PADI Specialty Courses

A great way for you to improve your scuba diving skills in your areas of interest and also have lots of fun on the way

Diving takes experience and there is a whole range of PADI Specialty Course skills to learn. Every course you take with PADI expands your skill set and your experience. Being around other divers allows you to gain greater insight into what diving around the world is like. This in turn opens new doors to new diving opportunities. Meet people, go places do things.

If you are interested in developing your diving adventures further and honing your skills, you may want to consider taking a PADI specialty course. At Lanta Diver we can offer a whole variety of different specialty courses.

Interested? Please contact Lanta Diver if you would like to book or have any other questions.

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Available Specialty Courses at Lanta Diver, Koh Lanta

How to choose among all the different PADI Specialty Courses?

Maybe you are fascinated by the creatures you meet underwater and want the opportunity to explore and see more species? Then Deep Diver Specialty or AWARE Fish Identification Specialty may be the right choice for you. Or you may be an avid photographer and would love to apply those skills underwater? Then you’ve got to go with the Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty. On the other hand, some may argue that picking the photography specialty isn’t ideal as a first specialty as your buoyancy may not be good enough yet to make the most out of the taught skills. So maybe your best bet will be the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty. But, we would strongly recommend you to take the Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty for longer bottom time on repetitive dives.

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PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Course

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty course. Why? Because scuba diving with Nitrox gives you longer bottom time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

What you will learn in Nitrox Specialty Course

  • Discuss and understand managing oxygen exposure
  • The benefits of breathing Nitrox instead of normal air
  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in a scuba tank with an oxygen analyzer
  • How to set your dive computer for diving with Enriched Air Nitrox

If you are short on time or want to have the theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta and want to spend more time on the beach, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Nitrox Specialty course using PADI E-learning.

Nitrox Course in Summary

  • Prerequisites: Minimum Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 12 years
  • Dive sites: None, only classroom, but you might be able to do the course on the boat
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Price: 4 000 baht
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PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines a really skilled scuba diver. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings.

You can achieve this too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

What you will learn in Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course

  • Determine the exact amount of weights you need.
  • Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water
  • Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water
  • Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal

If you are short on time or want to have the Peak Performance Buoyancy theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Peak Performance Buoyancy Course in Summary

  • Prerequisities: Minimum Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 10 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida
  • Maximum depth: 18 m
  • Time: 1 day on the boat, 2 dives
  • Price: 6 600 baht

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PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course

There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 30 m and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge.

Whatever your reason is, take this course if you want to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 m. The PADI Deep Diver Specialty course will get you there.

What you will learn in Deep Diver Specialty Course

  • How to use specialized deep diving equipment
  • Deep dive planning, buoyancy control and buddy contact procedures
  • Managing your gas supply
  • Identify and manage gas narcosis and safety considerations

If you are short on time or want to have the theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Deep Diver Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Deep Diver Course in Summary

  • Prerequisites: Minimum Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 15 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida, Hin Daeng/Hin Meuang
  • Maximum depth: 40 m
  • Time: 2 days on the boat, 4 dives
  • Price: 9 600 baht
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PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Course

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties. It has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course lets you shorten the learning curve with tips from the pros. Learn how to use underwater photography lights (strobes), avoid backscatter and enhance colour. Simply how to take underwater photos you’ll be proud to share with others.

What you will learn in Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Course

  • Principles for good composition of underwater images
  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera
  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you

If you are short on time or want to have the Underwater Digital Photography theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Digital Underwater Photography Course in Summary

  • Prerequisites: Minimum Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 10 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida, Hin Daeng/Hin Meuang (if advanced certified)
  • Time: 1 day on the boat, 2 dives
  • Price: 6 600 baht
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PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Course

It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you.

There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

What you will learn in Specialty Course

  • Find things underwater
  • Use a lift bag
  • Plan a search operation
  • Improve your navigational skills

If you are short on time or want to have the Search and Recovery Diver theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Search & Recovery Diver Course in Summary

  • Prerequisites: Minimum Junior Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 12 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida
  • Time: 2 days on the boat, 4 dives
  • Price: 9 600 baht
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PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater.

If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

What you will learn in Underwater Navigator Specialty Course

  • Methods to estimate distance underwater
  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns
  • Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface
  • Underwater map making

If you are short on time or want to have the Underwater Navigation Diver theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Underwater Navigator Course in Summary

  • Prerequisites: Minimum Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 10 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida
  • Time: 1 day on the boat, 3 dives
  • Price: 6 600 baht
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Aware Fish Identification

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the AWARE – Fish Identification Specialty course.

You’ll enjoy your dives, even more, when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

What you will learn in Aware Fish Identification Specialty Course

  • How to identify the characteristics of local fish families and species
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies
  • About Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life

Aware Fish Identification Course in Summary

  • Prerequisites: Minimum Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 10 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida, Hin Daeng/Hin Meuang (if Advanced certified)
  • Time: 1 day on the boat, 2 dives
  • Price: 6 600 baht
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PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course

Wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, aeroplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying on something others have missed.

The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing safe and responsible wreck diving practices.

What you will learn in Wreck Diver Specialty Course

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck
  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration
  • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants

If you are short on time or want to have the PADI Wreck Diver theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Wreck Diver Course in Summary

  • Prerequisites: Minimum Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 15 years
  • Dive sites: Kled Gaew Wreck or Koh Maa shipwreck park
  • Maximum depth: 30 m
  • Time: 2 days on the boat, 4 dives
  • Price: 9 000 baht
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PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course

Scuba diving in a current can be both relaxing and exhilarating. You may slowly glide over a reef, or zoom over an underwater landscape so fast it feels like flying. By the end of your drift diver course, you’ll have the skills you need to confidently go with the flow.

In the PADI Drift Diver course, you’ll learn drift diving tips from an experienced instructor and practice buoyancy control, navigation, use of surface signalling equipment and buddy communication.

What you will learn in Drift Diver Specialty Course

  • Use surface signalling equipment
  • Stay close to your buddy
  • Make entries and descents in a current
  • Feel confident diving in a current

If you are short on time or want to have the Drift Diving theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Drift Diver Course in Summary

  • Prerequisities: Minimum Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 12 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida, Hin Daeng/Hin Meuang (if Advanced certified)
  • Time: 1 day on the boat, 2 dives
  • Price: 6 600 baht
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PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course

Staying longer in the water while diving is something we all want to do but this is not always so easy to do. With the PADI Recreational Sidemount course it´s becoming a reallity. Combined with the PADI Nitrox course your deeper dives can now be extended to a whole new level.

Many divers also find that it is more comfortable having two tanks along the side than having it on your back. Recreational Sidemount diving has become more and more popular among the divers around the world. During this course you will learn all the skills and knowledge you need to safely and comfortably dive with a single or two-cylinder sidemount equipment configuration.

What you will learn in Sidemount Diver Specialty Course

  • Assemble and configure sidemount equipment
  • Attaching and removing scuba tanks as you enter and exit the water
  • Unclipping a scuba tank and swimming with the tank in front of you
  • Adjust your buoyancy and trim for optimal balance
  • Frog kick to move more efficient while wearing sidemount equipment
  • How to switch second stages and manage your breathing gas when wearing two scuba tanks
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving

If you are short on time or want to have the Sidemount Diver theory completed before you come to Koh Lanta, then you can consider completing the theory portion of the Specialty course using PADI eLearning.

Sidemount Diver Course in Summary

  • Prerequisities: Minimum Open Water Diver
  • Minimum Age: 15 years
  • Dive sites: Koh Haa, Koh Bida
  • Maximum depth: Depending on certificate level
  • Time: 1 day with pool and theory, 2 days on the boat, 4 dives
  • Price: 15 000 baht

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