Which 5 Specialty courses are good for Temperate Water Diving?

  1. Wellington SCUBA Diving courses Temperate Water Diver

Temperate water diving offers some different challenges to tropical or summer diving in the Wellington region.  When Divers master the essentials they can enjoy a greater range of dive sites and even improved visibility!  Plus who doesn’t want to dive all year round anyway?

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Prerequisite: Open Water Diver or equivalent

Having good buoyancy control will make any dive easier but particularly diving in Temperate waters.  Learning Specialty Peak Performance Buoyancy skills is a bit like becoming the “Zen Master”.  You learn techniques for perfecting your equipment configurations, effortlessly moving around underwater and enjoy longer dives through better air consumption.

This all translates to Temperate water diving particularly well as your equipment configurations give greater options for adjustment.  With Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Skills, learning and diving your Drysuit is a breeze.  Adding thermal layers under your Wetsuit requires special attention.  Under a Drysuit you can infinitely adjust your exposure protection for all temperate water diving.  These adjustments affect your buoyancy so it pays to know all the tricks..

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course

Drysuit Diver

Prerequisite: Open Water Diver or equivalent

Having the right training in place and a Drysuit that best matches your preferences is hands down one of the most important aspects of Temperate Water diving.  Some divers enjoy staying dry while diving in waters warm enough for a Wetsuit also.  There is something extra special about finishing the dive and being completely dry too.  Getting changed when you are dry is simple, your dive gear is dryer too because it’s only wet on one side..!

Now diving a drysuit is something very special.  You stay warm and can adjust your buoyancy is a whole other way.  You can slow down and really take your time when warm, fish and marine life are more comfortable the less you move (better encounters and photos!).  With the right equipment you can relax and dive in any temperature, dive in waters down even single digit Centigrade temperatures as if it were summer and tropical.

Drysuit Diver Specialty course

Enriched Air Nitrox

Prerequisite: Open Water Diver or equivalent

Similarly Nitrox benefit’s all diving conditions so a beneficial certification for Temperate Water diving in the same.  Extended no-decompression limit’s for longer bottom times, less fatigue so you have energy left over after the dive too.

At NZ Sea Adventure we offer both the PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty and the TDI Nitrox Diver course (Technical Diving International).  Both offer online study (eLearning) with a simple half hour practical then you are certified.

Enriched Air Diver Specialty course                       TDI Nitrox Diver course

Underwater Navigator

Prerequisite: Open Water Diver or equivalent

Your PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty applies to all diving conditions so naturally is something you’ll want for Temperate Water and Wellington SCUBA Diving.  Taking the course opens your eyes to techniques you may not have ever thought of.  Skilled Scuba divers with the Underwater Navigator Specialty can explore with much greater control and comfort knowing where underwater you are.

Exploring new dive sites and returning to your favourite spots can be simple when you have some Navigation Specialty skills.

Underwater Navigator Specialty course

Digital Underwater Photography Diver

Prerequisite: Open Water Diver or equivalent

When the visibility is good the scenery is amazing.  Diving in Temperate waters is a special experience you want to be able to share and show off too.  Capturing a good photo is a satisfying pursuit and very rewarding.  Knowing how to set up your camera, adjust for different conditions (light and exposure etc.) makes for impressive shots.  Images and even videos can be edited to highlight the quality of your work.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty course is one of the few Specialties available in eLearning as well as the option of a conventional paper manual.  The course covers in great detail techniques for a variety of camera options, editing software use and techniques for fine tuning the art of capturing your experiences.

Digital Underwater Photography Specialty course