Dive Centre

Specialty Courses

Get into Specifics

If you enjoy diving, and want to learn more about the underwater world, learn unique skills and have new adventures, then you will enjoy our range of Specialty Courses.

Diving is a spectacular activity that involves a variety of unique enrironments and conditions as well as many different challenges. Specialty programmes are designed for divers of all qualification and experience levels. You can learn new skills and have a great time by completing a Specialty Course on a type of diving you are interested in.

We have different Specialty courses running each month, so check out the list of courses on the left hand side or look at the schedule and see what's happening next!

Click here for the full Speciality course schedules!

The specialty subjects

The specialty subjects available are as listed below and take between one and two days each to complete. Just phone us on 09 444 7698 or email us now for details!


 

Approved Air Filler

Not only do you need to know how to safely fill scuba cylinders but also how to keep the air you pump into them free of contaminants and that the scuba cylinders we want to use are safe and within test. This ensures you are certified to fill scuba cylinders in New Zealand.

Cost: $250


 

Altitude Diver

Diving 300 metres above sea level is nearly always in a lake. Divers need to use altitude correction tables or make adjustments to their computers to compensate for the changes of a lower pressure evironment. Then there are the thermoclines and new animals to see!


 

Boat Diver

Many, if not most dives are performed from boats. Even with certain similarities, not all boats have the same design or protocols for diving. Learn how to dive safely from boats, where to stow your dry/wet gear, nautical terms and something about using ropes is a must. Also where useful items like first aid kits are kept makes you that much more comfortable when diving from boats.


 

Deep Diver

Any depth between 18 metres and 40 metres is defined as a deep dive for any recreational diving activity. Consider diving deeper to going faster in your car. The faster you drive the more concern and caution you need about the way you feel and what your instruments tell you.This is no different when diving. If you wish to dive deeper play it safe and do a course! This weekend away in teh Bay of Islands includes accomodations food and all dives and fills!

Cost: $599


 

Digital Underwater Photography

Pixels, shutter speed, lenses, strobes … a bit confusing? Learn about the best type of camera and set up for what you want to shoot and how to make those 'gob-smacking' photos!



 

Dive Propulsion Vehicle

Want to cover a lot of ground quickly? Hitch a ride with a DPV – but watch out for the rapid pressure changes and the fan that propels you along! There are some do's and don't you need to learn about!!


 

Drift Diver

Diving at speed! Nothing quite like it! Drift diving allows you to see considerably more underwater terrain and marine life than on a regular scuba dive. It saves energy as water movement takes the place of fin action! There are also some countries where drift diving is the norm and no dive vessel is allowed to anchor at dive sites. Because both diver and support vessel are often separated, it makes it very important for the diver to conduct this activity with great care and to enable themselves to be seen and picked up by their support vessel.


 

Drysuit Diver

Even in the warmer waters of the tropics you can become cool if not insulated correctly. If diving in cold water, a dry suit is the ONLY way to maintain warmth throughout the dive. Thicker wetsuits are useless in comparison – especially at depth.



 

Emergency Oxygen Provider

A must course for diving professionals but equally as important if you might be in a position where you need to look after anyone else. A life could depend on your knowledge.




 

Enriched Air

More divers than ever are using enriched air (nitrox) to increase allowable times at depth. Would you be confident enough without these new skills?




 

Equipment Specialist

Make no mistake – this type of course for recreational divers is a really smart thing to undergo. This should be a compulsory course for divemasters or those who wish to look after groups of divers. Knowledge gained from this course can get you out of all sorts of simple, easy to solve jams – but it is NOT a full repair technician's course.


 

Night Diver

When the sun goes down, some animals go to sleep while others wake up. Familiar landscapes sometimes change to make you feel that you are somewhere different. In this environment where the lights can go out, it's important to know the rules and guidelines for this type of diving. Disorientation can be unsafe! Do the course!


 

Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

We have a precious underwater environment. Please learn to pick your feet up and not crush/damage the animals. Even the most insensitive appearing sites have organisms (some 1,000s of years old) living there (your knees or size 10 fins don't). If your buoyancy control is a bit lousy – at least get tips from someone you've seen that looks pretty good at it. But for a quick and thorough fix, do this course. You may save someone's (helpless organism's) life!


 

Search & Recovery Diver

Lost a ring or something you want back? Whether it's heavy or light, in clear or dirty water, this is the course to help you with knowing how to find what you're after. You might find other great finds also - like old bottles that don't go too badly as flower vases or just plain old (often literally) conversation pieces!


 

Self–Reliant Diver

It's a good thing to be able to dive alone and know that you have virtually every chance of getting back safely without the assistance of a buddy. That needs special training and equipment. To do this course you need to be well experienced with proof of at least 100 logged dives.


 

Sidemount Diver

Sidemount diving presents divers with a different approach to equipment configuration and diving techniques to master. Its benefits include ease of streamlining, easier equipment transport, versatility, increased gas supply, accessibility and is particularly useful in tight spaces (like cave and cavern diving).


 

Underwater Naturalist

Bugs, beetles, fish and other animals. I've always found that it's easier to get close to nature underwater than on land. And what a lot of nature! Even in the dullest shallowest, grubbiest dives you can always find animals to grab your attention. This course goes into the do's and dont's of how we should interact with this environment and also gives a lot of tips on where to find things.


 

Underwater Navigator

Starting on land just to get the hang of it, underwater navigation then graduates to low visibility water with plenty of turns that try to confuse you. This course gives you the confidence to get back to where you started from and have a fairly good idea as to where you are at any point throughout the dive.


 

Wreck Diver

Whether it's the history or the marine life that ends up calling them home, wrecks are utterly fascinating. Even so, there are hazards to be aware of, often with legal and social considerations to be accounted for such as whether entry is forbidden or sensible in the first place.