Dive Specialities

Catalina Scuba Luv
Dive Specialities

Specialties are a great way to hone in your skills and direct your training at your specific points of interest. These classes and programs are specifically catered to your goals and desires.

The tuition is based on two participants in each class. For any class with fewer than two students private fees apply. Each specialty requires a varying amount of diving. The private fee is calculated at $20.00 per training session.

Boat Diver Specialty

Knowing how to dive off of boats is an integral part of the dive experience. Proper boat diving etiquette includes: proper equipment storage and conduct, common boat terminology, specific and local boat diving laws and ordinances, and an overview of emergency and safety equipment needed on private boats.

Course includes two dives and requires about two to three hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $70 plus PADI PIC Registration* plus Day of Boat Diving on the Scrambler (Please call for boat pricing)

Deep Diver Specialty

The deep diver specialty is one of the quintessentially most important specialty courses for any diver. In this course you will learn about possible complications associated with depths 60-130 feet, deep dive planning, and other procedures and techniques for deep dives. This course is amazing on its own and also serves as a great first step towards technical diving.

Course includes four dives and requires about six to eight hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $300.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Drysuit Diver

Though water covers more than three-fourths of the earth, less than 10 percent of that water is a balmy 75 degrees year-round. Diving dry makes the other 90 percent of the water possible and pleasurable whenever you want. Making the transition from wet to dry can make even the most experienced diver a little wobbly at first, but with a little training followed by hands on experience, diving dry opens up a whole new realm of diving possibilities.

Course includes two dives and requires about six to eight hours of theoretical training

Does not include dry suit rental- Please call for suggestions on where to rent dry suit

Course Fee: $180 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Enriched Air Diver

Finish your dive with more energy, less nitrogen absorption, and more no-decompression time at various depths thanks to enriched air. In this course, you will learn the theories and principles associated with diving mixed gases. Also, this is one of the few courses that can be done simultaneously with almost any other certification.

Course includes two dives and about four to eight hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $120 plus PADI PIC Registration*

 

Gas Blender

This course provides training in the hazards, handling, and equipment requirements for properly blending enriched air (Nitrox). Learn the ins and outs of different blending systems from partial pressure blending to continuous systems.

  • Course includes four to eight hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $250 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Navigation Specialty

It is always nice to know where you are as well as where you are going, especially underwater. During this course, you’ll learn underwater navigation procedures, techniques, planning, organization, and potential problems. This course utilizes both compass and natural navigation techniques including recognition of underwater patterns and distance estimation.

  • Course includes three dives and requires about four to six hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $225.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Night Diver Specialty

No matter how many times you’ve visited a site, things are always different after dark. In this course divers learn how to plan their night dives, accounting for different procedures, techniques, and potential problems. In addition, learn how to navigate and communicate when the sun is down.

Course includes three dives and requires about four to six hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $250.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

 

 

*PADI PIC Registration costs ~$35, but is subject to change per PADI

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty

Nothing seems to be worse than a dive spent bouncing off the bottom, constantly adding and releasing air from your BCD. When your buoyancy is finely tuned you can extend your bottom time by reducing your air consumption as well as extend the life of your dive equipment. In this course your instructor will use Basic Weighting Guidelines to determine the correct amount of weight necessary followed by trim readjustment to find out how you are most comfortably weighted.

  • Course includes two dives and requires about four to six hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $140.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Underwater Naturalist Specialty

To the untrained eye a fish is simply a fish and kelp is just seaweed. In the underwater naturalist course you will learn the techniques in marine life recognition and identification as well as how to develop safe and responsible aquatic life interactions. You’ll also get an overview of the major aquatic life groupings, and behavioral habits.

  • Course includes two dives and requires about four to eight hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $140.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Digital Underwater Specialist

Arguably one of the most rewarding aspects of diving are the memories of the beautiful world that exist just below the surface. There is no better way to cement those memories than through photographs. In this course you’ll learn basic underwater photography skills including; composition, proper lighting, refraction, camera handling and care, and other practical techniques.

  • Course includes two dives and requires about ten to twelve hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $270.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Underwater Videographer Specialist

Take home-videos to the next level with underwater videography. In this course you will learn about selecting, maintaining, and caring for your underwater video equipment as well as safe diving practices while using your video camera. In addition, you’ll learn the fundamentals of underwater videography including exposure, focus, shot types, moves, story line, and shot sequencing.

  • Course includes three dives and requires about ten to twelve hours of theoretical training

Course Fee: $370.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Equipment Specialist

Learn the ins and outs of your underwater life-safety equipment. This program will enlighten you in how all gear works and the simple techniques of maintenance and service. This program is also key in making purchasing decisions.

Course Fee: $270.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Emergency First Responder (CPR and First Aid)

Learn the basic skills of first aid and C.P.R. You will learn these skills in a diving-dedicated program. First responder programs are required for all PADI courses beyond Advanced Open Water.

Course Fee: $95.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Search & Recovery Diver

This course is designed to teach you how to locate missing or lost items on the bottom by deploying the proper search pattern and implementing proper lifting techniques from depth to the surface safely. This program strengthens the rescue techniques and salvage encounters of divers working on environmental recovery.

Course Fee: $270.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Sidemount

Learn the technique of diving multiple bottles in a stream-line profile and reduce the cumbersome use of doubles. This technique is preferred by cave divers and wreck divers. Traveling using sidemount is the way to go!

Course Fee: $399.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Full Face Mask

Learn the basics of full face mask diving. Add the comfort of communication devices and environmental protection. This program is designed for the diver that intends to enter public safety, scientific diving or those that are doing forms of commercial diving.

Course Fee: $299.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Self-Reliant Diver(Solo)

Don’t get stuck with that random dive buddy aboard the dive boat. Hone your skills to be completely safe on your own. We all have learned that diving alone is frowned upon, but the solo program teaches you how to be one hundred percent reliant on your own skills and not buddy dependent.

Course Fee: $299.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Public Safety Diver

Learn the basic skills required by public safety dive team personnel and proper procedure and planning techniques of an underwater team event. Search, rescue and recovery techniques are the focus of this program.

Course Fee: $399.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Wreck Diver Specialty

The Wreck Diver Specialty is designed to enhance multiple dive skills in the wreck environment: wreck research, planning, techniques, and safe entry and exit. Our dive park has several, small wrecks to sharpen these skills. Many wrecks world-wide offer great exploration and marine life interaction.

Course Fee: $270.00 plus PADI PIC Registration*

Catalina Scuba LUV

126 Catalina Avenue,

Avalon, CA 90704

Phone. 310-510-2350

Email. scubaluvcatalina@att.net