Specialities

Boat Diver

$100 plus materials

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site.

The Boat Diver course will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. You’ll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from a boat in your local area and learn:

• Boat terminology.

• Boat diving procedures and etiquette, including how to enter and exit, and where to stow your gear.

• Boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.

Equipment: In additional to basic scuba equipment, you will need a surface signaling device, such as an inflatable signal tube.

Materials: Crew-pak Boat Diver (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: Minimum age 10 (Junior) Open Water Diver

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Deep Diver

$170 plus materials

Exploring at depths beyond 60 feet down to 130 feet is exciting, but it takes PADI Deep Diver training to help develop your personal limits to dive with confidence at these depths.

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

• Specialized deep diving equipment.

• Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.

• Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need a dive computer, it is also recommended that you have a dive light, dive slate.

Materials: Crew-pak Deep Diver (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: 15 years old PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher.

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Digital Underwater Photographer

$100 plus materials

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography course is one of the most popular diving specialties, and nothing captures the underwater realm like an awesome photo. From point-and-shoot for the beginner ,to dSLR like the pros, this course will get you up and running ready to capture the underwater world.

Through hands-on training during two scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Professional, you’ll discover:

• How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.

• The best method for getting great shots quickly.

• Principles for good composition of underwater images.

Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need a digital underwater camera  

 and a computer to down load and view your images. 

Materials: Book Digital Underwater Photographer $64.60

Prerequisites: 10 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Drift Diver

$100 plus materials

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you use the ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

• Get an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.

• Get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects.

• Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.

• Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you’ll learn to use various surface marker 

 buoys and floats with lines and reels.

Materials: Crew-pak Drift Diver (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: 12 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher. 

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Dry Suit Diver

$100 plus materials

Stay warm, extend your diving season are just a few reasons to dive dry. Dry suits seal out the water and keeps you warn, letting you explore colder dive environments Becoming a PADI Dry Suit Diver gives you the tools to learn this method of diving.

You’ll learn which dry suit style and undergarments are right for you and then you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit. During two dives, in addition to a confined water dive, you’ll practice:

• Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance.

• Buoyancy control using your dry suit.

• Safety procedures when using a dry suit.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you’ll of course need a dry suit.

Materials: Crew-pak Dry Suit Diver (Manual & DVD) $83.30

Prerequisites: 10 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Enriched Air Diver - Nitrox

$65 plus materials

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then enriched air diver is for you.

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time. Enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session you will learn more about:

• Managing oxygen exposure.

• Practice analyzing oxygen percentage in your scuba tank.

• Setup your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need a nitrox compatible dive 

 computer.

Materials: Crew-pak Enriched Air Diver (Manual & DVD) $123.10

Prerequisites: 12 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher. 

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Equipment Specialist

$75 plus materials

A missing o-ring, wetsuit tear, a broken fin strap, or a broken clip, don’t miss a dive due to minor equipment issues. The PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. 

Learn about routine care and maintenance as well as equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions and how to build a save-a-dive kit.

Equipment: Bring your basic scuba equipment.

Materials: Book Scuba Equipment Care & Maintenance $24.95

Prerequisites: 10 years old PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver rating or higher. 

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Underwater Naturalist

$100 plus materials

Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.

Equipment: Bring your basic scuba equipment.

Materials: Book - Underwater Naturalist $42.90

Prerequisites: 10 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Underwater Navigator

$135 plus materials 

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. 

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

• Methods to estimate distance underwater.

• Compass navigation while making at least five turns.

• Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.

• Underwater map making.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need a compass and a dive slate.

Materials: Crew-pak Underwater Navigator (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: 10 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Night Diver

$135 plus materials

Does night diving seems mysterious, yet so intriguing? Diving on a familiar site at night drops you into a whole new world, just watch it come alive under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes from daytime life to nightlife.  If you have always wondered… the PADI Night Diver Specialty course is for you.

Diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

• Light handling and communication techniques.

• Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.

• Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need a primary dive light and a  

 backup dive light.

Materials: Crew-pak Night Diver (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: 12 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Peak Performance Buoyancy

$100 plus materials

Buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and descend, ascend, or hover effortlessly. They observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. This can be you, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and takes them to the next level.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:

• Determine the exact weight you need.

• Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re balanced in the water.

• Streamline to use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.

• Hover effortlessly in any position.

Equipment: Basic scuba equipment.

Materials: Crew-pak Peak Performance Buoyancy (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: 12 years old PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Search & Recovery Diver

$170 plus materials

People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

• Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.

• Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.

• Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.

• Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need a compass and a dive slate.

Materials: Crew-pak Search And Recovery (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: 12 years old PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Underwater Videographer

$100 plus materials

Video is the best way to capture the sounds and motion of the underwater world. If you want to get the best clips and also learn to edit your scuba diving stories to share with friends through ScubaEarth® and other social media, then the PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course is for you. Learn to create underwater videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

Your PADI Instructor will explain how to select, maintain and care for your underwater video equipment, whether it’s a housed unit with external lights, or your underwater camera that also shoots video. You'll cover fundamentals such as exposure, focus, story line and sequencing. Post dive, you’ll learn about the editing process and how to produce a video that truly captures your scuba adventures

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need an underwater video camera. To  

 edit your video, you’ll need access to video editing equipment, which usually 

 includes a computer with editing software. 

Materials: Crew-pak Digital Underwater Photographer (Manual & DVD) $64.60

Prerequisites: 10 years old PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver rating or higher.

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Wreck Diver

$170 plus materials

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually attract beautiful aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially solving a mystery or seeing something others have overlooked. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

There are many different types of wrecks. Training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. During four dives you’ll learn:

• Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.

• Surveying and mapping.

• Using penetration lines and reels to guide .

Finning techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck.

Equipment: In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will need a redundant air supply, dive  

 light, primary and backup, dive slate, compass for mapping and navigation, and a  

 line and reel for practicing wreck penetration. 

Materials: Crew-pak Wreck Diver (Manual & DVD) $87.20

Prerequisites: 15 years old PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver rating or higher.

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