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Dive deeper into blue planet exploration with advanced dive skills and specialty scuba certifications. Whether you want to expand your dive knowledge or experience a new scuba specialty, our courses will prepare you for underwater adventure.

Learn more about PADI Specialty courses

Advanced Open Water Diver
Take your dive skills to the next level. Practice navigation and buoyancy, try deep diving, and make three specialty dives of your choice.
Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver
Extend your bottom time, shorten your surface intervals and dive deeper on repetitive dives.
Night Diver
See the underwater world after sundown and learn how to navigate, ascend and descend, and use your dive light to communicate at night.
Dive Against Debris
Become a citizen scientist and learn how to properly conduct an underwater survey and marine debris cleanups to keep your favorite dive sites clean.







Dry Suit Diver
Learn how to control the air in your drysuit, buoyancy, common drysuit problems, and basic repairs and maintenance in order to dive more places.
Ice Diver
Ice diving is one of the most adventurous scuba specialties. Learn the roles and responsibilities of support personnel, tenders and safety divers. See beauty few others ever experience.
Night Diver
See the underwater world after sundown and learn how to navigate, ascend and descend, and use your dive light to communicate at night.
Cavern Diver
Gain the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly and safely. This course guides you to enter far enough for adventure, but stay within the light zone for an easy exit to open water.



Digital Underwater Photographer
Share your adventures and learn how to use underwater strobes, reduce backscatter, safely photograph marine life, and choose photo equipment.
Underwater Videographer
Capture the sights, sounds, and the dynamic motion of the underwater world as a videographer. Cover the fundamentals and create interesting, entertaining video worth watching again and again.
Self-Reliant Diver
Although diving with a buddy is the norm, there are reasons for an experienced diver to develop self-reliance and independence while diving. Learning to carry out dives without a partner can make you a stronger diver in most dive situations.
Fish Identification
Enjoy dives even more when you can recognize and identify fish families and their characteristics.
Discover Technical Diving
This short experience is designed to introduce divers to basic technical diving skills and procedures in a confined water setting. Discover Tec may credit toward the Tec Basics and Tec 40 Diver courses.
Discover Local Diving
Have an experienced dive professional help you understand a local dive environment so you can better enjoy the dive adventure.

Learn more about freediving or check out the available courses.


Learn more about tec diving or check out the available courses.


Join the PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge

Reach the peak of recreational scuba diving! 

Become part of an elite circle as a PADI Master Scuba Diver™ – a rating fewer than 2% of divers achieve.

Through December 31, 2024, join divers worldwide in taking on the Master Scuba Diver Challenge. With every qualifying PADI course completed by the end of the year, you can increase your chances of winning a dream dive getaway for two to the Maldives!* 

To get started and receive one entry to the contest, complete steps one and two.

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*Master Scuba Diver Challenge Terms & Conditions
  • Contest Period: 1 July to 31 December 2024
  • The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a dive trip of a lifetime to the Maldives for two, including:
  • The Second and Third Place Prize Winners will receive one recreational PADI eLearning course of their choice.
  • Participants are entered into the contest by:
    • Signing up using the form on this page, including writing a short story on the topic “Why do you want to be a PADI Master Scuba Diver?”, for one entry to win.
    • For every PADI course/rating/membership completed within the Contest Period, the participant will receive the following number of additional entries to the contest:
      • PADI Master Scuba Diver rating – 10 entries
      • PADI Rescue Diver certification – 5 entries
      • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification – 3 entries
      • PADI Specialty Diver certification – 2 entries
      • PADI Open Water Diver certification – 1 entry
      • PADI Club member – 5 entries

For the full contest terms and conditions, click on one of the options below.

**Master Scuba Diver Challenge 10% off eLearning

PADI is offering a 10% discount on online sales of select PADI eLearning courses sold on PADI.com. Valid 1 per customer. Code expires 30 days from email sign-up date.

Does a PADI scuba certification expire?

Your PADI certification does not expire. Enrolling in PADI’s scuba refresher course (ReActivate) is recommended if you haven’t been diving in awhile, but not mandatory. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivated date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in. 

Learning at home vs. on vacation

Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and more than a dozen of PADI’s most popular specialty courses are available online. You can start your training at home and finish with a dive shop near you, or on vacation. The choice is up to you.

Earning a certification while traveling is a great way to have an authentic local diving experience. Ask the local dive center or resort what their destination is known for (drift, wreck, night, etc.) and if they offer any distinctive specialties.

Or, show your support for your local diving community by earning a certification close to home.  Learn about your local ecosystems by taking an Underwater Naturalist or Fish Identification course, or prepare for your next trip by taking PADI’s most popular specialty - Enriched Air Nitrox

I don't feel ready to take Advanced Open Water...

More than 75 percent of new divers say they want to improve their scuba skills by taking additional classes, but fewer than 40 percent ever do so. When asked why, many say, “I didn’t feel ready.”

What these divers don’t realize is, the Advanced Open Water Diver course is designed to help new divers improve their skills and build confidence. In this course, you’ll get better at the skills you learned in your Open Water Diver course as you try new diving experiences (photography, wreck diving, etc.) with a helpful instructor by your side. If the word “advanced” seems intimidating, think of it as a specialty course sampler instead. 

Speaking of specialties, many new divers get a lot out of the Peak Performance Buoyancy class and the Underwater Navigator course. You could try one or both of these specialties first, and earn credit towards your Advanced Open Water certification along the way. Ask your PADI Instructor for more information.

What is PADI ReActivate?

Any certified diver who would like to refresh their scuba skills before enrolling in a class or taking a dive trip should ReActivate. The online program is completely personalized. You’ll move quickly through familiar concepts you understand well and dive deeper into things you may have forgotten. 

After reviewing scuba fundamentals online, schedule an in-water session with a PADI Professional who will help you brush up your underwater skills and answer any questions you have. Divers who complete both the online knowledge review and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.

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