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Recreational Dive Training - Speciality Dive Courses

At Rubicon Diving we offer a large selection of PADI’s speciality diving courses. Specialities range from the use of Enriched Air Nitrox and Dry Suit diving to Wreck Diving and Underwater Navigation. These courses are designed to give you the opportunity to try different underwater experiences and enhance your confidence and dive skills so that you are able to take on almost any dive related task. With five PADI speciality dive certifications you are also on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

With the additional skills that PADI’s speciality courses offer, it is possible for you to expand your knowledge of underwater life and diving areas and even combine other hobbies such as photography with your passion for diving.

The speciality diver course range in cost from €100 to €300 and includes the cost of tuition, certification and required dives (usually between 2 to 4 open water dives).

Choose from a wide range of PADI speciality courses with Rubicon Diving.

1. AWARE Fish Identification

During your AWARE - Fish Identification Diver Speciality course, you'll practice basic fish identification techniques and then collect fish identification data for submission to the REEF Fish Survey Project (if appropriate).
The course includes all the information you will need to identify fish in your area, including:

  • Information on Project AWARE and aquatic protection worldwide
  • Characteristics of local fish families and species
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies
  • Fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures.
The Aware Fish ID Course takes approximately 12 hours to complete with a Minimum of two open water dives over one day and costs €150.
2. Boat Diver

Through the PADI Boat Diver Speciality course, you can learn the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats. The more boats you're diving from, the more diving you're doing.

As part of your PADI Boat Diver Speciality course, you'll learn about:

  • Boat dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Proper boat diving etiquette, including equipment storage and conduct
  • Common boat terminology
  • Specific and local boat diving laws and ordinances
  • Overview of emergency and safety equipment needed on- private dive boats
The Boat Diver Course costs €150 which includes two boat dives and the course can be completed in one day.
3. Deep Diver

As part of your PADI Deep Diver Speciality course, you'll learn about:

  • Deep dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 metres / 60 - 130 feet.

The use of dive computers for dive planning and management

The Deep Dive course costs €275 and includes a minimum of four open water dives over two days.

In order to take the Deep Diver Course you must as a minimum be qualified as a PADI Adventure Diver (or hold an equivalent qualifying certification from another organization).

4. Drift Diver

Drift Diving is effortless and relaxing because you simply glide with the current and feel the rush of flying underwater. As part of the Drift Diving course you will learn special procedures that will allow you to gain more from your dives and maximise your fun underwater.
What do I need to start?

  • You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or hold an equivalent qualifying certification from another organisation).

What will I do?

During your PADI Drift Diver certification course, you'll learn about drift dive planning, organisation, techniques and potential hazards, as well as special equipment and procedures. But it's not all theory because you'll go on two open water dives where you can put your new knowledge into action.

The Drift Diver course costs €150, this includes two open water dives and can be completed in as little as one day.

5. Dry Suit Diver

The dry suit course is perfect for those people that want to dive in colder water climates as you'll need to stay warm and that means a dry suit. Dry suits are also essential for technical diving with its longer and deeper dives and increased stop times for decompression.

What will you learn?

  • During your PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality course, you'll not only cover the background knowledge related to dry suit diving, you will also get into confined water to put that theory into practice. Then, once you've mastered confined water, it's time for two open water dives and applying that knowledge, including dive planning, organisation, techniques, problems and buoyancy control.

The Dry Suit Diver course costs €150 which includes the cost of two open water dives. The course can be completed in as little as one day.

6. Enriched Air Diver

Rubicon Diving offers ‘Nitrox for free’ so that you pay no extra costs when diving with nitrox.   
Unsurprisingly, the Enriched Air Diver course is one of the most popular courses at Rubicon Diving. The course allows you to maximise your bottom time underwater. This is particularly important when diving deeper than 18 metres and when you plan to do more than one dive a day.
Enriched Air Diving allows you to:

  • Stay underwater longer
  • Get back into the water sooner
  • Get your certification while simultaneously completing dives for other PADI courses. Also diving with Enriched Air will help you to feel less tired on your vacation.
  • If you dive to15 metres/50 feet on air, your no decompression limit is 80 minutes. But, diving on EANx36 gets you 220 minutes of no decompression time an increase of 140 minutes! It's perfect for underwater photographers, wreck divers and anyone who wants to stay underwater for longer.

The Enriched Air course costs €200 including two dives on Nitrox. The course can be completed in one and a half days and is open to any diver holding a PADI Open Water certification (or an equivalent qualification from another training agency)..

7. Emergency First Response

The Emergency First Response course provides you with the tools you need to perform CPR and First Aid. Whether you are a diver or a non-diver, Emergency First Response prepares you to properly handle potentially life-threatening situations.

  • No dive certification required
  • No minimum age limit
This comprehensive program is composed of two core modules that can be taught in tandem or as stand-alone courses: Emergency First Response - Primary Care and Emergency First Response - Secondary Care. Together, these courses provide extensive instruction in CPR and First Aid, as well as explaining Emergency Oxygen procedures.

The course costs €150 (or €200 including CFC) the time taken to complete the course may vary depending on the amount of home study undertaken, Typically the course can be completed within one day.

8. Multilevel Diver

Often seeing everything you want involves diving at different depths which also means that you can increase the amount of time you can spend diving. The PADI Multilevel Diver Speciality course shows you how by introducing you to the many varieties of multilevel diving.

You'll learn what multilevel diving is and why you want to plan for multilevel dives. You'll also get to see the various types of multilevel dive calculators (including the Recreational Dive Planner, Wheel version and dive computers). You will also learn about multilevel dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, and potential problems

The Multilevel Diver course costs €150 and includes the cost of two open water dives and dive computer rental for the duration of the course.

9. Equipment Specialist

Whether it's a regulator problem, a wet suit tear or a broken mask strap, the Equipment Specialist course can help. This Speciality course prepares you for the basic equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day in diving. In addition, you'll get a valuable insight into equipment repair and purchase.

During the programme, you'll familiarise yourself with the operation and maintenance of your own equipment as well as getting the opportunity to review new or unfamiliar dive equipment.
As part of this course you will cover:

  • Theory, principles and operation of dive equipment
  • Routine recommended care and maintenance procedures
  • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures
Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment.

This is a non-diving course which lasts for approximately one day and costs €200.

10. Night Diver

When you go night diving you'll see a whole new world. Even your local dive sites takes on a new personality at night, as many underwater creatures and plant life are only active at night. 

What will you learn?

You will learn night dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also learn how to control your buoyancy, navigate and communicate at night. Since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different, you'll also get an introduction to nocturnal aquatic life.

The Night Diver course costs €250, this includes three open water dives and the cost of torch rental.

11. Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Speciality Course

The PPB course can help you to fine-tune your buoyancy control, extend your bottom time by reducing air consumption and prolong the life of your dive equipment.

  • During the Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality course, you'll use PADI's Basic Weighting Guidelines to determine the correct amount of weight you should be using. You will then practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy during two open water dives, including a buoyancy check, fine-tuning of your buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualisation.

The PPB course costs €150 and includes two open water dives over one day.

12. Search & Recovery Diver

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost treasure? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Speciality course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface.

What will you do as part of this course?

You will learn search and recovery dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You will also cover limited visibility, search patterns and safe object recovery using lift devices.

The Search and Recovery course lasts for two days, costs €275 and includes the cost of four open water dives.

13. Underwater Naturalist

If you're interested in aquatic life then the PADI Underwater Naturalist Speciality course is for you. This course is an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and will help you to develop safe and responsible aquatic life interaction techniques.

What will you do?

During the PADI Underwater Naturalist Speciality course, you'll learn underwater naturalist dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also get an overview of the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths. You'll put this information into practice during your two open water dive.

The Underwater Naturalist course costs €150 and includes two open water dives over one day.

14. Underwater Navigator

When you are underwater, knowing where you are and where you're going comes in handy, especially if you're looking for that beautiful reef that you've heard all about. The PADI Underwater Navigator Speciality course will help you become a pro at finding your way underwater.

During the PADI Underwater Navigator Speciality course, you'll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organisation and potential problems. You'll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further enhance your compass navigation skills. You'll put all of these skills into practice during your three open water dives.


The Underwater Navigation course costs €200 and includes three open water dives over one to two days.

15. Wreck Diver

One of the most common questions for any dive centre is do you have any wreck dives? The lure of exploring sunken vessels, airplanes and automobiles is something most divers can't resist. The PADI Wreck Diver Speciality course introduces you to wreck diving and helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to get the most from your wreck diving.

What will I learn as part of the Wreck Diver course?

  • The planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving
  • The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels
  • Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures

The Wreck Diver course costs €275 and includes four open water dives completed over two days