Today I attained the highest recreational level diver rating available from PADI, the Master Scuba Diver rating.
To receive the Master Scuba Diver rating you must be an Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver, have attained at least 5 PADI Specialties, and logged a minimum of 50 verifiable dives, all of which I completed tonight with my first ever night dives.
Diving at night is a whole different experience than diving in the daytime, especially for someone that is claustrophobic like I am. It was a challenge, but one that I was able to meet. I will begin working on my Night Diver Specialty soon as well as some other specialties.
I am also starting the Dive Master Candidate course to become a PADI Dive Master.This is the first step in moving from recreational diving over into professional diving, which is my next logical choice since I have now attained the highest level in the recreational side of diving.
I had to take the month of February off while I re-certified as an EMT and DMT so I could not continue my diver training until now.
I have decided to continue my training and certification as a diver by completing the Advanced Open Water certification today
I have also decided to add on several of the PADI Specialty courses to continue my diving education and give me more experience in different types of diving.
To start off my specialty training I chose the Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Specialty certification which I completed today as well.