PADI Multi-Level Diver Specialty Course

multilevel diver course The PADI Multilevel Diver course is designed to familiarize divers with the theory, skills, and knowledge needed to safely dive with dive computers. We discuss the theory behind dive tables, dive computers, and multilevel diving. We also give you the most recent guidelines for flying after diving, omitted decompression stops, and the PADI S.A.F.E. Diver Program. If you are a current computer user, or would like to know more about them before investing in a dive computer, call us to sign up today. Prerequisite: PADI Open Water Diver or higher, two dives required for certification.

From the PADI Multi-Level Diver Instructor Guide:

Course Philosophy and Goals
"In the early days of diving, recreational dive time underwater was defined as the no decompression limit of the deepest depth reached. Today, multilevel diving - gaining more no decompression time by ascending to shallower depths where nitrogen absorption is slower - is more the rule than the exception. Thanks to recreational multilevel diving, in most environments you can stay underwater as long as you have air and warmth. This advantage is made possible thanks to advances in decompression theory as used in the eRDPML distributed by PADI, and modern dive computers."

"Whether you favor coral reefs or inland lakes, most dive sites have opportunities to multilevel dive. Any place you can find a sloping reef, wall or other topography that allows you to start deep and move to shallower depth, you can plan a multilevel dive with the eRDPML or a dive computer. Therefore the philosophy of this course is to focus on extending your time underwater by learning accepted multilevel techniques and procedures. The goal of this course is to serve as an introduction to multilevel diving and help the student diver develop the necessary multilevel skills, knowledge and techniques. Students apply multilevel knowledge and skills during actual open water dives."

"The course philosophy therefore, is to expand student diver knowledge about decompression theory, ascent procedures, choosing and using dive computers, decompression sickness, and multilevel equipment, hazards and planning. Once learned, student divers apply the knowledge by making at least two open water dives practicing and demonstrating the practical aspects of multilevel diving."

We typically conduct the Multi-Level Diver course on tropical trips, but any location that has a wall or sloping bottom can suffice for conducting the course. See our Trips Page for trips that may include the Multi-Level Diver Course or go to our Class Schedules.