CRITTER REPUBLIC dive center

mastering:

The essentials of SCUBA

Typical courses for diving are only a few days, conducted in groups, and only cover the bare basics that you need to know to get a certification to dive. This can often lead students to feeling that their skills are not “up to snuff”, even though they received their certification. 

With our masterclasses, you will get a MUCH more comprehensive one-on-one training, to truly ensure that you are an accomplished diver. 

We created these masterclasses to be extremely thorough, covering everything you would learn in a normal course, times 100! 

For example, instead of a 3 day Open Water course with 4 training dives, we offer a 12 day, 20 dive intensive course, that puts you through tons of training, and much more than you normally would learn as a beginner….

And that’s just Level 1!

WANT TO GIFT A MASTERCLASS?

Critter republic dive center
Sierra resort, Dauin, Philippines
(+63) 09950123460
INFO@CRITTERREPUBLIC.COM

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Who are these classes for?

The masterclasses that we offer are not for the faint of heart! They are also not cheap, and for good reason. These courses are designed to create highly competent divers, who are much more advanced than their counterparts who take the normal basic certification courses. 

People who prefer these classes over traditional basic courses, are motivated by the much higher education they get, as well as much more in-water training at higher levels, not normally covered in short certification courses. 

These masterclasses are popular for students who want to build a career in the industry, and need those extra skills and knowledge base. Not only do you get the highest standard of training possible, we can also help advance your career as well. 

These classes are not just for future dive-pros though. In fact, most of our students have no interest in ever working in the dive industry, but are highly interested in acquiring MORE THAN THE BASICS, when it comes to understanding the physics and physiology of diving, the fundamentals of modern gear and dive computers, as well as honing their actual underwater skills to a high enough level that they can dive safely and comfortably anywhere in the world. 

“Diving is like golf… The better you are at it, the more fun it is…. Not to mention the safety factor that is elevated when you are much more competent and educated on the topic”. 

These courses are not cheap, as we said already. But you get what you pay for, and education and skills are always a great investment. 

Level 1: The Beginner

For this class you will walk away with the supreme confidence of a very competent diver. Not only will you master the essential skills, normally reserved for divers at much higher levels, you will also earn a handful of SDI certifications, so that you can take your skills to any dive shop around the world. 

You will receive your SDI Open Water certification (normally a 3 day course & 4 training dives), as well as a few SDI specialty course certifications. 

It’s not just about the certification cards however…. You will be mastering the divemaster skill circuit, getting peak performance buoyancy control clinics, and much higher training and skills than normally covered in these certs. 

Here is what all is covered during this class:

  • 12 days of duration, sometimes in classrooms, sometimes in the water
  • 20 total training dives, not including a whole day of pool dive-training
  • A much higher level and amount of training/education than the minimal SDI Open Water course standard (SDI standards already high as it is)
  • You will be mastering the entire SDI Divemaster skill circuit, and even some technical diving skills
  • All the skills you will learn, will be conducted and mastered while in the neutrally buoyant hovering position, which ultimately helps you master the actual skill of buoyancy control itself. (one of the most essential skills of any diver)
  • We will have a huge emphasis on mastering your buoyancy control, underwater trim, breathing rates and more. You will be running buoyancy obstacle courses and much more, to become a pro
  • You will EARN your SDI Open Water certification, but with a much higher skill and knowledge set than normal new OW divers. You will get down to 18 meters depths
  • You will earn your SDI NITROX certification, also with a higher level of understanding and training. 
  • You will earn your SDI Night Diver certification (while also becoming comfortable in dark and confined spaces)
  • You will earn your SDI Drift Diver certification at Apo Island from a boat. This is a good skill to master, that will make your all-round dive-skill more honed
  • Your last 3 training dives will be conducted on a day-trip to Apo Island, where you will also assist the divemasters in briefings, dive planning and management, as well as the actual drift dives you need for your cert

Discounts offered for students who will combine this package (LEVEL 1), with LEVEL 2 or extra fun-dives

– $1750 USD –

Level 2

Level 2 is obviously more advanced, but picks off from where Level 1 ends. Now we will be going deeper…. just just in the classroom with the education when it comes to the understanding of physics and physiology; but deeper underwater as well! 

But do not worry, if you have your Open Water certification, but did not get it from our LEVEL 1 masterclass: We will get your skills up to snuff (with everything we cover in LEVEL 1), before we continue on with LEVEL 2, and make you an even more awesome diver!

As you can imagine, this class is no ordinary Advaced Open Water certification. Although you will recieve that cert once finished, as well as a handful of others along with it, you will be much more skilled and knowledgeable than the regular Advanced student, with far more time underwater and one-on-one training with your instructor. 

Here is what all is covered during this class:

  • 10 day duration, sometimes in classrooms, sometimes in the water
  • 18 total training dives
  • A much higher level and amount of training/education than the minimal SDI Advanced course standard (SDI standards already high as it is) 
  • All the skills you will learn, will be conducted and mastered while in the neutrally buoyant hovering position, which ultimately helps you master the actual skill of buoyancy control itself. (one of the most essential skills of any diver)
  • We will have a huge emphasis on mastering your buoyancy control, underwater trim, breathing rates and more. We will also find your weakness, and focus on turning them into strengths
  • You will EARN your SDI Advanced Adventure certification, but with a much higher skill and dive experience than normal (required on most liveaboard boats)
  • You will earn your SDI Deep certification, which makes you qualified to dive down to 40 meters depth
  • You will earn your SDI Underwater Navigation certification. This is a good skill to master, and we will be running various navigation clinics to perfect these skills
  • You will have a choice to earn ONE of the following SDI specialty courses: DPV (diver propulsion vehicle), Underwater photographer, underwater videographer, Search & Recovery, Night Diver or NITROX (if you didn’t take LEVEL 1 class)

Discounts offered for students who will combine this package (LEVEL 2), with other classes or extra fun-dives

– $1450 USD –

rescue diver certification

More masterclasses coming soon

LEVEL 3: Rescue Diver

LEVEL 4: Sidemount Diver

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