Continuing Education for Certified Divers

Barefoot Divers offers many exciting PADI courses for fully certified divers to help improve your skills as a diver and introduce you to new areas of the sport. Most of the continuing education courses are based on learning while diving, so you won’t be spending too much time studying, and you can earn a new PADI certification. Learn to be a better diver, and get even more enjoyment out of the sport. For more information on course costs, please see our Pricing page.

Before beginning any course with us, you’ll be required to fill out the PADI Medical Statement, and obtain a physician’s clearance if necessary. We recommend having this completed  prior to your vacation to ensure you meet the medical requirements.

(Not yet a certified diver? Please see our Learn to Dive page.)

Advanced Open Water Diver

This course is the next step beyond the PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course includes five dives and the opportunity to try some of diving’s most rewarding and useful specialty activities, such as deep diving, digital underwater photography, wreck diving, and much more. Advanced open water diving skills make diving much more than underwater sightseeing. With your PADI instructor, you complete the deep and underwater navigation Adventure Dives. These dives boost your confidence as you build  foundational skills. Then, you choose three additional dives from a wide selection of Adventure Dives. This course qualifies for PADI e-Learning, so you can complete the knowledge portion of the course before your vacation and get right in the water when you arrive in Roatan.

Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no-decompression dive time. As a result, you can spend more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. You’ll learn Nitrox diving equipment considerations, techniques for getting more dive time, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank, and how to set your dive computer.

Digital Underwater Photographer

Learn to use the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, and Adjust) method, which takes full advantage of digital technology. You learn how to take good underwater photos, becoming proficient faster than you may imagine. You also learn how to share photos with your friends via e-mail or printing, and how to optimize your work with your computer, storage, and more. See our Photography & Videography Services page for more info on custom photo/video shoots and non-certification classes.

Underwater Naturalist

Are you fascinated with aquatic life? Always wondering what that fish is and why it always dances under a coral head whenever you get close? If you’re engrossed with life under the surface, the PADI Underwater Naturalist specialty course is especially for you. In your journey to earning the underwater naturalist certification, the course teaches you about the different major aquatic life groupings and how they interact so that you understand what you observe in the underwater environment.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Float effortlessly, drifting over reefs. Be the diver you want to be with ultimate buoyancy control, able to hover close to the bottom and examine underwater organisms without touching them. Buoyancy skills separate the good divers from the great divers. In the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course, you will learn to how to precisely weight yourself for optimum control, poise, and balance. You learn to ascend and descend so effortlessly, it seems like you only think about it and it happens. By mastering streamlining, you move through the water cleanly, efficiently, and gracefully. You will learn to swim near fragile environments without harm to them or yourself.

Night Diver

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your mask, and bite down on your regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat into the underwater night. Although you may have seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The adventure, thrill, and excitement of night diving can be yours when you complete your PADI Night Diver specialty course. You learn about night dive planning, equipment, and navigation. Practice those skills on three night dives, where you introduce yourself to a whole new cast of critters that come out after the sun goes down.

Deep Diver

The Deep Diver specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime: going deep to see things that other divers can only dream about. In this course you will experience what it’s like to dive beyond 60 feet, to a maximum of 130 feet, which is the recreational dive limit.

Wreck Diver

You drift down and pass through a window into the past. As you near the bottom, a recognizable shape begins to form. First, you see a straight line, and then a round window. Next, a ship materializes in front of you. As you look at the wreck, the past and the present meet. Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, whether a sunken ship, a plane, or an automobile, the call of wrecks is nearly irresistible to divers. Through the PADI Wreck Diver specialty course, you get the skills, knowledge, and procedures you need to answer the call of wreck diving.

Underwater Navigator

Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass. You learn to estimate distance underwater, follow navigation patterns and know where you are while maintaining buddy contact.

Rescue Diver

This course will expand your knowledge and experience level. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is challenging, it is a rewarding way to build your confidence. Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. Many divers say this is the best course they’ve ever taken. You’ll cover self-rescue and diver stress, emergency management and equipment, panicked diver response, in-water rescue breathing protocols, egress (exits) and dive accident scenarios.

Professional Level Dive Courses

Visit our pages for more information on the following pro courses: Divemaster, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IDC Staff Instructor

Didn’t see what you were looking for?

In addition to the PADI courses listed above, we also offer the following specialties:

•  Underwater videography
•  Drift diving
•  Boat diving
•  Multi-level diving
•  Equipment selection and repair
•  Search and recovery
•  Fish ID

Just talk to our dive shop staff and they’ll help find a course that interests you. Or, if you’d like to try out some different areas of diving but don’t want to do the whole course, you can sample a specialty by participating in an adventure dive. Learn to be a better diver, and get even more enjoyment out of the sport. Sign up for a course today! Contact us at