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
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
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.
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.
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.