PADI Enriched Air
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.
You can typically stay down longer and get back the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty.
- Be 15 years or older
- Have a PADI Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you’ll encounter every day. In addition, you’ll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repair and other information that helps you with your equipment investment.
- Must be a Scuba Diver or Junior Scuba Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
- No dives are required, so you can take the Equipment Specialist course any time of the year
Search & Recovery
Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.
Find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.
- A certified PADI (junior) Advanced Open Water Diver
- A PADI (junior) Open Water Diver and a PADI Underwater Navigator (or equivalent certification from another organization)
- At least 12 years old
Emergency Oxygen Provider
Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider.
Breathe easy—knowing that you know how to recognize illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared – especially in a time of need.
You learn how to
- Recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen
- Properly setup equipment
- Administer emergency oxygen
Though suited for divers, this course has no prerequisites and doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course.
Digital Underwater Photography
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.
It’s a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family.
have a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.
Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months—especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer
- A PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization)
- At least 10 years old
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems.
You can make a difference.
Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.
As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.
Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.
The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.
- Be 15 years or older
- Have a PADI Adventure Diver (not yet on site map) certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives.
The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. It’s exhilarating.
- Be 15 years or older
- Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization
Peak Performance Buoyancy
What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.
The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible.
Have a PADI Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization).
For all environmental enthusiasts – Integrate the AWARE – Coral Reef
Conservation knowledge development session into the Project AWARE
Specialty program when discussing coral reefs. Encourage participants
to apply their knowledge by participating in cleanups and other environmental
events, and by getting involved with conservation organizations.
This promotes awareness and allows participants to earn two nondiving
RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER AWARENESS
The MDC Recompression Chamber Awareness Course is available to divers from any training agency, and is designed to provide a safe and well supervised introduction into the work of a hyperbaric facility.
Upon completion, students will be familiar with the facilities available, the procedures used, the problems and hazards associated with a recompression chamber and possible treatments available.
Course participants are expected to take part in a recompression chamber dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres.
- A recognized (entry-level or above) diving qualification
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Participants must hold a current diving medical
Learn how to dive conservatively on a coral reef, protecting the environment and develop an understanding of coral reef formation and growth as well as learning ways of protecting the world’s reefs
- PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
- Minimum age: 10 years old
During your Reef Diver Specialty course, you’ll be learning new buoyancy control techniques, fining techniques and also general information of coral reef formation and structure, most importantly what you as a diver can do to protect the world’s coral reefs from degradation.