Earn Your PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality Certification in Maui

What's the next step after becoming a PADI Diver? It's time to have some fun, improve your buoyancy and earn another diving certification! 

PADI's Peak Performance Buoyancy Certification (PPB) is designed to help you improve your buoyancy, and learn how to control the position of your body while diving. If you enjoyed your Open Water and Advanced Open Water course, then the PPB course is going to take you to the next level as a diver. This speciality course introduces you to skills you can practice on every dive, while playing some games underwater! The PPB course requires 2 educational dives, and can be completed in 1 day.

What skills will I learn?

During your PPB dives, you will learn how to:

  1. Properly weight yourself, and determine a precise weight to use while diving.
  2. Hover for 90 seconds in various positions, using your breath to control your position in the water.
  3. How to control your buoyancy as you swim through obstacles at various depths and set-ups, keeping your attention on how your depth effects your buoyancy.

Overall the skills appear easy, but are more difficult than commonly perceived. Chris will demonstrate each skill before having you perform the task, and will help you fine tune your skills with each exercise. 

How much is the PPB course?

Your Peak Performance Buoyancy Certification costs $229 per diver.

This price includes both certification dives, all gear rental, PADI certification fees, tanks and taxes.


What’s the benefit of the Peak Performance Buoyancy Course?

If you have an interest in diving, the better control and mastery you have over your buoyancy will allow you to confidently dive deeper, in overhead areas and move forward with continuing your diving education with PADI. 

Improving your abilities and skills while in a supervised environment, where a professional can guide you towards improvement, will set the foundation you can build upon the more you dive.

On every dive you will be managing your buoyancy. As you breath from your air tank, you will find yourself lighter than when you started the dive. You will also learn about how wetsuits change your buoyancy and how to breath properly underwater.

The quicker you can establish your neutral buoyancy underwater, the longer you can enjoy your dive and be comfortable swimming over various terrain.

Swimming through hoops?

Buoyancy is a skill you will continually master the more you dive. During your Open Water training, you hovered using your low-pressure inflator and via oral inflation.

For your PPB Certification, you will practice hovering for extended lengths of time, determining your proper weight, swimming through hoops at different depths, hovering upside down and practicing hovering inside a hula-hoop – don't laugh it's much harder than you think!

What's the age minimum?

You can take a PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course as young as 10 years old. It’s a perfect activity for a family of certified divers looking to improve their skills, and it's a rewarding challenge for kids who can accomplish the underwater obstacle course.

How long are the 2 dives?

Most PPB Certification dives last about 45 minutes to an hour. Since you will be practicing skills underwater, you will likely breath air quicker than on a normal dive. Whoever in your group is running the lowest on air, will determine the length of the dives.

Overall, the entire time for your PPB course should take less than 5 hours. This includes a few minutes for paperwork, time for dry-land orientation and ample time for the dives. 

What gear does Chris provide?

Chris will provide everything you need for your PPB dives - including your BCD, regulator, mask, fins, wet-suit, weights, gauges and tanks. Chris uses new gear that is simple and easy to use, making your scuba lessons a breeze.

If you have a prescription mask, please bring it along with you, or if you need a prescription mask, please contact Chris and he can suggest shops to visit to rent a mask.

If you have your own fins, wet-suit or other gear that makes you feel more comfortable while being in the water, feel free to bring them.


Expanding Your Diving Knowledge in Maui is Both Fun and Educational

Diving in Maui is relaxed and slow-paced. During your PPB Certification you will be practicing your buoyancy skills while having time to swim with turtles, rays and reef sharks.

Below is a few more answers to commonly asked questions.


You must provide your own transportation to the dive site. If you don't have a rental car, you can use a taxi, or use Uber. Uber is awesome on Maui!

When will I know where we’re diving?

Chris will contact you a few days before your dive, and let you know what beach park will be the closest to you, and have the best diving that day. Depending on the weather, the dive site might be a few minutes from your lodging, or it might be 45-minutes away. If weather suddenly changes, Chris will contact you to discuss moving the dive to another beach park.

What beach parks?

PPB Certification dives are held at: Makena Landing & Ulua Beach

What time do we dive?

The AM and early PM is the best time to dive. Most dives start at 10am, but dives can be schedule starting at 7am until 3pm. Dives in the AM are best due to Maui’s typical daily weather. Mornings have calm waters and little waves, while in the afternoon the trade-winds pick-up, causing waves and decreasing the visibility in the water.



After your dives, you can not fly or visit an elevation over 2,000 feet for 18 hours.

This means, you can not visit the summit of Haleakala or fly over to another island until 18 hours after your dives concludes. Chris will remind you of this during your certification dives, but if you have any questions please contact Chris at (808) 219-3336

Continue Your Diving Education in Maui

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