PADI Specialty Courses
Choose Your Own Adventure
PADI Specialty Courses – many now available with digital learning – give you the tools to enhance your exploration. Discover your unique diving aptitude - deep diving, photography, videography, fish identification, etc.
Can’t decide? Ask your instructor about Advanced Open Water. This course includes two core specialty dives and three specialty dives of your choosing.
PADI Specialty Courses
Diving With Enriched Air Nitrox
An enriched air nitrox certification allows you to extend your bottom time and enjoy shorter surface intervals, one of the many reasons it’s PADI’s most popular specialties. The course only takes a few hours and you can do most of it online.
PADI Master Scuba Diver™ rating is the highest level of recreational diving. It denotes significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than two percent of divers ever become Master Scuba Divers.
More Information About PADI Specialty Courses
Your questions, answered
You can start any of the PADI courses below online and complete your in-water training (if applicable) with a PADI Dive Shop or Instructor anywhere in the world.
Digital Underwater Photographer
Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)
Dry Suit Diver
Enriched Air Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and Recovery
Yes! You can combine the dry suit or enriched air nitrox specialty with just about any other course. Read this article for more information and ideas.
It depends. For courses like dry suit diver and underwater photography, your local dive shop may offer rentals, but it’s a good idea to contact them in advance. There’s also a big advantage to owning the equipment you’ll use during your training. For example, if you use a Brand X rental camera and then buy a Brand Y camera later on, you may have to teach yourself how to operate the Brand Y camera controls (white balance, f-stops) on your own.
Whether you’re landlocked, homebound, or just need to take a break from being in the water, there are ways to improve your diving knowledge and skills without getting wet. The Coral Reef Conservation, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Equipment Specialist, Enriched Air Nitrox, and Project AWARE specialties all have course options that don't require training dives.
PADI’s scuba refresher program (ReActivate) is a great way to brush up on scuba diving fundamentals. It’s recommended if you haven’t been diving in awhile, but not mandatory.
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.
PADI Divers share tips and stories about taking specialty courses.