PADI Specialties


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.

Search & Recovery Diver

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 it’s quite possible that you or someone else may lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it. You will learn the techniques necessary to run search patterns, use a lift bag and safely bring objects to the surface.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them 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.

Night Diver

A night dive is a dive that occurs without the presence of ambient sunlight. You will learn night dive planning, light use and selection, night navigation techniques, communications and emergency procedures. Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that come out after the sun goes down, and see your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night. This is a course not to be missed.

Underwater Navigator

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. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

Deep Diver

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 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. 

If you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course.

Boat Diver

The PADI Boat Diving Specialty familiarizes you with diving from boats, whether it’s from small inflatables to giant live-aboards. While the Boat Diver specialty may not be the most appealing one when compared to wreck diving, underwater photography or Deep Diving, this course is a core essential for any diver starting out in Scuba Diving as it equips you with a skill that you will perhaps most frequently use throughout your diving career. If you are already an experienced diver having dived from boats frequently then the PADI Boat Diving specialty may not be the most informative course, however PADI state that this course can benefit even more experienced divers because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently. Still the Boat Diving Specialty is perhaps best for a new diver or someone who hasn’t had much experience with diving from a boat.

PADI Specialties 

Digital Underwater Imaging

What good is Scuba Diving if you can’t share your underwater experiences with your non-diving friends? Underwater photography allows you do just that, capture stunning images of your underwater encounters and share them with your friends or retain them as memory keepsakes. 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. 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.

Master Scuba Diver

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training. When you flash your Master Scuba Diver card, people will recognize your superior achievement knowing that you are an experienced recreational diver.