Specialty Courses

Specialty Scuba Classes

Take your diving to the next level! Explore new worlds and challenge yourself to dive to new limits.

Cost: $300 for 2 dives/1 day

CPR/First Aid



Learn how to handle an emergency as a first responder. This class teaches you CPR & emergency O2 administration.


Teaches you how to respond to an emergency until trained professionals arrive. CPR, victim stabilization & first aid skills are taught.

Advanced Buoyancy

Ever wonder how your dive leader seems to maintain perfect buoyancy just by breathing and doesn’t have to dump water out of the BC after diving? Go beyond the basic buoyancy skills you learned during your Open Water Scuba Class and learn about breath control, proper weighting, placement of trim weights, body position and trim, streamlining equipment & other factors that affect buoyancy.  Proper finning techniques are essential for the neutrally buoyant diver.  Learn backwards finning that is useful during underwater photography and use your muscles more efficiently with a proper frog kick in a drysuit and double tanks or a modified frog kick in a wetsuit and single tank.

I recommend SDI Kicking Techniques instead of Adv Buoyancy.

Boat Diving

Learn about the special procedures and etiquette used when boat diving. The SDI boat diver course will introduce you to some different types of boat diving. Skills covered inlude to plan and conduct a boat dive with maximum safety and include: safe entries & exits, proper stowing of equipment, safety procedures, planning boat dives, & drift diving from boats.


Haven’t dove with a computer yet or want to learn more about your computer? Learn the benefits of scuba diving with computers vs. tables. Go over display information, types of computers, downloading information, utilizing planning modes, & programming computers.

CPROX Administrator Course

Learn Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Oxygen administration in one course. Learn how to use what is at your disposal to treat and stabilize victims until medically trained professionals arrive. Course topics include: scene assessment, CPR, and O2 administration.

CPR1st Administrator Course

Learn the basics of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid including stabilizing a victim, using materials that are on hand to respond to injuries, and administering proper CPR.


Deco Procedures

Prerequisites: proficiency in Sidemount or Doubles and Kicking Techniques.

Deep Diving

Gain the knowledge and skills to go beyond the Open Water limits of 60 ft. Learn about proper descents, air management, effects of nitrogen narcosis, and dive planning. The maximum depth of the Deep Diver course is 130ft; the suggested recreational diving limit.


Stay warm! Don’t miss out on some great diving in not-so tropical waters. Explore the kelp forests of New Zealand or California, the lochs of Scotland, the glacial waters of Iceland or do an ice diving trip with Urban Manta or join us for some local wreck diving! Stay warm below the thermic line at our local training lake Dutch Springs! Learn about different types of drysuits, care and maintenance, emergency procedures, proper weighting & buoyancy control.

Equipment Specialist

Learn how to maintain your scuba gear. Topics covered include proper cleaning of equipment, proper storage, and transportation and storage of dive cylinders.

Ice Diving

Put your drysuit certification to good use! Stay warm and dry beneath a crystal ceiling. Learn how to plan and execute an ice dive using tethers and a rescue team ready above the ice.


Intro to Cavern

Prerequisites: proficiency in Kicking Techniques, and Sidemount or Doubles.  No single tank H-valve configurations.  If you need to ask why, then you don’t belong inside of an overhead environment with a silty bottom.


Intro to Tech/Double tanks

I’ve been diving these babies since 2006. If yout want to learn how to trim out in double tanks, come see me. We’ll make sure you can hover comfortably withtout face planting or falling towards your feet. Valve drills and TDI kicks are taught in class. I recommend Kicking Techniques as a prerequisite if you have never frog kicked or struggle with trim and buoyancy issues so we can spend Intro to Tech tweaking the back kick, frog kick, helicopter turns instead of introducing them along with the doubles. We can start slinging an Al 40 and moving towards Deco Procedures when you are ready.

Kicking Techniques

Want to learn a solid frog kick plus an introduction to hovering, helicopter turns, backwards kicks and modified flutter and frog kicks in a day? I have a few tricks that will get you there. Urban Manta created a Kicking Techniques outline for a new SDI class. A few good teaching techniques and years of dance training (muscle memory drills) help me to do a good job teaching this class.

Learn how to analyze your custom GoPro footage yourself so you can continue to improve buoyancy, hovering & kicking techniqes after class during your own diving.

Tanks and weights will be provided. Regulators and BCs can be rented from Urban Manta. Students must bring their own mask and fins.


Find your way back to the boat or navigate to an underwater reef or wreck beneath the surface using a compass and natural navigation. Learn about compass features, distance estimating, reading ocean bottom contours and practice skills.

Night/Limited Visibility

Some of the most amazing nocturnal critters are not to be missed. Feeding corals, sleeping parrot fish in bubbles and bioluminescence are amazing. Safety skills include learning how do deal with a silt out situation (including during the daytime) or extreme low visibility. Learn buddy system procedures, communications, proper dive light preparation and signals, navigation, buoyancy control and interacting with nocturnal aquatic life.


Nitrox is a mixture of Nitrogen and Oxygen other than air. This course will cover the use of Nitrox mixtures from 22% to 40% Oxygen. The benefits include increased safety margins, reduced post dive fatigue, and extended no-decompression times.


Advanced Nitrox

Prerequisites nitrox.  Can be combined with doubles Intro to Tec or Deco Procedures.

Scooter/Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Want to explore a little farther or faster? Or need a little assistance getting through the water? Learn about DPV selection, battery burn times, ear equalizations, descents, ascents, and care and maintenance of the DPV.

Search & Recovery

Learn the basics of searching for lost objects such as an outboard motor or jewelry. Use a lift bag and tying lines underwater to secure and lift the object to the surface. Skills taught include carrying, deploying and attaching lift bags, conducting search patterns, entanglement avoidance, and recovering and preserving objects.


Learn how to safely dive with side-mounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the more traditional back-mounted “doubles” method. This is beneficial for traveling to locations where doubles rental is not available or for wreck penetration diving as it allows you to remove the tanks for entry into a small space (an advanced wreck penetration class is required for entry inside of a wreck). Learn about equipment considerations, gas management, attaching cylinders, trim and buoyancy, and different water entries. This is a recreational class with a maximum depth limit of 40m/130ft.

SDI Intro to Sidemount is a 1 day, 2 dive intro class for those interested in trying Sidemount.

TDI Sidemount is a 2 day, 4 dive class recommended for those who know they want to dive Sidemount or who want a Kicking Techniques class incorporated into the Sidemount class. Additional skills covered include frog kick, modified frog, modified flutter kick, hovering, pull and glide, helicopter turns, backwards kicks and SMB shooting.


Great class for underwater photographers, those who find they are the most experienced dive buddy in the group, or anyone who has ever found themselves diving alone, either intentionally or not. Practice self reliant scuba diving without a “dive buddy”. Solo divers should be skilled in self-sufficiency and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving. The class focuses on proper dive planning, personal limitations, and accident prevention as well as the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving solo.

Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography is one of Urban Manta’s favorite diving activities. Learn about camera selection, camera and o-ring care, good buoyancy techniques, lighting, white balance, and framing the perfect shot.

Wreck Diving

The area just off the coast of NY/NJ is known as wreck valley and is littered with thousands of wrecks. Learn how to run a reel and shoot a 6ft safety sausage; skills necessary to the Northeast Wreck diver. You may take this class as a non-penetration (2 dives) or limited-penetration (3 dives) course. Limited-penetration is defined as “swim through or within the ambient light of entry point.”

Adv Wreck Diving

prerequisites: SDI wreck, either sidemount or doubles and proficency in Kicking Techniques. No single tank and pony bottles. If you need to ask why, then you don’t belong inside of a wreck.


Local Wreck Diving

Come join us out on the local NY/NJ boats!  Most boats in the North East require divers to have an SMB (surface marker buoy) and a pony bottle or redundant tank.  To ensure you have the proper comfort and skill set the following courses are recommended for local Northeast diving: Drysuit, Wreck, Night/Limited Visiblity, Nitrox, and Deep Diver.