The Brighton Dive Centre

Specialities

At BDC we can run a number of PADI Speciality courses to help you expand your diving knowledge, experience and abilities in the underwater world. These specialities will broaden your skills and allow you to do more with your underwater adventures. Here are just some of the specialities we can offer you:

Enriched Air Diver
enr airThe PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular speciality scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with Enriched Air Nitrox gives you more time underwater, especially on repetitive dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an Enriched Air diver!

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
  • Practice analysing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

Course cost: £125 (This is a dry course, so no diving is involved. Price covers all training materials)

 

Dry Suit
DrysuitWant to stay warm? Want your scuba season to continue the year round? Then dive dry! A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a PADI Dry Suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.

The first thing you’ll discover is which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you and the diving you’ll do. Then you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit. During two dives, in addition to a confined water dive, you’ll practice:

  • Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance.
  • Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit.
  • Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit.

Course cost: £160 (Price covers all training materials and dry suit hire, does not include dive site entry)

 

Peak Performance Buoyancy
peakPerformanceBuoyancyExcellent 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, without disturbing aquatic life or their surroundings. You can achieve this, too! The PADI PPB Speciality improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

Across two dives, you’ll learn 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.

Course cost: £140 (Price covers all training materials, does not include dive site entry)

 

Deep Diver
The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Speciality course.

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deedeepp diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

  • The theory of diving deeper
  • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

You’ll need a dive computer along with the rest of your basic scuba equipment. A dive light and slate are also recommended. We can suggest other gear appropriate for local deep diving.

Course cost: £195 (Price covers all training materials, does not include lake entry fees)

 

Wreck Diver

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, planes and even cars are fascinating to explore wreckand usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Speciality course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. During four dives you’ll learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
  • Techniques to avoid disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

Course cost: £195 (Price covers all training materials, does not include lake entry fees)

 

Equipment Specialist

equip 2Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer configuration suggestions.

 

How can you start learning now?

Visit us to join any of these courses and get started by picking up your manual. For most of the above specialities you need to be at least a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (although some specialities require you to be older). If you’re unsure if you can sign up for a course, send us an email or give us a call on 01903 767224 and we’ll be happy to assist you.