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PADI Research Diver Certification Course

  Wreck padiHow many times have you heard divers get out of the water and say “there is nothing to see” or “it’s just rocks”?  And there is always that one person who had a blast at the same site 

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and lists off countless animals that he spotted. 


Knowledge and curiosity are the pillars upon which all discovery is built. The PADI Research Diver Distinctive Specialty course will enhance your knowledge underwater ecosystems and aquatic life. Combined with your own natural curiosity, you will find that you see much more in the reef or kelp forest than ever before.  

Throughout this course you will learn the necessary skills and knowledge in basic Research Diving. In the end you will be better able to identify, discover, explore, and appreciate the underwater environment by using research techniques and gain a better understanding of how to preserve and protect the underwater environment. 

We'll cover topics like... Data collection, Fish Surveys, Underwater navigation project, Underwater mapping, Fish identification workshop. 


Why Research? 

  • Learn how to quantify/measure what you seePADI cuba scientific
  • Way to help the ocean
  • You as a diver are an ambassador for the ocean


Marine Biology

  • Ecology
  • Food Chains (Why this is important!)
  • 4 habitats with focus on kelp
  • Seasonal changes in conditions/organisms


Marine Organisms

  • Fishes
  • InvertebratesPADI In Los angeles dive center is the best research class
  • Mammals (seals, sea lions, dolphins)


-Diving Methodology

  • Dive planning and why it’s important. Nitrox!!
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Measuring Techniques
  • The advantages/disadvantages for both types UW measuring 
  • Mapping
  • AWARE record data collecting


Requirements: Advanced Open Water 


Required gear: All standard scuba equipment - plus SMB, finger spool, knife, light, compass, large slate, fish ID slate and pencils.   


Course Includes: pool session, 3 Boat dives, PADI Research Diver Certification Card




Saturday - Pool dive:

  • Skill checkout - Mask, regulator, buoyancy, navigation
  • how to run a transect
  • Teams lay out grids and swim to ID objects
  • Speed of swimming
  • Type of organisms
  • How to lay a quadrant


Sunday - Boat Adventure (3 Dives):

  • Transects
  • Quadrads
  • Mapping


Tuition: $399.00 + boat ticket. On Sale $299 + boat

NOTE: Free certification with total equipment purchase.

How do you start? Start by calling 310-398-5759 Print this Continuing Education PDF and bring with you to the dive center.

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 PADI Scuba Diving Courses Los Angeles, California

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