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Specialty Courses

For aspiring divers looking to get started, an open-water certification can seem like the end goal, but as anyone that already has their certification card can attest, it’s really only the beginning. An open-water certification indicates mastery of the basic skills required to stay safe underwater, but if you really want to thrive — and enjoy diving to its fullest — it takes experience and a range of new skills, customized to your interests and the places you want to dive.

“It’s important to continue your education as a diver for several reasons,” says Karl Shreeves, PADI’s technical-development executive. “it answers the question many newly certified divers have: ‘Now what?’ Second, every course you take expands your skill set and your experience, opening doors to new diving opportunities. Third, it’s a great way to connect with other divers.” For all these reasons and more, PADI offers a vast lineup of continuing-education courses that provide experience and training for just about any diving activity you can imagine.  Both distinctive specialties, such as Wreck Diver, or Mine Diver, and core specialties like Night Diver and Underwater Navigator, just to name a few, keep you current with your diving — and they’re a whole of a lot of fun. “PADI instructors can offer two categories of specialty courses,” Shreeves says. “Standard PADI specialties have wide applications — these are core classes like Deep Diver or Digital Underwater photographer — while PADI Distinctive Specialties are created by an individual instructor, and approved by PADI, to teach a specialized skill or to highlight a unique experience in a destination.”

Are you taking your diving to the next level?  See what’s available from this list of great courses below, and then check out what you need from the shop - and you'll be good to go!


Course Offerings at Dive Wellington

Altitude Diving

Altitude Diver

The world’s mountain ranges are synonymous with sport, adventure and recreation. Thoughts of fresh mountain air, sheer rock faces, icy brooks and deep-blue skies conjure images of the Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and other ranges – places to escape civilization, taste excitement or just commune with nature.

Emergency Oxygen being supplied

DAN Oxygen Provider

When a diving accident occurs, being able to recognize the problem and respond with the appropriate care can speed the diver's recovery and minimize lasting effects.

Deep Diver descending on a shot line

Deep Diver

There are many mysteries waiting to be explored in our oceans. The PADI Deep Diver Certification opens up a whole new world to explore underwater; many reefs and deeper shipwrecks!

Octopus in Mermaid's Kitchen

Digital Underwater Photographer

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.

Two Divers using DPV's

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver

Underwater scooters are both practical – for a given dive duration, you see a wider area because you travel faster and cover more ground – and it’s fun – the DPV does much of the work for you; it reduces your exertion and air consumption. In fact, the better DPVs perform the more fun they are and the more useful they are.

Drift Diving

Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time.

Drysuit Divers in Ice

Dry Suit Diver

Why dive dry – simply to stay warm. No one said diving had to be cold or wet. Diving dry is the difference between withstanding the 4°c temperature of some waters to enjoy watching a three-inch scallop’s beadlike eyes spangle the edges of a brightly colored mantle.


Enriched Air Diver

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is one of PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why!

Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox can give you more no-decompression dive time, so you can typically stay down longer and get back in the water sooner.

Scuba gear in the pool

Equipment Specialist

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it's a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You'll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

Night Diving

Night Diver

Come and see a whole new array of critters that are out to play after dark! Our Night Diver Specialy course lets you come and see farmilar dive sites in an unfarmilar and exciting new light - or lack of!


Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Diver

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant i.e float mid-water, but it can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered it stand apart from the others, as they glide effortlessly through the water, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. 

Project Aware Logo

Project AWARE

The Project AWARE Specialty program is a nondiving program designed to familiarize divers and nondivers with the plight of aquatic ecosystems around the world. It also describes what individuals can do to help protect aquatic resources. Thus, the goals of this course are to familiarize participants with:

Underwater Naturalist

Underwater Naturalist

The PADI Underwater Naturalist course is designed to help student divers to interact with the living underwater world based on objective assessments and observations. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers to view the aquatic ecosystems scienti cally, without biases based on misconceptions and myths.

Navigating Pair

Underwater Navigator

Many scuba divers rely on more experienced divers to navigate the waters, but just imagine how liberating it would be if you could be the one to lead the way. Not only would you feel safer and more confident on your dives, but you could, one day with more training and experience, become the dive guide you used to rely on.

Dive exiting the Thistlegorm

Wreck Diver

In this course you will get to visit wrecks and discover new experiences that allow you to see things you may have previously overlooked. Learn how to spot small things that could have caused the vessels ending.


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