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Specialty Diver Courses

No matter what your Scuba passion, there is a specialty diver course designed to help you pursue it.  At Aquatic Adventures we have a wide Instructor base who are capable of teaching a vast majority of the courses available in the PADI system.  Details of the courses we can offer can be found below.

To book on to an upcoming course, simply click on "Book Now" and navigate to the course you have chosen.

PLEASE NOTE - all prices are based upon a minimum of 4 people participating in the course.  We will always endeavour to fill our courses, however in the event that a course is below minimum numbers, for it to go ahead on a given date then the cost would need to go up, to cover Instructor wages.  We will always inform all students in advance if this might happen and offer the opportunity to switch course dates if they do not wish to pay the extra cost.

For information on all the Specialty Diver courses available at Aquatic Adventures, download our Course Brochure by clicking here:

Boat Diver
Deep Diver
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Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. The PADI Boat Diver course will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. You’ll gain experience by completing two dives from a local boat and learn:

  • Boat terminology.

  • Boat diving procedures and etiquette

  • Boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.


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There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. To scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course and learn about:

  • Specialized deep diving equipment.

  • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.

  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.


Dive Against Debris
Drift Diver


Give a bit back to the ocean by making every dive a clean up dive - do your bit for marine conservation with Project AWARE's Dive Against Debris specialty course, one of the most satisfying courses you will ever take.  You will learn:

  • Methods for safely collecting rubbish from the ocean.

  • Identification strategies for the different types of debris

  • How to log your debris survey data into the global database


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The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive and use ocean currents to glide along. Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

  • Receive an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.

  • Get an overview of aquatic currents.

  • Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.

  • Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.


Dry Suit Diver
Emergency O2 Provider
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A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often. You will learn:

  • Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance.

  • Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit.

  • Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit.


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Every diver breathes easier knowing that they can recognize diving illnesses treatable with oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

Learn about types of emergency O2 equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen:

  • Assembly and disassembly of emergency O2 equipment.

  • Deploying a non-rebreather mask and a demand inhalator valve on a breathing diver.

  • Using a pocket mask on a non-breathing diver.


Enriched Air Diver
Equipment Specialist
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Scuba Diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression 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.


During a practical session, and two optional scuba dives, you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.

  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.

  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.


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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 gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

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.


Night Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy


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. 


During three night dives, you’ll practice:

  • Light handling and communication techniques.

  • Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.

  • Identifying how plants & animals differ or change behavior at night.


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Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. They glide effortlessly, use less air and hover almost as if by thought. You can achieve this too!

During the two scuba dives of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine the exact weight you need.

  • Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.

  • Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.


Project AWARE combo
Search & Recovery
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Scuba Divers are ocean advocates, as we witness first-hand man's effect on this diverse yet fragile ecosystem.  Project AWARE is the not-for-profit enterprise that PADI has partnered with to promote ocean conservation and a better understanding of how man can help sustain the underwater world we love.

We have developed our own Project AWARE combo, based around 4 of their specialties: Project AWARE, Coral AWARE, Shark AWARE & Turtle AWARE, and offer it as a single package.


*please note, PADI cert cards are extra for those who want them

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People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items.  During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

  • Search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.

  • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.

  • Planning a search operation.


Self-reliant Diver
Sidemount Diver


Increase you confidence and abilities to deal in the situation where you find yourself on your own, or give yourself the ability to dive independently of your buddy - this is a perfect course for photographers, and those who prefer solitude on their dives

During 3 dives and a theory session you will learn:

  • How to plan dives based upon your SAC rate and equipment configuration.

  • Stage management skills.

  • Emergency situation management strategies.


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A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better steamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration.​

During 3 dives, you’ll learn how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.

  • Manage gas by switching second stages, if wearing two cylinders.

  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.


Underwater Naturalist
Underwater Navigator


Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. When you know more about underwater ecology, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed.


You’ll learn:

  • Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.

  • Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths.

  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life



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.


During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

  • Methods to estimate distance underwater.

  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns.

  • Marking or relocating a submerged object from the surface.

  • Underwater map making.


Underwater Photographer
Wreck Diver


Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. During this course you'll discover:

  • Methods for getting great shots quickly.

  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.

  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera, and how to edit them


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Whether purpose-sunk for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. 


During four dives you’ll learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.

  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.

  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.

  • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.


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