PADI Specialties

PADI Specialties

PADI Specialty courses allow you to focus on a particular skill or type of diving to fit your needs.  PADI Specialties take your diving skills past the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course to give you more time on specific areas such as wreck diving, deep diving, night diving and more.

Popular PADI Specialties

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you longer no decompression dive times. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

The PADI Deep Diver allows you to explore the wonders of the deep. Learn techniques for diving in the deeper ranges of 18-30 metres / 60-100 feet.

The PADI Wreck Diver teaches how to explore mysterious sunken shipwrecks, planes and even automobiles.

Neutral buoyancy is the key to conserving your air consumption and leaving minimal impact on the aquatic environment. On the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver course you will learn how to achieve neutral buoyancy with ease.

A PADI Night Diver sees a whole new cast of critters that comes out at night. Learn about night dive planning, equipment and navigation.
 


Boat Diver

PADI Boat Diver Course with Hippo Divers

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.

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Cavern Diver

PADI Cavern Diver Course at Hippo Divers

Can you see the light? If you dive within the light zone of a cave–the area near the cave entrance where natural light is always visible–you're in the cavern zone.

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Deep Diver

PADI Deep Diver Course with Hippo Divers

After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives.

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Digital Underwater Photographer

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course with Hippo Divers

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

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Drift Diver

PADI Drift Diver Course with Hippo Divers

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

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Emergency Oxygen Provider

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course at Hippo Divers

Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider

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Enriched Air Diver

Scuba Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox at Hippo Divers, Phi Phi, Thailand

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why when you understand more about itrox. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

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Equipment Specialist

PADI Equipment Specialist Course at Hippo Divers

Don’t miss a dive due to a scuba gear issue.  Whether it's a blown o-ring, regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic scuba equipment adjustments.  As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repair and other information that helps you with your equipment investment.

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Multilevel Diver

PADI Multilevel Diver Course with Hippo Divers

Maximize your dive time so you can explore more!

In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all.

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Night Diver

PADI Night Diver Course at Hippo Divers

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

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Peak Performance Buoyancy

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course with Hippo Divers

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.

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Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Course with Hippo Divers

The Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs.

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Project AWARE Fish ID

Project AWARE Fish ID Course at Hippo Divers

Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?”

The PADI Project AWARE Fish ID Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

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Project AWARE Specialty

Project AWARE Specialty with Hippo Divers

The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems.

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Search and Recovery Diver

PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course at Hippo Divers

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

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Sidemount Diver

PADI Sidemount Diver Course, Phi Phi, Thailand

Find a new and different way to configure your cylinders with the PADI Sidemount Diver course.

Because you are able to move the cylinder from your back to your side, it instantly takes the pressure off of your back and gives you more flexibility to move and enjoy your dive. Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back. You can enter the water and clip them on and go.

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Underwater Naturalist

PADI Underwater Naturalist Course at Hippo Divers

Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.

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Underwater Navigator

PADI Underwater Navigator Course with Hippo Divers

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

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Underwater Videographer

PADI Underwater Videographer Course at Hippo Divers

Other than taking someone diving, there’s only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world: video.

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Wreck Diver

PADI Wreck Diver Course with Hippo Divers

Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

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