Specialty Courses

Take your diving to the next level

Build your diving knowledge with our specialty and advanced scuba courses. Our wide variety of specialty scuba lessons are designed to help you improve the quality and enjoyment of your dives, plus learn new skills to expand the type of diving you can do. You can expect personalized training from dive professionals that have received the highest level of recreational dive training certification and logged over 50,000 hours diving.

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Perfect Buoyancy

Buoyancy control is one of the most important skills for a diver to learn. Includes online training materials, a class session and a pool session. Students must own their own BCD to complete this class.
Course cost: $130
North Liberty: Nov 16
Omaha:
 Nov 24
Springfield: Dec 5
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Enriched Air Nitrox

Learn how to have longer repetitive dive times with less nitrogen build up in your body. Includes online training materials and a class session.
Course cost: $150
Omaha: Dec 10
Springfield: Nov 14, Dec 19
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Equipment Techniques

Learn how to fit, adjust, maintain and make immediate small repairs to your scuba equipment. Includes online training materials and a class session.
Course cost: $130
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Spearfishing

Learn the etiquette and ethics of spearfishing, plus safety procedures, and an intro to spearfishing equipment – how to select, use and maintain your gear. The class also covers underwater hunting techniques. Includes a class session and a pool session.
Course cost: $70
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Photo & Video

Learn to take consistent, quality underwater photos for diving memories that last a lifetime. Includes online training materials, a class session and a pool session. Divers must own a digital underwater camera system.
Recommended prerequisite: Perfect Buoyancy
Course cost: $190
North Liberty: Dec 8
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Fish Identification

Learn the skills and concepts required to identify the common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific and Red Sea reef fish. Includes online training materials and a class session.
Course cost: $105
Omaha: Nov 29
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Coral Identification

Learn the skills and concepts required to recognize and identify common families of coral species and their role in the ocean’s ecosystems. Includes online training materials and a class session.
Course cost: $105
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Marine Ecology

You’ll get a general understanding of the complex and exciting science of marine ecology, the study of how organisms interact with each other and the environment, the flow of energy through communities, and the link between ocean ecosystems. Includes online training materials and a class session.
Course cost: $105
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Sea Turtle Ecology

Learn the skills and concepts required to recognize and identify common species of sea turtles, plus their history and role in marine ecosystems, and threats to their survival. Includes online training materials and a class session.
Course cost: $105
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Shark Ecology

Whether sharks fascinate you or make you a little nervous, this class is a great way to learn what is fact and what is fiction. Learn how sharks and their behavior are often misunderstood and how you can safely observe them in their natural habitat. Includes online training materials and a class session.
Course cost: $105
Springfield: Nov 13
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Science of Diving

Learn about diving physics, diving physiology, decompression theory, the components of a total diving systems and the aquatic environment. Includes online training materials and multiple class sessions.
Course cost: $280
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React Right

SSI’s emergency training program. You’ll learn primary assessment, first aid and CPR skills, primary stabilization techniques, oxygen administration in diving emergencies, and AED basics. Includes online training and multiple class sessions. North Liberty only.
Course cost: $225
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First Aid/CPR/AED and O2

In this Red Cross training, you will learn how to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. Also administering emergency oxygen. Springfield only.
Course cost: $150
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DEMP

DAN’s Diving Emergency Management Provider program prepares you to handle multifaceted accidents with confidence. You will learn CPR and first aid, neurological assessment, emergency oxygen for diving injuries, and first aid for hazardous marine life injuries. Includes online training and multiple class sessions. Omaha only.
Course cost: $225
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Boat Diving

This course will introduce you to a variety of boat diving techniques, specialized equipment, equipment stowing and more. Includes online training materials, a class session, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $130
Training dives: $50*
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Deep Diving

Dive to 130 feet in places where only a few have explored before. Learn about descent lines, high performance regulators, heavier lift BCs, backup tanks and more. Includes online training materials, a class session, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $130
Training dives: $50*
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Navigation

Learn how to navigate with a compass, estimate distances, identify marking points, return to the exit point and more. Includes online training materials, a class session, and open water training dives. Divers must own an underwater compass.
Course cost: $130
Training dives: $50*
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Night Diving & Limited Visibility

When the sun goes down, there’s a whole different side of the underwater world. Learn specialty equipment and communication skills. Includes online training materials, a class session, and open water training dives. Divers must own underwater lights.
Course cost: $130
Training dives: $50*
Springfield: Dec 14
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Wreck Diving

Explore shipwrecks firsthand. Learn how to get the most out of each wreck dive with proper techniques, research, and how to locate wrecks. Includes online training materials, a class session, a pool session, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $130
Training dives:
$50*
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Waves, Tides & Currents

Learn the skills and knowledge required to conduct dives from shore, in currents, and in different types of waves. Plus, how water motion can affect your diving experience. Includes online training materials, a class session, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $105
Training dives: $50*
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Search & Recovery

Learn proper search patterns, how to handle lift bags and to bring heavy objects securely to the surface. Includes online training materials, a class session, a pool session, and open water training dives.
Recommended prerequisites: Navigation; Night & Limited Visibility
Course cost: $230
Training dives: $50*
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Dry Suit Diving

Drysuit diving gives you the opportunity to extend your diving to cold water environments. You’ll learn how to use and maintain your drysuit. Includes online training materials, a class session, a pool session, and open water training dives. Divers must own a drysuit.
Course cost: $235
Training dives: $50*
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Diver Stress & Rescue

Learn accident prevention, how to avoid, recognize and solve problems on land or under the water, and rescue skills. Includes online training materials, a class session, a pool session, and open water training dives.
Required prerequisites: DEMP or First Aid, O2 and CPR certs
Recommended prerequisites: Perfect Buoyancy; Navigation; Night & Limited Visibility; Search & Recovery; at least 24 dives
Course cost: $255
Training dives: $50*
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*Please note: Table Rock Lake open water training dives include an additional $55 charge for the cost of a boat lake dive.

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