Buoyancy Course. PADI Peak Performance. Master SCUBA Diver. CD Dan Robinson

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Buoyancy Course. PADI Peak Performance. Master SCUBA Diver. Advanced Open Water Adventure Dive. CD Dan Robinson.

The skills on the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course are not optional, but are often hard for new divers to master.  We have all seen pics. of streamlined cave divers in sidemount kit.  At that level, perfect buoyancy control is a must.  The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course does not teach advanced buoyancy control.  The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course is for (Jr.) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years of age, who may have done just four dives so far in their lives.  We just want them, among other things.

  • To do a buoyancy check at the start and end of their dives.  This is the only real way we may learn how much weight we need to dive.
  • To demo. efficient fin kicks with long, slow strokes and gliding after each kick.
  • To make minor depth changes using breath control (but never, ever to hold their breaths, as this is the golden rule of rec. SCUBA—tec divers may as long as they do not go up at the same time, as we must protect our lungs).
  • To try to swim in horizontal trim if they can.
  • To adjust their weights and practice hovering in different positions.  On the PADI Instructor Exam, candidates do not have to adjust their weights and need to pick just two positions to hover in, say vertical and feet slightly elevated.  The instructor must hold you and a line while you start the skill, but must then let you go so you do it on your own.
  • Hover without kicking or sculling for one min.  (This is one reason IDC candidates need a way to measure the time u/w; either turn off computer dive mode or use a watch.)


The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course has two dives and the Adventure Dive (PPB Dive 1) is often done as the first dive on the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.  All PADI Assistant Instructors may do Dive 2 and cert. PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, under the direction of a PADI Instructor.  PADI Divemasters may teach the knowledge part of this course and Dive 1 as part of a buoyancy clinic.  The rec. max. depth is 9–12m.

All of my PADI IDC candidates know that buoyancy control, both on the surface and U/W, is one of the first skills a diver masters.

  • On the surface.  To conserve energy while resting or swimming.
  • U/W.  To stay off the bottom, protect aquatic life and keep good viz.


Each two months on the paradise Island of Malapascua, off Cebu, in the Philippines, award-winning DSAT TecRec Course Director Dan Robinson runs his.

  • PADI AI Course.
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor Course.
  • Full PADI IDC.
  • PADI Speciality Instructor Training Course at PHP 8,000 each.
  • Full PADI MSDT Prep Course.
  • Technical diving from Tec Basics right up through Technical Advanced Wreck Instructor, full Tec Trimix Instructor and Tec Sidemount Instructor.


Programmes are also available on Koh Tao in Thailand or I can travel to you, wherever in the World you are, especially to the UK or to Australia.  I can build you a bespoke package, say.

  • PADI PPB Course.
  • PADI Cavern Diver Course.
  • PADI Dry Suit Diver Course.
  • PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course (solo diving).
  • PADI U/W Photo Course.

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