PADI SPECIALITIES

PADI Speciality courses

PADI Speciality courses are a great way to continue your diving education and to learn more about a subject that really interests you. With courses in every subject from Wreck Diving to Digital Underwater Photography and plenty more in between,  you can improve your skills in a specialist subject that isn’t covered through the core training courses.

PADI DEEP DIVER SPECIALTY - £225

Who should take this course?
The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

If you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 15 years old, you can sign up for your Deep Diver course today.

What will you learn?
Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

  • Specialised deep diving equipment, including redundant air supplies.
  • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.


Where is the course held?
We can use inland dive sites to complete the Deep Diver Speciality, however we can also conduct the course in the sea here in the UK or aboard when combined with one of our trips. Please get in touch to discuss options for your course.

What scuba kit will you use?
You’ll need a dive computer along with the rest of your basic scuba equipment. We will also be using a redundant air supply, either a single cylinder and pony or a twinset. A dive torch and slate are also recommended. If you are unsure if your equipment set up is suitable for deep diving please contact us and we can discuss this with you and make recommendations for you to consider before, during and after the course.

PADI WRECK DIVER SPECIALTY - £225

Who should take this course?
Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are interesting to explore and are usually covered with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can join a Wreck Diver Specialty course.

What will you learn?
There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. You will conduct knowledge development sessions whilst reviewing your Wreck Diver manual and you will have plenty of chance to practice line laying skills on dry land before giving it a go in the water. During four wreck dives you will learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
  • Propulsion techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

 

Where is the course held?
We can use inland dive sites to complete the Wreck Diver Speciality, however diving in the sea here in the UK makes for a brilliant course. Locations such as Portland, Swanage or Plymouth have excellent wreck dives for you to take your course, or if you fancy somewhere warmer why not enquire about taking your course on the wrecks around Malta & Gozo?

What scuba kit will you use?
You’ll need your basic scuba equipment, plus a dive torch to see into the wreck, a slate and underwater compass for mapping and navigation, and a line and reel for practicing wreck penetration. If you are unsure if your equipment set up is suitable for wreck diving please contact us and we can discuss this with you and make recommendations for you to consider before, during and after the course.

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course - From £175

£175
£225 with eLearning Option

Who should take this course?
The Digital Underwater Photographer course is open to any qualified diver, including those with a Junior Diver certification. To get the most out of the course you should be comfortable underwater and confident in your underwater buoyancy before adding a camera into the mix. Aside from these points, there are no other prerequisites for the course.

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.

What will you learn?
Through hands-on training during two scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Professional, you’ll discover:

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

How can you start learning now?
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course can be run using the traditional course manual or with the Digital Underwater Photographer online eLearning option (add £50 for eLearning upgrade). This web-based course material guides you through the principles of great underwater photography, with a bonus section on underwater imaging (including video). You study at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Digital Underwater Photographer Manual for the course and after certification too.

What scuba gear will you use?
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a digital underwater camera and a laptop or other device for downloading and viewing your images. This course is best taken with your own camera so you can learn how to use the settings available to you, but if you haven’t taken the plunge and bought your own camera yet this course can be taken with a hire camera and we can provide advice when you are looking at making a purchase in the future.”

PADI ENRICHED AIR DIVER SPECIALTY - FROM £95

£95    Theory Only
£175  Theory with two dives

Who should take this course?
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no stop dive time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enrol in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course. If you haven’t yet qualified, then talk to us about running the Enriched Air Speciality alongside your Open Water Diver course.

What will you learn?
You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional scuba dives, you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
  • Practice analysing oxygen content in your scuba tank, and using effective cylinder marking.
  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

 

What scuba kit will you use?
Most modern scuba equipment and dive computers can be used with enriched air, but we can discuss with you if your gear meets manufacturer recommendations. Scuba cylinders must meet oxygen service standards, and these are available to use on the course if you don’t have your own. We have multiple oxygen analysers to use, so you will get experience with different models, preparing you for a variety of analysers you may come across at a dive centre or resort in the future.

PADI DELAYED SURFACE MARKER BUOY SPECIALTY - £150

Who should take the course?
Using a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) in the tidal waters of the UK is the only safe alternative to using a shot line for an ascent. The DSMB course is perfect for any diver wishing to gain confidence in the use of a marker buoy and reel or someone who wants to purchase a DSMB and reel set up but isn’t sure which of the many different styles is best for them. If you took your Open Water Diver course prior to the latest revision you may not even have been shown how to use this important piece of kit, so this course is ideal for you.

The speciality is open to anyone with an Open Water Diver rating or higher.

What will you learn?
Through a theory presentation, dry land practice and two dives in open water you’re going to learn how to safely deploy a delayed surface marker buoy, and how to ascent efficiently using one. Over the course of the day you will have a chance to practice with different styles of DSMB including those filled from a low pressure inflator hose, those with self inflate mechanisms and simple open bottomed styles too, so you gain an understanding of the pros and cons of each. We will also look at what style of line carrying system you prefer, from a large reel to a simple spool.

What scuba kit will you use?
You will need all your regular scuba kit, and any reels and marker buoys you have. If you have yet to buy a DSMB or line we will provide a variety for you to use for the duration of the course, and give advice for any future purchases.

PADI DRY SUIT DIVER SPECIALTY – £175

Do you want to stay warm and comfortable on a dive?
Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and, with the right thermals, keeps you warm even in surprisingly cold water. Perfect for diving in British waters!

Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months, especially at inland dive sites such as quarries and lakes. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit, even in their warmer months.

Who should take the course?
Any diver with an PADI Open Water certification or higher can take the Drysuit Diver Speciality. We also offer packages alongside your Open Water Diver course, so you can begin your diving journey dry and warm.

What will you learn?
Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, remove and store a drysuit. Get introduced to the different types of suit so you can make an informed decision when purchasing your own dry suit. Through one confined water familiarisation dive and two dives in open water, you will learn how to control your buoyancy in the drysuit, including work on your trim and propulsion.

Where is the course held?
For your confined water drysuit orientation dive we will arrange a pool session at either Jubilee pool in Knowle or Thornbury Leisure Centre. When you’re happy with the drysuit we will progress into open water, either at a local inland dive site or a shore diving site at the coast. The two open water dives for the course can be conducted in one day, and this can be arranged mid week or over a weekend to suit you.

What scuba kit will you use?
For the Drysuit Diver course you will use your regular scuba kit, but combine this with a drysuit and under suit to keep you dry and warm. This course can be up run in your own suit, but if you don’t yet have your own suit we have a selection of school drysuits to learn in, along with all the accessories such as an under suit, hood, gloves and an inflator hose.

PADI PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY SPECIALTY – £175

Who should take the course?
Any diver with an PADI Open Water certification or above can take the PPB course. It’s ideal for those divers who want some extra practice and tutoring to help them master buoyancy control, or who have changed their equipment set up and need some extra help in achieving a good trim position in the water.

What will you learn?
Over two dives you will practice buoyancy control including hovering motionless in the water. Not only will we work on your buoyancy itself, but also on your trim, allowing you to move comfortably through the water. Better trim and buoyancy will lead to less effort moving through the water and therefore lower air consumption and longer dives!

We shall use visualisation techniques before your dives, which has a lot of underwater benefits. By stopping and taking the time before a dive to get yourself into the right frame of mind you can help yourself to relax and establish a comfortable breathing pattern, which will in turn help your buoyancy.

Where is the course held?
The PPB course can be run at an inland dive site, or in the sea when conditions allow. This is a great course to combine with a shore dive trip such as Swanage, Brixham or Porthkerris, where there is easy access to shallow water for practice.

What scuba kit will you use?
This course is best taken in your own dive equipment as it allows us to focus on a weight distribution solution that will continue to work for you. It can also be taken in hire kit, but your weight positioning may change a little as you build up your own dive kit. We have weight belts, weight harnesses and different size cylinders to practice with too, so you can find the solution that works best for you.

PADI SELF-RELIANT DIVER SPECIALTY – £225

Who should take the course?
Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner. This course is ideal for dive professionals who may be diving with less experienced buddies or divers in training who don’t yet have the skills needed to help in an emergency. Even divers with no plans for diving alone can learn skills about self reliance, and ensure they have the skills to deal with an emergency alone, even when diving with a buddy.

Due to the advanced nature of the Self-Reliant Diver course, you must have a minimum of 100 logged dives, be aged at least 18 and hold an Advanced Open Water certification before you can sign up.

What will you learn?
During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear. During three open water dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team by being prepared to handle possible emergencies whilst diving.

What scuba kit will you use?
As well as your standard scuba diving kit, being a Self-Reliant diver involves carrying redundant equipment for use in an emergency. You will need a redundant gas supply (pony cylinder, H/Y valve, twinset with isolation valve, sidemount system) as well as a redundant dive computer or back up depth and timing device, a back-up mask, redundant audible and visual signalling devices, a dive knife or cutting tool and a slate or notebook for recording dive information.

If you have any questions about the kit requirements for the Self-Reliant Diver course, or would like to discuss if your gear is suitable then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

PADI TWIN SET DIVER SPECIALTY – £175

Who should take the course?
Do you plan to enter into technical diving in the future? Do you feel you want to add redundancy to your gas supply? Have you had to end a dive early with plenty of no-stop time remaining, due to being short on gas? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then a twin set may be the right choice of kit for you.

What will you learn?
The course begins in the classroom, reviewing why you’ve chosen to dive a twinset, and how to best configure it for you. When the kit has been correctly sized and set up, then it’s time to hit the water and begin with simple buoyancy control and trim. When you’re comfortable hovering in one place we will cover emergency drills such as air sharing with a long hose, and begin to work on effective propulsion techniques to move through the water using the least effort.

Where is the course held?
This course is best run inland where we have easy access to the water, and can simply exit if we need to make any alterations to the kit, and get straight back in again. Vobster Quay is ideal for this, or any other inland dive site to suit you.

What scuba kit will you use?
For the course we will need a twinset with an isolating manifold to start with. If you have yet to buy your own set and would like to try a few first we have both twin 12lt and twin 7lt cylinders in the school that can be used for the course, along with a harness, backplate and wing. You will also be using a hogarthian style regulator configuration, with a 2m long primary hose and short back up hose. For effective propulsion, no split fins please!

PADI NIGHT DIVER SPECIALTY – £175

Who should take the course?
The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course. Divers aged 12 and above can join us on the next course!

What will you learn?
Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice light handling and communication techniques, entering, exiting and navigating in the dark, as well as identifying how plants and animals differ or change behaviour at night.

What scuba kit will you use?
Night diving can be done with very little change to your regular scuba kit. You will need a primary torch and a back up light too, and possibly a little extra exposure protection after dark, but aside from that your kit should be good to go!

PADI UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR – £175

Who should take the course?
Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can sign up for the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

What will you learn?
You will learn basic and more advanced navigation techniques, including following navigational clues and compass headings. By making complex navigation routes underwater, and learning to estimate distance travelled, you will become more confident knowing where you are underwater, and be able to relax knowing you’re heading in the direction you want to.

Where is the course held?
The course can be run to suit you, either in the sea or at an inland site. As long as we have a large area to explore, we can use any features around the dive site as navigational obstacles and challenges for you to overcome.

What scuba kit will you use?
Aside from a compass and an underwater slate or notebook, there are no specialised pieces of dive kit needed for the course. We have a variety of compasses you can practice with for the course, so if you haven’t bought your own just yet, you can decide which works best for you.

PADI EMERGENCY OXYGEN PROVIDER SPECIALTY – £135

Who should take the course?
Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider. Breathe easy with the knowledge of how to recognise illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared, especially in a time of need.

What will you learn?
During the course you will learn how to recognise diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen, properly setup equipment and administer emergency oxygen in various forms.

The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Manual is an important component of PADI’s Emergency Oxygen training program. Before your practical session you’ll review a step-by-step explanation of when and how to provide emergency oxygen. You’ll also learn about safety considerations, and how to assemble and disassemble emergency oxygen equipment. The care-at-a-glance card is a quick reference guide to pack in your gear bag and review in case of an emergency.

Prerequisites
Though suited for divers, this course has no prerequisites and doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course.

Where is the course held?
As there are no in-water skills for this course we run it in the comfort of our dive classroom in Yate. We can also travel to you, so if you have a group and a room large enough for all the participants and a mannequin, then we can run the course at a time and location to suit you.

PADI Search & Recovery Diver - £225

Who should take this course?
It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. There are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can sign up for the Search and Recovery Diver course. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

What will you learn?
Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. Your Search and Recovery manual, along with discussion on the course, will form the basic theory for the course. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

  • Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
  • Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
  • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
  • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.


What scuba gear will you use?
Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and underwater slate. You are also going to be using a marker buoy, rope for securing items and a lift bag to bring them to the surface. We can provide any equipment you don’t already own for the course.

PADI Equipment Specialist - £125

Who should take this course?
Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You’ll also learn more about how your own kit works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can sign up for the Equipment Specialist course.

What will you learn?
You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions. 

Using PADI’s Equipment Specialist Touch programme you will learn more about the inner workings of your life support equipment. When combined with the practical lessons in our classroom, you will leave the course much better prepared to deal with any minor equipment problems, and more confident in helping another diver who might need some help

What gear will you use?
We will provide all the equipment needed for the course, including masks & fins through to regulators and valves. You are also welcome to bring along bits of your own kit, so we can show you any specific techniques relevant to your own items.

 

PADI Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation - £125

Who should take this course?
Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems.

Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world can take this course. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions and no water sessions are required to earn this non-diving certification.

What will you learn?
Through classroom discussions, you learn:

  • How coral reefs function and the complex nature of life on a reef.
  • Why coral reefs are so important.
  • Why many coral reefs are in serious trouble.
  • What you can do to prevent further decline.
  • How Project AWARE unites divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.

How can you start learning now?
The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation course references information in the digital manual – AWARE – Our World, Our Water – downloadable for free on ProjectAWARE.org.
Although this manual is not required for the course, you can read the chapter on coral reefs in preparation for meeting with your instructor.

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver - £175

Who should take this course?
DPVs offer a thrilling way for scuba divers to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time. They scoot you through the water allowing you to glide over reefs, buzz around a large wreck or weave through a kelp forest. Whether making a shore or boat dive, a DPV is a great way to see more and have fun doing it.

If you’re at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can take the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course.

What will you learn?
The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course guides you in choosing the right DPV for you. You’ll make two dives and learn about:

  • Maintaining your DPV.
  • How to plan dives, including procedures for staying with your buddy.
  • DPV-handling skills, such as making proper descents and ascents.
  • Potential problems and ways to deal with them.

What scuba gear will you use?
Of course, you’ll need a DPV along with your basic scuba equipment. If you have your own DPV, we will have you complete all your training using it. If you haven’t yet picked your own DPV we will be able to source one for you to use for the course, and to give you an idea which model would suit you best.

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