This summer, learn to dive like a local.  Up for a challenge?  Perfect the skills that local divers, like our PVD Pros, use every day!

Complete 5 specialties to earn your Master SCUBA Diver certification and become a Palm Beach Diver

There’s no diving quite like the diving in the Palm Beaches.  Dive around the world and you will not find an underwater environment like the one here. 

For starters, the Palm Beaches are home to the number one shore diving site in the United States, the Blue Heron Bridge

a palm beach diver at the blue heron bridge

Offshore, lively shallow reefs stretch parallel to Palm Beach Island.  Deep wreck treks lie on the seafloor, waiting to be explored. 

At times, diving here is lazy and relaxing.  The current is so mild you actually have to kick to move forward.  Other times, it is an exciting adrenaline rush.  The current is strong and you feel like you are flying.  You go with the flow as the reef rushes by.  

two palm beach divers diving on a vibrant coral reef


Diving in the Palm Beaches is rewarding.  You will encounter a variety of marine life to observe and admire.  There are different dive sites to suit the skill levels of all divers.

Conditions vary as consistently as the Florida weather.  As a Palm Beach Diver, learn how to be prepared every time you book a charter.

This summer, complete the Master Scuba Diver Challenge to become a Palm Beach Diver.  Divers that finish the challenge win an exclusive prize — a FREE seat aboard a celebratory 2-tank dive charter!


Start your journey to become a Palm Beach Diver.  Get certified in these 5 specialties that are specific to diving in the Palm Beaches.  Expand your local knowledge and skillset.  Become the best diver you can be for these unique conditions. 

Find out more about each specialty below.  Are you up for the challenge?


Make the most of every dive with the Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty.  Learn how Nitrox helps you dive longer.  This specialty is a must for any diver.  Maximize your time underwater by learning how to dive with different gas blends.

Find out more about the Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty here.


All of the offshore diving in the Palm Beaches is drift diving.  There are certain techniques and procedures to master before giant-striding in.  The Drift Diver Specialty gives you the practice and confidence to safely enjoy all your drift dives.

Learn more about the Drift Diver Specialty here.


Officially known as a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) or Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB), a “Safety Sausage” is an essential tool for every drift diver.  Everyone must carry an SMB when diving in the Palm Beaches.  Normally bright orange, yellow, or pink, a DSMB allows you to safely mark yourself in the water.

Learn more about the DSMB Diver Specialty here.


Taking the PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialty turns an average dive into an incredible dive.  Being able to identify a fish, shark, or sea turtle underwater is like solving a mystery.  Be the diver with answers.  Discover the diversity of marine life right here in the Palm Beaches.

Find out more about the Fish I.D. Specialty here.



You cannot be a Palm Beach Diver without learning all about the Blue Heron Bridge.  There is a good reason this is a world-famous site.  This distinctive specialty is only taught at Pura Vida Divers.

Find out about what it means to be a Blue Heron Bridge Diver here.

Dive like a local with these 5 one-of-a-kind specialties.  Learn the ins and outs of diving like a pro in the Palm Beaches.  Be a prepared diver equipped with the skills it takes to dive in drift environments.  Find out about the local flora and fauna too! 

Ready to challenge yourself this summer and become a Palm Beach Diver?  Dive in and start your journey now.  Make sure to finish your 5 specialties before Labor Day to be eligible for the prize.


Those who complete the Master Scuba Diver Challenge win a FREE seat aboard a celebratory 2-tank dive charter. Join other Master Scuba Divers and applaud all your hard work.  Bring or rent your own tanks and gear — the rest is on us!  


Have you already completed a specialty or two?  That means you are well on your way to becoming a Master Scuba Diver.  Complete 5 total courses, 3 with Pura Vida Divers and you can also win the prize. 

If you have some specialties under your belt that are different than the abovementioned, keep reading.  Find out how to qualify for the prize.  Learn what it takes to be a Master Scuba Diver.

two palm beach divers on a reef dive giving shakas


Becoming a Master Scuba Diver is a way to keep growing as a diver.  Seek out different areas of scuba diving that interest you, like Shark Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck Diving, or Deep Diving.  Train in 5 specialties, upgrade your skills, and exit the water as a better diver.  

There are multiple ways to become a Master Scuba Diver.  The list of specialties to choose from is long.  Learn more about our Master Scuba Diver Challenge

A Master Scuba Diver has the following:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent).
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent).
  • 5 different PADI Specialty or TecRec certifications.
  • 50 or more logged dives.


It’s never too late or early to become a more experienced diver.  Wherever you are in your diving journey, take the next step! 

If you haven’t been diving much since your Open Water course, dive back in with a ReActivate.  Afterward, move on to your Advanced Open Water certification.  Then, build up your confidence and skills with the Rescue Diver course.  Enroll in specialties concurrently, or start training in them after your Rescue Course.  The next step is Master Scuba Diver or Divemaster.

This summer, learn how to dive like a local.  Take our Master Scuba Diver Challenge and become a Palm Beach Diver.  Equip yourself with the skills it takes to dive into Southeast Florida’s unique marine environment. 

Ready to start earning your Master Scuba Diver ranking?  Contact us at or call 561-840-8750 to sign up for courses and specialties!