Speciality courses are designed to provide a safe and fun way to learn new skills, to participate in new activities and to increase ones overall dive knowledge. Enrolling in a speciality course means learning new skills in a supervised environment. The following list of courses are available here in Rarotonga to you once you have completed your Advanced Open Water training. They can be completed in 1-3 days depending on the students capabilities and the sea and weather conditions.
The PADI Underwater Navigation course teaches divers one of the most important skills they can master, proper use of the compass. The areas we dive may not always have good visibility and the skills learned in this course will help prevent underwater disorientation, conserve air, lower diver stress and anxiety, reduces buddy separations and eliminates long strenuous surface swims. Obtaining the necessary underwater navigation skills is crucial to successful diving and safety. This course includes 3 dives and can be completed in 1-2 days.
Enriched Air Diver Course:
Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air. It means more time underwater – but you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched air fills.
Whether you’re into underwater photography or wreck diving, on vacation in some tropical paradise or just out for a leisurely day of diving at your local dive site, the PADI Enriched Air Diver course helps you get more out of diving by giving you more time underwater.
Digital Underwater Photographer Speciality Course:
You can quickly and easily capture the underwater world with your camera and on your computer. During this 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.
The PADI Night Diver course is one of the most popular speciality courses offered. Night diving provides divers an additional opportunity to experience the aquatic world under totally different conditions than when diving during daylight hours. The same dive site changes significantly when the day-dwellers retire and the night creatures become active. In this course you will learn specific skills and equipment that are required to safely dive at night. This course includes 3 dives and can be completed in 2-3 nights.
The PADI Underwater Naturalist course teaches divers to explore their natural curiousity in the aquatic world. Students will learn proper techniques for observing and interacting, both passively and actively, with marine life, correcting many diver misconceptions as they progress through the course. Underwater conservation, environmental clean ups and proper decision making regarding when and how to take or not to take aquatic life are all explored, and learning about different types of fish as well. This course includes 2 dives and can be completed in 1 day.
Since boat diving is a very popular activity and provides divers access to some of the very best dive sites this certification is a must. The PADI Boat Diver course covers topics ranging from proper procedures to boat safety and etiquette. Knowledge and skills discussed in this course include: gear storage and preparation, entries and exits from the boat during various surface conditions, descents and ascents using lines, identification of potential safety concerns such as currents, waves and other dive site hazards. This course includes 2 dives and can be completed in 1 day.
Peak Performance Buoyancy:
The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course is designed to help divers polish their buoyancy skills beyond the Open Water Diver level. The goal is to enhance the student's understanding of proper weighting and buoyancy control abilities through knowledge development and skills practice. With a few fun skills, divers notice a vast improvement after this course in the buoyancy on their dives. This course includes 2 dives and can be completed in 1 day.
The PADI Drift Diver course is intended to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of drift diving. This course will serve as a safe and supervised introduction to drift diving in the underwater environment. Our goal is to have fun while developing the student's practical knowledge of drift diving as well as enabling the student to plan, organize and make dives using safe drift diving techniques. Tobago is well known for the fantastic drift dives, so it is a perfect place to do this course. This course includes 2 dives and can be completed in 1 day.
The PADI Underwater Photography course is designed to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of shooting underwater still photographs. This course is intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to underwater still photography techniques used in the underwater environment. The goals of this course are to develop the students practical knowledge of photographic principles, composition, film types, strobe and available light shots and camera handling techniques. In addition, each student will learn proper preparation, as well as proper care and maintenance of photographic equipment. This course includes 2 dives and can be completed in 1 day.
The recommended recreational depth limit for divers is 30m according to PADI, with 40m as an absolute maximum. Special training prepares you for deep diving in conditions as good as or better than those in which you trained or have experience. This course covers the theory and techniques of deep diving in detail. This course includes 4 dives and can be completed in 2-3 days.
The PADI Emergency First Response (EFR) - a basic course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency care - teaches you simple, logical steps that you can take to assist somebody who needs help. With practical application and hands on experience this course becomes beneficial for both diver and non-diver. The PADI Emergency First Response course meets the certification requirements for several PADI courses. This course takes usually 8 hours.
AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Speciality Course
The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Speciality Course teaches divers, snorkellers and non divers about the vital role coral reefs play in the marine environment and how these ecosystems are currently threatened. The course familiarizes participants with the current state of the world's coral reefs and explains how individuals can help protect the living reef from further decline. The program is a non diving course that only contains classroom presentations.
You may conduct it as a stand-alone program, however, it's recommended.