Scuba Diving Specialities
In this part of Scuba Diving Point you will find articles concerning various dive specialities, such as wreck diving and deep diving. Participating in a specialised dive course can make it possible for you to enjoy deeper dives, use special forms of equipment, safely venture into caves and wrecks and so on. A peak performance buoyancy course will increase your overall scuba diving capacity when it comes to controlling yourself in the water, while ecology courses will increase your knowledge about the world you are visiting.
Even if you are an experienced diver, it is highly advisable that you participate in specialized dive courses before your perform certain underwater activities. It is for instance tempting to believe that since you are a skilled scuba diver, you will automatically be able to perform a safe wreck dive. This is however not the case, and overestimating you own capacity can lead to dangerous situations for you and for your dive buddy. In many cases you will not be allowed to rent the necessary equipment unless you can show that you have participated in the applicable dive specialities course. If you want to get tanks filled with enriched air nitrox (EANx), you will for instance often need to show proof of having completed a nitrox course.
Examples of dive specialities listed by the two main dive organisations, PADI and NAUI, are dry suit diving, ice diving, deep diving, enriched air nitrox (EANx) diving, semi-closed rebreather dives, underwater navigation, rescue diving, search and recovery diving, dive propulsion vehicle diving, drift diving, multilevel diving, night diving and peak performance buoyancy. Depending on your individual interests and preferences, you can specialize in wreck diving, underwater archaeology, underwater photography and videography, underwater hunting and collecting, cave diving, altitude diving, shark diving and much more. There are biotope courses that focus on certain ecosystems, such as coral reefs or kelp forests, and environmental courses that incorporate oceanography, limnology, geology, biology and many other subjects that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the underwater environment.
Dive schools that offer PADI or NAUI certification are not limited to the specialities mentioned above; they can hold other courses as well and teach other dive specialities. There are also several smaller dive organisations in addition to PADI and NAUI that offers a broad selection of courses for those interested in learning dive specialities. Examples of such organisations are SSI (Scuba Schools International), SAA (Sub-Aqua Association) and BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club).
Dive specialities can be carried out by recreational divers as well as by professional ones. Some professional divers are thought dive specialities by their employers, and can for instance be trained to dive in environments were radioactive material is present. If you want to find out more about professional diving and diving that tend to be beyond the scope of recreational divers, simply jump to the category named professional diving here at Scuba Diving Point.