Diversions receives many questions about the locations with advanced
sites we feature and about qualifications to dive those sites. It is
a fact that many dive operators will not only require advanced and/or
specialty certifications for these dives, they may also want proof of
experience from your logbook. This is done for three reasons: First,
you can place yourself in danger by not being trained and prepared;
second, If you were to have a problem, you could place other divers
in danger in their attempt to help or rescue you; finally, the operator
must cover themselves for liability reasons.
Beyond "Advanced Diver"
Once you get your fins wet with the advanced class, you will likely choose an area that particularly interests you and would like to continue in (oh, your hooked now). Whatever your interest, you can continue to learn and gain experience through specialty classes. These will "zero in" on the particular diving of your choice. You will learn about safety and theory, as well as how to use special equipment, required on many specialty dives. I think it was Diver Training magazine that coined the phrase "good divers never stop learning" and this is so very true. Diving provides us with countless new experiences and a great amount of pleasure. By preparing ourselves properly, we can expand this realm of diving enjoyment even more, and take advantage of all that it has to offer. We have listed below just a partial list of specialty dives offered. There are many others only in certain locations.
Drift - Navigation - Search and Recovery
Multilevel - Photography - Naturalist/Fish ID
Hunting - Buoyancy - Cavern - Research
Ice - Altitude - Dry Suit