PADI Specialty Courses

Choose Your Adventure – many specialty courses are now available with digital learning – giving you the tools to enhance your exploration. Discover your unique diving aptitude - deep diving, photography, videography, fish identification, etc. 

Can’t decide? Check out our Advanced Open Water Diver Program. This course includes two core specialty dives and three specialty dives of your choosing.

 Enriched Air 

The Enriched Air "Nitrox" certification is Scuba's most popular specialty course. Nitrox is diving with air containing more oxygen than the normal 21%. This means the diver absorbs less nitrogen throughout the dive. You get longer bottom times and improved safety margins! Most divers claim they have less fatigue and more energy after diving Nitrox over air. The course is fast and easy, no open water dives are required. Minimum age is 12.

PADI Nitrox Online

A convenient way to study and learn the basics is via an interactive PADI E-Learning course. After completing the online program we will meet at the dive shop for a quick review. Next you will learn how to analyze the oxygen content in a tank and set your computer for the appropriate percentage of Oxygen appropriately.
The Nitrox certification does not require an underwater skills test.

Online Course: $212 / $30 Classroom fee for Quick Review and Oxygen Analysis ***Make sure you select 'Scuba Marco' as your dive center.
Save $30 when taken with Open Water course!

Dive Against Debris

Make a difference on every dive by activating your inner citizen scientist. During the Dive Against Debris® Diver Specialty course, you’ll learn how ocean plastic and trash cleanups not only keep your local dive sites healthier, but also how to contribute to a global database that documents our planet’s marine debris problem. Under the guidance of your instructor, you’ll participate in a Dive Against Debris survey and turn your passion for the underwater world into real action.

Join the PADI Torchbearertm movement of divers protecting our ocean planet and making every dive count.

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + Dive Trip.


Drift Diver

 Diving in a current can feel like flying underwater. In the PADI® Drift Diver course, you’ll learn drift diving tips from an experienced instructor and practice using a reel, buoyancy control, navigation, use of surface signaling equipment and buddy communication.

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + $60 + Dive Trip


Equipment Specialist

 Equipment Specialist course teaches you about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.  You'll also learn to manage basic repairs and adjustments. Take this course if you want to avoid missing dives due to gear issues.  Also, learn about proper gear care, packing, and storage to maximize the life of your equipment.  

Cost:  $65 (Online Course) + $99 = $164.

Emergency Oxygen Provider  

PADI® Emergency Oxygen Provider prepares you to offer aid and teaches you to recognize scuba diving injuries and illnesses requiring emergency oxygen.  Knowing how and when to administer emergency oxygen is a valuable skill to have in a dive emergency. 

This is an excellent course for scuba divers, boat crew, lifeguards, freedivers, mermaids or anyone who spends time in and around water. No age restrictions or water sessions required.

Cost:  $120 (Online Course) + $86 = $206

Waive the $86 Instruction Fee when you take this course with our Rescue Diver Couse.

Boat Diver

If you’re new to boat diving or want to learn more about diving from different types of boats, enroll in the PADI® Boat Diver course. 

During two dives with an instructor you’ll learn nautical terminology, boat diving etiquette and may practice using lines and/or deploy a surface marker buoy (SMB).

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + $60 + Dive Trip


Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You've seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + $60 + Dive Trip

Underwater Digital Photographer

During the PADI® 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.  Additionally, you will do a little simple photo editing to real make your photo's pop!

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + $85 + Dive Trip

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.

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + $90 + Dive Trip

Search & Recovery Diver

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.

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + $90 + Dive Trip


Deep Diver

During the PADI® Deep Diver course, you'll learn how to plan deep dives, manage your gas supply and how to identify and manage narcosis.

You'll learn about buddy contact procedures, safety considerations and buoyancy control at depth.

Cost:  $138 (Online Course) + $90 + Dive Trip

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