Scuba Diver 3: Mastering Recreational Diving

Course Description

Scuba Diver 3 provides a first step toward the highest levels of diving — leadership and/or technical training. It prepares divers to undertake the most advanced forms of diving by providing in-depth coverage of a range of topics including physics, physiology, advanced decompression theory, navigation, search and recovery and more. Enrollees must be certified Advanced Open Water, Enriched Air and Rescue divers with a minimum of 20 logged dives and an Equipment Specialist rating. Current certifications in CPR and Diving First Aid (including Oxygen Provider) are also required.

Participants who successfully complete the classroom and pool work for Scuba Diver 3 will satisfy requirements of the DAN Dive Medicine for Divers program, and will also qualify for an Open Water certification experience, which must be taken separately and is not included in the course fee. Successful completion of the Open Water experience will result in up to three of the following certifications: PADI Night Diver, PADI Underwater Navigation, PADI Search and Recovery, PADI Multilevel Diver or other qualifying specialty certifications.

After satisfying all academic and diving requirements for Scuba Diver 3, and upon completion of 50 logged dives, participants may apply separately for recognition as a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

Course ID: REC 1500P
Course Format: Classroom

Available Classroom Sections

There are no available sections for this course. Please check back later.

Special Discount

Exclusive discounts are available for this course. Georgia Tech and Georgia Aquarium Employees are eligible for a $70 dsicount (coupon code "REC-70"). Georgia Tech Students are eligible for a $120 discount (coupon code "REC-120"). Please use the appropriate coupon code during the online check-out process. 

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout. Coupon codes cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart . To use this discount, a valid employee or student I.D. will be required in class.



  • Completed SCUBA Medical Statement emailed to the course administrator prior to arriving for the course
  • A signed release from a physician if any of the items in the SCUBA Medical Statement are noted with a positive (YES) response. A "yes" response does not necessarily disqualify a candidate from diving but instead acknowledges that there is a pre-existing condition that may or may not effect safe scuba participation

Participants must be certified and current in all the following Industry recognized programs:

  • Current Adult CPR (within 12 months)
  • Current First Aid (within 12 months)
  • Current Oxygen Provider (within 12 months)
  • Certified Diver (age 16 and up)
  • Advanced Open Water Diver (any agency)
  • Enriched Air Diver (any agency)
  • Rescue Diver (any agency)
  • Equipment Specialist (any agency)

Prerequisite certification requirements can be satisfied by successfully completing the following courses:

Who Should Attend

Certified Advanced Open Water, Enriched Air and Rescue divers who want to learn the most advanced forms of diving

How You Will Benefit

  • Know the current trends in diving.
  • Understand diving science and adaptations.
  • Undertake the most advanced forms of diving.
  • Learn in-depth details about physics, physiology, advanced decompression theory, navigation, and search and recovery.


  • Current trends in diving
  • Recreational diving
  • Technical diving
  • Scientific diving
  • Public safety diving
  • Diving science and adaptations
  • Physics and chemistry
  • Gas laws for diving
  • Diving fitness
  • Medical concerns and issues
  • Maintaining fitness to dive
  • Physiological responses to changing pressure
  • Due to expanding gases
  • Due to gas absorption and elimination
  • Recognizing, preventing and treating pressure-related injuries
  • Decompression illness
  • Inert gas narcosis
  • Equipment-related injuries
  • Dive planning
  • Dive planning factors and phases
  • Advanced decompression theory and modeling
  • Planning for multi-level and decompression dives
  • Diving environment
  • The ocean planet
  • Saltwater and freshwater ecosystems
  • Conserving and oreserving aquatic life
  • Diving skills
  • Surveying and mapping
  • Search and recovery



  • Proof of required certifications to be presented on the first day of class
  • CPR, First Aid, and Oxygen Provider (all current within the last 12 months)
  • AOW, Nitrox, and Rescue Diver issued by a recognized SCUBA training agency
  • Diving experience (training dives may be counted towards this experience)
  • Textbook: PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, most recent edition


  • Textbook: DAN Dive Medicine for Divers, Level 1 manual, current edition
  • DAN Dive Medicine for Divers, Level 2 manual, current edition
  • DAN On-Site Neurological Assessment manual, current edition
  • PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook, current edition


  • Textbook: Diving Science by Strauss and Aksenov (ISBN 0-7360-4830-8)

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Jim Consuegra