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PADI Specialty Courses

Ever go diving in the dark? Inside a wreck? Have you heard about Nitrox, but are confused about what it is? Interested in protecting our reefs from the invasive Lionfish?  Want to take that perfect picture underwater and share it with the world? Let us help you build on your interests. Bottoms Up Scuba offers a wide range of PADI Specialty Courses. Bottoms Up Scuba provides everything you will need to complete these course at no additional cost. We hate hidden fees, and we are sure you do as well. Give us a call and schedule your specialty course with us today!

Enriched Air Diver - $150

This is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time which means more time underwater. You can typically stay down much longer and get back in the water sooner.

  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI’s Enriched Air Diver Manual and DVD
  • Scuba Gear: basic scuba gear and a regulator

Underwater Photographer - $200

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and it’s a lot easier and more fun than ever. PADI had two kinds of marine photography courses – The PADI Digital Underwater Photography and the PADI Underwater Photographer course which is a more traditional photography course. Learn how to capture images to share with your friends and family. A great way to relieve the adventures that you’ve had.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: Digital Underwater Photographer Online (eLearning) and Digital Underwater Photographer Manual
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba equipment, digital underwater camera, a computer, and camera accessories

Underwater Navigator - $200

Other than taking someone diving, there is another way to show someone the sounds, motion, and dynamics of the world beneath the waves. Record a video and post it on your social media accounts. Use your videos to turn more of your friends into dive buddies. You will learn in this course how to create amazing videos that people would want t watch over and over again.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: Digital Underwater Photographer Online (eLearning)
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba diving equipment and underwater video equipment

Peak Performance Buoyancy - $200

Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they can neither sink nor float, though it can be tricky. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you’ve learned as a certified Open Water Diver and elevates them to a whole new level. Polish your skills in a way that you might have never thought possible.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI’s Peak Performance Buoyancy Video
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba gear

Deep Diver - $275

After your first few scuba dives, you’ll soon want to explore a bit deeper to the more exciting and mysterious parts of the ocean. There’s something about the depth that attracts dives. The opportunity to explore the deep is exhilarating. Learn the techniques for diving in the range of 6-130 feet deep under the supervision of your PADI instructor.

  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Adventure Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI’s Deep Diver crewpak DVD and Manual
  • Scuba Gear: All the basic scuba gears, dive computer, some accessories, and a dive light

Cavern Diver Course - $99

 Caverns exist in several areas where scuba divers venture. Caverns are those dark spaces you see in freshwater springs, volcanic islands, and other locations that seem incredibly inviting yet potentially dangerous. This course gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly. Be able to enter far enough for adventure and at the same time, stay within the light zone for an easy exit to open water. You’ll complete four scuba dives during the course.

  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: N/A
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba equipment, primary dive light, backup light, line, and reel

Boat Diver Course

The PADI Boat Diver Course will benefit you because most of the world’s best scuba diving areas are accessible only by boat and in various parts of the world boats do differently. Using a boat, you can have the convenience of descending directly onto your dive site. Learn boat terminologies, diving procedures, etiquette, safety, and equipment.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI Boat Driver Manual and Boat Diving video
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba equipment, surface signaling device, and spare parts kit.

Propulsion Vehicle Diver - $250

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) offers a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territories in a brief amount of time. The scoot you through the water effortlessly. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, the DPV is a great way to see more and have a blast doing it.

  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: The Diver Propulsion Vehicle Manual and DVD
  • Scuba Gear: All the basic scuba gear and a DPV

Wreck Diver $275

Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes, and even automobiles fascinating and irresistible because it is incredibly intriguing to explore. Windows of the past parked right on the ocean floor, usually teeming with aquatic life. Visit wrecks, unlock mysteries and start to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see the things others overlook. Learn safe, responsible and rewarding techniques for diving and exploring shipwrecks. Experience is organizing your dives under the supervision of your PADI instructor.

  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI Adventure Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI’s Wreck Diver crewpak
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba gear, dive computer, accessories, and a dive light

Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest ride you’ll ever experience. This course will show you how to enjoy river and ocean currents by “going with the flow.” Drift diving is effortless and relaxing. You just glide along and experience the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work.

  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI Drift Driver Manual and DVD
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba equipment, marker buoys, floats, lines and reels

Dry Suit Diver - $250

Dive dry. Stay warm and toasty during your dive. A dry suit seals you off from the outside water and also keeps you warm even in surprisingly cold weather. Get to visit the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI Dry Suit Diving Crew-pack DVD and Manual
  • Scuba Gear: Coldwater scuba diving equipment and a dry suit

Ice Diver

Try diving under the ice if unusual, challenging diving appeals to you. During the course, you will dive with a PADI professional into one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers. Explore the unique seascape that could only be found under ice. Be one of the few that have ever dived under a solid ceiling of ice and get an opportunity to try the unique sport of upside down –bottom of the ice – skiing.

  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Scuba Gear: essential cold water scuba diving equipment, dive knife, redundant air source, and dry suit

Multilevel Diver

Maximize your dive time so that you can explore more. This course will teach you how to plan dives that extend your submerged time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. This is a great way to make multilevel dives even in the absence of a dive computer.

 

Night Diver - $200

As the sun sets, you put on your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and grab your regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat, into the underwater nightlife. Watch the reef come to life as a whole different world under your dive light. Meet the critters that only come out after the sun goes down.

  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: PADI’s Night Diver manual and DVD
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba diving equipment and a dive light

AWARE Fish Identification

The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that whenever you go scuba diving, you can identify the sea creatures that you happen to come across. You’ll get to enjoy your dives, even more, when you recognize the creatures that you see. Once you’ve learned the main fish families and characteristics, it will be easy for you to decipher the species you see all over the world.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: Open Water Diver or Qualifying Rating
  • Learning Materials: AWARE Our World Underwater Manual
  • Scuba Gear: Basic Scuba Gear and some Accessories

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the various coral reefs around the world. The health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Coral reefs are fragile, and we must lend a helping hand in preserving them. This course teaches you about the vital role of the coral reefs to our ecosystem especially the marine environment. The course will also familiarize you with the current state of the reefs and how you can help them.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: Open Water Diver or Qualifying Rating
  • Learning Materials: AWARE Our World Underwater Manual
  • Scuba Gear: Basic Scuba Gear and some Accessories

Underwater Naturalist

Learn not just what fish and animals are, but also how they interact with one another and the environment. Look closer to see more on your next dive, look for symbioses, predator-prey, and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn how and why some creatures behave as they do.

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Prerequisite Certification: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • Learning Materials: Underwater Naturalist Manual
  • Scuba Gear: Basic scuba equipment, dive light, slate, and pencil

What's next?

Well, well…are you a smarty pants? Now that you’ve mastered several scuba specialties, you are well on your way to Master Scuba Diver or Dive Master. Do what you love and make money in the process by going pro.