Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Self-paced (24 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 diving physiology


The course objective is to familiarize divers with the knowledge, skills, techniques and procedures necessary to safely plan, organize and participate in deep dives between the depths of 60 feet/18 meters to 130 feet/40 meters

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain and demonstrate the planning, organization, procedures and techniques of deep diving
  • explain the risk factors, problems and hazards of deep diving
  • explain the use of decompression tables, safety stops, and emergency decompression procedures
  • explain the use of special equipment and considerations for deep diving, including descent lines and buoyancy-control
  • explain the procedures for flying after diving and high-altitude diving

General Course Topics:

  • Why deep dive
  • What is a deep dive
  • Equipment for deep diving
  • Deep diving techniques: buddy contact and neutral buoyancy
  • Deep diving techniques: descents and ascents
  • Deep diving techniques: on the bottom
  • Deep diving techniques: safety stops and emergency decompression
  • Deep diving techniques: drift dives and wall dives
  • Gas narcosis
  • Decompression sickness
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Evaluation of performance mastery during four open water training dives.

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

Other offerings from PADI Americas, Inc.