Learn even more about the specialties that interest you the most in diving! You learned to dive and now you know you want to learn more, whether it’s photography, or scooters, or diving in a dry suit – here is your chance to really expand your knowledge!
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Divers from any agency and certification level are welcome to join in this comprehensive program, provided the necessary prerequisites are met. Indian Valley Scuba offers training through all major training organizations. Our IVS-exclusive training programs typically combine two or more agency course requirements, allowing the participant to earn multiple certifications for successful completion. The certifications offered for each program are listed on the IVS website along with the list of required prerequisites. Take as many or as few classes as you wish, whenever you wish, for the rest of your life!
Designed to be an introduction to altitude diving and to help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for altitude diving.
The autonomous diver program teaches experienced recreational divers how to safely dive independently of a dive buddy or strengthen your buddy team skills. The course stresses on proper dive planning, personal limitations, accident prevention as well as the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo. You will also learn the additional equipment that is required for self reliant diving including it's proper usage and assembly. This is the prefect course for underwater photography, underwater video divers and as a preparation for those preparing to enter into professional or technical level training.
The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches divers, snorkelers and non-divers about the vital role coral reefs play in the marine environment and how these ecosystems are currently threatened. The course familiarizes participants with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and explains how individuals can help protect the living reef from further decline.
This course is designed to introduce divers to the most common families and species of fish found in temperate and tropical waters. Divers learn basic fish identification and scientific surveying techniques. Through an overview of Project AWARE and other preservation and research efforts, such as the REEF Fish Survey Project, divers also learn the importance of personal involvement in aquatic environment conservation.
Longer Bottom Times. Shorter Surface Intervals. These are among the many benefits of diving Nitrox — a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen in which the concentration of oxygen is greater than that found in air. You’ve no doubt heard of Nitrox, probably know divers who use it. You also know that using Nitrox safely requires special training and certification.
This course is designed to qualify recreational divers to use enriched air ("nitrox") for no stop recreational diving. The program addresses the use of enriched air with 22 to 40 percent oxygen, with emphasis on enriched air with 32 and 36 percent oxygen.
Some of the greatest diving takes place from boats of all sorts, and this course is designed to be an introduction to boat diving from a variety of platforms. It will help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for safe & comfortable boat diving.
The Cavern Diver course offers the certified diver a introductory glimpse into the truly amazing and beautiful world of underwater caves. This
course allows the diver to explore that portion of the cave system within the daylight zone. You have the opportunity to experience the overhead environment in a controlled setting to determine if cave diving is of interest to you.
This course is designed to be an introduction to deep diving and to help the student develop the necessary skills, knowledge and techniques to safely participate in deep diving activities. Deep diving is considered to be between 60 and 100 feet, with no dive being deeper than 130 feet. The course will include risk factors, dive tables review, safety stops, deep stops, emergency decompression procedures, special equipment considerations, descent lines and buoyancy-control considerations. There will also be discussion of procedures for flying after diving, high-altitude diving and an orientation to hyperbaric chambers.
What better way to share the wonders of the underwater world with non-divers than to take great photographs of whate you see on your dives! This course is designed to be an introduction to underwater photography and to help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to compose, capture and edit great underwater digital pictures.
Designed to introduce divers to the skills & excitement of using diver propulsion vehicles. Familiarizes student divers with the knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, potential problems & hazards associated with using DPVs.
Drift diving allows the diver to cover a large expanse of water during a dive, and makes diving where currents are present much more enjoyable. This course is designed to be an introduction to drift diving and to help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for safe & comfortable drift diving.
Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water. Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months — especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s most incredible dive sites in the cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in the warmer months.
If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice. During the course, you dive with a PADI Professional in one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers. Explore the unique aquascape found only under the frozen surface of a lake or river. You can be one of the few that have ever dived under a solid ceiling of ice. Plus, imagine the look on your Divemaster’s face on your next Caribbean trip when you flash your PADI Ice Diver certification.
You might even get a chance to play with your exhaled air bubbles on the bottom of the ice or an opportunity to try the unique sport of upside down, bottom of the ice, skiing. For safety, all open water dives require the use of a tether line to surface support personnel.
The purpose of the PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the theory, skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, hazards, benefits and enjoyment of multilevel diving with PADI’s eRDP/ML dive planner and/or with modern dive computers.
This course is designed to be an introduction to night diving and to help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for safely executing dives after dark.
The purpose of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course is to polish a diver’s buoyancy control beyond the Open Water Diver level. The goal of PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy training is to enhance the student diver’s buoyancy control abilities through knowledge development and practical skills practice.
The Project AWARE Specialty program is designed to familiarize divers and non-divers with the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems. It also describes what individuals can do to help protect aquatic resources.
PADI’s Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and safely bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a safe and proper way to bring them up.
This exclusive IVS program is designed to provide our divers with the skills and techniques necessary to locate and take undersea game in a legal, ethical manner. Shellfish, crustaceans, and gamefish are covered and tips on best methods to approach, take, transport and prepare are included. Learn to recognize legal species and understand complex game regulations specific to the area you will be hunting.
This course is designed to be an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and to help the student diver develop safe and responsible interaction with aquatic life.
Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. This program includes techniques for navigating open water, wrecks, reef systems, confined spaces and more!
The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.
Want to explore sunken ships, crashed planes and lost treasures beneath the surface? Then the Wreck Diver program is just want you want. The purpose of the Wreck Diver Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and excitement of diving on wrecks.
The Wreck Diver Specialty course is intended as a safe, supervised introduction to wreck diving, with emphasis on fun and safety. Students who are up for the challenge will be provided with a introductory wreck penetration experience.