Caverns exist in many areas where scuba divers venture - from freshwater springs to volcanic island walls and limestone coasts. In these locations you'll find large, dark spaces that seem incredibly inviting, yet are potentially dangerous. The PADI Cavern Diver course gives you the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly - allowing you to enter far enough for adventure, but staying with in the light zone for an easy exit to open water.
You need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old to enroll in the PADI Cavern Diver course.
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 chages as day creatures retire and noctual organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 12 years old to enroll in the Night Diver course.
It happens. People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you've ever lost something in the water and wanted 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.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 12 years old to enroll in the Search and Recovery Diver course.
Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. a dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world's cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in cooler months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 10 years old to enroll in the Dry Suit course.
If you have the opportunity to work with local authorities and be part of a scuba diving rescue team, or conduct search and recovery dive, and may be underwater criminal investigations, this is the course for you. Although public safety diving can be a fun and exciting adventure, it's serious and requires special training. The PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course gives you a solid foundation to build upon and teaches you both surface and underwater skills that you may need on the job.
You need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and be at least 18 years old to enroll in the Public Safety Diver course.
Project AWARE's philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba dives and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world's water resources and choose to make a difference - one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE specialist certification, you'll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.
Anyone can enroll in the Project AWARE course.
Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You've seen then underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 10 years old to enroll in the Peak Performance Buoyancy course.
PADI Specialties – Taste the Fun and Adventure
The lure of the deep. There's something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it's a wreck that attracts you be low 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 130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.
If you've earned the PADI Advanced Diver rating or higher, and you're at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course.
Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of a accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.
You need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and be at least 15 years old to enroll in the Wreck Diver course.
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialty, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot cameras or a sophisticate DSLR like the pros.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 10 years old to enroll in the Digital Underwater Photographer course.
Dive Adventures offers several PADI diver specialty courses.
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Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dive without a partner. During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear. During three dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.
You need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and be at least 18 years old.
Have a minimum of 100 logged dives.
Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor.
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.
If you're a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at 10 years old, you can enroll in the Boat Diver course.
The Full Face Mask Diver course familiarizes scuba divers with the knowledge, and skills, techniques, problems and problems of diving with a full face mask.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 12 years old to enroll in the Full Face Mask Diver course.
Be the scuba diver that everyone wants to follow because you know where you are an where you're going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation sills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 10 years old to enroll in the Underwater Navigator course.
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI's most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Becuse 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 a Enriched Air Diver.
You need to be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and be at least 12 years old to enroll in the Enriched Air Diver course.
Open Water Diver students may take the PADI Enriched Air Diver course concurrently with the PADI Open Water Diver Course.