PADI Deep Diver Speciality
Deep scuba diving is not only challenging but extremely exhilarating! With the PADI Deep Diver speciality course with Bay Divers Swansea you will be able to experience that excitement first hand by extending your recreational depth limit to 40 metres. During the course you will learn how to plan, set up and execute deep scuba dives with particular consideration factors such as increased air consumption, temperature changes, shorter no-decompression limits and physiological effects such as nitrogen narcosis. By the end of the course you will be confident in your ability to safely dive deeper and understand how to avoid and deal with problems associated with deeper diving.
Minimum age is 15 and students must hold a PADI Adventure Diver/Advanced Open Water Diver or hold a similar qualifying certification from another training organisation. Students must also fill out a PADI medical questionnaire prior to participation.
The course consists of a knowledge development session and four open water dives over two days. Subjects covered include:
- Planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of deep diving
- Risk factors, decompression table review, safety stops, and emergency decompression procedures
- Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures
- Special equipment, descent lines and buoyancy control considerations
- Procedures for flying after diving and high altitude diving
- Orientation to decompression chambers
Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with a PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of deep diving theory.
Open Water Dives
Students must complete four Open Water dives to certify as a PADI Deep Diver with Bay Divers. Each dive has specific tasks designed to help students understand the safety techniques, equipment selection and physiological aspects of deeper diving. Timed tasks, navigational exercises & simulated emergency decompression stops are amongst the skills completed during the four dives.
One theory session followed by four dives over two separate days.
How much is it and what is included?
The course costs £170 and includes the following:
- PADI Deep Diver Manual
- PADI Certification fee
What is not included?
The use of National Dive Activity Centre in Chepstow is used when weather conditions are poor in West Wales and the entrance fee is £15. But we prefer to use sea scuba diving on the Welsh coast whenever possible. Travel to and from the training locations is also your responsibility, but we are very accommodating and normally have spare seats in one of our vehicles!
What happens next?
Being a PADI Deep Diver you will now have the training to deal with extended depth limits allowing you to make limited wreck penetrations of a maximum of 40 linear metres, therefore you should think seriously about enrolling on the PADI Wreck Diver speciality course. Our 'Wreck Spec' course introduces divers to limited wreck penetration, line-laying with specialist equipment and students are taught fundamental principles of planning and executing safe and enjoyable wreck dives. You will also learn several methods of wreck navigation, propulsion and buoyancy techniques, whilst discovering some very interesting wrecks here off the South Wales coast! Once you have completed 5 PADI Specialties, the PADI Rescue Diver course and have logged 50 dives, you qualify to register as a PADI Master Scuba Diver which is the highest non-professional diver rating within the PADI system.