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Equipment-specialist

About Us

Don't miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it's a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You'll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

If you're at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Equipment Specialist course.

Take This Course If You Want to:

  • Make minor gear repairs
  • Avoid missing dives due to gear issues.
  • Maximize the life of your equipment.
  • Fix equipment problems
  • Clean and maintain your gear
  • Create a save-a-dive kit

Why Take ? This Course

Don’t miss a dive due to a broken fin strap or wetsuit tear. Learn how to fix minor gear issues and how to clean, store and maintain your dive gear so it lasts a long time.

PADI eLearning®

Through animations and interactive diagrams, you’ll peek under the hood and learn how your scuba gear works.

Complete the independent study portion of the course at your own pace, online or offline, using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor for hands-on training, or whenever you have a question

  • eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours.

With Your Instructor

You'll learn about dive injuries, different types of emergency oxygen equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen. Then you'll practice:

  • Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)
  • Total time commitment: 1 day .
  • Minimum age: 10 years or older .

More Info

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Minimum Age: 10

Course prerequisites: (Jr.) Scuba Diver or equivalent entry-level certification

Choosing a Dive Shop
You can complete this course locally or while travelling. 

Choose a dive shop close to home to:

  • Support your local diving community
  • Meet dive buddies in your local area
  • Learn about your local ecosystem

Choose a dive shop away from home if you:

  • Plan to travel to a dive destination on holiday
  • Like to meet new people when travelling
  • Have the time to complete your course while on vacation

This course requires both knowledge development and in-person training for certification. When you purchase PADI eLearning from our website, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only.

There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size and other factors. Contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information and pricing. 

If you own scuba equipment, it’s highly beneficial to bring it to class so you can learn how to repair and maintain it. Your instructor can also provide you with dive gear to work with during training.

PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours

Entire course: 1 day

English. For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.

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If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections with a total file size of approximately 177 MB. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off. 

The PADI Training app is available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).

Elevate your scuba knowledge from novice to nerd by enrolling in Dive Theory eLearning. This comprehensive online course will give you professional-level knowledge of diving equipment, physics, physiology and other topics.


If you love dive gear and being on the cutting-edge, technical diving might be for you. Learn more about PADI’s Technical (Tec) Diving courses.