The next time you’re checking in for a dive, when other divers pull out their Advanced Open Water card or Deep Diver card, how’d you like to flash an Underwater Model certification card? If you’re looking for a unique scuba diving adventure, ask your PADI Instructor what distinctive specialties he or she teaches. Individual PADI instructors can teach (with PADI’s approval) their own “distinctive” specialty courses. The course can be specific to an area such as Lava Tube Diver, or a particular line of work – Underwater ModelHelicopter Diver, etc. If you have an inner marine biologist, consider taking one or more of Project AWARE’s distinctive specialties: Shark Conservation, Sea Turtle and/or Whale Shark Awareness. Read one diver’s experience earning his Manta Ray Distinctive Specialty.   If you’re working towards your Master Scuba Diver rating, distinctive specialties count toward the five you need for this prestigious rating. Learn more about becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver. PADI Instructors have developed some creative distinctive specialties over the years. Below are a few of our favorites from the archives. One of them in the list below is made up. Can you guess which one? Scroll down for the answer.

PADI’s Most Distinct Distinctive Specialties

Underwater model Aquanaut Underwater Pilot Helicopter Diver Lava Tube Diver Loch Diver Submarine Diver Available Light Underwater Photo Zen Diver Backpack propulsion Golf Ball Diver Spacesuit Diver Sinkhole Diver Future Perfect Diver Magnetometer Diver Railroad Yard Diver Rock Identification Sand Pit Diving Underwater Game Player Underwater Hockey Underwater Wedding Underwater Basket Weaving Can you guess which of the specialties in the list above is one we made up? If you guessed Underwater Basket Weaving – nope, that one’s real! Read about a Boy Scout Troop’s recent underwater basket weaving adventure. The distinctive specialty that ISN’T real is:Underwater Rock Identification.