PADI Altitude Diver Course


If you want to dive in mountain lakes or do fresh water diving at sites with an altitude between 300 to 3,000 meters or 1,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, then the PADI Altitude Diver Course is for you.  This is one of PADI’s adventure dives you can choose should you decide to take the adventure diver course.

Scuba diving at altitude requires a different type of training and a special type of diving plan considering the difference in pressure compared to diving at sea level.  Taking the altitude diver course will teach you how to plan and execute your dive in a safe and fun way.

Course description

The altitude diver training involves developing knowledge, skills, and specific techniques for diving at altitude.  The course specifically teaches you the following:

  • The effects of pressure when diving at higher altitudes;
  • General idea of fresh water, altitude aquatic environment;
  • How to properly plan  for your dive using a dive computer, a recreational dive planner (RDP), or an electronic dive planner (eRDP);
  • The techniques and procedures to be followed in altitude diving;
  • Potential hazards and problems in scuba diving at altitude, including hypoxia or oxygen deficiency and hypothermia or a dangerous drop in your body’s temperature; and
  • How to handle emergency decompression procedures and do safety stops at altitude.

 PADI Altitude Diver Course Prerequisites

To enroll in PADI Altitude Diver Course, you must be at least 10 years of age and a certified (Junior) Open Water Diver.

Other considerations

  • Scuba diving at altitude may require the use of dry suit for cooler waters.
  • Some dive instructors may also require or suggest additional equipment for certain dive sites.
  • In some cases, the altitude diver course may be conducted at sea level.  There will be a simulation of altitude so as to accomplish the objectives of the course.

View PADI courses at Sea Explorers here: PADI Diving Courses