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When you are ready to go Beyond the Basics ... we are "here" to get you "there" !!!

At Scuba Steve's Scuba Shack we offer a LOT of exciting dives and diving activities for nearly every member of your family, from the 10 year old up to Grandma and Grandpa and beyond !!!

Check out these Specialty Certificaton Courses out for yourself !!!


  • Project AWARE Specialty Diver Certification

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Diver Certification

  • NITROX/ Enriched Air Specialty Diver Certification

  • DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle "Scooters" ) Speciality Diver Certification

  • Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Diver Certification

  • Underwater Navigator Specialty Diver Certification

  • Underwater Naturalist Specialty Diver Certification

  • Search and Recovery Specialty Diver Certification

  • Night Diver Specialty Diver Certification

  • Multi-Level Specialty Diver Certification

  • Fish Identification Specialty Diver Certification

Regardless of how deep into diving you want to go or high up the ranks of professional accreditation you desire … Scuba Steve will help you get there!


Have you been looking for something unique and different??? Here's something NEW …

PADI allows a few of its Instructors to actually come up with our own Certification Courses which are called "Distinctive Specialty" Certifications.

These courses tend to be based on the "one-of-a-kind" uniqueness of the region/locale/dive site of the Instructor and will be credited towards a diver's Master Scuba Diver Certification !!!

You will also have EXCLUSIVE BRAGGING RIGHTS because I am the ONLY one on the PLANET that can teach these courses !!!!!

I am offering you 3 of my very own Distinctive Specialty Certification Courses !!!

They are the :

  • Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse Diver

  • Hawaiian Sea Turtle Observer

  • Hawaiian Reef "Critter Gitter"

Unlike other PADI certification courses, these do NOT require that you purchase MORE PADI books, manuals, tables, or DVD's …

EVERYTHING that you will need to know (or might ever WANT to know) about each particular course is taught AT the dive site!

  • NO books to purchase!

  • NO study time required!

  • NO quizzes, examinations or finals to take!

  • Just a LOT of fun information about some incredible underwater friends of mine!

You don't have to be a Marine Biologist to enjoy this Course (you'll just sound like one when you're through) ... and if you don't want to tell your dive buddies that you're not ... then neither will I !!!

Each Distinctive Specialty Certification Course is designed to be FUN … INFORMATIVE … and EASY !!!


Hawaiian Sea Turtle Observer
1-2-3 ...It's All About Me !!!
There were once several million green sea turtles worldwide. Today, fewer than 200,000 nesting females are thought to remain.

In Hawaii, scientists currently estimate that only 100 to 350 females nest each year, predominantly at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwest Hawaiian chain.

Sea turtles have long been hunted for a variety of uses. Their shells have been used to make jewelry and ornaments, their skin to make small leather goods, their meat and eggs for food, and their fat for oil.

In modern times, the number of sea turtles taken has increased dramatically due to the opportunity for profits they provide through commercial trade.

Ancient Hawaiians used the meat of the green sea turtle for food. Green sea turtles are also recognized as being the main ingredient in turtle soup.

Before protective laws such as the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 were passed, green sea turtles were killed in large numbers to feed fishing crews in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and to provide meat for restaurants.

Hawaiian populations experienced dramatic declines as a result. Because sea turtles take so many years to reach sexual maturity, it has taken 20 years since the passing of the Endangered species Act to see evidence of a population recovery.

Their natural habits also make sea turtles vulnerable to hunters. Because they lay their eggs in such a predictable way and are defenseless on land, poachers continue to kill hundreds of sea turtles each year for their eggs, shells and meat, despite laws prohibiting these activities in many countries.

Egg clutches are especially easy to spot. After laying her eggs, the female turtle must struggle back to the ocean leaving a "tell-tale" trail behind in the sand.

Fibropapilloma causes the growth of large bulbous tumors predominantly on the soft tissues of the turtles. Once turtles are stricken with the disease they do not appear to recover without the aid of human medical intervention.

Fibropapilloma looks like large warts with a "cauliflower" texture that grow on all the soft tissue areas of a sea turtle, including the eyes and mouth, it can also grow through the carapace and plastron.

Unfortunately in some cases the growths or tumors, as they are also called, can grow internally on the lungs, kidneys, liver and intestines. The coloration can be pink, white or black and can range in size from less than a centimeter to as large as a football, the largest tumor recorded at The Turtle Hospital weighed over 3 pounds.

The disease has been documented as far back as the 1900's and has reappeared and regressed throughout the century. The growths appear on sea turtles in warm water areas, especially around the equator, from Florida and South America to Hawaii with a few cases reported from Australia...

(Remember ... this is just a sample of what you will be learning !!!

Course includes a detailed outline for you take take your own notes and then bring back home with you!)

Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse Diver
I-O .. I-O ... so off to work I go !!!
The Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. They can be found on the reef at almost all depths within the recreational dive limits.

This species establishes cleaning stations on the reef and attracts fish and eels by making distinct dart-like movements to advertise its services.

While cleaning its hosts, it feeds on the host's excess mucous and parasites, setting a classic example of a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship.

They are generally easy to approach. The wrasse family is a very diverse category of fish with an interesting and complex social structure and brilliant color patterns that can change with age or sex.

Wrasses are generally classified by their various life phases, including the initial, the intermediate or adult, and the terminal phase.

While some wrasses hatch as males and remain male during every phase, many other individuals begin life as females and later experience a sex change, transforming into "super-males" or "super alpha males".

Super-males are usually the most brilliantly colored of the species, which dominate a territory. If a super-male dies, the next largest wrasse, male or female, quickly changes into a super-male. If a more controlling super-male is introduced to the population, other super-males may even reverse back to their initial phase (female)...

(Remember ... this is just a sample of what you will be learning !!!

Course includes a detailed outline for you take take your own notes and then bring back home with you!)

Hawaiian Reef "Critter Gitter"
This is YOU !!!
The purpose of the Hawaiian Reef "Critter Gitter" Distinctive Specialty course is to provide divers an opportunity to go on an "undersea treasure hunt" and utilize the skills they have learned in previous courses, particularly the Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse Diver Distinctive Specialty Course and the Hawaiian Sea Turtle Observer Distinctive Specialty Course.

There are many species of both endemic and non-endemic creatures and "critters" on the Hawaiian reefs that the diver(s) will locate, identify and observe using proper recreational diving techniques for responsible interaction.

By the end of this course, you will be able to locate and identify at least 4 endemic fish, including but not limited to the following :

  • Convict Tang

  • Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

  • Hawaiian Sergeant Major

  • Potter's Angelfish

  • Hawaiian Whitespot Damselfish

  • Spectacled Parrotfish

  • Hawaiian Squirrelfish

  • Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby

  • Hawaiian Monk Seal

By the end of this course, you will ALSO be able to locate and identify at least 2 endemic "cdritters", including but not limited to the following:

  • Rough-spined or Sputnik Urchin

  • Striped Nudibranch

  • Vibrating Nudibranch

  • Hawaiian Swimming Crab

  • Boxer or Pompom Crab

  • Hawaiian Spiny Lobster

I DID IT !!!
Course includes a detailed outline for you take your own notes and then bring back home with you!)

This is "just a taste" of the FUN we will have !!!!! It is easy …

the memories will last you a LIFETIME ….

And you will have EXCLUSIVE BRAGGING RIGHTS because I am the ONLY one on the PLANET that can teach these courses !!!!!

AND ...

if YOU don't want to tell your dive buddies that you're not a Marine Biologist (you'll just SOUND like one) ... then neither will I !!!


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