One of the great things about diving is that there is always more to learn. Diving pulls from a variety of disciplines. Physiology, biology, technology, chemistry and a lot more have an impact on what divers can and cannot do. Diving is your hobby, so an interest to learn more about the knowledge that governs diving is present in most divers. Courses to be expert (in one field at a time) address that interest by providing knowledge and skills that go far beyond the content of “normal” diving courses. After completing several of these courses, you may qualify for the title "Master Scuba Diver". Ask your instructor for more information. The subjects are:
Oxygen first aid should be considered a must for all divers. If there is a diving related accident, it is likely that the oxygen supply of the body is affected. Providing additional oxygen as a first-aid measure will substantially increases chances of recovery. In this course you learn how.
If a compressor stops working, all diving stops. All diving professionals should know how to prevent that from happening. This course covers the functioning of compressors and Nitrox installations, the required maintenance and procedures that are to be followed during the filling of diving cylinders.
All divers use a dive computer to prevent decompression sickness. The problem with computers is that the calculations that are made for a dive are not visible. A lack of understanding of “what computers actually do” can lead to misinterpretation of data. In this course you learn what computers actually do.
Normal courses can only prepare for dives up to a depth of 30 metres. Beyond that point, several additional complicating factors start playing a role. Learning to deal with such complications is absolutely necessary before participating in dives between 30 and 40 metres and is covered in this training programme.
You enjoyment of the underwater world will increase even more when you “know what you see”. The naturalist course explains the relationships between organisms that you observe underwater and increase your general understanding of the environment. The course introduces you to several aspects that you can then explore further by yourself.
Finding things out is exiting. Gathering data and coming to appropriate conclusions requires you to follow procedures that are established for (scientific) research. This course teaches a simplified method that is based on the same procedures that are followed by scientists.
There are strong relationships between the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the underwater world. The Scuba-Eco programme provides you with insights on these relationships. Rather than looking at one aspect individually, this course is about how all aspects tie together.
The shortest way to go where you want to be and to get back requires you to navigate. Navigation is a requirement for participation is a whole range of activities. Search & recovery is not possible without. Photography works a lot better if you don’t waste time getting to the best spots, This course teaches you all you must know.
Things get lost underwater. Regardless if you want to take something you find by accident, or if you want to bring back the anchor you just lost, you will have to work with a lot of additional equipment. Dealing with lines and lift bags requires strict procedures. This course teaches how to get things out of the water in a save manner.
The equipment course covers the functioning and care from diving equipment in detail. This is important to make appropriate choices when buying new or additional equipment. The course goes in depth for the functioning of regulators, valves and inflators, which includes taking a look at all the parts inside these.
Light underwater is different from light on land. On land automatic features from cameras allow very nice pictures without much intervention from the user. Unfortunately this is not the case underwater. Some automatic functions actually ruin your pictures. In the automatic photography course you learn how to avoid that. The manual photography course is for the real enthusiasts.