After you complete your entry-level scuba diving training and become a certified scuba diver, you can choose different specialties to go on your adventure. Especially in some training systems, there are dozens of specialties you can choose. Some people want to take underwater photos, some would like to dive at night… Let me introduce you some specialties that will help you build your scuba diving career after you become a certified scuba diver and would like to seek further dive training.
Its name changes from system to system. In PADI, its name is Peak Performance Buoyancy, in SSI, it is Perfect Buoyancy. My personal advice is to take this specialty right after becoming a scuba diver. In this course, you learn how to use your bcd and lungs underwater and the importance of weights in your dives. You can read the buoyancy tips article for details.
Generally, every diver wants to go deeper and deeper. This is in our nature. But as it gets deeper, it gets harder and more risky. So, you should take the proper course from a certified scuba diving instructor. Deep diving will have a huge positive affect to your continuous training.
Diving at night is another thing than scuba diving. It is not only the sun. At night, hunters show up and the little fish rest under caves. There is more possibility to see the octopus, moray eel and such predators underwater. There are some signals made by the dive torch. You’ll feel like an astronaut in the space. Isn’t this exciting?
Divers are ambassadors. We see what’s happenning underwater and tell the non-divers about this magical world. Whatever we tell them, they wouldn’t be satisfied unless we show some great snapshots from our dives. Underwater photography can be a value added to your continuous training.
You can own your own gallery and publish them maybe… This can even be your professional job. See the article from marineinsight.com about getting a carrer as an underwater photographer.
This is the course that you become responsible for others. In this course, you learn how to approach to a stressed diver on the surface and underwater, to find a missing diver and surface him/her, applying artifical respiration on the surface and taking the unconscious diver to the shore/boat. You can read the rescue diving course article for details.
Beginner scuba divers always wonder how the dive leaders find the boat/shore at the end of the dive. I am sure you are also thinking about this. But the answer is simple (sorry dive leaders but i have to explain our secret): natural navigation and a compass.
Natural navigation is like observing the bottom structure (if there is a huge rock on your right when you are going to the dive point, that rock should be on your left while returning to the boat/shore) and the angle of the sun (at the beginning of the dive, the sun rays are on your back, so when you are returning, the sun rays should be in fornt of you).
I guess there is no need for details of a compass. By using the magnetic field of the globe, you find your way. This course is also a must especially for scuba divers who’d like to be a dive leader one day. You can read the navigation article for details.
Wrecks are interesting dive points. They have always attracted the divers’ attention. Because we are used to see the ships and planes out of the water. When we see them lying on the sea bed, it becomes weird for us. In addition to this, there are numerous historical wrecks around the world. You are going back to the World War II when you are diving to a ship wreck which has been sunk by a submarine. They are the time capsules.
On the other hand, wrecks are a little bit dangerous for divers. They are so sharp that shouldn’t be touched. Years make them keen knives. And when you are in a cabin of a ship wreck, the residue rises because of your fin kicks and makes it very hard to see anything. That’s why wreck diving is fun, but requires some training.
These are only some featured specialties in continuous dive training. These specialties also vary in different locations. In northern countries, you may experience an Ice Dive, in Cape of Good Hope, you may want to dive with sharks and take a Shark Diving Course. Please contact your local instructor and dive center for your continuous training.