Scuba Certification & Instruction


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At Tropic Scuba, we take the fear and apprehension out of SCUBA diving and replace it with comfort and skill.  With expert instruction at all levels in a fun and relaxed environment, you’ll see how our passion for SCUBA diving is contagious!

Just getting your feet wet?  NAUI’s Try SCUBA program teaches the basics of the sport without the rigors of a full certification course.

Has it been a while since you’ve been diving? Need a refresher, or just want to refine your techniques?  We identify your level of expertise, and the skills need to be strengthened or enhanced.  Then we thoroughly explain and demonstrate what you need to know, so you’ll soon be diving with complete confidence.

A guide to Tropic Scuba’s instruction programs:


SCUBA Diver is our entry-level scuba certification course. You’ll learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely SCUBA dive in open water. When you complete your class, you and your buddy will be free to explore and discover the many wonders of the underwater world…and you’ll have earned a NAUI SCUBA Diver certification card – the most respected diver certification card in the world!  Tropic SCUBA clients complete this level of training with greater confidence and skill than most experienced divers trained through other organizations and programs.

Here’s a video overview of NAUI scuba certification


The Advanced SCUBA Diver course is an enjoyable certification course for certified divers 12 or older who desire additional training; have moved from one diving area to another and desire local orientation; do not have, but wish to obtain, NAUI certification; or who desire orientation in a variety of diving sites and conditions.

As part of your certification, you’ll complete a minimum of six open water dives, including three separate dives: those for navigation, night or low visibility diving and deep diving (130 feet/40 meters maximum depth), plus three more different dives. Some of the many different dives you can do include:

-Search and recovery

-Boat diving


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-Light salvage

-Hunting and collecting

-Exploration and underwater mapping

-Wreck diving (non-penetration)

-Observation and data collection

-Diving in surf or currents

-Altitude diving

-Salt water diving (in areas where most diving is in fresh water)

-Fresh water diving (in areas where most diving is in salt water)

-Shore diving

-Diving for photos or video

-Using dive computers

Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

Want to extend your bottom time, lessen your surface interval, and maximize every dive? Become an Enriched Air Nitrox diver!

You’ll learn how to choose the proper blend of Nitrox for your dive profile, determine maximum depth limits for your Nitrox mixture, analyze your breathing mixture, and plan and safely execute each dive. Your instructor will teach you about the physiology of oxygen and nitrogen; advantages, disadvantages, and risks of Nitrox; oxygen toxicity; hazards and precautions of handling oxygen; the concept of Equivalent Air Depth; use of EANx with standard Air Dive Tables; common gas mixing procedures and more.

NAUI Rescue Diver

If you’re at least 15 years of age and a certified SCUBA diver, you can expand your diving knowledge with a SCUBA Rescue Diver course. You’ll learn how to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies; how to assist and transport divers; and how to perform surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat- and shore-based skin and SCUBA divers.

CPR and First Aid certifications are required to complete this course. Your SCUBA Rescue Diver training sets you on a course to becoming a NAUI Leader: Skin Diving Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Divemaster or Instructor.

NAUI Master SCUBA Diver

Gain the in-depth knowledge that will establish you as a recognized authority in your diving club or group. Thrill to the adventure of open water dives in settings that will test your abilities to their limit, while expanding your diving capabilities and experience. Then proudly carry the most coveted and respected certification card in recreational diving – that of the NAUI Master SCUBA Diver.

The Master SCUBA Diver course is a continuing education certification course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving. This course is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles.

During your training, you’ll engage in a minimum of eight open water dives, including the following required dives:

-Emergency procedures and rescue

-Deep/simulated decompression diving

-Limited visibility or night diving

-Underwater navigation

-Search and recovery – light salvage

You can also choose from many different dives for your elective dives such as:

-Skin diving

-Environmental study or survey

-Air consumption (practical application)

-Boat diving

-Shore diving


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-Hunting and collecting

-Other special interest dives

NAUI Divemaster

Ready to become a dive professional? Earn your Divemaster rating with Tropic SCUBA.  We go in-depth with instruction that meets – and often exceeds – NAUI’s already high standards, ensuring that you are trained in water skills, boat skills, diver safety, rescue skills and dive guiding. Like all our programs, we take Divemaster training very seriously, and specialize in instructing public safety professionals such as firefighters, police and paramedics.

The NAUI Divemaster rating is the highest NAUI leadership-level certification with the exception of Instructor. The program is designed to train experienced and knowledgeable divers to organize and conduct open water dives for certified divers. You’ll learn to set up and run your own dives, leading dive trips to some of the world’s best dive sites.

When your enjoyment and safety depends on the quality of your dive training, train with the finest.  Tropic SCUBA.

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(305) 669-1645

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