Whether you’ve just started out on your underwater journey or have been sinking beneath the surface for years, there’s always a new reef, wall or wreck to explore.
Consider taking a PADI® speciality course to broaden your sunken horizons. Our range of specialities allow you access to dives sites that may otherwise be restricted or inaccessible to you.
Continuing your education is the best path to staying up to date with new trends and technological advances in the diving world. It’s also a great way to build a PADI dive community around you and make lifelong friends.
Here’s a small taster of PADI specialities on offer, depending on your current certification level.
PADI Enriched Air Diver
Diving with enriched air, often referred to as Nitrox, offers unique benefits such as being able to extend your dive time and get back in the water sooner on repetitive dives. The Enriched Air Diver course is the most popular speciality currently offered by PADI. During the course you’ll learn the science behind why air with higher oxygen levels and lower nitrogen content allows you more bottom time. Plus, how to analyse and manage your oxygen content and exposure.
PADI Deep Diver
If you’re captivated by the lure of the deep, the PADI Deep Diver speciality could be your next certification. Whether it’s seeking out deeper wrecks, new aquatic life or the mystery of what lies (further!) beneath, deep diving certainly has its attractions. The PADI Deep Diver speciality covers how to safely plan a deep dive with your buddy. You’ll learn about specialist equipment and managing the effects of the deep, such as gas narcosis. Your PADI instructor will help you understand your personal limits and the reasons for deep diving during four exciting open water training sessions.
AWARE Dive Against Debris® and AWARE Shark Conservation Diver
Ocean health and conservation are at the core of PADI’s ethos. As scuba divers, we have a unique ability to see the effects of plastic pollution first hand beneath the waves. That also means we have a responsibility to conduct ourselves in a manner than gives back, rather than takes away from the ocean.
PADI has partnered with global non-profit organisation, Project AWARE® to create a selection of ocean conservation focused specialities. These include the AWARE Dive Against Debris and Shark Conservation Diver courses.
In September, PADI and Project AWARE brought the global dive community together for the first worldwide AWARE Week initiative. Throughout the week divers took part in events, activities and the AWARE speciality courses, proactively removing ocean debris and creating awareness for vulnerable shark and ray species.
If you want to join the movement, the PADI AWARE speciality courses are made for you.
PADI Wreck Diver
The underwater world is home to an abundance of ship wrecks, with many dating back hundreds of years and providing some of the most thrilling dive experiences. If history and exploration are your passions, consider completing the PADI Wreck Diver speciality. The course teaches you how to, safely, make the most out of a wreck dive, including how to survey and map a wreck – plus techniques for not kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck’s marine life.
Emergency First Response®
Diving is an adventure sport and thus comes with inherent risks. Safety in (and out) of the water and taking care of your dive buddies should be high on any scuba diver’s list of priorities.
The Emergency First Response course is a must-have first aid course to make sure you feel prepared to act in an emergency situation. Emergency First Response teaches simple steps for providing emergency care and is based on internationally recognized medical guidelines. The course is completed in a non-stressful learning environment above the surface.
Make sure to stay up to date by completing an Emergency First Response Refresher course every 24 months.
The adventure dives you take as part of your Advanced Open Water, or Adventure Diver, course count towards the first dive of their corresponding speciality!
To view the full PADI course catalogue and get started on your continuing education journey, go to www.padi.com/courses.