Open Water Diver/Junior Open Water Diver (Age 10-15)                 

Your ticket to the underwater world. This course will help you learn everything you need to know to start your adventure the safe, fun and correct way. During your SSI Open Water Diver training sessions you will learn all of the necessary skills and safe diving procedures to be a comfortable confident diver.  SSI Open Water Diver certification cards are recognized throughout the world. They allow you to dive with other certified divers, enable you to purchase/rent equipment and obtain air fills anywhere you choose to dive.
Advanced Open Water Diver 

SSIís Advanced Diver rating stands alone in the industry with the highest combination of diving knowledge and experience. No other agency's advanced diver level compares. To earn the certification for Advanced Open Water Diver, you must complete 4 specialty courses and have done a total of 24 dives.  The best thing is, you can pick the 4 specialties that interest you the most!  To compare, other agencies issue an Advanced Open Water rating after only 10-12 dives.  Which certification is really more advanced?
Try Scuba (Pool and Open Water) 
Your initial step into the underwater world.  Not sure if you want to spend the money to jump into an open water class?  Let us know, and we can set up a Try Scuba session for you.  Under the guidance of an instructor, you can experience the underwater world in the safety and comfort of our indoor pool. 

Referral Classes

If you are planning a vacation and want to do the academics and pool work ahead of time, we can do a referral program.  Then, once you get to your vacation spot, all you need to do is the open water dives.

Boat Diver

Most of the diving you will do while on vacation will take place from a dive boat.  In your Boat Diving Specialty Course you will learn the right boat diving techniques, how to choose the right travel agency and diving operator when planning your vacation, and what to consider when traveling with your Total Diving System. Taking a boat diving program prior to your vacation guarantees you will be ready.                                                              

Deep Diver                                                           

Dive in places where only a few have explored before! Get the experience of diving on a wreck below 100 feet/30 meters! To do these dives safely, you need the right skills and the right knowledge and that is exactly what the Deep Diving Specialty provides you.

Wreck Diver

It is an unbelievable experience to see a big ship from a bird's perspective and to glide towards the captain`s bridge. But there are also tragedies related to wrecks. Diving on wrecks is exciting and there are some potential risks too, but with the right training Wreck Diving will become a great adventure.

During the Wreck Diving Specialty Course you will learn where and how to get background information on wrecks, how to locate wrecks and how to prepare for a wreck dive. During the 2 mandatory dives you will apply the correct wreck diving techniques, as well as evaluate and avoid the potential risks while diving on wrecks

Dry Suit Diver             

If you want to dive during the fall and winter in the colder climates, Dry Suit Diving is the course you should take. Visibility at these times of the year is usually excellent so it's a great time to get out there.  In your Dry Suit Diving program you will learn about the advantages of dry suit diving, different suits, valves, undergarment and dry suit accessories.                                           

Night and Limited Visibility Diver     

The underwater world is a new and mystical world for us. While diving at night you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view.  It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the mysteries held underwater when the sun goes down. With the right equipment and an underwater light there is a lot to discover. Night diving is a whole new way to experience the underwater world.  You'll be surprised at how much you see on a night dive.             

Perfect Buoyancy          

Improving your buoyancy control skills is highly recommended. Every diver who wants to improve diving skills and at the same time wants to perform active environmental protection should take a Perfect Buoyancy course. Nearly every diver who wants to dive on great spots on holiday is requested to do a Check-Dive and buoyancy control is one of the essential skills that has to be performed. This isn't done to stress you out at the start of your vacation. It is done to protect the reefs you will be diving around. The destruction and harm caused by divers with weak buoyancy skills is having an impact on reefs worldwide. Additionally, perfect buoyancy control is a prerequisite for nearly all Specialty Courses.  
Another benefit of this course is that you will be able to dive without making continuous adjustments to your BC.  This alone saves air and extends your diving time.  Also, by maintaining perfect buoyancy, your dives will be easier and require less energy.  A great first specialty course.                

Stress and Rescue

Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur.  The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and under water. The course runs two - four days in which you will participate in academic and in-water sessions in the pool and in the open water. As a prerequisite for certification you need to have a valid CPR & First Aid certificate.

Search and Recovery

Whether it's the gold of a sunken ship, a lost ring or simply your buddy's dive light that was accidentally lost, there are times in which the appropriate training to search for lost objects underwater would be beneficial.  SSI offers a structured program for Search & Recovery where you will learn to perform different search patterns with the help of ropes and compasses, and to plan search and recovery operations in a team. You will also learn the correct handling of one or more lift bags in order to bring heavy objects safely and securely to the surface.


The Navigation Program will teach you to navigate with a compass and how to apply natural navigation skills. You will also learn to estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to different marking points, and be able to get back to the exit point at any time.  We all loath long surface swims, so why not learn how to navigate back to the exit point underwater?

Enriched Air NITROX (Level 1 up to 32% and Level 2 up to 40%)

Have you ever dreamed of having longer no-decompression limits to take pictures or explore a wreck? Did you ever want to be safer while diving concerning the potential risk of decompression sickness?

Nitrox is the key. Due to the reduced fraction of nitrogen in your breathing gas, your body will have less work and the desaturation times will be reduced.

In your Enriched Air Nitrox program you will learn all the necessary rules for planning dives with Nitrox and using Nitrox in a safe way. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive.

TechXR Advanced NITROX

This is the entry course for the SSI TechXR Program.  Students will develop the fundamental knowledge, equipment familiarity, and skills needed to participate in extended range diving activities. Even for divers who do not plan to make decompression dives, this course will increase confidence and enhance diving abilities. It is for every diver who wants to dive deeper, longer, or in more challenging environments.

Prerequisites: Certification in Enriched Air Nitrox, minimum 18 years old, minimum 24 logged dives out which minimum 6 need to be Enriched Air Nitrox Dives

TechXR Technical Foundations
Technical Foundations divers will be trained to utilize singles with H-valves or twinsets, and stage cylinders or pony bottles. They will be introduced to advanced dive planning and make training dives as deep as 42m (140 ft). Students will also learn oxygen procedures and may use up to EAN50 for contingency decompression and to improve off-gas efficiency at safety stops.

Prerequisites: minimum 18 years old, minimum 50 logged dives, certification in Deep, Stress & Rescue, Enriched Air Nitrox and additionally certification in Navigation or Cavern, Advanced Open Water Diver
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