PADI – Equipment Specialist

In the PADI – Equipment Specialist course you will learn more about the equipment you already know and use. Ever missed a dive because of a simple issue like a broken fin or mask strap, being uncomfortable because of a tear in a wetsuit or missing an o-ring somewhere? This course will teach you to avoid or make basic fixes either at home or on the field. It will also guide you in creating what is called a save-a-dive kit with the basic equipment and items you might need.

The course also good insight on how to clean, maintain and store your equipment properly to preserve your investments and ultimately your life.

The PADI - Equipement Specialist

The course is divided into two simple sections, theory and practice.


The theory is quite simple since orientation is much more of a practical thing. But it covers subjects like bottom types, luminosity, currents, and other clues and observations that are used for navigation and orientation.

Workshops and practical skills

In the workshops and practical part of the course, you will be able to see and apply what you have learned in the theorical part. You will with your instructor overview different pieces of equipment and see how they are cleaned, maintained, stored, and repaired. You might have to get your mind working and your hands busy in solving some problems.

Timeline of the PADI - Equipment Specialist course

The PADI – Equipment Specialist course can be completed in a single day. It is a theorical and practical course that does not require any time in the water.

Example of a course schedule

  • Paperwork and account creation on PADI
  • Forms and payments
  • Academic support presentation
  • Self-study
  • Review of the theory if completed online before
  • Equipment workshop
  • Self-study
  • Exams

PADI - Equipment Specialist course prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI – Equipment Specialist course, participants need to be undertaking or already be certified as a PADI – Scuba Diver or Junior Scuba Diver. Equivalent certifications from other certifying agencies are also valid to take part in the course. Participants must also be 10 years or older. For people less than 18 years of age, written permission along with liability releases need to be provided by the parents or legal guardian.

Requirements in short:

  • To have an PADI – Scuba Diver or PADI Junior Scuba Diver certification or any other equivalent certification.
  • 10 years old

What is included in the PADI - Equipment specialist course

Courses and packages include everything needed for the completion of the course. No surprise fees or additional rental. Bring a smile and you are set. We will take care of the rest.

  • The PADI learning material in electronic format
  • The instructor
  • The certification card in electronic format (available in a plastic format on special request)
  • Access to a full kit of gear including; mask, fins, snorkel, short wetsuit, regulator set, buoyancy compensator, and weight system. Dive computer, reel, compass, slates, tanks are included as needed.

Packages offered for the course

Prices of the PADI – Underwater Navigator course starts with the basics which includes 2 dives. It is possible to add additional dives to the course.

What you need to know about the PADI - Equipment Specialist course

The program gives you the basics and fundamentals about the equipment used for scuba diving. It also provide with tricks and fixes that can be easily done at home or on the field to avoid or solve problems related to dive gear.

However, this course is not a maintenance technician course and should not be taken as such. Regulators and other life sustaining equipment need to be fixed or serviced by certified technicians. These certifications are specific and PKPD or PADI do not provide them.

PADI - Equipment Specialist, what comes after

Some other interesting courses using different or specialized equipment are the PADI – Sidemount Rec Diver and PADI – Search & Recovery Diver courses. If you are not already a PADI – Advanced Adventurer or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, it is also a good consideration in learning more about diving and taking the next steps.

If you enjoy learning more about diving and would like to go deep in the rabbit hole, the PADI – Divemaster course is the first professional level in diver certifications. It provides the most complete course in regard of diving theory and practice.

Related to the course:

  • The PADI – Search and Recovery Diver specialty course
  • The PADI – Divemaster program