If you want to dive cool inland lakes...you need this course
Any time you’re diving at 300 to 3000 metres/1000 to 10,000 feet
above sea level, you're altitude diving. If you want to explore the
hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty
course is for you.
Dive more challenging dive sites while you satisfy your curiosity for
“I wonder what’s down there?” The fun part about altitude diving
is that you can explore places many people have never seen.
The course is made up of two open
water dives and a classroom session. Dive planning is very
different when conducting an altitude dive, you have to use different
tables with altitude correction factors before you can know how long and
how deep you can dive.
Some of the things that you will be able to do after
completing this course:
- Describe the importance of the “pressure ratio” that dive
tables and computers use to help divers avoid decompression
- Explain how diving at altitude affects this pressure ratio.
- Calculate the approximate atmospheric pressure for various
altitudes up to 10,000 feet.
- Explain how far any decompression theory can be relied on to keep
the risk of decompression sickness within an acceptable minimum, and
- Describe how the lack of empirical data (documented hyperbaric
test dives) on altitude diving affects altitude diving, flying after
diving and driving to altitude recommendations.
- Compare and contrast the theoretical and practical differences
between altitude diving, flying after diving, and driving to
altitude after diving.
- List the current recommendations for flying or driving to altitude
These are just a few of the academic topics that
you'll learn during the altitude diving course.
Prerequisites are Open Water
Diver AND some cold water diving experience.
Course Cost is $125 and
includes all materials, the class time, and the open water dives. By this point in a divers training it is important that
a student begins to obtain their own equipment (rentals are available but having your
own gear is preferred).