• Peak Performance Buoyancy

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Short of remembering to breathe and equalize, there is no skill more critical to divers than controlling buoyancy — and no skill more difficult for new divers to master. In an ideal world, no diver would need this course, as you simply wouldn’t be able to get certified unless you could demonstrate adequate buoyancy skills.

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Unfortunately, the average diver’s buoyancy skills are an embarrassment — and make divers a danger to themselves and the environment. Why? There are several reasons, including:

Developing good buoyancy control skills takes time and practice — something absent from so many entry-level scuba courses these days.

Learning to control buoyancy also requires the opportunity to get out and dive, while frequently stopping, starting, and changing depth. Unfortunately, for many new divers, their open-water training consists mostly of kneeling on the bottom, waiting impatiently for the opportunity to perform yet another “skill.” In fact, most entry-level training “dives” don’t involve much in the way of actual diving. (No wonder so many new divers can’t control buoyancy.)

While we would like to think that our beginning divers are fortunate enough to avoid these problems, not every diver gets to learn to dive from us. And even some of our own students could use a little more work in this area.

This is why we offer this convenient specialty diver course — so that every diver has the opportunity to master and excel at this important skill.
Among the many things, you will learn as part of this program:

  • How to "trim" (balance) your scuba gear so you’re perfectly neutrally bouyant in the water
  • Nuances in determining weight so you’re not too light nor too heavy, by even a slight degree
  • How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water
  • How to hover effortlessly in both a vertical position and a horizontal position

Students must meet the following prerequisites:

Be certified the PADI Open Water Diver level (or equivalent)

Be able to answer "No" to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course

What is Involved?

The course consists of two parts:

  • Knowledge development through independent study. You complete the knowledge review in the Peak Performance Buoyancy manual (we'll mail your manual once registered) and we'll go over it on location at the quarry before our dives.
  • Two buoyancy specific dives in one day.


The course is taught during the warmer months of the year (May- October) see location and date below.

When can you start?

Check our schedule below for dates and times.

The course fee is $195 and includes:

  • Knowledge review
  • Peak Buoyancy Diver materials
  • Two open-water dives
  • Tanks and weights
  • Certification card

Course does not include: (Students are responsible for supplying this required equipment):

  • Mask, snorkel, fins
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
  • Regulator/alternate air source
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer
  • Wetsuit with hoods and gloves (Recommend 7mm)
  • Audible surface signal (whistle)
  • Surface signal (safety tube)
  • Cutting tool
  • Slate
  • Quarry entry fees

(Equipment can be rented from Atlantic Edge at a package rate)

Peak Buoyancy Paperwork

Peak Buoyancy Course Description

Peak Buoyancy Paperwork Packet



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