Training Courses

padiPADI®, or the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, has been teaching people to dive for over 40 years. With 135,000 Professionals throughout the world, PADI® training offers simply the best way to master the art of scuba diving. So, take advantage of all the PADI® courses offered at Texas Dive Center, Inc and you’ll soon be exploring the wonders of the underwater universe. Come talk to us and we can put together a package that could get you from Open Water to Instructor is 12-18 months. We can create special training packages for you by doing concurrent training and linking courses to speed up your training and reducing your overall costs. At Texas Dive Center, we make every effort to meet your busy schedule and diving interests.

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Open Water Diver

This course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (eLearning, using your IPAD, or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it, because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified open water diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five confined water dives and four open water dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
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AOW diverAdvanced Open Water Diver

This course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water.

This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving. You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

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Adventure Diver

Have you always wanted to try underwater photography? How about wreck diving? Here’s your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more at ease in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy scuba diving more than ever. Here are the Adventure Dives available to choose from:

  • Altitude Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Underwater Videography
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Underwater Photography
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • AWARE-Fish Identification
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Search and Recovery Diver
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Rescue Diver

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. You’ll learn:

  • Self rescue
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
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alititude diverAltitude Diver

Any time you’re diving at 300 to 3000 meters/1000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you’re altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you. You’ll learn the effects of pressure at higher altitudes and how to adjust your dive plan accordingly. Whether you use a recreational dive planner table (RDPTM), an electronic eRDPTM or a dive computer, you’ll learn how plan and make a dive at high altitudes. You’ll learn:

  • Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Recreational Dive PlannerTM procedures for diving at altitude
  • Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures at altitude
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fish idAWARE Fish ID

Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, “What was that?” The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

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conservation diverCoral Reef Conservation Diver

As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and:

  • How coral reefs function?
  • Why they are so important?
  • Why many reefs are in serious trouble?
  • What you can do to prevent further decline?
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deep diverDeep Diver

After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. You’ll learn:

  • Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 meters/ 60-130 feet
  • Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
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photographerDigital Underwater Photographer

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

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scuba-gear_0Equipment Specialty Course

Equipment Specialty Course – Please Call for Details. You will learn how to properly care for your equipment to reduce annual service repair costs and improve the safety of your dives by having reliable equipment. Every diver needs this course rather than learning bad habits from bad divers.

  • Price: $179
  • Course Length: 1 day.
  • Private Class: Call for Availability.
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night diverNight Diver

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat and into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night. You’ll learn:

  • Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  • How to control your buoyancy at night
  • Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  • Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you’ll see are different
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dsdDiscover Scuba Diver

Have you been wondering what it’s like to breathe underwater? A PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is a great way to find out what scuba diving is really like before you take the full scuba certification course.

Your scuba instructor will spend a little time with you to explain the basic principles of scuba diving and give you an overview of your scuba gear, which is supplied by the dive shop. Once you feel comfortable, your instructor will take you in the pool to help you learn basic scuba skills. Then, if you like, you can go with your instructor for a short discovery dive up to 40 feet/ 12 metres. Most Discover Scuba Diving experiences last about an hour or two.

The skills you learn during your Discover Scuba Diving experience may be credited toward the full PADI Open Water Diver certification.

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efr courseEmergency First Response (EFR)

Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. The course focuses on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure participants have the confidence in their ability to provide care when emergency situations arise.

  • Required Hours: 4-8
  • Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies.
  • Injury Assessment
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scuba reviewScuba TuneUp

Then a Scuba TuneUp is just the refresher you need. It reacquaints you with diving and the basic skills of a safe recreational diver so that you’re back to feeling comfortable in the underwater world in a couple of hours. For many training classes above Open Water Diver, your instructor may require a review of your basic skills before additional training to assess your readiness to take on more training, so stay tuned up! The course is designed for anyone who wants to refresh their dive knowledge. The program is primarily designed for certified divers who wish to return to scuba diving after a period of inactivity, however, it is also a great resource for those divers who are returning to a course of training after a shorter break in the training cycle.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Maximum depth: Confined Water
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SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS

We offer a full range of PADI Specialty Course Certifications for you. Pick five and you will be well on your way to becoming a Dive Master or Instructor.

CERTIFICATIONS AND PRICING

Whether you just want to give it a try, become a certified scuba diver, just continue your education, or maybe you are even thinking of a career as a Pro, we can offer you the right package. All our instructors are certified by PADI, the biggest world wide scuba diving organization, to conduct PADI Scuba Diving Courses on all different levels.

Our goal is to make the scuba diving courses a fun experience, and not give you the feeling as if you were back in school. Our dive center has a large, air conditioned classroom with all facilities to teach you the academics. PADI instructors and study materials give you the opportunity to learn scuba diving in a method that best fits your schedule and needs. Our pool  is just 10 minutes away, so you can continue your practical scuba diving training right away. Our open water classes are conduct at Balmorhea State Park in the Davis Mountains or at Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM.

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PADI Scuba Diving Courses start every day. Take your chance to explore the underwater world!