Our are Cruise Directors are very experienced instructors and offer a wide range of PADI dive courses for you to further your dive education during your charter. Please note, we do not carry many course books onboard, so if you wish to take a dive course during your trip, please give us advance notice so we have time to acquire the necessary course materials. Just get in contact and we will happily discuss your options.
If you are joining us aboard NAI'A after a period of inactivity or would just like to work on your skill and comfort level, we can easily organise a quick review at the very start of your trip. This one on one time with an instructor will allow you to tackle your upcoming dives feeling confident, excited and ready to go!
Enriched Air, better known as Nitrox, is a breathing gas mixture containing a higher percentage of oxygen and, therefore, a lower percentage of nitrogen. This gives the diver longer bottom times and makes you feel less fatigued during and after dives. For any live-aboard diver, Nitrox is essential because you don’t have to worry nearly as much about your no-decompression time, especially when doing repetitive dives. The course only takes a few hours and we can get you on Nitrox almost straight away: you will have a small amount of reading to do, then between dives your instructor will take you through some short theory sessions. Your instructor will also teach you vital practical skills: how to analyze the oxygen content in your tank, determine your maximum depth and program your computer. The course is fairly straightforward and using nitrox only adds a couple minutes to your pre-dive preparation.
Advanced Open Water
While the Open Water Course focuses on building a foundation for a competent diver, the Advanced Course is all about expanding your foundation and building confidence and skill by exposing the diver to a variety of different types of dives. You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deep diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time. The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – underwater naturalist, buoyancy control, fish identification, drift diving and more. After completing this course, you will be a more experienced, capable and well-rounded diver.
Specialty Diver Courses
For those divers looking to further expand their level of experience and dive knowledge we offer a wide range of PADI Specialty Courses, including: Deep, Fish Identification, Underwater Naturalist, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Shark Conservation and Drift Diver. Depending on the specialty, the course consists of two to four dives which you will spend working one-on-one with your instructor. Your dive education, skill level and comfort will all improve dramatically as you benefit from the knowledge and experience of your instructor.
Fish Identification Specialty
Fiji has over 1200 species of fish and counting. While this variety of marine life is daunting for even the most experienced diver, this course will help you get a grasp on identifying fishes by dividing them into families. Once you learn to recognize what families of fish you see, you’ll find it easier to reference the exact species after a dive. For example, a butterflyfish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterflyfish in Fiji, but colors and markings may be wildly different. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and appreciate just how many different fish you are treated to during a dive in Fiji!
There are many exciting and mysterious attractions in deep water that beckon us to explore deeper dive sites. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you, specific species of fish that never ascend above a certain depth, the view of a spectacular wall dive or just the feeling of going where few people have ever been. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, you should consider the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course. Your training over four deep dives includes the understanding of your personal limits, deep dive planning including suitable contingency measures, buddy contact procedures, buoyancy control and dealing with gas narcosis.
Fiji is world famous for its soft coral and the reason we have such lush reefs is because we are blessed with strong and variable currents. The Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow and how to minimize the effort needed to fin against a current. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. Particularly in Fiji, improving your current diving skills will help you conserve energy and air and pick up on signals of current based on marine life behavior. In this course, you will practice: how to read water conditions pre-dive, negative entry techniques, buoyancy control and correct trim, buddy behavior and communication and SMB deployment during two drift dives.
Just like in the city, the bizarre creatures in the marine environment emerge at night. The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. Fiji’s underwater nightscape is full of interesting oddities, including shrimp, crabs, squid and even bioluminescent animals. Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day.
Peak Performance Buoyancy Control
Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less weight, consume less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings and take better photographs. You can achieve this, too. The Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the level of Zen diver.
Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when you know more about symbioses, underwater ecology and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure. Through class discussions and on two scuba dives, you’ll learn about key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds, major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispel myths and responsible interactions with aquatic life.
This is a relatively new PADI specialty, written in conjunction with Project Aware. It comes at a time when our global shark population is under serious threat: during an instructor lead presentation and two open water dives, you will learn about the threats these apex predators face, why they are so vital to our eco system and what we as divers can do to improve the sitiuation. You will also take a closer look at shark biology and evolution - focusing particularly on the shark species found in Fiji - and learn how we can responsibly interact with these stunning creatures.