Deep diving in excess of 60' is quite
common at resorts throughout the world. A good example is the Santa Rosa
Wall drift dive in Cozumel, Mexico where the dive depth averages about
80' but where the bottom is actually several hundred feet below that
level. With proper training most would consider it no more risky than
any other dive. However, it is clearly not the same as having a sandy
floor 40'-50' below the surface.
Florida also has much deep diving. If you were trained in the north
Florida springs or in the Gulf, you may not yet have seen much diving
below 40-60'. We feel strongly that if you choose to dive on the deeper
wrecks off Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe counties (or an overnight Gulf
Middle Grounds spearfishing trip), you should first have some
fundamental training. Learning by experience unnecessarily adds too much
risk to these type dives. That is especially true for the many excellent
dives that are in the 100'-130' depth ranges.
Techniques, gear, gas consumption, safety
stop procedures, are re-stressed in this course within the context of
how they differ from more shallow diving.
In addition to adding one or two specialties
(i.e., if you choose to also take the Boat Diver specialty course) more
towards your Master Scuba Diver rating, by successfully completing this
course you will also become a safer and more knowledgeable deep diver.
Safety and knowledge translate directly to more enjoyable dives, both
for you and for those who dive with you as buddies!
In deep diving, the belief in learning by
mistakes, is the first mistake!
Deep Diver Specialty
Itís a rare diver who hasnít felt the urge to dive deep. Deep diving
opens the door to many new exciting dive sites like deeper wrecks, reefs
and walls. As a rule, divers tend to be adventurous people, and deep
diving Ė whether to visit a wreck or take photos Ė can certainly be
called adventurous. Itís only natural that like most divers, you have
some interest in deep diving. Deep diving is a means to an end. You make
a deep dive to see, to do or to experience something that you canít on a
shallower dive. Thereís no reason to make a deep dive if you can make
essentially the same dive at a shallower depth. Unlike shallower
dives, deep dives tend to be short since time and air supply is limited.
Therefore, you donít have a great deal of time to do much so youíll need
to make smart decisions about a dive objective and dive accomplishments.
Keep that thought, the focus of this course is on making smart decisions
for a stress free, deep diving experience with an emphasis on safety.
Thus, the goal of this course is to bring to light the necessary
equipment needed to support deep diving activities, to discourage thrill
seeker attitudes and encourage the proper deep diving behavior of
following appropriate limits, and on a systematic, methodical approach
to enjoying deep diving. You will develop the techniques involved in
deep diving within recreational limits (between the depths of 60 feet
and 130 feet) while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life.
The best way to learn Deep Diving procedures and to apply them is by
doing it. This course expands your knowledge about deep dive planning
and organization, the basics of deep diving, hazards to avoid, deep
diving support equipment, and how to interact responsibly with the
aquatic life you will see while deep diving. While taking the course you
will apply the knowledge you gain by reading the PADI Deep Diver Manual
and watching the companion video by going on at least four open water
dives while practicing and demonstrating the practical aspects of deep
This course can be taught stand-alone. However, for those who may reside
on the Gulf side of Florida, it may also be advantageous to think about
taking it in conjunction with the Boat Diver specialty course. The
reason is simple... deep water is relatively hard to find in the Gulf
without traveling 20 miles or more offshore. Conversely, Aqua Clara Dive
can make arrangements for a weekend trip to South Florida where the boat
trips are only a few miles, the visibility conditions most often better
and the goals of the dives more enjoyable (e.g., wreck exploration in
conjunction with the training dives).
As is mentioned in the Boat Diver specialty page,
Bob Murphy is uniquely qualified to teach the Boat Diver course as a former U.S.
commissioned naval officer. He has logged several hundred dives in
excess of 60' on numerous South Florida dive sites. In addition, he
has in excess of 1,000 dives from commercial dive charter boats in
multiple countries around the world.
Click below to inquire about our next Boat Diver class.
feel strongly that divers who choose to dive in the 60' to 130' area of
the water column should have additional training. It is for two primary
reasons, safety and enjoyment. In terms of the former, diving should not
be about how deep, how long and how risky you have made your dives.
Required techniques should not be acquired via near misses. Many
boastful divers are no longer around to tell their tales. In terms of
the latter, some of the most beautiful dives sites you will encounter
are on walls and deep reefs."
Clara Dive, 2012
This is a deep
reef dive off the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji.
Cousteau is on left and Bob Murphy is on right.
winter in Fiji at the time and the sea conditions were mixed from day to day.
Visibility on this
dive was 80-100 horizontal feet at a depth of approximately 80 feet. Camera was
Nikonos film SLR
without a filter. Note the color saturation outside the direct strobe zone.