Here are some brief descriptions for most of the classes we offer. Or click HERE to return to the main page.

Open water
Open Water Diver is the IDEA entry-level scuba certification course. It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills to scuba dive. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

Advanced open water
The purpose of the course is to increase knowledge, skills and experience of a diver. You will learn underwater navigation techniques and techniques for diving at night, in limited visibility and in deeper water. You will be introduced to special interest areas in diving such as underwater search and recovery.

Rescue Diver
Rescue diver training expands your knowledge of diving, increases your level of diving skills and makes you more aware of what is happening in the diving environment around you. As a rescue diver, you are trained to respond properly to diving emergencies. Certification as a rescue diver is also a prerequisite for the dive master rating, and the distinguished master scuba diver certification. Includes textbook and C-card.

Master Diver
The IDEA Master Diver program is part of the advanced educational program for sport divers. This program is offered to Advanced certified divers, to train in different specialty areas of diving. The advanced educational programs are designed for divers who wish to continue their scuba education but not pursue the professional levels. It is required that the diver complete five specialty courses one of which is Rescue Diver. The Master Diver must also complete the IDEA Dive Medic program or its equivalent and be certified in CPR.

Scuba Master
The Scuba Master program is a continuation in advanced education for the sport diver. Advanced education programs offer continuing education scuba courses for divers not interested in the professional level. It is important that the sport diver stay active and continue to develop their open water skills and classroom knowledge. Diver safety is important, the well trained active sport diver is a safe diver. To achieve this level the Advanced Diver must complete a total of ten specialty courses, Certified IDEA Dive Medic or its equivalent & be certified and current in CPR & Rescue.

Scuba Master Elite
The Scuba Master Elite certification is the final level of certification for the non professional sport diver. The certification package is to have completed a total of fifteen specialty courses. Complete a medical evaluation form, Dive Medic & CPR Certified, Complete the Scuba Master program. This certification is the most highly respected in the industry. Frankly Scuba Master Elite status is most coveted and many Instructors don't have the experience level as the non professional level. To achieve this level and then to go on as an Instructor makes for top notch sought after Instructor.

Dive Master
This course is an ojt situation that teaches you complete dive operations from compressor operation to supervising students to boating operations.

Assistant instructor
The Assistant Instructor program allows the aspiring Instructor candidate the opportunity to teach the various classroom sections - pool skills & open water checkouts - under the direct supervision & guidance of an instructor. This opportunity prepares the student to move up to Instructor with an easier transition than jumping from Dive master to Instructor.

Duane Meyer is our Regional Course Director. If you have wondered if you could enjoy your sport of diving and make money at the same time then you want to talk with Duane. Call and he will help you see if a professional career or avocation is for you.

Instructor Trainer
This workshop is for the instructor who has reached the level where he is ready to open his own shop or wants to create a staff under him. Paradise Dive Center can certify you to certify IDEA Instructors.

Diver Safety Assistant
The course of Diver safety Assistant is designed to train a non-diver (non diving friend, parent, etc.) to assist a diver in the event he was in trouble on the surface and needed assistance. The purpose of this specialty is to provide the non-diver with enough background knowledge of diving so as to enable that person to feel comfortable at the dive site, and to enable that person to render assistance when needed. It is not the intent of this course to provide diving certification. This course would be especially useful to the parents of Jr. Divers, and to husband/wife combinations where one dives and the other does not. In completing this program, these individuals will feel less "Left out" and more importantly, they will be able to aid the divers if the need should arise.

Underwater Navigation Specialty
Being able to travel underwater from point to point accurately saves time, air and energy. By understanding and being able to use your compass you will be able to locate an offshore rock or reef, a wreck, your exit point or return to your boat underwater. You will be able to plan and execute a safe, simple and rewarding dive. Knowing where you are underwater is a rewarding and secure feeling. The true test of an accomplished diver is the ability to relocate a dive spot by using fixes, and/or making a complete dive and finding the exit point without surfacing. This course is designed to establish a base of knowledge and skills, which are used throughout your continuing education program.

Basic Search & Recovery
"An action specialty, virtually invaluable to every diver."; could be the best way to describe the Search & Recovery Specialty. Since every time you enter the water, you are searching - for something to observe, catch, photograph or collect - the more you develop skills to assist you the more comfortable and successful you will be. Man enjoys the challenge of searching, finding and retrieving anything since it satisfies an inner need. Adding this skill to the already rewarding skills learned in your Open Water and Advanced Open Water Scuba Courses will expand your horizons and give you additional applications for diving. Since you never know when or where something will be lost in the water, it may be a good idea to be prepared. Just a few of the object that people lose in the water are: Prescription glasses, wallets, tools, anchors, boat motors, bicycles, weight belts......and the dream of all and ships. Completion of this specialty will prepare the Advanced diver to both plan and execute your own Search and Recovery operation. Come and join us in this action packed and fun program.

Advanced Search & Recovery
Advanced Search & Recovery takes up where the Basic Search & Recovery course leaves off. Advanced Search & Recovery students will study in depth all gas laws, diving physics and physiology and search & recovery techniques and skills. Students will gain a higher level of safety and skill required to dive and recover objects and artifacts at deeper depths and of larger size.

Artifact Diver
The Artifact Diver course is designed to be safe supervised introduction to artifact diving. It will place special emphasis on collecting and reporting artifact finds, terminology and how to identify types of artifacts. Lecture and water work will be done in proper identification of types of artifacts, approximate age of artifact, how to locate possible artifact locations and how to care for and protect your artifacts.

Boat Diver
The ease of boat diving and its accessibility to dive sites which cannot be reached from shore, draw all divers to boat diving trips. The exhilaration of traveling with a squadron of porpoise, observing whales spout, seeing flying fish skip across the waves can be an exciting addition to a boat diving trip. Finding clear water offshore for u/w photography, or the perfect reef loaded with lobster, fish, crabs or scallops asking to be placed in your goodie bay awaits you in boat diving. This course is designed to prepare the diver for safe, comfortable, and enjoyable boat diving whether from a small rubber boat, six pack boat or a large multi-day liveaboard. Boat diving expands the divers ability to explore and infinite number of new and exciting dive sites - easily. Good visibility and calm water awaits you.

Basic Underwater Photography
Capturing that special moment, sharing an experience with friends, proving you were actually there, remembering the excitement and fun are all reasons you take a camera along on your dives. With some simple techniques and practice you can be ready to capture those rare moments underwater, when the lobster comes out to meet you, the eagle ray glides by gracefully, a fish decides to befriend you, a sea lion treats you as a toy, or a whale puts on a show. It is the lament of many divers "Oh! If I only had a camera. You should have seen what just happened to me. No one will ever believe me." By the time you complete the Underwater Photography Course, you will be able to venture into the water and return with invaluable "prizes". Join us now for the fun and excitement of documenting your underwater experience.

Basic Underwater Video
Capturing that special moment, sharing an experience with friends, proving you were actually there, remembering the excitement and fun are all reasons why you should take a video camera along on your dives. With some simple techniques and practice you can be ready to capture those rare moments underwater when: the lobster comes to meet you, the eagle ray glides by gracefully, a fish decides to befriend you, a harbor seal treats you as a toy, or a whale puts on a show. It is the lament of many divers "Oh! If I only had captured that on a tape or disk. You should have seen what just happened to me. No one will ever believe me." By the time you complete the Underwater Video Course, you will be able to enter the water and capture the moments on tape or disk so you can relive the experience and share it with others. Join us now for the fun and excitement of documenting your underwater experiences.

Current (Swift & Drift) Water Diver
Moving water offers thrilling experiences to divers who know how to "Go with the flow". Drifting in an envelope of water while the scenery passes by can be a truly spiritual experience for the experienced Drift Diver. Planning to take advantage of moving water allows you to expend a minimum of energy and conserve air - thereby getting more out of the dive. In many areas of the world, the only types of diving which are done are drift dives, and as you begin to expand your exploration of innerspace you will need drift diving skills to safely enjoy this exciting aspect of diving.

Limited Visibility Diver
Limited Visibility Diver is an introduction to diving in conditions of silted water or dark water. Limited visibility training is beneficial to have in other types of specialty areas such as collector, artifact, search & recovery and salvage. The diver will be trained to deal with little or no visibility, to enter and exit from dark water, to use safety lines. The proper use of diving equipment in dark water conditions and the use of safety precautions will be taught.

Night Diver
Night Diver is designed to introduce the experienced advanced openwater diver to night diving. It has special emphasis on diving safely at night and making dives to a maximum depth of 60 feet with ideal conditions. Students will be instructed in the use of site entry and exit, lights and the use of chemical lights. Night diving is one of the most exciting and rewarding activities of the diver. Many new divers find the idea of night diving scary but once you have learned the techniques and safety involved in a night dive the spectacular array of nocturnal creatures that unfold before your eyes makes this one of the most desirable activities. Lobster hunting or playing with the bioluminescence......this is fun! This course is to prepare the diver to dive safely at night and includes the planning and preparation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of night diving. The following topics are covered in the course; dive lights, navigation, buddy system techniques, buoyancy control, communications, disorientation, and nocturnal aquatic life. There is minimum of three dives for this course. The Advanced Open Water night dive may constitute one of the required dives for this specialty.

Deep Diver
Every diver who ever expects to dive over 60 feet should be Deep Diver Certified. This course is designed to develop the specific knowledge, attitude and skills required to plan and execute safe deep dives. This program should be a prerequisite to any training program over 60 feet, i.e., Photography, Wreck, Search & Recovery, Research, etc. Note: All Divers should take this specialty program based on the in-depth instruction that the Physics & Physiology and the safe diving techniques experienced. The main emphasis during the diving should be using proper techniques for descents and ascents, monitoring the gauges and logging the information: awareness.

Kelp Diving
The beauty of fluid motion is constantly apparent when we dive in the kelp. Gliding effortlessly through the forests of the sea, with the sensation of weightlessness is a spiritual experience. Enjoying Mother Nature in one of the truly prolific areas of the world is possible once you have developed the proper knowledge, attitude and skill. Having the confidence to venture into, utilize and appreciate the algae's whenever you go diving will be a direct result of completing the Kelp Diving workshop. The proper techniques for moving up, down, through and around algae's without getting tangled or disturbing the environment will be integrated with learning about the algae ecosystem. Expect Mother Nature to put on a show, enter a kelp bed and stand by for one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of your diving career.

High Altitude Diving
Beautiful scenery, clear skies, Mother Nature at her best - and you with the knowledge and sill to explore where others have never been. ALTITUDE DIVING - expands you opportunities to enjoy a totally different environment - safely. Exploring a submerged town, searching for a lost outboard motor, collecting fishing lures are all diving pastimes available in high altitude lakes. Providing a meal of fresh fish (Caught with hook and line underwater), crawdads, clams or mussels for your friends would leave a lasting impression. The excitement of locating favorite hang-outs for the linkers and then feeding them. Learning what fish eat and how they react to bait would make you a better fisherman. The knowledge that wherever you go you can enjoy your chosen recreation - SCUBA diving - expands you ability to enjoy what the earth/water have to offer. This course is designed to instruct the diver in technique, concepts, and problems associated with high altitude diving.

Equipment Specialist
SCUBA - HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO ENTER A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT, SURVIVE AND PERFORM FEATS OF WONDER. Since diving is an equipment intensive recreational activity, we have designed this equipment specialty program to help make you an aware consumer by providing you with information on the benefits, features, application, personal requirements and environmental consideration for the selection of the full range of SCUBA diving equipment. Well chosen and maintained equipment allows you to enjoy with confidence and comfort you experiences underwater. Care, maintenance, service and repair is critical to this equipment's longevity and your continued enjoyment of diving as well as to protect your investment. Come join us for the fun filled exploration of the world of SCUBA diving equipment and accessories. Learn how to properly maintain and learn to be a knowledgeable consumer when it comes to the purchase & repair of your equipment. Observe a regulator being completely dismantled and rebuilt......observe a BCD power inflator mechanism being serviced. Bring in your own equipment for hands on proper cleaning demonstrations Plus lots of extra inside tips to understand this stuff.

Oxygen Provider
Our DAN (Diver's Alert Network) Oxygen Provider Course is a 4 hour course incorporating a review of the causes, symptoms and treatment of a number of diving accidents along with the appropriate methods of oxygen administration. This course is primarily a hands-on experience with the different types of oxygen mask options to fit various scenarios. By the end of the course you will be able to recognize a dive accident and administer oxygen appropriately.

Nitrox Diver
This workshop prepares the advanced diver for safer diving with longer bottom times. Not for deep diving as commonly misunderstood. NITROX is a safer form of mixed gas diving that reduces the possibility of decompression sickness significantly. Many divers report they feel refreshed and rejuvenated after NITROX diving. Includes textbook and certification.

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