Speciality Courses

We offer a number of speciality courses, these courses will give you more experience diving in new conditions and environments. They will also build upon and enhance skills you have already learnt. On completion of the course you’ll gain a new certification, once you’ve achieved 5 specialities and Rescue Diver you are able to apply for the highly respected Master Scuba Diver rating.

Deep Diver

During four deep dives, you will go over the theory of deep diving, special equipment, deep dive planning and the reasons for deep diving. On completion of the course you will be certified to dive to a depth of 40m. You will learn about:

  • Gas Narcosis
  • Managing your air supply
  • Safety consideration
  • Buddy procedures
  • Deep dive planning
  • Emergency procedures review
$500 All Inclusive package
  • Every pick up / drop off
  • 2 days of theory and dive training
  • 4 Open Water dives around Atauro Island
  • Full set equipment
  • Boat transfers to / from the island, one night accommodation, all meals, snacks and soft drinks
  • Maximum 4 students per instructor

 

Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

  • Receive an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.
  • Get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects.
  • Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.
  • Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.
$300 All inclusive package
  • Pick up / drop off
  • 1 day of theory and dive training
  • 2 Open Water dives around Atauro Island
  • Full set equipment
  • Boat transfers to / from the island, lunch, snacks and soft drinks
  • Maximum 4 students per instructor.

 

Night Diver

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

  • Light handling and communication techniques.
  • Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.
  • Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.
$450 All Inclusive package
  • Every pick up / drop off
  • 2 days of theory and dive training
  • 3 Open Water dives both on Autaro Island and Dili
  • Full set equipment
  • Boat transfers to / from the island, dinner, snacks and soft drinks
  • Maximum 4 students per instructor

 

Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 10 years old, are eligible to take the Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.
  • Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.
  • Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.

$300 All Inclusive Package

  • Pick up / drop off
  • 1 day of theory and dive training
  • 2 Open Water dives around Atauro Island
  • Full set equipment
  • Boat transfers to / from the Island, lunch, snacks and soft drinks
  • Maximum 4 students per instructor

 

Underwater Navigator

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

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

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

  • Methods to estimate distance underwater.
  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
  • Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.
  • Underwater map making.

$350 All Inclusive Package

  • Pick up / drop off
  • 1 day of theory and dive training
  • 3 Open Water dives around Dili
  • Full set equipment
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks
  • Maximum 4 students per instructor

 

AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Diver

Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems.

Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world can take this course. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions and no water sessions are required to earn this non-diving certification.

Through classroom discussions, you learn:

  • How coral reefs function and the complex nature of life on a reef.
  • Why coral reefs are so important.
  • Why many coral reefs are in serious trouble.
  • What you can do to prevent further decline.
  • How Project AWARE unites divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.
$150
  • Pick up / drop off
  • 1 day of theory in our classroom in Dili
  • Lunch, snacks and soft drinks

 

 

Emergency Oxygen Provider

Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this course – it’s open to everyone. Scuba divers, snorkelers and anyone who is around divers – boat crew, lifeguards, etc. – will benefit from having this training.

You’ll learn about dive injuries, different types of emergency oxygen equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen. Then you’ll practice:

  • Assembling and disassembling emergency oxygen equipment.
  • Deploying a non-rebreather mask and a demand inhalator valve on a breathing diver.
  • Using a pocket mask on a nonbreathing diver.
$150
  • Pick up / drop off
  • 1/2 day of theory in our classroom in Dili

 

AWARE – Fish Identification Diver

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the AWARE – Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

If you’re at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the AWARE – Fish Identification course.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies.
  • About Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life
$300 All Inclusive Package
  • Pick up / drop off
  • 1 day of theory and dive training
  • 2 Open Water dives around Atauro Island
  • Full set equipment
  • Boat transfers to / from the Island, lunch, snacks and soft drinks
  • Maximum 4 students per instructor

 

Underwater Naturalist Course

The better you understand the aquatic environment, the more you’ll be able to savor the sights you encounter on your dives. Go beyond simply recognizing the occasional fish by taking the Underwater Naturalist Course. In the course, you’ll learn to identify fish, animals and plants, and then take your knowledge to the next level with comprehension of how their interactions affect each other and the environment.

In this course you’ll learn about :

  • The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator/prey relationships
  • How to interact responsibly with aquatic life
  • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

$300 All Inclusive Package

  • Pick up / drop off
  • 1 day of theory and dive training
  • 2 Open Water dives around Atauro Island
  • Full set equipment
  • Boat transfers to / from the Island, lunch, snacks and soft drinks
  • Maximum 4 students per instructor