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Specialty Dive Courses

Underwater Photographer at Night

The purpose of PADI Specialty dive courses is to expand your knowledge and learn more about your favourite diving activities. Some specialties are required for certain types of scuba diving and as prerequisite certifications for further training, others are simply to explore and develop those aspects of diving you are interested in.

The number of dives included in Specialty courses vary from no dives to several. If you have recently completed your Advanced Open Water course, the dives you did during the course may count towards a specialty rating - and vice versa: the first dive in any specialty may count towards your Advanced Open Water certification.


Scheduled Specialty courses appear from time to time, but the courses are mostly arranged by request. Logistics and durations vary, so please contact us for details.



Specialty Course Packages


PADI standards allow three dives a day, so in many cases it is worth packaging two or more specialties together to get the most of a couple days of diving. Some of the specialty courses make naturally logical combinations, for instance Underwater Navigation and Search & Recovery courses support each other. Earning five specialty ratings, completing PADI Rescue Diver course and logging 50 dives will qualify you to PADI Master Scuba Diver rating - the highest recreational rating in PADI system.


Specialty courses can also be packaged with core courses: if you are doing PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you may want to consider combining Peak Performance Buoyancy or Enriched Air (Nitrox) specialties to go with it.


Please let us know what your interests and goals are and we can suggest options tailored to your situation and needs.

Please browse for Specialty Course options. There are several to choose from. If you don't find what you are looking for please let us know. We may be able to arrange it.

PADI Master Scuba Diver


PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest recreational scuba diver rating in the PADI system.


You'll earn the Master Scuba Diver rating when you



  • are a PADI Rescue Diver



  • have logged a minimum of 50 dives

Most popular Specialties in Hong Kong:
Nitrox cylinders

No dives required for certification, 2-5 hours

Peak Performance Buoyancy

2 dives - 1 day (or 3hrs in a swimming pool)

Dry Suit Diver

One pool session
2 dives - 1 day

Sidemount Diver Specialty

One pool session
3 dives - 1 day

Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty

No dives required for certification, 2-3 hours

Underwater Navigator Specialty

3 dives, 1 day


Scuba diver hovering in Peak Perfomance Course

Struggling with your buoyancy? When you want to get close to something, you don't seem to be able to get exactly where you wanted to? You seem to use more air than other divers? If any of those apply to you, this is a scuba course for you. You'll become a better diver in just a few hours. More...

Scuba divers navigating with compass

Knowing where you are in the water - and even more importantly - knowing how to find your way back to the boat at the end of the dive reduces anxiety and greatly enhances your enjoyment of scuba diving. You'll learn more accurate compass use and navigation techniques using natural references. More...

Scuba divers lifting an object with a lift bag in PADI Search and Recovery course.

It happens to all of us. We drop things. When we drop things from a boat, who else can go find them but a scuba diver? You'll learn effective search patterns, locating small and large objects, lifting objects using a lift bag and planning search operations. More...

Even the dive sites you've dived many times before turn into a whole new world after the sun has set. Critters you didn't even know existed crawl out of somewhere. You'll see dive sites from a whole new perspective and, well, in a different light... More...

PADI Enriched Air cylinders

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty certification and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air (nitrox) gives you more no-stop dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. More...

No dives required - 2-5 hours

Scuba diver with camera

You don't necessarily need a massive underwater camera system to take photos from your dives. The basic principles of digital underwater photography are the same for all models. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course shortens the learning curve and you start getting better results quicker. More...

Yellow Seahorse

Two (2) dives - 1 day

If you thought there is nothing to see in Hong Kong waters, you will be surprised how much life there really is when you start looking. Because when you know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. More...

Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Sidemount diving offers more flexibility and stream lining options. More...

One (1) pool session

Three (3) dives - 1 day

Sidemount Diver
Dry suit diver

You don't have to feel cold while scuba diving. Visibility in many places including Hong Kong is better in colder winter months. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often. More...

One (1) pool session

Two (2) dives - 1 day

Full face mask diver

Apart from commercial and public safety diving in cold or contaminated waters, full face mask comes in handy when verbal communication is needed underwater or when you need a wider field of view, for example, shooting underwater video. More...

One (1) pool session

Two (2) dives - 1 day

Diver receiving Emergency Oxygen

No dives required - 2-3 hours

Oxygen is the first aid for all scuba diving related accidents. Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill for anyone scuba diving or engaged in any type of water sports. More...

Scuba divers entering the water with giant stride entry.

Two (2) dives - 1 day

Boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site. The Boat Diver course expands your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. More...

Diver at a reef

By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certifications, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them. Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world should take this course. More...

No dives required - 2-3 hours

Red Snapper

How many times have you been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?” The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer - or how to find the answer. More...

Two (2) dives - 1 day


Diver descending on a line

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you down below, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. More...

Four (4) dives - 2 days

Diver at a wreck entrance

Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others may have missed. More...

Four (4) dives - 2 days

Group of scuba divers on a wall

Two (2) dives - 1 day

If you’d like to understand more about dive computers and learn how you can use tools like the eRDPML to plan multilevel dives, then the Multilevel Diver Specialty course is for you. More...

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