Aqua Clara Dive Schools of Florida, Inc.



Mail: P.O. Box 4309, Clearwater, FL 33758

Primary phone: 1.727.510.7138

Alternate phone: 1.727.535.6902

Fax: 1.727.535.8190



Lead Instructor:

  Robert W. Murphy:  

Master Scuba Diver Trainer:  

  PADI #26314:  



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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!






PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course

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 diving.

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.



"We 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."

-- Aqua Clara Dive, 2012


This is a deep reef dive off the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji.

Jean-Michelle Cousteau is on left and Bob Murphy is on right.

 It was 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 a

Nikonos film SLR without a filter. Note the color saturation outside the direct strobe zone.

Deep diving in tropics



Divers using DPV they rented from dive shop


Silly scuba diving pictures


Deep diving in tropics


Coral macro photography


Lion Fish in Fiji Islands


Drysuit diving in Florida spring


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