PADI Deep Diver Speciality -Deep Dive with Confidence
Please Note: The course does not include entry fees, boat fees, travel etc.
At some point after learning to dive, most divers have an urge to dive deep. As adventurers, scuba divers may want to go deeper then they've ever gone to explore a wreck, take photos or simply to see what's there. There are greater potential hazards that come with diving deeper and learning to recognize and deal with these risks is part of what you learn in the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.
Deep diving also means different things to different scuba divers. For some it is any scuba dive deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and for others it is any scuba dive deeper than what they've done in the past. Whatever the definition, deep dives require planning and discipline in order to safely enjoy all the fantastic things that can be found. Here are some general tips and suggestions:
- Check your air and depth gauges more often then on shallower dives. You use your air from your scuba tank much faster at depth and you want to make sure that you don't exceed your planned depth limit.
- Watch yourself and your buddy for any signs of nitrogen narcosis.
- Consider buying or renting a dive computer to help you stay within the dive's limits. Owning a PADI ERDP-ML is also helpful.
- You may want to complete the PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty course.
- Be aware of your limits. Build your experience gradually and consider these five points before a deep dive: how you feel, your buddy, the environment, proximity of help and any previous dives. A 27 metre/90 foot dive in warm, clear water is not the same as a 27 metre/90 foot dive in cold, murky waters with a current.
- Use a dive light to add light and to bring out the true colours absorbed by water at depth.
- Consider hanging a spare scuba tank at 5 metres/15 feet to provide extra air during a safety stop or emergency decompression.
What do I need to start?
Be a minimum of PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 years old
What will I do?
You'll learn deep dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 - 39.5 metres.
Discussions on the planning and organizing of Deep Dives, Deep Diving Activities, Depth Limits, Specific Equipment Requirements, Deep Diving Techniques, Nitrogen Narcosis, Decompression Sickness, Travelling at Altitude after Diving, Recreational Dive Planner Review, Emergency Equipment Considerations, and post dive procedures. Such discussions may be held either in a classroom setting or actually during the open water segments to reinforce the practical applications.
This course consists of four open water dives. (No more than 3 dives to be completed in any one day). Course Timetable The precise time table for this course will vary dependent upon the specific logistics of the dive site being used for the course. It can normally be completed in two days.
How long will it take?
Minimum Open Water Training: 4 dives over two days
- Dive 1 must be conducted between 18 meters and a maximum of 30 meters.
- Dive 2 must be conducted between 18 meters and a maximum of 24 meters.
- Dive 3 must be conducted between 30 meters and a maximum of 40 meters.
- Dive 4 must be conducted between 18 meters and a maximum of 30 meters.
- At no time will divers be expected, encouraged or intentionally allowed to make dives that would require emergency decompression stops
What will I need?
Deep-Pak, which includes manual, video and log insert.
Suitable diving equipment to complete the dives.
Where can I go from here?
The PADI deep diver speciality counts towards your MSD or if you enjoy deep diving and want to extend your limits even further, perhaps tec diving is for you?