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Specialty Courses

Do I need a Specialty Course?

PADI Specialty courses offer you training and experience which enables you to pursue your diving interests with confidence, skill and knowledge. The courses are designed for divers of all qualification levels from PADI open water diver through to PADI dive instructor, so you can learn skills specific to a unique dive situation. Even if you have already completed some dives in a specialty diving area, you will benefit from the advanced knowledge and skills that you will obtain during your PADI Specialty Diving course.

Do I need my Advanced course first?

No! The PADI Advanced Open Water program is designed to be a continuation of your open water diver course, building on the experience you gained during basic open water training. There are many PADI specialty courses that you can take as an open water diver. Any specialty dives you complete are creditable towards your Advanced Open Water certification, as well as being creditable towards that particular specialty. Being under an instructors supervision will also give you the confidence to expand your diving experience in a safe environment. There are many exciting areas to work on. Listed above are some of the various specialty courses. As you can see there is something for everyone's needs here!

Is there much classroom work involved?

No. Your PADI Specialty course generally involves a single theory session where you will cover some important information in the classroom and depending on the specialty, a session in the pool may also be conducted at this time. For a number of the programs there are training manuals and videos which will assist you in covering important information in the comfort of your own home while allowing for future review of the information.

How much time does a Specialty Course take?

Excluding the classroom work, your dives may take as little as one day, or maybe a weekend, depending on the specialty. Check with your store to see how soon you can complete the course, or whether you can spread the dives out (if you are pushed for time).

How much do specialty courses cost?

Check with your nearest Dive HQ store for specialty course prices.