PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Scuba Diving Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course? What is Peak Performance Buoyancy?

Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) is a skill that reaches into every aspect of diving – it saves your air, saves your energy & makes diving much more enjoyable. Divers with polished buoyancy control move through the water gracefully, like magicians of the ocean. They seem to be able to intuitively ascend, descend, hover and move around without expending any effort. They are able to easily observe aquatic life from any angle without disturbing their surroundings. Compare this with a diver who has poor buoyancy control, constantly kicking, sculling with their hands, chewing through their air and crashing into the reef or other divers. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course develops the buoyancy skills you learned as a novice diver and elevates them to an expert level.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course is that Peak Performance Buoyancy Divers are what distinguishes the skilled diver apart from the novice diver. You can, and should aim to achieve this rating. Set yourself above the rest and be the inspiration to other divers.

What will you learn?

During your knowledge building sessions you’ll learn how to:

  • Use visualisation techniques before the dive to relax and establish a comfortable breathing pattern
  • Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.
  • Adjust the trim of your weight system and scuba gear so that you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Streamline your equipment to save energy and move more fluidly through the water.
  • Breath properly underwater to optimize your air consumption
  • Control your breathing so fine tune and optimize your buoyancy

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified PADI Specialty Instructor you will organize and make at least two Open Water dives that range from 9-12 metres/30–40 feet.

  • Make a slow controlled descent to the bottom without making contact, adjusting for neutral buoyancy
  • Hover for 60 seconds using breath control only
  • Swim in neutrally buoyant position using long, slow kicks and gliding
  • Practice using different swimming styles
  • Adjust weights and trim and practice hovering in different positions  – vertical, horizontal, diagonal – even upside down!


  • Minimum age 10 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from the great ‘peak’ feeling of getting your buoyancy perfect, you will also receive:

  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite companion course to the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Peak Performance Buoyancy is at the core of every type of diving, especially Underwater Photography. You must be able to hover intuitively over environmentally sensitive bottoms while you effortlessly compose and take the shot. Without flawless buoyancy, underwater photographers are liable to cause damage to sensitive marine organisms.