Peak Performance Buoyancy

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float but rather have complete control over where they are in the water. It can be a tricky thing.

Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally.

Zen in the Art of Hovering
Buoyancy Masters at Play

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.

Peak Performance Buoyancy Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Peak Performance Buoyancy course you must:

  1. Be at least 10 years old
  2. Be a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent

Peak Performance Buoyancy Course Details

The Peak Performance Buoyancy Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (2)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Monkey Levitating in the Heavens after Mastering Peak Performance Buoyancy

1. Knowledge Development

PADI’s Peak Performance Buoyancy video on DVD provides an overview of the skills you’ll practice with your instructor.

It comes with an enclosed booklet that includes a buoyancy assessment questionnaire and basic weighting guidelines – useful whenever you purchase new gear or dive in a new environment.

Although there are a few options available, for most students AquaMunkee Scuba will cover the knowledge development section using the following approach:

1. Independent, Self-Paced Study at Home
2. Brief Classroom Session to Discuss What You've Learned
3. Additional Explanation / Question-and-Answer (as needed)

The entire home study portion of the Knowledge Development phase can be completed in just a few hours!

Negotiating an Underwater Buoyancy Course

2. Open Water Dives

The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible.

During your open water dives you will learn and practice the following techniques:

  1. How to trim your gear to be perfectly balanced in the water
  2. Nuances on precisely determining proper weighting
  3. Streamlining to save air and move smoothly through the water
  4. How to hover effortlessly in both vertical and horizontal orientations
Basic Scuba Gear Required

Special Equipment

The Peak Performance Buoyancy course does not require any additional specialized diving equipment.

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your knowledge reviews and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and get your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as a PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver.

Course Price Includes Everything You Need (No Hidden Costs)

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Peak Performance Buoyancy DVD and booklet

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.