How about a special card for your loved ones or for yourself for Christmas this year? The gift of experience will last forever together with happy memories, exciting new opportunities, and an improved skill set!
PADI Specialty courses are an excellent way to “learn to think like a diver”, as PADI puts it, and as our students and instructors at Pro Dive International can happily confirm. More experienced divers keep a calm and clear mind to think about what they’re doing before, during and after every Adventure Dive.
Specialties focus on principles such as gas management, situational awareness and buddy communications.
… Or perhaps you just want to add a new card to show off your collection at your next date. ?
But that’s not all! You can even obtain the highest non-professional dive level there is – PADI Master Scuba Diver, for which you qualify with the completion of 5 specialty courses, min. 12-14 years of age for Junior MSD, 50 logged dives, and either PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Diver or (Junior) Rescue Diver certification.
With an exciting variety of over 25 PADI Specialty Courses, please find an outline on PADI’s chart below. Most require at least an Open Water Diver certification. Certified divers from other organizations are more than welcome to join.
You may recall that after signing up for your advanced course your instructor asked you to complete Underwater Navigation and Deep Dive, as well as to choose 3 additional adventures. Each of those Adventure Dives is the first dive of a specialty that you can complete in the future to fine-tune this specific skill, and mean a small taste of that course. For example, as an Advanced Open Water Diver you are permitted to descend to a maximum of 30m / 100ft, while the Deep Diver certification extends this limit to 40m/ 130ft.
These are the six most popular PADI Specialties with Pro Dive International’s students in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
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The allure of the deep and unknown – Have you ever experienced it while diving? Swam out over the edge of a wall like those breathtaking drop-offs in Cozumel/ Mexico or The Wall at Catalina Island/ Dominican Republic and gazed into the endless deep blue below wondering what else was down there? Or spotted something exciting but couldn’t get close, as you had to remain within your depth limits?
Over a series of 4 deep dives, the PADI Deep Diver speciality lets you explore exciting new and mysterious deeper dive sites with confidence in up to 40m/ 130ft depth.
Want that extra 10 minutes down on a wreck like the Mama Viña in front of Xcaret, or among those sharks like our Bull Sharks in front of Playa del Carmen every winter, but your deco time is running low? Take a Nitrox course and learn to use air with higher levels of oxygen. With less nitrogen to absorb, you can enjoy longer bottom times, among many other benefits.
This dry course can be easily completed in half a day, which can perfectly fit in during your vacation and enrich your dives. Moreover, Nitrox is FREE with Pro Dive International in Mexico and the Dominican Republic!
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Wreck diving is absolutely one of the most fascinating types of diving that you can experience. They are enchanting windows to the past that bring a mix of feelings of wonder, respect and excitement.
Over 4 dives, you will learn how to navigate, survey and safely penetrate a wreck, assessing hazards and points of interest.
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Have you watched your guide or other divers enviously as they move gracefully and effortlessly, breathe less air, perfectly hover over some macro for a photo, or confidently gliding through the Riviera Maya’s famous underwater caverns (cenotes) without worrying that they may damage any of those fragile structures?
Mastering buoyancy is one of the most essential skills to learn in order to control your dive, feel more stable and enjoy your time under water to the fullest.
During the two dives of the PADI PPB you’ll learn how to trim your weight system and scuba diving equipment, streamline to save energy and use air more efficiently.
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Certainly, having 2 scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. What makes this special for many divers though is the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides, and take a step towards self-sufficiency, tech diving or cave diving.
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. Sounds interesting?
During one confined session and three open water scuba dives you’ll learn how to configure this new equipment, perfectly balance yourself in the water and dive in your new set up.
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The goal of this PADI specialty is to educate you with deeper knowledge about bull sharks, as well as dispel many myths associated with these animals and sharks in general. We also hope to raise awareness of the threats posed to sharks and what you can do to help.
The open water dives will provide you with the opportunity to encounter those magnificent predators first hand. A specialty course that will truly enrich and improve your experience.
This course takes place every winter between November and March, when pregnant bull sharks migrate to Playa del Carmen, as the shallow waters in front of the Riviera Maya create the perfect environment for them to give birth.
Pro Dive International has recently been awarded Best Dive Operator for Quality of Training & Courses – the Best of the Readers Choice Awards!, for the eighth consecutive year.