These five PADI Specialty Courses – now all available on eLearning – each offer unique new skill sets that are sure to benefit any diver. If you’re looking to enhance your underwater explorations, and grow your diving knowledge, you’ll definitely want to consider one of these top courses.
With the option of eLearning, you can first complete the online portion of the course at your own pace through our easy-to-use interactive program. Then, use our dive shop locator to connect with a PADI Dive Center or Resort near you to complete your in-water training. With the added flexibility that eLearning offers, and the cool diving opportunities probably available in your local area right now, these specialty courses allow you to seek adventure in your own way.
Enriched Air Diver
As divers, we love slipping beneath the surface to experience the underwater world. So it’s no surprise that so many divers jump at the opportunity to stay underwater for longer – with enriched air. In fact, it’s the most popular PADI Specialty Course for certified divers, because who doesn’t want more bottom time?
Commonly called Nitrox, enriched air is a form of breathing gas that has higher oxygen content and lower nitrogen content. During this course, you’ll learn about managing oxygen exposure, how to analyze oxygen content in a scuba tank, and how to set your dive computer to enriched air nitrox settings. While the entire course can be completed via eLearning, divers can choose to complete two optional open water dives with a PADI Dive Center or Resort to put their new skills to use. With the skills learned from the PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty Course, you’ll typically be able to dive longer, enjoy a shorter surface interval, and get back in the water sooner – an ocean-lovers dream.
Dry Suit Diver
In a wet suit, you get wet. In a dry suit, you stay dry. While they both do keep a diver warmer, a dry suit will ensure that you’ll stay toasty warm throughout your entire dive in cold water conditions. Since water draws heat away from the body about twenty times faster than air, a dry suit diver can stay warmer for longer. With so much incredible diving to be done in cooler regions, becoming a dry suit diver will expand your opportunities to explore the underwater world. A dry suit might even enable you to dive in your local area year-round – and who doesn’t want to explore their own backyard?
During the online portion of this course, you’ll learn about different dry suit styles, best practices for maintaining a dry suit, dive safety procedures when using a dry suit, and the fundamentals of how to control buoyancy when dry suit diving. Then, you’ll do one confined water dive and two open water dives with a PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete the full certification – putting your knowledge into action. With the skills learned during the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course, you’ll be better suited (pun intended) for cool and cold water diving.
Search and Recovery Diver
Whether you need to locate and recover a piece of equipment that was dropped during a dive or fell overboard, or you’re working to remove large marine debris objects during a Dive Against Debris mission – the ability to skillfully search for and successfully recover things from the underwater world is an ideal skill set for most divers to add to their repertoire. Plus, you’re helping to keep the ocean clean!
During the online portion of this course, you’ll learn effective search patterns using a compass and natural navigation techniques, the dynamics of using a lift bag to bring heavy items to the surface, and how to plan a search and recovery operation based on what information is available. Then, you’ll do four dives with a PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete the full certification – putting your knowledge into action. With the skills learned during the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course, you’ll be able to help our global community of torchbearers to seek adventure and save the ocean by removing items from the ocean floor that don’t belong there.
Ready to go with the flow? Drift diving is when divers utilize ocean currents or the flow of a river to glide through the underwater world. While drift diving can be one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways to dive, familiarity with drift diving procedures is essential to ensure safety.
During the online portion of this course, you’ll learn the basics about currents and tides, how to plan a drift dive, the mechanics of equipment like floats and flags, and the importance of continually being aware of your surroundings as you drift along. Then, you’ll do two open water dives with a PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete the full certification – putting what you learned into action. The skills learned during the PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course will make safely going with the flow an absolute breeze.
Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver
Maintaining near-perfect buoyancy allows you to dive in style, optimize air consumption, and respect the surrounding marine environment – it’s a win-win-win! In addition, divers with excellent buoyancy control tend to have a much more relaxing experience underwater. With the ability to focus their attention on the unique underwater sights, there’s no need to be continuously assessing where they are in the water column.
During the online portion of this course, you’ll learn about techniques like gliding and hovering, how to ensure that you’ll be properly weighted on a dive, and how buoyancy control improves air use. Then, you’ll do two open water dives with a PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete the full certification – putting what you learned into action. The skills learned during the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver Specialty Course are sure to make you a better, more advanced scuba diver that’s not going to bump the reef.
Inspired? Why wait? Choose which PADI Specialty Course is right for you and start today! The wide variety of skills you’ll learn are sure to enhance your ability to seek adventure and save the ocean.
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