• Equipment Specialist

Equipment Specialist

Don’t miss a dive due to a gear issue. Whether it's a blown o-ring, regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic equipment adjustments or repairs. As an Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for basic equipment- maintenance, care and adjustment issues you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background on how your gear works, how it’s repaired and other information that helps you with your equipment investment and field repair that may save your dive!

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Among the many things you will learn in the course include:

  • Review the theory, principles and operation of scuba-diving equipment
  • Learn about routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage
  • Learn how to overcome common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures (may include a demonstration of repair procedures)
  • Gain simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear (may include optional confined-water dive to try new or unfamiliar equipment)

Although the PADI Equipment Specialist Course is not an equipment-repair course, it will teach you how to do basic field repairs that may someday save a dive!


  • Be certified the Open Water Diver level (or equivalent)
  • Be at least 12 years of age
  • Be able to answer "No" to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course

What is Involved?

The course consists of:

  • Lots of hands-on instructions and demonstrations.
  • Encyclopedia - optional (purchase price $44.95)


Usually during an evening or on a weekend day at Atlantic Edge Scuba at 7672 Airpark Rd. in Gaithersburg. We do occasionally hold classes in other areas. Check the schedule below. If you don't see a class that fits your schedule let us know and we'll look at setting one up for you.

When Can You Start?

Check out or schedule below for dates and times.


The course fee is $149 and includes:

  • Equipment Specialist online E-Learning
  • Training in many pieces of equipment and field repair
  • Certification card

Equipment Specialist Paperwork

Equipment Specialist Paperwork Packet



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