Specialty Certifications

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Fine Tune Your Diving Skills

Lahaina Divers offers a wide variety of PADI specialty courses that can unlock unprecedented adventures and potential throughout your diving career. You can take a Specialty course individually to enhance a particular skill, or take them as part of an Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water certification. Interested in protecting the marine environment? See more Specialties on our Conservation page.

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Night Diving

Dipping below the ocean surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. The whole reef scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal sea life emerges.

Learn to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, staying with your buddy and the difference from day diving.

You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course – ask your instructor to learn more.

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Enriched Air Nitrox

Our most popular specialty course instructs you how to dive with enriched air nitrox. This gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives and leaves many divers feeling more refreshed and energized after their dives. Stay down longer and get back in the water sooner. For certified divers, including Junion Open Water divers over 12 years old.

You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course – ask your instructor to learn more.

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EFR/CFC-AED Instructor

CPR and first aid are key skills that are important to everyone, not just scuba divers. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines, and you can offer courses to anyone.

Course provides an opportunity to practice emergency care skills. Your students finish the course feeling confident and ready to help someone in need. Take as a single course, or part of your PADI Instructor training

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Wreck Diver

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can enroll in the Wreck Diver Specialty course.

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Deep Diver

Dive into the deep blue! Scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 130 feet with this PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

If you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course is a requirement of your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

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Emergency Oxygen Provider

Know how and when to use emergency oxygen and be ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this course – it’s open to everyone. Scuba divers, snorkelers and anyone who is around divers – boat crew, lifeguards, etc. – will benefit from having this training.

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Underwater Navigator

As an accomplished scuba diver, you know where you are and where you’re going. This course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. You’ll learn navigation using natural clues, by following compass headings and how to estimate distance underwater and underwater map making.

Open to certified divers, including PADI Junior Open Water divers at least 10 years old.  You may be able to get college credit for the Underwater Navigator course. This course is eligible for credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

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Underwater Naturalist

Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about Hawaii's unique ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course.

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Disabled Dive Buddy

Learn about disabilities, accessibility issues and how to dive with people who have disabilities. The HSA Dive Buddy Program helps Open Water Scuba Divers and Junior Open Water divers 12 or older share the underwater world with divers with disabilities.

The course combines classroom instruction followed by confined water and open water exercises, designed to simulate disabilities, learning the special considerations needed when planning and diving with a disabled dive buddy. A meaningful exercise for even the most experienced diver!

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