There are now 24 Adventure Dives in the PADI Adventures in Diving Programme and 13 chapters in the 2016 Adventures in Diving manual. As a result, any Instructor may teach any of these 13 Dives. For the 11 Adventure Dives that are not in the new PADI Adventures in Diving Manual, an instructor must become a Specialty Instructor before running that Dive.
Caverns, ice and wrecks!
What is especially relevant is that penetration under overhead environments was not permitted on Adventure Dives. This is now allowed, for 18-year olds, during both the Cavern and Ice Adventures Dives, as long as the person teaching is a Cavern or Ice Instructor. There is neither a Cavern Diver nor an Ice Diver book. The Wreck Adventure Dive must still be conducted outside a wreck and any PADI OWSI may lead it. Either the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual or the PADI Wreck Diver Manual may support this Adventure Dive, because both are available. Penetration is optional, on Wreck Dive 4 only, but the rest of the Wreck Diver course must only be conducted by a Wreck Specialty Instructor, using the Wreck Diver Manual. Subsequently, Wreck Instructors certify successful student divers using the certifying credit packaged with the PADI Speciality Diver Manual.
Removed from the Programme
Although there are eight new Adventure Dives, PADI has removed three from the Programme. The Multilevel and Computer, Underwater Photographer and Underwater Videographer Adventure Dives have gone, but Speciality Instructors may still teach these Speciality Divers.
Dive Against Debris™
The Dive Against Debris™ materials may also be downloaded from:
Digital Underwater Imaging
Due to changing technologies, there is now a Digital Underwater Imaging Adventure Dive, which any PADI OWSI may conduct. This may also be credited towards Dive 1 of the Digital Underwater Photographer Speciality, which, as always, must only be conducted by a Digital Underwater Photographer Speciality Instructor.
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Meanwhile, the Diver Propulsion Vehicle Adventure Dive is no longer supported by a chapter in the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual. Although this Adventure Dive still exists, one must now be a DPV Speciality Instructor to conduct this Adventure Dive and Adventure Divers must now own their own personal, current copy of the DPV Diver Manual.
The Enriched Air Adventure Dive may still only be conducted by Enriched Air Speciality Instructors and students must have their own Enriched Air Diver Manual. If Adventures in Diving students choose this elective, then they must complete Dive 1. Specialty Divers need not complete either DIve 1 or 2. Both Adventures in Diving students who choose this Adventure Dive and Specialty Divers must complete the Knowledge Review from their NitrOx manual. If they pass the Enriched Air Final Exam, then they are certified as Enriched Air Divers, which is achieved via a Positive Identification Card packaged with the NitrOx book.
There is also now a Self-Reliant Adventure Dive, again for 18-year olds, who must have 100 logged dives. There is no chapter in the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual, therefore only Self-Reliant Speciality Instructor may conduct this Adventure Dive.
Linking Speciality Diver Courses to the Adventures in Diving Programme
Although 12-year olds may do the Deep and Wreck Adventure Dives, Deep Specialty Divers and Wreck Specialty Divers must be at least 15 years old. In conclusion. each Adventure Dive may count as Dive #1 of that Specialty. The Specialty may have a further one, two, three or five dives. If there is (i) a chapter in the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual and (ii) a Speciality Diver Manual in print, then the Knowledge Review at the end of that PADI Adventures in Diving Manual chapter is the Part I Knowledge Review in the Specialty Diver book. There is then a Part II Knowledge Review to do for the Specialty.
COURSE DIRECTOR DAN ROBINSON
Dan started diving whilst on a career break from merchant banking. He is now a fulltime PADI Course Director and much prefers his new “office”. He would love to meet you, dive with you and train you. Dan has two degrees in pure mathematics from Oxford.
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Dan runs PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor Development Courses, IDC Staff Instructor Courses, Master SCUBA Diver Trainer programmes, Speciality Instructor Training Courses and DSAT TecRec technical diving instructor courses in Indonesia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Kingdom. He will do all he can to help you be successful, starting from first contact and continuing throughout your dive career. Dan is an approachable and personable dive educator.
As a PADI CD, Dan’s main goal is not simply to train you to pass your Instructor Examination. He does have a 100 per cent. first-time pass rate at the IE, but that is largely due to his focus on real-World teaching applications. Dan wants you to teach after your IE and will do his best to equip you for this. However, all PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors and higher have passed an IE.
“My work is varied. I travel internationally and meet people from all over the World. My candidates come from all different walks of life. I still get to dive. I see amazing fish and also explore caves and wrecks. I live and work on paradise islands. I learn something new every day. I love my job.”
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