Taking specialty courses in scuba diving offers a diver the chance to expand the boundaries of their knowledge, understanding and experience. As a diver, the world underwater can be explored in many different ways. Scuba Central PA offers a host of specialty courses that can teach you exciting new skills or help you obtain a better understanding of the underwater environment and yourself. All PADI and SDI/TDI courses are designed to make you a better, safer, more skillful and confident diver.


PADI Altitude Diver:

scuba lessons - altitude diverThis course is designed to advance your diving skills and it's available to you immediately after your completion of the PADI Open Water course or anytime thereafter. Two core elements of this course are Deep diving and Underwater Navigation.

During this course you will gain experience and build on your skills as a diver and develop a higher degree of confidence in those skills. This will be done by allowing you to a experience a few different types of specialties under direct supervision of your Instructor. For more detailed info visit the PADI Altitude Diver course page.

PADI Boat Diver:

scuba lessons - boat diverWhen it comes to diving, many of the best dive sites in the world are only accessible by boat. And there are so many different types of dive boats from small inflatable skiffs to giant live-aboards.

This course will teach you the best tips, tricks and techniques for diving from a boat of any size.

Your instructor will cover topics like how to pack and stow your gear, dive briefing, entry and exit techniques and more. For more info visit the PADI Boat Diver course page.

PADI Deep Diver:

scuba shops - deep diver certificationFor many divers there is an excitement and mystery that lures them to greater depths. Whether it's to see a ship wreck or some local sea life that is at home in deeper areas, scuba diving at deeper depths safely requires some extra gear and consideration.

In this course you will get you acquainted with the extra gear needed for deep diving. You will also learn to plan your dives accordingly taking into consideration your gas supply, effects of nitrogen narcosis and more. This course consists of the usual academic portion and four deep dives as part of the learning process. Get more information about this course by visiting the PADI Deep Diver course page.

PADI Underwater Photographer:

scuba lessons - underwater photographyUnderwater photography is undoubtedly one of the most sought after diving specialties, especially since the advent of digital cameras. Whether you have a simple point-and-shoot or one of the more advanced digital SLR, this course will have you getting under water shots like the pros.

This certification is a very hands-on course. You will learn how to choose the right gear for you, the PADI SEA method of shooting, considerations for composing the perfect shot and more.

You will need an underwater digital camera for this course. The second dive in this course may be credited towards your Advanced Open Water certification. Ask your instructor for details. Get more information by visiting the PADI Underwater Photography course page.

PADI Emergency First Response:

scuba lessons - PADI EFRThis course will build confidence and develop an increased willingness to help during a medical emergency. PADI EFR courses include subjects like caring for children, primary care, secondary care, CPR and the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).

The student will use self-study manuals, videos and reference cards to learn simple to follow steps used to manage a medical emergency. You will then practice applying these skills in a controlled environment.

The EFR courses offered by PADI meet the CPR and First Aid requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver certification as well as all PADI professional level certifications. Visit the PADI Emergency First Response course page to get more specific information.

SDI Computer Nitrox Diver:

scuba lessons - nitroxThis course easily teaches you how to dive with enriched air nitrox (EAN) while using a nitrox programmable dive computer. Scuba diving with nitrox provides a diver with longer “no decompression time” bottom times and shorter surface intervals for repetitive diving.

During this course you will learn what nitrox is and how to use nitrox mixtures from 22 percent up to 40 percent oxygen in conjunction with your nitrox programmable computer. You will also learn the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for using nitrox. For more info visit the SDI Computer Nitrox Diver course page.

SDI Solo Diver:

scuba lessons - SDI Solo DiverHave you ever found yourself without your buddy on a dive? Intentional or not, it happens to all of us at one time or another. Enrolling in the SDI Solo Diving course will teach you how to be a self sufficient diver without a dive buddy.

Once considered to be a type of Tech Diving and discouraged by most scuba certification agencies... many experienced divers now have a different view. Solo Diving is now found to be acceptable for those properly trained and experienced enough for the task.

The Solo Diver course is now one of the most popular SDI courses available. Overall you will learn how to dive independently and safely without a dive buddy. The student will also learn personal limitations, proper dive planning & procedures, the benefits and hazards involved, accident prevention and more. This course is great for underwater photographers or videographers. Visit the course page for the SDI Solo Diver certification for more details.

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle:

scuba lessons - Diver Propulsion VehicleUsing a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) while scuba diving is a great way to do a lot of exploring in a short period of time. You can easily move over reefs, make your way around large wreck sites and cruise through or around underwater vegetation and other natural structures.

This course includes 2 dives and will teach you how to choose the right DPV for you, how to safely ascend and descend with a DPV and more.

The first dive in this course can be credited as a specialty dive towards an Advanced Open Water certification. Be sure to ask you instructor how. For more info visit the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course page.

PADI Drift Diver:

scuba lessons - Drift DiverWhen you're drift diving you can really “go with the flow”. That's what this is all about. People often describe drift diving as flying through the water. It's both a relaxing and exhilarating experience for many.

You'll get practice with your buoyancy control as well as learn to use some equipment specific to this type of diving. If it sounds like fun to you then you'll enjoy earning your Drift Diver certification.

This course can count as an Adventure Dive towards your Advanced Open Water certification. You can find more detailed information by looking at the PADI Drift Diver course page.

PADI Drysuit Diver:

scuba lessons - Drysuit DiverHow would you like to be able to dive all year long in increase the diversity in environments in which you can dive? Learning to dive in a drysuit is exactly what this will do for you.

When you're a Drysuit Diver you can dive in colder water because you're able to stay warm and dry. This allows you to explore so much more that those that dive “wet”.

In this course you'll learn proper donning of a drysuit, buoyancy control and safety procedures. This course qualifies as an Adventure Dive when working on your Advanced Open Water certification.

You may also get college credit for this course. Ask your instructor for details. The PADI Drysuit Diver course page can provide more info.

PADI Enriched Air Diver:

scuba lessons - padi nitrox courseSimilar to the SDI Computer Nitrox Diver course, this is one of the most popular PADI specialty diver courses. When you're scuba diving with enriched air nitrox (EAN) you get increased “no decompression time” diving, particularly on repetitive dives. When you dive with nitrox you can increase your bottom time and get back in the water quicker with shorter surface intervals.

This course teaches you to to manage your oxygen exposure, how to analyze the oxygen content of a scuba tank filled with nitrox and how to use your dive computer in conjunction with your enriched air.

This course may qualify for college credit, ask your instructor how. Check out the PADI Enriched Air Diver course page for more details.

PADI Equipment Specialist:

scuba lessons - equipment specialistThis specialty dive course will teach you to be prepared and how to deal with minor repairs and adjustments on the spot. You will gain a deeper understanding of how your gear works. This creates a greater sense of comfort and confidence in the diver.

This course will also teach you about different gear configurations along with proper long term maintenance and storage procedures to protect your investment. To get more specific details, check out the PADI Equipment Specialist Diver course page.

SDI Ice Diver:

scuba lessons - ice diverIf you're a diver that likes more extreme diving challenges then Ice Diving is just what you're looking for. This is considered by many to be one of the most adventurous dive specialties out there. This cert could open the door to dive adventures that few people ever get to experience.

Here you will learn about effects of the cold,  site selection and preparation, special equipment required and it's role and how to use it. You will also be taught how to handle potential problems, safety procedures and emergencies. So if the thought of walking upside down on the underside of the ice sound like a good time then you need to enroll in our next Ice Diving class. For more specific details, visit the PADI Ice Diver course page.

PADI Multilevel Diver:

scuba lessons - multilevel diverScuba diving has come a long way since it's infancy. Back then, dive profiles were calculated using depths from the surface to the maximum depth and back to the surface. Today we have dive computers that do most of the work for you and are much more accurate. Your dive computer continually analyzes your depth and calculates your profile in order to maximize your bottom time.

In this course you will review decompression theory and dive computer models as they pertain to multilevel diving. There are two core dives for this course. The first will be a two-level dive and the second a three-level dive which the student will plan and execute.

This course can be credited towards an Advanced Open Water certification. For more info about this certification, visit the PADI Multilevel Diver course page.

PADI Night Diver:

scuba lessons -  night diverNight diving takes diving to a whole different level, even at sites you may be familiar with. It can turn a ordinary dive into an extraordinary experience. Life under the surface changes, sometimes dramatically , when the sun goes down. When you're diving at night you get to see a different world come to life as it becomes illuminated by your dive light.

When you enroll in the Night Diver course you will learn different ways of managing your light(s), controlling your buoyancy by feel, navigating in the dark, communication in the dark and more. You will then demonstrate your new skills during three open water night dives with your instructor. Ask your instructor how this course may qualify for college credit. Get more info by visiting the PADI Night Diver course page.

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver:

scuba lessons - peak performance buoyancyYou've seen them underwater... the divers that ascend, descend and hover effortlessly. It can be tough to learn but that's the purpose of this course. During your Open Water Diver course you learn the basics of buoyancy and how to control your vertical movement through the water via buoyancy control. During this course you will refine your buoyancy skills so that you can glide effortless through the water like a veteran diver.

Here you'll learn about how to figure out proper weighting, how to trim your gear for better balance in the water, how to hover and more. This course is a good companion for the Equipment specialist course as you learn more specific details about your buoyancy related equipment. If you'd like more information on this course, visit the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course page.


scuba lessons - project awareThe Project AWARE mission is to educate and mobilize those divers and other aquatic environmentalists that are passionate about caring for and protecting all forms of our planet's aquatic resources. It is a way of staying on top of the biggest issues that threaten and endanger our underwater environments and everything in them. The student is also taught what actions they can take, large or small, to help save endangered environments.

This course consists only of classroom discussion only. There are no age restrictions, necessary prerequisites or water sessions. This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about protecting the the underwater environments around the world. Visit the course page at: PADI Project AWARE for more details.

PADI Search and Recovery Diver:

scuba lessons - search and recoveryPeople accidentally drop things into the water all the time. Whether it's from a boat, off of a dock or even a diver unaware of losing a piece of gear on a dive, search and recovery skills can give you the know-how to go back down and find it.

There are very effective methods of searching for objects both large and small. There also ways of retrieving those objects that might be too hard to bring back yourself.

When you take this course, you will learn different search patterns, how to navigate by compass as well as natural navigation, using lift bags and much, much more. Search and Recovery can be challenging but it can be just as rewarding. This course also qualifies for college credit as well as credit towards an Advanced Open Water Diver certification... ask your instructor how. Head on over to the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course page to get more detailed information.

PADI Underwater Naturalist:

scuba lessons - underwater naturalistRegardless of why you most enjoy diving, we all dive to see what's under the liquid surface of our world. And why not, after all, seventy-one percent of our planet is covered with water and it's full of amazing, seemingly alien plants, animals and landscapes.

Being able to appreciate the underwater world is one thing but when you take the Underwater Naturalist course, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how these ecosystems work. This can take your admiration of everything under the waves to a whole new level and renew your enthusiasm for the aquatic world.

This course teaches you major grouping of aquatic life and how they interact with each other. Common negative myths and wives tales will be done away with as you learn the true roles that aquatic vegetation, predator/prey relationships and the different food chains play as part of a balanced ecosystem. This course is designed to increase advocacy for the sport of diving as well as all life forms under water. Follow this link for the PADI Underwater Naturalist course page to get more info.

PADI Underwater Navigator:

scuba lessons - underwater navigatorMaintaining a good sense of direction underwater sometimes can be difficult. Being able to navigate well while scuba diving, particularly with poor visibility, is very useful skill.

During this course you will learn how to be more observant to your surroundings as well as teach you how to get the most out of your compass while diving. You will also learn methods of estimating distance underwater and basic map making skills. Visit the PADI Underwater Navigator course page for more detailed information.

PADI Wreck Diver:

scuba lessons - wreck diverWhether they fall victim to some unforeseen accident or sunk on purpose to become an artificial reef, various types of wrecks are amazing and mysterious. Ghosts from the past, shipwrecks are usually surrounded by sea life of all sorts that tempt divers to visit and explore.

The Wreck Diver course will teach safety considerations, surveying and mapping techniques, how to use wreck reels, penetration lines and more.

The Wreck Diver course can be credited towards a Advanced Open Water Diver certification as well as qualifying for college credit. Ask your course instructor for details. Visit the PADI Wreck Diver course page for more specific details about this course.