PADI Specialties

Like to gain more knowledge and skill in a specific area of diving? You can choose from a range of PADI Specialty Programmes which are fun and exciting to do and will open the door to new aspects of the underwater world. Many of these programmes are open to those who have an Open Water certificate or equivalent and others will require that you first complete the Advanced course.

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Navigation Specialty

Perfect your underwater navigation skills so that you are confident of getting back to your start point or finding that elusive reef for future dives. The Navigation Specialty course will give you the skill and knowledge to accurately find your way underwater using conventional compass and natural navigation techniques.

The course involves theory and practice and will include 3 open water dives. All materials are supplied as part of the course including the Navigation Specialty Certificate and ID card. Rental dive equipment is available at an extra charge.

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Wreck Diver Specialty

While many wrecks around the Irish coast are protected areas, there are still hundreds more which are open and safe for divers to visit. By completing the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty you can gain important skills in the techniques of Wreck diving and research. You will learn the correct safety aspects to adopt when visiting wrecks at different depths, how to navigate safely in sometimes poor visibility and avoid the dangers of wreck penetration.

The course involves theory and practice and will include 4 open water dives. All materials are supplied as part of the programme including the Wreck Specialty Certificate and ID card. Rental dive equipment is available at an extra charge.

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Check our Calendar for details of course times or contact us and we may be able to schedule a course at a time which suits you.

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Dry Suit Specialty

If you want to dive all year round in colder water climates you'll need to stay warm and that means a dry suit. But, you want to be trained in proper techniques and this is where PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty course comes in. During your PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty course, you'll not only cover the background knowledge related to dry suit diving, you'll get into confined water to put that theory into practice. Then, once you've mastered confined water, it's time for two open water dives and applying that knowledge, including dive planning, organization, techniques, problems and buoyancy control.

The course involves theory and practice and will include 2 open water dives. All materials are supplied as part of the programme including the Dry Suit Specialty Certificate and ID card. Rental dive equipment is available at an extra charge.

For course costs and rental charges check our Prices page.

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Deep Diver Specialty

The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime - going deep to see thing others can only dream about. You'll learn deep dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18-40 metres. This is the only PADI course to train divers to depths beyond 30m.

The course involves theory and practice and will include 4 open water dives. All materials are supplied as part of the programme including the Deep Diver Specialty Certificate and ID card. Rental dive equipment is available at an extra charge.

For course costs and rental charges check our Prices page.

Check our Calendar for details of course times or contact us and we may be able to schedule a course at a time which suits you.

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Photography Specialty

The PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course can help you learn how to take your first underwater photographs or fine tune your existing skills to produce photographs that you will be proud of. You'll learn the basics of underwater photography such as composition, film type and camera handling, with special emphasis on practical techniques. You'll learn underwater photography dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to care for and maintain your camera equipment.

The course involves theory and practice and will include 4 open water dives. All materials are supplied as part of the programme including the Photography Specialty Certificate and ID card. Rental dive equipment is available at an extra charge.

For course costs and rental charges check our Prices page.

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Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty

If you want to fine-tune your buoyancy and soar over reefs, extend bottom time by reducing air consumption and prolong the life of your dive equipment, the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course is for you.
During your Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, you'll use PADI's Basic Weighting Guidelines to determine the correct amount of weight. Then you'll practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy during two open water dives, including the buoyancy check, fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualisation.

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Drift Diver Specialty

Drift Diving is effortless and relaxing because you simply glide with the current and feel the rush of flying underwater. But, with this type of diving come special procedures that you need to know so you can maximise your fun underwater. During your PADI Drift Diver certification course, you'll learn about drift dive planning, organization, techniques and potential hazards, as well as special equipment and procedures like buoyancy. But it's not all theory because you'll go on two open water dives where you can put your new knowledge into action.

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Equipment Specialty

Whether it's a regulator problem, a wet suit tear or a broken mask strap, the Equipment Specialist course can help. This Specialty course prepares you for the basic equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll get the valuable background on equipment repair and purchase, making you better able to protect your investment. During your PADI Equipment Specialist program, you'll familiarise yourself with the operation and maintenance of your personal equipment. Your instructor might also provide the opportunity to review new or unfamiliar dive equipment. The programme is not an equipment repair programme but it does give you:
* Theory, principles and operation of dive equipment
* Routine recommended care and maintenance procedures
* Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures
* Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment.

This is a land based programme so no dives are necessary. For course costs, check our Prices page.

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Search and Recovery Specialty

Sooner or later you will be asked to try and find some lost item underwater. It may be as simple as a missing fin or as challenging as someone's wedding ring or false teeth! Big and small items go missing in the sea all the time and with the right techniques you will be able to have the satisfaction of finding them again. The Search and Recovery Specialty course will help you develop systematic search procedures underwater which can be used for good and bad visibility and large or small objects. Safety is an important consideration, no matter how valuable the missing item it is not worth as much as you are!

The course involves theory and practice and will include 4 open water dives. All materials are supplied as part of the programme including the Search and Recovery Specialty Certificate and ID card. Rental dive equipment is available at an extra charge.

For course costs and rental charges check our Prices page.

Check our Calendar for details of course times or contact us and we may be able to schedule a course at a time which suits you.

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Nautical Skills Specialty

As divers we spend a lot of our time close to the sea or out in boats, by completing the Nautical Skills Course you can enrich your experience by learning more about the traditions and science of the nautical world. Topics covered on this programme include:

This is a land based programme so no dives are necessary. For course costs, check our Prices page.

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Underwater Naturalist Specialty

All to often we surface after a dive asking everyone if they know what that fish from the last dive is called. Sooner or later we save face by not even asking and the mysterious creature remains illusive. As an Underwater Naturalist Diver your eyes will be opened not just to marine life and their habits but also the marine environment as a world of it's own. If you enjoy exploring beneath the surface, the Oceandivers Naturalist Specialty will introduce you to a whole new world right on our doorstep!

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Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Enriched Air or Nitrox diving is the biggest development to hit recreational diving in recent years. It involves reducing the amount of nitrogen in your tank to extend your no decompression limit and give you longer dives. Nitrox is fast becoming available in all corners of the world as more and more divers make the switch.

The course has recently been remodelled to become entirely theory based reducing the length of time the course takes. This has reduced the cost of the course and increased our scheduling flexibility. Talk to us today about getting your Enriched Air certification.

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Night Diver

Picture your favourite dive site. Now shroud it in darkness and visualise your torch beam glancing off the lobsters, crabs and prawns hiding in the crevices. Now turn off the lights and see the bioluminescent sparks of plankton jumping from your fingers. Diving at night is a truly magical experience. This course takes you on three night dives in various circumstances to improve your confidence and teach you specialised nighttime techniques including signalling and orientation.

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Gas Blender

The DSAT TecRec Gas Blender course trains you in the handling of various gas blends used in recreational and technical diving. It is a highly useful and insightful course for all divers, especially those entering the world of technical diving. The course is offered in two versions, nitrox and trimix. Nitrox covers gas blends of nitrogen and oxygen while trimix also includes helium to create trimix blends.

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