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Peak Performance Buoyancy
Lynne, Car Wash Cave, Tuluum, Mexico -- picture by Peter Rothschild

If you want to fine-tune your buoyancy and soar over reefs, extend bottom time by reducing air consumption and prolong the life of your dive equipment, the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course is for you.  During your Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, I will use my training to determine the correct amount of weight. Then you'll practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy during two open water dives, including the buoyancy check, fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualization.

As a Full Cave Diver, I have been carefully trained in the art of maintaining good buoyancy and trim while diving.  I will use that training to give you special tips to ensure you'll come away as someone with true Peak Performance Buoyancy.

From the Instructor Manual:

The Peak Performance Buoyancy Course includes two open water training dives which may be conducted in one day. Student divers are required to log specialty training dives in their log books.

To conduct the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, include the following:

1. Peak Performance Buoyancy fundamentals:
• Buoyancy check.
• Fine-tuning buoyancy underwater.
• Weight position and distribution.
• Streamlining.
• Visualization.

2. Use of PADI’s “Basic Weighting Guidelines.”

3. An opportunity to polish buoyancy control beyond the Open Water Diver level:
• Positioning and distributing weight for comfort and desired body position (trim in the water).
• Visualization techniques prior to dives.
• Buoyancy checks.
• Establishing neutral buoyancy during all segments of a dive.
• Fine-tuning neutral buoyancy underwater.
• Hovering.

The information presented in this course can be efficiently covered by having student divers watch PADI’s Peak Performance Buoyancy video. A detailed knowledge presentation is not necessary when students view the video. Student independent-study through the use of the video is highly recommended.