Advance Your Training

As a certified Open Water Diver, you are interested to expand your knowledge and experience with advanced and specialty training!  COJO Diving offers continuing education recreational courses throughout the year.  Advanced training will introduce you to Drift, Deep, Night diving and more under the supervision of a PADI instructor.

Here are Next Steps for you as an Open Water Diver:

Advanced Open Water

Register Now Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They are what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.  The Advanced course includes 5 Open Water dives including - Drift, Night, Deep, Marine Life, and Navigation.  Gear rental packages are available!

Rescue Diver

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“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.  The course combines classroom, confined water and ocean dives to master your skills!

To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be at least 12yrs old and have a PADI Adventure/Advanced Diver (or equivalent), and have current First Aid and CPR certification (within the past 2 years).  First Aid and CPR training is available for an additional fee.  Gear rental packages are available.


Enriched Air Diver

Register Now The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.  This course includes classroom, and 2 Nitrox fills.  Gear rental packages are available!

Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

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Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

To enroll in the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course, students must be at least 10yrs old, and have Junior Open Water Diver (or equivalent).

Deep Diver

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After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives.  You will learn techniques for diving in the deeper range of 60-130ft, and deep diving equipment considerations.  This course includes classroom, and 4 ocean dives.  Gear rental packages are available.

To enroll in the Deep specialty course, students must be at least 15yrs old, and have Adventure Diver (or equivalent).

Wreck Diver

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Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.  This course consists of classroom and 4 ocean dives.  The dives will be scheduled on charters in Nova Scotia (on the shipwrecks near Sambro Island, the HMCS Saguenay, or the Arrow off Arichat), in Brockville, ON or on the Bell Island wrecks in Newfoundland!

To enroll in the Wreck speciality course, students must be at least 15yrs old, and have Adventure Diver (or equivalent).  Gear rental packages are available.

Self-Reliant (Solo) Diver

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The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course:

  • To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or  necessary.
  • To sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

Course includes an evening of theory, and 3 open-water dives over 2 days.  To enroll inthe Self-Reliant course, students must be at least 18yrs old, have a minimum of 100 dives, and Advanced Open Water (or equivalent).  Gear rental packages are available.

Digital Underwater Photography Diver

Register Now Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.  This course includes classroom, and open water photography assignments under the guidance of your PADI instructor.  Gear rental packages are available.

Ice Diver

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If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice.  You will complete a minimum of three ice dives for your certification. Dives are typically done as a group working with support personnel, divers, tenders, and safety divers. You are under the ice to learn to control buoyancy, navigate under the ice, and keep in contact with the lead diver and tenders via line pulls.  This course is available in March, and is normally conducted at Atlas Park in New Brunswick.

To enroll in the Ice Speciality course, students must be at least 18yrs old, and Advanced Open Water (or equivalent).  Gear rental packages are available.

Project AWARE Specialist

Register Now Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry’s leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.  In this classroom only course, you learn about the ocean commons and coastal zone issues, fisheries challenges and sustainability, environment overview and habitats, and the role of the SCUBA diver in protecting marine habitats.

Emergency Oxygen Provider

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 Breathe easy—knowing that you know how to recognize illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared – especially in a time of need.

Equipment Specialist

Register Now As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repaired and other information that helps you with your equipment investment.  During this course you will spend 2 evenings in the classroom, receive the Encyclopedia of Diving textbook, and have the opportunity to perform maintenance on your own gear (if you wish!), or practise maintenance and repairs on classroom gear/equipment.

Zombie Apocalypse Diver


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Yes, you read that right!  This PADI Distinctive Specialty is a real course, and as a speciality can be applied towards your Master Scuba Diver Rating!  This specialty is an introduction to " Survival" diving in the event of a zombie apocalypse.  Students will learn the myths, legends, and real science surrounding the origin of the zombie.  The course will then instill PADI philosophies of conservation, buoyancy, rescue skills, and first aid skills.  Information will be presented in a thoughtful and entertaining manner.

Course is usually scheduled as part of our Fall spooky October events.



Recognize your achievements!

You have the passion. You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced.

More than a pipe dream?

Absolutely! Do it by becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver – a rating that puts you in a class of distinction – writing your ticket to endless adventure and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart.

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

Contact us to apply!


  • 12 years old 
  • PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses 
  • Minimum of 50 logged dives
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