Are you tempted to explore a little bit deeper on your dives? Do you want to roam sunken wrecks and cruise through canyons that lie beyond the limits of your dive cert? If so, the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course might be right for you. Grab your gear, strap on your fins, and let’s plunge into the depths together.

A scuba diver shines a light on a coral reef underwater

What is the Deep Diver Specialty Course?

The Deep Diver Specialty course teaches divers how to manage the risks involved with planning and conducting dives beyond the Open Water Diver limits (18m/60 ft) up to a maximum depth of 40m (130 ft). 

Anyone certified as a PADI Adventure Diver who is 15 years or older can take the Deep Diver Specialty course.

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What You Learn During the Deep Diver Specialty Course

During the course, an experienced PADI Instructor will guide you through every step of planning and executing deep dives.

Over a minimum of two days and four open water dives, you’ll learn and practice the following skills:

  • Planning dives to a maximum depth of 40m (130 ft) 
  • Safety considerations for deep dives
  • Descending to deeper depths
  • Managing your gas supply when diving deep
  • Identifying and handling gas narcosis

deep diver vs. advanced open water diver courses

Why Go Deeper?

There are many different reasons divers would want to explore further into the ocean’s depths. Here are just a few of them. 

1. To Discover a Whole New World

Venturing to new depth limits allows you to explore dive sites in new ways, spotting fascinating marine life and breathtaking geological formations along the way. For example, contrary to what many people think, vibrant coral ecosystems are not confined to shallow waters; deep-sea corals thrive at remarkable depths of up to 6,000m (20,000 ft). Although you won’t be descending quite that far, new depths can provide divers with the chance to see unique corals and underwater biodiversity.

2. To Dive into History

Imagine swimming through the remnants of a sunken pirate ship or exploring the skeletal remains of a World War II vessel. It’s not just scuba; it’s diving into history itself. Many wrecks lie in deep water, making them off-limits to Open Water Divers, unless they’re certified as a Deep Diver. That’s why divers often combine this course with the Wreck Diver Specialty course. 

3. To Expand Your Dive Destination Options

Once you’re certified to dive deeper, a whole new world of dive destinations opens up. From the Blue Hole in Belize to the wrecks in Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia, there’s an endless list of bucket-list-worthy sites waiting for you when you can go a little bit deeper. So, become a Deep Diver to access a whole new range of exciting dive sites to explore.

two PADI Deep Divers explore the underwater world with flashlights

What Comes After the Deep Diver Specialty Course? 

With your PADI Deep Diver certification in hand, you’ll be able to reach the depth limits of recreational diving. So, if you want to explore even further, then it’s time for you to consider Technical Diving, which can take experienced divers to places other divers cannot go. 

If you want to reach new depths beyond 40m (130 ft), explore underwater cave systems, or simply learn new ways to dive, ask your Instructor about the PADI Tec diving courses. 

two divers float over archeological artifacts in Greece

Sign Up for the Deep Diver Specialty Course

Ready to take your scuba diving adventures to new depths? The Deep Diver Specialty course will help you unlock the secrets of the deep ocean, expand your diving skills, and unleash your inner explorer. Whether you’re fascinated by marine life, intrigued by historical shipwrecks, or simply seeking new skills, the Deep Diver Specialty course is for you.

Get you ready to dive deeper than ever before- the wonders of the deep await you!

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