Specialty Courses


Scuba diving is a way to explore the underwater world in new and different ways. PADI Specialty Diver courses teach you new techniques and give you the tools to enhance your exploration.

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, 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 teem with aquatic life. 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, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your 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 a wreck.

* Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.

* Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

If you’re interested in wreck diving and are a PADI AOW Diver, at least 15 years old, you qualify for Wreck Diver.

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The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because 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 don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:

* Discuss managing oxygen exposure.

* Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.

* Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

To enroll in this course, you must be:

* At least 12 years old and

* Be a Padi Open Water Diver.

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The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Scuba 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.

To enroll in this course, you must be:

* At least 12 years old and

* Be a Padi Open Water Diver.

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There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

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.

You can enroll in this deep diver course if you are already a PADI AOW Diver and are at least 15 years old.

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Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course.

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you’ll learn how to:

* Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.

* Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.

* Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.

* Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

To enroll in the Sidemount Course, you’ll need to be a PADI Open Water Diver and at least 15 years old.

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If you would like to try sidemount diving to see doing the full course is for you, then the introduction to sidemount diving covers a knowledge briefing and equipment checks, confined water skills and debriefing.

Should you wish to progress to the full sidemount course, then the cost is discounted by what you have already paid for the introduction to sidemount diving.

To undertake the Introduction to Sidemount diving, you’ll need to be a PADI Open Water Diver and at least 15 years old.

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