A PADI specialty course is something you choose to do to gain more knowledge and skills in one particular subject. For instance most people start diving because we love fish and marine life, right? But do you know what you are actually seeing when you go diving? The difference between a Scorpion fish and a Stonefish? That Nudibranches are A-sexual?! You can take the PADI Fish Identification Specialty course to learn about the different species of fish and how to safely and harmlessly share the ocean with them.
Some PADI Specialties are non-diving specialities, others range between 1 and 4 dives. Each comes with a Specialty book or the eLearning study and a new Specialty card!
Once you are a PADI Rescue Diver with 5 PADI Specialties and have logged 50 dives, you will earn the MASTER SCUBA DIVER certification. The highest non professional PADI certification you can get!
Check out the wide range of PADI specialty diver programmes offered at Lua Lua:
Some of the best marine life and wrecks lie a little deeper than the Open water limit (18m) and the Advanced Open Water limit (30m). So with this certification you will learn about procedures for planning needed to go that much deeper to see certain dive sites while staying within the no-decompression limits. You also learn about and how to handle problems and hazards at those depths between 18m-40m.
In certain areas and dive sites in the world there is a strong current, depending on the strength of it determines what you do with your dive. This course teaches you the skills and planning needed to ‘go with the flow’. The ocean is a strong entity and we can teach you to utilise it for your benefit in a safe and fun way!
Wreck diving is fascinating, historical, magical, spooky and challenging. In this specialty you will learn about reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks and the local laws regarding wrecks. Buoyancy must be tuned for wreck diving as you might be in confined areas so it is advised to do your Peak Performance Buoyancy before hand. You will learn about surveying and mapping of wrecks and most of all how to execute a fun, safe and memorable wreck dive with your buddy.
Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world operate differently. This course also helps improve technical knowledge of maritime terminology and boat safety procedures.
PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY
One of the most important things in diving is your buoyancy. If you don’t fully understand or have not practiced your skills enough yet, this course is perfect for you. It teaches you how and why buoyancy is important from safety and comfort to looking good underwater!! (Yes this is important) fun games are challenging but assist you to refine your buoyancy skills in a safe environment rather than trying them on a dive without a PADI Pro with you.
As we all know some land animals are awake in the day but some are nocturnal too. Its exactly the same underwater! And it is FANTASTIC underwater at night! The ocean comes to life with all different critters and fish you would never even believe are on earth! From parrot fish sleeping in bubbles to bioluminescence that some plankton and jellyfish give off. It is all amazing! But as you would guess there are dangers of night diving too, so this specialty lets you experience it for the first time with your buddies and your instructor. They teach you how to communicate underwater and about the pre checks we do before the dive.
We all get a little lost sometimes while driving or walking around a new city. Now try that underwater! Navigation underwater is a challenge for most people. During this course you will learn how to use a compass to navigate a dive site or to navigate back to where you started. It also focuses on being aware of your surroundings and navigating your way around without a compass and just your memory. This is a popular specialty and is also a compulsory dive for your Advanced Open Water.
DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Taking a picture on land is pretty easy these days. But you can take them underwater now! Weather its taking a picture of a friend, your favourite fish or using a camera for documenting subjects for marine biology, its always fun and useful to use an underwater camera. Most models have external housings that you buy separate to the camera and you enclose the camera in the case. If it is not maintained correctly they can flood your camera. This course not only focuses on the upkeep of housings and cameras it teaches you the techniques and information about the differences of shooting pictures underwater with less light and different spectrum of colours.
SEARCH AND RECOVERY
Have you ever dropped something of lost something on a dive? As you could imagine its not easy to remember exactly where you left the object or what direction you need to search. This course provides you with sufficient knowledge and skills to perform a variety of search patterns to find a lost object. You will learn when to implement each pattern depending on conditions, number of searchers and the topography of the dive site. You will also learn how to bring the object to the surface using specialised equipment, depending on the size and weight of the object.
This course is ideal for people who will be diving in cold temperatures or simply just want to stay warm when the water gets chilly in winter! You will learn about and experience diving with a dry suit and how it feels to stay dry during a dive, that means quicker to get ready after a dive so more time to plan your next dive or simply catch a tan on your surface interval!
Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. You will never want to go back, its so comfortable! And a great option for those with large lungs or wanting to stay down a bit longer. Sound interesting?
SHARK CONSERVATION SPECIALTY
Many people see sharks as scary predators of the oceans. But not many know that if something is not done to preserve them, there will not be any sharks left. This causes a large imbalance in the largest ecosystem on the planet and therefore causes huge issues for our world. This course opens your eyes to the peril in which the sharks live now and what you can do to help them. If you are lucky, you may also spot a shark on a dive and see one in it’s natural habitat. Then you can see how harmless sharks are to humans!
Project AWARE’s philosophy is to mobilise a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialty certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them. Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world should take this course. There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this non-diving specialty.
CORAL REEF CONSERVATION
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.
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 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.
Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you have peace of mind, knowing that you can recognise scuba diving illnesses, treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.
There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this course – it’s open to everyone. Scuba divers, snorkelers and anyone who is around divers – boat crew, lifeguards, etc. – will benefit from having this training.
Contact us today to learn more about our PADI specialty diver programmes!