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October and November Adventures in Diving.....
Kids may be back in school, but as divers in the North East know, the water is warmer now than it is in June, so we still have lots of diving opportunities this Fall for all to enjoy from PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and Divemaster programs all scheduled. We also have a range of Specialty courses including Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search and Recovery, Night Diver, Nitrox, Underwater Naturalist, Equipment Specialist, Emergency First Response, Oxygen First Aid. Thinking of "Going Pro" we have Divemaster scheduled as well as EFR Instructor, so there is something out there for divers of all levels, including those that want to learn to dive or continue the adventure!

Our Master Scuba Diver Challenge is well underway with 3 divers meeting the highest standards thus far. The Master Scuba Diver rating is known as the "black belt" of scuba diving and is viewed as the highest level of recreational diving. Master Scuba Divers represent the elite 2% of divers having completed at least 50 dives, Adventure Diver, Rescue Diver and 5 PADI specialty diver courses. Those that complete the Master Scuba Diver program with us earn eligibility for a spot on the Hamden Scuba Hall of Fame.

The Master Scuba Diver challenge is a lot of fun, hard work but leads to a great sense of achievement. We have a great deal to help you get there in 2014 with our Master Scuba Diver Prep Program. The Prep Program is an integrated approach to Master Scuba Diver that optimizes the dive order and specialty order to ensure that you get the most out of your training experience. Although the program content is set, we create a training plan tailored to each diver to take into consideration your individual objectives and constraints.

In keeping with previous years, 2014 has a Specialty of the Year course which is EAN Nitrox. This course is both scheduled throughout the year as well as run on demand. Be prepared for your next dive adventure and get your EAN Diver card so that Nitrox is an option for you when you want to use it.

October 2014 Core Courses:
Open Water Course: October 17th - 19th
Adventure Diver \ Advanced Open Water Course: October 4th - 5th
Rescue Diver Course: On Demand
Divemaster Course: November 14th - 16th
EFR Instructor Course: October 18th

PADI Drysuit Specialist: On Demand - Get Drysuit certified ahead of Ice Diving in February
November 2014 Core Courses:
Open Water Course: On Demand
Adventure Diver \ Advanced Open Water Course: November 15th - 16th & On Demand
Rescue Diver Course: On Demand
Divemaster Course: November 14th - 16th

PADI Drysuit Specialist
: On Demand - Get Drysuit certified ahead of Ice Diving in February


PADI eLearning @ Hamden Scuba

Hamden Scuba is proud to announce that we now support the PADI eLearning system. To avail of this approach to knowledge development on selected courses contact us to acquire your passes to the eLearning environment. Once you purchase the pass through the Hamden Scuba you will receive your pass by e-Mail. The pass you receive will be linked to Hamden Scuba so that we can assist you when you need help and also receive your scores when your finish your course.

If you have questions about the eLearning environment be sure to drop us a line at divers@hamdenscuba.com and we will be happy to walk you through the system.

PADI Divemaster Program - November 2014 - Go Pro!
We are running our fourth PADI Divemaster Program in November 2014 and we are really looking forward to it - the Divemaster program is always a lot of fun. Take the first step in your dive career and become a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, you'll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as you become a dive professional. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. Do you want to continue your adventure? If so contact us at divers@hamdenscuba.com.

Divemaster candidates have logged 40 dives at the beginning of the course, are Rescue certified and 18 years old. Not finished your Rescue yet? Let us know and we will work with you to schedule this course as well. Contact us for additional details as well as to receive your pre course assignments and Divemaster crew pack. We will also be running our EFR Instructor program in conjunction with our Divemaster program.

As this is a November program, it is highly recommended although not required, that you are drysuit certified and diving dry for this course.

Welcome Back to Scuba Program:

The Welcome Back to Scuba program is designed for divers that have been out of the water for quite some time or have taken a resort course somewhere, gotten certified and now are a little nervous about getting back into the water after a break. This program goes beyond the Scuba Review - it is a total refresher of skills and designed to build confidence, watermanship and control in the novice diver. The course leads to includes a confined water dive and two open water dives, all conducted under the supervision of a PADI Staff Instructor. There is also a knowledge development segment to ensure that any of the questions that you might have regarding the theory of diving, hand signals, the use of the new eRDPml or recreational dive tables are answered. Click on the More Information icon to download the flyer on this program and contact us at divers@hamdenscuba.com to sign up.

KIDS Programs
Kids Programs: Welcome to the underwater world! At Hamden Scuba we believe that everyone should have access to the wonderful world of water - whether on top of it or under it. To this end we have a number of different programs targeted a kids as well as those a little older.

Kids 10 and Up: PADI Junior Open Water
Kids 12 and Up: PADI Junior Advanced Open Water, PADI Junior Rescue Diver, PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver

CPR and First Aid
These are skills that everyone should have and are required skills for some, such as Lifeguards and even for our own candidates that wish to take Rescue Diver training. Hamden Scuba offers Emergency First Response (EFR) courses that cover CPR, the use of AED's, First Aid and Care for Children. These courses are not just for divers - they are available to enroll in if you wish to gain the skills and knowledge needed in an emergency or if you wish to for instance become a lifeguard this summer or if you need to satisfy requirements for many of the BSA ratings including those for SCUBA ratings. Click on the Emergency First Response link on the left for more information.

We are now also offering EFR Instructor Training. This is a requirement for PADI Open Water Instructors, but is open to all that are interested in teaching first aid professionally, as a hobby or as an asset to your community. Crossover programs are available to those with instructor level certification from other CPR/First Aid certifying agencies.

As a matter of convenience, we have provided below a link to the many forms that may be required should you decide to participate in Scuba here in the North East or beyond. Please note that some forms will require parental permissions should you be under 18 years of age. Many of these forms are from other companies, and as such we are not responsible for them, however, we may need to have copies for our records in some cases. Forms required to participate in courses are supplied as part of the crew pack for that course, other forms are for entry to facilities.

PADI Open Water Course: Medical Statement Form , Liability Release & Assumption of Risk Form, Standard Safe Diving Practices Form

PADI Advanced Open Water Course and above: Continuing Education Liability Release (must be updated with us each year)
Dutch Springs Release Forms: Adult Waiver, Minor Waiver