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PADI Specialty Course

The PADI Thresher Shark Diver Specialty Course has been written by TSD staff and is exclusive to our customers. This is a PADI sanctioned course, written in conjunction with their educational consultants, but TSD is the only dive shop in the world you can do this particular course.

The course consists of two classroom sessions and two dives.


There are two academic presentations which include slides and video footage.

Section 1: Shark Fundamentals

Topics covered include:

  • Shark classification and evolution
  • Biology
  • Senses
  • Movement
  • Social behavior
  • Reproduction
  • Human interactions
  • Conservation

Section 2: Thresher sharks

Topics covered include:

  • Thresher shark biology, behavior
  • Monad Shoal
  • Why the threshers are here
  • How to interact with thresher sharks
  • How to find and observe thresher sharks
  • In-field observation methods such as how to determine gender, categorizing movement patterns etc

Shark Dives

During the two dives you will focus on Monad Shoal and how to dive with thresher sharks. You will lead a dive in search of sharks. You will observe the sharks and add the information to our shark database.

Project Aware

At the end of this course we encourage a donation to Project Aware, PADI's non-profit conservation group, to aid shark conservation. You will receive a special Project Aware PADI certification card with a shark on the front.


We advise diving nitrox on this course to extend your bottom time.

A Student's Thoughts on the Course

Long time TSD customer, Steve Tapply, has done many thresher shark dives on various trips to Malapascua since 2007. In 2014 he finally decided to take the course and it transformed his dives at Monad Shoal. Find out more from his blog entry.


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