PADI Altitude Scuba Diver Course

Course Introduction

If you’ve ever been interested in exploring Mountain Lakes, than the PADI Altitude Scuba Diver is the course for you. You’ll learn how to scuba dive safely at altitudes approaching 10,000 feet or 3000 meters. Altitude scuba diving is challenging and requires experience and planning.

The PADI Altitude Scuba Diver course can be conducted at sea level. In this case altitudes will be simulated in order to accomplish the prerequisites for the course.

The purpose of the Altitude Diver specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of diving at altitudes between 300 meters/1000 feet and 3000 meters/10,000 feet using the Recreational Dive Planner. Training should emphasize fun and safety.

The goals of Altitude Diver training are:
A. To develop the student’s theoretical knowledge of altitude diving.

B. To enable the student to safely plan, organize and execute no-decompression dives at altitudes up to 3000 meters/10,000 feet.

C. To improve the student’s diving abilities and skills while supervised.


Course Overview

This course covers the knowledge, skills and techniques for altitude diving. The following is included in the PADI Altitude Diver course:
1. Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of altitude diving.

2. Special Recreational Dive Planner procedures that must be followed when diving at altitudes above 300 meters/1000 feet.

3. Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures.

4. Special equipment, descent lines and buoyancy control considerations.

5. Limited visibility diving and underwater navigation techniques.

6. Overview of the physical aspects of the fresh water, altitude aquatic environment.

7. Cause, signs, symptoms, and prevention of hypoxia and hypothermia while altitude diving.



The PADI Altitude Diver Course begin with independent study and knowledge development. Students using dive computers must familiarize themselves with their computer operation and bring their operations manual with them to class. Students will begin by reading the recreational dive planner manual and completing all practice exercises in the book even if you're using a computer. Then Students will read and complete all knowledge reviews provided by the instructor. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session.


Open Water Training Dives

Open Water Training Dive 1
By the end of this dive, you will be able to:
• Calculate a no-decompression profile for the theoretical depth and altitude at which the dive will take place, using the Recreational Dive Planner.
• Execute a descent using a reference as a tactile or visual guide (line or sloping bottom).
• Compare a depth gauge to the instructor’s and/or other student diver’s depth gauges.
• Use a depth gauge and timing device (or dive computer) to measure an ascent rate that is not faster than 9 meters/30 feet per minute.
• Perform an ascent using a reference as a tactile or visual guide (line or sloping bottom).
• Perform at least a three-minute safety stop at a theoretical depth of 5 meters/15 feet before surfacing.

Open Water Training Dive 2
By the end of this dive, you will be able to:
• Calculate and plan a no decompression profile for the theoretical depth and altitude at which the dive will take place, using the Recreational Dive Planner.
• Apply the skills and knowledge developed in the academic session and first open water training dive.

    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 24 hours typically conducted over 2 to 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.


    Recommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

    Click here for more information on PADI Eriched Diver Course.

Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.


    Age requirements

    PADI Minimum Age Requirement is 10 years old.

    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth is 30 meters/100 feet and for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) the maximum depth is 21 meters/70 feet.


    required Books

    eRDPML or RDP table

    If students are going to be using enriched air in this course, you will need to bring your enriched air tables, oxygen exposure table and equivalent air depth table to class.


    required equipment

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).

    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.


    All Students Are Required to Have a Dive Computer or Dive Watch for all courses.


    waivers and liability releases

    All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training. Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.


    This certification means you will be qualified to:
    • Plan, organize, make and log open water dives made to a maximum altitude of 3000 meters/10,000 feet using the RDP, in conditions generally comparable to or better than the conditions you were trained in.

    • Apply for the rating of Master Scuba Diver if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) and PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) with certification in four other PADI Specialty ratings (in addition to Altitude Diver).

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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    We offer private lessons seven days a week. Sign up today and start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk

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