Challenge yourself to grow as a dive instructor and increase your knowledge in areas that interest you with specialty instructor courses at RDA. Gain teaching tips and hands-on experience that you can implement right away. With over 25 standard PADI Specialty Diver courses and distinctive specialties to choose from, you can explore a topic that already holds your attention, or discover new areas of interest to round out and deepen your scuba knowledge and expertise. Choose the specialties you like the most, or those you feel can give you more opportunities in the area where you are planning to work.
Specialty Instructor courses are an enhancement to any PADI Instructor’s training and are a fun way to advance your knowledge and skills while also preparing you for a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating, which requires at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications. Your specialty training shows you are serious about your career and willing to expand your experience and knowledge.
PADI Assistant Instructors, Instructor candidates in training, and PADI Divemasters are eligible to enroll in certain specialty instructor courses. Please contact us for details or with any questions.
with 3 or 4 dives:
with 2 dives:
PADI Materials: $25
• Be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in teaching status (or have finished your IDC and passed the Instructor´s Examination);
• Be certified at a diver level for the area of speciality;
• Have only 10 logged dives in the area of the speciality.
* Please note that if you don’t meet these pre-requisites, we can get you there. Please ask us about our custom made training plans, which take into consideration your personal goals and acheivements to date.
The skills you will learn during specialty training include:
• Understand teaching standards
• Hands-on experience in effective teaching methods
• Strategies for marketing your specialty courses
• Increase your teaching confidence
PADI defines deep diving as going beyond 60 feet (18 m) to a maximum recreational depth of 130 feet (40 m). At depths of over 100 feet, you will breathe two to three times as much air than at shallower depths. A Deep Diver specialization will teach you the importance of knowing and respecting your personal limits as you learn to vigilantly monitor your air supply and maintain situational awareness under challenging conditions. You will also learn how to deal with nitrogen narcosis, become familiar with specialized deep diving equipment, planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
• Equipment Specialist
Whether you are mechanically inclined or not, learning to manage basic repairs and adjustments to your scuba gear is a valuable investment. Our Equipment Specialist training is conducted by dive gear technicians who will show you how to basic-service and maintain the most popular regulators and BCD inflator systems. If you have your own set of gear you can bring it to the training course and learn how to properly service, maintain and store it. You will also learn how to trouble shoot common problems and receive new equipment configuration suggestions.
Freedom, versatility, safety and comfort are the main advantages of diving sidemounted. Sidemount diving allows for greater flexibility and streamlining options and is one of the most requested specialties among recreational divers. This Specialization will teach you how to properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment, trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water, respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.
• Enriched Air
As the most popular PADI Specialization worldwide, Enriched Air is a must for all instructors. Diving with enriched air nitrox allows for longer dive times and more no decompression time. 60% of all divers dive with nitrox and this course will prepare you to discuss managing oxygen exposure, practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank, and set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox. Upon completion, you’ll understand why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time and increases your personal safety margin, along with enriched air equipment considerations.
• Wreck Diver
Roatan is a perfect location for your Wreck Diver specialty training. Shipwrecks like El Aguila, Odyssey, Prince Albert, and Mr. Bud) are excellent sites for training and learning how to teach students proper wreck diving techniques. This diversity of shallow and small, as well as deep and large wrecks provides lots of possibilities for skill development and penetration dives with dive lights and complex line/reel use. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to practice all of the diver level skills in different wrecks and different conditions.
• DSAT Gas Blender
This is a perfect compliment to the Enhanced Air or Equipment Specialist courses that will teach you how to carry out routine tank maintenance as well as understand how to blend and fill Nitrox tanks. This is a very practical course and will give you the skills to fill a key role at any dive shop, center, or resort. During training you will get to blend and fill your own tanks and use a compressor. As a Gas Blender Instructor, you will be able to teach tank fillers to fill Nitrox tanks, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of different blending methodologies, learn about the potential hazards related to handling oxygen and how to manage those risks, and how to demonstrate the steps for oxygen cleaning equipment, along with the requirements for oxygen service.
• Boat Diver
• Cavern Diver
• Coral Reef Conservation
• Deep Diver
• Digital Underwater Photographer
• Diver Propulsion Vehicle
• Drift Diver
• Emergency Oxygen Provider
• Enriched Air Diver
• Night Diver
• Coral Restoration
• Selr Reliant Diver
• Fullface Mask
• Reef Restoration (Bay Island Reef Restoration)
• Peak Performance Buoyancy
• Project AWARE Specialist
• Search and Recovery
• Underwater Naturalist
• Underwater Navigator
• Underwater Videographer
If you finished the IDC with us, you already have three specialities that count towards the Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification: Nitrox, Peak Performance Bouyancy and Emergency O2 Provider. You only need to take two more instructor speciality courses and will meet the pre-requisites for becoming a MSDT. We can help you choose, evaluate and decide which of the speciality areas will be the most convenient and productive for your working region.
(b) PADI Materials (varies) – US$ 75
(c) PADI Fees (estimate) - US$ 90 (each speciality)
• 5 days accommodation in RDA´s intern house
• All breakfasts and lunches at the resort buffet during the entire course
• 1 – 3 dives per specialty (depending on requirements)
• Access to educational videos produced by RDA
• One-on-one mentorship and instruction throughout your course
• Transportation to and from the dive resort on training days
• Rental dive equipment needed for training
• Speciality Instructor Outlines Manual – US$ 25 (each speciality)
• Speciality Diver Manual recommended* - US$ 50 (each speciality)
*(Nitrox and Gas Blender mandatory. Costs are estimated)
• Visa’s (where applicable)
Available bundles with this course:
At Roatan Dive Academy we know one course is not enough, that’s why we have created a serie of bundle package that will give a better price if you decide to take more than one course with us.