Recreational Dive Courses

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over2000x15001North Carolina offers some amazing shore and wreck diving with the Graveyard of the Atlantic in our backyard. However, you need to learn the basics!  These recreational scuba lessons will have you gliding weightless through the water in no time!

Divin' Dawgs offers an array of scuba diving courses, and our instructors teach from various training agencies including: NAUI, IANTD and PADI.

Recreational Programs

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Supervised Diver

Supervised Diver

radio-300x225Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to provide basic training to those who wish to enter into SCUBA diving adventures within limited time.
  2. This Program qualifies a diver to dive to a maximum depth of 40 fsw (12 msw).
  3. Upon completion of this program, the diver may dive only under the direct supervision of a Dive Master, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor, at a maximum ratio of four (4) Supervised Divers per Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor, provided that the Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor will be capable of establishing physical contact with any Supervised Diver at all times during the dive.
  4. Supervised divers may only participate in diving activities where appropriate diver support is always available at the surface, and where in-water decompression stops are not required and under conditions that are equal or better than the conditions where they were trained.

Prerequisites:

Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a documented parent or legal guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without parent or legal guardian approval.

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Open Water Diver

Open Water Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to provide comprehensive training to those who wish to become SCUBA divers.
  2. This Program emphasizes the skills and knowledge needed to develop a safer novice diver and to develop a sense of confidence and responsibility in those joining the adventures of underwater discovery.
  3. This Program qualifies a diver to dive to a maximum depth of 70 fsw (21 msw) in open water, accompanied by other divers of at least the same level, without supervision of a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor. The diver can dive to a maximum depth of 100 fsw (30 msw) if they are guided or supervised dive by a dive master or instructor.
  4. This program qualifies a diver to participate in diving activities where Appropriate Diver Support is always available at the surface, where in-water decompression stops are not required, and under conditions that are equal or better than the conditions where they were trained. If diving in conditions significantly different from those previously experienced the diver shall require an appropriate orientation.
  5. Upon completion of the Open Water Nitrox Diver Program, the diver may dive any EANx mixture from Air to EAN 40.
  6. If accompanied by an Instructor, an OW Diver or OWND may gain progressive experience beyond these parameters and develop competency in managing more challenging diving conditions designed to lead to higher qualifications. Where further instruction is required, this can only be provided by an Instructor.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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Essentials Diver

Essentials Diver

radio-300x225Purpose:

  1. This mid-level Specialty Continuing Education Diver Program is designed to enable the certified diver to extend proficiency in the water and to review and put in practice the Essentials learned in any IANTD diver classes.
  2. These techniques and knowledge prepare a diver for more advanced recreational diving programs.
  3. The Essentials Diver course is recommended for all divers wishing to increase skill competency. This course does not provide a deeper diving qualification to the diver.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified as an IANTD Open Water Diver or any Entry Level Diver equivalent, or qualified as a Recreational Rebreather Diver.
  2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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Advanced Open Water Diver

Advanced Open Water Diver

specialty scuba diving coursesPurpose:

  1. This mid-level Continuing Education Program is designed to enable IANTD Open Water / Recreational Rebreather Divers to extend their proficiency in the water and to gain more supervised practical experience.
  2. This Program qualifies a diver to dive to a maximum depth of 100 fsw (30 msw).

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified IANTD Open Water / Recreational Rebreather Diver or any Entry Level Diver equivalent.
  2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum or 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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Open Water Sidemount Diver

Open Water Sidemount Diver

Purpose:

  1. Familiarize the diver with the techniques, equipment and mindset required for Side Mount diving.
  2. Enable divers to proficiently assemble and use Side Mount equipment.
  3. Teach divers the proper techniques to safely conduct dives that warrant the use of Side Mount equipment.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  2. Have a minimum of 25 logged dives.
  3. Be at least 18 years of age.
  4. Be proficient in buoyancy skills.

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Rescue Diver

Rescue Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to develop proficiency in self- and buddy-rescue.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified Advanced Open Water Diver in the discipline the student wishes to take (OC, SCR, CCR) or must provide
  2. Proof of a minimum of 10 logged dives.
  3. Must be qualified in Diving First Aid, Oxygen Administrator and CPR.
  4. AED certification is recommended.
  5. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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Deep Diver

Deep Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to provide responsible training to divers who plan to dive to a maximum of 130 fsw (39 msw) on air.
  2. The IANTD Deep Diver Program trains divers in skills, performance, theory and planning of deep dives. This Program remains within the commonly practiced depth of 130 fsw (39 msw), and is the first sanctioned international Program to provide proper training in safe deep diving skills and performance.
  3. It is recommended that this Program be taught in conjunction with the IANTD EANx Diver Program or the Recreational Trimix Diver Program or the IANTD Advanced EANx Diver Program.
  4. This program qualifies divers to dive to 130 fsw (39 msw).

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be qualified as an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 10 logged dives.
  3. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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EANx (Nitrox) Diver

EANx (Nitrox) Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to provide Sport Divers with a safer than air breathing medium for enjoying dives in the 40 to 130 fsw (12 to 39 msw) depth ranges. The diver may elect to dive the “mix” on EANx tables, or dive conservatively using air dive computers or air tables.
  2. The IANTD EANx Diver qualification may be taught as a single Program or combined with a variety of the IANTD Advanced or Specialty Diver Programs.
  3. The Program covers the use of EANx mixes in the range of 21% to a maximum of 40% oxygen.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified Open Water Diver.
  2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior Diver qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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Recreational Trimix Diver

Recreational Trimix Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to provide Sport Divers with a breathing medium for extending their dives to Sport Diving Depths by using ENDs in the 40 to 80 fsw (12 to 24 msw) depth ranges. The diver may elect to dive the “mix” on tables or computers.
  2. The IANTD Recreational Trimix Diver qualification may be taught as a single program or combined with a variety of the IANTD Advanced or Specialty Diver Programs.
  3. The program qualifies divers to do no-stop required dives using Recreational Trimix Gas mixtures to a depth of 130 fsw (39 msw).

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and EANx Diver or take the EANx Diver course in conjunction with the Recreational Trimix Diver course.
  2. (RB) Nitrox Diver not required if certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver on a rebreather.
  3. Must provide proof of a minimum of 15 logged dives.
  4. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.

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Specialty Courses

Specialty Diver course New Burn NC

Purpose:

  1. These Programs have been designed to provide qualified divers with specialty training in areas such as
    1. Night Diver
    2. Salvage Diver
    3. Wall Diver
    4. Dry Suit Diver
    5. Boat Diver
    6. Drift Diver
    7. Beach Diver
    8. Full Face Mask Diver
    9. and more

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified diver.
  2. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
  3. Other Prerequisites may apply as per the Program Outline approved in writing by the Training Director or designated Licensee Region’s representative.

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Master Diver

Master Diver

Purpose:

  1. This program has been designed to provide divers with the highest certification in the recreational level before entering the professional diving circle in teaching or in technical diving. Divers completing 5 IANTD Specialties or more may be eligible to apply for the Elite Diver Certification.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be an IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver.
  2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age or 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization.
  3. Must have 5 IANTD specialty certification or more.
    1. Core IANTD specialties for this certification are; Deep Diver, EANx Diver, Rescue Diver and Navigation Diver
    2. Other IANTD specialties divers can obtain are: Night Diver, DPV Diver, Underwater Photographer, Marine Ecology, Boat Diver, Salvage Diver, Drift Diver or other specialty training area.

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Open Water DPV Diver

Open Water DPV Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to provide training in the use of Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV’s) in Open Water. The purpose of this course is to expose divers to conservation concerns and ethical responsibilities that present themselves during DPV use either for touring, or exploration.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. (Age requirement can be waived for cause with notarized statement.)
  2. Must be qualified as IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) and have a minimum of 25 logged dives.

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Self-Sufficient Diver

Self-Sufficient Diver

Purpose:

  1. This Program have been designed to provide qualified divers with “self-supported – self-sufficient” training.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a qualified as IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  2. Must provide proof of a minimum of 15 logged dives.
  3. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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Diver First Aid

Diver First Aid

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to teach divers how to manage diving accidents and other injuries that may occur at a dive site.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
  2. No other for any program.

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Oxygen Administration

Oxygen Administration

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to teach people how to utilize and administer oxygen for dive accident management.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
  2. No other for any program.

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AED

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to teach people how to utilize an AED.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
  2. No other for any program.

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CPR

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to teach people how to perform CPR on people who are old enough to dive for dive accident management.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a minimum of 15 years of age with a parent or guardian authorization, or a minimum of 12 years of age for Junior qualification, or a minimum of 18 years of age without guardian approval.
  2. No other for any program.

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EANx (Nitrox) Blender

EANx (Nitrox) Blender

Purpose:

  1. This Program is designed to train competent personnel in the safe handling of oxygen and the preparation of EANx.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must have a need to become a blender (such as working for an EANx training or full service facility). If not affiliated with a facility must be a qualified Advanced EANx Diver and located in a remote area.
  2. Must be recommended by an IANTD Instructor or Facility.
  3. To be qualified to service specific brands or equipment for EANx use, the blender must be a Qualified Technician with the manufacturer of the equipment being serviced.

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