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Which Is the Right PADI Specialty for Me?

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Find out which PADI specialty is right for you. We analyze the seven most demanded.

When you get your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification you also get in touch with the PADI specialties. The manual of this certification is a compendium of concepts that you can see in many of them. Perhaps, the two most important are Deep Diver and Under Water Navigation. This is because your first deep dive and first navigation dive are mandatory to get certified as an Advanced Diver. So, if you decide to do these as PADI specialties before, during the PADI advanced course you won’t have to do them again, because you’ll have done them already.

If You Want To Go Down To 40 Meters/130 Feet, This Is Your PADI Specialty

To scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, you should take the Deep Diver course. Taking this PADI Specialty you’ll learn about:

  • Specialized deep diving equipment.
  • Deep dive planning, buddy procedures, safety considerations and buoyancy control.
  • Managing your gas supply and dealing with gas narcosis.

If you want to know more about going deeper, check out this post 5 Aspects Of Deep-Water Diving That Will Surprise You.

A PADI Specialty to Find Your Way Home

In addition to getting your Advanced Open Water certification, there is another good reason to learn about Under Water Navigation. This PADI Specialty is the most important one to find  the way back home. In other words, you will get key skills such as improving your underwater observation, and you will know how to use your compass more accurately. Meanwhile, you can read our 7 Underwater Navigation Tips To Dive As An Expert

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There Is A PADI Specialty For Historical Backgrounds Lovers

We are talking about the Wreck Diver. Some of the skills you will acquire taking this PADI Specialty are safely exploring and mapping wrecks. In addition, when you finish your course you will know how to guide the exploration with lines and reels and the best fin kicking techniques.

Know more about this PADI Specialty course reading the post: Wreck Diver: This Is How You Become One

The Most Fun Seeking Divers Love This PADI Specialty

People say drift diving is the closest thing to flying in the ocean. Going forward by letting yourself be carried away by the current is amazing, but there are a few skills you need to enjoy it to the fullest and practice it safely. If this is your case, drift diving is your PADI specialty.

Doing this PADI Specialty you will: 1) Be introduced to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels. 2) Get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects. 3) Practice buoyancy control, navigation, communication and methods for staying close to your buddy as you drift along. In anticipation of doing it, we recommend you read the article: Drift Diving: 5 Tips To Make The Most Of It.

Mystery Lovers Enjoy This PADI Specialty The Most

Watching those animals that sleep during the day or that behave differently during the night are some of the appeals of night diving. However, there are some skills to acquire to be a safe night diver. Therefore, you should learn how to communicate using diving lights, how to navigate in the dark, and how to behave properly in front of nocturnal animals.

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A PADI Specialty To Dive More Comfortable

As we already said in the article 3 Secrets of Buoyancy Control to Dive as An Expert Diver. Good buoyancy control is fundamental to enjoy diving in a safe and comfortable way. However, reaching an optimum ability level is more complicated, especially for less advanced divers.

Peak Performance Buoyancy is your PADI specialty if you want to:

  • Determine the exact amount of weights you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.
  • Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently.
  • Hover effortlessly in any position.
A PADI Specialty For Those Who Look for Versatility While Diving

Recently in the article Double Tank Diving, Why Is Wearing Two Tanks Worth It?, we explained the origin of the sidemount in diving. It was born thanks to cave diving, where the spaces are very narrow, so tech divers invent a configuration to carry their scuba tanks alongside themselves. To do this correctly, divers who choose the PADI Sidemount Specialty learn to: 1) Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment. 2) Trim their weight system and sidemount gear to be balanced in the water. 3) Manage gas by switching second stages wearing two cylinders. 4)Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.