Adventure Diver

Our PADI Adventure Diver Course at the Downtown Aquarium

The Denver Downtown Aquarium is the perfect location for our PADI Adventure Diver Course. You’ll learn how to better identify fish, describe their characteristics, improve your personal buoyancy, increase your bottom time and observe, identify and interact with a variety of sharks and other aquatic life. These exciting dives will help make you a more comfortable diver, improve your diving confidence and enhance your knowledge.

The Cool Part

You’ll participate in these new underwater activities in TWO DIFFERENT saltwater environments (Tropical Adventures and the Shark exhibit) where you’ll be surrounded with some of natures’ most incredible underwater critters and, the best part is, you don’t need to travel great distances to see them.

There’s more!  Once you complete our Aquarium PADI Adventure Diver Course you’ll have the opportunity to attain up to three PADI Specialties, by completing the corresponding second “specialty dive” the following day!  See details below.


What You Learn

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FISH IDENTIFICATION

  • Observe and identify fish families and species
  • Record sightings, abundance and habitats
  • Sketch/describe unfamiliar fish

PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY 

  • Basic Weighting Guidelines to determine the correct amount of weight you will need
  • Proper weight positioning for streamlining and visualization
  • Fine tune your buoyancy with breath control

SHARK CONSERVATION

  • Identify potential surface and underwater hazards to sharks
  • Demonstrate appropriate and responsible diving practices and behaviors to minimize  negative environmental effects

UNDERWATER NATURALIST

  • Demonstrate diving techniques that preserve bottom-dwelling organisms and minimize disturbing aquatic life
  • Identifying aquatic plants
  • Identify and observe aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates

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Prerequisites

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PREREQUISITES

  • Be a certified Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver from any recognized training organization
  • Be at least 10 years old (10 & 11 year olds will perform the Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive in lieu of the Shark Conservation Adventure Dive).  The Underwater Naturalist dive is conducted in the same exhibit as the Shark Conservation dive.
  • Must be 12 years of age to participate in the PADI Shark Conservation Adventure Dive
  • 10 & 11 year old participants must also read and sign, along with a parent or guardian, the Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risks Acknowledgement form and view the Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risk Video (see below)
  • Complete the Knowledge Review questions found at the end of the PPB, Fish ID and Underwater Naturalist chapters of the PADI Advance Diving manual or PADI eLearning online and the Knowledge Review for the Shark Conservation Study Guide.
Click here for required course documents

 

PADI Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risk Video


Adventure diverLearning Materials You’ll Need

You have two Options from which to choose.  Either PADI eLearning or PADI Home Study Materials

 


Course Fee – $295

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  • Includes:
    • Diving in two separate saltwater environments at the Denver Downtown Aquarium
    • Three Adventure Dives in the Downtown Aquarium (Shark Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Fish ID or Underwater Naturalist for those 10 & 11)
      Note: As mentioned above,  children 10 & 11 years of age will participate in the PADI Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive in lieu of the Shark dive
    • PADI Shark Conservation Study Guide
    • Each adventure dive is the first of two required dives for the corresponding PADI specialty.  You'll have the (optional) opportunity to participate in the PADI Specialty dive the following day.
      Note:  There is a separate fee for this service
    • BCD, Regulator, Gauges, Exposure Suit and Pressure Gauge
    • PADI Adventure Diver Certification Card & Digital Photo
    • (1) day aquarium pass (that day)

Not Included:

    • PADI eLearning or Home Study materials
    • Dive slate
    • (Optional) dives for the corresponding PADI Specialty Courses
    • Mask, Fins, Snorkel & Booties (these may be rented)
    • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items
      Note: Sorry, no bare feet allowed so please bring shoes (Keens, flip-flops, water shoes, etc) to wear on the wet deck

HOLD ON!  Complete Up to Three PADI Specialties on THE SAME WEEKEND!

Each of the three PADI Adventure Dives you complete during the Aquarium Adventure Diver course, corresponds to the first of the two required dives for that particular PADI Specialty.  You can take advantage of this great opportunity by completing the three corresponding dives the day after finishing your Adventure Diver course.  For example:  If you complete the second specialty training dive for the three Adventure Dives (Shark Conservation, PPB, Fish ID or Underwater Naturalist) you’ll receive a separate PADI Specialty Certification for each one you complete.  Pretty cool!

So What’s the Big Deal About a Specialty Course? Great Question!

Scuba diving opens the door to exploring the underwater world and specialty training allows you to see and explore the underwater world in new and different ways. The advantage is that you’ll build on new skills learned during your Adventure Dives and expand your capabilities, all while under the direction and supervision of a diving expert.  For many this will open the door to other diving opportunities.

Three PADI Specialties – $295

Click here to see what you will learn during each specialty dive

Once you've completed the specific tasks during the first corresponding adventure dive, you'll complete additional tasks during each of the following specialty dives.  

PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY SPECIALTY DIVE

  • Perfect your trim
  • Learn techniques to improve streamlining
  • Learn how to effortlessly hover vertically or horizontally

FISH IDENTIFICATION SPECIALTY DIVE

  • Fish identification strategies
  • Learn additional information on fish groups and characteristics
  • Identify locally found fish families

SHARK CONSERVATION DIVE SPECIALTY DIVE

  • Identify at least three different species of sharks
  • Describe colorations, swimming characteristics and markings on various sharks
  • Learn various behavioral differences between sharks

UNDERWATER NATURALIST SPECIALTY DIVE

  • How to interact responsibly with aquatic life
  • Understanding aquatic life behavior
  • The role of aquatic plants, food-chains and predator/prey relationships
Click here for course inclusions and exclusions
  • Includes:
    • Diving in two separate saltwater environments at the Denver Downtown Aquarium
    • Three PADI Specialties (Shark Conservation, PPB and Fish ID or Underwater Naturalist for 10 & 11 year olds)
      Note: Children 10 & 11 years of age will attain their PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty in lieu of the Shark Specialty
    • PADI Shark Conservation Study Guide.
    • BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit and Pressure Gauge
    • Three PADI Specialty Certification Cards & Digital Photos
    • One (1) Aquarium admission (that day)

Not Included:

    • PADI eLearning or Home Study materials
    • Mask, Fins, Snorkel & Booties (these may be rented)
    • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items
      Note: Sorry, no bare feet allowed so please bring shoes (Keens, flip-flops, water shoes, etc) to wear on the wet deck

Your Next Adventure

Once you’ve completed the PADI Adventure Diver course you’ll be ready to complete the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. It’s easy! All you’ll need to do is complete the PADI Adventure Deep Dive and PADI Adventure Navigation dive.


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DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM PADI ADVENTURE DIVER COURSE

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Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your deposit.

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