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Altitude Diver Specialty

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The world’s mountain ranges are synonymous with sport, adventure and recreation. Thoughts of fresh mountain air, sheer rock faces, icy brooks and deep-blue skies conjure images of the Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and other ranges – places to escape civilization, taste excitement or just commune with nature. It’s no surprise, then, that those headed up into unspoiled heights include scuba divers.

Fresh water mountain lakes are often cool, clean and clear, with interesting aquatic life. Artificial lakes and reservoirs formed amid mountains also offer unique diving opportunities. Both these natural and manmade wonders require special procedures for altitude diving. Altitude diving is your door to dive opportunities inland, away from the ocean, and amid some of the most beautiful surroundings on earth. And if you enjoy other pursuits that take you toward the top of the world, now you can bring your gear and scuba, too.

Therefore the philosophy of this course is to focus on extending your students diving opportunities by teaching them accepted altitude diving techniques and procedures. The goal of this course is to serve as an introduction to altitude diving and help the student diver develop the necessary altitude diving skills, knowledge and techniques. Students should be able to safely plan, organize and execute no decompression dives at altitudes up to 3000 metres/10,000 feet.

Students apply altitude diving knowledge and skills during actual open water dives. The course philosophy therefore, is to expand student diver knowledge about altitude diving and decompression theory, altitude diving physiology, altitude diving equipment considerations, and, using the recreational dive planner at altitude. Once learned, student divers apply the knowledge by making at least two open water dives practicing and demonstrating the practical aspects of altitude diving.


Prerequisites:

The Altitude Specialty Diver Course has two parts:

  • Knowledge Development (you will be given a course manual for you to study, independently prior to your open water dives) to become aware of the additional considerations, and changes to procedures on a dive at altitude.
  • 2 x Open Water Dives to practice dive planning using special altitude procedures, and to safely complete the dives staying within the limits.

The course takes place in 1 day, and is located at Lake Taupo.

Courses are scheduled around our trips to Lake Taupo.

Equipment rental is free of charge for this course.

Travel, food and accommodation are not included in the course costs.

First - purchase your course online.  Next, we'll get in contact and give you dates, and your course information pack.  This pack includes all the course details, online training information (if applicable), medical forms, etc.

  • On the medical form, you will need to answer a few questions. Please read the form carefully before filling it out. If you answer YES to ANY of the questions, you will need a doctor to sign the form stating you are fit to learn to dive. If the answers are all NO, you don't need to see a doctor.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.  You can find the form here.
  • If your course includes online training, you can start right away with your online training code.
Altitude Diver Specialty
Altitude Diver Specialty
Altitude Diver Specialty
Altitude Diver Specialty