About the Course

During the PADI® Deep Diver course, you'll learn how to plan deep dives, manage your gas supply and how to identify and manage narcosis.


You'll learn about buddy contact procedures, safety considerations and buoyancy control at depth.

Take This Course If You Want to
  • Make deep dives with an instructor
  • See more of the underwater world
  • Dive to a maximum depth of 40m/130ft
Learn How to
  • Manage your gas supply
  • Identify and deal with narcosis
  • Recognize your personal limits

How to Start Deep Diving

When you dive below 18 metres/60 feet, there are special safety considerations. If you're ready to expand your boundaries, a PADI Instructor will help you gain the skills and confidence to explore to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet.

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Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

 
Prerequisites & Minimum Age

Minimum Age: 15

Course prerequisites: PADI Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification)

 
Choosing a Dive Shop

Choose a dive shop close to home to:

  • Support your local diving community
  • Meet dive buddies in your local area
  • Learn about your local ecosystem

Choose a dive shop away from home if you:

  • Plan to travel to a dive destination on holiday
  • Like to meet new people when travelling
  • Have the time to complete your course while on vacation
 
Other Costs & Equipment

This course requires both knowledge development and inwater training for certification. When you purchase PADI eLearning from our website, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only.

There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent equipment. Contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information and pricing. 

In addition to basic scuba equipment, you will also need a dive computer. A dive light and slate are recommended. Ask your PADI Instructor what you need to provide for the course.

 
Time Commitment

PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours

Entire course: 2-3 days (dives must be completed over a minimum of two days)

 
Available Languages

Spanish, Italian, German, English.

For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.

 
System Requirements

PADI's online courses are designed to work on the browsers listed below. For the best experience, make sure your browser is up-to-date.

Chrome
Safari
Edge
Firefox

If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections with a total file size of approximately 189 MB. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off. 

The PADI Training app is available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).

 
After this course

If you're interested in exploring beyond recreational limits, ask your instructor about technical diving. "Tec" diving attracts experienced divers who enjoy a challenge, like dive equipment and want to go places other divers cannot. 


Technical divers explore reefs and wrecks at depths well below the 40 metre/130-foot recreational limit. With specialized training, they can explore underwater caves and other places well beyond the reach of mainstream sport diving.

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