Yasmany Fuentes diving in Roatan, Honduras

Scuba Diving Specialties

The Scuba Company provides more than 20 PADI Diver Specialties for divers to grow their knowledge base and become better, more conscientious divers. In your quest for scuba knowledge, any of the specialty courses complement the standard classes. If you want to learn more about diving deeper or being a more confident night diver, there is a specialty for you. These classes will reinforce and grow your knowledge. Many of these classes provide college credit eligibility. For a complete listing of all PADI courses, check them out here.

Altitude Diver

Our local dive site at Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM is an altitude dive site. Everyone who dives at altitude should know how to safely participate in a dive. The PADI Altitude Diver Specialty gives you the information needed to plan and execute a dive at altitude. You will learn about the effects of pressure at altitude and how to adjust your dive computer for altitude, which is a crucial part of diving at altitude. You will complete two dives during this course.

This course is open to anyone with a PADI Open Water Certification or higher and at least 10 years old.

Peak Performance BuoyancyPeak Performance Buoyancy

Having great buoyancy control is the number one skill for a successful scuba diver. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty will build on skills you learned during your Open Water Certification. During two dives, you will fine-tune the exact weight you need to hover effortlessly. You will trim your weight system by moving weights around to obtain the perfect balance and become more streamlined.

This course is open to anyone with a PADI Open Water Certification or higher and at least 10 years old.

Enriched Air NitroxEnriched Air Nitrox

The PADI Enriched Air Specialty will help you extend your dive times and allow you to get back in the water sooner. During the class, you will learn diving with “Nitrox” gives you more bottom time. You will also learn about the equipment considerations associated with enriched air diving. You will also learn about managing oxygen exposure and altering your dive computer to take enriched air into consideration. Finally, you will practice analyzing oxygen in your scuba tank to prevent any problems while diving.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 12 years old with a PADI Open Water Certification.

Deep DiverDeep Diver

Even with plenty to see above 60 feet, deep dives can provide excitement when exploring deeper dive sites. The Deep Diver Specialty will provide you with the ability and knowledge to safely dive to 130 feet. During the course, you will learn what specialty equipment you may need and how to plan for a deep dive with your buddy. Additionally, you will also build on previous knowledge of managing air supply and how to prevent/manage gas narcosis. These skills are practiced over four dives.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 15 years old with a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher.

Night DiverNight Diver

Diving at night opens up a whole new type of diving. The underwater world comes to life at night, with nocturnal creatures becoming very active. In the Night Diver Specialty course, you will learn how to control buoyancy by feel, light handling and communication. You will learn about the special night dive equipment needed and how to navigate in the dark. These skills are practiced over three dives.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 12 years old with a PADI Open Water Certification.

Dry SuitDry Suit

Staying warm is often the key to an enjoyable dive. By utilizing a dry suit, instead of a traditional wet suit, you will stay warmer. A dry suit seals you off from the water that will cool you down. During the Dry Suit Diver specialty, you will learn the components of a dry suit and how to get it on and off with minimal assistance. You will also learn how to master buoyancy and safety procedures when wearing a dry suit. This specialty is completed during two dives.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 10 years old with a PADI Open Water Certification.

Boat Diver

If you have previously dove from a boat or are diving for the first time, you can benefit from this class. The PADI Boat Diver Specialty teaches you how to safely enter/exit the water and important terms to communicate while doing so. You will also learn how to properly use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives. You will complete this course by doing two dives.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 10 years old with a PADI Open Water Certification.

Underwater NavigatorUnderwater Navigator

Knowing where you are and where you are going is a useful skill. The Underwater Navigator specialty will fine-tune your observation and navigation skills. The course also will provide information pertaining to the more accurate use of a compass underwater. During three dives you will learn methods for measuring distance underwater, navigating using a compass, and finding a submerged object.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 10 years old with a PADI Open Water Certification.

Wreck DiverWreck Diver

There are hundreds of wrecks around the world to be explored. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty will provide knowledge and safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks. Additionally, you will learn how to use penetration lines to guide exploration and techniques to avoid kicking up silt to maintain visibility. These skills are practiced during four dives.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 15 years old with a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher.

Digital Underwater Imaging

During the Digital Underwater Photographer course, you’ll learn how to take underwater photos you’ll be proud to share with others.

Avoid beginner mistakes and shorten the learning curve with tips from the pros. Learn how to use underwater photography lights (strobes), avoid backscatter and enhance color.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 10 years old with a PADI Open Water Certification.

Search and Recovery

The next time someone loses an item underwater, you can be the hero that finds the missing object.

In the PADI Search and Recovery course, you’ll learn how to find lost objects underwater. You’ll practice different types of underwater search patterns and learn how to use a lift bag as you plan and execute mock search operations.

This course is open to anyone who is at least 12 years old with a PADI Advanced Open Water certification or higher.