Specialties courses offers a deeper knowledge and experience about a particular dive, among the most populars specialty courses in this area we have:
- Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx): is the latest tool in our effort to stay underwater, especially in the 18 - 30 metres (60 - 100 ft) range. EAN does this by replacing some of the nitrogen in the air with oxygen, this means you absorb less nitrogen during a dive, which gives you longer no decompression limits.
During the EAN course you will learn the procedures for no decompression diving with EAN, to use EAN dive computers as well as dive tables for planning dives with no stop limits and the oxygen exposure limits. The course consists of knowledge development and practical application.
- Underwater digital photography: The purpose of the PADI Underwater Photographer specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of underwater still photography. The Underwater Photographer specialty course is intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to underwater still photography techniques used in the underwater environment. Training should emphasize fun and safety.
- Deep diving: Deep diving opens the door to many new exciting dive sites like deeper wrecks, reefs and walls. You make a deep dive to see, to do or to experience something that you can't on a shallower dive. There's no reason to make a deep dive if you can make essentially the same dive at a shallower depth. Unlike shallower dives, deep dives tend to be short since time and air supply is limited. Therefore, you don't have a great deal of time to do much so you'll need to make smart decisions about a dive objective and dive accomplishments. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in deep diving within recreational limits (between the depths of 18 metres/60 feet and 40 metres/130 feet) while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life. The best way to learn Deep Diving procedures and to apply them is by doing it. This course philosophy, therefore, expands student diver knowledge about deep dive planning and organization, the basics of deep diving, hazards to avoid, deep diving support equipment, and how to interact responsibly with the aquatic life they'll see while deep diving. Cozumel or Playa del Carmen offers very nice coral reefs and walls to practice deep dives.
- Peak performance buoyancy: The purpose of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course is to assist all divers in polishing their buoyancy control beyond the Open Water Diver level. The goal of PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Cenote Caverns dives offer great spots to practice your buoyancy.
- Emergency Oxigen Provider: Oxygen, water, and food are fundamentally important to all animals. Of these three basic essentials for the maintenance of life, the lack of oxygen leads to death most rapidly. First aid with emergency oxygen is useful or necessary as a treatment for many injuries, diseases and intoxications that interfere with oxygen reaching the blood or tissues. For recreational scuba divers, emergency oxygen is the primary fi rst aid given to individuals suffering from a near drowning or decompression illness (lung overexpansion injuries and decompression sickness).
- Drift diving: Drift diving is a relaxing and enjoyable form of diving. It is especially suited to areas with mild to strong current with long reefs, kelp forests or other topography within recreational depth limits. The current allows the diver to see more aquatic life and underwater formations than usual. However, drift diving is often performed more for the experience of underwater fl ight than for sightseeing. While it is an effective way to dive, it is typically diffi cult or impossible for divers to swim against currents for anything more than a short distance while drift diving. This raises potential concerns including staying together as a group, maintaining contact with the boat or (in the case of shore-based drift diving) not missing the exit point. With this in mind, the philosophy of this course is to focus on a controlled effortless fl ight underwater. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to drift diving, with an overview of regional and situational variables in the techniques used. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in drift diving within recreational limits in a local drift diving environment. All Cozumel dives and Playa del Carmen dives are drift, come and practice in the current !
- AWARE Fish Identification: This course is designed to introduce divers to the most common families and species of fish found in temperate and tropical waters. Divers learn basic fish identification and scientific surveying techniques. Through an overview of Project AWARE and other preservation and research efforts, such as the REEF Fish Survey Project, divers also learn the importance of personal involvement in aquatic environment conservation. For more information, please see our Fish ID guide and Criature Guide about Playa del Carmen.
- Coral AWARE: The course describes how coral reefs function and why they are so important. It also reviews why many reefs are in serious trouble and what individuals can do to prevent further decline. Most divers, snorkelers and environmental enthusiasts have already visited or plan to visit a coral reef. The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course provides the knowledge base for proper interaction while touring a reef. For more info about Corals, please have a look at our Coral Reef Guide about Playa del Carmen