PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course? Would you like to explore deeper dive sites while scuba diving? Ever wanted to visit a shipwreck found in deeper water than your depth rating?

Exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving is something exciting and mysterious. After you first dive there is a natural curiosity to go deeper. Could be a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course that certifies you to go to 40 metres/130 feet, the deepest you can go in the PADI recreational scuba diving program.

It’s a rare diver who hasn’t felt the urge to dive deep. Deep diving opens the door 
to many new exciting dive sites like deeper wrecks, reefs and walls. As a rule, divers tend to be adventurous people, and deep diving – whether to visit a wreck or take photos – can certainly be called adventurous. It’s only natural that like most divers, you have some interest in deep diving.

The Best Part
The best part about the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course is that you will able to explore at greater depths. Deep diving is a means to an end. You make a deep dive to see, to do or
 to experience something that you couldn’t reach on a shallower dive.

What will you learn?

During your knowledge development segment you will learn about:

  • Reasons for deep diving and knowledge of your personal limits
  • Deep scuba diving specialized equipment considerations
  • Deep dive planning (planning is vital for deep diving so you will get experience doing that)
  • Deep dive organization and procedures
  • Buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control
  • Techniques for diving in the deeper  range of 18-40 metres and hazards
  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified PADI Specialty Instructor you will organize and make at least four Open Water Deep dives that range from 18–40 metres/60–130 feet. You will:

  • Compare changes in color at the surface and at depth.
  • Compare your own depth gauge to your instructor’s or other student diver’s depth gauges.
  • Describe and record the changes that occur to three pressure-sensitive items while at depth.
  • Perform a navigation swim with a compass away from, and back to the reference line
  • Compare the amount of time needed to complete a task on the surface and at depth.
  • Perform an 8-minute simulated emergency decompression stop at 5 metres/15 feet before surfacing, while breathing from an emergency air source for at least one minute of the total time


  • minimum age 15 years old
  • Adventure diver certification

What will you get?

Apart from the rush of going deeper then you ever dived before, you will also receive:

  • PADI Deep 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 Deep 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 Deep Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite of deep divers are shipwrecks and many shipwrecks are often found in deep water. The PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course is a great companion to the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently.