course prerequisites

Training Prerequisites

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Altitude Scuba Diver Specialty course.

Age Requirements

The PADI Altitude Scuba Diver Course is for ages 10 Years and Older.

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Depth Restrictions After Certification

This PADI course does not increase your maximum depth rating. Standard depth restrictions apply.

Waivers and Liability Releases

all participants will need to have a completed set of liability releases signed and dated prior to any in water training. Note: Participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian signatures as well. No exceptions.

For this Course you will need the following releases:

1 PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document 10038

2 PADI Equipment rental release form

3 PADI Boat dive release form

Course Duration

The duration of this Course is 2 ½ days.The course is performance-based so we do not like to rush we want to make sure everyone is safe and fully understands the skills of the day. So there is a start time but never a set finish time.

Required PADI Course Materials None

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Get Your PADI Altitude Scuba Diver Course Certification Today.

Imagine descending below the surface of a clear mountain lake to explore a well-preserved wreck. Interested? Any time you scuba dive at an altitude higher than 300 metres/1000 feet above sea level, you're altitude diving. If you’re ready to discover a hidden world where few have ventured, then the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you.

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.

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.

Traditional Academics included with your course

You begin the academics in the comfort of your own home. Once you sign up for the course, you will receive all the academic materials needed to complete the home study portion of your course. To start your course you will watch The PADI Altitude Scuba Diver course video. This will get you ready for Your classroom session and the in water training portion of your class.

Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your first class session.

Optional PADI Online Academics

Unfortunately PADI does not Offer Online academics for this course yet. You and your instructor will schedule the time for you to come in and complete the academic portion of your training in the classroom.

Note: online academics is not available for ages 12 and under.

PADI Altitude Scuba Diver Training Dives

Open Water Training Dive 1 • 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 • 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.

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Required Equipment

At this level divers should have a complete set of personal SCUBA gear.

Don't panic if you need rental equipment we have it available for your class.

You will need the following equipment for this class Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD, Regulators, Dive computer, Thermal protection, Tanks and Weights. (We do not rent Thermal protection)

Additional required equipment for this class

For this class divers are required to have a Dive Computer.

If you would like to purchase your own equipment, we guarantee the best price in town and extended warranties on everything purchased from us. If you’re going to be a diver it is best to have your own personal gear for fit and comfort.

You should always purchase your SCUBA diving equipment from the dive center where you do your training. Your SCUBA instructor is definitely more qualified to make sure you select the proper equipment for your needs. Your instructor will also make sure your equipment is properly adjusted and ready for your class. Nobody beats our prices or customer service guaranteed.

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Note: new scuba diving equipment always requires minor adjustments and a safety inspection before it is used. If you purchased your scuba equipment online or from a third-party to use in our class and it has a malfunction or requires adjustments during your training you will have to pay an additional cost for those adjustments. Our minimum service charge is $45

We do not accept equipment that is unsafe or damaged to be usedin anyof our programs. If you have any questions on whether the equipment you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class for a free equipment evaluation. We service and repair Scuba equipment. Safety First!

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