Deep Adventure Scuba 

Deep Adventure Scuba (DAS) offers instruction in advanced levels of scuba diving through the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). Although DAS is not officially affiliated with any specific dive shop, it can work with many shops in providing instruction because most Colorado shops cannot offer the kind of training in which DAS specializes. DAS can offer basic OW training in some cases, but it primarily works with students who are seeking to take their diving to another level.

At the recreational level, students can take the Advanced Open Water program, and they can go beyond that through a variety of technical classes. These include most of the standard PADI specialty classes like deep diver and underwater navigation, but it also includes some PADI classes that are rarely taught in Colorado because few instructors have the training or equipment required. These include certifications like cavern diver and diver propulsion vehicle (scooter).

 DAS also offers PADI-approved distinctive specialties that were created by DAS. These classes take a middle path between recreational diving and technical diving, teaching students advanced kicking skills, improving buoyancy, and generally helping students learn and use the diving skills associated with technical divers, skills that bring far greater enjoyment to their recreational dives. DAS calls these classes TecReational Diving. Being PADI approved, these classes can be used for qualifying for the Master Scuba Diver rating.

The heart of DAS instruction is technical diving, which is very loosely defined as diving that goes beyond the limits of recreational diving. Technical divers can safely go deeper than recreational divers, and they can stay there longer. They learn to use multiple gases in multiple cylinders. DAS offers the PADI technical program, including Tec 40, 45, and 50 as well as full trimix certification. DAS provides the gases required for such classes, including oxygen and helium, and it also provides the training and certification required to blend those gases.

John Adsit

John Adsit has been a PADI professional nearly 15 years. He is an experienced technical diver and cave diver. He has done both recreational diving and technical diving in locations all over the world. In his current personal diving, he focuses primarily on deep dives (200-300 feet), often involving exploration, but he continues to enjoy recreational diving at sites around the world, with recent sites including Florida, Mexico, Palau, the Philippines, and Australia.

A new and exciting trend in Open Water certification instruction is the movement to teach new students while they are neutrally buoyant rather than planted on the knees. Although some individuals had been experimenting with this for years, the movement is now growing rapidly and is being promoted by PADAI as a far superior way to teach new students. That rapid growth began not long ago when PADI published an article introducing the process in the professional journal it sends to instructors.

That article was written primarily by John Adsit, and he was the instructor in the pictures demonstrating it. John had been experimenting with the process for years, and he convened a group of like-minded instructors from around the world to discuss the ideas that led to the creation of the article.