As a means to expand on a Diver's experience and knowledge, PADI offers a range of Specialty Diver Training Courses. These Courses build upon the skills that the Diver has previously learned and allow them to create an arsenal of skills upon which they can draw in any Diving situation.
From Dry suit Diving and Ice Diving to Diving at Night or Underwater Navigation. Each PADI Specialty Course has benefits to the Diver offering invaluable information and experience that can be used on every Dive you make all over the world in any body of water.
Scuba Tech Diving Centre also offer the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course. Take the strain off your back and mount your cylinders at the side of you for easier access to the valves, extra gas supply, added safey and longer dive times in Cyprus. We can help you to orient the cylinder configuration for Sidemount Diving with extra stages for deco gases if you are a technical diver too
Below is a list of the PADI Specialty Diver Courses that Scuba-Tech Diving Centre offers. Click on the title for more Information about each.
Sidemount Diving offers Divers a different and alternative way to streamline in the water while reducing lower back strain. This is because the diving cylinders are moved from the back to the side of the diver taking the weight of the equipment off the Diver's back.
The Sidemount Diver also has access to additional, air supply, as the diver uses 2 cylinders, offering gas redundancy for extra safety and conservatism while allowing longer dive times. Perfect for those deeper dives in Cyprus, such as Zenobia. Since all the Dive equipment is in front of you rather than behind the head, the Diver also has the ability to monitor all kit; valves, regulators etc, offering more safety and security.
Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?”
The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.
You will find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.
During two dives you gain hands-on (okay, eyes-on) experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You will learn :
While you are learning about fish, you may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the species you are encountering
Whether you have never made a boat dive or you have logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.
Diving from a boat is fun, especially when you look at ease when maneuvering around on it. It is fun to know what you are doing.
Learn the tips, tricks and ways to
You can do many types of dives from a boat and gaining this certification is another step toward the coveted MASTER SCUBA DIVER rating
After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There is something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts divers.
The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. It is exhilarating! You will learn
Many shipwrecks are often found in deeper water. That is why the PADI Deep Diver course is a natural companion to the PADI Wreck Diver course.
Other training to consider is the PADI Enriched Air Diver course on your way to PADI Master Scuba Diver
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital photography has made it easier and more fun than ever.
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with the modern digital equipment of today, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros, it is a great way to re-live the adventures you have had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family
You will learn
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course allows you to extend your time underwater so you have more time to capture images.
In cooler climates, a dry suit allows you to dive comfortably longer, and to make more dives.
You may also find the Peak Performance Buoyancy course gives you helpful tips to optimize your weighting and skills so you´ll be in better position to capture that perfect picture.
Want to stay warm and toasty on a dive? ...Then Dive Dry!!
Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.
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 etc.
As a dry suit diver, you are 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.
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.
Many technical divers wear dry suits on almost every dive due to the length of the time spent underwater. The longer the diver is in the water, the more thermal protection is required. If technical diving is something that interests you, check out the Discover Tec Diving experience.
DPVs 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 blast doing it.
Fun? Underwater scooters (DPVs) are a kick! It´s all fun.
DPVs can come in handy when wreck diving because they let you tour more of the wreck, plus reduce your air consumption.
You may want to consider the PADI Wreck Diver course while working your way to Master Scuba Diver.
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is possibly the most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it´s easy to see why.
Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.
You can typically stay down longer and get back in the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty
You will learn
Diving with enriched air nitrox benefits all types of diving, but it goes especially well with; PADI Wreck Diver course (Popular wrecks tend to be deeper, so enriched air nitrox maximizes your exploration time), PADI Deep Diver course (The deeper you dive, the shorter your no stop time but enriched air nitrox increases it, giving your more time at depth), PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (Photographers usually like to make several dives so they can get lots of pictures. Enriched air nitrox reduces the amount of residual nitrogen you accumulate, allowing repetitive dives to be longer), Technical Diving, whether you train with PADI TECREC or TDI, nitrox diver is the first step on the technical diver ladder.
Maximize your dive time so you can explore more!
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.
You'll discuss 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, organization, procedures, techniques, and potential problems. You'll plan a multilevel dive profile and dive it with your PADI Instructor.
You learn how to:
As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat, into the underwater night.
Although you´ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.
Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that come out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night
For your next adventure, take your navigation skills to new levels with the PADI Underwater Navigator course. Get your buoyancy dialed in with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course. Recognize what those critters are on your night dive with the AWARE Fish Identification course
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.
The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible and you learn
Once you have mastered your buoyancy, why not try your hand at wreck diving, where buoyancy is important to keep off those hazards you could find on the wrecks. Also Underwater digital Photography is a great specialty to do where buoyancy control is required and practiced.
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. You can make a difference!
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.
Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry´s leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action.
Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.
You learn about:
If you are interested in becoming an underwater conservationist, you´ll also enjoy; AWARE Fish Identification, Underwater Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Digital Underwater Photography and Underwater Videographer.
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.
You will find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you will lose something in the water.As a Search and Recovery Diver, you will know how to search for and recover it.
You will practice
Because you often need to navigate to specific spots to find lost items, the Underwater Navigator course can help you perfect your navigation skills.
Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life.
Learn, not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment, about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.
You will see
You put this information into practice during your two open water dives. If you are interested in becoming an underwater conservationist or documenting what you encounter, you’ll also enjoy; AWARE Fish Identification, Project AWARE Specialist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Digital Underwater Photography and Underwater Videographer
Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.
The Fun Part is finding your way when it is not a matter of luck! When everyone is buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they are having a great time – until it is time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.
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
Underwater navigation is an important skill no matter what type of scuba diving you are doing. It is especially useful when night diving, wreck diving or when you´re searching to recover a lost item underwater
Other than taking someone diving, there is only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world... video.
Show your scuba vacation adventures to your friends and family. Use your editing skills to share your clips with the world through YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and use your underwater videos to turn more of your friends into dive buddies.
The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again by
By the time you complete the course, you´ll have gone through the entire basic video production process.
Part of the secret to getting good video is having great buoyancy skills to capture the footage you are seeking. The Peak Performance Buoyancy course can help you fine tune your skills.
Also, some of the tips and skills you learn from underwater videography can also help you take better underwater photos. Check out the Digital Underwater Photography course.
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past.
Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they are intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life.
The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving. The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel´s demise
You will learn
Many shipwrecks are often found in deeper water. That´s why the PADI Wreck Diver course is a natural companion to the PADI Deep Diver course.
Other training to consider is the PADI Enriched Air Diver course on your way to PADI Master Scuba Diver