Cour­ses

Cour­ses widen the hori­zons of your div­ing world. These spe­cialty cour­ses span the gamut, from the ex­pert knowl­edge needed for deep alti­tude div­ing, and the in­no­va­tive meth­ods used to re­ju­ve­nate a co­ral reef to ex­plor­ing the chal­lenges of train­ing a mer­mai

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ALTI­TUDE DIVER COURSE

Imag­ine de­scend­ing be­low the sur­face of a clear moun­tain lake to ex­plore a well-pre­served wreck. In­ter­ested? Any time you scuba dive at an alti­tude higher than 300 me­tres/1000 feet above sea level, you’re alti­tude div­ing. If you’re ready to dis­cover a hid­den world where few have ven­tured, then the PADI Alti­tude Diver spe­cialty course is for you.

Learn­ing to ad­just your dive plan for the re­duced sur­face pres­sure at alti­tude is an im­por­tant part of the course. You’ll com­plete two scuba dives and learn:

• Alti­tude dive plan­ning, or­gan­i­sa­tion, pro­ce­dures and tech­niques

• How to ad­just your dive com­puter for alti­tude div­ing or cal­cu­late alti­tude dive pro­files us­ing the RDP Ta­ble or eRDPML

• How to avoid prob­lems and han­dle emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, if they oc­cur, at alti­tude

www.padi.com/cour­ses/alti­tude-diver

SIDE­MOUNT SPE­CIALTY COURSE

Side­mount div­ing has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar over re­cent years. This course lets you ex­pand and im­prove your div­ing skills in a fun and en­joy­able way. The course cov­ers top­ics such as the his­tory of side­mount, equip­ment setup and con­fig­u­ra­tion, stream­lin­ing, buoy­ancy and trim, finning tech­niques, emer­gency skills and more. A lot of what you will learn in the Side­mount course can also be di­rectly trans­lated to div­ing with back mount BCD`s too.

The RAID course com­prises of three parts: an e-learn­ing Side­mount the­ory com­po­nent which lets you learn at your own time, fol­lowed by a ses­sion of con­fined pool ses­sions for the in­struc­tor to teach you the skills and tech­niques. Fi­nally, you need to com­plete two open wa­ter dives to be awarded your cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. All RAID cer­ti­fi­ca­tions come in the form of an eCard (elec­tronic C-Card), which is part of RAID’s min­i­mal en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact di­rec­tive.

www.di­veraid.com/con­tent.asp?LJCaxZvxHCCCL3Zcri1K

MER­MAID IN­STRUC­TOR COURSE

Who wouldn’t want to be un­der the sea ex­plor­ing the depths and be­friend­ing the fish? With a va­ri­ety of cour­ses to bring out the mer­maid in us all, SSI of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to learn how to glide through the wa­ter just like a true mer­maid! Whether it’s a Try Mer­maid, Ocean Mer­maid, Mer­maid Ex­plorer or the pop­u­lar Model Mer­maid, there is a course to suit the most ad­ven­tur­ous wa­ter baby.

The whole mer­maid pro­gramme is be­ing em­braced world­wide and is es­pe­cially suc­cess­ful with the Chi­nese mar­ket. Cour­ses are avail­able from six years and up and pro­vide qual­ity on­line train­ing and dig­i­tal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

www.di­vessi.com

OCEAN QUEST’S CO­RAL PROP­A­GA­TION PRO­GRAMME (CPP)

The found­ing prin­ci­ple of Ocean Quest’s Co­ral Prop­a­ga­tion Pro­gramme (CPP) is that the pro­gramme is only used to re­build dam­aged reefs. This pro­gramme aims to help im­pov­er­ished lo­cal coastal com­mu­ni­ties who are forced to har­vest co­ral for their liveli­hood, by pro­vid­ing them with an al­ter­na­tive source of in­come that is aimed at pro­tect­ing, rather than de­stroy­ing, the co­ral reefs.

The se­cret to Ocean Quest’s pro­gramme is the patented cat­a­lyst that Anuar Ab­dul­lah (Founder of Ocean Quest) has de­vel­oped. Af­ter a site has been sur­veyed for prop­a­ga­tion, divers or snorkellers col­lect bro­ken frag­ments of live co­ral and small live rock from the lo­ca­tion, and bring both to shore in bas­kets. Par­tic­i­pants then sort and pre­pare the co­ral, be­fore us­ing su­per­glue to at­tached the two­cen­time­tre high frag­ments to the live rock.

The cat­a­lyst is then used with the glue to help bond the co­ral quickly to the rock. Af­ter two weeks, the cat­a­lyst dis­solves the glue. The co­ral has at­tached it­self to the live rock and there is no glue or toxin left be­hind.

The corals are then taken out to chest deep wa­ter at low tide and placed on the seabed in a tem­po­rary nurs­ery area. Af­ter sev­eral months the co­ral will have grown con­sid­er­ably, up to ap­prox­i­mately 10 cen­time­tres. At this time, divers can then trans­plant these corals and place them on the reef in their fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

www.seashep­herd­global.org/lat­est-news/co­ral-prop­a­ga­tion-cour­ses/

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