Within PADI, there exist numerous “Specialty Courses” specifically designed to improve your diving skills and to better your technique in areas that mostly interest you.
In this section you will find some of the Specialty Courses we offer on a regular basis. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you don,t find your Specialty Course listed here. We offer others strictly on demand.
3 dives, min. 2-3 nights
Diving at night is a completely different feeling and experience than during the day. The sea is usually calmer and where during the day there might be a lot of people swimming and being on the beach, you are now alone, just together with your diving partners.
The underwater world also changes completely at night. Many fish that you only see from a distance during the day are sleeping and so you suddenly get much closer to them. But some of them have disappeared completely and in return completely different ones appear. Squid, moray eels and crustaceans, such as shrimps, whose eyes sparkle in the spotlight of your lamp, are particularly active at night.
During the dive we also switch off our lamps for practice. Your eyes will quickly get used to the darkness and you will suddenly see the plankton glittering around you with every move you make.
During the course you will learn how to prepare your equipment properly for night diving. How to communicate with your partner with light signs and how to orientate yourself underwater in the dark.
2 dives, min. 1 day
Great photos of the dive are a must for most divers these days. At least since you can take underwater pictures with many normal cameras, action cameras or even smartphones with special underwater housings.
But divers often ask us: Why do my photos never turn out as good as yours?
First of all one can say that underwater photos are simply subject to different laws. For example the colours and the light are different, you and your motives do not move like on land and distances have to be estimated differently.
During the course we will show you how to take good photos with special underwater cameras but also with normal cameras and of course how to take care of the camera properly. After each dive we will look at your pictures together and discuss what you can do better next time.
The best part of the course is of course the many pictures you can take home and always remember your dives with us.
2 dives, min. 1 day
Besides being a lot of fun, diving with an underwater scooter allows you to reach and explore more distant dive sites while making your diving safer and easier, especially in presence of a strong current, and longer, since of course you will use much less air.
During this course we will show you how to get in and out of the water with a scooter, how to descend and ascend with it, how to maneuver and control the scooter safely, how to care for your scooter, (i.e.: How to change its batteries), and some towing techniques.
2 dives, min. 1 day
You may have wondered how some divers manage to hover so effortlessly while using so little air. It takes a certain degree of experience of course, but there are also certain techniques, tips and tricks that will help you to achieve good buoyancy faster.
After this course, you will likely use a lot less weight and your dives will be less strenuous. Good buoyancy is of the utmost importance for underwater photography, when diving over corals and in caves.
2 dives, min. 1 day.
Different types of boats require different techniques for water entry and exit. For example, entering the water from an inflatable boat is very different than diving from a larger motorboat or sailing yacht. Some boats have a ladder, others a platform, and others just a floating balloon.
During this course, you will learn various water entry and exit techniques and how to properly descend, dive and return to the boat’s anchor line. We’ll show you how to anchor the boat correctly and teach you what to watch out for in waves and currents.
You will also receive a short introduction to boating so that, in case of an emergency, you could drive the boat yourself.
4 dives, at least 2 days
Deep diving is perhaps one of the most exciting specialty courses available. Due to fewer visits, deeper dive sites are, generally speaking, more pristine: The water is usually calmer because swimmers or snorkelers can’t get there and, of course,because there are fewer divers. Marine creatures are often more relaxed and different species, not present in shallower waters, may be observed.
This course includes 4 dives up to max. 40 meters deep. We will teach you how to properly descend to, and emerge from, greater depths, show you how the higher pressure affects your air consumption as well as your own body and mind, and how to behave at greater depths in general.
4 dives, 2 days
Did someone explain you roughly where to find a small wreck or you lost your knife while diving?
With the Search & Recovery specialty course, we will train you to look for, and recover, objects under water. You will learn how to dive different search patterns using a compass or other orientation aids while considering currents and waves. Once you have located the lost object, we will show you how you can best retrieve it.
4 dives, min. 2 days
In the specialty course wreck diving we explain how to behave correctly during a wreck dive. You learn how to take care not to hurt yourself and how to take precautions to get out of the wreck.
We would like to point out that there are not many wrecks on Tenerife. In addition, almost all of them have disintegrated in the last few years. Only the wreck of Tabaiba “El Penon” which was sunk in 2006 in the northeast of the island is really intact. It lies at a depth of about 33 meters on sand. With a length of only 35 metres, the wreck is actually a little too small for real wreck fans.
theory only, approx. 3 hours
Nitrox or Enriched Air (EAN) is the term used by divers to describe a breathing gas mixture with a higher proportion of oxygen, usually between 32% and 40%.
Nitrox allows you to dive longer and take shorter decompression breaks.
During the course you will learn how to use Nitrox, how to check and maintain your equipment, and how to calculate your no-decompression limit with different oxygen levels.
3 dives, 2 days
Good underwater navigation is arguably one of the most important diving skills, especially when exploring new or unfamiliar dive sites.
Good underwater orientation will increase not only your confidence, but also that of you diving partners who will feel more relaxed and safer with you. Refine your observation skills with the PADI Underwater Navigator course. We will teach you how to use your compass more precisely underwater and how to observe natural navigation aids.
For PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old, we offer the Junior Navigator Specialty course.