Continuing Education Courses

An Open Water Diver certification is just the beginning of your lifelong diver education. Good divers are always learning to improve their bottom time, dive skills, and expand their personal knowledge and competency. At Scuba Marco we make continuing your education fun and easy! It’s very beneficial to expand your skills after completing your initial certification. Just enroll in a PADI Specialty or the PADI Advanced Open Water Course. Once that's completed, you are qualified to take PADI Rescue Diver and then the PADI Dive Master classes. Continuing education courses are also a great way to dust off the cobwebs after a prolonged period of inactivity. You have made the initial investment in your diver training; now it’s time to continue your education!
Advanced Open Water

Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Increase your confidence and take your skills to the next level by becoming an Advanced Open Water diver. Whether you are newly certified or have been diving for years, the advanced class offers a chance for you to hone your skills and learn new ones under instructor supervision. Many dive operators require you have an Advanced Certification for challenging dive sites. You will complete 4 or 5 dives over two days with your instructor. Young divers may only participate in certain dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

Don't want to wait to start learning for your Advanced Cert? Contact us to get started immediately. With Online Learning, you study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.

The PADI Advanced
Five dives over two days focusing on Navigation and Deep specialties, plus three others of your choice. Minimum age and the required number of logged dives is 12. You can start the Advanced Open Water immediately after completing Open Water.

Specialties Menu
Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer*, Diver Propulsion Vehicle*, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver*, Equipment Specialist, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator, Wreck Diver, and Fish Identification.
*Potential additional charge for special equipment rental

What to bring
Full scuba equipment including BC and regulator with a computer and compass. We also encourage you to have a wetsuit, dive knife and a visual & audible signaling device. Discounted student rental packages are available and students save 10% to 25% on equipment purchases.

Learning materials: Online instruction $164
Instruction fees: Includes instruction, tanks, weights, certification card and a boat charter for 2 or more students, $450 per person. Private lesson +$100
*Contact us for other learning options

Enriched Air Nitrox

The Enriched Air "Nitrox" certification is Scuba's most popular specialty course. Nitrox is diving with air containing more oxygen than the normal 21%. This means the diver absorbs less nitrogen throughout the dive. You get longer bottom times and improved safety margins! Most divers claim they have less fatigue and more energy after diving Nitrox over air. The course is fast and easy, no open water dives are required. Minimum age is 12.

PADI Nitrox Online

A convenient way to study and learn the basics is via an interactive PADI E-Learning course. After completing the online program we will meet at the dive shop for a quick review. Next you will learn how to analyze the oxygen content in a tank and set your computer for the percentage of O2 appropriately.
The Nitrox certification does not require an underwater skills test.

Online program fees, classroom review session, certification card, and charter fees $295
OR Classroom review with Scuba Marco online affiliation (without charter and dives) $25
OR Class review with non-Scuba Marco affiliation $125
OR Manual with DC Simulator $75
Review, final exam, tank analysis $100
Admin fee & cert card $45
Nitrox tank rentals for students $10
OR Save $25 if you couple a Nitrox certification with Open Water Certification

Rescue Diver

The Rescue Diver Course teaches you to be a better buddy! During the course, you learn how to spot potential problems and quickly deal with them before they become big issues. You will expand your knowledge, skills, and techniques to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well-being of other divers. You will not only be ready to rescue someone in an emergency, but you’ll also have the skills and awareness to prevent problems. Many certified Rescue Divers claim this course is the most fun and informative class they have taken! The Advanced Open Water certification is required to start the Rescue Diver course. Also, current CPR & 1st Aid certification is required.

PADI Rescue Diver Online

Online courses allows you to complete the academic portion anyplace you have internet access. We start with an academic review, then do a confined (pool) session next. The course concludes with 1 or 2 open water experiences where we will refine skills, practice search patterns, and perform simulated rescue scenarios. Course is usually completed in 2 days. You must be open water certified to qualify. Minimum age is 15.

What to bring
A complete scuba unit with compass is required. A CPR pocket mask is also required. All equipment is available to rent or purchase at 10%-25% discounted student pricing.

Training materials: Online instruction $169
Instruction fees: Includes instruction, tanks, weights, certification card and boat charter for 2 or more students $525 each. Private lesson +$100

Master Diver

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. When you flash your Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you’ve spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures.

Every diver who is at least 12 years old should aim for Master Scuba Diver.

The path starts with earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification, followed by PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certifications). You also need to earn five PADI Specialty Diver certifications and have logged a minimum of 50 dives.

Contact us about starting your journey toward becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver and continuing your diving adventures.

Dive Master

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere. 

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

PADI Rescue Divers who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. You also need to have:

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask your PADI Instructor.

What will you learn?
The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities. You also may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor.

How can you start learning now?
Contact us! You can work through eight knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace. You also have access to an online version of the Divemaster Manual for reference during and after the course.

Another option is to study by reading the Divemaster Manual and watching the Divemaster Video (a book and DVD package). Enroll in the course and get your Divemaster Crew-Pak, which also includes other reference materials – like the PADI Instructor Manual and The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – that you’ll need during the course.

Consider taking Dive Theory Online, another PADI eLearning® program, that takes you step-by-step through dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus a Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) review. By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for half of the Divemaster Final Exam. Your PADI Instructor can explain how this works when you meet to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your water skills exercises, workshops and practical assessments.

Refresher Dive

How long has it been since your last dive? A year or two? Ten? Whether you're planning to join us on our boat, or in preparation for a destination vacation, it's always a good idea to brush up on your skills before getting back underwater. Don't let pride get in the way of safety! Everyone forgets things over time, and even the most experienced divers may need to be reacquainted with new equipment and scuba diving technology. We can happily answer any questions you might have and help you become comfortable blowing bubbles again.

A scuba refresher course is highly recommended if it's been more than a year since your last dive, and typically required if it's been longer than 2 years. Scuba equipment and safety standards are constantly being reviewed, updated and improved. Here at Scuba Marco safety & fun go hand in hand: We want our divers to love scuba diving as much as we do, and the only way to do that is to be safe while doing so.

Our pool refresher course is about 90 minutes and costs $125. Walk-ins are welcome, but advanced notice is preferred, especially during busy times of the year.

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Marco Island, FL 34145

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