Mermaids Dive Center PADI Specialties Courses in Pattaya

In all diving and diving environments you will feel the need to improve certain skills as well as knowledge. PADI offers a large range of Specialties that can help you to improve these skills as well as let you discover new ways of diving. PADI Specialties are split into Adventure Dives or Full Specialty Courses, the Adventure dives gives you a taste of the specialty as well as basic skills, needed to take the Full Specialty Courses.

Aware Fish ID

Have you ever asked yourself, “What was that?” The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer. During two dives you gain hands-on experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You can learn more about Project AWARE by going to www.projectaware.org.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Covers Project AWARE and aquatic protection worldwide
  • Characteristics of local fish families and species will be explained
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies
  • Fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures will be practiced
  • Including the two open water training dives, the course lasts about 12 hours
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Boat Diver Course

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently. The PADI Boat Diver Specialty course familiarizes you with the various ways you stow gear, enter and exit the water, use surface lines and more, depending upon the type boat and the location.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Covers techniques for diving from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards
  • Discusses how dive boats differ from place to place
  • Gives you focused experience and training for diving from boats in your local area
  • Covers basic boat safety equipment and use
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Cavern Diver Course

Can you see the light? If you dive within the light zone of a cave, the area near the cave entrance where natural light is always visible, you’re cavern diving. If you want to explore secrets hidden in caverns around the world you’ll want your PADI Cavern Diver certification. During this course you will learn to use the equipment and procedures that allow you to explore such areas safely. This is a challenging and very exciting course that includes four training dives over at least two days.

  • Cavern navigation and line protocols
  • Planning, organization, techniques, problems and hazards of cavern diving
  • Special equipment use, such as lights, guidelines, reels and redundant breathing systems.
  • Air sharing, disorientation, silting, line problems and other emergency procedures specific to cavern diving.
  • Silt prevention, buoyancy control, air management and emergency procedures.
  • Depth and distant limits for cavern diving.
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Coral Reef Conservation Course

The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches divers, snorkelers and nondivers about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes participants with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and how they can help.

There are no dives or age limits. Divers and nondivers alike enjoy learning about the aquatic environment.

  • An introduction to the Project AWARE Foundation
  • Covers the importance of coral reefs to marine ecosystems and coastal areas
  • Coral reef biology, association and competition
  • The status of the world’s coral reefs
  • How participants can help, including responsible diving and snorkeling practices
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Deep Diver Course

The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime – going deep to see things others can only dream about. In this course you will experience what it’s like to dive beyond 60 feet. Down there, it’s different. It takes additional training. Here’s where you get it.

  • Must be a PADI Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 15 years old
  • Experience diving beyond 18 metres/60 feet
  • Learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards
  • Four open water dives that range from 18 – 40 metres / 60 – 130 feet.
  • Gain experience with diving deep under the direct, professional supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Digital Underwater Photographer

Digital has taken the underwater photography world by storm. Get in on the action with the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course. You can quickly and easily capture the underwater world with your camera and on your computer.

During the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty 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.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) However, you can take the course as a snorkeler and receive a nondiving certification. Not a diver yet? Start today with PADI eLearning.
  • Choosing and using modern digital cameras and underwater housings
  • Using the PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
  • Editing and sharing your pictures
  • The three primary principles for getting good photos underwater
  • The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer certifications credits toward the Master Scuba Diver rating.
  • This is one of PADI’s most adaptable specialty courses, and can even be started during the last dive of your PADI Open Water Diver course

Driver Propulsion Diver (DPV) Course

These things are a blast to ride! DPV’s offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking. Want to visit that offshore reef from the beach? A DPV may be the way to go.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 12 years old
  • Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Equipment considerations
  • Diver etiquette and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life
  • The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver certification counts toward your Master Scuba Diver rating.

Drift Diver Course

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) and be at least 12 years old
  • Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drift diving
  • An introduction to drift diving equipment — floats, lines, reels
  • Buoyancy-control, navigation and communication for drift diving
  • Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects
  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Dry Suit Diver Course

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then stay out of the water. What? Stay out of the water? Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water. In the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty course, you’ll learn how to use a dry suit. And that keeps you warm! Even in very cold water.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization) and at least 10 years old
  • Don and doff techniques specific to your dry suit
  • Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  • Dry suit maintenance and storage
  • Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options
  • The PADI Dry Suit Diver certification credits toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

Emergency Oxygen Provider Course

Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider. The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course is an entry-level emergency oxygen course that also teaches you how to recognize dive illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Though suited for divers, this course has no prerequisites and doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, nondiving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course.

Enriched Air Diver Course (EANX)

Welcome to one of PADI’s most popular specialties – the PADI Enriched Air Diver course. Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air. Diving with enriched air 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.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization).
  • Learn to analyze cylinder contents.
  • Plan enriched air dives using tables and dive computers.
  • Safely increase your no stop time.
  • Certification counts toward the Master Scuba Diver rating

Equipment Specialist Course

Want to know about how your dive gear works? Then the PADI Equipment Specialist course is for you. This course familiarizes you with the operation and maintenance of your dive equipment. The more you know about how your gear works, the more comfortable you are with it, the more performance you get from it and the better you can care for it.

  • Must be a PADI Scuba Diver or Junior Scuba Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Reviews the theory, principles and operation of dive equipment
  • Routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage
  • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures (may include a demonstration of repair procedures)
  • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear (may include optional confined water dive to try new or unfamiliar equipment)
  • No dives are required, so you can take the Equipment Specialist course any time of the year
  • The PADI Equipment Specialist Course is not an equipment repair course, but it provides the foundation you’ll want if you’re interested in learning equipment repair
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Multilevel Diver Course

Do you want to maximize your dive times? (Of course). Want to get the most out of your dive computer and The WheelTM? (Naturally). Then the PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty course is for you.

In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all. You’ll learn to use The WheelTM version of the RDP for planning multilevel dives, making it a great companion for your dive computer (as well as a way to make multilevel dives if you forget to bring your computer).

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) and 12 years old
  • Plan and execute multilevel dives (different depths on the same dive)
  • Back up your dive computer and plan multi-level dives with The WheelTM
  • Maximize your no stop time
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Night Diver Course

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your mask and bite down on your regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours when you complete your PADI Night Diver Specialty course. You learn about night dive planning, equipment and navigation. You practice these on three night dives, plus introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 12 years old
  • Number of Dives: Three
  • Dive lights and night diving equipment
  • Entries, exits and navigation at night
  • Nocturnal aquatic life
  • Communication and light handling

Materials: You’ll Need a Night-Pak, which includes PADI Night Diver Manual and the award-winning PADI Night Diving video. Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. Go night diving and see the underwater world in a whole new light – a dive light.

Peak Performance Buoyancy Course

Float effortlessly, drifting over reefs. Be the diver you want to be, with ultimate buoyancy control, able to hover close to the bottom and examine underwater organisms without touching them.

Buoyancy skills separate the good divers from the great divers. In the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, you will learn to how to precisely weight yourself for optimum control, poise and balance. You learn to ascend and descend so effortlessly, it seems like you only think about it and it happens. By mastering streamlining, you move through the water cleanly, efficiently and gracefully. You swim near fragile environments without harm to them or yourself.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 10 years old.
  • Number of dives: Two
  • Buoyancy fundamentals, weighting and adjustments
  • Streamlining, balance and trim
  • Fine tuning buoyancy and mastering hovering
  • Materials: You’ll Need Peak Performance Buoyancy video
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
  • Get the buoyancy control great divers have with PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy.

Search and Recovery Course

Spend time around water (as a diver, how can you avoid it?) and sooner or later, you come across someone who lost something underwater. If you’re looking for the challenge and excitement – along with doing your good deed for the day – the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. It gives you the skills you need to find what’s been lost, and how to get it to the surface.

In the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course, you learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems. You learn how to locate large and small objects using search patterns, and various ways for lifting them to the surface. Not only do these skills make you more capable and confident in the water, but most Search and Recovery Divers eventually end up searching for and recovering something they lost themselves.

  • Must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or a PADI Open Water Diver with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty (or equivalent certification from another organization)
  • Must be at least 12 years old
  • Number of Dives: Four
  • Search patterns, lift bag use and recovery methods
  • Limited visibility techniques and navigation for search and recovery
  • Materials: You’ll Need Search and Recovery-Pak, which includes the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Manual and the Search and Recovery video.
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
  • Find what you’ve lost with the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course.

Underwater Naturalist Course

Are you fascinated with aquatic life? Always wondering what that fish is and why it always dances under a coral head whenever you get close? If you’re engrossed with life under the surface, the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is especially for you.

In your journey to underwater naturalist, the course teaches you about the different major aquatic life groupings and how they interact so that you understand what you observe in the underwater environment. With the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course under your belt, you see the aquatic world differently. You don’t see “fish,” but individual species with distinct strategies for surviving in a complex, interactive ecosystem.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Overview of aquatic life groupings and interrelations
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • Number of Dives: Two
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Underwater Navigator

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a wreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.

Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge.You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass. You learn to estimate distance underwater, follow navigation patterns and know where you are while following an arbitrary, irregular course using the Nav-Finder.

  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Number of Dives: Three
  • Navigation patterns, natural and compass navigation
  • Following irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
  • Dive site relocation

Materials: You’ll Need Nav-Pak, which includes the PADI Underwater Navigator Manual, Underwater Navigation video and the Nav-Finder. Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Underwater Photographer Course

Freeze time with an underwater camera and you tell a story that even nondivers can understand. Not only that, but you have a record and log of your adventures – more than the memories. Reliving a dive is as simple as looking at a photograph.

Whether you’re a casual holiday snapper or a consummate photo pro, the PADI Underwater Photographer course teaches you the basics as they apply to taking photos underwater, with a special emphasis on practical techniques.

  • Number of Dives: Two
  • Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and be 10 years old.
  • Materials: You’ll Need Photo-Pak, which includes the PADI Underwater Photographer Manual and Underwater Photography video.
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Wreck Diver Course

You drift down and pass through a window into the past. As you near the bottom, a recognizable shape begins to form. First, you see a straight line, then a round window. Next, a ship materializes in front of you. As you look at the wreck, past and the present meet.

Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, whether a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile, the call of wrecks is nearly irresistible to divers. Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course, you get the skills, knowledge and procedures you need to answer the call of wreck diving.

  • Must be a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and be at least 15 years old.
  • Number of Dives: Four dives over two days
  • Materials You’ll Need: Wreck-Pak, which includes the PADI Wreck Diver Manual and Wreck Diving video.
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. The underwater world needs heroes. Be one. Learn how