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PADI Specialty Diver

There is a huge bunch of PADI Specialty Diver courses, which are marked in above flowchart in dark blue. However it is helpful and supports you to gain experience when participating in PADI Specialty Diver courses on your way to become a PADI scuba professional, these courses are not mandatory to become a PADI pro.

You can see the necessary courses you need to participate before entering in a specific PADI Specialty Diver course in above flowchart. In the following overview we have also shown this and added the minimum age for participation and the number of open water dives during the specific PADI Specialty Diver course:

Specialty Diver course
Minimum
prerequisite
Minimum
age
Water-
Training*)
Adaptive Support Diver
OWD
15 years
1 (+1)
Adaptive Techniques
DM
18 years
2 (+2)
Altitude Diver
OWD
10 years
2
AWARE - Dive Against Debris®
-
-
-
AWARE - Shark Conservation Diver
OWD
12 years
2
Boat Diver
OWD
10 years
2
Cavern Diver
AOWD
18 years
4
Coral Reef Conservation
-
-
-
Deep Diver
AD
15 years
4
Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) Diver
OWD
12 years
2
Digital Underwater Photographer
OWD
10 years
1 oder 2
Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver
OWD
12 years
2
Drift Diver
OWD
12 years
2
Dry Suit Diver
OWD
10 years
2 (+1)
Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox)
OWD
12 years
2 1)
Emergency Oxygen Provider
-
-
-
Equipment Specialist
SD
10 years
-
Fish Identification Diver
OWD
10 years
2
Full Face Mask Diver
OWD
12 years
2 (+1)
Ice Diver
AOWD
18 years
3
Night Diver
OWD
12 years
3
Peak Performance Buoyancy
OWD
10 years
2
Project AWARE Specialist
-
-
-
Public Safety Diver™
AOWD
18 years
4
Search & Recovery Diver
AOWD 2)
12 years
4
Self-Reliant Diver
AOWD 2)
15 years
3
Semiclosed Rebreather Diver (Dolphin/Atlantis)
AOWD 3) + EAN
15 years
3
Sidemount Diver
OWD
15 years
3
Underwater Naturalist
OWD
10 years
2
Underwater Navigator
OWD
10 years
3
Underwater Photographer
OWD
10 years
2
Underwater Videographer
OWD
10 years
3
Wreck Diver
AD
15 years
3

Abbreviations and explanations

OWD: Open Water Diver   DM: Divemaster
AOWD: Advanced Open Water Diver   *): in parantheses confined-water dives
SD: Scuba Diver   1): open water dives optional
AD: Adventure Diver   2): or OWD + Underwater Navigator
EAN: Enriched Air Diver   3): or OWD + 10 logged open water dives


As the number of PADI Specialty Diver courses vary, the presentation in below flow chart is not 100% up-to-date. The listing above shows the status from 2019.

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Information regarding a course, requirements, prerequisites and similar things you receive by clicking on the relevant course in above flowchart.

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