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Open Water Diver – June 5

June 5 - Orientation
June 8 - Classroom
June 9 - Classroom and Pool
June 10 - Pool

June 16 - Open Water dives in Lake Murray
June 17 - Open Water dives in Lake Jocassee

Who should take this course? If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with Columbia Scuba’s PADI Open Water Diver course.

What will you learn? The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches you the basics of diving and how to stay safe through knowledge development and practical training. The course consists of three main phases:

  Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles and theory of scuba diving.
  Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills in a pool or shallow, confined water.
  Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore the underwater environment!


Peak Performance Buoyancy – June 4, 2018


Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

What will you learn?

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:

  Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.

  Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.

  Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.

  Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical  or horizontal.

The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.


Night Diver – May 14, 2018

As the sun sets, you put on your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the jetty or boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve dove this spot many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night.

What You Learn

  • Night dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  • How to control your buoyancy at night
  • Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  • Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different


Advanced Open Water Diver – June 13, 2018

Exploration, excitement and experiences are what scuba diving is all about. The Advanced Open Water Diver course is designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your Columbia Scuba PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

What will you learn?

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During winter months, we usually teach Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search and Recovery and Drift Diver.


  During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving.

  The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

  The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.



Rescue Diver – June 6, 2018

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include: • Self-rescue • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers • Emergency management and equipment • Rescuing panicked divers • Rescuing unresponsive divers


Enriched Air Nitrox – June 11, 2018

If you want to learn how to increase your bottom time, this is the course for you!

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll: • Discuss managing oxygen exposure. • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank. • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.





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