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SDI Scuba Diving Courses

Beyond Diving is proud to offer the following Recreational Scuba Diving Courses through SDI (Scuba Diving International).

If you’ve never heard of SDI, let us explain a little bit about them.

SDI is the sister agency of TDI (Technical Diving International).  It was started because TDI was only providing training for technical diving. The need for a progressive recreational diving program was filled by creating SDI.

SDI was the first agency to introduce E-Learning.

SDI was also the first agency to have a "Solo Diver" Course.

SDI not only encourages instructors to teach while neutrally buoyant, it is a requirement.  Proper buoyancy control is one of the best signs of a well rounded, well trained diver.  Over-weighing students and kneeling them on the bottom (especially during open water checkout dives) is a violation of SDI's training standards and philosophy.

In its 20+ years of existence, SDI has been at the forefront of diver education.

The difference between SDI and the other agencies is that SDI is based on the principles of technical diver training.  Also, all of the standards for every course were written by actual diving instructors and instructor trainers. Every person who works at SDI-TDI-ERDI is an active scuba diver, scuba instructor and/or instructor trainer.

This means that the courses will be taught at the highest standards available in scuba diver training today and your SDI certification will be recognized by any dive shop, charter or liveaboard worldwide.

 

All of our courses, except for professional level courses include:

  • Equipment rental
  • Learning Materials
  • Certification Fees

SCUBA DIVING COURSES

SCUBA DISCOVERY

Scuba Discovery Program

Price: $135 – Includes rental equipment, pool/theory session, 2 open water dives. For those who want to test the waters and try scuba this is the course for you! The SDI Scuba Discovery Program gives you a glimpse of what you can expect to experience in the underwater world as well as what you could expect to learn in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course.During this experience program, you will go through the basic safety procedures for enjoyable scuba diving under the watchful eye of an active SDI Instructor. You will learn skills such as equalizing your ears, buddy checks, basic buoyancy control, underwater communication, and more. You will also be given an introduction to basic scuba equipment followed by an underwater tour in the local pool or marine environment.

Who this course is for:

  • Those who would like to experience the underwater world
  • Those who would like an introductory course to scuba diving prior to enrolling in the Open Water Scuba Diver course

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent
  • Demonstrate adequate swimming skills and in-water comfort

What you can expect to learn:

During this program the following topics will be covered… and more!

  • The aquatic environment
    • Marine environment
    • Marine life expected to encounter at the dive site
  • Basic overview of physics/physiology and how it relates to diving
    • Buoyancy
    • Pressure
    • Equalization techniques
  • Scuba equipment assembly
  • Underwater communications
  • Taking the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course

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

  • Predive check
  • Weight removal at the surface
  • Ear clearing and equalization
  • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) use
    • Manual inflation
    • Oral inflation
  • Buoyancy control
    • Controlled ascents and descents
  • Regulator use
    • Breathing, clearing, and recovery
  • Mask clearing
  • Underwater swimming: proper use of fins
  • Computer use
  • Use of gauges
  • Underwater communications

If you enjoy this experience then the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course is your next step!

What’s in it for you?

  • Introduction to dive planning, equipment setup and donning, skills and knowledge to complete dives
  • Unique underwater experience under the watch of an active SDI Instructor

SDI Scuba Discovery program minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
REFRESHER COURSE/INACTIVE DIVER PROGRAM

SDI Inactive Diver/Refresher Program

Price – $135 – Includes rental equipment, pool/theory session, 2 open water dives. The SDI Inactive Diver/Refresher Program is designed to update and review the knowledge and skill level of an inactive diver. SDI encourages the use of this program for instructors, assistant instructors, divemasters, and resorts or dive facilities that have questions regarding the diving history of an individual. This program can also be used as a catalyst for continuing education programs.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver who has been inactive for a period of time and wishes to review the scuba skills and academic information before starting to dive again

Course prerequisites:

To participate in the SDI Inactive Diver/Refresher Course, the individual must:

  • Have proof of an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver

OR

  • SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver certification or equivalent from a recognized dive training organization.

What you can expect to learn:

Although one in-water training dive is required, the instructor or assistant instructor may use their discretion with reference to the skills needed to complete the dive. SDI offers the following outline:

  • Plan Dive
    • Equalization techniques
    • Communication signals
    • Lung over-expansion problems
    • Review of dive computer
  • Scuba system assembly
  • Weight adjustment
  • Mask defog
  • Don scuba system SDI Instructor Manual
  • Adequate entry for site conditions
  • Controlled descent
  • Computer check, if used
  • Regulator clearing
  • Regulator recovery
  • Mask clearing
  • Fin use
  • Buoyancy control; hovering
  • Underwater tour
  • Computer check
  • Controlled ascent; computer assisted
  • Exit
  • Disassemble scuba system
  • Log dive
  • Air sharing ascents
  • Underwater emergency scenarios

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.

SDI Inactive Diver/Refresher Diver minimum requirements:

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

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver

Price – $435. Includes Manual, log book, classroom & pool sessions, 4 Open Water Checkout Dives, Equipment Rental. Also Available with E-Learning! Available as an Online Course: $465

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)

What you can expect to learn:

      • History of diving
      • Aquatic environment
      • Marine life injuries
      • Physics and physiology
      • Repetitive dives
      • Safety stops
      • Emergency decompression
      • Omitted decompression
      • Nitrogen Narcosis
      • Oxygen toxicity
      • Carbon monoxide poisoning
      • Mixed gases
      • Hyperventilation, shallow water blackout
      • Scuba equipment
        • Mask, fins, and snorkel
        • Exposure protection
        • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)
        • Regulators
        • Cylinders
        • Weight systems
        • Underwater instruments
        • Compass
        • Accessories
        • Dive flag
      • Planning your dive
        • Diver fitness and overexertion
        • Orientation to new or local diving environments
        • Boat diving procedures
        • Buddy system
        • First aid
      • Underwater Navigation
        • Compass
        • Natural

Some of the in-water skills include all of the following and more!

      • Swimming evaluation (Must be completed prior to any scuba skill being taught)
        • Distance swim of 200 metres non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel or any swimming aids, or 300 metres non-stop using mask, snorkel, and fins
        • Survival swim/float of 10 minutes

* Note: If an exposure suit is worn for any of the above skills, the wearer must be neutrally buoyant at the surface.

      • Scuba skills
        • Scuba system assembly and disassembly
        • Weight system adjustment with proper weighting
        • Removal and replacement of weight system on the surface
        • Removal and replacement of weight system at depth
      • Pre-dive check of self and buddy
      • Partial mask clear at depth
      • Full mask clear at depth
      • Breathing and swimming underwater without a mask
      • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) use:
        • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at the surface
        • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at depth
        • Removal and replacement at surface
        • Removal and replacement at depth
      • Buoyancy control
        • Hovering
        • Controlled ascents
        • Controlled descents
      • Regulator use
        • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at the surface
        • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at depth
      • Underwater swimming; proper use of fins
      • Entries and exits
        • Controlled seated entry
        • Giant stride entry
        • Shallow water exit
        • Deep water exit
      • Snorkel use
        • Adjustment
        • Clearing; blast method

What’s in it for you?

      • Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may conduct dives in conditions similar to their training and enroll in the Advanced Adventure Diver program, along with other individual SDI Specialties appropriate for their age

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 Quest or equivalent SDI online learning exam with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor. Instructors my use additional exams that can be found on the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor Resource CD
      • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
JR, OPEN WATER SCUBA DIVER

SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver

Price – $435. Includes Manual, log book, classroom & pool sessions, 4 Open Water Checkout Dives, Equipment Rental. Also Available with E-Learning! Available as an Online Course: $465 eLearning available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German. Get Started Today! The SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver course is designed to train youth divers the necessary academics and skills to conduct open water dives alongside a dive professional or certified scuba diver parent until the age of 15. This course is the first step to start exploring the underwater world or even in your backyard.

Who this course is for:

  • 10-14 year olds wishing to become a certified scuba diver who hold interest in the underwater world

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 10 with parental consent
  • Students between the ages of 10 through 14 may obtain an SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Certification if the following conditions are met: junior students are to train and dive under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or active dive professional
  • When an SDI Junior Open Water Diver reaches the age of 15, they may upgrade to an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification

What you can expect to learn:

  • History of diving
  • Aquatic environment
  • Marine life injuries
  • Physics and physiology
  • Repetitive dives
  • Safety stops
  • Emergency decompression
  • Omitted decompression
  • Nitrogen Narcosis
  • Oxygen toxicity
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Mixed gases
  • Hyperventilation, shallow water blackout
  • Scuba equipment
    • Mask, fins, and snorkel
    • Exposure protection
    • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)
    • Regulators
    • Cylinders
    • Weight systems
    • Underwater instruments
    • Compass
    • Accessories
    • Dive flag
  • Planning your dive
    • Diver fitness and overexertion
    • Orientation to new or local diving environments
    • Boat diving procedures
    • Buddy system
    • First aid
  • Underwater Navigation
    • Compass
    • Natural

Some of the in-water skills include all of the following and more!

  • Swimming evaluation (Must be completed prior to any scuba skill being taught)
    • Distance swim of 200 metres non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel or any swimming aids, or 300 metres non-stop using mask, snorkel, and fins
    • Survival swim/float of 10 minutes

* Note: If an exposure suit is worn for any of the above skills, the wearer must be neutrally buoyant at the surface.

  • Scuba skills
    • Scuba system assembly and disassembly
    • Weight system adjustment with proper weighting
    • Removal and replacement of weight system on the surface
    • Removal and replacement of weight system at depth
  • Pre-dive check of self and buddy
  • Partial mask clear at depth
  • Full mask clear at depth
  • Breathing and swimming underwater without a mask
  • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) use:
    • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at the surface
    • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at depth
    • Removal and replacement at surface
    • Removal and replacement at depth
  • Buoyancy control
    • Hovering
    • Controlled ascents
    • Controlled descents
  • Regulator use
    • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at the surface
    • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at depth
  • Underwater swimming; proper use of fins
  • Entries and exits
    • Controlled seated entry
    • Giant stride entry
    • Shallow water exit
    • Deep water exit
  • Snorkel use
    • Adjustment
    • Clearing; blast method

What’s in it for you?

  • Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may conduct dives in conditions similar to their training and enroll in the Junior Advanced Adventure Diver program, along with other individual SDI Specialties appropriate for their age

SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Knowledge Quest or equivalent SDI online learning exam with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor. Instructors my use additional exams that can be found on the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor Resource CD
  • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
REFERRAL OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE

SDI Referral Open Water Scuba Diver Course - $300

You started your Open Water Scuba Diver Course at your local dive center, but local conditions for the checkout dives don't sound too appealing (murky water, cold), and you want to finish your course in a beautiful tropical destination such as Playa del Carmen? Well, at Beyond Diving we accept referrals from any recognized agency. As long as it has not been over 1 year since you've completed the academic and confined water portions of you course, we will conduct the checkout dives and once successful, issue you an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification valid worldwide.

ADVANCED ADVENTURE DIVER

SDI Advanced Adventure Diver

Price – $400. Includes equipment rental, manual, 5 open water dives +1 free dive

  • Available as an Online Course: $435
  • If you’ve taken your Open Water Scuba Diver course and are now ready to expand your knowledge but would like to see what is out there first, then the SDI Advanced Adventure Diver course is for you! The SDI Advanced Adventure course will give you an overview of five different SDI specialties. Two of the required specialties are the Deep Diver and Navigation Diver specialties which are the foundation of continuing diver education. The remaining specialty dives you can opt for include:

    • Advanced Buoyancy Control
    • Altitude Diver
    • Boat Diver
    • Computer Nitrox Diver
    • Drift Diver
    • Marine Ecosystem Awareness
    • Many more!
  • This course is intended to introduce you to each of the five specialties selected; not complete comprehension of the chosen specialty. One dive from each of the chosen specialties may apply towards the completion of a specialty certification.

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 in dive training
  • Any certified open water scuba diver who would like to experience an introduction to SDI specialties

Course Prerequisites:

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

*Note: Junior divers (10-15) can only take specialties approved for their age Limits for Junior Divers: Deep Diving: Maximum depth for divers 10-15 is 21 metres/70 feet Dry suit; minimum age 12 Wreck: Limited penetration minimum age 15

What you can expect to learn:

  • An overview of the SDI Deep Diver and SDI Navigation Diver specialties
  • Basic insight to three other chosen specialties of your choice as an introduction to that specific area in diving

Some of the in-water skills include:

  • Successfully perform skills listed for dive one of the three chosen specialties as well as both core specialties
    • Deep Diver open water dive
      • Test and check all equipment
      • Familiarization with dive site
      • Descend to planned depth, do not exceed any pre-planned limits
      • Dive according to plan at a depth limited to 30 metres/ 100 feet Divers between the age of 10 and 15 cannot exceed 21 metres/70 feet
      • Ascend to safety stop
      • Exit and log dive
    • Navigation open water dive
      • Establish a reference point, plan dive, and enter water from shore/boat
      • Practice out and back technique on surface
      • Squares and triangles on surface
      • Perform a square on the bottom
      • Perform a triangle on the bottom
      • Ascend to safety stop
      • Exit and log dive

What’s in it for you?

  • An opportunity to experience several SDI specialties
  • Continue diver education, skills, and knowledge
  • Ability to enroll in and complete selected specialties
  • After successful completion, ability to enroll in the SDI Recue Diver course

SDI Advanced Adventure Diver minimum requirements:

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

How to take this course!

  • Available as an Online Course: $450
SDI ADVANCED DIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

SDI Advanced Scuba Diver Development Program

Price – Viaries depending on specialties. 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
SDI CPR1st & AED ADMINISTRATOR

SDI CPR1st & AED Administrator Course

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

RESCUE DIVER

SDI Rescue Diver Course

Price – $430. Includes equipment rental, manual, classroom/pool sessions & open water training dives Available as an Online Course: $460

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

How do I take this course?

  • Available as an Online Course: $460
MASTER SCUBA DIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program

Price – Varies depending on specialties and/or current certification level. The SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program was created to make true master divers. The program requires a new open water diver to complete four SDI, TDI, or ERDI Specialties, the SDI Rescue Diver Course, and log 50 dives. SDI feels a diver will be a true master scuba diver after these steps accomplished.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to attain the highest non-leadership diver level

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:

  • Detailed information of four SDI, TDI, or ERDI Diver Specialties of your choice and become a qualified SDI Rescue Diver

What’s in it for you?

  • An opportunity to gain knowledge’s and experience in four SDI, TDI, or ERDI Specialties
  • Gain knowledge, experience and the skills to become qualified SDI Rescue Diver

SDI Master Diver minimum requirements:

  • Completion of 4 SDI, TDI, or ERDI Specialty Courses or equivalent; only 1 course without dives, may be credited towards the master diver development program, with the exception of nitrox
  • Completion of the SDI Rescue Diver Course or equivalent
  • Proof of 50 logged dives
COMPUTER NITROX DIVER

SDI Computer Nitrox

Price – $150 (no dives), $250 (including 2 dives)  - Add $25 for E-learning.

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

How do I take this course?

  • Available as an Online Course: Start eLearning today!
SDI SIDEMOUNT DIVER

SDI Sidemount Diver

Price – $600 3 DAYS

Who this SDI course is for:
  • The certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.

Course prerequisites:

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

What you can expect to learn: The SDI Sidemount Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Gas management utilizing independent cylinders
  • Equipment considerations
    • Cylinder options
    • Regulator options
    • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)/harness options
    • Proper weighting
    • Equipment configurations
  • Communication
    • Hand signals
  • Problem solving
    • Gas-sharing
    • Gas hemorrhages
  • Water entries
    • Shore
    • Boat
  • S-Drills (specific to sidemount)

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

  • Plan dive
  • Test and check all equipment (depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers)
  • Familiarization with area
  • Descend to planed depth and not exceed any pre-planned limits
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely manage gas in independent cylinders
  • Monitor depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate
  • Demonstrate ability to control buoyancy
  • Attaching sidemount cylinders while
    • Out of water
    • On surface standing on bottom
    • On surface in water to deep to stand
    • At depth
  • Perform gas switches
  • Perform safety stops

What’s in it for you? Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in sidemount diving activities without direct supervision, provided the following limits are adhered to:

  • Safety stops as appropriate
  • Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level

Also, the SDI Sidemount Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program. SDI Sidemount Diver minimum requirements:

  • Perform all land drills and open water dive requirements safely and efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Log all dives

How to take this course!

  • Get started with Sidemount on eLearning: here
SDI SOLO DIVER
Price – $400. 2 Days -  Includes manual, classroom sessions & open water checkout dives. Does not include equipment. If you are looking at being a Solo Diver, you should have your own equipment.

SDI Solo Diver

At one point or another, many divers have found themselves alone during a dive, whether it was intentional or not. SDI’s Solo Diving is the practice of self reliant scuba diving without a “dive buddy.”Solo diving, once considered technical diving and discouraged by most certification agencies, is now seen by many experienced divers and some certification agencies as an acceptable practice for those divers suitably trained and experienced. Rather than relying on the traditional buddy diving safety system, solo divers should be skilled in self-sufficiency and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving.

Being one of SDI’s most popular courses, the Solo Diver course stresses proper dive planning, personal limitations, and accident prevention, as well as the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo. You will also learn the additional equipment that is required for solo diving including its proper usage and assembly. This is the perfect course for underwater photography and underwater video divers as well as those diving with their children or buddies that may not be very experienced in scuba diving.

Who this course is for:

The certified SDI Advanced Diver (or equivalent) who is interested in learning how to dive independent of a dive buddy, or looking to strengthen your buddy team diving skills.

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 21
  • Certified SDI Advanced Diver or equivalent
  • Provide proof of 100 logged dives

What you can expect to learn:

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

  • Why solo dive?
  • History of buddy diving
  • Pros and cons of buddy diving and solo diving
  • Legal liability assumed by buddy diving
  • How to use the SDI Solo Diving waiver and release
  • Who must solo dive?
  • The solo diving mentality
  • When not to solo dive
  • Equipment for solo diving
  • Planning and conducting a solo dive
  • Navigation
  • Management of solo diving emergencies
  • Review the SDI Solo Diver Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk Agreement Form

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include all of the following and more:

  • 200 metres/600 feet surface swim in full scuba equipment, configured for local diving conditions; must be non-stop and performed in an open water environment
  • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
  • Plan dive limits based on personal air consumption rate
  • Plan exact dive
  • Properly execute the planned dive within all predetermined limits
  • Equipment configuration appropriate for solo diving
  • Proper descent/ascent rates
  • Proper safety stop procedures
  • Monitoring of decompression status equipment; tables, computers, equipment, etc.
  • Navigation skills – demonstrate proficiency of navigation with compass
  • Demonstrate emergency change over to redundant air supply (not to exceed 30 metres/100 feet)
  • Deploy surface marker buoy (SMB)
  • Use of audible signaling device

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in solo diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor as 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

The SDI Solo Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to complete the SDI Advanced Diver Development program or SDI Master Scuba Diver Development program.

SDI Solo Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Solo 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
SDI ADVANCED BUOYANCY DIVER

SDI Advanced Buoyancy Diver

    Price – $250
    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

SDI COMPUTER DIVER

 

SDI Computer Diver

Price – $250 – You should provide your own dive computer.

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
SDI DEEP DIVER

Price – $300

SDI Deep Diver Course

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
SDI WRECK DIVER
Price – $400

SDI Wreck Diver

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

How to take this course!

  • Available as an Online Course: Start eLearning today!
SDI UNDERWATER NAVIGATION DIVER

SDI Underwater Navigation

Price – $250

SDI Underwater Navigation

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

How to take this course!

Available as online Course: Start eLearning today!

SDI DRIFT DIVER

SDI Drift Diver

Price – $250

SDI Drift Diver

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
SDI BOAT DIVER

SDI Boat Diver

Price – $250

SDI Boat Diver

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
SDI SEARCH AND RECOVERY

SDI Search & Recovery Diver

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
SDI SHORE AND BEACH DIVER

SDI Shore and Beach Diver

Price – $250

SDI Shore and Beach Diver

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
SDI UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER

SDI Underwater Photographer Diver

Price – $300

SDI Underwater Photographer Diver

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
SDI UNDERWATER VIDEO DIVER

SDI Underwater Video Diver

Price – $300

SDI Underwater Video Diver

Most divers have a desire to bring home the sights and sounds of being underwater. Underwater video makes it possible to save our underwater experiences and share them with others. Shooting underwater video is fun, exciting, and easy to learn. The SDI Underwater Video Diver Course is designed to introduce divers to the equipment, techniques, and procedures needed to plan and shoot underwater video with maximum safety.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to maximum the use of underwater video for scuba diving and to bring back memories to share with others about their experiences

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

  • Video Equipment
    • Video systems
    • Types of video formats
    • Video cameras
    • Video controls
    • Accessories
  • Underwater Video Housings
    • Types of housings
    • Housing controls
    • Features and benefits
    • Selecting housing
  • Recording Underwater
    • Dive planning
    • Setting the video and dive objective
    • Creating a storyboard
    • Safety concerns
  • Pre-dive Equipment Assembly
    • Setting the camera controls
    • Assembling the system
    • Checking for leaks
  • Video Camera Handling Techniques
    • Using the viewfinder
    • Point and shoot
    • Using a tripod
  • Basic Techniques
    • Shot selection
    • Shot times
    • Putting shots in sequence
    • Approaching marine life
    • Cutting video shots
    • Surface water shots
    • Above water shots
  • Underwater Video Lighting
    • Natural light
    • Artificial light
    • Light systems and power supplies
    • Lights and filters
  • Shooting Video at Night
    • Safety concerns
    • Entries and exits
    • Operating the camcorder and housing controls
    • Approaching marine life at night
  • Editing
    • Fundamentals of editing
    • Required equipment
    • Editing equipment configurations
    • Editing techniques
    • In-camera editing
  • Care and Maintenance
    • After each dive
    • Regular maintenance
    • Periodic maintenance
    • Storing underwater video systems
    • Caring for a flooded video camera/housing
  • Traveling with Underwater Equipment
    • Deciding what equipment to bring
    • Packing the equipment
    • Bringing underwater video equipment on boats
    • Flying with underwater video equipment
    • Renting equipment

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

  • Plan dive
  • Set the video objective
  • Plan the sequence of shots
  • Review of procedures
  • Entry
  • Diving procedures
  • Exit
  • Log dive dives
  • Care of equipment
  • Edit footage to follow story

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

SDI Underwater Video Diver minimum requirements:

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

SDI Equipment Specialist Diver

Price – $200

SDI Equipment Specialist Diver

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
SDI MARINE ECOSYSTEMS AWARENESS DIVER

SDI Marine Eco Systems Awareness Diver

Price – $300

SDI Marine Eco Systems Awareness Diver

Divers have a vested interest in protecting the marine environment. In many cases, divers do not have environmental information about local sites. This specialty is designed to increase the open water diver’s understanding of marine and freshwater environments, the problems facing these unique ecosystems, and the role that diver’s play in protecting our marine resources.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to about the underwater world and the impact of divers as well as others have on the environment. How we can preserve the underwater world for generations to come

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 Marine Eco Systems Awareness Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Physical attributes
    • Temperature and thermoclines
    • Salinity and halocline
    • Dissolved gases
    • Light, as it applies to photosynthesis
    • Nutrient circulation
    • Waves and tides
    • Currents and nutrient cycling
  • Topographical features
  • Marine organisms
    • Plankton
    • Aquatic plants
    • Aquatic animals
    • Specific local animals
    • Aquatic food webs
    • Behavioral changes due to daily cycle
  • Ecosystems
    • Tropical reef
    • Temperate
    • Freshwater
  • Environmentally friendly diving techniques
    • Buoyancy control
    • Kick technique
    • Local considerations
  • Issues facing marine ecosystems
    • Issues of local interest
    • Global habitat destruction and pollution
    • Over fishing
  • Coral bleaching
  • Diver animal interactions
    • Intrusive
    • Non-intrusive
    • Feeding
    • Treating marine life injuries
  • Observation Techniques
    • Grids
    • Passive observation
  • Collection Methods

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

At various sites complete the following:

  • Maintain good buoyancy control
  • Make general observations
    • Location
    • Bottom composition
    • Marine life
    • Special characteristics
    • Indications of human impact
  • Grid observations
    • Make two separate sets of grid observations during each dive
    • Describe all marine life for later identification
    • Record behavior
    • Log Dives
  • Compare and contrast the dive sites
  • Discuss the effect of human impacts
  • Discuss ways to minimize human impact

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 Marine Eco Systems Awareness Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Marine Eco Systems Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
SDI NIGHT/LIMITED VISIBILITY DIVER

SDI Night/Limited Visibility Diver

Price – $300

SDI Night/Limited Visibility Diver

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

How to take this course!

  • Take Night and Limited Visibility online with: eLearning
SDI DIVEMASTER

SDI Divemaster Course

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SDI Divemaster Course

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 Adventure 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

How to take this course!

  • Available as an Online Course: Start eLearning today!
SDI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

SDI Assistant Instructor

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SDI Assistant Instructor

The SDI Assistant Instructor Course is designed to build on the SDI Divemaster Program by gaining practical teaching experience, learning to prepare lesson plans, and give academic presentations. You will work with an instructor to gain experience teaching before moving on to the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor level. Once you complete the Specialty Instructor training with a qualified SDI Instructor Trainer, you can become qualified to teach several SDI Specialty Diver courses.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed to have students gain practical teaching experience with an active SDI Instructor

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Certified SDI Divemaster or equivalent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider,* where local law permits
  • Provide proof of at least 60 logged dives or 50 logged dives and 25 hours underwater accumulated time
  • Possess the minimum instructional equipment, as defined in leadership course standards section two of this manual

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

What you can expect to learn:

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

  • SDI Standards and Procedures
  • History of SDI
  • Products and procedures
    • How to place an order
    • Yearly renewals
    • SDI requirements for SDI Assistant Instructor certification
    • SDI Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities of an SDI Assistant Instructor
  • Liability and insurance
    • Risk management
    • Waivers and releases
    • Filling out an accident report
  • Course planning
    • Preparation, planning and control in dive management and diving activities
    • Pool/confined water and open water procedures
    • Practical experience in assisting with the training of open water dives
    • Pool/confined water and open water problem solving
    • How to conduct a snorkeling course
    • How to conduct an inactive diver/refresher course
  • Emergency procedures
    • First aid
    • Oxygen (O2) administration
    • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

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

  • Assist in all required courses
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Complete a 400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted
  • Complete a 800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes
  • Provide proof of 60 logged dives
  • 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

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Teach and certify students in the SDI Snorkeling Course
  • Conduct the SDI Inactive Diver/Refresher Course
  • Conduct the knowledge quest review in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course under the guidance of an active SDI Instructor
  • 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 training
  • Teach approved specialties after receiving instructor training in those specialties

SDI Assistant Instructor Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate all open water diver skills to instructor quality
  • Complete the SDI Assistant Instructor exam, or online version, with a minimum score of 80 percent and 100 percent remediation
SDI OPEN WATER SCUBA DIVER INSTRUCTOR

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI)

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SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI)

The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI) course is designed to teach current Divemasters or Assistant Instructors certified with a recognized dive training organization the knowledge to effectively function as an open water scuba diver instructor. This program is divided into two sections, an instructor development course (IDC) and an instructor evaluation course (IEC).

Who this course is for:

  • Individuals that wish to share their love for the underwater world with others

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Certified diver for a minimum of 6 months
  • Proof of 100 logged dives completed in a number of different environments with varying depths
  • Be certified as a SDI Divemaster, SDI Assistant Instructor, or equivalent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits

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

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • SDI Standards and Procedures
  • History of SDI
  • Products and procedures
    • How to place an order
    • Registration procedures
    • Yearly renewals
  • Liability and insurance
    • Risk management
    • Waivers and releases
  • Filling out an accident report
  • Methods of instruction
    • Teaching theory, methods and oral communications
    • Lesson preparation
    • Use of training aids
    • SDI home study program, use of knowledge quest
  • Successfully selling scuba
    • Budgeting courses
    • Recruiting students
    • Organizing and scheduling a course
    • Retail sales
  • Instructor ethics
  • Physics and physiology of diving

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

  • Present a minimum of
    • Two classroom presentations
    • Two lessons in confined water
    • Two lessons in open water
  • Show preparation, planning and control in
    • Dive management
    • Diving activities
  • Perform, to demonstration quality, one complete rescue scenario
  • Perform a 10 minute survival-float, without the use of swimming aids
  • Complete a 400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted
  • Complete a 800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes
  • 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
  • Pool/confined water
    • Candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course
    • Pool/confined water problem solving
  • Open Water
    • In open water candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course
    • Open water problem solving

Required Skill Performance for IEC, the student must:

  • Present a minimum of
    • One classroom presentation, minimum time 15 minutes in duration
    • One full lesson in confined water
    • One full lesson in open water
  • The evaluating instructor trainer must verify all required subjects were covered and skills were performed

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Teach the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, Advanced Adventure Diver Specialty, Computer Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor course

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Instructor written exam or online equivalent
  • Successfully complete the IDC and the IEC
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning class planning and execution

How to take this course!

  • Available as an Online Course: Start eLearning today!