How far will you take this diving thing?

It's up to you. With PADI Specialty Diver Programs you can chart your course for a colourful collection of awesome dives. Sure, your PADI certification opens up the oceans and lakes to you, but the PADI Specialty Dives take the underwater adventure to depths that will stir your soul. Achieving PADI Specialty ratings can take anywhere from as little as one day to a full weekend -but this is all hands-on, so you'll be diving right from the start. Aquapigs teaches numerous specialty certifications. Get five specialty ratings and you're on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Please note all specialty prices exclude equipment hire.

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Peak Performance Buoyancy

Dry Suit

Wreck Diver

Underwater Photographer

Enriched

Boat Diver

Multilevel Diver

Underwater Naturalist

Equipment Specialist

Deep Diver

Night Diver

Underwater Navigator

Project Aware

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle

PADI Digital Underwater Photography

PADI Search + Recovery Diver

 

 

 

 

PADI PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY
Course Fee - £70.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 2 Dives, Pool Session

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally.

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
• How to trim your scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water
• Nuances in determining weight so you’re not too light nor too heavy by even a slight    degree
• How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water * How to hover    effortlessly in both a vertical position and a horizontal position

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day
• 1 x Pool Session

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery   

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PADI DRY SUIT DIVER
Course Fee - £85.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 2 Dives, Pool Session

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, lakes, sinkholes and caves.

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.

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit.
You will learn:
• Dry suit buoyancy control skills
• Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
• Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options

How long will it take?
* Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day
* 1 x Pool Session
* 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Dry Suit Manual
• PADI Dry Suit DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI WRECK DIVER
Course Fee - £110.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 4 Dives

Swimming around a wreck makes an interesting dive, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to add a little more excitement and explore the inside? The PADI Wreck Specialty course introduces divers to limited wreck penetration and line-laying with specialist equipment.

Divers are taught the fundamental principles of planning and executing safe and enjoyable wreck dives. With the emphasis on safety, your PADI Instructor will help you to learn several methods of wreck navigation, along with propulsion and buoyancy techniques to avoid the hazards of silt in an overhead environment. 

What do I need to start?
PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 15 years

What will I Learn?
• Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards
• How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks
• Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
• Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
• Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the    supervision of your PADI Instructor

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 4 dives over two days
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.

• PADI Wreck Diver Manual
• PADI Wreck Diver DVD  

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Course Fee - £85.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 1 pool session, 2 Dives

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually 2 PADI underwater photography courses.

The PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course can help you learn how to take your fist underwater photographs or fine tune your existing skills to produce photographs that will stun your friends.  

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
You'll learn the basics of underwater photography such as composition, film type and camera handling, with special emphasis on practical techniques as well as underwater photography dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn:
• How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
• The PADI S.E.A. method for getting great shots quickly
• The three primary principles for good underwater photos
• How to care for and maintain your camera equipment

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.

• PADI Underwater Photographer Manual
• PADI Underwater Photographer DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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PADI ENRICHED AIR DIVER
Course Fee - £99.00
Includes: PADI Certification, Enriched Air Crewpack, Hire of Eanx tank

The Enriched Air Diver course is one of the most popular specialty scuba diving courses, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time which means more time underwater. Enriched air nitrox reduces the amount of residual nitrogen you accumulate which therefore allows repetitive dives to be longer.

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 15 years

What will I Learn?
• Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air
• Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
• Enriched air considerations, including how to manage oxygen exposure, how to tell    what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer

How long will it take?
• Theoretical course only
• 2 x Knowledge review session
• 1 x Final Exam

What Learning Materials are Available?
The Enriched Air Diver crewpak includes all required materials to complete the Enriched Air Diver specialty (included in course price) The Enriched Air Diver Manual covers the procedures for diving with Enriched Air (up to 40%) and the Enriched Air Diving video on DVD demonstrates step-by-step how to plan a dive using multiple dive tables. The crewpak also includes the 32%, 36% and the DSAT Oxygen Exposure tables.

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI BOAT DIVER
Course Fee - £70.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 2 Dives

The Boat Diver specialty shows you the broad, basic procedures used when diving from boats. You learn about using current lines, different entry and exit procedures, and the organisation of getting kitted up for the dive. Besides diving procedures, you also learn useful information like how to pack for boat diving, avoiding seasickness, boating basics and boating emergencies.  

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
During two dives you gain hands-on experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You will learn the tips, tricks and ways to:
• Dive from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards and how they differ    from place to place
• Safely enter and exit the water
• Stow your gear in the most appropriate areas
• Use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives
• Locate basic boat safety equipment
• Basic and common boat terminology

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.

• PADI Boat Diver Manual
• PADI Boat Diver DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI MULTILEVEL DIVER
Course Fee - £70.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 2 Dives

Do you want to maximize your dive times? (Of course). Want to get the most out of your dive computer and eRDPml? (Naturally). Then the Multilevel Diver Specialty course is for you.

In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all. This is a great way to learn how to make multilevel dives even if you forget to bring your dive computer. 

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 12 years

What will I Learn?
You'll learn what multilevel diving is and why you want to plan for multilevel dives. You'll also get to see the various types of multilevel dive calculators (including dive computers), as well as learn about multilevel dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, and potential problems. You'll learn how to:
• Plan and execute multilevel dives
• Back up your dive computer and plan multilevel dives
• Maximise your no stop time

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day

What Learning Materials are Available?
The electronic Recreational Dive Planner (eRDP ML), Multilevel version is a great tool to help you plan your multilevel dives:
• Plan up to 5 consecutive dives
• Plan up to 3 consecutive multi-level dives  

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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PADI UNDERWATER NATURALIST
Course Fee - £70.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 2 Dives

Are you fascinated with aquatic life? Always wondering what that fish is and why it always dances under a coral head whenever you get close? If you're engrossed with life under the surface, the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is especially for you.

In your journey to underwater naturalist, the course teaches you about the different major aquatic life groupings and how they interact so that you understand what you observe in the underwater environment. With the Underwater Naturalist specialty course under your belt, you see the aquatic world differently. You don't see 'fish', but individual species with distinct strategies for surviving in a complex, interactive ecosystem.  

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
During your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course, you'll learn underwater naturalist dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You will also learn:
• The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels    negative myths
• The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
• Responsible interactions with aquatic life
• The underwater naturalist's view of organisms and their roles in the environment

How long will it take?
* Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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PADI EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST
Course Fee - £70.00
Includes: PADI Certification

Whether it's a blown o-ring, regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic scuba equipment adjustments.

As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repair and other information that helps you with your equipment investment. 

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
• Review the theory, principles and operation of scuba diving equipment
• Learn about routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment    storage
• How to overcome common problems with equipment and recommended professional    maintenance procedures (may include a demonstration of repair procedures)
• Gain simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction    to new gear (may include optional confined water dive to try new or unfamiliar    equipment)

How long will it take?
• Theoretical course only
• Classroom / Practical sessions over 1 day

What Learning Materials are Available?
There are currently no learning materials necessary for this course

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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PADI DEEP DIVER
Course Fee - £110.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 4 Dives

Experience the thrill of of diving to greater depths. The PADI Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime – going deep to see things others can only dream about. In this course you will experience what it's like to dive beyond 18m/60ft. The

PADI Deep Diver course is intended to serve as a safe, supervised introduction to deeper diving within the limits of recreational diving.  

What do I need to start?
PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 15 years

What will I Learn? Within your PADI Deep Diving Speciality you will complete a total of four deep dives (between the 18m to 40m range) and during these dives you will complete a series of skills and drills designed to illustrate the effects of diving to depth.

These tasks may be simple timed tasks, to demonstrate the impairment that nitrogen narcosis can cause; colour comparisons, to demonstrate the importance of equipment colour considerations; regular air monitoring in order that you understand the relationship between depth and more rapid air usage; and a considerable focus on appropriate descent and ascent techniques and safety stops.

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 4 dives over two days
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Deep Diver Manual
• PADI Deep Diver DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI NIGHT DIVER
Course Fee - £95.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 3 Dives, Torch hire

No matter how often you dive a site during the day, diving it at night brings out a whole new dimension to what you see. Learn to prepare, plan and execute night dives safely and open up this fascinating side to the undersea world.

This course is designed to be an introduction to night diving and to help you develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to safely participate in night-diving activities in a fun and enjoyable way. 

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 12 years

What will I Learn?
• Night dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems
• How to control your buoyancy at night
• Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
• Use of dive lights and buddy-system techniques
• Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 3 dives over two days
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Night Diver Manual
• PADI Night Diver DVD  

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR
Course Fee - £95.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 3 Dives

Being able to navigate underwater effectively benefits divers in every aspect of the dive from reducing confusion, reducing physical effort, conserving air to making sure that you don’t miss that special feature you are searching for.

The PADI Underwater Navigation specialty helps divers to utilise natural references, transects of landmarks and also compass patterns for effective navigation.

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including:
• Navigation patterns
• Natural navigation (without a compass)
• Compass navigation
• How to 'mark' or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface
• Underwater map making
• How to follow irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
• Dive site relocation
• How to estimate distance underwater

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 3 dives over two days

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Underwater Navigator Manual
• PADI Underwater Navigator DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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Project Aware
Course Fee - £70.00
Includes: PADI Certification

The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems.

Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.

What do I need to start?
There are no prerequisites for this course.

What will I Learn?
• The ocean commons and coastal zone issues
• Fisheries challenges and sustainability
• Coral environment overview and inhabitants
• The role of the scuba diver in protecting aquatic environments

What Learning Materials are Available?
Our World, Our Water peels back the curtain and takes you behind the scenes of our underwater world. Discover just how important our underwater eco-systems are and what you can do to help protect them.

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
Course Fee - £70.00
Includes: PADI Certification

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs.


As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.

What do I need to start?
There are no dives or age limits. Divers and non-divers alike enjoy learning about the aquatic environment.

What will I Learn?
The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and :

• How coral reefs function
• Why they are so important
• Why many reefs are in serious trouble
• What you can do to prevent further decline

What Learning Materials are Available?
Our World, Our Water peels back the curtain and takes you behind the scenes of our underwater world. Discover just how important our underwater eco-systems are and what you can do to help protect them.

Visit Project AWARE Foundation to download your copy today.

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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PADI DIVER PROPULSION VEHICLE
Course Fee - £85.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 2 Dives, DPV Hire

Diver Propulsion Vehicles offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, a DPV is a great way to see more and have a great time doing it.

During the programme, you'll cover the knowledge and techniques used when diving with an underwater propulsion vehicle.  

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 12 years

What will I Learn?
• Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organisation, procedures, techniques, problems    and hazards
• Equipment considerations
• Diver etiquette and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Manual
• PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Course Fee - £95.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 2 Dives, Pool Session, DUP Crewpack

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually 2 PADI underwater photography courses.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with todays' modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros.  

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 10 years

What will I Learn?
• How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
• The PADI S.E.A. method for getting great shots quickly
• The three primary principles for good underwater photos

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day
• 1 x Pool Session
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The PADI D.U.P. Crewpack is included in the course price. The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Digital Underwater Photographer DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website or you can watch a video on the PADI YouTube Gallery

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PADI SEARCH & RECOVERY DIVER
Course Fee - £110.00
Includes: PADI Certification, 4 Dives

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

This is one of the most useful PADI specialty courses on offer, and after completion it will prove to be a valuable asset time and time again.  

What do I need to start?
PADI Advanced or Junior Advanced O/Water Diver certification (or qualifying scuba diving certification from another organisation) * or PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver and PADI Underwater Navigation certifications (or qualifying scuba diving certification from another organisation) Minimum Age: 12 years

What will I Learn?
• Search and recovery dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and how to    deal with potential problems
• How to locate large and small objects using search patterns
• How to use a lift bag and other recovery methods
• Limited visibility search techniques

How long will it take?
• Minimum Open Water Training: 4 dives over two days
• 1 x Knowledge review session

What Learning Materials are Available?
The following learning materials are optional but recommended, prices and availability upon request.
• PADI Search & Recovery Diver Manual * PADI Search & Recovery Diver DVD

Further information about this speciality can be found on the PADI Website

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