PADI Equipment Specialist

As divers, we are often guilty of taking the kit that makes it all possible for granted. Diving equipment is highly specialised life support equipment with a wide variety of makes, options and qualities available on the market. Given that diving is such an equipment dependent sport, we should arguably all be more informed about the kit we trust our lives with. This course aims to do exactly that - take a closer look at the equipment we use.

Why PADI Equipment Specialist?

As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you will encounter every day. In addition, you will learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repaired and other information that helps you with your equipment investment. After a review the theory, principles and operation of scuba diving equipment, you will learn about routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, equipment storage, how to overcome common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures (which will include a demonstration of repair procedures). We will also provide simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear.

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How do I book myself on a course?

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Course Comments...

Below are comments from previous customers who have taken this course. If you have taken this course with us within the past six months please feel free to post your comments.

"Great course for those of a technical mind. Ian was very informative and knowledgeable about everything from masks to servicing cylinders. Great course and great tuition."

From Jamie, course taken April 2014

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Further information on PADI Equipment Specialist (back to top)

What do I need to start?

There is not a course manual associated with the Equipment Specialist Course. However, the PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving is recommended. In addition, we have a number of articles, handout, diagrams and web pages that we will ask you to take a look at in advance.

What will I do?

The course is all about kit, all aspects of it. We aim to cover as much in the six hours as possible. The course will look at all items of basic recreational scuba kit. However, particular attention will be given to the items of hard kit that are more technical in nature, yet whose understanding is essential for the continued and safe enjoyment of all of us. In addition to in depth discussion of all aspects of kit use, function, maintenance, care and purchase, there will be a number of practical demonstrations. These include: the disassembly and rebuilding of at least one regulator (both first and second stage) to examine and further understand its operation. The procedures used to inspect and test a diving cylinder. This includes the stripping and rebuilding of a cylinder valve and a tour of a busy IDEST Cylinder test station. The assembly of a comprehensive diving tool kit and spare parts set. What should be included and how and when should it be used? An example of how to test a BCD for leaks and perfect function. We will also examine the function and maintenance of the inflate/deflate mechanisms. Demonstration of the procedures for fill scuba cylinders, and a more basic look at how nitrox is made and the extra requirements this imposes. The course aims to leave you much more informed with regard to your scuba equipment. In the future, this should leave you better able to care for and maintain you kit. In addition, it will allow you to make much more informed decisions with regard to any future purchases.

How long will it take?

The course requires a minimum of six hours to cover all the required material. This will usually be done over the course of either one full day (Sunday), or spread over two weekday evenings.

What previous experience do I need?

Be qualified as a PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver (or equivalent) Be at least 10 years of age

What do the fees include?

All Course materials (including numerous equipment related handout and demonstration equipment) All tuition Certification upon completion

What don't fees include?

All personal costs associated with course.

What can I do once I'm qualified?

As this is a non-diving course, it does not necessarily open up any new opportunities or dive sites to you. But.... with your newly gained understanding of dive kit and maintenance, you are less likely to miss a dive due to equipment problems at a dive site! This Specialty certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for your Master Scuba Diver certification