As you become more and more experienced at diving you will find that some topics of diving will appeal to you more than others. If you would like to broaden your abilities to dive in places many haven’t and pursue your areas of interest in diving, then try a PADI speciality course. There are a wide range of courses available and each one offers a certificate at the end and enabling you to become a speciality diver in certain areas of diving.
At Southampton Scuba Divers we teach the following PADI speciality courses:
Wanna stay warm, toasty and dry on a dive? Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.
Cost of course: £145 plus entry to dive sites.
Gain the knowledge and skills to safely put on, dive with, remove and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing your own dry suit. You learn:
Practical skills you’ll master in this course:
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 and lakes. As a dry suit diver, you’re 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.
There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts divers. As a PADI Advanced Diver you can only dive to 30m, but with a PADI Deep Diver, you can go to the maximum recreational limit of 40m.
Cost of course: £195 plus entry to dive sites and boat fees.
The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. It’s exhilarating..
Scuba Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox - the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s 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.
Cost of course: £110 plus entry to dive sites.
You can typically stay down longer and get back in the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first speciality.
Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider.
Cost of course: £105
Breathe easy—knowing that you know how to recognise illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared – especially in a time of need.
Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Speciality 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.
Cost of course: £195 plus entry to dive sites
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’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.
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’re 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.
Cost of course: £195 plus entry to dive sites and boat fees
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.
CPR and First Aid: Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver course.
Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers.
Cost of course: £105 (A refresher course: £85)
The fun part about Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You gain the confidence that you are prepared to help in an emergency.
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment.
Cost of course: £140 plus entry to dive sites and boat fees
It's a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family.
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.
Cost of course: £130 plus entry to dive sites
The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible.
As the sun sets, you put on your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator and into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this dive site 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.
Cost of course: £200.
Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different. See your favourite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night.
Much of the world's best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you've never made a boat dive or you've logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently.
Cost of course: £125 plus cost of boat.
The PADI Boat Diver course will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. You'll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from a boat in your local area and learn:
Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site. Diving from a boat gives access to wrecks and reefs not accessible from the shore.
The PADI Drift Diver Speciality course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive using 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. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.
Cost of course: £125 plus entry to dive sites.
Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you'll:
Enjoy a relaxing and effortless dive by drifting along with the current while enjoying the marine life.
Before we can accept you on a diving course, you'll need to complete this medical form. If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions, you'll need to obtain a fit to dive note from your GP.