After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There is something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. However, good divers don't dive deep just for the thrill. Internationally, the recreational dive depth is 130 feet, but you really should have a specific reason for going past 60 feet as that is about when nitrogen narcosis can begin to set in. In fact, the threat of getting "narc" and not DCI is the primarily reason for setting the recreational dive limit at 130 feet. As a new Open Water Diver you are trained and certified to dive to only a depth of 60" but you are going to want to go deeper and explore the depths so get trained to do it.
The Fun Part
The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. But have a reason, like taking photo's of the WWII armored tanks sitting on the deck of the San Francisco Maru at Chuuk where I hit 185 feet to spend a few minutes taking pictures and then 40 minutes making decompression stops back to the surface on a tank of nitrox 24 mix (with a pony bottle of the same mix just in case). Not something done except by very experienced deep divers. We had spent a week diving the WWII Japanese wrecks in the lagoon on nitrox as every dive was more than 60 feet.. Most divers will eventually want to drop off the reef and go down the wall to drift and explore in 80-120 feet hoping to get a glimpse of something big or something unique - or just to look down and see nothing below you but the void.
What You Learn
Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 60-130 feet
Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your Specialty Instructor
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Your Next Adventure
Many shipwrecks are often found in deeper water. That’s why the Deep Diver course is a natural companion to the Wreck Diver course. Sometimes you can take these two specialties concurrently. Other training to consider is the Enriched Air Diver course on your way to taking the Master Scuba Diver Challenge. For more information about this or other courses have a chat with one of the TEXAS DIVE CENTER Team members at firstname.lastname@example.org