Specialty Diver Courses

 

 

Night Diver

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the Night Diver Specialty course.

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

    Light handling and communication techniques.

    Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.

    Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

Minimum age for this course is 15 years plus certification as a Scuba Diver or equivalent. (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)


Deep Diver

The lure of the deep. There's something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, you should take the Deep Diver Specialty course.

Minimum age for this course is 18 years plus certification as an Advanced Diver or equivalent.


Underwater Navigation

The lure of the deep. There's something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, you should take the Deep Diver Specialty course.

Minimum age for this course is 18 years plus certification as an Advanced Diver or equivalent.

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way. If you’re a (junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the Underwater Navigator Specialty course.
You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During this course, you’ll practice:

    Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
•    Methods to estimate distance underwater.
•    Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
•    Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.
•    Underwater map making.

Search & Recovery Diver

It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During this course you’ll practice:

    Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.

    Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.

    Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.

    Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

Wreck Diver

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular outside Kuwait because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices. If you’re at least 18 years old and have earned an Advanced Scuba Diver certification or higher, you can enroll in the Wreck Diver Specialty course.

There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. During four dives you’ll learn:

    Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.

    Surveying and mapping a wreck.

    Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.

    Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

Full Face Mask Diver

Divers often have a need, or want, to effectively communicate underwater. The Full Face Mask Diver Course is the perfect starting point. Full face mask diving allows the diver to relax and enjoy diving while not worrying about maintaining the second stage regulator.

The purpose of this course is to train divers with the necessary procedures, knowledge and skills to safely dive with a full-face mask (FFM). Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities with a full-face mask providing the activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

Sidemount Diver

Have you ever wondered what are those divers doing carrying two tanks on the sides? It’s called sidemount, and it’s an increasingly popular way of diving.

The sidemount configuration was born in overhead environments, like caves or wrecks, where divers needed to streamline their gear in order to pass through tight squeezes and narrow gaps. The configuration has proven itself to be not only effective in those environments, but also in other types of diving. Many recreational divers find sidemount configuration more comfortable and streamlined that the regular backmounted single tank. It also provides equipment redundancy (2 independent air sources) and since most of the times a diver go for a two tank trip, they found that this way they don’t need to change tanks in between dives. And of course, if you love diving wrecks or caves, you must take this!

Of course, carrying two tanks, two regulators and a specific harness makes everything a bit more complex. At Octopus we’ll teach you all you need to know to start diving sidemount safely.

Dry Suit Diver

Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. If you're at least 10 years old and certified as a Scuba Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Dry Suit Diver course.

Refresh

All of international diving training agencies suggest that divers who did not dive in the last six months should take a refresher course. 

Your instructor will review the knowledge you learned in your Scuba Diver course and he/she will also cover any new material you should know about. You will review dive planning, dive tables, and dive execution to keep you safe during future diving activities.