Adventure Diver...The PADI Adventure Diver course helps you get more out of diving by introducing you to new types of scuba diving adventures. Its a great opportunity to work with your instructor to build your scuba diving skills and gain more confidence. That's what the PADI Adventure Diver course is all about. And no, you don't have to be advanced to take it it.  Designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor. This course builds on what you've learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving. Here's your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more comfortable in the water, strengthening your underwater skills, gain more confidence while letting you enjoy diving more than ever. After your PADI Adventure Diver certification you can take the next step by completing two more adventure dives. If you've completed five total adventure dives that include deep and navigation, you're a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

What do I need to start? PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) Minimum age: 15 years old (10 for PADI Junior Adventure Diver). The PADI Adventure Diving Student Kit.

What will I do? This certification includes any three of the following Adventure Dives.

♦ Altitude Diver
AWARE-Fish Identification
Boat Diver
Digital Underwater Photography
Dry Suit Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Underwater Naturalist
Underwater Navigator 

Additional Adventure Dives available to divers 12 years of age and older
Deep Diver
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
♦ Drift Diver
Multilevel Diver
Night Diver
Search and Recovery Diver

♦ Underwater Videography
Wreck Diver

How long will it take? You can complete the three dives over one day or take the whole summer to get in the three. The pace is up to you. (Program Schedule)


Advanced Open Water....Why Advanced Open Water Diver? After your five dives, you'll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.

What do I need to start? PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver). The PADI Adventure in Diving Student Kit. 

What will I do? This certification includes five Adventure Dives (only 2 more dives if your Adventure Diver certified), including the Deep Dive, the Underwater Navigator Dive and three of the following: (STSC can offer any program with a - ♦)


How long will it take? You can complete the program in as little as 2 days. However the pace is up to you.   (Program Schedule)

Where can I go from here? PADI Advanced Open Water Divers at least 15 years of age can enroll in PADI Wreck or Deep Diver Specialty courses and continue on to the PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver course. The PADI Adventure Diver can be credited towards the Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Specialty Diver Certification... Are you interested in a particular type of diving but don't want to be tied down doing things you have no interest in?  Then maybe you should consider a PADI Specialty Course.  Through the knowledge and experience of your instructor, you can get going in the right direction from the start. Some programs like Equipment Specialist have no dives while others are completed in two - four dives.  (Program Schedule)

PADI Master Scuba Diver... Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. Live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world like never before. Do it by becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver – a rating that puts you in a class of distinction. You earn it by diving it, writing your ticket to endless adventure through the experience and training that set you apart as a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you've reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you've acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

♦ Minimum Number of Logged Dives: 50
♦ Minimum qualifications: PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization), 12 years old, five PADI Specialty Diver certifications


Training vs. Learning

Editors of DIVE TRAINING magazine have joined a new concept that is spreading through the diving community. They have changed the slogan at the bottom of each left- page from "A Good Diver Is Always Training "to "A Good Diver Is Always Learning".
Why the shift from training? The difference between the two words is more than semantics. The dictionary gives a clue. Training is defined as "making or becoming proficient through specialized practice, "while learning is, "gaining knowledge, comprehension, or mastery through experience or study." The difference in terms, while subtle, is very important. Training generally connotes practice, doing something to hone and improve skills. Just as an athlete is trained by a coach to do a skill over and over, the diver is trained by the instructor who explains and demonstrates skills to be learned, and then the diver and a buddy practice until they reach proficiency.
Learning, on the other hand, implies a broader, more comprehensive acquisition of skills and knowledge. It is as much an internal, intellectual process as it is physical training, and is achieved only through the cooperative efforts of both the teacher and the student. A student cannot learn without the guidance of a teacher, and an instructor cannot teach unless the student is open to learning.
We all know people who have had many, many hours, even years of training, and proudly display enough certificates and c-cards to have cleared an entire forest. Yet some are marginal- to- incompetent divers, thus proving that training does not translate into learning.
We in the diving community are fortunate to have an outstanding support structure in the learning process. Resources like dive magazines are important tools to aid in this process. However, how we use the tool will control what is achieved as a result of use of the tool.
That's where your local dive center comes to play. Dive centers and their staffs of professionals make learning happen. Whether it is studying advanced diving techniques, talking to knowledgeable staff regarding equipment, or practicing skills to the point of mastery, the dive center is where the rubber truly meets the road-where training becomes learning. The dive center's crucial role in diving education is the reason for dive magazines unequivocal support of your local dive center.
Stop by your dive center this week to see what learning opportunities await you. And remember , a good diver is not always just training, "A Good Diver Is Always Learning!"

Scuba Review...Are you a certified diver, but haven't been in the water lately? Are you looking to refresh your dive skills and knowledge? Are you a PADI Scuba Diver or referral student diver and want to earn your PADI Open Water Diver certification? If you answered yes to any of these questions then PADI Scuba Review is for you.
What do I need to start?
♦ Hold a scuba certification or be enrolled in a scuba certification course
♦ Minimum age: 10 years old
What will I do?
♦ First, you'll review the safety information you learned during your initial training
♦ Then, you head to confined water to practice some of the fundamental scuba skills.
♦ There's also an optional supervised open water dive.
♦ It takes a few hours to a full day
What will I need?
♦ PADI Scuba Tune-up guidebook