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Beyond Open Water Certification

Earning your Open Water Diver Certification is an accomplishment to be proud of. But it is also just the first of many dive training steps you can take.

Specialty courses exist for just about any dive related topic you can think of, but they have several things in common:

  • They give you more in depth knowledge about the topics that interest you most.
  • They give you more time with an instructor who is keen to share their knowledge.
  • They lead to your becoming a more confident and therefore more  competent diver.

Listed below are the PADI Specialites offered by the Instructors at Go West Diving.  Specialties vary in price depending on the number of days involved, with one or two days being the norm, and whether the dives involve shore diving or boat diving.

Please contact us for pricing, details and availability of instructors for the following:

Aware Coral Reef Conservation

Knowing that it will take a collective human effort to save the coral reefs on our planet makes this a must-do course for everyone. While we are discussing how you can save corals underwater, we will show you examples of coral nurseries, and give you extra information on how many different kinds of corals we have. Isn’t that amazing?

Boat Diver

Portside, Starbord, Pantry and Stern…. These are just a few words you might have heard of in your life near the water. But do you also know what they mean? Or is it just some slang that only the captain should know? Knowing the boat you are on, will make your dive safer. Not all of the do’s and don’ts of boat diving are obvious. Neither is boat diving etiquette!  So we’ll go over everything from pre-boarding through to waving the captain goodbye. You’ll enjoy your boat diving experience more – as will your boat-mates!

Deep Diver

Whenever you think that being deep isn’t deep enough, the Deep Diver specialty will help you go deeper than ever! Going to the maximum depth of 40 meters / 130 feet you will see what it is like to be on the “edge” of recreational diving. For those interested going beyond and learning tec-diving, this will be you entry “to the other side.”

DSMB (Delayed Surface Marker Buoy) Diver

You’ve heard it’s a good idea to dive with a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, and plan to get one for your next dive trip.  Great thinking!  But this is one piece of safety equipment that potentially lead to trouble instead of saving trouble, if not properly understood.  Have a look…the YouTube video says it all!

Emergency Oxygen Provider

Do you know how to react properly in a (scuba) diving accident? Or just when someone on board of an airplane gets respiratory difficulties? With our course on Emergency Oxygen you will know exactly how to handle the situation! You will know what kind of solutions will be there, and be ready to help.

Equipment Specialist

Standing near the waterside, you notice that your buddy has problems with his regulator. Luckily, you have a spare gear kit with you. What you have in it, is all up to you! You know exactly what you will need and you will get the possibility to solve problems just before they occur.
Are you done diving for a while? You know exactly how to take care of your gear after each dive!

Fish ID Diver

Didn’t you ever have that feeling that you knew a fish’s name, but it’s just on the tip of your tongue and it won’t come out? Not anymore! After taking your Fish Identification class, you know how to put fish in the different classes, and you will be able to show the world what you know about your favorite fish!

Full Face Mask Diver

Sometimes diving with a regular diving mask is just not enough. You want to have a dry face, or just be able to breathe through your nose. None of which was possible until the invention of Full Face Masks!  Start your underwater nose-breathing adventure today with us!

Invasive Lionfish Tracker

Help save the reefs by catching and eating the most invasive species in our beautiful Caribbean waters! Know what a lionfish eats, know how he thinks, (that’s pretty easy….) and how to GRILL them! This all is just one day away, and you can learn how to save and protect the reefs in your favorite holiday destination!

Night Diver

Is diving at night more interesting than diving during daytime, where you have to work all day? Or is nighttime just more convenient for you? Take your Night Diver specialty course today, and we will show you how you can prepare a single night dive, or a whole week of night and day diving!

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Floating like astronauts… Isn’t that one of the reasons why you became a scuba diver? During this one day course, we will drill you to perfection! Know exactly how much weights you will need, where to place it and you will notice that your air consumption will go down as well! And that is what every scuba diver wants, right?

Project AWARE

Project AWARE’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.

Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world should take this course. There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this non-diving specialty.

RNLI Diver Sea Survival

Being a diver in open water might not always be as simple as it is… If you don’t end up on the place where you wanted to end up, your surface swim might be longer than expected. Or if you have a problem and the boat has left you behind, or you are just somewhere you’re not as visible as you wanted to be… How to solve problems like this? Enjoy your survival course, formed by the British Coastguard! Together with the world’s biggest dive-educator, this team of life savers might save your life one day!

Search & Rescue Diver

Losing your glasses in the water is never fun… Or your outboard engine! If that falls off, you know there is trouble ahead. If you do not want to pay again for the same product, you might have a go at finding it! Finding big and small stuff underwater is satisfying! Cleaning up the ocean too!  In this course you will learn how to locate items of various sizes and how to bring it back to the surface with specialized, safe equipment.

Navigator

You always know where you are, above water. Seeing the sea only makes you think that you want to explore what its down there… We know the feeling, and we’d like to go diving in unknown places too! But loosing your way back to the boat or the pier?  That’s not only embarrassing, it could also be very tiring. We’ll help you make sure your surface swims are not longer than needed. You’ll use less air and have more fun underwater! That’s where the magic happens!

Wreck Diver

Seeing that old airplane at the bottom of the ocean, really makes you feel intrigued. Curious about what’s in it, you shine your light on it. Being able to see that small reflection of metal, makes your heart beat faster.

Is this wreck just there for fun, or for a reason? You will only find that out once you go inside. Going inside is a skill not every diver has, but everyone can learn! How to handle safety in wrecks, and making sure you don’t lose track of your path, is what we will teach you in this beautiful specialty!