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Take one of our Specialties of the Month and JDC will register you in the PADI Specialty of the Month Competition.

Progressing in your Scuba knowledge through these specialties will also put you on the road to earning the Black Belt of Scuba Diving… the Master Scuba Diver! Check out our Master Scuba Diver Challenge Competition.

The Specialty of the Month lineup for 2013 is as follows:

  • January: Enriched Air Diver
  • February: Boat Diver
  • March: Drift Diver
  • April: Digital Underwater Photographer
  • May: Dry Suit Diver
  • June: Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • July: Deep Diver
  • August: Wreck Diver
  • September: Project AWARE
  • October: Night Diver
  • November: Underwater Navigator
  • December: Search and Recovery
Digital Underwater Photography
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever.The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros.» More Info at SC-DUP
Dry Suit
Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry.Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.» More Info at SC-DrySuit
Equipment Specialist
Have you ever been scuba diving and 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.» More Info at EquipSpec
AWARE Core Reef Conservation
As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive.Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.» More Info at SC-AWARE_Coral
Deep Diver
After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper.There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts divers. It’s exhilarating.» More Info at SC-Deep
Enriched Air Diver
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why.Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.» More Info at SC-EAN
Multilevel Diver
Maximize your dive time so you can explore more! 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.This is a great way to learn how to make multilevel dives even if you forget to bring your dive computer.» More Info at SC-MLD
Underwater Navigator
Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, 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.» More Info at SC-UW_Nav
Search & Recovery Diver
Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”?The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.» More Info at SC-SandR
Wreck Diver
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life.The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.» More Info at SC-Wreck
Peak Performance Buoyancy
What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally.The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.» More Info at SC-PeakPerf
Underwater Naturalist
Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life.Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.» More Info at SC-UW_Nat
Night Diver
As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive 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.» More Info at SC-Night
Emergency Oxygen Provider
Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider.Breathe easy—knowing that you know how to recognize illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared – especially in a time of need.» More Info at SC-EmerOxy