DONA ANA DIVERS

CLASSES

For pricing please contact us at the shop. For Recreational Classes Price Includes the use of our BCD, Regulator, Tanks, Weights and wetsuit.

PADI Recreational Diving Certifications

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Open Water Diver

This is the beginning course that any new diver has to take. In this course you will be evaulated on 22 underwater skills, swimming, floating and have to completed five chapters of reading and knowledge reviews. It will teach you the basic skills necessary to enjoy your underwater experience. We cover how to operated the gear, controlling yourself in the water, basic problem solving, dive planning and most important - how to have fun doing it !!
There will be one classroom session at the shop covering Saftey, Questions on the material and assembly and disassembly of the gear. You will also be size up and fitted for the gear you will use through out your training.
Then there will be one pool session where we will teach you the basic skills in confined water, then one weekend in oen water to evaluate those skills.

Advanced Open Water Diver

You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

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Rescue Diver

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:
•Self rescue
•Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
•Emergency management and equipment
•Rescuing panicked divers
•Rescuing unresponsive divers

Specialties

•Altitude Diver •AWARE - Fish Identification •AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Diver
•Boat Diver •Cavern Diver •Deep Diver •Digital Underwater Photographer
•Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver •Discover Rebreather •Drift Diver •Dry Suit Diver
•Enriched Air Diver •Emergency Oxygen Provider •Equipment Specialist •Ice Diver
•Multilevel Diver •Night Diver •Peak Performance Buoyancy •Rebreather Diver
•Project AWARE® Specialist •Search and Recovery Diver •Sidemount Diver
•Underwater Naturalist •Underwater Navigator •Underwater Videographer •Wreck Diver
•Distinctive Specialties •Advanced Rebreather Diver

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Master Scuba Diver

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. When you flash your Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you’ve spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures.

PADI Professional Diving Certifications

Dive Master

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.
As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI. The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:
•The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
•Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
•Diver safety and risk management
•Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
•Business of diving and your career
•Awareness of the dive environment
•Dive setup and management
•Mapping an open water site
•Conducting dive briefings
•Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
•Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
•Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

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Assistant Instructor

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:
•PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
•Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
•Risk Management and Diver Safety
•The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
•Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

Open Water Scuba Instructor

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

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Specialty Instructor

More scuba diving and more fun sharing what interests you – that’s what teaching specialty diver courses is all about. The best way to learn how to make your specialty diver courses really special is to take a specialty instructor course from your local PADI Course Director. Specialty instructor courses provide teaching tips and hands-on experience that you can implement right away. With 25 standard PADI Specialty Diver courses, and numerous distinctive specialties, you have lots of choose from – so get going. You’ll learn new techniques to add to the experience you already have in a specialty area and have fun fine-tuning your skills and teaching methods. Plus, you’ll get great ideas for marketing your specialty diver courses.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. (Potential employers like this.) Being an MSDT signifies that you’ve got the experience and certifications to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate recreational diver rating.
All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be Master Scuba Diver Trainers. This rating is the next step up the professional ladder and is a prerequisite for IDC Staff Instructor as well as for many TecRec Instructor ratings.

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IDC Staff Instructor

Just as scuba divers look up to divemasters, instructor candidates really respect IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It’s also a great career move.
Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDTs) who are ready to be excellent role models and agree to use the PADI System and components in their entirety may enroll in an IDC Staff Instructor course.
After a preassessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll participate in these sessions:
•Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
•How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
•The psychology of evaluation and counseling
•Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations


Dona Ana Divers   901 South Main St. #4  Las Cruces, NM. 88005   575-647-3483
divers@donaanadivers.com

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