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Specialty Courses

Whether you are looking to for more adventure, to continue your education or simply want to improve your skills and confidence as a diver, the PADI Specialty courses can help you get more out of your diving.

Let us help you to develop your skills in your area of interest and expand your knowledge. Our instructors now offer you the complete range of PADI specialties, which can be combined with our regular dive trips.

 

Favorites include Enriched Air diver (Nitrox), Deep diver, Wreck diver, Night diver, Underwater Photographer and Underwater Navigator.

 

Also available are; Underwater Naturalist, Project Aware, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Diver Propulsion Vehicle and Peak Performance Buoyancy.


Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

Many of you have heard or read about Nitrox already. Nitrox usually refers to a mixture of Nitrogen and Oxygen with a higher percentage of Oxygen than normal air (EANx - Enriched Air Nitrox). Normal breathing air consists of 21% Oxygen and 79% Nitrogen. The two most commonly used Nitrox mixtures are EANx 32 (32% Oxygen) and EANx 36 (36% Oxygen). Nitrox allows divers to safely extend their no decompression limits, reduces the risk of nitrogen narcosis and decompression sickness and as your body does not have to work so hard to deplete the Nitrogen in your body; you will also feel less tired after diving.

The one day PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course includes academics, cylinder analyses and two Nitrox dives.

Minimum age requirement is 15 yrs old.


Deep Diver

Deep diving opens up new diving opportunities, enabling you to access deeper dive sites and see species you may not get to see in shallower waters. However, deep diving requires specialized training and planning. On the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course you will receive all the training you will need to enable you to carry out your deep dives safely and enjoyably. You'll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on 4 open water dives that will range from 18 - 40m (60 ; 130ft).

Minimum age requirement is 15 years old.


Night Diver

Night diving opens up a whole new world for you as a diver. Dive sites takes on a new personality at night, as many underwater creatures such as lobsters and octopus become active at night, you may see eels and sharks seeking their prey, parrot fish supported in a cocoon of their own bubbles, while coral polyps open at night to feed, transforming the entire reef.

On the PADI Night Diver Specialty course you'll learn night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to control your buoyancy, navigate and communicate at night. Since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different, you'll also get an introduction to nocturnal aquatic life.

The course will consist of 3 dives and the minimum age requirement is 12 yrs old.


Wreck Diver

Wrecks provide some of the most exciting and fascinating dive environments. Here you will find an abundance of marine life as nature slowly but surely takes over and transforms the wreck into an artificial reef, encrusted with corals & sponges, attracting an abundance of marine life. Whether you are an underwater naturalist, a historian or adventure seeker, wrecks offer you the whole package.   

The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course will introduce you to wreck diving and help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and fun wreck diving. The course will consist of theory and four dives on our famous Al Munnassir Wreck, an 84m Navy Landing Craft.

Divers participating in the course must be 15 yrs or over.


Underwater Navigator

Diving in the underwater environment can be sometimes disorientating, particularly if visibility is poor or when diving at night and navigation skills are invaluable to the diver. On your PADI Open Water course, you would have learnt basic compass skills, the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty will provide you with all the knowledge and skills that will enable you to find your way underwater.

During your PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you'll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organization and potential problems. You'll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further your compass navigation skills. You'll then put these into practice during your three open water dives.

Minimum age requirement is 10 yrs old


Underwater Naturalist

The main reason that most of us divers dive, is to experience the aquatic environment and all the marine species within. Whether your interest in coral reefs, big fish such as sharks or general fish life, the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty will help to expand your knowledge and increase your understanding of this underwater realm.  

During your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course, you'll learn underwater naturalist dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also get an overview of the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths. You'll put this information into practice during your two open water dives.

Minimum age requirement is 10 yrs old.


Underwater Photographer

The advancement of digital technology and development of underwater housing for cameras, has meant that underwater photography has become more accessible for divers. Not only does this mean that you can show all your friends and family pictures of your experience underwater but it also means that identifying the fish that you saw is a whole lot easier.

On the PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course, you'll learn the basics of underwater photography such as composition and camera handling, with special emphasis on practical techniques. You'll learn underwater photography dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to care for and maintain your camera equipment and get the opportunity to practice your underwater photography skills on 2 open water dives.

 Minimum age requirement is 10 yrs old.


Project Aware Specialty Diver

As divers, we have a responsibility to take positive steps to protect the aquatic environment that we so much enjoy. Project A.W.A.R.E (Aquatic World Awareness, Responsibility & Education) was introduced by PADI to encourage such behaviour.

On the PADI Project Aware Specialty Course you'll learn about aquatic ecosystem degradation and the conservation measures protecting aquatic resources. This includes The Project AWARE philosophy, the importance and interdependence of worldwide aquatic ecosystems, current issues regarding fisheries, coastal zone management and marine pollution, the status of several critically degraded marine environments and most importantly, what you can do to help! 

No minimum age limit


Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver

A Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) can be of great benefit to the diver. Firstly it can help the diver cover more ground, great if youre involved in a search or have a large wreck to circumnavigate. Secondly, because you are exerting less energy, you are more likely to use less air, therefore making your dive last longer and finally, they are great fun. 

During the Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver Specialty, you'll learn the techniques you need to know for safe diver propulsion vehicle operation and apply them during 2 open water dives with your DPV. This includes; diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards, equipment and procedure considerations, and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life

Minimum age requirement is 12 yrs old.


Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Diver

Coral reefs play a vital role in maintaining the planets biological diversity and as divers, it is important that we not only gain an understanding of their role but also become active in their protection, ensuring against their loss and enabling future generations of divers to enjoy them as we do today.

The PADI A.W.A.R.E - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches divers, snorkelers and non-divers about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes participants with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how they can help.

This non-diving course includes: an introduction to Project AWARE, the importance of coral reefs to marine ecosystems and coastal areas, coral reef biology, association and competition, the status of the world's coral reefs, how participants can help, including responsible diving and snorkeling practices

No minimum age limit


Peak Performance Buoyancy

Buoyancy is probably the most important skill you can have as a diver. You will have been taught the basics during your Open Water course, but by participating in the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, will ensure that you will be able to control your buoyancy, glide effortlessly over coral reefs, avoiding spiky sea urchins, whilst extending your bottom time and using less air.

During your Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, you'll use PADI's Basic Weighting Guidelines to determine the correct amount of weight. Then you'll practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy during two open water dives, including the buoyancy check, fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualization. This course is a must for all divers, particularly newly qualified divers and divers who may not have dived for a while.

Minimum age requirement is 10 yrs old.