Any time you scuba dive at an altitude higher than 300 metres/1000 feet above sea level, you’re altitude diving. Our very own backyard – Lake Pleasant – is at 1,700 ft so if you dive here, you should be aware of the nature of altitude diving.
PADI Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Altitude Diver course.
Learning to adjust your dive plan for the reduced surface pressure at altitude is an important part of the course. You’ll complete two scuba dives and learn:
- Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures and techniques.
- How to adjust your dive computer for altitude diving or calculate altitude dive profiles using the RDP Table or eRDPML™.
- How to avoid problems and handle emergency situations, if they occur, at altitude.