Specialty Courses

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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. Achieve a specialty rating or join the elite scuba diving expert ranks and become a Master Diver. 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 home study, academic review, and a pool session. Students must own their own BCD to complete this class.
Course cost: $150
North Liberty: Apr 11, Jun 19, Aug 14, Oct 16, Dec 18
Omaha: Feb 24, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 10, Jun 24, Jul 22, Aug 17, Sep 8, Oct 19, Nov 18, Dec 16
Springfield: Mar 25, May 11, Jul 27, Sep 17, Nov 23, Dec 14
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Enriched Air Nitrox

Learn how to have longer repetitive dive times with less nitrogen build up in your body. Includes home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $200
North Liberty: Apr 11, Jun 19, Aug 14, Oct 16, Dec 18
Omaha: Mar 24, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 29, Jul 29, Aug 26, Sep 30, Oct 28, Nov 30, Dec 14
Springfield: Mar 10, Apr 29, May 20, Jun 17, Jul 22, Aug 10, Sep 9, Oct 12, Nov 18, Dec 7
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Equipment Techniques

Learn how to fit, adjust, maintain, and make immediate small repairs to your scuba equipment. Includes home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $130
Omaha: Apr 13, Sep 9, Dec 7
Springfield: Mar 18, Jun 15, Sep 23, Dec 16
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Photo & Video

Learn to take consistent, quality underwater photos for diving memories that last a lifetime. Includes home study, academic review, and a pool session. Divers must own a digital underwater camera system.
Recommended prerequisite: Perfect Buoyancy
Course cost: $150
North Liberty: Mar 28
Omaha: Mar 27, Jul 24
Springfield: Apr 17
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Fish Identification

Learn the skills and concepts required to identify the common families of the Caribbean, Indo-Pacific, and Red Sea reef fish. Includes home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $150
Virtual: Mar 23, Jul 7, Jul 8
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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 home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $150
Virtual: Jun 8, Oct 19, Oct 29, Oct 30
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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 home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $150
Virtual: May 8, May 18
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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 home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $150
Virtual: Mar 2, Sep 29
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Manta & Ray Ecology

This program teaches you about the amazing variety of rays you can find in our oceans, how to recognize ray species by their unique physical characteristics and behaviors, and the vital role rays play in our ocean’s ecosystems. You will learn how to safely interact with rays, and why living animals are worth more to everyone. Includes home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $150
Virtual: Mar 3, Nov 29
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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 home-study and academic review.
Course cost: $150
Virtual: Jul 30, Aug 28, Aug 31, Dec 11, Dec 21
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Science of Diving

Learn about the theory behind decompression limits, the origins of tides, how to calculate air consumption formulas, and other dive theory topics. If you enjoy STEM, you’ll love this class. Includes home-study and multiple academic reviews.
Course cost: $300
Omaha: Jul 30-31
Virtual: Aug 17 & 19; Aug 27-29; Nov 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 28; Nov 8 & 10; Nov 12-14
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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 home-study and multiple academic reviews.
Course cost: $250
North Liberty: Apr 9-10; Jul 6, 8, 13, 15
Omaha: Apr 23-24; Jun 4-5; Aug 13-14
Springfield: Mar 12-13; Jun 10-11; Oct 5 & 7

Boat Diving

This course will introduce you to a variety of boat diving techniques, specialized equipment, equipment stowing, and more. Includes home study, academic review, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $175
Training dive: $25
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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 home study, academic review, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $225
Training dives: $75
North Liberty: Aug 7 & 21
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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 home study, academic review, and open water training dives. Divers must own an underwater compass.
Course cost: $175
Training dive: $25
North Liberty: May 20, Sep 12
Omaha: May 18, Jun 24, Oct 6
Springfield: May 27
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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 home study, academic review, and open water training dives. Divers must own underwater lights.
Course cost: $175
Training dive$25
North Liberty: May 20, Sep 12
Omaha: May 20, Aug 3, Oct 5
Springfield: May 25, Aug 26, Oct 1
Virtual: Mar 4
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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 home study, academic review, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $175
Training dive:
$25
North Liberty: Aug 7 & 21
Springfield: Apr 14
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Spearfishing Safety and Training

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 academic review, a pool session, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $225
Training dives: $75
Omaha: Jun 15
Springfield: Jun 29, Aug 24
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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 home study, academic review, and open water training dives.
Course cost: $175
Training dive: $25
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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 home study, academic review, a pool session, and open water training dives.
Recommended prerequisites: Navigation; Night & Limited Visibility
Course cost: $250
Training dives: $50
North Liberty: Jul 17 & Aug 21
Omaha: Aug 18
Springfield: Jul 16-17
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Dry Suit Diving

Dry suit diving gives you the opportunity to extend your diving to cold water environments. You’ll learn how to use and maintain your dry suit. Includes home study, academic review, a pool session, and open water training dives. Divers must own a dry suit.
Course cost: $250
Training dives: $50
Omaha: April 8 & 10; May 17 & 22; Oct 7 & 23-24
Springfield: Feb 26-27; Oct 26
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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 home study, academic review, a pool session, and open water training dives.
Required prerequisites: DEMP or First Aid, O2 and CPR certs
Recommended prerequisites: Perfect Buoyancy; Navigation; Night Diving & Limited Visibility; Search & Recovery; at least 24 dives
Course cost: $275
Training dives: $75
North Liberty: Apr 24 & 25; Aug 14-15
Omaha: Jun 18-20; Jul 16-18; Sep 17-19
Springfield: Jun 22 & 24; Jul 30-31; Sep 4-5
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