Speciality Courses



With the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course you focus on increasing awareness of varying diver abilities. Furthermore you also explore adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers. 

Camille has run 3 Adaptive Techniques courses in 2019. Each course is more fun and gives more insight in the matter at hand. Sign up and find out for yourself. Despite the limited teaching options in 2020, the course proofs to be popular, once again.

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course

This rather new program provides PADI Professionals with additional tools to help students of varied abilities meet course performance requirements. Consequently PADI’s Adaptive Techniques Specialty does not create a new set of standards for existing PADI programs.

Instead, instructors learn how a simple technique change can allow many divers to meet performance requirements and earn a PADI certification.

Scuba and freediving have proven therapeutic benefits for individuals with disabilities. PADI Professionals have a long and successful history of working with divers with disabilities. Now they can adapting training for divers with mental or physical challenges.

PADI’s approach to diver education is (and always has been) inclusive: Everyone who meets a course’s prerequisites is welcome to enroll. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course builds on that foundation by enhancing the training PADI Professionals receive. It also prepares them for student-centered and prescriptive approaches when adapting techniques to meet diver needs.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course focuses on increasing awareness of varying abilities. You will also explores adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers. 


The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course will help PADI Professionals:

  • Become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving or freediving.
  • Explore adaptive techniques that can be applied while supervising and training divers or freedivers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs.
  • Properly counsel and direct student divers. This is done based on their abilities, toward PADI certification, PADI experience programs or a disabilities-dedicated diving organization for limited certification programs.
  • Learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage student divers with mental and/or physical challenges.

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course



The course consists of knowledge development, two confined water skill development workshops and two open water workshops. 

PADI Divemasters or PADI Master Freedivers who have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within 24 months are eligible to take the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course.

In addition, a subset of this course, PADI Adaptive Support Diver, will interest divers who want to learn how they can best support dive buddies who have physical or mental challenges. 


The DSAT Gas Blender course

This course will instruct you in the safe methods of gas blending. As a gas blender you must know and understand the physical properties of oxygen, its various forms and purities, hazards and special handling requirements.

Gas Blender

The Fun Part

We'll be looking at the following aspects of oxygen;

• What is Oxygen

• Oxygen Cleaning

• Oxygen Compatible Air

• Gas Blending Methods

• Blending Helium Mixes






Gas Blender

What You Learn

This 1 day course is very challenging. Setting up and operating a safe gas mixing facility can only be done by people with the right equipment and knowledge. That is what this course of instruction is all about.

A written exam is administered and it's a challenging exam.

Upon successfully completing the DSAT Gas blender course, you will be able to;

• Blend enriched air blends within one percent of the target mix as measured by oxygen content, following accepted safety protocols and standards.

• List the advantages and disadvantages of different blending methodologies.

• Explain the potential hazards related to handling oxygen and how to manage these hazards.

• Explain and/or demonstrate the steps for oxygen cleaning equipment such as cylinders, regulators, partial pressure blending systems, etc.

• Describe the requirements for oxygen service.

Gas BlenderPrerequisites for the DSAT Gas Blender course;

• Be at least 18 years or older.

• Be certified as a PADI Nitrox Diver or hold a qualifying enriched air certification.


Your Next Adventure

The DSAT Gas blender course is a prerequisite for becoming a DSAT Gas Blender Instructor. Both these courses are offered as a package deal. Please contact me for more information on this specific package deal.

The Gas Blender courses can not be taught at all of my PADI IDC locations I teach at, so please confirm where the courses can be conducted.

Looking forward seeing you on one of the Gas Blender courses and in the meantime you can check out some of my blog posts about Gas Blender courses here.







The PADI Fish Identification Course

AWARE Fish Identification

Have you ever asked yourself, "What was that?” This course will introduce you to the most common fish families and species found in temperate and tropical waters. You'll also learn basic fish identification and scientific survey techniques as well as how important personal involvement is in aquatic conservation. If you're diver, you want to know the names of the fish you encounter, right?

AWARE Fish Identification

The Fun Part

You’ll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but their colors and markings maybe wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, it becomes much easier to look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw. That works better than asking about a “yellow thingy with a funny tail fin.”


AWARE Fish Identification

What You Learn

During two dives you gain hands-on (okay, eyes-on) experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You’ll learn :

• How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species

• Fish survey techniques and strategies

• How to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures


AWARE Fish Identification


Your Next Adventure

While you’re learning about fish, you’ll probably also be curious about the different types of coral and want to check out the Coral Reef Conservationist course.

You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the species you’re encountering.




The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Course

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs. You will learn about the current state of coral reefs around the world or at your current location and the problems they face. Recent coral bleaching may be one of the things you may learn about and the influence warmer water has on the bleaching of coral.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation


The Fun Part

As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.

Corals are now also being researched on their function as cancer care treatment and medication.




AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

What You Learn

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and :

• How coral reefs function

• Why they are so important

• Why many reefs are in serious trouble

• What you can do to prevent further decline



AWARE Coral Reef Conservation



Your Next Adventure

Since fish life and coral reefs go hand in hand, it also makes sense to learn about fish identification with the Fish ID course.

You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the conditions of the reefs and species you’re encountering.

Good buoyancy is also important, so you can observe coral close up without touching it with any part of your body or gear. 

Each year I organize in conjunction with the Samui chapter of the THA (Thai Hotel Association) various underwater clean ups at Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui, Thailand. 

Start the conservation at your own doorstep and pick up debris you find underwater during each dive!



The PADI Boat Diver Course

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.



The Fun Part

Diving from a boat is fun, especially when you look at ease when maneuvering around on it. It’s fun to know what you’re doing.




Koh_TaoWhat You Learn

Learn the tips, tricks and ways to

• Dive from boats ranging from small inflatable’s to giant live-aboards :

• how they differ from place to place

• gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area

Safely enter and exit the water :

• sometimes it’s better to hand your gear up to the crew and then climb in the boat

• sometimes you just take off your fins and weights and walk up the ladder

Stow your gear in the most appropriate areas

Use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives.

Locate basic boat safety equipment



Your Next Adventure

You can do many types of diving from a boat. Any certified diver can complete the Boat Diver course, which can help you reach the coveted Master Scuba Diver rating.