How far will you take this diving thing? It's up to you. With PADI Specialty Diver Programs you can chart your course for a colorful collection of awesome dives. Sure, your PADI certification opens up the oceans and lakes to you, but the PADI Specialty Dives take the underwater adventure to depths that will stir your soul. Achieving PADI Specialty ratings can take anywhere from as little as one day to a full weekend -but this is all hands-on, so you'll be diving right from the start.

Below is a list of the numerous specialty certifications. Get five specialty ratings and you're on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver.


 

AWARE - Fish Identification Speciality Course
This course will introduce you to the most common fish families and species found in temperate and tropical waters. You'll also learn basic fish identification and scientific survey techniques as well as how important personal involvement is in aquatic conservation.
During your AWARE - Fish Identification Diver Specialty course, you'll practice basic fish identification techniques then collect fish identification data for submission to the REEF Fish Survey Project (if appropriate). The course includes all the background you'll need to identify fish in your area, including:
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Information on Project AWARE and aquatic protection worldwide.
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Characteristics of local fish families and species.
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Fish survey techniques and strategies.
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Fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures.


Boat Speciality Course
Through the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course, you can learn the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats. The more boats you're diving from, the more diving you're doing.
As part of your PADI Boat Diver Specialty course, you'll learn about:
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Boat diving planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards.
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Proper boat diving etiquette, including equipment storage and conduct.
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Common boat terminology.
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Specific and local boat diving laws and ordinances.
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Overview of emergency and safety equipment needed on- private dive boats.


Deep Speciality Course
The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime - going deep to see thing others can only dream about. You'll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 metres / 60 - 130 feet.


Digital Underwater Photography Speciality Course
Wouldn't you like to show your friends how beautiful the underwater world is? If so, this course is the right one for you! By taking the PADI Digital Underwater Photography specialty course you'll soon be making pictures like the pros. And you'll also learn to process your photos on the computer.
The PADI Digital Underwater Photography specialty course has a two-level design:
Level 1:
- Point-and-shoot cameras and their practicabilities.
- White balancing.
- Color filters.
- Taking photographs without external flash .
Level 2
- Using histograms.
- File formats.
- Image resolution.
- Picture composition.
- Organization and archiving.
You will also get to learn the PADI S.E.A. method (Shoot, Examine and Adjust) of digital underwater photography.


Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Speciality Course
If you want an introduction to the excitement of moving through the water with no effort, then his is your course. During the program, you'll learn the techniques you need to know for safe diver propulsion vehicle operation. This includes:
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Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards.
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Equipment and procedure considerations.
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How to avoid harming fragile aquatic life.


Drift Speciality Course
Drift Diving is effortless and relaxing because you simply glide with the current and feel the rush of flying underwater. But, with this type of diving come special procedures that you need to know so you can maximize your fun underwater. During your PADI Drift Diver certification course, you'll learn about drift dive planning, organization, techniques and potential hazards, as well as special equipment and procedures like buoyancy. But it's not all theory because you'll go on two open water dives where you can put your new knowledge into action.


Emergency Oxygen Provider
Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider.
You learn how to
- Recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen.
- Properly setup equipment.
- Administer emergency oxygen.


Enriched Air Speciality Course
Maximize your time with the upgraded PADI Enriched Air Diver course. Enriched Air Diver saves you time by allowing you to:
- Stay underwater longer.
- Get back into the water sooner.
- Get your certification while simultaneously completing dives for other PADI courses.
- Plus, by diving with Enriched Air you may feel less tired on your vacation.


Multilevel and Computer Speciality Course
Since there's so much to see underwater you'll want to make the most of your stay. The PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty course tells you how by introducing you to the many varieties of multilevel diving.
You'll learn what multilevel diving is and why you want to plan for multilevel dives. You'll also get to see the various types of multilevel dive calculators (including the Recreational Dive Planner, Wheel version and dive computers), as well as learn about multilevel dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, and potential problems.


Night Speciality Course
When you go night diving you'll see a whole new world. Even your local dive site takes on a new personality at night, as many underwater creatures and plant life (different from those you see during the day) are active at night.
You'll learn night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to control your buoyancy, navigate and communicate at night. Since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different, you'll also get an introduction to nocturnal aquatic life.


Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality Course
If you want to fine-tune your buoyancy and soar over reefs, extend bottom time by reducing air consumption and prolong the life of your dive equipment, the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course is for you.
During your Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, you'll use PADI's Basic Weighting Guidelines to determine the correct amount of weight. Then you'll practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy during two open water dives, including the buoyancy check, fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualization.


Search and Recovery Speciality Course
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.
You'll learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also cover limited visibility, search patterns and safe object recovery using lift devices.


Underwater Naturalist Speciality Course
If you're interested in aquatic life then the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is for you. This course is an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and will help develop safe and responsible aquatic life interaction techniques. During your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course, you'll learn underwater naturalist dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also get an overview of the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths. You'll put this information into practice during your two open water dives.


Underwater Navigation Speciality Course
When you're underwater, knowing where you are and where you're going comes in handy, especially if you're looking for that beautiful reef that you've heard all about. The PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course will help you become a pro at finding your way underwater. During your PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you'll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organization and potential problems. You'll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further your compass navigation skills. You'll put these into practice during your three open water dives.


Underwater Photography Speciality Course
The PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course can help you learn how to take your fist underwater photographs or fine tune your existing skills to produce photographs that will stun your friends. You'll learn the basics of underwater photography such as composition, film type and camera handling, with special emphasis on practical techniques. You'll learn underwater photography dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to care for and maintain your camera equipment.


Underwater Videography Speciality Course
Do you want to show the underwater world to your land-based friends? Take the PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course and you'll learn the skills necessary to shoot your own underwater footage. You'll learn about selecting, maintaining and caring for your underwater video equipment as well as safe diving practices while on a videography dives. Further, you'll learn videography fundamentals, such as exposure, focus, shot types, moves, story line and shot sequencing. Then you'll get to put your knowledge to actual use during your three open water dives.


Wreck Speciality Course
The lure of exploring sunken vessels, airplanes and automobiles is something most divers can't resist. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course introduces you to wreck diving and helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and fun wreck diving.
Information contained in your wreck diver program includes:
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The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving.
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The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels.
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Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures.


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