The other day Barry and I were talking about which specialty courses are the most popular. By the numbers, we process more Enriched Air certifications than any other (which is a little strange), but what about the dozens of other specialties?
As it turns out, unusual specialties are a hot ticket. When Barry owned his store, his Intro. to Historic Diving, Intro. to Underwater Archeology and Intro. to Commercial Diving were all very popular.
- In Introduction to Historic Diving Barry’s students tried on vintage dive gear. He’d have them jump in the pool with double house regs, old farmer john wetsuits, etc.
- For Intro to Commercial Diving, Barry worked with one of the local commercial diving schools. Students had the opportunity to dive a Mark 5 and a superlight. They were also able to take a chamber rider to 160’.
In the northwest we have the opportunity to teach both distinctive specialties AND the more unusual standardized specialties such as ice diving and altitude diving. In 2007, A-2-Z Scuba was able to fill two Altitude Diver classes back to back.
PADI Instructors have offered some very creative specialties over the years. I dug through the distinctive specialty archives and here are a few of my favorites:
Lava Tube Diver
Available Light Underwater Photo
Golf Ball Diver
Future Perfect Diver
Railroad Yard Diver
Sand Pit Diving
Underwater Game Player
Y2K Scuba Historian
. . . and the inevitable
Underwater Basket Weaving
Here are a few that I’m not sure Project AWARE Foundation knows about:
Delicacies of the Sea
Edible Marine Life Diver
Seafood Gourmet Cook
And finally, to answer last week’s poll question, the distinctive specialty that ISN’T real is:
Underwater Rock Identification
Yes, I made that one up. Sounds pretty good though, eh?