PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty

Of all the PADI specialty courses, perhaps none is as beneficial to new divers than the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course. In just a day, you can gain experience comparable to 20 dives, drop the amount of weight on your belt, use less and learn how to control your position in the water better.

During your Peak Performance Buoyancy course, you’ll use PADI’s “basic weighting guidelines” to determine the correct amount of weight you should be carrying. Then you’ll practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy during two open water dives, including the buoyancy check, fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualization.

While new divers do benefit the most from this, these are skills that can benefit any diver, particularly one who has problems with sinking and rising uncontrollably.

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.

That could be you.

At Aquanauts, we have a great dive site just for this course. Koh Larn Vak, with its underwater concrete rings, are a great test. You scale up one side, pivot and head down, then turn at the bottom and ascend again … all without using your fins!

Sound like fun? It’s is. The underwater acrobatics built into Peak Performance Buoyancy make it not only a productive course, but an enjoyable one as well.


  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

Where can I go from here?

Your Adventures In Diving Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive may count towards your Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course at instructor discretion. This Specialty course also counts toward one of the five Specialties required for your Master Scuba Diver certification.

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