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Rugged Specialty Programs (Partial Day/Night)

Rugged Specialty Programs (Partial Day/Night)

The World is Your Oyster


For every pearl of wisdom you gain in a Specialty Program, the Underwater world becomes more accessible. Getting the pearl requires the oyster to be opened. Malibu Divers can take you there.  Campers have a unique opportunity to expand the potential of your scuba diving knowledge and skills with additional specialty programs. They will make you a better diver and further refine your dive abilities. Why not use your time to its fullest by taking advantage of receiving additional skills during your week away? You can add these additional PADI ratings on your way toward the highest recreational rating of Master Scuba Diver (5 Specialties & Rescue Diver, 50 dives logged).


EFR, Emergency First Response (CPR & First Aid): no dives, no age

limit; this course encompasses adult, child and infant CPR skills, provides AED and First Aid training. This award-winning program and state of the art mannequin and training materials make it a favorite among divers and non-divers around the world because being prepared for an emergency is good for everyone! Most people have found that the EFR Program to be important skill for every day life. By taking a significant step in emergency preparedness, you will feel confident that you can provide care should an emergency situation arise.


Peak Performance Buoyancy: 2 dives; one of the most important courses you can take. Divers who've mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You've seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. This course refines the basic skills you learned and elevates them to the next level.


Night Diver Specialty: dive light rental, 3 dives; This course covers: night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. How to control your buoyancy at night; entries, exits and underwater navigation at night; nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different.


Digital U/W Photographer: camera rental, 1-2 dive;  If you want to take better digital photos underwater, this course will teach you how.  Pre-registration includes eLearning.


U/W Navigation Diver Specialty: 3 dives; Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass.


U/W Naturalist Specialty: 2 dives; You will build an increased awareness and knowledge base about our underwater environment. With this new knowledge you will develop a better appreciation and respect of the responsibility that comes with this new awareness. What is ecology and what is an ecosystem? You've heard this terms but what do they really mean and how does it apply to what we see underwater and contrast to our terrestrial environment.


Project Aware Specialty: no dives, no age limit; Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference. You can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.


O2 ADMINISTRATION & FIRST AID: no dives, PADI Distinctive; Specialty, no age limit; As a recreational diver, you can receive training to provide vital first aid that can make a difference to a scuba diver with decompression illness. The DAN Oxygen Provider Course provides entry-level training in the recognition and management of possible diving-related injuries using emergency oxygen first aid.
NEW Abalone Diver Specialty: 2 dives, at camp is an invertebrate protected area and is home to our amazing abalone species. These sea snails can be seen on every dive. Now learn all about their history, anatomy, life cycle, identification techniques, local neighboring residents and more. You will become an Abalone expert and advocate for their survival which is threatened by extinction. This course teaches scientific survey methods and knowledge that is both fun and useful to apply.

NEW Pirate Diver Specialty: 2 dives; Arr, matey, calling all pirate divers! Elements of being a pirate diver are the use of treasure maps, deciphering clues with a buddy and unlocking chests to find their treasure. You will be challenged to use your compass navigation skills and more during 2 dives. This course refines the basic navigation and search skills you learned and elevates them to the next level.

NEW Full Face Mask Specialty: 1 confined water, 2 open water dives, open your Eyes AND Ears to our underwater world.  the purpose of the PADI Full-face Mask Specialty Diver Course is to familiarize you with the skills, knowledge, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards, and enjoyment of diving with a Full-face Mask. Additionally you will be presented with information that could prove valuable in the event that you might also elect to upgrade your Full-face Mask with an underwater communication system. The course is intended to serve as a safe, supervised introduction to Full-face Mask diving.

NEW Kelp Diver Specialty: 2 open water dives;  Diving in the kelp beds is one of the most popular things to do and why divers come from all over the world to dive at Catalina Island and all over southern California. You’ll want to be as prepared as possible, and follow some basic but important guidelines for diving in kelp. Kelp diving is an incredible adventure and will ultimately make you a better diver! To get the most out of your kelp diving there are a few simple rules and skills to learn. You'll also learn about southern California's kelp forest plant species, ecosystem, residents, biology, environmental and commercial importance. Lastly you'll learn one technique for counting kelp used by scientists.

Shark Awareness Specialty: 2 dives; Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists. But sharks are in a global decline. Overfishing has reduced many shark populations around the world to levels that threaten their continued existence. In this Course, AWARE Shark Conservation, we will show you why sharks are so important and the things we can all do to help protect our friends the sharks. We hope after this course you will become a champion of shark protection and take action to help the sharks!

Fish ID Specialist: 2 dives Be a fish watcher & identification specialist! Be the diver everyone wants to dive with because you know the names of the fish they will see. It will familiarize you with the role you play in preserving the aquatic environment. Also, it will introduce you to the fish species you are likely to see on a dive in our local waters. Being more knowledgeable about the fish you encounter will enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of various aquatic ecosystems and it will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct fish counts. 

Search & Recovery Specialty: 4 dives. Pre-requisite: U/W Navigation Specialty or Advanced Open Water; It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

Deep Diver Specialty: 4 dives; minimum 15 years old and minimum pre-requisite certification level: Adventure Diver or equivalent: The Deep Diver course can build on the skills you acquired as part of the Advanced Diver course to help enable you to make deep dives safely and more effectively. Covers purpose, problems, hazards, planning, preparation, equipment (additions and modifications), air supplies, personnel, techniques, gas management, emergency procedures (including location and transportation to a hyperbaric chamber) and depth limits for recreational diving.


All programs are limited, and will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis. Educational Materials & Certification Card included. Minimum enrollments of 4 participants per program per week. For Scuba diving programs, participant must be certified diver.


MINIMUM AGE: Any age for non-diving specialties, but you must be 12 years old (unless noted) on the week you arrive at Camp for all scuba diving (National Boy Scout rule).  Sorry, no exceptions. Note: various specialties have pre-requisites.  Non diving programs have no age limit.

REGISTER: Sign-up online with Malibu Divers or call us during store hours at 310-456-2396.  Space is limited, sign-up early!

RELEASES: You will be emailed all additional information including releases.  They are provided here for reference.  Follow all the directions and fill them out completely and bring them with you to Camp.  Any questions or need more information - contact us.