PADI Specialty Certification Courses in Cozumel, Mexico

Take a PADI specialty certification course while scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico! We have over 20 diving specialties and activities from which to choose. Here’s a few REALLY great things you can learn to do:

  • Search for treasure with our underwater metal detector.
  • Defend the reefs from invasive lionfish.
  • Extend your bottom time and enjoy the other benefits of breathing Nitrox.
  • Take beautiful underwater photos and share them with friends and family!

You’ll have fun while learning something new about scuba diving and perhaps find a new passion, too!

Unless otherwise noted, most specialty certification courses can be completed in only one day and 2 training dives and require you to be at least a certified Open Water Diver or its equivalent from another recognized scuba certification organization like NAUI, SDI, SSI or CMAS.

All of our PADI specialty certification classes include the required course manual (where available), training dives with your instructor, marine park fees, all required course specific equipment and PADI certification card upon course completion unless otherwise noted.

Enriched Air Diver (NITROX)*   $125

Nitrox Certification Course in Cozumel MexicoEnriched Air or EANx, most commonly known as “Nitrox”, is our most popular PADI specialty course – and for good reason: Raising the oxygen content in the air you breathe provides several MAJOR benefits while scuba diving, the primary one being longer bottom times in Cozumel! There are no certification prerequisites for this course other than being enrolled in an Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water) course and be at least 12 years of age.

Click here to learn more about nitrox and our PADI Enriched Air Diver specialty course.

Digital Underwater Photographer   $150

The PADI underwater photography course is our second most popular specialty certification course and many of our clients choose to integrate this certification course into other courses, too! Learn to take beautiful underwater photos of Cozumel, Mexico through proper composition, lighting and editing… we’ll even loan you our Canon Powershot G7 X – Canon’s newest 20 megapixel compact camera during your course! You must be at least 10 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver.

Underwater Videographer   $150

The underwater videography course is one of our favorite specialty certification courses to teach because Cozumel has so much to offer the underwater videographer; huge coral structures, abundant sea life and so much color! You’ll get hands-on experience planning, shooting and editing your underwater videos from start to finish. Of course, we have GoPro cameras and other video capable digital cameras to lend you during your PADI specialty certification course, too. You must be at least 10 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver.

AWARE Fish Identification   $150

What was THAT fish??? Take our Fish ID specialty certification course and be the center of attention on every dive boat! Seriously, EVERYONE loves that diver that can answer their questions about all the pretty fish!

See our in depth course description and special offers for this course on our Cozumel Underwater Conservation Certification Courses page.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialist*   $75

Learn, first hand, about the complexity of live coral habitats and you how you can personally help conserve these vital systems through our AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialist specialty certification course.

See our in depth course description and special offers for this course on our Cozumel Underwater Conservation Certification Courses page.

Cavern Diver   $375 – 4 dives/2 days

Just across from Cozumel in the Riviera Maya of mainland Mexico that extends from Playa del Carmen to Tulum and points beyond, there are dozens of popular caverns in which to safely dive. Locally the large (and sometimes small) openings to these underwater caverns are called “cenotes” (pronounced “say-no-tayz”). The cavern zone, as defined by cave diving expert Steve Bogaerts, is defined as “the ambient light zone at the entrance of a cave. The cavern zone is the transitional area between the open water area of the cenote and the dark zone of the cave. A cavern dive is different from both an open water dive and a cave dive. Cavern diving is a unique experience which gives you a taste of cave diving while remaining safely close to the entrance and open water at all times.” In this course, full caver diver and Triple Sail co-founder, Scott Harrell, will teach you to safely dive within the boundaries of the cavern zone, which is further defined as being in the ambient daylight of open water as well as no deeper than 70 feet deep and more than 200 feet from direct access to open water.

Requirements: This course requires 4 dives to be conducted over 2 separate days. You must be 18 years or older and have achieved at least your Advanced Open Water Diver rating (or equivalent certification from another certifying organization) to be eligible to take the PADI Cavern Diver specialty certification course.

Never dive in a cave without the very special equipment and training required to safely do so. You will probably die. Respect the signs and boundaries between the cavern and cave zones.

Deep Diver   $375  4 dives/2 days

There’s a special allure of diving deep. Deeper than most of the other recreational scuba divers but there something special about diving between 100 and 130 feet, but I’m not sure quite how to describe it. There’s a greater sense of peace down there, though your body won’t necessarily feel any different. The light is a little bit dim, there’s generally not as much current, sea life or other activity going on but that doesn’t seem to really matter. Maybe it’s just a touch of narcosis that’s kicking in, how crisp the air feels from your regulator or the larger, more exciting animals… Perhaps it’s the thought that fewer divers have been here before or have seen what you’ve seen. I don’t know. I do know that diving deeper requires a greater sense of self awareness and courage. It requires remaining focused while enjoying the adventure. It requires the skills and knowledge we will share with you through our PADI Deep Diver Specialty certification course.

Requirements: This course requires 4 dives to be conducted over 2 separate days. You must be 15 years or older and have achieved at least your Adventure Diver rating (or equivalent certification from another certifying organization) to be eligible to take the PADI Deep Diver specialty certification course.

Drift Diver   $150

This is an important and often overlooked specialty rating – especially in Cozumel where the year around underwater currents literally put the drift into “drift diving” and diving with the current is one of the many, many reasons why scuba divers are return every year for their diving vacation! Personally, we think that it makes for lazy divers without navigation skills when diving is like hopping on board a train and taking in the beautiful view as you are effortlessly carried on by. Just kidding. Not lazy… just relaxed. 😉 If you’ve dove in Cozumel in March, April or May you also know that the currents can be unpredictable and very strong – it can get a bit scary here, if you’re not prepared. Education mitigates risk! In our PADI Drift Diver specialty certification course you’ll learn how to, “Go with the flow!” and manage your dives when you cannot kick against the current. You must be at least 12 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver.

Emergency Oxygen Provider*   $90

During the response to almost any scuba diving related medical emergency it is critical to get the victim on 100% oxygen as quickly as possible. Every dive boat and dive site should have ready access to an emergency oxygen kit and every diver should know how and when to administer oxygen to a scuba diver experiencing a medical emergency. Do you?

Click here to learn more about providing emergency O2 and our PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty course.

Equipment Specialist*   $75

OK. Let’s be honest. Your gear, at the very minimum your buoyancy compensator (BC), regulator and scuba cylinder, are your LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM underwater while you’re scuba diving. Beyond a quick rinse of everything in fresh water after every dive do you really know enough about the function, maintenance & cleaning and basic repair of these pieces of your equipment life support system? Could you save your day of diving, or an entire diving vacation, if you had a low pressure inflator button get stuck or unmitigated regulator free-flow? Usually it’s nothing a thorough cleaning with the proper cleaners can’t fix. Take our Triple Sail PADI Equipment Specialist specialty certification course and we’ll teach you how to recognize signs of impending gear life support system failure, then troubleshoot and repair the most common gear issues. It’s not all that scary to take most scuba equipment apart into it’s largest general components (and we’ll even show you how to put it all back together). Don’t forget to bring your gear! You must be at least 10 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver.

Invasive Lionfish Hunting and Management Course   $225

This is, by far, the course that our training clients are raving over the most!

Triple Sail co-founder, Scott Harrell, literally wrote a book on lionfish hunting and was acknowledged as one of the top 10 educators leading the fight against the invasive lionfish and top 3 in the Caribbean. Aries Burns, the other co-founder is a lionfish KILLA in his own right, too, rarely ever missing an opportunity to bring his lionfish spear along on most dives! This exciting 2 day course covers everything from how and why the invasive lionfish may be the greatest threat to the Western Atlantic Ocean, ever, to safely hunting, preparing and eating them! They’re delicious to eat and a threat to our reefs – what other reason do you need to hunt them?

See our in depth course description, course requirements and special offers for this course on our Cozumel Underwater Conservation Certification Courses page.

Night Diver   $225  3 dives/1, 2 or 3 nights

The freaks come out at night… Well, so do the nighttime underwater creatures who prefer the safety that the dark offers them from the ocean’s predators. If you think you’ve seen all the fish and underwater marine life that exists in your favorite dive sites, you only need to visit again at night to see how different it is after dark! We especially enjoy watching the octopus, that are often a bright turquoise color, crawl around the reefs in search of food or the splendid toadfish, endemic to Cozumel, who are found swimming around well outside of their usual holes. Have you ever seen a parrotfish encase itself in a giant mucous bubble and go to sleep? How about the shooting star-like brilliance of phosphorescence as you move through the water without your dive light on?  We love diving at night and think you will, too. In this course, you will learn how to safely dive at night with an underwater light (torch), how to communicate with your dive buddy when hand signals won’t work and other special considerations while night diving. You must be at least 12 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver in order to participate in the PADI Night Diver specialty certification course.

Peak Performance Buoyancy   $150

You can tell the difference between inexperienced and experienced divers just by watching their buoyancy skills and how they move through the water. Experienced divers have a special and appreciable quality about their diving; they move effortless and often with very little noticeable movement, they’re in trim, their gear is tucked away neatly, they can hover to make close inspection or take photos without touching anything and they have much better air consumption as a result. If there is one recreational diving specialty certification course that has the ability to profoundly improve any diver’s buoyancy skills underwater over any other, it is the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty certification. In this course, we’ll perfect tune the amount of weight you are diving with and have fun playing challenging games underwater that will drastically improve your diving abilities. You must be at least 10 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver.

Project AWARE Specialist*   $75

From PADI.com: “Project AWARE’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.”

See our in depth course description and special offers for this course on our Cozumel Underwater Conservation Certification Courses page.

Search and Recovery Diver   $275 – 4 dives/2 days

It’s bound to happen at some point in your future as a recreational scuba diver, someone will tell you that they lost something underwater and ask you to find and retrieve it. It’s also entirely possible that you want to go look for something you’ve only heard about or suspected was lost underwater. Personally, when we’re bored, we’ll go to the most popular dive and snorkeling sites and look for lost gear, money, and other lost personal items. We’ve got a treasure trove of great finds that include gear, dive computers and even a few different cameras! Based upon what you’ll learn in the PADI Search and Recovery Diver specialty certification course, you too, can have these same successes. In this course you’ll also learn how to properly and safely use lift bags to surface small to medium sized objects that might otherwise be too heavy or cumbersome to to swim with to the surface. “Be careful going in search of adventure – it’s ridiculously easy to find.”

Requirements: This course requires 4 dives to be conducted over 2 separate days. You must be 12 years or older and have achieved at least your Advanced Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver rating (or equivalent certification from another certifying organization) to be eligible to take the PADI Search and Recovery Diver specialty certification course. Junior Open Water and Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

PADI TecRec Gas Blender*   $250

Are you an Enriched Air / Nitrox certified diver who wants to learn how to blend his or her own breathing gases? Then the TecRec Gas Blender course is for you! In this course you will learn about the dangers of working with gases containing high percentages of oxygen, how to safely service equipment that will come into contact with these gases and then accurately fill properly marked and serviced compressed gas cylinders with enriched air nitrox (EANx) using a variety of blending methods. You will get hands-on experience filling compressed gas cylinder with custom enriched air blends, so you must be at least 18 years or older and a certified Enriched Air / Nitrox diver to participate in this course.

Underwater Naturalist   $150

By earning your PADI Underwater Naturalist specialty certification you’ll see your underwater environment is a whole new way! You’ll learn to identify and appreciate various behaviors and find creatures you never noticed before, even on dive sites you may have been on dozens of times.

See our in depth course description and special offers for this course on our Cozumel Underwater Conservation Certification Courses page.

Underwater Navigator   $2253 dives/1 or 2 days

The underwater navigation course will help you improve on your underwater compass skills and give you the confidence to be able to find your way back to your starting point, or to use a dive map to locate something really cool that other divers have discovered. Increase your powers of observation, get better at measuring distances underwater and lead the way when your dive buddies are lost! You must be at least 10 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver.

Underwater Private Investigator   $150

Course Description coming soon.

Underwater Treasure Hunter   $150

Admit it, you’ve daydreamed about finding sunken treasure at some point… haven’t you? The only thing between you and a truly fortunate find is some sand, a keen eye, a whole lot of luck and an underwater metal detector. We have a metal detector capable of handling depths to 200 feet and will show you how to use it. You can even keep what you find during our Underwater Treasure Hunter and Metal Detecting specialty certification course! We’ll go over the the settings and techniques used to work with one of the best underwater metal detectors used by professional and amateur treasure hunters alike: the Minelab Excalibur II! You’ll also learn how to identify the best prospecting locations and how to research historical records for even greater accuracy when looking for buried treasure underwater. You must be at least 10 years of age and an Open Water (or Junior OW) certified diver. This course is not yet eligible for a PADI Distinctive Specialty certification card but we are in the application process and expect it to be very soon.

Whale Shark Conservation (Distinctive Specialty)*   $100

From May to September, hundreds, maybe thousands, of whale sharks – the LARGEST fish in the ocean – migrate to an area just to the north and east of the Yucatan Peninsula not far from the islands of Holbox and Isla Mujeres just a couple of hours away from Cozumel to feed on massive plankton blooms. Learn why and how to dive with them safely and responsibly!

See our in depth course description and special offers for this course, as well as how to properly pronounce Holbox, on our Cozumel Underwater Conservation Certification Courses page.

Wreck Diver   $375 – 4 dives/2 days

Few dive sites evoke as much emotion or curiosity as a ship wreck. Whether accidentally sunk or purposely turned into an artificial reef, every ship you encounter underwater has a story to tell. Penetrating into the interior, overhead environment, of a shipwreck can also be very dangerous to an untrained and underprepared scuba diver. There are sharp hazards to avoid coming into contact with, potential entanglements to keep your gear out of and, of course, the possibility of a complete loss of visibility due to a silt out or the dark, lightless interior. You’ll learn how to prepare and outfit yourself for this unique diving environment and we’ll teach you the skills and techniques required to survey the ship and then safely penetrate, explore and get out of an underwater wreck.

Requirements: This course requires 4 dives to be conducted over 2 separate days. You must be 15 years or older and have achieved at least your Adventure Diver rating (or equivalent certification from another certifying organization) to be eligible to take the PADI Wreck Diver specialty certification course.

Never dive in a wreck without the very special equipment and training required to safely do so.

Scuba gear – masks, fins, buoyancy compensators and regulators are not included in the course price but can be rented for $20 per day. Courses marked * do not require training dives and pricing does not include the cost of diving.