Category: Recreational

Combined Speciality Courses

Combined Speciality Courses at Alba

Sometimes it makes more sense to do combined speciality courses in one go. It’s certainly not true of all courses, but there are some that compliment each other very well. E.g. the sidemount and deep courses will give you twice the gas and independent gas supplies. So if something were to go wrong underwater, you are self-reliant and can safely end the dive on your own gas supply. Another example is that most divers get low on air before they get the chance to take advantage of longer NDLs on nitrox. Again, with sidemount, you have twice the gas. Combine Deep, nitrox, and sidemount, and you will be able to stay longer below 30m.

At Alba we teach combined speciality courses through Raid, SDI, IANTD or PADI,  including:

  • Deep + nitrox
  • Deep + wreck + nitrox
  • Sidemount can be included with any of these combinations

If you would like more information or have any questions about combined speciality courses at Villa Alba, please get in touch.

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Underwater Photography Speciality

Underwater Photography Speciality at Alba

Because Tulamben is so renowned for macro photography opportunities, we thought we would go that extra mile when offering courses on underwater photography. Instead of just running the standard speciality course with an instructor that will go through the basics of how to take underwater photos, we decided to do it properly.

We periodically host courses run by Adrienne Gittus, who is the award-winning director of the 2016 documentary A Fish Full of Dollars). Adrienne owns and runs Soulwater Productions, and has a stunning portfolio of work.

Her three day level 1 course is designed for both beginners, and also those with land-based photography experience, that wish to transition to underwater photography. The program covers photography theory, practice on land, supervised in-water training, and editing workshops. 

The course outline includes:

  • Underwater photography principles
  • Setting up and taking care of your camera and housing
  • Diving with a camera- buoyancy, kicking methods.
  • How to approach shy marine life to get the best shots.
  • Basic editing techniques.

If you would like more information or have any questions about the schedule of these courses, please get in touch.

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Wreck Diving Speciality

Wreck diver training at Alba

Wreck diving appeals to divers for numerous reasons. You may be interested in the history of a wreck. Additionally, you may be drawn more to the marine life sheltering on a wreck.

Whatever your motivation, undertaking a wreck speciality course is essential to diving wrecks safely. Your instructor will outline the hazards associated with diving and penetrating inside wrecks, and outline risk management techniques and diving procedures that are designed to keep you safe.

Therefore, always seek training from an experienced instructor with wreck penetration experience. Our instructor used to work in Truk Lagoon and is a cave diver and advanced wreck instructor.


Raid Advanced Wreck 

Following the online theory, the course consists of land-based skills practice, a pool session, and 4 open water dives, including a penetration dive. The course normally takes 3 days to complete.

Prerequisites:
Requirements for the course include:

  • Be a minimum of 15 years old.
    Be certified as a RAID advanced 35 diver or equivalent.
    Complete the RAID registration procedures.

For more information about the Raid Advanced Wreck course, please click here. 


SDI Wreck diver

You can do all the theory-side for this course online. The practical training includes land-based skills practice. You must complete 3 open water dives, which includes shallow skills practice in our house reef, and a final penetration dive.

Prerequisites:
Requirements include:

  • You must be an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent.
  • You should be at least 18 years old, 15 for limited penetration course with parental consent.
  • Parental consent for the non-penetration course if 10 years old.
  • Because of the nature of wreck diving, junior Open Water Divers cannot undertake penetration activities, or dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet.
  • You must have a deep diver certification, or be able to provide proof of experience in order to dive deeper than 18 metres/60 feet in this course.

For more information about the SDI Wreck Diver course, please click here. 

If you would like more information or have any questions about Wreck Diving courses at Villa Alba, please get in touch.

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Deep Diver Speciality

Deep Diver training at Alba

There are many dive sites in the world that allow you to go a little deeper than the 30m limit gained during the advanced open water course. However, the deeper you go, your No Decompression Limit (NDL) will reduce, your gas consumption will increase, and you will increasingly be affected by gas narcosis. The deep diver speciality course will give you a good appreciation of these factors, so that at the very least if you ever found yourself inadvertently deeper than 30m, you will be better armed to stay safe. In our opinion the deep diver course should be taken along with the sidemount and nitrox specialities, so that you are safer at these depths with more gas and longer NDLs. Either way, this course will cover the following:

  • Gas narcosis management.
  • Gas planning.
  • Dive planning.
  • Diving procedures, emergency procedures.
  • Reducing decompression stress.
  • Dive profiles and ascent profiles and procedures.

Raid Deep 40


As with all other Raid courses, the theory can be completed online prior to any practical training, but there will be additional classroom training in the form of gas management sessions. The course is comprised of four open water dives, and normally takes 2 days to complete. Certification will allow you to dive to 40m max.

Prerequisites:
In order to enrol on the course, you need to:

  • Be a minimum of 15 years old.
  • Be certified as a RAID Explorer 30 or equivalent.
  • Complete the RAID registration procedure.

For more information about the RAID Deep 40 course, please click here. 


SDI Deep Diver


This course assumes that you are already comfortable with diving to 30m, and so progression to greater depths is more incremental (if this is not the case we can undertake additional lead-up dives). The course is conducted over two dives and normally takes two days to complete. Although the theory can be done online, there is some classroom time involved concerning gas management and planning.

Prerequisites:
In order to enrol on the course, you need to:

  • Be a SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent.
  • Be 18 years old, 10 with parental consent.

For more information about the SDI Deep Diver course, please click here. 


PADI Deep Diver


The theory side of the PADI course is very basic, and does not really provide any additional information beyond what you learn in the deep dive during the advanced open water course. The practical training involves four open water dives, and the course would ordinarily be completed in two days.

Prerequisites:
In order to enrol on the course, you need to:

  • Be an adventure diver or higher.
  • Be 15 years old.

For more information about the Padi Deep Diver course, please click here. 

If you would like more information or have any questions about Deep Dive Courses at Villa Alba, please get in touch.

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DPV Speciality

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Training at Alba

Taking a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) for a dive is some of the best fun you can have underwater. If diving gives you the feeling of floating, DPVs most certainly give you the feeling of flying! You can cover large distances during a dive, which often allows you to see much more of a dive site. DPVs also do all the work if you are faced with a current, allowing you to relax as it does all the work for you.

The DPV course covers the following:

  • Getting the DPV dive-ready.
  • Handling and water entry/exit techniques.
  • Diving techniques and procedures, including setting up for comfort and efficiency.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Post-dive care.
  • Charging procedures.
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Advanced Open Water Diver

Advanced Open Water training at Alba

The Advanced Open Water diver certification is for many divers the next step beyond the open water certification. It offers 5 or 6 experience dives, with each dive having a different theme to give you a taste of different types of diving. The course includes a deep, navigation, buoyancy, night, and wreck dive. The Raid course also includes a rescue dive. Once certified, you will be able to dive to 30m, (35m with Raid), opening up more dive sites around the world to you.

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