Specialty classes give you a chance to broaden your horizons and pursue your diving interests. We try to offer at least one specialty per month, so give us a call to find out our schedule. Even if we don't have your class scheduled, let us know you're interested and we'll set one up. Please scroll down or click on a link above to find out more about the classes we offer.
Enriched Air NitroxThe PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.
Peak Performance BuoyancyExcellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.
This course introduces you to the maintenance and use of a drysuit. It is intended for new owners and is included with the purchase of a new drysuit, but even long time owners can learn a thing or two.
Emergency First Responder
Join SLO Ocean Currents for the PADI Emergency First Response Course. The Emergency First Response Course is designed for use by all walks of life. This course is for people seeking first aid / CPR training to meet diving course requirements, personal enhancement, or as part of a community service activity. Studies have shown that many people fail to provide care in an emergency for fear of doing it wrong. Rather than stressing perfect performance, this course teaches competent care through scenario practice. In a relaxed environment, our instructors provide guidance and tips during the student conducted scenarios because competent care given is better than perfect care withheld.
The course covers maintenance, storage, preparation, common problems, and infield repairs. We'll also take a look at a variety of different types of gear to familiarize you with what's out there. This course can help you when selecting personal gear, working with rental or borrowed gear, and can make you a hero in the eyes of all your dive buddies! Remember to bring all your gear to class (and what you don't have we will provide).
Have you ever stayed out late to watch a meteor shower, a passing comet, or perhaps Mars? It's amazing how much more the sky has to offer after the sun goes down, and the ocean waters are no different. Learning how to be comfortable diving at night opens you up to a whole new world of diving. Many of the ocean's creatures feed at night and hide during the day. Witnessing this changing of the guard first hand is something every diver should have an opportunity to do. That's why we offer the Night Diving course. Learn the safety techniques specific to night diving to ensure you have safe, fun night dives and get the most out of your adventures.
Search & Recovery
Who says you can't take it with you? Learn how to properly and safely salvage those goodies you find underwater. From finding the good stuff in the first place through bringing it back to the surface, this course covers it all.
Do you enjoy the thrill of the hunt? Are you tired of those "fresh" fish you're always bringing home from the market? Our Underwater Hunter course is just for you! This course covers the equipment required for different types of hunting, the techniques used for successful hunting, as well as awareness of how to hunt responsibly (and legally!). The course includes a lecture portion, usually a practice pool session, and a boat trip to the Channel Islands to hone your skills. Taught exclusively by Anthony Reynolds, this is a must take class for any aspiring freediver or scuba diver interested in spearfishing, chasing lobster, and taking other game.
"What was that?!!" Tired of saying that after each dive? Come take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course. This course will discuss local marine wildlife identification, habits, and behavior. The course structure is under development, and will likely include one or two lectures per month over a couple of months. We'd like to go in depth with this course, so if you're interested let us know how you would like it structured. Other possibilities include a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Do you like to get lost beneath the waves? Most of us do, that's why we're divers! However, most of us also dislike really getting lost beneath the waves. That's why we're happy to offer the Underwater Navigation Specialty Course. This course includes a lecture and three guided dives. Learn how to use your compass as well as natural navigation to effectively get around underwater, find what you're looking for, and avoid long surface swims.
This class teaches you how to properly select and maintain your underwater photography equipment in addition to general photography techniques and underwater photography techniques. This course covers the use of both film and digital cameras as well as an introduction to image enhancement and modification with Adobe Photoshop. Not sure if you want to make the investment in an underwater system quite yet? Rental systems are available for you to use during the class.
This course introduces you to the safety techniques employed while wreck diving. You'll learn what you need to do to enjoy safe and enjoyable penetration of these underwater marvels. This course typically includes a trip to San Diego for a day of boat diving on the wrecks of the Yukon and Ruby E.