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Specialty courses are an excellent way to improve your scuba skills while learning new skills and developing a better understanding of the underwater world. Whether you are new to diving or an experienced veteran, specialty courses teach you proper technique and safe diving practices. Check out the specialty classes below, or check out our frequently asked questions page regarding continuing education for scuba divers.
 

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Advanced Dive Theory

The Advanced Dive Theory Distinctive Specialty is a non-diving, knowledge development program for divers or non-divers interesting in expanding their understanding of dive theory. The course is designed to run in conjunction with the PADI Advanced Open Water course, though the Advanced open water dives are not required for the this certification. In this course, students learn dive theory without having to qualify for or enter the PADI Divemaster program. The course covers dive physics, diving and human physiology, dive equipment, decompression theory, use of the PADI RDPs, and the ocean environment. For this reason, this course is ideal for those interested in technical diving and dive leadership.

Course start dates: January 27. Email us for other dates.
Location: Aquatic Adventures, Inc.
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Distinctive Specialty
Books: The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, The Diving Knowledge Workbook, and Adventures in Diving.
Course cost: $125 (books and equipment rental not included)

 

Deep Diver

Learn deep diving theory and techniques in this PADI specialty course. Students are asked to view the PADI Deep Diver video, attend one classroom session on deep diving theory and techniques, and complete a total of four deep dives over two days. Conditions permitting, dives are made to 100' and 80' on the first day, and 130' and 80' on the second day.

Course start dates: Email us for dates and details.
Location: Aquatic Adventures, Inc., Pearl Lake, and Lake Michigan
Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Deep Diver Crew Pack
Course cost: $125 (books and equipment rental not included)

 

Digital Underwater Photographer

Digital photography has come to the underwater world. Whether you are a novice just interested in finding out more or an aspiring underwater photographer, this class is the place to start. You will learn camera assembly and maintenance as well as basic digital underwater photography techniques. In addition, you will learn about digital file formats, resolution, exposure, composition, underwater lighting, and more. If you are not getting the quality underwater pictures you want, this class will help.

Students are asked to attend classroom sessions on digital underwater photography theory and techniques, and complete up to two photo dives. Generally, Dive 1 is performed in confined water, and Dive 2 is always performed in open water.

Course start dates: September 8, 2013.  Email us for additional dates.
Location:
Aquatic Adventures, Klotsche Center, Pearl Lake, and Lake Michigan
Prerequisites: Level 1: Snorkeling experience. Level 2: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Digital Underwater Photographer Crew Pack
Course cost: $125 (books, film, and equipment rental not included; cameras will be provided with prior notice)

 

Dive Propulsion Vehicle Diver

Learn proper care and maintenance as well as how to safely plan and execute dives using diver propulsion vehicles in this PADI specialty course. Students attend one classroom session where they review the Diver Propulsion Vehicles chapter in the PADI Adventures in Diving manual and learn about the vehicles. Then it's out to open water for two exciting dives.

Course dates: Email us for dates and details.
Location: Pearl Lake
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Dive Propulsion Vehicle Diver Crew Pack
Course cost: $125 (DPV rental included. Books and scuba equipment rental not included.)

 

Dry Suit Diver

Learn proper care and maintenance as well as how to safely dive a dry suit in this PADI specialty course. Students attend at least one classroom session where they review dry suit care and maintenance by reading the PADI Dry Suit Diver manual. There is also one required pool session where basic buoyancy skills are learned. Then it's out to open water for two exciting dives.

For more information on dry suit diving, see the article Start Dry Suit Diving Today! on this website. This article discusses the advantages of dry suit diving and considerations on suit selection and options.

Course dates: Starts April 21. Email us for additional dates and details.
Location: Aquatic Adventures, Inc., local pool, and Pearl Lake
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Dry Suit Diver Crew Pack
Course cost: $125 (Includes dry suit and dry suit related equipment rental. Books and scuba equipment not included.)

 

Enriched Air Diver

Learn Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) diving theory and techniques in this PADI specialty course. Enriched Air Nitrox diving is quickly becoming the breathing gas of choice for serious Lake Michigan and Caribbean divers. Students are asked to view the PADI Enriched Air Diver video and complete the knowledge reviews in their Enriched Air Manual prior to class. During the classroom session, students review their completed knowledge reviews, learn enriched air skills such as gas analysis and proper documentation, successfully complete the EANx Specialty Exam, and perform two simulated dives using EANx.

For more information on why you should learn to dive enriched air, see the article Why Dive Enriched Air (Nitrox)? on this website.

Course dates: Independent study available any time. Email us for additional information.
Location:
Aquatic Adventures, Inc. and local pool (optional).
Prerequisites:
PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Enriched Air Diver Crew Pack
Course cost: $75 (Use of gas analyzers and documentation forms included. Books and scuba equipment rental not included.)

 

Equipment Maintenance Specialist

The PADI Equipment Maintenance Specialist course is an introduction to the operation and proper maintenance of scuba equipment. Participants will learn about the principles and operation of diving equipment, recommended care and maintenance procedures, common problems with equipment, and recommended professional maintenance procedures. This course also provides divers with simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment. One optional confined water dive may be included in the course to allow participants to try out new equipment.

Course start date:. Saturday, December 14. Email us for details.
Course time:
. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Aquatic Adventures, Inc.
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
Course cost: $65 (this day only). Normal price is $90.

 

National Geographic Specialty

Learn buoyancy control, navigation, marine life identification National Geographic style. See our National Geographic page for more information.

Course dates: Email us for dates.
Location: Pearl Lake
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: National Geographic/PADI Specialty
Books: National Geographic Diver Almanac and DVD
Course cost: $125 (includes book and DVD)

 

Night Diver

Learn night diving theory and techniques in this PADI specialty course while discovering a whole new underwater world. Students are asked to view the PADI Night Diver video, attend one classroom session on deep diving theory and techniques, and complete a total of three night dives.

Course dates: Email us for details.
Location: Aquatic Adventures, Inc. and Wazee Lake.
Prerequisites:
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Night Diver Crew Pack
Course cost: $105 (books and equipment rental not included)

 

Oxygen Provider

DAN´s Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Provider Course or the PADI Oxygen Provider Course represents entry level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public in recognizing possible dive related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.

Course start dates: Email us for dates.
Location: Aquatic Adventures.
Prerequisites: Emergency First Response or equivalent.
Certification:
DAN or PADI Specialty
Books:
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Course cost: $90 (books and equipment rental not included)

 

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course assists all divers in polishing their buoyancy control beyond the Open Water Diver level. The goal of this course is to enhance buoyancy control abilities through knowledge development and skills practice. Students are asked to view the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy video, attend a classroom session, and perform two open water dives focused on improving buoyancy skills.

Course dates: Email us for dates.
Location: Aquatic Adventures (Brookfield) and Pearl Lake
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Adventures in Diving and Peak Performance Buoyancy DVD
Course cost: $75 (books and equipment rental not included)

 

Underwater Naturalist

What was that creature I just saw? Learn to identify aquatic life and more! This course is an introduction to aquatic life including an overview of responsible human interactions. Students learn techniques, problems, and hazards of diving in different aquatic environments. In addition, the course provides an overview of major aquatic life groups (kingdoms and phyla). Students are asked to view a marine life video, attend one classroom session on aquatic life interactions, and complete a total of two dives during which they must identify vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants and observe marine creature behavior.

Course dates: Email us for dates.
Location: Bonaire
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Underwater Naturalist Crew Pack
Course cost: $75 (books and equipment rental not included)

 

Underwater Navigator

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course! Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in this course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass. You learn to estimate distance underwater, follow navigation patterns and know where you are while following an arbitrary, irregular course using the Nav-Finder. When everyone’s 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!

Course dates: Email us for dates.
Location: Aquatic Adventures and Pearl Lake.
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Nav-Pak, which includes the PADI Underwater Navigator Manual, Underwater Navigation DVD, and a Nav-Finder.
Course cost: $125 (Nav-Pak and equipment rental not included)

 

Wreck Diver

Learn wreck diving theory and techniques in this PADI specialty course. Students are asked to view the PADI Wreck Diver video, attend one classroom session on wreck diving theory and techniques, and complete a total of four wreck dives. Dives progress from recognizing potential hazards, to mapping, to running wreck reel lines, and finally to wreck penetration. Join us for this course and the most exciting diving in the Midwest.

Course start dates: Email us for dates and details.
Location: Aquatic Adventures, Inc., Pearl Lake, and Lake Michigan
Prerequisites:
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
Certification: PADI Specialty
Books: Wreck Diver Crew Pack
Course cost: $125 (books and equipment rental not included)

 

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