Recreational Diver


Scuba Diver (Open Water): This is where it all starts. Our entry-level scuba certification course teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely scuba dive in open water to a depth of 60'.

Here at The Dive Shop we offer different approaches to getting your scuba diver certification. We believe in having a confident and comfortable diver. With this in mind, we have an accelerated course for those where time is an issue. The accelerated course is a Thursday night and a Friday night class and a weekend in the pool. We are able to do this through our e-learning system. The classroom sessions are more of a review as you have already completed the book work at home at your pace. You then come to class where we review the material, making sure you understand everything, then take a test. We then have one day in the pool, allowing you plenty of time to become comfortable in your new underwater environment.

We also offer a slower pace course that is taught for four nights over two weeks. The professional instructors will be teaching you instead of reviewing the material. It is better if you have read the material prior to class, but not required as it is in the accelerated course. You then go to the pool to cover all the skills and there is plenty of time to play underwater.

Our certification dives consist of a minimum of four dives over one weekend. You would do three dives on Saturday and two dives on Sunday.


Advanced Scuba Diver (Advanced Open Water): This class expands your basic knowledge and takes you down to a depth of 100' or 130' depending on agency. You also learn more about navigation and you learn different kinds of specialized diving.


Rescue: This class goes into learning how to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies, how to assist and transport divers, and how to perform surface rescues from depth involving both boat and shore-based skin and scuba divers.


Master Scuba Diver (NAUI): Through NAUI, this is the equivalent of Divemaster but without the liability of a dive professional.


Master Scuba Diver (PADI): Through PADI, this means you have completed your Rescue class and hold five specialty certification cards.

Specialty Diver


Deep Diver: Your course will also include teachings on the purpose, problems, hazards, planning, preparation, equipment, air supplies, personnel, techniques, gas management, emergency procedures, and depth limits for recreational diving. Deep diving is defined as dives made between 60 feet and 130 feet.


Dry Suit Diver: This course will give you the basic knowledge and skills needed to minimize risks and gain experience in dry suit diving, as well as train you to properly use and maintain your dry suit.


Enriched Air Nitrox Diver: You will learn how to choose the proper blend of Nitrox for your dive profile, determine maximum depth limits for your Nitrox mixture, analyze your breathing mixture, and plan and safely execute each dive. Your instructor will teach you about the physiology of oxygen and nitrogen; advantages, disadvantages, and risks of Nitrox; oxygen toxicity; hazards and precautions of handling oxygen; the concept of Equivalent Air Depth; use of EANx with standard Air Dive tables; common gas mixing procedures; and more.


Night Diver: Learn about night dive planning, equipment, and navigation. Plus, see a whole new cast of critters that comes out at night.


Search and Recovery Diver: In your Search and Recovery course, you’ll learn about underwater navigation using natural and compass techniques; the problems, methods, equipment, hazards, and safety procedures regarding limited visibility diving; proper methods and techniques; and how to handle light salvage or recovery, including rigging and knot tying.


Underwater Photography: In the Underwater Photographer course you will be taught the skills, techniques, and tricks of underwater photography, including lighting, use of photographic equipment, the fundamentals of photography, underwater camera techniques, and underwater photo problems.


Underwater Navigation: Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass.


Wreck Diver: The Wreck Diver course will teach you about safety; hazards and cautions; special risks of overhead environments; entanglement; limited visibility; deep diving; equipment; location of wrecks; sources of information; search methods; underwater navigation; legal aspects; artifacts; treasure; salvage; archaeology; and much more. Get ready to start exploring!

There are many more than the ones listed above.

Professional Classes


Divemaster: This is the first step on the professional side of scuba diving. During the Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba.


Assistant Instructor: This course is the next step in becoming a scuba instructor. You will build on your knowledge by teaching and working with students.


Scuba Instructor: This course will allow you to teach people to go scuba diving!


Instructor Trainer: This course will allow you to teach people to become instructors.

Technical Classes


Cavern Diving: “Cavern diving” is defined as diving that takes place within sight of a natural light source (the sun) and within 200 linear feet of an open water surface. The Cavern Diver course is an entry-level program to the overhead environment. It is a comprehensive three-day program designed to develop the minimum skills and knowledge for cavern diving and describes the dangers involved with cave diving. Conservation, dive planning, environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of cavern diving are covered.

Cavern diving skill development includes body positioning (trim); buoyancy control; emergency procedures; line following; the use of reels; propulsion techniques; silting; entanglement; disorientation; and equipment modifications.


Intro to Cave: “Cave diving” is any dive taking place beyond natural light or beyond 200 linear feet from the open water surface.

The program covers the basic principles of cave diving. This two-day course will cover in particular: conservation, dive planning, cave environment, procedures, techniques, problem solving, and other specialized needs of cavern and cave diving.

Skills training in the Intro to Cave course includes body positioning; buoyancy control; emergency procedures; line following; propulsion techniques; the use of reels; and problem solving. A minimum of four full cave dives are performed in a minimum of two different cave systems. These dives are designed to further develop the skill level and extend the cavern diver’s competence from the cavern into the “cave zone.” Limitations are placed on distance, depth, passage size, and complexity at this level.


Cave Diver: Cave diving allows you to expand your knowledge learned in the Intro to Cave class, into the darkness that is the cave zone. Many people are not trained or experienced enough to venture into the caves properly. This means that as a qualified cave diver, you can get to see many things that only a few others have seen. This is real exploring and will take you to a completely different type of dive site. The Cave Diver course will take you from a diver who has experience in the cavern zone and the front of a cave to a qualified cave diver.


Advanced Recreational Nitrox: The Advanced Nitrox Diver course is an introduction to technical diving. Covering twinsets, states, and an introduction to decompression diving and using high oxygen decompression mixes. Advanced Nitrox allows you to increase the dive time you have by running past the no decompression limit. You will be trained to use up the 50% oxygen as a decompression gas to allow you extra time over what you get as a basic Nitrox diver.


Advanced Recreational Trimix: This program is designed to extend the diver’s knowledge in the use of EANx for sport diving. It further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding of the EANx concept of diving. It is also intended to supplement the skills of Recreational Trimix Divers. The program employs EANx mixes from 21% oxygen to a maximum of 1.5 PO2 combined with a helium content that maintains an END no greater than 80 fsw (24 msw) may be used. This program qualifies divers to dive to 160 fsw (48 msw) and perform decompression stops required in dives up to 15 minutes.


Trimix: This program is designed for those individuals already involved in deep diving activities, but is not intended to be used as an enticement to divers who are content to remain in Sport or EANx diving limits.

Trimix affords a safer means for deep-water exploration for divers who dive deep or perform with a clear head at depth. The Trimix Diver Program requires the diver to be self-sufficient/reliant. The knowledge and skills taught in this program are more than adequate to qualify divers to perform Trimix Dives outside of training up to 333 fsw.