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Thresher Shark Diver Specialty

PADI Thresher Shark Diver Course on Malapascua

This is a UNIQUE PADI Specialty accredited to Thresher Shark Divers Malapascua ONLY!

The PADI Thresher Shark Diver Specialty Course was written by Andrea, the owner of Thresher Shark Divers and over the years has been added to immensely by our Instructor team, bringing many thousands of shark dives worth of experience to the course.

This is a PADI sanctioned course, written in conjunction with their educational consultants, but Thresher Shark Divers is the only dive shop in the world where you can do this particular course, making it TRULY UNIQUE!

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shark dives monad shoal malapascua

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.

extend your bottom time with Enriched air nitrox

Due to the dive sites unique square dive profile, you will spend the majority of your time 22-26m of depth.

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

A Student's Thoughts on the Thresher Shark Diver Course

Long time TSD guest, Steve Tapply, has done many thresher shark dives on various trips to Malapascua since 2007.  Many years later, he finally decided to take the course and it transformed his dives at Monad Shoal. 

Find out more from his blog entry.

Course Overview

Malapascua Thresher Shark

Academic Sessions – Water Skills – Diving

There are two academic presentations which include slides and video footage and TWO open water dives with the sharks.

Section 1: Shark Fundamentals

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

Section 2: Thresher sharks

  • 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.


Your Instructors

divers Malapascua Island

Our PADI diving instructors have been though a rigorous training program and each has many years of teaching experience with hundreds of students.

We take great pride in teaching students of any level. Diving lessons are almost always one-on-one, and there will usually be an assistant as well. So you will get individual attention and diving instruction will go at your own pace.
You can be assured that with us, you will have only the best: top quality service, unrivalled professionalism and a safe and most of all fun diving vacation from start to finish!

Project Aware

For each course we teach, we send 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 PADI’s “Shark of the Year” on the front.

You can read more on PADI’s Project Aware Initiatives HERE.