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Mermaids Dive Centre Teach PADI Specialty Diver Courses in Pattaya

In all scuba diving and diving environments you will feel the need to improve certain skills as well as knowledge. The most popular diving organisation in the world and luckily whom Mermaids offer a large range of PADI Specialty diver courses that can help you to improve these skills and discover new ways of diving. PADI Specialty diver courses are split into Adventure Dives or Full PADI Specialty Courses. Adventure dives gives you a taste of the specialty as well as basic skills, needed to take the Full Specialty Courses.

PADI Specialty Diver Courses: Continuing Education specialty diver courses

PADI 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. In Pattaya we have the perfect conditions and vast diversity of marine life to truly enjoy and gain the maximum from the training.

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 PADI Specialty 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 PADI Specialty 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.

PADI 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. This is one of Mermaids most popular PADI specialty diver courses.

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.
PADI 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.

PADI 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

PADI 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.

PADI 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

PADI 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.

PADI Enriched Air Diver Course (EANX)

Welcome to one of the most popular PADI specialty diver courses – 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

If you wish to become a PADI scuba diving instructor and work within the scuba diving industry the it is important to be able to teach PADI specialty diver courses. The EANX (Nitrox course) is so popular with divers that it is considered almost an industry standard to be able to teach it.

PADI 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.

PADI 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.

PADI 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.

PADI 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.

PADI Project AWARE Specialist Course

The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems. Sign up for the Project AWARE Specialty course to learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.
Project AWARE Foundation is the dive industry’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment. Click here to find out how.

The ocean commons and coastal zone issues
Fisheries challenges and sustainability
Coral environment overview and inhabitants
the role of the diver in protecting aquatic environments
Materials: You’ll need AWARE: Our World, Our Water
Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

PADI 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.

PADI Semi Closed Rebreather Course

Imagine sliding through the water, accompanied not by the roar of bubbles, but by silence. Imagine getting close and personal with aquatic life – getting closer than ever before. When you dive with a semiclosed rebreather, you’re nearly bubble free – reducing the noise and disturbance that can scare away shy creatures.

Through either the Semiclosed Rebreather Draeger Dolphin/Atlantis Specialty course or the Semiclosed Rebreather Draeger Ray Specialty course you learn the special procedures for semiclosed rebreather diving. This includes special dive planning, organization, procedures and potential hazards, many of which differ significantly from conventional (open circuit) scuba.

Must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) or a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) with proof of at least 10 logged dives beyond open water training dives, and be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Number of Dives: Three
Advantages and disadvantages
Assembly, disassembly and maintenance
Dive planning and emergency procedures with semiclosed rebreathers
Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
Dive nearly bubble free.

PADI 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.

PADI 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.

PADI 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.

PADI Underwater Videographer Course

Other than taking someone diving, there’s only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world. It’s underwater videography –motion imaging that allows you to share and document your underwater adventures. The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course introduces you to underwater video equipment and videography fundamentals, such as exposure, focus, shot types, moves, story line and shot sequencing. It takes you through the post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and create an underwater masterpiece. By the time you complete the course, you’ll have gone through the entire basic video production process.

Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Number of Dives: Three
Equipment overview, selection and maintenance
Story planning and organization
Shot sequencing
Basic editing
Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

PADI 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, the 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.

Mermaids daily dive the HTMS Kram and the Hardeep, both very renowned ship wrecks in Pattaya for diving. The conditions on these wrecks makes for very hardy wreck dive training.

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.

The above are PADI Specialty Diver Courses offered by Mermaids. There are several more PADI Specialty diver courses created by PADI but also PADI Specialty diver courses known as distinctive PADI Specialty Diver Courses. Distinctive specialties are courses designed by dive centres for training in their specific area. These are generally created by divers that wish to expand upon local diving interests and create a dive course to cover the diving. If PADI decide to sign the distinctive specialty off then the attributed dive centre can offer this as one of their PADI Specialty Diver Courses for sale.


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