PADI Specialty Courses


A specialty course provides you with in depth training and experience in a particular area of diving that interests you. The full list of specialties we offer is below. For those we particularly recommend doing on Roatan we have provided a little more information.


Deep Diver

Deep Diver

Qualifies you to dive to 40m safely and responsibly, where you will be able to check out more of West Bay’s impressive wall diving. The deep course consists of 4 deep dives, with the first being the deep dive on the Advanced course.


  • Minimum age: 15
  • Duration: 4 days / 4 dives
  • Prerequisite: Adventure Diver
Digital Underwater Photographer

Digital Underwater Photographer

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. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.


  • Minimum age: 10
  • Duration: 2 days / 2 dives
Drift Diver

Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time. Drift Diving is nearly effortless and relaxing. You simply glide along and enjoy the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work.


  • Minimum age: 12
  • Duration: 1 day / 2 dives
Nitrox Diver

Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox)

Learn to use enriched air (air with increased oxygen content). Because of its higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content nitrox allows longer bottom times on dives. This is perfect for divers who want to do multiple dives per day as it lowers the risk of decompression sickness. There are also reports that using nitrox makes divers less tired at the end of the day. This course trains you in the use of 32% and 36% oxygen mixes.


  • Minimum age: 12
  • Duration: 1 day / 1 dives
Night Diver

Night Diver

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef 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. Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night.


  • Minimum age: 12
  • Duration: 3 days / 3 dives
Peak Performance Buoyancy

Peak Performance Buoyancy

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. The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible.


  • Minimum age: 10
  • Duration: 1 day / 2 dives
Underwater Navigator

Underwater Navigator

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.


  • Minimum age: 10
  • Duration: 2 days / 3 dives
Wreck Diver

Wreck Diver

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. 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 recognises that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.


  • Minimum age: 15
  • Duration: 4 days / 4 dives
  • Prerequisite: Adventure Diver