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  Learning to dive in a basic class just barely scratches the surface (no pun intended) of what you need to know. We've long said that getting your certification card is like getting a license to learn. And no matter how many dives you've done or how long it's been since you were originally certified, there's always something new to think about. We've tried to narrow things down to what seem to be the three that people are not only most interested in learning, but what can be the most immediately useful:

NAUI NITROX

You knew it had to happen eventually. Although we were one of the last stores in the world the accept the concept of recreational divers using nitrox as a breathing gas, we're the best store to learn how to use it because we've thoroughly investigated all the ins and outs of diving nitrox, and didn't just succumb to the hype.

We'll teach you all about PPO2s, proper and improper uses of nitrox, the dangers of oxygen toxicity, how to analyze tanks, and a whole lot more. At the end of the classroom session you'll be qualified to dive nitrox. Course fees includes all course materials and certification card.

NAVIGATION

There's a great peace of mind to be had knowing that when you enter the water, you have the ability to return pretty close to the spot where you started. And that's what our Navigation class is all about. We teach it in two parts: Dry and Wet.

"Dry" is actually done on land (much easier to see and correct mistakes) and requires no dive gear whatsoever, other than a compass. We will cover the basics of what the compass is telling you, show you how to run a reciprocal (out and back), as well as how to start tog et fancy with triangles, squares, etc. And we'll give you some easy tips as how to estimate distances traveled.  If you like, you could just do the "dry" version and get a very good feel for how to use a compass along with natural aids to navigation.

FISH ID

The question we hear most often after a dive is, "What was that fish?" This class aims to help you discover those answers on your own.

We'll start with some basics of fish identification, learning common shapes, behaviors, habitats, and other things that help ID fish. Then we'll follow that up with some practical applications of actually figuring out the IDs of some fish pix. Because people travel so much nowadays, we'll cover some California fish, some Caribbean fish, and some Indo-Pacific fish. But you'll also learn, in addition to some specific names, that there are common characteristics that work in each ecosystem and ojce you get comfortable with some of the basics, the techniques work anywhere in the world.

PHOTO
WORKSHOP

With the proliferation of cameras nowadays, from small point-and-shoots to big housed SLRs to small video/still cameras like the GoPro, it seems like everyone is taking pictures or shooting video. And - as many of you probably already know - it's easy to take crappy shots. But to take ones you're proud of takes a little bit of work and thinking about what you're doing.

This 2-3 hour workshop aims to help you in those areas. We'll cover some of the basic things to remember when shooting, go over ways you can "fix" shots with things like Photoshop, and we can even look at things you've already shot and see if we can spot what the problems are. It's very free-form, and very hands on. The goal is for you to walk away with some skills and perspective that you didn't have when you walked in. And whether you're a new shooter or a veteran, we're willing to bet that you can become a better shooter after spending an evening with us.


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