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For more information about or to apply for a course listed below, please contact:

Paul Cathy or Liam

Mantis Diving
Ph: 3856 1390
E-mail: dive@mantisdive.com.au

At Mantis Diving we believe that quality training is far more important than equipment sales. To this end we pay our training staff a good wage to ensure they focus all their efforts on training you rather than selling you equipment, further training or dive holidays. All the safety standards in the world will not compensate for a poorly paid Instructor, putting all their efforts into selling you as much as they can for the commission they need to survive. On a two students for $595, 4 day, 4 dive beginners course the instructor makes about $25 per student, even with 8 students that is just $50 a day. Can you live on $50 a day? Wouldn't you rather know your instructor saw you as a student to be trained well and not just a sales opportunity? This one point is what makes us different from all of the other learn to dive schools in Brisbane. $595 is the fee for our NAUI Scuba Diver course and we give you 8 dives. We also don't surprise you with additional costs after you initially pay for the course, our fee is all inclusive.

If you want to learn to dive or continue your diving education, properly, give us a call, if your just after a salesperson, sorry we can't help you. We train divers, we don't sell certifications with every equipment package.

All our courses will run with a minimum of one student. 'As required' courses start when you want to begin your training thereby allowing you to fit your dive training in with your availability. All courses require you to book at least 7-21 working days in advance. This is to allow you time to read any manual, watch any video and complete any knowledge reviews.

We can teach and certify you to world recognised NAUI, PADI and RLSSA standards, from beginner to Instructor and beyond, right here.

For specific information about our Recreational and Technical diving courses as well as our Regulator Servicing Tech, First Aid and Resuscitation courses please use the following six links.

Recreational Diving Courses

Technical Diving Courses

Regulator Servicing Tech Course

First Aid & Resuscitation Courses

Recreational Diving Leadership Courses

Technical Diving Leadership Courses

For information about employment opportunities with Mantis Diving please click on the link below.

Work at Mantis Diving

For information about an internship at Mantis Diving and earning your training in NAUI diving leadership (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor Prepatory and Instructor Training Courses) and/or continuing instructor education as an Instructor Trainer/Technical Instructor, click on this link.

Mantis Diving Internships

RECREATIONAL DIVING COURSES

NAUI Scuba Diver
In depth scuba instruction
PADI Openwater Diver
Basic learn to dive
NAUI Advanced Diver
Full advanced diving instruction
PADI Advanced Openwater Diver
Supervised specialty diving
NAUI Master Diver
Advanced diving science and techniques
PADI Master Scuba Diver
Multiple course recognition
NAUI Wreck Diver
Non-penetration wreck diving
PADI Wreck Diver
Wreck diver in a weekend
NAUI Deep Diver
Advanced 30m to 40m air diving
PADI Deep Diver
30m+ air diving
NAUI Search & Light Salvage Diver
Small to medium submerged object recovery
PADI Search & Recovery Diver
Small submerged object recovery
NAUI Equipment Orientation
Problem solving and minor field repairs
PADI Equipment Specialist
Problem identification and gear maintenance
NAUI Night Diver
Dive safely at night and in low visibility
PADI Night Diver
Dive safely at night
NAUI Rescue Diver
Basic diving emergency procedures
PADI Rescue Diver
Basic diving emergency procedures
NAUI Advanced Rescue Diver
Advanced diving rescue training
NAUI River Diver
Diving in rivers
NAUI Freshwater Diver
Lake and dam diving
NAUI Drysuit Diver
Diving safely in a drysuit
NAUI Nitrox Diver
Complete and In-Depth Nitrox Course
PADI Nitrox Diver
Basic Nitrox Diving
NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration
Introduction to Technical Diving
PADI Peak Performance Bouyancy Diver
Additional bouyancy control training

FIRST AID & RESUSCITATION COURSES

First Aid
First Aid training
Diving First Aid
Diver First Aid training
Workplace First Aid
Workplace CBT First Aid
Senior Resuscitation
Basic EAR and CPR
PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider
Administering Oxygen
Oxygen Administration
Administering Oxygen
Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation
Full Resuscitation with Oxygen

TECHNICAL DIVING COURSES

NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration
Equipment Rigging and Basic Technical Skills
PADI - DSAT Tec Diver Level 1
Extended no stop diving to 40m
NAUI Intro To Tech EANx
NTEC technical diving skills
PADI - DSAT Tec Deep
Decompression diving to 50m
NAUI Technical EANx
NTEC Air and Nitrox to 40m
PADI - DSAT Tec Trimix
PADI Trimix diving to 75m
NAUI Decompression Techniques
NTEC Decompression Diving to 50m
PADI - DSAT Nitrox Gas Blender
PADI O2 Service & Nitrox Blending
NAUI Helitrox
NTEC Mixed gas diving to 45m
PADI - DSAT Trimix Gas Blender
PADI O2 Service & Trimix Blending
NAUI Wreck Penetration
NTEC Full wreck penetration
NAUI Technical Wreck Penetration
NTEC Mixed gas wreck penetration
NAUI Heliair
NTEC Mixed gas diving to 55m
NAUI Trimix 1
NTEC Mixed gas diving to 61m
NAUI Trimix 2
NTEC Mixed gas diving deeper than 61m
NAUI Technical Support Leader
NTEC Technical divemaster training
NAUI Mixed Gas Blender & O2 Service
Nitrox/Trimix blending & O2 servicing

RECREATIONAL DIVING LEADERSHIP COURSES

NAUI Divemaster
NAUI Diving Supervisor
PADI Divemaster
PADI Diving Supervisor
NAUI Assistant Instructor
Assist a NAUI Instructor with student training
NAUI Skindiving Instructor
Independently teach and certify skin divers
NAUI Instructor Prepatory Course
Instructional skills refresher course
NAUI Scuba Instructor
Independently teach and certify divers up to Divemaster
NAUI Instructor Crossover
Recognition of prior learning
Instructor Professional Development
Getting more from your rating
NAUI Staff Training Workshop
Assess and evaluate instructor candidates
NAUI Instructor Trainer Workshop
Train NAUI Instructors
NAUI Course Director Workshop
Assess and certify NAUI Instructors

TECHNICAL DIVING LEADERSHIP COURSES

NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop
PADI Tec Deep Instructor Skill Assessment
Skill assessment for your PADI application
NAUI Technical EANx Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop
PADI Tec Trimix Instructor Skill Assessment
Skill assessment for your PADI application
NAUI Decompression Techniques Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop
NAUI Wreck Penetration Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop
NAUI Technical Wreck Penetration Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop
NAUI Trimix I Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop
NAUI Trimix II Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop
NAUI Technical Support Leader Instructor
DIR Technical Divemaster Instructor
NAUI Mixed Gas Blender & O2 Service Instructor
DIR Technical Instructor Workshop

SOME PLANNED COURSES HAVE THEORY SESSIONS ON A WEEKNIGHT (6:30pm-9:30pm) THESE ARE INDICATED BY THE USE OF AN e AFTER THE DATE, IF THIS IS A PROBLEM WE MAY BE ABLE TO RUN THE SESSION DURING THE DAY, PRIOR NOTICE IS REQUIRED. WE ALSO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ALTER THE COURSE SCHEDULE IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, BOAT BREAKDOWN OR ANY OTHER REASON BEYOND THE CONTROL OF MANTIS DIVING.

 

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Course
Course Dates
Pre-requisite Certification
Prior Booking Req
Fee#
Course Dives
NAUI Scuba Diver Feb14/15 + 21/22 Mar14/15 + 28/29 Apr11/12 + 18/19 May16/17 + 23/24 Jun13/14 + 27/28 Nil 7 days $595 8 dives
NAUI Advanced Diver Feb 21 + 22 + 7 Mar 7 + 28 + 29 Apr 4 + 18 + 19 May 9 + 23 + 24 Jun 14 + 20 + 28 Scuba Diver 14 days $550 8 dives
NAUI Rescue Diver Feb 14/15 + 21/22 Mar 14/15 + 28/29 Apr 11/12 + 18/19 May 16/17 + 23/24 Jun 13/14 + 27/28 Scuba Diver 7 days $550 8 dives
NAUI Advanced Rescue Diver You choose Rescue Diver 7 days $550 8 dives
NAUI Master Diver You choose Advanced Diver 14 days $880 12 dives
NAUI Nitrox Diver Feb 12e+15+21or22 Mar 12e+15+28or29 April 9e+11+12or18or19 May 14e+17+23or24 Jun 11e+14+27or28 Scuba Diver 7 days $550 8 dives
NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver You choose NTEC 21 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Deep Diver You choose Advanced 21 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Search & Light Salvage You choose Scuba Diver 7 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Equipment Orientation You choose Scuba Diver 7 days POA Nil
NAUI Night Diver Mar 7 Mar 29 Apr 4 May 23 Jun 20 Scuba Diver 7 days POA 8 dives
NAUI River Diver You choose Scuba Diver 7 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Freshwater Diver You choose Scuba Diver 7 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Drysuit Diver You choose Scuba Diver 7 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Mixed Gas Blender & O2 Service Technician You choose Advanced & Nitrox 7 days POA Nil
NAUI NTEC You choose Advanced Diver 7 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Tech EANx You choose Nitrox & NTEC 21 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Decompression Techniques You choose Technical EANx 21 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Trimix 1 You choose DCT 21 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Trimix 2 You choose DCT 21 days POA 8 dives
NAUI Assistant Instructor You choose Master Diver 21 days POA* 8 dives
NAUI Skin Diving Instructor You choose Skin Diver 21 days POA* 8 dives
NAUI Divemaster You choose Master Diver 21 days POA* 16 dives
NAUI Instructor - Full-time You choose Divemaster 21 days $2400*** 6 dives
NAUI Instructor - Part-time You choose Divemaster 21 days $2400*** 6 dives
NAUI Instructor Prep You choose Divemaster 21 days POA*** 4 dives
NAUI Instructor X-over - Full Time You choose Non-NAUI Instructor 21 days POA*** 4 dives
NAUI Instructor X-over - Part Time You choose Non-NAUI Instructor 21 days POA*** 4 dives
NAUI Staff Training Workshop - Full Time You choose NAUI Instructor 21 days POA 4 dives
NAUI Tech Instructor Workshop You choose NAUI Instructor and Tech Diver 21 days POA*** Varies
NAUI Instructor Trainer Workshop - Full Time You choose NAUI STW graduate 50 days USD$1000 6 dives
NAUI Instructor Trainer Update You choose NAUI IT 21 days USD$750 Nil
NAUI Course Director Workshop You choose NAUI Instructor Trainer 21 days USD$1800 3 dives
NAUI Course Director Update You choose NAUI CD 21 days USD$750 Nil
PADI Openwater Diver Feb15+21 Mar15+28 Apr12+18 May17+23 Jun14+27 Nil 7 days $365 4 dives
PADI Advanced Diver Feb7+21 Mar7+28/29 Apr4+18/19 May9+23/24 Jun14+20 Openwater Diver 7 days $395 5 dives
PADI Rescue Diver TBA Openwater Diver 7 days POA 4 dives
PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider You choose Nil 7 days $220 Nil
PADI Master Scuba Diver Not a course, just completing an application form Advanced, Rescue & 5 specialties 1 minute Nil Nil
PADI Nitrox Diver TBA Openwater Diver 7 days POA Nil
PADI Wreck Diver You choose Advanced Diver 21 days POA 4 dives
PADI Deep Diver You choose Advanced Diver 21 days POA 4 dives
PADI Search & Recovery Diver You choose Advanced Diver 7 days POA 4 dives
PADI Equipment Specialist You choose Openwater Diver 7 days POA Nil
PADI Night Diver You choose Openwater Diver 7 days POA 4 dives
PADI Peak Performance Bouyancy You choose Openwater Diver 7 days POA 4 dives
PADI Tec Diver Level 1 You choose Adv & Ntx & Rescue & Deep 21 days POA 7 dives
PADI Tec Deep You choose Adv & Ntx & Rescue & Deep 21 days POA 5 or 12 dives
PADI Tec Trimix You choose Tec Deep Diver 21 days POA 8 dives
PADI Nitrox Gas Blender You choose Advanced & Nitrox 7 days POA Nil
PADI Trimix Gas Blender You choose Advanced & Nitrox 7 days POA Nil
PADI Divemaster December 27th Advanced & Rescue 7 days POA+ 10 dives
PADI Technical Instructor Assessments You choose PADI OWSI 7 days $110 1 dive
First Aid As required Nil 7 days $125 Nil
Diving First Aid As required Scuba/Openwater Diver 7 days $299 2 dives
Workplace First Aid As required Nil 7 days $220 Nil
Senior Resuscitation As required Nil 7 days $75 Nil
Oxygen Administration As required Nil 7 days $100 Nil
Oxygen Equipment Resusitation As required Nil 7 days $150 Nil
Regulator Servicing Tech As required Nil 14 days $330 Nil

* The course cost does not include the cost of your initial membership fee to NAUI.

*** The course/workshop cost does not include the cost of any required NAUI manuals or your initial membership fee to NAUI.

+ Course price does not include the extensive list of required training materials PADI now require their Divemaster candidates to possess. A full set of these materials is currently $330+ any candidate that already has some of the required materials will only be required to obtain those materials they do not have. This will reduce the material cost.

# Course costs are subject to change, without notice, depending on boat fees, gas prices, student material costs and certification fees. Only when a deposit has been paid will the course costs be fixed. In addition the course cost of Trimix training will drop when there is more than one student on the course, as the instructor's gas cost is shared between all students.

OVERVIEW

This program is designed to teach you all the essential skills for safe ocean diving. Instruction in diving rescue and CPR as well as advanced buoyancy control is provided in the classroom and confined water sessions and assessed in the ocean during your 8 certification dives. Successful completion of this course will allow you to dive to 18m, during daylight in any area similar to that in which you have been trained, without the need to have a certified/insured diving supervisor present. Because of the additional requirements this course will provide you with much more experience and confidence not to mention increased abilities as a new recreational diver.

This course has been upgraded to ensure that you will be able to safely dive in less than perfect conditions (the norm for most of SEQ). By training for the normal conditions encountered in SEQ you will ensure your enjoyment and safety. As an example staying within arms reach of your dive buddy becomes a critical skill when the visibility is <5m, in 10m visibility most divers tend to stray to far apart. You will know what we mean when you do the breath test in confined water (in full scuba equipment see how far you can swim on just one breath), you will be surprised how little it is!

If you want to spend 10 minutes on dive skills and 20 minutes looking at fish on as little as 4 certification dives, then this course is not for you. There are many other dive operators offering a course where the dives will be, in their words 'more interesting'. Our's is a course where you will be trained in an adventure sport over a total of 8 certification dives, not have your hand held while you look at fish for 4 dives. We also have NO HIDDEN EXTRA FEES, you are not required to buy any equipment whatsoever nor will you need to purchase any additional training materials. Do the right thing by yourself and ask all the others what they don't include in their $399 fee, you'll be surprised what the real cost of the $399 course is and at how little training you actually get for the money.

On completion of your NAUI Scuba Diver course you will receive 12 months Free membership of the Mantis Scuba Club.

Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • Confined water training costs.
  • Use of all Skin/Scuba equipment.
  • 8 dives, including airfills.
  • Loan of DVD.
  • New Manual, plastic dive tables and log book, yours to keep.
  • Certification.

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    Comparison of NAUI & PADI learn to dive courses

    NAUI Scuba Diver PADI Open Water Diver
  • 8 Certification dives
  • Full day classroom theory
  • Basic rescue training included
  • Advanced buoyancy control training included
  • Basic CPR training included
  • All SCUBA equipment supplied
  • Mask, fins, snorkel and booties also supplied
  • Manual, dive tables, log book and certification included
  • Only 4 certification dives
  • Home study theory and quick pre-exam review
  • No rescue training allowed
  • No advanced buoyancy control training allowed
  • No CPR training allowed
  • All SCUBA equipment supplied
  • Mask, fins, snorkel and booties also supplied
  • Manual, dive tables, log book and certification included
  • PADI OPENWATER DIVER

    This is a very simple, 2 day, entry level program designed to teach you just the basics of SCUBA diving. Successful completion of this course will allow you to dive to 18 m, during daylight in any area similar to that in which you have been trained. This course is the cheapest and simplest learn to dive option as we are not allowed to teach you any CPR, rescue skills or advanced buoyancy control skills. You are also only required to do four certification dives. It is strongly recommended that you dive with a certified diving supervisor for at least your first 6 dives after certification or more until such time as you have gained the additional experience and abilities to enable you to become a safer more confident diver and dive buddy.

    To receive instruction in basic CPR, basic diving rescue techniques or advanced buoyancy skills PADI standards require that you attend the PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty courses after initial certification as a PADI Openwater Diver.

    All required Scuba and basic Skin diving equipment will be provided for your use during the course. You will also receive a PADI manual, PADI dive tables, log book and a PADI certification card.

    We provide you with a DVD to take homw with your manual, you are required to complete 4 x 10 question examinations followed by the main 50 question theory examination. Watch the DVD and read your manual and also complete the knowledge reviews in your manual.

    The only additional things that you must provide are: two passport photos, a diving medical and your own transport during the course.

    Course fee includes:

  • All instruction costs.
  • Pool costs.
  • Use of Skin/Scuba Equipment.
  • 4 dives and air fills.
  • Manual, plastic dive tables and log book.
  • Certification.

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    OVERVIEW

    This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to become an Advanced Diver in the true meaning of the word advanced. You will undertake 8 dives. Unlike all other local Advanced diver courses this course takes two weekends to complete. This course is not the usual weekend special or just a marketing tool. The eight dives you will undertake will be:

    There will be one evening of theory/practical training as well as briefings and debriefings before and after each of the certification dives.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • All briefing/debriefing costs.
  • 8 dives, combination of shore and boat.
  • All air fills.
  • Use of specialty equipment e.g. lift bag, reels, suction lift etc.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

    Basic scuba equipment hire is not supplied as part of the course fee, however a course discount does apply to those divers needing to hire all or part of their dive basic dive equipment for use on the course.

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    PADI ADVANCED OPENWATER DIVER

    This course will allow you to experience some of the specialised areas of diving, whilst, still under the supervision of an Instructor. You will undertake just five dives (2 boat and 3 shore). The theory for this course will just consist of briefings before and debriefings after each of the dives. This course only takes one weekend to complete. The dives will be in the following speciality areas:

    • Low Visibility
    • Navigation
    • Deep - 18m+
    • Drift
    • Peak performance buoyancy

    Course fee includes:

  • All briefing/debriefing costs.
  • 5 dives and air fills.
  • Use of diving compass.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    OVERVIEW

    This rating is the highest recreational non-leadership diver rating available. NAUI Master Diver training consists of 10 hours of academic study covering all areas of diving theory, this will be assessed by your sucessful completion of the written exam with a score of at least 80%. At the end of this course you will have more knowledge of diving theory than a PADI Divemaster. The theory topics include:

  • Diving Equipment
  • Diving Physics
  • Underwater Environment
  • Diving Physiology
  • Decompression and Recompression
  • Rescue and Emergency Procedures
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Limited Visibility and Night Diving
  • Search and Light Salvage
  • Diving Techniques and Deeper Diving
  • Technical Diving
  • Boating, Diving and Seamanship

    Confined water sessions are also needed to allow all your current diving skills to be practiced and assessed as well as any new skills to be taught and practiced. Twelve certification dives are required to allow you to apply the knowledge you have acquired, and for the Instructor to assess your abilities. The 12 dives are as follows:

  • Navigation (both compass and natural)
  • Deep/Simulated Decompression x 2
  • Search
  • Light Salvage
  • Low to Nil visibility x 2
  • Drift x 2
  • Night x 2

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • Pool fees.
  • 12 dives, shore and boat, including air fills.
  • Free use of all specialty equipment.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVER

    This PADI program is not a real course but simply a recognition that the diver is certified as a PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Rescue Diver and also has a minimum of 5 PADI Specialty Diver certifications (any 5 are acceptable, even non-diving specialties). There are no academic requirements, no skill sessions and no openwater dives. If the diver has all the pre-requisite certifications the Instructor will fill out the appropriate form and sent it directly to PADI for processing.

    Course fee is just for:

  • Paperwork processing and submission to PADI (Certification).

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    NAUI RESCUE DIVER

    Scuba diving is exiting, but like all adventure sports it has inherent risks that may result in injury and even fatality. Being knowledgeable in how potentially dangerous situations can transpire may allow you to prevent such occurrences from happening, or after onset, to effectively deal with them, reducing the possibility of serious injury. Knowing how to identify symptoms of stress and panic that may lead to the necessity of rescue for either yourself or your dive buddy and having solid skill training in both surface and underwater rescue will make you a better diver and a sought-after dive buddy. 

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives, including airfills.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI WRECK DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out External Survey and full penetration dives on submerged shipwrecks as deep as 30m. You will complete 8 course dives. The theory sessions will cover areas such as Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and any Law's relating to wreck diving. This course is not a simple 'through the Melbourne a few times' type course. The penetration dives are not in and out of single rooms but down multiple corridors and done in less than ideal conditions, there will be next to zero visibility on the way out. Our main focus is to train you for the worst wreck dive you will ever do, that way when you get to dive the wide open spaces of the Coolidge over in Vanuatu nothing could happen during the dive that you did not have the training and experience to deal with.

    Students will wishing to do the Penetration diver course rather than just an external survey course will require a full NTEC Scuba equipment set as well as certification as an NTEC diver. External survey students will just require a normal scuba setup. All students will require 2 x torches and both a primary and secondary reel. Those divers needing to purchase reels and torches can take advantage of a special course discount.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • Pool fees.
  • 8 course dives, 6 full penetration and 2 external survey (or 8 external survey).
  • All air fills.
  • 50% off equipment hire fees.
  • Certification.

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    PADI WRECK DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to carry out very basic penetration dives on submerged shipwrecks as deep as 30m. You will complete four dives, two of which will be basic penetration dives. The theory sessions will cover areas such as Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and any Law's relating to wreck diving. This course is a basic/quick wreck penetration course as it can be completed in a weekend. The penetration dives are not in and out of single rooms but down a corridor in less than ideal conditions, there will be low visibility on the way out.

    Students will require a full Scuba equipment set, 2 x torches and both a primary and secondary reel. Those divers needing to purchase reels and torches can take advantage of a special course discount. You must be at PADI Advanced Diver level to attend this course.

    Course fee includes:

  • All tuition costs.
  • All air fills
  • 4 course dives, 2 basic penetration and 2 external survey.
  • PADI Wreck Diver manual
  • Certification.

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    NAUI DEEP DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out no-decompression dives to 40m, using air as the breathing gas. You will complete eight dives, with four dives to 40m. All dives will require the use of backplate wings and harness as you will be diving with a stage cylinder as backup. We have a special deal on hire if you do not own the correct equipment. The theory sessions will cover areas such as the Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and Decompression Theory relating to recreational deep diving. This course will not qualify you to carry out technical dives, however it will expose you to some technical diving safety practices. Please note that you will be required to do 4 x 40m dives as well as 4 shallow equipment familiarity and skill practice dives and not just exceed 18m a few times as with the other courses available in Brisbane course.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives, 4 x single 40m dives and 4 x 12m+ dives.
  • All airfills, stage cylinder and regulator hire.
  • Certification.

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    PADI DEEP DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to carry out no-decompression dives to 30m, using air as the breathing gas. You will complete four dives, with all four deeper than 18m. The theory sessions will cover areas such as the Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and Decompression Theory relating to recreational deep diving. This course will not qualify you to carry out technical dives.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 4 dives.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI RIVER DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out 'low or no' visibility dives in local rivers to a maximum depth of 30m. You will complete eight dives, two of which will be 'low or no' visibility dives and two of which will be a drift dive. The theory sessions will cover areas such as Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and Safety Considerations relating to river diving.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives.
  • Certification.

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    PADI PEAK PERFORMANCE BOUYANCY

    This course is designed to teach you to safely conduct advanced bouyancy control. The theory sessions will cover areas such as Hazards, Techniques, Equipment and Safety Considerations relating to bouyancy control.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • Pool costs.
  • 4 dives.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI FRESHWATER DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out freshwater environment dives, in local lakes and dams to a maximum depth of 30m. The theory sessions will cover areas such as the Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and Environmental Considerations relating to freshwater diving.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI NIGHT DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out 'night and low' visibility dives to a maximum depth of 30m. You will complete eight dives, two of which will be 'low' visibility dives and the rest will be night drift dives. The theory sessions will cover areas such the as Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and Safety Considerations relating to night diving.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives.
  • Certification.

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    PADI NIGHT DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out 'night and low' visibility dives to a maximum depth of 30m. You will complete four dives, one of which will be a 'low' visibility dive. The theory sessions will cover areas such the as Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and Safety Considerations relating to night diving.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 4 dives.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI ADVANCED RESCUE DIVER

    This course will give you the same rescue ability as is required by a Divemaster. The theory sessions will prepare you with the knowledge required to act as a senior dive rescue specialist. The practical sessions enable you to build your skills to a level where they become second nature, and more effective in a rescue situation. If you've been through one of the typical 'factory' rescue courses, where the instructor wasn't even with you for the dives, and you're not feeling very confident as a rescue diver then this is the course for you!

    There are a few pre-requsites for this course:

  • Advanced diver certification.
  • First Aid certification (prior to certification).
  • Oxygen Resuscitation certification (prior to certification).
  • Pass a general diving skills 'in-water' assessment.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI DRYSUIT DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out scuba dives while wearing a drysuit. After a pool session you will complete eight dives. The theory sessions will cover areas such as Hazards, Techniques, Equipment, Dive Planning and Safety Considerations relating to drysuit diving. You will also learn about the use of Argon for suit inflation and thermal protection.

    You will be required to provide your own drysuit and transportation during the course. This course is FREE when you purchase a Hot & Dry 'Explorer' drysuit from us.

    Course fee includes:

  • All pool costs.
  • 8 dives.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI SEARCH & LIGHT SALVAGE DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry out small to medium sized object search and light salvage dives. The theory sessions will cover areas such as the Hazards, Techniques, Equipment and Dive Planning relating to search and recovery diving.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives.
  • Use of specialist equipment.
  • Certification.

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    PADI SEARCH & RECOVERY DIVER

    This course is designed to teach you to safely carry small object search and recovery dives. The theory sessions will cover areas such as the Hazards, Techniques, Equipment and Dive Planning relating to search and recovery diving.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • Manual.
  • 4 dives.
  • Use of specialist equipment.
  • Certification.

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    REGULATOR SERVICING TECH

    OVERVIEW

    This course designed to provide the experienced recreational diver, technical diver or dive leader with the training and experience necessary to attend and pass any factory service technician course as well as carry out a full regulator service in accordance with manufacturers guidelines. Equipment covered will be 1st and 2nd stages, power inflators and cylinder valves.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    No formal qualification will be issued for this course.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Advanced Diver (or the equivalent).

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Workshop hours - 16

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Use of workshop and all tools.
  • Servicing manual.

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    NAUI EQUIPMENT ORIENTATION

    On this course you will learn how to maintain your equipment to a higher standard. You will cover all equipment from the wetsuit through to the cylinder valve. You will learn how to carry out basic troubleshooting on your regulator and heaps of field maintenance tips. This course will not qualify you as a regulator service technican, however it will prepare you for most manufacturers service courses.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • Use of specialist tools.
  • Certification.

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    PADI EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST

    On this course you will learn how to maintain your equipment to a higher standard. You will cover all equipment from the wetsuit through to the cylinder valve. You will learn how to carry out basic troubleshooting on your regulator and heaps of field maintenance tips. This course will not qualify you as a regulator service technican.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • Certification.

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    PADI NITROX DIVER

    On this course you will learn how to dive using various Nitrox mixtures (up to 40%) and how to analyse the oxygen percentage in the mixture, you will be restricted to the maximum depth granted by your previous certifications e.g. 30m with as Advanced Diver, 40m with Deep Diver etc. and to breathe a maximum of 40% Oxygen. Upon sucessful completion of this course you will be issued with PADI Nitrox Diver certification. This course only requires one evening of theory. PADI no longer require certification dives for this course, however for an additional $88 we will supply a double boat dive as part of the course.

    Course fee includes:

  • All tuition costs.
  • 2 Nitrox fills.
  • Use of analyser and Nitrox cylinders.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI NITROX DIVER

    On this course you will learn how to dive safely using various Nitrox mixtures (up to 40%) and how to analyse the oxygen percentage in the mixture, you will be restricted to a maximum depth of 40m and to a maximum 40% Oxygen. Upon sucessful completion of this course you will be issued with NAUI Nitrox Diver certification. This course requires about 6 hours theory and four Nitrox dives

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 8 dives, including Nitrox mixes.
  • Nitrox mixes.
  • Use of Analyser and cylinders.
  • Manual and dive tables.
  • Certification.

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    PADI RESCUE DIVER

    Scuba diving is exiting, but like all adventure sports it has inherent risks that may result in injury and even fatality. Being knowledgeable in how potentially dangerous situations can transpire may allow you to prevent such occurrences from happening, or after onset, to effectively deal with them, reducing the possibility of serious injury. Knowing how to identify symptoms of stress and panic that may lead to the necessity of rescue for either yourself or your dive buddy and having basic training in both surface and underwater rescue will make you a better diver and a sought-after dive buddy. 

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition costs.
  • 4 dives.
  • Manual.
  • Certification.

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    PADI EMERGENCY OXYGEN PROVIDER

    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with training in the proper use of emergency Oxygen. This basic emergency Oxygen course also teaches the recognition of diving illnesses treatable by emergency Oxygen.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are able to provide divers with emergency Oxygen who may have had a near drowning or have decompression illness.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 12.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - 3

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Oxygen and use of administration equipment.
  • PADI required training materials.
  • Certification.

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    FIRST AID

    This course is a medium level Senior First Aid course, and as such a lot more emphasis is placed on you demonstrating competence in the practical aspects of First Aid. Merely attending the course will not result in passing. This course meets the requirements of the Rescue Diver course as well as all diving leadership programs. A course manual and wall certificate are included in the course fee. This certificate is not sufficient to meet the requirements of WH&S in regards to a First Aid Qualification required when working at a recreational diving workplace, see Workplace First Aid, below for the suitable certification.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 15

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Manual.
  • Wall Certificate.

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    DIVING FIRST AID

    This course meets the requirements, for training in First Aid, of the Rescue Diver course as well as all diving leadership programs. This course will also include training on specific types of diving maladies and the appropriate first aid. Your course notes and wall certificate are included in the course fee. This certificate is not sufficient to meet the requirements of WH&S in regards working at a recreational diving workplace, see Workplace First Aid, below for a suitable certification.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 15

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Course notes.
  • Wall Certificate.

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    WORKPLACE FIRST AID

    This course will be run to the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's standards. This course is designed for those individuals that require a first aid certificate for use in a workplace e.g. Divemasters operating in Queensland. This course exceeds the requirements of the Rescue Diver course as well as all diving leadership programs. In addition to what is required by RLSSA standards this course will also include training on specific types of diving maladies and the appropriate first aid. Your course manual and full RLSSA certification are included in the course fee.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Manual.
  • Full CBT Certification.

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    SENIOR RESUSCITATION

    One and two operator CPR/EAR on an adult, child and infant will be covered as well as using an untrained bystander for assistance. Your course notes and wall certificate/CBT certification are included in the course fee. Both recreational and workplace certification is available.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 15.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Course notes.
  • Wall certificate or CBT Certification.

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    OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION

    This is the next highest resuscitation course. In this course you will learn how to assemble and test a oxygen regulator and flow meter. You will also be trained in the procedures for administering oxygen to a breathing casualty. Your course notes are provided and upon sucessful completion of the course a wall certificate or CBT certification will be issued. All the required resuscitation equipment and oxygen are also provided. It is possible to this course in combination with a Senior Resuscitation course. Both recreational and workplace certification is available.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 15.
  • Minimum certification of Senior Resuscitation (can be done with senior Resuscitation)

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Course notes.
  • Use of all required equipment.
  • Wall certificate or CBT Certification.

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    OXYGEN EQUIPMENT RESUSCITATION

    This is the highest resuscitation course. This is one of the few courses in Australia to incorporate the use of an oro-pharangeal airway and the assistance of an untrained operator. On this course you will learn how to use an oxygen resuscitation sysyem to perform CPR/EAR on a casualty. You will be given course notes and upon sucessful completion of the course a wall certificate or CBT certification. All the required resuscitation equipment and oxygen are provided.

    This course exceeds the requirements of the Rescue Diver course as well as all diving leadership programs and meets the requirements for WH&S. You will find this course much more relevant and practical than some of the imported courses e.g. DAN. Both recreational and workplace certification is available.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of Oxygen Administration (can be done with oxygen administration).

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • Course notes.
  • Use of all required equipment.
  • Wall certificate or CBT Certification.

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    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed to safely handle high pressure gases and prepare EANx breathing gas mixtures for use by divers. As well as carry out oxygen cleaning of dive equipment.

    QUALIFICATION OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to prepare EANx breathing gas mixtures for use by divers without direct supervision provided the equipment used is the same as or approximates that used in training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.

    SKILL REQUIREMENTS

    The students are to analyze the resulting breathing gas mixtures from their own breathing gas blending practice. Students shall demonstrate mastery of the breathing gas blending system used in training; that is, each student will be able to complete a blending and cylinder filling operation for each gas blend sold by the facility without prompting by the instructor and without error.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All gas costs.
  • Student manual.
  • Use of Analyser.
  • Certification.

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    OVERVIEW

    This course is NAUI's introduction to Technical Diving and is designed to give the scuba or advanced diver an opportunity to improve their skills, knowledge and equipment configuration, thereby increasing their safety and efficiency. This class will allow recreational divers the ability to increase their confidence and skills under the watchful eye of a NAUI technical instructor. It will help prepare advanced divers for the rigors of tech training, should they decide to continue on with those demanding courses. By utilizing streamlined and efficient equipment configurations, divers will have the freedom to improve their skills. These divers will be more skilled, aware and responsible, allowing them to have more fun and safer dives. Improving non-technical skills and techniques and building diver confidence are the goals of the program. Correcting bad habits and mastering skills and techniques builds a solid foundation for divers to continue on with more advanced training. Due to the short length of the program, students should understand that these skills might not be able to be mastered without practice outside of the program. They will be shown the skill level they will need to attain and given an opportunity to practice with the instructor. Every effort will be made to ensure students develop the skill level to reach their potential. Skills which will be concentrated upon include, but not limited to: precision trim and buoyancy control, diver awareness, streamlining equipment configurations, improving kicks, dive team planning, communication techniques and risk assessment.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Scuba Diver (or equivalent).
  • Proof of 50 logged dives.
  • Ability to pass NAUI Scuba Diver watermanship assessments.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - 5
  • Confined water hours - 5
  • Open water dives - 4

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All pool/dives costs.
  • All Air fills.
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders, backplate/harness, wings and stage cylinder.
  • Certification.

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    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the EANx certified diver with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing optimal breathing gas EANx mixtures* of 25% through 80% (oxygen) for dives to a depth of 46msw not requiring stage decompression. (This course may be combined with the Decompression Techniques Diver Course. The resulting course would require ten dives for certification.) *80% EANx used for decompression and 25% to 60% EANx used for bottom mix.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to utilize EANx mixtures 25% through 80% (oxygen) without direct supervision provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI EANx Diver and Deep Diver (or equivalent).
  • Proof of 50 logged dives with 10 dives on EANx.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - twelve estimated
  • Open water dives - four

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All Air and Nitrox fills.
  • Student manual
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders, backplate/harness, wings and stage cylinder
  • Certification

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    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with a working knowledge of the theory, methods and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. As a part of the course students will plan and conduct a standard stage decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 50msw. Equipment requirements and configurations, decompression breathing gas mixtures (including oxygen and EANx) and decompression techniques are to be presented. (This course may be combined with Technical EANx Diver or Technical Wreck Penetration Diver. The resulting course requires an additional six open water dives for certification).

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute dives that require stage decompression utilizing air and EANx 25% to 100% oxygen without direct supervision provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Master Scuba Diver and Deep Diver Specialty (or the equivalent) and Technical EANx Diver.
  • Proof of 75 logged dives.
  • Helitrox diver or equivalent, unless doing a combined course.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - eight
  • Open water dives - six
  • Maximum training depths shall not exceed 50msw.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All Gas fills.
  • Student manual.
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI WRECK PENETRATION

    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with the training and experience necessary to gain the knowledge and understand the hazards of penetration wreck dives, to a maximum depth of 40m. This course may be combined with the Technical EANx and Decompression Techniques Diver Course.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute penetration wreck dives that do not require stage decompression (unless combined) and without direct supervision provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Nitrox Diver (or the equivalent).
  • Proof of 50 logged dives.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - eight
  • Open water dives - eight
  • Maximum training depths shall not exceed 40msw.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All Gas fills.
  • Student manual.
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders, wing, backplate and harness.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI TECHNICAL WRECK PENETRATION

    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with the training and experience necessary to gain the knowledge and understand the hazards of penetration wreck dives at depths beyond 40m and utilize Heliair for dives to a maximum depth of 55m that require stage decompression, utilizing EANx mixtures and/or Oxygen during decompression.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute penetration wreck dives that require stage decompression without direct supervision provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver and NAUI Heliair Diver (or the equivalent).
  • Proof of 100 logged dives including 10 penetration wreck dives.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - eight
  • Open water dives - eight
  • Maximum training depths shall not exceed 55msw.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All Gas fills.
  • Student manual.
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI HELITROX

    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with the training and experience necessary to gain the knowledge and understand the hazards of utilizing Helium for dives to a maximum depth of 46m that may require decompression, utilizing EANx mixtures and/or Oxygen during decompression. This course may be combined with the Decompression Techniques Diver Course.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute Helitrox based dives that may require stage decompression and utilize air, EANx and/or Oxygen for stage decompression without direct supervision provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Nitrox Diver and Deep Diver (or the equivalent).
  • Proof of 50 logged dives, including 10 EANx dives.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - eight
  • Open water dives - eight
  • Maximum training depths shall not exceed 50msw.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All Gas fills.
  • Student manual.
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders.
  • Certification.

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    NAUI HELIAIR

    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with the training and experience necessary to gain the knowledge and understand the hazards of utilizing Heliair for dives to a maximum depth of 55m that may require stage decompression, utilizing EANx mixtures and/or Oxygen during decompression. This course may be combined with the Decompression Techniques Diver Course.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute extended range dives that require stage decompression and utilize Heliair, EANx and/or Oxygen for stage decompression without direct supervision provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Technical EANx Diver and Decompression Techniques/Helitrox Diver (unless on a combined course).
  • Proof of 75 logged dives, including 10 decompression dives.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - eight
  • Open water dives - eight
  • Two dives must be deeper than 40m and two dives deeper than 48m
  • Maximum training depths shall not exceed 55msw.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All Gas fills.
  • Student manual.
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders.
  • Certification.

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    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based tri-mix breathing gas mixes for dives to a maximum depth of 61msw requiring stage decompression and utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of the Level I course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute technical dives that require stage decompression and utilize helium-based tri-mix breathing gas mixtures and EANx and/or oxygen for stage decompression without direct supervision to depths not to exceed 61msw provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification as a NAUI Decompression Techniques and Helitrox Diver or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives 20 of which must have been decompression dives.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours- 8 are estimated.
  • Open water dives - eight required.
  • Two dives must be deeper than 50m and two dives deeper than 55msw.

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs
  • All Gas fills
  • Student workbook
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders
  • Certification

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    OVERVIEW

    This course is to provide the diver with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based tri-mix breathing gas mixes for dives to a depth of 76m, requiring stage decompression and utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of the Level II course, graduates are considered competent to plan and execute technical dives that require stage decompression and utilize helium-based tri-mix breathing gas mixtures and EANx and/or oxygen for stage decompression without direct supervision to a depth of 76m, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification as a NAUI Decompression Techniques and Helitrox Diver
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives 10 of which must have been decompression dives.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours- 8 are estimated.
  • Open water dives - eight.
  • Two dives must be deeper than 50m and two dives deeper than 69msw

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs
  • All Gas fills
  • Use of manifolded twin cylinders
  • Student workbook
  • Certification

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    PADI - DSAT TEC DIVER LEVEL 1

    OVERVIEW

    PADI in conjunction with DSAT has just released the first of their technical diving programs. The new programs consist of two courses and an experience program. The courses are Tec Diver Level 1 and Tec Deep Diver, and the experience program is Discover Tec. In the Tec Deep Diver course, you will learn motorskills required for technical diving as well as the associated hazards, risks and limits of your deep technical training. In addition the course trains you to prepare for and respond to reasonably forseeable emergencies that may occur in this type of technical diving.

    DISCOVER TEC & APPRENTICE TEC COURSES

    The Apprentice Tec course, a sub-course of the Tec Deep Diver course, is for divers who do not yet have the prerequisite experience and training needed to complete the Tec Deep Diver course, but who want to begin developing the skills and knowledge involved in technical diving. It's goals are:

    • To qualify a diver to make gas switch, extended no-stop dives to 40m using air and enriched air with up to 60% Oxygen, using technical diving equipment and procedures.
    • To train a diver in the motor skills required for technical diving.
    • To assure a diver understands and acknowledges the hazards and risks involved with the above types of technical diving, as well as the limits of training received in the course.
    • To train a diver to prepare for and respond to reasonably foreseeable emergencies that may occur in this type of technical diving.
    • To provide the foundational skills for completing the entire Tec Deep Diver course.

    DISCOVER TEC PREREQUISITES

    • Certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
    • Minimum age: 18 years.
    • A minimum of 10 logged dives.

    APPRENTICE TEC PREREQUISITES

    • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.
    • Minimum age: 18 years.
    • Certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver or equivalent.
    • Certified as a PADI Deep Diver or equivalent.
    • Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, including 10 EANx dives, 12 dives deeper than 18m and 6 dives deeper than 30m.
    • Pass a waterskills and knowledge pre-assessment.

    COURSE OUTLINE

    To be certified as a PADI - DSAT Apprentice Tec Diver the diver must sucessfully meet all the performance requirements;

    • Knowledge development sessions 1 to 4
    • Practical application sessions 1 to 4
    • Theory examination 1
    • Training dives 1 to 7

    Course fee includes:

    • DSAT Tec Deep Diver Manual
    • Certification
    • All Air, and Nitrox fills
    • All instruction, pool and classroom costs
    • All dive costs
    • Use of Manifolded Twin Cylinders, backplate/harness, wings and stage cylinder's
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    PADI - DSAT TEC DEEP DIVER COURSE

    OVERVIEW

    This course is for divers that have the prerequisite experience and training needed to move beyond the traditional limits of recreational scuba diving. The goals are:

    • To qualify a diver to make gas-switch, extended no-stop dives; decompression stop dives and accelerated decompression dives using air, enriched air and oxygen, as deep as 50m using the technical diving equipment and procedures required to manage the risks involved.
    • To train a diver in the motor skills required for technical diving.
    • To assure a diver understands and acknowledges the hazards and risks involved with the above types of technical diving, as well as the limits of training received in the course.
    • To train a diver to prepare for and respond to reasonably foreseeable emergencies that may occur in this type of technical diving.
    • To provide the foundational skills for further training in technical diving.

    TEC DEEP PREREQUISITES

    • Have met Apprentice Tec Diver prerequisites.
    • Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent.
    • Certified as a PADI Deep, Nitrox and Advanced Diver or equivalent.
    • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, including 20 EANx dives, 25 dives deeper than 18m and at least 15 dives deeper than 30m.

    COURSE OUTLINE

    To be certified as a PADI - DSAT Tec Deep Diver the diver must sucessfully meet all the performance requirements;

    • Knowledge development sessions 1 to 6 (5 & 6 if upgrading from TDL 1)
    • Practical application sessions 1 to 8 (5 to 8 if upgrading from TDL 1)
    • Theory examinations 1 and 2 (2 if upgrading from TDL 1)
    • Training dives 1 to 12 (8 to 12 if upgrading from TDL 1)

    Full TD Course fee includes:

    • DSAT Tec Deep Diver Manual
    • Certification
    • All Air, Nitrox and Oxygen fills
    • All instruction, pool and classroom costs
    • All dive costs
    • Use of Manifolded Twin Cylinders, decompression cylinders, wings, backplate and harness

    NOTE:If you are just upgrading from Tec Diver Level 1 all the required equipment must be supplied by you or hired from us seperately, use of the above equipment is only included in the course cost when you are doing the full Tec Deep course.

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    PADI - DSAT TEC TRIMIX DIVER COURSE

    OVERVIEW

    This course is intended to extend the depth range for technical divers qualified to use air, enriched air and oxygen for technical decompression dives beyond 50 metres. The course will certify the student to dive as deep as 75 metres. Student divers are trained to use open circuit scuba while breathing various trimix blends, air, enriched air and oxygen. The Tec Trimix Diver course builds on the motorskills and knowledge acquired in the Tec Deep diver course and goes on to examine trimix diving hazards, risks and training limits. Divers are trained to respond to reasonably foreseeable trimix and technical diving emergencies.

    TEC TRIMIX PREREQUISITES

    • Be 18 years of age.
    • Provide proof of CPR and first aid training within the previous two years.
    • Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent.
    • Be certified as a DSAT Tec Deep Diver or equivalent.
    • Have a minimum of 150 logged dives.

    NOTE - Divers who have a qualifying certification other than DSAT Tec Deep Diver must read the entire DSAT Tec Deep Diver Manual and complete the knowledge reviews prior to beginning the DSAT Tec Trimix Diver course.

    COURSE OUTLINE

    To be certified as a PADI - DSAT Tec Trimix Diver the diver must sucessfully meet all the performance requirements;

    • Knowledge development sessions 1 to 4
    • Practical application sessions 1 to 5
    • Theory examination 1
    • Training dives 1, 3, 5 to 8 (dives 2 & 4 are required if inactive or if previous training was through TDI)

    Course fee includes:

    • DSAT Tec Trimix Diver Manual
    • Certification
    • All Gas fills (2 x 72m and 3 x 45 m Trimix Fills and Air/Decompression mixes)
    • All instruction and classroom costs
    • All dive costs

    Note: Course cost is based on one 'PADI Tec Deep' certified student only. The cost will increase for those divers needing to do two additional dives (as per standards above).

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    PADI - DSAT NITROX GAS BLENDER

    OVERVIEW

    The DSAT Gas Blender course will train you to become a competent and qualified gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified divers. You will learn the physical properties of oxygen, its associated hazards, handling requirements and what cleaning equipment is necessary. Finally, you will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox mix.

    GAS BLENDER PREREQUISITES

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be certified as a PADI EANx Diver or hold a qualifying EANx certification from another certification organization.

    COURSE OUTLINE

    The course consists of three sections. Section one covers Oxygen servicing, section two covers Nitrox blending and section three covers Trimix blending. You are required to attend and pass all the theory sessions including Trimix, however you can skip will not do the Trimix practical blending session.

    Course fee includes:

    • DSAT Gas Blender Manual
    • DSAT Mix Calculator on CD-ROM
    • Certification
    • All gases
    • All instruction

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    PADI - DSAT TRIMIX GAS BLENDER

    OVERVIEW

    The DSAT Trimix Gas Blender course will train you to become a competent and qualified Trimix gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified divers. You will learn the physical properties of Oxygen and Helium, their associated hazards, handling requirements and what cleaning of equipment is necessary. Finally, you will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox and trimix's.

    GAS BLENDER PREREQUISITES

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be certified as a PADI EANx Diver or hold a qualifying EANx certification from another certification organization.

    COURSE OUTLINE

    The course consists of three sections. Section one covers Oxygen servicing, section two covers Nitrox blending and section three covers Trimix blending. You are required to attend and pass all the theory sessions as well as all practical blending sessions

    Those divers that already have a PADI Gas Blender certification for Nitrox will only need to sit the final exam and complete the Trimix blending practical assessments to gain full certification.

    Course fee includes:

    • DSAT Gas Blender Manual
    • DSAT Mix Calculator on CD-ROM
    • Certification
    • All gases
    • All instruction

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    NAUI - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

    The NAUI Assistant Instructor rating is a NAUI leadership-level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to the basics of diving instruction. It also tests individuals in fundamental water skills needed to be capable assistants. Certification authorises individuals to assist active-status NAUI Instructors in the conduct of dive training. NAUI Assistant Instructor certification is a highly recommended step in the progression to NAUI Instructor.

    A current NAUI Assistant Instructor is qualified to:

  • Assist active-status NAUI Instructors in teaching skin and scuba diving during sanctioned diving courses provided the activities and locale are similar to those of the training. Additional training or experience is to be obtained by the Assistant Instructor who desires to assist in highly specialized training activities, such as deep, wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives.

  • A NAUI Assistant Instructor and can be counted toward student-instructor ratios.

  • After assisting an active-status NAUI Instructor with at least one complete, NAUI Scuba Diver course a current NAUI Assistant Instructor is qualified, if all other prerequisites are met, to enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC). (Attending a NAUI Instructor Preparatory Course (IPC) and certification as a NAUI Divemaster are recommended prior to attending an ITC.)

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • General. Meet the requirements applying to all NAUI Leadership courses:

    • Age. Minimum is 18 years.

    • Experience. Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 50 logged open water dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

    • Rescue Certification. At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required.

    • CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. CPR certification is to include Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation.

    • Materials. The following texts are mandatory:

      NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
      NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide
      NAUI Advanced Diver Manual
      NAUI Rescue Diver Manual
      NAUI Master Diver Manual
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Textbook
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Workbook

    • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving to AS2299 standard by a diving physician within the preceding 12 months.

    • Diver Certification. Certification as NAUI Master Scuba Diver and NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver or their equivalent. Divers with evidence of equivalent training and experience may be enrolled provided they pass the NAUI Master Scuba Diver written examination with a minimum score of 80%.

    • Administrative Requirements.
      – Submit a complete course application.
      – Provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water.
      – Provide all required texts and materials.

    • Certification Requirements.
      – Meet all course prerequisites.
      – Be currently certified in CPR (including Oxygen use) and first aid.
      – Complete all portions of the course.
      – Meet all course administrative requirements.
      – Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 80% or better.

    • Course fee includes:
      – All tuition/pool fees
      – All airfills and required dives
      – NAUI Leadership and Instruction textbook and workbook

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    NAUI - SKINDIVING INSTRUCTOR

    Do you want to begin working as a professional in the field, organizing your own courses, issuing certifications and conducting open water skin dives? NAUI SDI training will enable you to join NAUI as a leadership member and independently conduct skin diving training. You can also team-teach with a NAUI Instructor, offering the skin diving portion of the Scuba Diver Course. This is a leadership level certification course designed to train and qualify persons and issue certifications in skin (breath-hold) diving.

    An active-status NAUI Skindiving Instructor is qualified to:

  • An active-status NAUI Skin Diving Instructor may independently teach the NAUI Skin Diving Course and designated specialty courses as skin diving courses and authorise NAUI to issue certifications for these.

  • An active-status NAUI Skin Diving Instructor may, while being overseen by an active-status NAUI Instructor, perform as an assistant during NAUI scuba diving courses. If certified as a scuba diver, this may include scuba training activities.

  • An active-status Skin Diving Instructor may independently perform the swimming skills evaluation and teach the Skin Diving portions of the NAUI Scuba Diver Course.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • General. Meet the requirements applying to all NAUI Leadership courses:

    • Age. Minimum is 18 years.

    • Experience. Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 40 logged open water skin dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

    • Rescue Certification. At a minimum, a lifesaving certification is required.

    • CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. CPR certification is to include Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation.

    • Materials. The following texts are mandatory:

      NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
      NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide
      NAUI Rescue Diver Manual
      NAUI Mastering Breathold Diving Manual
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Textbook
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Workbook

    • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving to AS2299 standard by a diving physician within the preceding 12 months.

    • Diver Certification. Certified skin or scuba diver by a NAUI recognized agency with a minimum of 40 logged skin dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

    • Administrative Requirements.
      – Submit a complete course application.
      – Provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water.
      – Own all required texts and materials.

    • Certification Requirements.
      – Meet all course prerequisites.
      – Be currently certified in CPR (including Oxygen use) and first aid.
      – Complete all portions of the course.
      – Meet all course administrative requirements.
      – Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 80% or better.

    • Course fee includes:
      – All tuition fees
      – All required dives
      – All pool fees
      – NAUI Leadership and Instruction textbook and workbook

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    NAUI - DIVEMASTER

    The NAUI Divemaster rating is the highest NAUI leadership-level certification with the exception of Instructor. The program is designed to train experienced and knowledgeable divers to organize and conduct enjoyable open water dives for certified divers:

    An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to:

  • Organise and conduct dives for certified divers if the diving activities and locale approximate those in which the Divemaster is trained. Additional training, knowledge or experience is necessary for the Divemaster who desires to organize highly specialized activities, such as wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives or when entering a new locale.

  • Organise and conduct NAUI Recognition (such as International Diver) and Experience Programs (such as Stingray Experience) and award appropriate recognition materials to participants.

  • Assist an active-status NAUI Instructor in diving courses.

  • Enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC), (attending a NAUI Instructor Preparatory Course (IPC) and/or NAUI Assistant Instructor certification are recommended prior to attending an ITC).

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • General. Meet the requirements applying to all NAUI Leadership courses:

    • Age. Minimum is 18 years.

    • Experience. Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 75 logged open water dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

    • Rescue Certification. At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required.

    • CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. CPR certification is to include Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation.

    • Materials. The following texts are mandatory:

      NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
      NAUI Scuba Diver Manual
      NAUI Advanced Diver Manual
      NAUI Scuba Rescue Manual
      NAUI Master Diver Manual
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Textbook
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Workbook

    • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving to AS2299 standard by a diving physician within the preceding 12 months.

    • Diver Certification. The preferred minimum certification level is NAUI Master Diver. Individuals not possessing the preferred certification may be accepted for training only if they meet the following criteria:
      • Certification: Certification as NAUI Master Scuba Diver and NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver equivalent. Divers with such evidence of equivalent training and experience may be enrolled provided they pass the NAUI Master Scuba Diver written examination with a minimum score of 80%.
      • Experience: Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 50 logged open water dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.
      • Waterskills: Ability equivalent to that of a NAUI Assistant Instructor. Skills from the Assistant Instructor standards shall be evaluated if the candidate is not already certified as a NAUI Assistant Instructor.

    • Administrative Requirements.
      – Submit a complete course application.
      – Provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water.
      – Provide all required texts and materials.

    • Certification Requirements.
      – Meet all course prerequisites.
      – Be currently certified in CPR (including Oxygen use) and first aid.
      – Complete all portions of the course.
      – Complete a map and emergency assistance plan for a dive site.
      – Meet all course administrative requirements.
      – Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 80% or better.

    • Course fee includes:
      – All tuition fees
      – All airfills and required dives
      – All pool fees
      – NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
      – Mastering NAUI Leadership Manual and workbook

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    PADI - DIVEMASTER

    The PADI Divemaster course plays a pivitol role within the PADI system of diver education. PADI Divemasters assist Instructors with training student divers. They supervise diving activities for certified divers, snorkellers and skin divers. As diving leaders, PADI Divemasters can strongly influence the safety and fun divers enjoy during PADI training and diving.

    Certified and renewed PADI Divemasters are authorised to:

  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience.

  • Conduct the PADI Discover Snorkelling program.

  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program, for certified divers.

  • Accompany student divers on Advanced, Specialty and Rescue courses.

  • Assist a PADI Instructor in the open water training of divers.

  • Assist a PADI Instructor in the confined water training of divers.

  • Assist divers with the planning, organisation and direction of dives.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • General. Meet the requirements applying to the PADI Divemaster course:

    • Age. Minimum is 18 years.

    • Experience. Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 20 logged open water dives, however 60 dives are required prior to certification.

    • Rescue Certification. Minimum of Rescue Diver.

    • CPR & First Aid Certification. If you do not have a PADI Rescue Diver certification, current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for. CPR certification must include Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation, to work as a Divemaster in Queensland. PADI Medic first Aid or Emergency First Response will meet the First Aid and CPR requirement as far as PADI standards are concerned, however it is not acceptable for employment as a Divemaster at a recreational diving workplace here in Queensland.

    • Materials. The following texts are mandatory:

      PADI Divemaster Manual
      PADI RDP, Table and Wheel versions
      PADI Rescue Diver Manual
      PADI Advanced Diver Manual
      PADI Open Water Diver Manual

    • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving to AS2299 standard by a diving physician within the preceding 12 months.

    • Diver Certification. The preferred minimum certification level is PADI Advanced Diver and PADI Rescue Diver. Individuals not possessing the preferred certification may be accepted for training only if they meet the following criteria:
      • Certification: Certification equivalent to PADI Advanced Diver and PADI Rescue Diver. Divers with evidence of equivalent training and experience may be enrolled, however if the candidate demonstrates poor or inadequate performance during the diver rescue assessment, then the candidate must complete a full PADI Rescue Diver course.

    • Administrative Requirements.
      – Submit a complete course application and signed releases.
      – Provide and look after dive gear suitable for open water.
      – Own all required texts and materials.

    • Certification Requirements.
      – Meet all course prerequisites.
      – Be currently certified in CPR and First Aid.
      – Complete all portions of the course.
      – Complete a map and emergency plan for a dive site.
      – Meet all course administrative requirements.
      – Pass all knowledge reviews with a score of 75% or better.
      – Pass all seperate DM exams with a score of 75% or better.

    • Course fee includes:
      – All tuition fees
      – All airfills and required dives
      – All pool fees
      – PADI Divemaster Manual

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    PADI - TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR ASSESSMENTS

    These assessments are designed to give potential PADI technical instructors the ability to have their technical dive skills signed off by an existing PADI Technical Instructor as per PADI requirements. There is one assessment for Tec Deep and another for Tec Trimix.

    In respect of your applications to PADI to become Tec Deep and/or Tec Trimix Instructors we are able to assess your diving skills and sign the relevant sections of the application form as we are qualified PADI Tec Deep and Tec Trimix Instructors. Lastly we will help you prepare for the Instructor exams you must sit at any IE.

    Please note that these workshops do not lead to certification as a PADI Tec Deep or Tec Trimix Instructor, You must still meet all the remaining PADI requirements (consult current application form) and sit the final exams at an IE.

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    NAUI - INSTRUCTOR PREPATORY COURSE

    OVERVIEW

    This course is a pre-requsite for any non-NAUI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor wanting to attend a NAUI ITC. This program includes both instruction and evaluation. Enrollees receive the information needed to prepare for NAUI Instructor training.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may attend a NAUI ITC within 12 months of completing this course.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Divemaster (or the equivalent).
  • Proof of 50 logged dives.

    COURSE POLICIES

  • Classroom hours - 18
  • Open water dives - 4

    Course fee includes:

  • All classroom/tuition.
  • All dives costs.
  • All air fills.
  • Prep certificate.

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    NAUI - INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

    A NAUI Instructor is a person dedicated to the motto of "Dive Safety Through Education"; a person whom others look to for leadership and knowledge. NAUI has always been and remains today the most prestigious agency focusing on quality diving instruction rather than turnover and profit. You can share the adventure - and help create it! If you believe your work should be enjoyable and exciting, if you are eager to share your knowledge with others, if you believe that to train the best you must be among the best trained and most experienced, join the finest. Join the adventure!

    The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor members. During the course, future instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards. The ITC may be presented in two phases. If done so, Phase One, called an Instructor Training Program (ITP), contains all developmental training except for the final evaluations. During an ITP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators. The ITP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a week to an internship over an extended period. The internship option allows you the candidate to gain real experience with real students on real courses. All 'mass production' instructor courses train you to pass an exam not to become a good instructor. Who would you rather have teach your loved ones to dive?

    The second or final phase of an ITC so organized is called the IQP, during which a Course Director must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made. The course assures the NAUI membership that candidates who receive certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude to do so.

    Now that we have covered the NAUI ITC standards, let's look at our specific details. On your Mantis Diving NAUI ITC you will start with a 100 question theory pre-assessment examination, this let's us know where your major theory deficiencies lie. After this we will put you through several sessions on teaching methods and theory, legal aspects, NAUI, the business of diving etc. We will also cover your problem dive theory areas. You will be required to present and pass 15 classroom presentations, we will give you the first 14 topics and allow you to choose the 15th. If you fail a presentation you will have to re-present it until you pass it. You will be presenting and passing 10 confined and 10 openwater presentations. You will also be assessed on your skin and scuba rescue ability as well as your personal diving skills and watermanship. During your ITC you will sit a further 10, 25 question exams covering all major areas of diving. As NAUI allows you to instruct Advanced, Rescue and Master Diver courses some of your presentations will be drawn from these courses. Just when you think it's over you will sit your final 100 question formal NAUI Instructor Theory Examination. Part of your ITC will involve contact with real students and their real problems not just fellow candidates playing the part.

    As the Course Director that will ultimately decide if you make the grade or not will be there for every assessment over the whole ITC, luck will not play a part in your success at this ITC. This program is not a simple weekend away where the examiner may only get to see you a couple of times, everything you do over the whole ITC counts! If you want your Instructor c-card to mean something then this is for you, if you want to learn how to use a video or a fax then try elsewhere!

    Certified NAUI Instructor course graduates are qualified to:

  • Apply for Instructor membership in NAUI in any status provided for in the bylaws of the association.

  • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently teach NAUI sanctioned courses and authorize NAUI certifications for graduates.

  • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently conduct NAUI recognition and experience programs and authorize formal recognition for graduates.

  • An active- or sustaining-status NAUI Instructor is a voting member of NAUI.

  • Renew such membership annually (in any one status) by meeting the requirements set by the NAUI Training Department and Membership Committee.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • General. Meet the requirements applying to all NAUI Leadership courses:

    • Age. Minimum is 18 years.

    • Experience. Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 100 logged open water dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

    • Rescue Certification. At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required.

    • CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. CPR certification is to include Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation.

    • Materials. The following texts are mandatory:

      NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
      NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide ver 2.0
      NAUI Advanced Diver Instructor Guide
      NAUI Rescue Diver Instructor Guide
      NAUI Master Diver Instructor Guide
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Textbook
      NAUI Leadership and Instruction Workbook

    • Materials. The following texts are suggested:

      NAUI Nitrox: A Guide to Diving with Oxygen Enriched Air
      Physics, Physiology and Decompression Theory
      NAUI RGBM Dive Tables
      Scuba Equipment Care and Maintenance
      Diving & Sub-Aquatic Medicine, 2nd Edition

    • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving to AS2299 standard by a diving physician within the preceding 12 months.

    • Diver Certification. Be a currently certified NAUI Assistant Instructor, NAUI Divemaster or a NAUI IPC graduate within the past 12 months.

    • Administrative Requirements.
      – Submit a complete course application.
      – Provide own instructor-level diving equipment suitable for teaching in o/w.
      – Provide all required texts and materials.

    • Certification Requirements.
      – Meet all course prerequisites.
      – Be currently certified in CPR (including Oxygen use) and first aid.
      – Complete all portions of the course.
      – Meet all course administrative requirements.
      – Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 80% or better.

    • Course fee includes
      – All tuition/examination fees.
      – All airfills and required dives.
      – All pool fees.
      – Access to our diving library.
      – Full use of facility and all training aids.

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    NAUI - STAFF TRAINING WORKSHOP

    The NAUI STW is designed to prepare and evaluate suitable, active status NAUI Instructors in evaluating and counseling NAUI Instructor Candidates. A NAUI STW graduate may perform as an evaluator on the following NAUI programs; PREP, STW, ITP, ICP and staff the NAUI ITC, ICC, IQP and ITW.

    NAUI Instructors attending an STW must already own copies of the NAUI Leadership & Instruction Instructor Guide as well as the ITW/STW Guidelines.

    Interested, active status NAUI Instructors should contact us for full STW requirements and further information.

    STW cost is $550.

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    NAUI - INSTRUCTOR TRAINER WORKSHOP

    The NAUI ITW is designed to prepare and evaluate suitable, active status NAUI Instructors (STW qualified) in preparing, training, evaluating and counseling NAUI Instructor Candidates. A NAUI Instructor Trainer may direct the following NAUI programs; PREP, STW, ITP, ICP and staff the NAUI ITC, ICC, IQP and ITW in any position other that Course Director.

    NAUI Instructors attending an ITW must own or purchase the NAUI Leadership & Instruction Instructor Guide as well as the ITW/STW Guidelines.

    Interested, active status NAUI Instructors should contact us for full ITW requirements and information.

    ITW cost is USD$1000 (set by NAUI). This is a 3 day classroom, pool and open water based workshop, all meals and accomodation as well as NAUI registration fees and GST is included in the cost.

    Lapsed NAUI Instructor Trainers needing to attend just an IT Update will be charged USD$500 (set by NAUI), training materials requirements are the same as above for the complete ITW.

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    NAUI - COURSE DIRECTOR WORKSHOP

    The NAUI CDW is designed to prepare and evaluate suitable, active status NAUI Instructor Trainers in preparing, training, evaluating and counseling NAUI Instructor Candidates and NAUI Instructor Trainers. A NAUI Course Director may direct the following NAUI programs; IQP, ITC, ICC and ITW.

    Active status NAUI Instructor Trainers attending a CDW must own copies of the NAUI Leadership & Instruction Instructor Guide as well as the ITW/STW Guidelines. If you are sucessful at the CDW you will also be required to purchase the Instructor and Instructor Trainer Exams before you will be able to commence certifying at NAUI Instructor level programs.

    Interested, active status NAUI Instructor Trainers should contact us for full CDW requirements and information.

    CDW cost is USD$1800 (set by NAUI). This is a 3 day classroom, pool and open water based workshop, all meals and accomodation as well as NAUI registration fees and GST is included in the cost.

    Lapsed NAUI Course Directors needing to attend just a CD Update will be charged USD$500 (set by NAUI), training materials requirements are the same as above for the complete CDW.

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    NAUI INSTRUCTOR CROSSOVER COURSE

    The NAUI Instructor Crossover Course (ICC) is designed to train and qualify current non-NAUI recreational scuba instructors to train diving students and register them for NAUI certification. During the course, candidate instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards.

    The ICC may be presented in two phases. If done so, Phase One consists of an Instructor Crossover Program (ICP), which contains all preparatory training except for the final evaluations. During an ICP, candidates practice performances will be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators. The ICP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a day to an internship over an extended period. The second or final phase of an ICC is called the IQP, during which a Course Director examines the candidates and makes the final evaluation to pass or fail the candidate.

    Certified NAUI ICC graduates are qualified to:

  • Apply for Instructor membership in NAUI in any status provided for in the bylaws of the association.

  • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently teach NAUI sanctioned courses and authorize NAUI certifications for graduates. Each NAUI Instructor must have signed a materials agreement (front page of the couse IG) before teaching any NAUI course. This must be done for any NAUI course where an IG is available.

  • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently conduct NAUI recognition and experience programs and authorize formal recognition for graduates.

  • An active- or sustaining-status NAUI Instructor is a voting member of NAUI.

  • Renew such membership annually (in any one status) by meeting the requirements set by the NAUI Training Department and Membership Committee.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • General. Meet the requirements applying to all NAUI Leadership courses:

    • Age. Minimum is 18 years.

    • Experience. Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 75 logged open water dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

    • Rescue Certification. At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required.

    • CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. CPR certification is to include Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation.

    • Materials. The following texts are mandatory:

      NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
      NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide and upgrade IG

    • Materials. The following texts are suggested:

      NAUI Leadership and Instruction IG
      Physics, Physiology and Decompression Theory
      NAUI RGBM Dive Tables text
      Scuba Equipment Care and Maintenance
      Diving & Sub-Aquatic Medicine, 2nd Edition

    • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving to AS2299 standard by a diving physician within the preceding 12 months.

    • Instructor Certification. Be a currently certified Instructor in good standing with a NAUI recognized diving organization. NOTE TDI/SDI Instructors are not able to sit a NAUI ICC unless they have an active status instructional qualification from another recognised certification agency. Those TDI/SDI Instructors that do not have a recognised active status 'other agency' certification will need to undertake an NAUI IPC then attend and pass a NAUI ITC.

    • Administrative Requirements.
      – Submit a complete course application.
      – Provide own instructor-level diving equipment suitable for teaching in o/w.
      – Provide all required texts and materials.

    • Teaching Activity. Have taught or assisted in diving instruction for two or more courses since initial certification as an Instructor.

    • Continuing Education. Have attended one or more diving related activities per year since certification as a scuba instructor.

    • Instructor Training. Have 80 or more hours of underwater instructor-level training as a candidate or course staff member e.g PADI IDC/IE.

    • Certification Requirements.
      – Meet all course prerequisites.
      – Be currently certified in CPR (including Oxygen use) and first aid.
      – Complete all portions of the course.
      – Meet all course administrative requirements.
      – Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 80% or better.

    • Course fee includes:
      – All tuition/examination fees
      – All airfills and required dives
      – All pool fees

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    Instructor Professional Development

    So your now a Scuba Instructor! Where do you go from here? Sure you can do some specialty workshops, get into Technical diving or try your hand at teaching leadership courses. All these options are great and will definitely increase your earning potential not to mention allow you to vary your training enough to stop you getting bored by doing the same courses all the time. Unfortunately after all the hard work and even though you may be a great diving Instructor you still won't be able to use your skills for anything but diving.

    Gone are the days when First Aid training agencies recognised your Scuba Instructor rating as proof of Instructional training, these days their Instructors are all required to have formal Instructional ratings such as the Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

    If you want to expand your experience base as an educator or find an entry level job in training and development you need formal qualifications as an educator. The simplest and cheapest option is to enroll in a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment at most TAFE colleges and some private providers. This course will take about two weeks or the equivalent in nights and will cost anywhere from $700 to $1100. Normally their are no pre-requsites and you will find that your experience as a diving Instructor will help you pass the course. This qualification will allow you to become a RLSSA First Aid Instructor etc.

    The better option is to get a Degree in Training. This qualification will allow your years of experience as a diving educator to mean something in the mainstream world. In Queensland there are currently two options for obtaining a Degree. Instructors from any diving certification agency can enroll in the Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Training. This Degree is the same level as a Bachelor of Teaching (3 year degree). Higher still is the Bachelor of Education in Adult and Workplace Education, this degree is a Bachelor of Education (4 year degree course) and therefore higher than the Bachelor of Teaching. Not all Instructors may be able to enroll in the Bachelor of Education course as the pre-requsites are higher than those required for the Bachelor of Teaching. That said, all the NAUI Instructors that have applied for the Bachelor of Education have been accepted into the course, there have been some other agency Instructors that were not accepted. One last bonus with the Bachelor of Education is that all the practical subjects you do will cover the requirements for a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Once you finish these practical subjects you may RPL (recognition of prior learning) your Certificate IV at a cost of about $150.

    If you are worried that you didn't finish Grade 12 or your TE score or OP is insufficent, don't. These Degree courses are not open to school leavers, they are for people with real experience in the workforce etc. If you would like some more information on each course please arrange to see the Training Director. Currently the cost of a Bachelors Degree subject is $330 (if paid up front) and $440 if you use the HECS (tax system) payment option. With hard work it would be possible to finish the Degree in two years, but you are allowed up to ten years to complete all the subjects, should time or money be a consideration.

    How can we help beyond simply pointing you towards a suitable institution? Easy, as two of our Instructors have finished their own Bachelor of Education Degrees and a third is almost finished, who better to provide you with tutoring. As we have been there and done that we can help you overcome some of the problems you will encounter as you strive to complete your 12 or 16 subjects.

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    NAUI TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOPS

    The NAUI Technical Instructor Workshops (TIW) are designed to train and qualify current NAUI recreational scuba instructors also certified as technical divers, to train NAUI technical diving students and register them for NAUI Tec certification. During the workshop, candidate instructors learn effective methods to teach technical scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Tec Diving Course Standards.

    The TIW will be presented in two phases. Phase One is classroom and pool based. During phase one candidates will be required to present and pass, with a minimum score of 3, three lectures from the technical diving course the workshop is being run for. Candidates will also be required to pass the relevant diver exam with a score of at least 95% and meet specific watermanship requirements including a 1000m fin swim in under 18 minutes and a 1000m freestyle swim in under 25minutes. Candidates will also be instructed on and then required to provide practical and theoretical solutions for 43 specific problems that technical diving students may have. Phase Two is openwater based and involves the candidate sucessfully completing two dives during which time the candidates dive planning, personal technical diving skills and problem solving ability will be assessed. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an ability to stay within .5m of vertical buoyancy, perform a helicopter turn (360 degrees), back up in a horizontal position as well as all the skills listed in the NAUI technical instructor guide.

    Please note that while most technical diving agency certifications are acceptable there is a radical difference between some technical agency standards and as such, some of the dive skills you will be required to know and demonstrate may be unknown to you. It is the candidates responsibility to become familiar with all the required skills prior to the workshop, failure to do so will almost certainly cause major problems with the candidates ability to successfully complete the workshop. There will be no exceptions.

    Certified NAUI Tec Instructor workshop graduates are qualified to:

  • Independently teach NAUI Tec sanctioned courses (only for those NAUI Tec courses that a TIW has been successfully completed) and authorize NAUI Tec certifications for graduates.

    The following workshops are available here at Mantis Diving;

    • Technical Equipment Configuration
    • Intro To Tech
    • Technical EANx
    • Decompression Techniques
    • Helitrox
    • Heliair
    • Trimix 1
    • Trimix 2
    • Technical Support Leader
    • Wreck Penetration
    • Technical Wreck Penetration

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • General.
    • Age. Minimum is 18 years.

    • Experience. Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 250 logged open water dives as well as 25 Nitrox dives and 25 dives in the workshop area e.g. Trimix or Decompression.

    • Rescue Certification. At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required.

    • CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. CPR certification is to include Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation.

    • Materials. The following texts are mandatory:

      NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
      NAUI Instructor Guide for the technical workshop attended
      NAUI Diver manual and/or workbook for the workshop attended

    • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving to AS2299 standard by a diving physician within the preceding 12 months.

    • Instructor Certification. Be a currently certified Instructor in good standing with NAUI, other agency instructors must first crossover to NAUI. Crossover courses will not be run in conjunction with a Technical Instructor Workshop.

    • Administrative Requirements.
      – Submit a complete course application.
      – Have all required technical diving equipment for teaching in o/w.
      – Own all required texts and materials.

    • Teaching Activity. Have taught or assisted in diving instruction for ten or more courses since initial certification as an Instructor.

    • Technical Certification Level. Be certified as a diver for the technical level of the workshop. E.g. for NAUI Technical Nitrox - IANTD Tech Nitrox or PADI Apprentice Tec is acceptable, note: NAUI does not recognise TDI certifications for the purposes of pre-requsite ratings.

    • Certification Requirements.
      – Meet all course prerequisites.
      – Be currently certified in CPR (including Oxygen use) and first aid.
      – Complete all portions of the workshop successfully.
      – Meet all workshop administrative requirements.
      – Pass the applicable technical diver exam with a score of 95% or better.

    • Workshop fee includes:
      – All tuition
      – NAUI Tec Instructor certification
      – All Gas fills and required dives
      – All pool fees

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    NAUI TECHNICAL SUPPORT LEADER

    OVERVIEW

    The NAUI Technical Support Leader Course is designed to train knowledgeable NAUI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors who are also technical divers to act as part of a support team for technical diving and training activities.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF GRADUATES

    A NAUI Technical Support Leader (TLS) is qualified to provide assistance to teams of technical divers provided diving conditions and methods approximate those in which the TSL was trained. These duties may include shuttling of equipment, removal and replacement of staged decompression gases and equipment, rigging and setting up decompression stations and gases and monitoring divers during ascent and staged decompression stops. An active-status NAUI TSL is qualified to assist an active-status NAUI Technical Instructor in technical courses. *(NOTE: Maximum depth attained and gases used by the TSL may not exceed the qualifications of technical diver certification held by the TSL).

    PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Minimum certification of NAUI Technical EANx Diver and NAUI Divemaster or NAUI Assistant Instructor.
  • Proof of 75 logged dives with 10 dives below 30msw, and with 25 dives on EANx.
  • Have assisted with the open water portions of at least two diving courses and at least two Tech EANx diver courses.
  • Have Oxygen Equipment Resuscitation Certification.
  • NAUI Rescue Diver or its equivalent.
  • Current Workplace First Aid Certification.

    COURSE FEE INCLUDES:

  • Certification
  • Air/Nitrox fills
  • Tuition
  • Dive costs

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    EMPLOYMENT WITH MANTIS DIVING

    Mantis Diving always has vacancies for good Divemasters, Assistant Instructors and top quality Instructors in both the Recreational and Technical diving fields. There are two ways to become a Mantis Diving staff member, the first way is by being a graduate of a Mantis Diving, NAUI Divemaster, NAUI Assistant Instructor or NAUI Instructor Training Course. All graduates of these programs are already at the required standard for employment with us. The second way applies to all non-Mantis Diving trained Divemasters, Assistant Instructors and Instructors and involves an assessment program, this assessment program involves both classroom and in-water assessment. There is no charge for the assessment program.

    Any leadership members considering undertaking the assessment program should ensure that they have 'real' experience. Candidates trained through one of the standard diving leadership 'sausage factories' will find that although they have logged the required dives, they lack the proper experience to succeed. Mantis Diving does not consider that 60 5m/20 minute dives are condusive to gaining real experience.

    As Mantis Diving is a primarily a NAUI training facility any non-NAUI leadership member must be willing, within a reasonable time frame, to crossover to NAUI, we do not require that you drop any other agency affiliations. Although we do not demand or expect 100% loyalty to any one certification agency, there will be no exceptions to the above crossover requirements.

    Those leadership candidates who sucessfully complete the 'assessment program', and go on to work for Mantis Diving, will have the cost of their NAUI crossover course covered by Mantis Diving.

    Divemasters and Assistant Instructors are paid for their services through means of a facility credit scheme. This credit may be used to pay for further training e.g. Instructor course or to pay for dive trips etc. Specific conditions do apply with the scheme and they will be explained in detail at the pre-employment interview. There are no 'paid in cash' positions for Divemasters and Assistant Instructors at Mantis Diving. Regardless of this please note that all the requirements of the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act for Recreational Diving and Snorkelling at a Workplace will still apply.

    The current rates of credit for renewed, insured Divemasters are:

  • DM in-charge, day trip, boat/shore - $75
  • DM in-charge, Night dive, shore - $75
  • DM in-charge, Weekend trip - $150

    The current rates of credit for renewed, insured Mantis Assistant Instructors are:

  • Theory day, first assistant - $75
  • Standard course, first assistant - $150

    The current Mantis Instructor rates of credit for NAUI Beginner to Master Diver courses is as follows:

  • New Instructor (less than 150 certifications) $15 per hour.
  • Experienced Instructor (150+ beginner & 50 Adv/Spec certifications) $20 per hour.
  • Senior Instructor (400+ Beg/Adv/Spec & 40 leadership certificatuions) $25 per hour.

    Please note that the above is for when an Instructor wishes to use their instruction as payment for further Instructor development e.g. Technical Instructor workshop.

    As a minimum the 'assessment program' will consist of:

  • All Leadership level swimming tests as per NAUI standards.
  • Both skindiving and scuba diving rescue, minimum standard of 4.
  • Full CPR and First Aid assessment, including Oxygen Equipment.
  • All skin and scuba diving skills evaluation, minimum standard of 4.
  • A dive brief for both a shore and boat dive, mimimum standard of 4.
  • A dive debrief for both a shore and boat dive, minimum standard of 4.
  • Cylinder filling and equipment field servicing, DM and Instructor.
  • Underwater navigation test and bouyancy control ability test.
  • NAUI 'bailout' stress test and pool circuit.
  • Classroom presentation, minimum standard of 4, for AI and Instructor.
  • Pool presentation, minimum standard of 4, for AI and Instructor.
  • Ocean presentation, minimum standard of 4, for AI and Instructor.

    Please note that this is an assessment of your abilities and not a course! As such help will only be provided in relation to NAUI standards (swim times) and NAUI specific activities (bailout). As current leadership members of a diving certification agency your personal diving skills and rescue abilities should already be of a high standard.

    To make allowances for differences between agencies in relation to the assessment of formal teaching presentations we will make available to each applicant copies of all three evaluation forms at least two weeks prior to the assessment. Should you fail to make the standard at any point of the assessment, the assessment will cease at that time. The assessment scoring is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest.

    Instructors please note; that you will be assessed for all courses that you wish to teach with Mantis Diving. This means that you will be required to undertake all three formal lesson assessments for each course e.g. Advanced, Rescue, Specialty etc.

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    NAUI Internships at Mantis Diving

    As the concept of an intern makes most people think of Monica Lewinski let's first outline what is really involved. An intern at Mantis Diving is a person that wants to get training and more importantly gain real experience as a NAUI Divemaster or a NAUI Scuba Instructor while using their labours as payment.

    The following are the core, non-negotiable requirements to be considered for an internship;

  • Able to be here for not less than 3 months.
  • Be certified up to Master Diver with NAUI (or other acceptable agency).
  • Have already logged at least 50 scuba dives.
  • Be 18 years old.
  • Be able to support yourself during the period of the internship.

    Any individual, applying for an internship, must also demonstrate maturity, common sense, the ability to listen and learn from their mistakes, good diving skills and a willingness to ask for directions prior to undertaking any activity they have never done before. Individuals that act first and think later, demonstrate immaturity, lack the ability to learn from their mistakes and fail to acquire good diving skills will not survive long as an intern.

    Each internship application is considered on its merits and if successful the intern will enter into an internship agreement with Mantis Diving. This agreement sets out the responsibilities for both the intern and Mantis Diving. Also included within the agreement is the training Mantis Diving will provide and the compensation (work) that the intern will provide to Mantis Diving. An internship should not be confused with a 'work for training' agreement or an internship where you pay the dive shop thousands of dollars for their 'training'. As an example, when a candidate attends an ITC they have to meet the agency requirements for certification as a Scuba Instructor, an intern must exceed those requirements. All ITC candidates must make several graded micro teaching presentations, an intern must pass those as well as teach a complete scuba diver course under the direct supervision of the Course Director. At the end of the internship not only do you have the qualification, you also have the real experience to go with it. Interns get training on air and gas fills, specialty courses, equipment service (technician level), maritime qualifications, adult education, running a sucessful diving operation and of course Dive Leadership and Instruction.

    Remember, we require no payment from you for the internship. Because of that we only take a few each year and we won't lower the bar on standards. If you think you have what it takes give us a ring. Internships are available for NAUI Divemaster, Instructor and Technical Divemaster/Instructor. We do not do internships for PADI Leadership training.

    Your 'hourly rate' as an intern will be between $15(Master Diver or non-NAUI Divemaster) to $20(NAUI Divemaster) per hour, the fees for the NAUI leadership course you wish to do are the same as for any student off the street. Dividing the course fee by your hourly rate will allow you to work out how many hours work you must give us to cover the cost of your training.

    Mantis Diving Course Fee Refund Policy

    Refunds for cancellation or non-completion of courses may be given only when certain conditions have been met.

    With regards to course materials (manuals etc.) and equipment (skin diving set etc.), refunds will only be given if the course materials are in a brand new, 're-saleable' condition, also if any of the new equipment has been used in either the pool or ocean no refund will be given for it (this includes any cleaning/preparation of a mask).

    In regards to the instructional/diving portion of the course a charge of $25 per hour will apply for any instruction already given (classroom or pool) and openwater dives completed (up to the total value of the course).

    Any new equipment provided at reduced prices as part of a course package can be retained by the student, however it will be charged at its RRP and not the course package price. The package price is only available for students that complete their course.

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    This document was last updated on: 22/1/2009  (Today is: 26/1/2009)