PADI Specialty Diver Course
Achieving PADI Specialty Diver ratings can take 1 or 2 days depending on the specialty contents and these courses are hands on, so you’ll be diving right from the start as you aim for the ultimate in recreational scuba diving – PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
Here’s a handy list of our most popular PADI Specialty Diver course. Next to the specialty course title you will see the number of dives included within the specialty, for specialty training we conduct 2 or 3 dives per day depending on the course. If during your PADI Advanced Course you completed one of these dives it can be credited towards your specialty course therefore reducing the time and cost of the course.
PADI Enriched Air Diver
(2 Dives – optional) Stay down longer and get back in the water sooner with the PADI Enriched Air Diver course. Learn how to dive using Enriched Air Nitrox, most popular PADI specialty course and your route to more underwater adventures.
PADI Digital Underwater Photographer
(2 Dives) Underwater photographer is one of the most popular diving specialties. Which is little wonder, as the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. Learn how to take pictures that you are proud to show to your diving buddies.
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver
(2 Dives) We guarantee you will loose weight with this PADI Specialty Diver course; that is from your weight belt! Neutral buoyancy is the key to conserving your air consumption and leaving minimal impact on the aquatic environment. Learn how to achieve neutral buoyancy with ease.
PADI Wreck Diver
(4 Dives) When certain pre-requisites are met divers can enrol in the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.
Other PADI Specialty Diver courses offered by Downbelow:
- Underwater Navigation Diver
- Search & Recovery Diver
- AWARE Fish Identification
- AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
- Deep Diver
- And many more – ask us for more choices and info!
- To train divers to safely enjoy and gain open water experience in specialty diving activities
- To provide awareness in areas of nature
- To satisfy the needs of the divers in the special areas of interest
- To increase the safety and activity in recreational diving
Our learning approach is through practical sessions with discussions, and small group activities using audiovisual materials. Knowledge mastery is assessed using Knowledge Reviews. Skills mastery is assessed by student demonstration of skill proficiency. Course will take 1 – 2 days, varies depending on the course content.
Your Safety is Our Priority!
At all times you are in safe hands. We pride ourselves on small group instruction ensuring our clients get the very best of attention from the instructor. Safety is paramount, we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and HSE Guidelines. Our boats are equipped with marine radio, GPS & First Aid kits and our qualified snorkel guides always bring a life ring with them. All our guides are trained in Emergency First Response.
Flying & Climbing After Diving According to our current PADI Flying After Diving guidelines – it is highly advised you should not go to altitude (this includes flying and climbing) within 18 hours when doing multiple dives. This means that the day after your diving program you can take a flight after 0930hrs in the morning. Or you can choose to not take part in the afternoon dive and therefore take a flight after 0600hrs in the morning the following day. Please note that since all our courses/programs last a full day there will be no refund offered for missed dives since you have the option to stay on the island or enjoy snorkelling and trekking activities.
All Inclusive Rates!
We run daily picks ups from Kota Kinabalu City to our dive centre. Our all inclusive price means that you pay one price which includes everything you’ll need for a great day out. That’s return transfers from your hotel (KK City Centre only including Tanjung Aru – subject to confirmed bookings), boat transfers, park and jetty fees, activity equipment, refreshments – free flow water / tea / coffee and freshly cooked lunch. All programs last for the full day and our return boat transfer to the mainland is at 16:00. If you would like to leave earlier this is classified as a private transfer and the cost is RM110.00 per boat.
We are offering the Master Scuba Diver (MSD) application for FREE. To complete MSD, in addition to the five specialty certs, you must be a PADI Rescue Diver. Each of these specialty course can be an elective dive during the PADI Advanced Open Water course.
08:15 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) & transfer to marina
08:30 Meet Downbelow staff & transfer by boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
09:15 Meet with your instructor for course introduction, registration and payment arrangement.Dive safety briefing/confined water session/open water session/knowledge review session
10:30 Tea/coffee surface interval on island
11:15 Dive safety briefing/confined water session/open water session/knowledge review session
13:00 Buffet lunch at our dive centre
14:30 Dive safety briefing/confined water session/open water session/knowledge review session
16:00 Boat transfer to marina
16:30 Return to hotel
Same as Day 1 should a student diver choose a specialty that require 2 days to complete.
Sections may change, so please bring all materials to all sessions. Due to the course being performance based, finishing times may vary to individual achievements.
- Minimum age differs based on PADI Specialty Diver course – get more details from our Downbelow travel Centre.
- For PADI scuba diving courses refer to the Fit to Dive form.
Hotel transfers (KK City), boat transfers, freshly cooked lunch and refreshments, park entry & jetty fees, guide/instruction, equipment rental, plus water, tea & coffee.
Alcoholic or carbonated beverages, items not explicitly stated
Change of clothes, sun lotion, sun cream, towel, personal toiletries, insect repellent, hat, personal medication.