dive light – Back up
  • Compass
  • Dive knife
  • Whistle
  • Personal marker light
  • Depth gauge
  • Bottom timer
  • PADI Search and Recovery Manual

Before Class:

  • Students should read and answer the questions in the PADI Search and Recovery manual before the first class meeting.
  • Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

Boat Diving Course

Overview

This course is designed to acquaint divers with the aspects of boat diving including terminology, layout, storage areas, off-limit areas, location of emergency equipment, boarding/debarking techniques, water entry and exit techniques and general in-water dive procedures.

Prerequisites

PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent rating.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

Classroom Lectures will cover:

  • Layout
  • Storage areas
  • Off-limit areas
  • Location of emergency equipment
  • Boarding/Deboarding procedures
  • Water entry
  • Exit techniques
  • General in-water dive procedures

Training includes 2 boat dives.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • PADI Boat Diving Manual

Before Class

  • Students should read and answer the questions in the Boat Diving manual before the first class meeting.
  • Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

Cost

$180.00 includes one half day of boat dives

Dry Suit Diving

Overview

This course is designed to provide the student an understanding about diving in dry suits and to help the student to develop the skills, knowledge, and techniques necessary for dry suit diving.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification is PADI Open Water or equivalent rating.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

Training consists of classroom sessions, a pool session, and two open water dives.

Classroom Lectures will cover:

  • Types of Dry Suits
  • Determining Fit
  • Buoyancy Control
  • Ascending and Descending
  • Basic Care and Maintenance
  • Pool Session

2 Open Water Dives

Equipment Requirements

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • Dry Suit
  • PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual

Before Class

  • Students should read and answer the questions in the PADI Dry Suit manual before the first class meeting.
  • Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

Cost

$150.00

Emergency First Responder Course

Overview

The PADI EFR course is designed to provide the student with the same emergency-aid techniques used by paramedics and doctors, but at a layman’s level. The course covers CPR, first aid, and primary and secondary evaluations.

Prerequisites

This course is open to all divers and non-divers.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

Classroom sessions will cover:

  • Primary Assessment
  • On-Rescuer CPR
  • Obstructed Airway
  • Control of Bleeding
  • Shock Management
  • Illness Assessment
  • Injury Assessment

Equipment Requirements:

  • PADI EFR Manual

Before Class:

  • Students should read and answer the questions in the PADI EFR Manual before the first class meeting.

Cost

$125.00

Dates
April 19
Class also offered upon request

Equipment Specialist Course

Overview

The PADI Equipment Specialist course is designed to be an introduction to new types of equipment and to familiarize divers with the operation and maintenance of equipment.

NOTE: This is not an equipment repair certification course.

 

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification is PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or an equivalent rating.

 

Minimum Age

12

 

Equipment Requirements

None

Scuba Equipment Care and Maintenance Manual recommended.

 

Cost

$125.00

Fish Identification Course

Overview

The PADI AWARE Fish Identification course is designed to give the diver adequate knowledge to correctly identify North Carolina tropical reef fish, temperate water fish, as well as some of the more frequently encountered Caribbean reef fish.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification is PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certification.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

Training consists of:

  • Classroom Lectures
  • 2 Open Water Dives

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • Slate with Pencil
  • Reef Fish Identification Book

Before Class:

Cost

$230.00 includes half-day boat dive.

Lionfish Population Control Course

Overview

The PADI Lionfish Population Control course is designed to educate divers about Lionfish and their invasion of the coast of the United States and in the Caribbean.  This program will introduce the participants to the habitat of the Lionfish and the ways to live capture, shoot, and document their populations off of the coast of North Carolina.

 
Class book is Invasive Lionfish A Guide to Control and Management.
 
 

Prerequisites

 
Prerequisite certification for enrollment is PADI Open Water Diver or an equivalent rating.
 
Minimum age

15
 

Class Description

Classroom sessions will cover:

  • General information about lionfish
  • Theories of how lionfish got to NC
  • Techniques for shooting Lionfish
  • Techniques for live catching Lionfish
  • Potential Problems and Hazards of Lionfish
  • Cleaning lionfish


Equipment Requirements

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
 

Before Class

 

Cost

$270.00 includes one full day of boat dives.

 

Class starts at 6 pm the first day of class.

Dates
June 4, 5
July 9, 10
Class also offered upon request

Manatee Awareness Course

Overview

The PADI Manatee Awareness is an entry-level course designed to educate the general diving public about the manatee. The dive for this course is conducted on the Florida Springs Trip.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification for enrollment is PADI Open Water Diver or an equivalent rating.

Class Description

  • Classroom Lectures will cover:
    1. Types of Manatees
    2. Habitat of the Manatee
    3. Laws concerning Manatees
    4. Conservation of the Manatee
  • 1 Dive

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • Educator Guide (Downloadable).

Before Class:

Cost

$50.00

Peak Performance Buoyancy Course

Overview

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course will enhance the diver’s buoyancy control ability through knowledge development and practical skills. By the end of the course you will be able to successfully run through a buoyancy course.Prerequisite certification for enrollment is PADI Open Water Diver or to have an equivalent rating.

Minimum Age

12

Training consists of:

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer

Before Class:

  • Students should read and answer the questions in the Peak Performance Buoyancy Section of the PADI Adventures in Diving manual before the first class meeting.
  • Complete thePADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

Cost

$175.00

Underwater Naturalist Course

Overview

The PADI Underwater Naturalist course is designed to be an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and to help the student diver develop safe and responsible interaction with aquatic life.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification is PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certification.

Minimum Age

12

Class Description

  • Classroom Lectures
  • 2 Open Water Dives

Equipment Requirements

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • Slate with Pencil
  • Reef Creature Identification Book

Before Class

Complete the PADI Medical Form prior to first day of class.

Cost

$230.00 includes half-day boat dive.

Aquarium Collector Course

Overview

This course is designed to give the diver the necessary skills and knowledge for establishing and maintaining Salt Water aquariums.

(This is not a PADI Specialty course.)

 

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification is PADI Open Water Diver or an equivalent certification. The Fish Identification Course is recommended.

 

Minimum Age

12

 

Class Description

  • Classroom Lectures will cover:
    1. Aquarium Construction Ideas
    2. Maintenance
    3. Capture Techniques
    4. Transporting
    5. Decompression Techniques
    6. Oxygen Use
    7. Bagging Fish
  • Open Water Dive(s)

 

Equipment Requirements:

  • Full Scuba including submersible pressure gauge and an alternate air source
  • Compass
  • Dive Knife
  • Whistle
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Timer
  • Slate with Pencil
  • Goody Bag
  • Collecting Net

 

Before Class

 

Cost

$105.00 First day includes beach dive.
$165.00 Second day includes half-day boat dive.
$270.00 Total for both days.

Narcosis Management Course

Overview

This course is offered through PSAI. This course will have you perform underwater skills that relate to the real world of diving: Keeping up with Depth, Air, Time, and Awareness (DATA).

Prerequisites

Prerequisite certification is Advanced Open Water. Participants are required to have DAN Master Insurance or higher.

Miniumum Age

Minimum age for enrollment is 15 for Level 1 and 2.
Minimum age for enrollment is 18 for Level 3.

Class Description

Training consists of classroom sessions, a pool session, and four open water dives.

You must become comfortable and competent with the mental and motor skills at each training depth before training down to the next level.

The training in this course covers:

  • Equipment Selection and Configuration
  • Dive Planning and Gas Management
  • Buddy Awareness
  • Dive Execution
  • Preparing for and responding to foreseeable technical diving emergencies

This course is taught on air.

The levels that are taught are:
Level 1 (100 Feet)
Level 2 (130 Feet)
Level 3 (150 Feet).

Equipment Required

Contact the shop for a full description.

Cost

$400.00 includes one regular day and one special day of boat dives.