PADI Peak Performance Specialty

The Course

Buoyancy control is the most important skill for any diver to perfect, you will immediately feel more comfortable in the water and your air consumption will improve. In the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty your instructor will help you develop your key buoyancy skills. You will learn about equipment configuration, correct weighting as well as advanced underwater control. During two open water dives you will have the opportunity to develop these skills. This is an essential course for all divers and in particular for anyone considering underwater photography or wreck diving.

This certification will allow you to be in control of your diving and counts towards your Master Scuba Diver rating.

Course Outline

After some self study using the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy manual you will complete a total of two dives, in a single day, with your PADI instructor.

During your two Open Water dives you will learn how to weight yourself correctly, hover motionless in various positions, streamline yourself, move more comfortably through the water with less energy and improve your air consumption.

If the Peak Performance Buoyancy adventure dive was completed as part of your Advanced Open Water course, this dive can count as one of the two required dives, with only one additional dive required to complete the specialty course.

Course Duration & Schedules

Having completed the self study from the course manual you will complete your two open water dives at Capernwray (near Lancaster). Open Water dives for this course are currently scheduled on the following dates:

  • April: Saturday 21st
  • June: Sunday 17th
  • July: Saturday 21st
  • August: Sunday 19th
  • September: Saturday 15th
  • October: Sunday 21st
  • November: Sunday 18th

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule. Please contact us to book on to one of the scheduled dates or to arrange an alternative to suit you (small supplements may apply for midweek sessions).

This course can also be completed while on a NHDC trip; talk to us about your options for completing this course at a time & date to suit.



£40 supplement payable if drysuit pool training is required

Discounts available if completed on a NHDC trip


  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy manual
  • Full Equipment Hire
  • Instruction
  • Air Fills
  • PADI Certification fees

Not Included

  • Travel and entry fees (about £17) to the open water site

Special Offer

Did you complete the Peak Performance Buoyancy plus the Delayed SMB or drysuit adventure dives as part of you Advanced Open Water Diver course? Then complete the 2 remaining dives (one per specialty) on the same day to achieve 2 specialities (PPB & DSMB or Drysuit) and receive 10% off the combined price!


PADI Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent from another training agency).

Minimum age: 12 years old. Children aged 12-14 years old will be awarded the PADI Junior Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty certification.

Medical: You need to be in good health and reasonably fit, all students will need to fill in a PADI Medical Statement prior to participation.

To Book

Contact us to answer any questions and to confirm availability. Please complete a Course Booking Form (which may be downloaded and returned as an email attachment) and Medical Statement (which must be printed and completed by hand),returning the statement to us by post, in person or as a scanned copy. We will confirm your place on the course once we have received the completed forms.

Please return both forms to us no later than 2 weeks before your preferred course start date.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us or call in to the dive centre.