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Specialty Courses

Unlock your potential and explore more of the underwater world.

Non diving Specialties with no prerequisites:

AWARE Specialist

Emergency Oxygen Provider

Non diving Specialty with Open Water Diver prerequisite:

Equipment Specialist

EANx – Enriched Air/Nitrox

2 Dive Specialties with Open Water Diver prerequisite:

Altitude Diver

Underwater Archaeology


Boat Diver

Drysuit Diver

Drift Diver

DPV “Scooter” Diver

Underwater Naturalist

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Research Diver

Surface Marker Buoy Diver

Digital Underwater Photography

3 Dive Specialties with Open Water Diver prerequisite:

Night Diver

Underwater Navigator

Sidemount Diver

2 Dive Specialties with Advanced Open Water prerequisite:

Multi-Level Specialty Diver

Self Reliant Diver

Solo Diver (SDI)

3 Dive Specialty with Advanced Open Water prerequisite:

Cavern Diver

4 Dive Specialties with Advanced Open Water prerequisite:

Deep Diver

Search and Recovery Diver

Wreck Diver

Specialty courses are important for many reasons.  You learn about the safety aspects of diving in the specific environment and/or with the specialised equipment – as well as how to get the most out of your time diving in the Specialty area.

Most Specialty courses only require you to be an Open Water Diver and some don’t even require you to be a certified diver at all.  Others have more pre-requisites as they demand more of your SCUBA skills.  If you are an Open Water Diver and have been thinking of doing your Advanced Open Water course, you can do this with your first five Specialty courses as long as they meet the criteria and include Navigation and Deep Diver.

At New Zealand Sea Adventures we highly recommend the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty, TDI Nitrox Diver, PADI Night Diver, and certainly your PADI Navigation and Deep Diver courses.  PADI Wreck Diver is a personal favourite as Tony is fanatical about wreck diving and be sure to try the TDI Intro to Tech course too.  The Drysuit diver Specialty is a must for anybody weary of the cold and we have an extensive range of all the best new Drysuits on offer as well.  DPVs and Drift Diving are far too much fun to be missed out on.  You really need to learn about Digital Underwater Photo/Videography too, capture all the best moments to share with family, friends and for all the nostalgic types, great photo’s and videos are excellent for looking back at what they’ve done every now and then..

There is also the latest style of Recreational Diving – the Sidemount Specialty course is a great option for those wanting more bottom time without the extra weight of Twin tanks.  The flexibility of our new Sidemount rigs is astounding, they also have some of the best features for excellent trim and overall comfort in the water.

There are plenty of Specialty course options available so you can pick and choose to your preferred interests or ask us for advice on a Specialty we think you will enjoy and benefit from the most.  We’d love to help.

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