Scuba diving is much more than just donning the scuba gear and jumping into the sea to explore the reef. With the plethora of PADI Speciality Diver courses, you can learn new techniques and use a variety of tools to enhance your exploration. Perhaps you intend to achieve the coveted PADI Master Scuba Diver rating or you simply wish to get your favourite specialities under your belt so that you can proudly call yourself a ‘Deep Diver’ or a ‘Cavern Diver,’ whatever the reason, the PADI Specialities are for you to indulge in.

Being located on a tropical island at sea level, at Barefoot Scuba we cannot, unfortunately, offer some specialities like Ice Diver or Altitude Diver. If there’s any speciality that interests you, our instructors are always ready to discuss the possibilities. Scroll down to read about some of the popular speciality courses that certified divers can take up while scuba diving in Andaman.



Diving is an adaptive and inclusive sport which is enjoyed by everyone. Being an Adaptive Support Diver, you will be qualified to help your dive buddies with physical or mental challenges. This speciality course aims at increasing your awareness and mindfulness of the varying abilities and limitations that divers may have and applying adaptive techniques to adequately support them.


For the adventure-seekers, there’s something alluring about going deep! The Deep Diver Speciality course will teach you how to safely explore deeper dive sites down to 40 metres / 130 feet. This is the maximum limit for recreational divers. During this course, you will learn how to plan deep dives, better manage your air supply, consider extra safety measures, and have fun in mysterious depths.


Are you a photographer on land and wish to capture the magic of the underwater world as well? Well, this speciality will teach you how to choose the underwater camera system, shooting in low light conditions underwater, composition, white balance fix, use of the right accessories, and more importantly, safety procedures to follow during a photography dive. Ensure that you master buoyancy control first by doing the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality perhaps.


As a scuba diver, you are invariably an advocate of the ocean world. Not only do you witness first- hand the adverse effects of pollution on the marine environment, but you also might want to help in any way you can, so you see more fish and not debris underwater. This speciality will make you a part of the solution to keep our oceans clean.


Imagine being able to completely surrender to the forces of nature and at the same time have heaps of fun! The Drift Diver Speciality course will teach you to go with the flow of the ocean currents, which many consider to be relaxing and thrilling at the same time. You will learn about the additional equipment you need, how ocean currents work, buoyancy control, etc.


This course is open for anyone of any age. You need not be a diver to be able to help save someone’s life. This speciality will teach you how and when to provide emergency oxygen recognising a scuba diving illness, which may occur in a remote location where medical assistance may not be available immediately.



Popularly known as the Nitrox Speciality, this is perhaps the most sought-after speciality course. The PADI Enriched Air Diver speciality is believed to offer a flavour of technical diving to recreational divers. During this course, you will learn how a different gas blend in your scuba tank gives more no decompression time and reduces the nitrogen loading in your body tissues.


While the underwater world is magnificent during the day, it is an entirely different world altogether at night – equally magnificent and more mysterious. The day animals go to sleep and the nocturnal animals become active. The PADI Night Diver speciality certainly adds on to the excitement of scuba diving.


Ever since humanity figured out a way to travel across the oceans, an abundance of objects has been lost at sea. While some will remain forever lost, you can recover certain things like something you accidentally dropped from the boat. As a PADI Search and Recovery Diver, you will know how to plan a search mission, different search patterns, the use of a lift bag for heavy or large objects, and more.


Have you ever felt lost in an underwater environment? Well, no more. Do the PADI Underwater Navigator course to improve your observation and navigation skills. Learn to accurately use a compass, to measure distances underwater using different or no tools at all, and to map a dive site.


Man-made objects found underwater become oases of sorts for the marine life in the otherwise vastly empty oceans. Sunken ships, airplanes, and cars usually teem with life, present incredible diving opportunities, and allow you to swim through fascinating history as well.