Atlantis Divers Scientific
and Research Diver Programs

Research Diver

The purpose of this specialty course is to acquaint the Open Water diver with the fascinating topic of research diving. After the completion of this course, a diver will be better able to discover, explore, and appreciate the underwater environment by using research techniques and better preserve and protect the underwater environment.

This is a great first course to get you on your way. In this course you will learn research techniques used during diving and more about the underwater world including the environment and the aquatic life.

What you can expect to learn:

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the Instructor.

Tuition: $155.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
Expedition fee applies


Underwater Archaeologist Diver

Qualified divers are essential to collect and record archaeological data on submerged cultural resources and often perform invaluable volunteer assistance to accredited archaeologists by assisting during field work.

In the Underwater Archaeologist course you will learn specific skills and knowledge that are helpful for wreck diving activities and provide increased enjoyment when visiting submerged cultural resources. You'll gain the basic information and skills that are used in underwater archaeological interpretation of wreck and other sites, as well as mapping, sketching, and researching techniques.

In this course you will earn the basic techniques used to conduct research as a NAUI Underwater Archaeology Diver. During the classroom session you will receive a history of Underwater Archaeology and its origin along with training in the prober research and collecting techniques. Pool sessions will allow you to practice standard search and measuring techniques used in this research. Next it’s underwater for two dives to practice what you have learned. Back in the lab, detailed debriefing is conducted with you preparing field notes and drawings to document your fieldwork. This is truly a hands on program. A NAUI Underwater Archeologist certification card is issued upon completion.

Tuition: $255.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
Expedition fee applies


Underwater Ecologist

As you become more environmentally aware of your underwater surroundings, you may find yourself particularly interested in the ecology of two major oceanic environments, the Kelp Forests and the Coral Reefs. NAUI proactively promotes sound environmental diving techniques to help protect our planet's ecosystems, and teaching divers how to better interface with the delicate kelp and coral environments. Through the Underwater Ecologist courses, you will learn more about our favorite diving environments.

Underwater Ecologist: Kelp Forest

The Underwater Ecologist (Kelp Forest) specialty course focuses on the complex and productive ecosystem bordering much of the west coast of North America, from Alaska to Baja California. Kelp forests are also found in other cooler coastal waters of South America, Tasmania, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and many other locations. This course examines the kelp forests, their occupants such as mollusks, crustaceans, fish and marine mammals.

What You Will Learn
This course is to expose the diver to either kelp forest or coral reef ecology and the methods used by underwater ecologists in their studies of the respective ecosystems. The use of current events and news of recovered and threatened ecosystems are an important part of this course. Day and night dives are encouraged as part of this course.

Following successful completion A NAUI Underwater Ecologist: Kelp Forest card is issued

Tuition: $125.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
Expedition fee applies

Underwater Ecologist: Coral Reef

Coral reefs are primarily found in three major biogeographic regions of the world: The tropical western Atlantic (Caribbean), the Red Sea, and the Indo-Pacific region. Coral colonies are composed of thousands of tiny polyps, each with its own protective skeleton. The Underwater Ecologist (Coral Reef) specialty course focuses on the vertebrates and invertebrates of the complex living reef. This course examines coral zonation, seagrass beds, lagoons, mangroves, and the common reef algae, invertebrates and reef fishes.

Tuition: $125.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
Expedition fee applies


Underwater Environment

Want to learn more about the underwater environment in which you dive? Enroll in an Underwater Environment course and learn about the physical and biological aspects of the diving environment with emphasis on your local area. You'll study related sciences, such as oceanography, limnology, geology, biology, and ecology, and learn about various types of plant and animal life, conservation and pollution issues, the characteristics of water movement, shore, bottom and surface conditions, and how to plan dives in diverse diving locations.

Your course may include field study on an Atlantis Expedition, exposing you to several diving environments such as lakes or the ocean, rocky reefs, and sand beaches. Whether you are a skin or scuba diver, an Underwater Environment course will catch your interest!

Tuition: $225.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
Expedition fee applies


Fluorescence Night Diver Specialty

This specialty is an introduction to Fluorescence (Fluo) Night Diving, to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of Fluo diving. It’s intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to Fluo diving. This training will emphasize safety and fun.

This course is going to put an entirely new texture to your night diving experience. You will see creatures in an entirely different way. You will even see creatures that without the techniques and equipment you will learn about in this course that are virtually invisible under regular white light conditions, be it daytime or nighttime.

The purpose of the Fluo Specialty Diver Course is a safe introduction under professional supervision into diving at night with blue light torches (flashlights) and mask barrier filters to experience the effect of fluorescence in marine life.

Tuition: $150.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
A Blue light exploratory unit is required for each student
Expedition fee applies


Shark Conservation Diver Specialty Course

Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists.

But sharks are in a global decline. Overfishing has reduced many shark populations around the world to levels that threaten their continued existence. Shark numbers have fallen by more than 80% in many cases, and the continued existence of some species is at immediate risk in some regions. European sharks are particularly in danger with around one third of the species threatened with extinction, one of the highest levels in the world.

There are many actions needed to address these issues. Shark fisheries management is of primary importance, but trade restrictions and monitoring are also important. The goals of the Shark Conservation Diver course are to inform students of the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies, to educate them about the causes of declining shark populations, to build an understanding of what is missing in current shark fisheries management, to dispel misperceptions that may block them from taking action, and to inspire them to help sharks by taking action.

The Shark Conservation Diver course has been written to expose divers to a broad a range of participants. The course may be taught as a dive certification course or a non-dive education program. Diver certification will include field study work.

Tuition: $150.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
Expedition fee applies


Aquarium Diver

Aquarium husbandry has an important role in education of both divers and non-divers, rescue and research of aquatic creatures. This is an important part of the Atlantis diver’s life science program. Our professional dive staff will teach you the basics of Aquarium diving, husbandry, outreach, safety and proceeds before taking the plunge. You will also learn the role divers can play in reef conservation and how to be a steward of our precious natural resources.

Aquarium dive.

You can complete your class at any aquarium offering the aquarium dive experience or with us on an aquarium dive expedition. Almost all aquariums will provide an additional 1 hour classroom session. where we will learn about that specific aquarium, its conservation message, the animals you will see, etc.

Tuition: $175.00
Includes certification fee and card.
Textbook & Materials: are additional.
Expedition fee and aquarium fee applies


Get them all and be recognized for your achievement.

After successful completion of all the above core specialties along with your NAUI Master Diver Certification. You will be awarded, and recognized as an official Atlantis Divers Research diver. You will join the ranks and have some great research dives and expeditions offered only to you.


We also offer

  • Supporting certification classes in the following:
    • Under Water Propulsion Vehicle
    • Wreck diving Basic and Advanced
    • Advanced Nitrox
    • Cave and Cavern
    • Search and Salvage
    • Night Diver
    • Dive Tender
    • Ice Diving
    • Altitude Diver
    • Deep Diver
    • Dry Suit Diver

And much more! Contact us today to begin your next adventure.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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