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Did you know that Planet Earth’s surface is covered by more than 70% water? Our oceans and water systems, including lakes and rivers, control our climate and temperature, move weather patterns, and support living organisms yet remains mostly unexplored with 95% of it unseen by the human eye. You may go swimming in the ocean or snorkel over a reef, but now it’s time to take it one step further. See the underwater world as it is meant to be experienced – underwater. Become a part of an eco-system that supports so much of our life and take it to your limits; whether that is interacting with colorful schools of fish over a peaceful sea mount or diving alongside a pod of dolphins that have come to take a closer look. Dive with sharks, dive in caves, or dive some of the most historic wrecks. Whatever direction you want to take your new life-style; it all begins here. The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course is designed to give you the necessary skills to safely conduct open water dives. This course is the key to start exploring dive destinations around the globe or even in your backyard.

Who this course is for:

Persons desiring to obtain a Scuba Diving certification
Persons interested in underwater exploration

Course prerequisites

Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent

See Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Course here. (10 – 14 years old)

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course will cover all of the necessary skills and knowledge for open water scuba diving, including:

The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.
Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.
Dive equipment selection, assembly, use and maintenance
Dive planning
Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator skills, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques, and emergency procedures
And much more!

What’s in it for you:

Upon successful completion of the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, graduates may:

Conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training
Continue their dive education by enrolling in SDI Advanced Diver and Specialty courses

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver minimum requirements:

Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
Satisfactorily complete the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver knowledge quests or equivalent online learning course
Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently

The SDI Advanced Scuba Diver Development Program was created to make truly “Advanced Divers.” During the course your Instructor will take you through four complete SDI, TDI, or ERDI specialty courses (for example; Deep, Navigation, Photo, Video, Intro to Tech, Tender, etc.) covering all the skills and subjects, so that by the end you will feel comfortable to conduct dives of a similar nature.Once you have logged your 25th dive (these can include any and all training dives), visit your local SDI facility with your logbook and verification of completing four SDI, TDI, and ERDI specialties and you will be awarded the SDI Advanced Scuba Diver certification.

By earning the SDI Advanced Scuba Diver certification you will have increased abilities and comfort in the water and be ready for the next step, SDI Rescue Diver.

Who this course is for:

  • Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diving knowledge and skill set
  • Any certified open water scuba diver who would like to advance their dive training
  • Any SDI Advanced Adventure diver or equivalent who would like to receive more experience in the specialties they participated in during their SDI Advanced Adventure diver program

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

*Note: Junior divers (10-15) can only take specialties approved for their age

What you can expect to learn:

  • Detailed information about four SDI, TDI, or ERDI Diver specialties of your choice

What’s in it for you?

  • An opportunity to experience several SDI, TDI, or ERDI specialties at the sport level
  • Continued diver education, skills, and knowledge
  • Ability to enroll in/complete selected specialties
  • After successful completion, ability to enroll in the SDI Recue Diver Course

SDI Advanced Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete four SDI, TDI, or ERDI Specialty Diver courses or equivalent; only 1 course without dives, may be credited towards the SDI Advanced Diver development program, with the exception of SDI Computer Nitrox
  • Proof of 25 logged dives
  • After the previous requirements are met and verified by an instructor, the instructor issues the SDI Advanced Open Water Diver certification by submitting the SDI Diver Registration form to SDI Headquarters or the appropriate Regional Office, or registering the students online through member’s area of the SDI website
  • Requirements for the SDI Junior Advanced include the above requirements, provided the four specialty courses they have taken are allowed by their age

The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes.After the SDI Rescue Diver Course you can enroll in the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program or start in the professional ranks and sign up for the SDI Divemaster Course.

Who this course is for:

  • Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skill set
  • Any certified advanced adventure diver or advanced diver who would like to advance in dive training
  • Anyone interested in becoming a dive leader

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification*
  • Provide proof of SDI Advanced Adventure Diver certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 40 logged open water dives

* Note: SDI CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX1stAED courses may be combined with the rescue program by qualified instructors.

What you can expect to learn:

The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid.

You will cover all of the following and more!

  • Prevention and causes of diving accidents
    • Stress and psychological factors
    • Physical conditioning
    • Equipment
    • Surface drowning syndrome
  • Diving lifesaving
    • Self rescue
    • Diver assists
    • Surface and underwater rescues
    • Types of transports
    • In-water artificial respiration
    • Boat and shore exit techniques
    • Diver first aid
    • Review of oxygen administration
  • Hyperbaric injuries and management
    • Information collection
    • Access to a hyperbaric chamber
  • Accident Management
    • Access to emergency transport/assistance
    • Accident reporting
    • Liability and related legal considerations

Some of the in-water skills include:

  • On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating:
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Tiredness
    • Leg cramp
    • Early panic symptoms
  • Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet
  • Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing
  • Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove the diver from the water

What’s in it for you?

  • Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress
  • Become qualified to enroll in:
    • The SDI Master Diver program
    • The SDI Divemaster course

SDI Rescue Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution
  • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Rescue Diver written examination located in the SDI Rescue Manual with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor

The SDI Divemaster Course is the first professional level certification. During the course you will learn how to work with divers, lead certified divers, and act as a dive guide showing divers underwater dive sites and the marine life that inhabits those dives sites. You will increase your knowledge about physics and physiology as well as increase your proficiency with your scuba and snorkeling skills.

Who this course is for:

  • The advanced diver interested in working in the dive industry as a professional dive guide or moving on to become an instructor

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Certified SDI Advanced Diver or equivalent; advanced certification must include verifiable experience in deep, navigation, night, and limited visibility specialties
  • Certified SDI Rescue Diver or equivalent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider(where local law permits)*
  • Provided proof of at least 40 logged dives (see 3.11 for number of dives/hours required for graduation)

*Note: SDI CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX1stAED courses may be combined with the SDI Divemaster program by qualified instructors

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Divemaster Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • SDI standards and procedures
  • History of SDI
  • Code of ethics and professionalism of an SDI Divemaster
  • Products and procedures
    • How to place an order
    • Yearly renewals
  • Liability and insurance
    • Risk management
    • Waivers and releases
    • Filling out an accident report
  • Knowledge Development
    • Equipment
    • Physics and physiology of diving
    • Medical problems related to diving
    • Use of dive computers and tables
    • Diving environment
    • Dive planning and dive management control
    • Problem solving
    • Underwater and surface communications
    • Diver assistance
    • Avoiding out of air and emergency situations
    • Recommended safe diving practices
    • Boat diving procedures
    • Shore/beach diving procedures
    • Night diving procedures
    • Accident management
    • Emergency procedures
  • Leadership development
    • Planning group dives
    • Divemaster check lists and logs

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • 800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes
  • 400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted
  • Scuba skills – minimum equipment: all equipment required for a SDI Dive Leader
    • In water, transport another diver in full scuba equipment at a quick pace for 4 minutes
    • Demonstrate a complete rescue scenario satisfactorily
    • Perform underwater skills with and without a mask
    • Swim on the surface, in full scuba equipment, using the snorkel, 100 metres
  • Bring a diver, simulating unconsciousness, up from depth, not greater than 6 metres/20 feet; at the surface swim them 100 metres in less than 4 minutes
  • Confined water skills:
    • Preparation and planning
    • Briefing and debriefing
    • Group control
    • Problem recognition and solving
    • Diving equipment assembly and disassembly
    • Equipment inspection
    • Entries/exits
    • Proper weighting and buoyancy control
    • Snorkel and regulator clearing
    • Regulator recovery
    • Controlled descents and ascents
    • Underwater swimming
    • Mask clearing
    • Buddy system techniques
    • Weight system removal and replacement
    • Out-of-air emergency alternatives
    • Equipment care and maintenance

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Assist an active SDI Instructor during approved diving courses provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior training
  • Supervise and conduct dives for certified divers, provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior experience and training

SDI Divemaster Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Divemaster written examination, or online version with a minimum score of 80 percent and 100 percent remediation
  • Complete all water requirements
  • Demonstrate to an active SDI Instructor the ability to solve in-water and out-of-water diver problems
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Operate as a Divemaster in a wide variety of environments

Specialty

Nitrox is a breathing gas that has a lot of benefits for both new and experienced divers. This course will cover the use of nitrox mixtures from 22 to 40 percent oxygen.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to advance their knowledge and skill set
  • The certified diver looking to extend their no decompression time limits

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent
  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent, or current enrollment in one of those courses

What you can expect to learn:

  • Physiology of using different breathing gas mixtures and equipment considerations for using nitrox
  • How to safely use nitrox mixtures up to 40 percent with a dive computer
  • Advantages and disadvantages of utilizing nitrox mixtures, how to analyze a nitrox mixture

What’s in it for you?

The benefits of using Nitrox including:

  • Increased safety margins
  • Reduced post dive fatigue
  • Extended no-decompression times

SDI Computer Nitrox minimum requirements:

  • 100 percent comprehension of questions and answers at the end of each chapter in the SDI Computer Nitrox Diving Course
  • Analyze at least two nitrox cylinders
  • Log at least one nitrox cylinder
  • Program a nitrox computer to a mix between 22-40 percent oxygen

Boat Diving occurs every day around the world; whether is it an inland lake or in the Caribbean, South Pacific or Read Sea, divers can explore the underwater world located off-shore. Dive boats vary from small private vessels to a large live-aboard dive boats. The SDI Boat Diver Course covers the “how-to’s” of boat diving from how to board, proper boat etiquette, entry(s) and much more. The course will also introduce you to the various types of boats you may be diving from.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to maximize the use of boats for scuba diving

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Boat Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Types of boats and features of those boats
    • Live-aboard
    • Charter boat
    • Private boat
  • Safety features
    • Life preservers
    • Life boats
    • Flares SDI Instructor Manual
    • Radio
    • Throw rings
    • US Coast Guard requirements
    • First aid kit
    • Oxygen kit
  • Exiting and boarding the boat
    • Type of ladder
    • How to use ladder
    • Entries
  • Planning boat trips
    • Types and sizes of boats
    • Location
    • Degree of difficulty of dives
    • Air availability on boat
    • Food/beverages available
    • Sleeping equipment necessary?
    • Weather
    • Dive planning
  • Determining necessary equipment
    • Use of a checklist
    • C-card and log book
    • Extra cylinder
    • All open water equipment
    • Spare parts kit
    • Camera/photo equipment
    • Game equipment
  • Boat procedures
    • Loading
    • Captain and crew briefs of special procedures
    • Special rules
    • Crowded area procedures
  • Lines
    • Anchor line
    • Descent lines
    • Tag line
    • Stern safety line
    • Decompression bar
  • Underwater navigation from a boat
    • Natural navigation
    • Anchored
      • No current
      • Current
    • Drift diving

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Plan a boat dive
  • Briefing on dock before departure
  • Review of boat diving procedures
  • Captain’s brief and travel to dive destination
  • Entry
  • Exit
  • Log dive
  • Care of equipment
  • Attempt to use a different types of boat s or, at least, use a different entry point from the boat during the course

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in boat diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

Also, the SDI Boat Diver Certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

SDI Boat Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Boat Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

Wreck diving can be one of the most exciting aspects of sport diving, however every effort must be made to maximize safe diving techniques. The SDI Wreck Diver Course will discuss the equipment and techniques commonly employed while wreck diving. This course may be taught as a non-penetration, 2 dives required, or as a limited-penetration course, requiring 3 dives. Limited-penetration is defined as a swim through or within the ambient light of entry point.

Who this course is for:

Individuals who wish to know more about the wreck diving including:

  • Researching wrecks
  • Mapping wrecks
  • Proper use of lines while wreck diving
  • Exploring underwater history

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 for limited penetration course with parental consent
  • Minimum age 10 with parental consent for a non-penetration course
  • Junior Open Water Divers may not participate in any penetration activities or dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
  • Divers must have a deep diver specialty certification or be able to provide proof of experience in order to dive deeper than 18 metres/60 feet in this course

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Wreck Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why wreck dive?
  • Surface supports
    • Communications, when and if necessary
    • Back-up procedures
  • Buddy system
  • Buddy contact
    • Contact with varied visibility
    • Buddy lines
    • Line signals
    • Buddy positioning in close proximity
  • Navigation/charting
    • Usage of the slate
    • Larger than normal
    • Pre-dive marking
    • Pre-planning the dive using charts, other information
    • Directional determination
  • Disorientation
    • With/without buddy
    • Lost buddy
    • Light failure
    • Emergency procedures
  • Special equipment
    • Lights: primary and backup, size, burn time, and usage
    • Knifes and cutting devices
  • Limited visibility diving
    • Silt-out
    • Psychological considerations
    • Light usage
    • Importance of light and backup
    • Dark vision, don’t shine light in buddy’s eyes
  • Life lines and reels
    • Type of line
    • Tie-offs
    • Directional markers
    • Line handling and reeling must be practiced on land prior to performing this skill underwater
  • Special emergency procedures
    • Safe Wreck
    • Hazardous or otherwise unsafe wrecks
  • Mapping the wreck
    • Vertical, horizontal, and feature identification

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course graduates may:

  • Dive wrecks that are similar to the type of wrecks they were exposed to during training
  • Plan and execute a wreck dive

Also, the SDI Wreck Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

SDI Wreck Diver minimum requirements:

  • Open Water Dive 1
    • Pre-dive review of dive computers
    • Plan dive
    • Test lights
    • Familiarization with areas
    • Basic charting outside wreck
    • Usage of lines outside wreck, optional
    • Surface and log dive
  • Open Water Dive 2
    • Plan dive
    • Figure surface interval
    • Descend
    • Team complete mapping
    • Usage of lines outside wreck, optional
    • Surface and log dive
  • Open Water Dive 3
    • Plan dive
    • Descend
    • Usage of lines inside wreck, optional
    • Surface and log dive
  • Open Water Dive 4 (Optional)
    • Plan dive
    • Planned dive explained
    • Dive/explore as determined
    • Surface and log dive

SDI’s Deep Diver Course is a must for any diver wishing to explore a little more, go a little deeper, and learn the risks and benefits associated with deep diving. Many interesting sights lay just beyond open water diver training limits such as: beautiful wall dives, shipwrecks, and critters that don’t come into the shallows.The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary training to plan and execute dives that are beyond the depth range experienced during an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, specifically beyond 18 metres/60 feet and to a maximum depth of not greater than 40 metres/130 feet. By the end of the course your knowledge, awareness, and comfort level with deep diving activities will have increased.

Who this course is for:

  • Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skill set
  • Any certified open water scuba diver who would like to advance their dive training

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

How to plan and execute dives that are outside the range of depths that are experienced during an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, and more!

Topics from the SDI Deep Diver course include:

  • History of dive tables and computers
  • Equipment needed for deep diving
  • Physics and physiology of deep diving
  • Emergency procedures for deep diving and first aid

Some of the in-water skills you will complete include:

  • Open Water Dive 1
    • Test and check all equipment, i.e. depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers
    • Familiarization with area
    • Descend to planned depth and do not exceed any pre-planned limits
    • Dive according to plan at a depth limited to 30 metres/100 feet for first dive
    • Ascend to safety stop
  • Open Water Dive 2
    • Monitor depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate
    • Descend to planned depth and do not exceed any pre-planned limits
    • Execute a simulated emergency that is to be assigned underwater by the instructor
    • Dive according to plan at a depth limited to 40 metres/130 feet
    • Ascend to safety stop

What’s in it for you?

You will receive the necessary training that will allow you to venture beyond 18 metres/60 feet and to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet.

The SDI Deep Diver minimum requirements:

Students are required to successfully complete the following:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Deep Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

Many divers find that night diving is their favorite type of diving. As with all specialty diving applications, procedures are different than those associated with open water diving. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the open water diver with the procedures, techniques, and potential hazards associated with diving at night, or in limited visibility. Becoming familiar with the use of dive lights, and night diving techniques such as navigation, buddy system procedures, communications, buoyancy control, and interacting with nocturnal aquatic life, the diver can safely enjoy night diving.

Who this course is for:

  • Individuals that wish to explore the underwater world at night, along with the nocturnal wildlife

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18 , 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Night/Limited Visibility Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why dive at night?
    • Different aquatic life
    • Experience in limited visibility
  • Special equipment
    • Diving lights
    • Importance of light and back up
    • Comparison of different styles
    • Personal dive beacon
  • Buddy system
    • Buddy contact
    • Communications
  • Navigation
    • Bottom contour
    • Compass
    • Boat
    • Beach/Lake
    • Marker light/strobe
  • Disorientation
    • With buddy
    • Lost buddy
    • Light failure
  • Buoyancy considerations
  • Emergency procedures
    • Disabled diver
    • Lost diver
    • Diving maladies
  • Underwater environment
    • Nocturnal life

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course graduates may:

  • Dive at night and in limited visibility conditions they were exposed to during training
  • Plan and execute a night and low visibility dives

Also, the SDI Night/Limited Visibility Diver Certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program

SDI Night/Limited Visibility Diver minimum requirements:

  • Plan dive
  • Safety procedures
  • Enter and descent
  • Remain submerged at least 20 minutes
  • Change direction several times while maintaining proper navigation
  • Two minute swim without compass
  • Surface and reorient
  • Descend and navigate
  • Use properly; underwater light, submersible pressure gauge, compass, depth gauge, and computer
  • Maintain buddy contact throughout dive
  • Log dive

Drift diving allows a diver to travel over a large area without expending much energy. You simply get neutrally buoyant and enjoy the dive as the scenery moves past you. The SDI Drift Diver Course covers the “how-to’s” of drift diving from, how to enter and exit drifts, what to do if you get caught in a drift and wish to get out, how to get out of the drift to observe something special, and much more. The course will also introduce you to the various types of drift currents you may be diving in.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed to teach divers the skills, knowledge, and necessary techniques to properly conduct drift dives

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Drift Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • The Aquatic environment: causes and effects
    • Tides
    • Currents
    • Waves
    • Surge
  • Equipment
    • Floats
    • Lines
    • Reels
    • Compass
  • Planning and procedures
    • Buddy organization
    • Problems and hazards
    • Buoyancy control
    • Navigation
    • Communications
    • Safety stop procedures
    • Entries and exits

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Plan a drift dive
  • Briefing on dock before departure
  • Review of drift diving procedures
  • Captain’s brief and travel to dive destination
  • Entry
  • Exit
  • Log dive
  • Care of equipment
  • Attempt to use a different types of drift s or, at least, use a different entry point from the drift during the course

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI
Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in drift diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

Also, the SDI Drift Diver Certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Drift Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete two open water dives to a maximum depth no greater than 18 metres / 60 feet
  • Follow the instructor on the first dive while he demonstrates proper use of float, lines and reels
  • On the second dive the students must execute the skills learned on the first dive such as: planning, demonstrating and executing the skills they learned from the first dive

This course is a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), emergency oxygen (O2) administration, first aid, and automatic external defibrillator (AED) course combined into one program. It is designed to teach individuals the proper techniques to safely administer CPR, O2, correct first aid, and utilize an AED in emergency situations.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wishes to be trained in the basic life support techniques to provide assistance until advanced cardiac care responds
  • Any certified diver who would like to advance in dive training by participating in the SDI Rescue Diver or leadership level programs

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The following topics will be covered during this course and more!

  • What CPROX1st AED is
  • When do you administer oxygen
    • Oxygen for a non-breathing victim
    • How to administer oxygen through an oro-nasal mask while performing CPR
    • Oxygen for breathing victim
      • Non-rebreather mask
      • Demand valve mask
      • Nitrox cylinder/regulator options
  • Define Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Performing CPR
      • Self protection
      • Assess scene and victim – EMS and statement
      • ABC’s
      • Chin lift and gentle neck extension
      • Rule of 2’s
      • Continue CPR as long as needed
  • Define first aid
  • When and how must first aid be administered
  • Define Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)*

*Note: Manufacturers manual must be followed for proper use of the AED.

Skills you will complete during this course include all of the following, and more!

  • Emergency oxygen
    • Set up and use of oxygen cylinder
    • Use of different types of masks
  • Perform CPR on a manikin
  • First aid: treat a simulated injury for the following:
    • Breathing absent
    • Bleeding
    • Broken bone
    • Burns
    • Bites
    • Blows

What’s in it for you?

The student will be qualified at the end of this specialty to:

  • Recognize and evaluate an emergency situation and a victim
  • Know how to activate or alert the emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Be able to provide 1 person adult CPR, administer the proper first aid to a non-breathing or injured person, and administer O2 to a breathing or non-breathing person
  • Proper use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)

SDI CPROX1stAED Administrator minimum requirements:

The student will be qualified at the end of this specialty to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of oxygen administration, first aid, CPR and the use of an AED
  • Recognize and evaluate an emergency situation
  • Know how to activate or alert the emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Be able to provide CPR, use an AED unit, and administer oxygen to breathing or non-breathing person
  • Be able to provide first aid for two simulated injuries

Note: The certification is valid for 2 years and must be renewed

Divers are intensely fascinated by navigation… It allows them to make their way back to a special spot discovered on an earlier dive. They use the tricks and techniques of navigation to find an ideal exit point at the end of a dive without the need for an uncomfortable surface swim.Your SDI Underwater Navigation Specialty course will help you overcome the obstacles inherent to finding your way underwater. You will learn how easy and simple navigation can be and how it will help you both above and below the surface. During this course, you will review natural aids such as sand ripples or reef formations, which can accurately predict your route. Tools such as mechanical or digital compasses are a surprising challenge to the novice but we will help you unravel the challenge and teach the practical skills and techniques you’ll need to use them effectively.

This course is designed to give students a greater understanding and experience on how to properly navigate underwater using both natural and compass navigation.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for a higher sense of direction and orientation while scuba diving

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Underwater Navigation Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • The aquatic environment
    • Vision
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Tides
    • Currents
    • Waves
    • Surge
  • Natural navigation
    • Bottom contours
    • Depth
    • Amount of light
    • Surge
    • Currents
    • Underwater objects
  • Compass
    • Types
    • Analog
    • Digital
    • Features
  • Compass use
  • Estimating distance underwater
  • Kick cycles
  • Time

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Equipment set up
  • Dive planning
  • Predive checks
  • Orientation
  • Navigation
  • Skills are generally done with more success if practiced on the surface from shore. Using the shore or descent line as a starting/reference point makes keeping track of students easier
  • Practice compass use on the surface: out and back, in addition to square and triangle patterns
  • Perform square pattern on the bottom
  • Perform triangle pattern on the bottom
  • Buddy contact
  • Equipment disassembly
  • Log all dives

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in underwater navigation diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.
Also, the SDI Underwater Navigation Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

SDI Underwater Navigation Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Underwater Navigation Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

The SDI Computer Diver Course is designed to expand a diver’s knowledge in the use of their personal dive computer (PDC) and is primarily intended for divers who are certified with agencies using traditional dive tables for planning, rather than PDC’s throughout training.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to maximize their use of a computer for scuba diving

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Computer Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Computers vs. tables
    • History of tables
    • Computers advantages
    • Different decompression models
  • Decompression sickness
    • Cause
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Treatment
    • First aid
    • Prevention
  • Types of diving computers
    • Air integrated
    • Non-air integrated
    • Features
  • How dive computers work
    • Decompression information in permanent memory
    • Pressure transducer reads ambient pressure
    • Internal clock records lapsed dive or surface time, updates frequently, usually every 3 seconds
    • Information is calculated in the computer microprocessor during each update
    • Information is displayed on screen
    • User is responsible for interpreting information
  • Use of dive computers
    • Always read manual first
    • Start-up procedures
    • Operating instructions
    • Ascent rates
    • Other information
  • Definitions
    • Dive time:
      Elapsed time from beginning of descent until final surfacing at end of dive
    • Time remaining:
      Available time, according to computer program, that diver may remain at current depth without incurring mandatory decompression; increases as depth decreases
  • Planning Multi-Level Repetitive Dives
    • Dive planning mode
    • First dive or repetitive dive
  • Only One Diver per Computer
    • Very unsafe practice for two divers to attempt to monitor dive profiles with one computer
  • Emergency Procedures
    • Decompression
    • Omitted decompression
    • Ascent rates
    • Computers varying ascent rates determined by the manufacture
    • Computer failure

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Diver must prepare a suitable multi-level profile for training dives
  • The diver is to monitor depth, buoyancy control, and air supply during the dives. For example, if the dive is projected for 21 metres/70 feet maximum depth; the diver must then monitor his depth and not exceed the planned maximum depth
  • Execute a safety stop must be included at the end of each dive
  • After completing the 2 dives the divers must download their computers if they have the capability
  • Instructors must review this information with the students

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

Also, the SDI Computer Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Computer Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Deep and Dive Computer Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

This specialty is designed to acquaint the diver with special skills and techniques necessary to successfully plan, execute and evaluate a search and recovery dive.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to maximize the use of search and recovery for scuba diving

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Search and Recovery Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Navigation
    • Compass use
    • Estimating distances
  • Natural navigation
  • Limited visibility diving
    • Factors affecting visibility
    • Hazards of limited visibility
    • Techniques of diving
  • Search techniques
    • Shotgun
    • Circular search
    • Grid search SDI Instructor Manual
    • Current (overlap) search
    • Signals for search diving
  • Salvage techniques
    • Depth considerations
    • Lift bags
    • Lifting drums
    • Necessary qualities of lifting devices
    • Knots and rigging
    • Fill techniques
    • Mud/silt suction considerations

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Review compass techniques
  • Review search techniques
  • Practice and perform different search patterns
  • Review lifting techniques
  • Recover an object from depth
  • Salvage and recovery of an object with a water weight of between 11 and 33 kg/25 and 75 lbs
  • Simulate scuba emergency using a minimum of 2 searching techniques
  • Log dives

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

Also, the SDI Search and Recovery Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Search and Recovery Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

The purpose of this course is to acquaint a diver with the necessary procedures and knowledge to safely dive from shore. The focus of this specialty must be on how to handle different types of surf and shore conditions. Many great dive sites are accessible form the shore and do not require the use of a boat but do require some basic techniques and information how to execute the dives safely.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to perform dives proficiently from the shore/beach, various types of entries and exits.

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Shore and Beach Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Dive planning
    • Map of shore
    • Compass review
    • Navigation
  • Emergency procedures
    • Surface emergencies, no scuba
    • Scuba emergencies
    • Rescue procedures
    • Review of lifesaving skills
  • Shore diving procedures
    • Set-up
    • Navigation aids
    • Land marks
    • Site assessment
    • Special procedures, i.e. keeping the water in fin pockets to wash off feet in sand
  • Diving procedures
    • Use of the dive flag
    • Float handling and line attachment
    • Surf zone considerations
    • Buddy procedures
  • Things to do off the beach
    • Underwater collecting and hunting
    • Photography
    • Wreck diving

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Site selection
  • Dive planning
  • Assess current site conditions and potential changes
  • Navigation review
  • Surf procedure practice
  • Descend
  • Compass check and underwater compass use
  • Natural navigation check and underwater use of natural navigation techniques
  • Float control
  • Ascend
  • Return to beach
  • Exit

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in Shore and Beach diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

Also, the SDI Shore and Beach Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Shore and Beach Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

The SDI Underwater Photographer Diver Course is designed to introduce divers to the equipment, techniques and procedures necessary to take underwater photographs, and allow the student to experience and discuss many areas of interest to the underwater photographer.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information regarding the use of underwater photography for scuba diving, and wanting bring back many memories of their underwater adventures to share with family and friends

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Underwater Photo Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Underwater light
    • Variation of light under water
    • Time for best available light photography
    • Color correction filtering for depth
    • Strobes vs. video light
    • Selective color absorption of light
    • Available light and strobe considerations
    • Possible backscatter issues
  • Film considerations
    • Color balance
    • Grain
    • Resolving power
    • Latitude
    • Contrast
    • Color reversal
  • Digital
    • Capture media
    • Memory technology
    • Printing
    • Post dive review ability SDI Instructor Manual
    • TV vs. computer vs. camera
  • Camera use in association with scuba
    • Types of cameras
    • Handling of equipment
    • Camera settings
  • Photographic subjects
    • Composition of scene
    • Use of light enhancement
    • Subject ease
    • Use of models
    • Marine Conservation awareness
  • Care of equipment
    • Salt water care
    • Fresh water care
    • Care of the flooded-housed camera
  • Use of color positive films
    • Ease of development (E—6 processing)
    • Mounting
  • Digital software
    • Downloading images
    • Photo storage
    • Photo manipulation
    • Printing & mounting

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Familiarize with the equipment and proper handling of equipment
  • Composition to be considered at a beginning point of view
  • Plan Dive
  • Suitable Entry (care to be taken with camera & additional equipment; these may be passed to diver once in the water in conditions & environment allows it)
  • Situational awareness (depth, time, air consumption and buddy awareness)
  • Photography of subjects as planned
  • Conservational awareness
  • Conduct safe ascent and safety stops
  • Exit
  • Dive a different site to experience different
    • Marine subjects
    • Additional light considerations
    • Wide coloring
  • Maintain safety while within the water environment and attaining good quality subjects
  • Both photograph both still and moving life subjects if possible
  • Discuss with instructor helpful hints on how to improve photos

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in Underwater Photo diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

Also, the SDI Underwater Photo Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Underwater Photo Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

This course is designed to give an in-depth look at how dive equipment works. It will cover general repairs and maintenance of various types of exposure suits, BCD’s, regulators, and other accessories.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to learn more about the scuba equipment they use on each dive as well as how to perform basic “in the field” repairs to prevent losing a dive due to an equipment malfunction

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Equipment Specialist Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Exposure suits (wetsuits and dry suits)
    • How they work
    • Types of materials they are made from
    • Features
    • Basic repairs
    • Care and maintenance
    • Choosing the best for you
  • Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs), regulators and alternate air sources
    • How they work
    • Types of materials they are made of
    • Features
    • Basic repairs
    • Care and maintenance
    • Choosing the best for you
  • Cylinders and weight systems
    • How they work
    • Types of materials they are made of
    • Features
    • Basic repairs
    • Care and maintenance
    • Transportation
    • Choosing the best for you
  • Computers, accessories, various equipment and devices
    • Types
    • How they work
    • Features
    • Basic repairs
    • Care and maintenance
    • Transportation
    • Choosing the best for you

What’s in it for you?

  • Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in basic equipment repair procedures to their personal scuba equipment. It is recommended that all major equipment repairs be completed by a qualified trained equipment technician.

Also, the SDI Equipment Specialist Diver Certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Equipment Specialist Diver minimum requirements:

  • Pass an exam the instructor has developed to check the learning by the student and how well the student has comprehended the material

Introducing a diver to the benefits of controlling his buoyancy usually has a great positive effect, an effect that will enhance the diver’s sense of enjoyment and feeling of accomplishment. This specialty is designed to increase the open water diver’s understanding of the factors that influence buoyancy, and to train the diver how to use the means available to him as methods for controlling his buoyancy. The added benefits to the marine and freshwater environments, cannot be overstated; as well as a diver that has better control of himself in conjunction with his environment.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to improve and/or fine-tune their buoyancy to prevent damage to the underwater world.

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Advanced Buoyancy Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why do we care about buoyancy?
    • Don’t touch the aquatic life, save the environment
    • Less fatigue, less effort required, more fun
    • Reduced air consumption = more bottom time
    • Able to control buoyancy = better pictures or video
  • When must a buoyancy check be performed?
    • When equipment is changed
    • When diving environment is changed
    • Have not been diving for a while
    • During every dive
  • Buoyancy factors
    • Additional equipment; photo, video, extra cylinder, extra equipment, dive lights, etc
    • Cylinder weight changes during a dive as air is consumed from the cylinder, dependent on cylinder size
    • Using lungs vs. BCD.
    • Using BCD vs. dry suit
    • Staying physically fit
    • Breathing patterns and technique
    • Compression of suit due to water pressure
    • Weights – position and distribution and what impact that may have
    • Streamlining equipment
    • Streamlining body (body positions)
    • Efficient kicking style
    • Practicing your skills
    • Weighting
      • Swimsuit
      • 3mm and 5mm wet suit
      • Cold-water suit with hood
      • Dry suit
    • How to perform a standard buoyancy check; with an almost empty cylinder

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Assembling of dive equipment
  • Pre-dive check
  • Perform a pre-dive buoyancy check with almost empty cylinder
  • Adjust weight to achieve correct buoyancy
  • Change cylinder and use a full cylinder
  • Do a pre-dive buoyancy check with full cylinder
  • Controlled descent
  • Hovering exercises
    • Fine-tune with breath control
    • Fine-tune with BCD or dry suit
    • Close to bottom exercises, no touch
  • Swimming exercises
  • Ascent that includes a safety stop hovering; simulate safety stop if in pool
  • Log dive, noting the amount of weight used
  • Change to a full cylinder
  • Do a pre-dive buoyancy check with the full cylinder
  • Controlled descent
  • Hovering exercises
    • Fine-tune with breath control
    • Fine-tune with BCD or dry suit
    • Close to bottom exercises, no touch
  • Ascent that includes a safety stop hovering; simulate safety stop if in pool
  • Log dive, noting the amount of weight used

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in advanced buoyancy diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

The SDI Advanced Buoyancy Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

SDI Advanced Buoyancy Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate sound buoyancy techniques