PADI Peak Performance Specialty Course Koh Tao
Learn how to Improve your Buoyancy Skills and be a better Diver
Build on the skills you learned during your Open Water course and master the art of buoyancy.
Learn to ascend and descend with almost remote control, glide effortlessly over the reef, position yourself perfectly to observe marine life, use less air and expend much less energy.
Included in the Koh Tao Peak Performance Buoyancy Course
- PADI Peak Performance buoyancy Manual
- 2 PPB training dives
- PADI Certification card
- Rental of all scuba equipment
- FREE use of Dive Computer
- Log book
- Maximum 4 students per PADI Instructor
- Black Turtle Dive Customer (and environmental) promise
To enroll on a PADI Peak Performance buoyancy diver specialty course you must:
- Be an Open Water diver
- Have recent diving experience – we recommend completing a scuba review if you have not dived for 12 months
- 10 years of age or older
- Medically fit to dive
1 Day PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course
The PADI PPB course consists of two sections:
- Knowledge Development – read the PADI Peak Performance buoyancy manual and complete the knowledge reviews
- Open Water training – 2 x training dives
Our Dive Instructors are highly trained and will ensure you receive lots of attention and most importantly, progress at your own pace in a relaxed environment.
During your training we will slowly build your confidence and ability as you develop the skills necessary to become a PADI Peak Performance buoyancy specialist.
Koh Tao Peak Performance Buoyancy Course Schedule
The PADI Peak Performance buoyancy course schedule at Black Turtle Dive is flexible and we can work around your own personal needs and timeframe.
Please feel free to ask us if you have any special requests via email or on one of the messenger apps on this page.
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course Cost: 5,000 baht
Have you already completed the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure dive?
Our 1 dive PPB specialty diver course is priced at 3,500 baht
09.00 – 11.30: Orientation & Knowledge Development
12.30 – 17.00: Peak Performance buoyancy training dives 1 & 2
You are now a certified PADI Peak Performance buoyancy diver.
Koh Tao PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course Information
Orientation & Knowledge Development
We start the PADI Peak Performance buoyancy specialty course at 09.00 with an Orientation that includes completion of paperwork and the PADI Medical statement.
The PADI Peak Performance buoyancy specialty course consists of 2 training dives that we take in the ocean around Koh Tao.
There is also a Peak Performance buoyancy specialty manual to read and two open book knowledge reviews to complete that your dive instructor will guide you through and review.
The Specialty Instructor led knowledge development is conducted during the morning of day 1. Some of the subjects you will cover include:
- Basic Weighting Guidelines
- Proper weighting, trim and streamlining
- Fine tuning buoyancy through breath control
- How is buoyancy control affected by air consumption
- Controlling buoyancy when wearing a dry suit
- Buoyancy control during descents and ascents
Become a Buoyancy Ninja on Koh Tao
There are 2 Peak Performance buoyancy training dives to complete to become a buoyancy skills specialist.
Peak Performance buoyancy training dive #1
After a buoyancy check you will make a perfect, slow controlled descent, adjusting for neutral buoyancy as you approach your planned depth.
After the descent, we will go for a nice relaxing dive using an efficient fin kick. We will ask you to focus on staying neutral and on your breathing and not touching the bottom.
Your instructor will ask you to hover for 60 seconds. Neutrally buoyant with minimal movement, using just your breath control to make minor adjustments.
You will finish the specific skill portion of the dive by adjusting your weights and practicing hovering vertically, horizontally and upside down.
This dive is usually a relaxing, long and shallow dive that is fun.
Peak Performance buoyancy training dive #2
Another long, slow and shallow dive, during training dive # 2 your dive instructor will encourage you to focus more on your breathing.
We work with you to improve your air consumption and make those final minor adjustments to ensure you become a Jedi Buoyancy Specialist.
Your Dive Instructor will be paying particular attention to your finning action, encouraging you to fin using long, slow strokes and gliding after each one, which means you expend less energy during your dive.
Neutral Buoyancy Hovering Skills
You will also practice more hovering during the dive including one hover for at least 90 seconds.
To finish the dive off, we will demonstrate and encourage you to practice how to manoeuver closer to a clear bottom without touching it and then back away using buoyancy.
Congratulations on completion of your course and you are now a PADI Peak Performance buoyancy specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I learn during the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course?
During the course we will spend a lot of time fine-tuning your buoyancy skills.
We will review and establish the correct amount of weight and proper weight positioning and distribution.
We will talk about the importance of streamlining equipment and different visualization techniques.
Our aim is to make you a better and more confident diver.
By doing that we hope you can move through the water with less effort, reduce your air consumption and make your diving a lot more enjoyable.
Why is Good Buoyancy so Important in Scuba Diving?
The better you are at controlling your buoyancy, the easier and more enjoyable diving will be. Buoyancy is one of the most important skills a scuba diver can master.
If a diver is perfectly streamlined and in trim, they will use less energy to move through the water.
A diver will also have much better awareness and overview of the dive, use less air and in turn, have longer dives.
It will also improve your safety by reducing the risk of accidental contact with sensitive marine life.
How long is the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course for Koh Tao?
The PPB Specialty course takes 1 day to complete on Koh Tao.
You will meet your instructor in the morning to go through the theory portion of the course. In the afternoon you go out on the dive boat to put what you learn into practice.
You will typically visit 2 different dive locations around Koh Tao.
What is the cost of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course Koh Tao?
The cost of the PADI PPB Specialty is THB 5,000 (2 dives) or THB 3,500 (1 dive).
Included in this price are all course materials, equipment rental (including dive computer), instructor fees, boat trips and insurance.
Food and accommodation are not included. However, you can contact us to find out about accommodation options. We have AC rooms available at discounted rates when taking a diving course with us.
Ex-students will enjoy a 10% discount on the course price.
How many dives is the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course Koh Tao?
The PADI PPB Specialty course consists of 2 Open Water dives.
If you have completed the PPB Adventure dive as part of the PADI Advanced Open Water course, then this dive credits towards the Specialty certification and you only need to do 1 more dive to become a certified PPB Specialty Diver.
In that case the course price is THB 3,500 instead of THB 5,000.
Do I get a certificate for the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course?
When completing the specialty course you will gain the PADI PPB Specialty Diver certification.
This certification counts towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, the highest certification and black belt in recreational diving.
You have to be a certified (Junior) Open Water diver and 10 years old to enroll in this specialty course.