Specialty Classes

Underwater Photography SpecialtyYou’ve made a few Adventure Dives and now you have a good idea of what really interests you. It’s time for a PADI Specialty Course! Remember, the Adventure Dives you did for Advanced Open Water can count as the first dive in the related specialty, so you already have a head start. Just look over the wide variety of courses in the program and choose a few that get you excited about going in the water.

Already excited about diving? Consider becoming a Master Scuba Diver. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education. This rating designates a diver with a high level of commitment to continuing their diving education. To achieve this rating you just need to certify as a Rescue Diver and complete five specialty courses of your choosing. Not many people reach this level of expertise so you’ll be among an elite group!

Most Popular Specialties

Enriched Air Diver – It’s about time! Wouldn’t it be great to extend your bottom time to see more of the reef or wreck, or to take more pictures? EAN Nitrox or Enriched Air is air with a kick of extra Oxygen, which, with special procedures, can significantly and safely increase your bottom time. While Nitrox diving may seem a little more technical than some specialties, our professionals make it fun and easy to understand. Nitrox is not just for tech divers, in fact it was originally developed for research divers who needed to work at shallow depths for long periods of time. Nitrox diving is definitely for anyone who wants to spend more time underwater.

We offer the Enriched Air Diver course two ways:

  • Online academics and a private appointment (approximately 1 hour) for the classroom practical skills.
  • Classroom version (approximately 3-4 hours) using textbook with EAN tables or computer assist evaluation including practical skills.

The cost is $250 for either version including all materials and certification documents. This course does not require any dives.

Wreck Diver – Each of us has experienced the lure of diving on the remains of a ship which may have gone to a watery grave 50, 100 or even 200 years ago! Now is your chance to explore these relics with us. You’ll learn proper planning and organization, specialized techniques and equipment, safety procedures, historical research and more. This course concentrates on shipwrecks off the New Jersey Coast, but techniques are universal and can be applied anywhere. Come explore with us! $225

Deep Diver – Take your dives further with a Deep Diver Specialty! Some of the most breathtaking dive sites such as walls and some wrecks are found at depths greater than 100 feet. Let us teach you how to safely and efficiently dive to 130 feet. Deeper dives necessitate additional planning and considerations such as air supply and shorter no-decompression limits. You will learn about specialized equipment as well as the latest in decompression theory research. $225
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Peak Performance Buoyancy – Imagine floating weightlessly like an astronaut while effortlessly moving through the water. As a Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver you will learn how to fine-tune your weighting, how to maintain neutral buoyancy, and how to adjust your weights for different diving situations. You will also learn how proper buoyancy can help preserve delicate underwater ecosystems. $130

Digital Underwater Imaging – Digital has taken the underwater photography world by storm. Get in on the action with the PADI Digital Underwater Imaging Specialty course. You can quickly and easily capture the underwater world with your camera and on your computer.

During the PADI Digital Underwater Imaging Specialty course, you learn to use the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine and Adjust) method, which takes full advantage of digital technology. The result is good underwater photos faster than you may imagine. You not only learn how to take good photos, but how to share them with your friends via email or printing, optimizing your work with your computer, storage and more. $295 includes online academics.

Additional Specialty Classes

Check our Events & Classes page for availability. If you don’t see it on the schedule, please contact us.

  • Fish Identification
  • Boat Diver
  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy
  • Dive Against Debris (AWARE)
  • Drift Diver
  • Drysuit Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Shark Conservation (AWARE)
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator