During your Advanced Open Water course you get to try out several Diving Specialties, specific fields of diving. In fact every Advanced Open Water dive is an introduction dive to a specialty. This way you can see if you like these kinds of diving and if you think it’s interesting to learn more about them you can do the Specialty course. Every Specialty has it’s own amount of mandatory dives. Examples of Diving Specialties are:
The Deep Diver specialty:
This specialty consists of 4 dives, after this course you are allowed to dive to 40 meters/ 130 feet. You will refresh your knowledge on how to plan your dives with the dive-planner (RDP).
You will learn what the dangers of deep diving are, which problems might occur and how to solve them when they do.
The Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver specialty:
This course is in fact a theoretical course only, but can be combined with 2 guided dives using Nitrox, or with the Advanced Open Water course. During this course you learn what diving with enriched air is, what the dangers are and how to plan your dives using Nitrox. You will learn to work with different dive-planners as you are used to. Does working with the dive-planner give you problems? It’s also possible to do this course with a dive-computer. Advantages of diving with Nitrox are that you take in less nitrogen because the oxygen percentage in your tank is higher, you will get less tired. The bottom time will be longer, it takes longer before you reach the same nitrogen-saturation. Beware, ideas that you can dive longer using Nitrox, or go deeper with Nitrox are misunderstandings. The pressure in your tanks is still 200 bar/3000 psi and your breathing doesn’t change. So you CAN NOT stay underwater longer. U can also not go deeper using Nitrox, on the contrary. The higher the percentage of oxygen in your tank the shallower you are allowed to dive. How you determine your maximum depth you will learn during the course.
The Night Diver specialty:
This specialty consists of 3 dives. You will learn how to communicate with your buddy in the dark and how to make a light line on a unlit beach so you can find your point of entry back. Of course you will also learn about the underwater life, which fish are going to sleep, what creatures hunt at night etc.
The Wreck Diver specialty:
This specialty consists of 4 dives. During the first dive you are going to check out the wreck. What’s its position, where are the entry points etc. You will make a dive planning and will learn in the next dives how to enter a wreck safely, how to put lines so you can find your way back safely. We will elaborately talk about the dangers of wreck diving and how to make sure problems will not occur.
The Underwater Navigator specialty: During the mandatory Advanced Open Water course you have learned the basic skills of underwater navigation. In this 3 dives course you are going to deeper into the material. U will learn different ways to calculate distances underwater and to find you point of entry back again.
Not only the use of compass will be explained and practiced, also natural navigation is a big part of this course.
Very useful course for persons who want to go diving without a guide!
The Invasive Lionfish Tracker specialty:
This course consists of 2 dives, in which you learn how to catch lionfish in a safe way and how to clean it safely. This course is fun to do and useful. For the existence of the reef here around Curacao it’s very important that the lionfish population is kept in control. Besides the specialties mentioned above there are numerous other specialties to choose from.
Included in price of specialties:
- Study materials (when required)
- Use of dive-gear