​react right

React Right is SSI's Emergency Training Program. Learn the "How To" of First Aid, CPR, AED, and Oxygen Administration in diving emergencies as well as Emergency Assessment, so that any emergency situation can be evaluated properly. 

emergency training

​stress & rescue

Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies. The Diver Stress & Rescue Program will teach you about accident prevention and how to handle situations that might occur. You will learn how to avoid, recognize and solve problems on the surface and underwater. Enhance your safety! This is one class you want to be sure your buddy takes!

​river diving

Open up another world of diving in rivers and streams! In this specialty course you will learn the specifics, rules of conduct and what you need to know when diving in currents.

​search and recovery

Whether it's the gold of a sunken ship or your buddy lost his dive light, there are times when knowing how to search for lost object would be very beneficial. The Search and Recovery Specialty will teach how to conduct different search patterns for use in various conditions and the proper techniques to raise objects using lift bags.

​science of diving

Science of Diving addresses all the areas of diving knowledge in a detailed and comprehensive manner; Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment and Diving Equipment. If you are interested in diving or are planning on becoming a Diving Professional, the Science of Diving Program is what you need!


You no longer have to make a choice between safety and longer bottom times - Nitrox is the key. Enrolling in SSI's most popular specialty program will teach you everything you need to know about Enriched Air Nitrox. This program is also a prerequisite for Technical Diving.

altitude diving

If you dive in a body of water 1,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, this is altitude diving.  Most decompression algorithms have been designed to plan dives up to 1,000 feet. During your Altitude Diving Program, you will learn everything you need to safely plan dives at a higher altitude.

waves, tides and currents

Water motion can have a tremendous effect of your enjoyment during your dives. Adequate training is critical to handling the various water motion conditions you may encounter. You will learn to interact with waves when entering from shore, how to react in a rip current and other water conditions.

night and limited visibility

Whether it's day or night, limited visibility can be an adventure. Just because the visibility is limited doesn't mean the opportunities have to be. This program is filled with information about planning and conducting night and limited visibility dives for fun, adventure and exploration!


To become a safe and confident diver, it is critical to develop an understanding of navigation. You will learn how to navigate with a compass, how to apply natural navigation skills, estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to marking points, and be able to get back to the exit point.

boat diving

Boats allow you the opportunity to explore spectacular dive sites far from shore. This program covers the additional knowledge you need to make your first boat diving vacation a true success, and the techniques necessary to dive properly from all sizes and types of boats. Enhance your dive trips!

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perfect buoyancy

Proper buoyancy control can only be mastered with proper training. The Perfect buoyancy Program will improve your swimming position and reduce your effort while swimming underwater, which will reduce your air consumption. In addition proper buoyancy control is the best skill for protecting the environment.

equipment techniques

Your Total Diving System is like a buddy underwater whom you need to be able to rely on at anytime. You will learn about equipment selection, care and maintenance on your equipment, and how to properly store it to assure performance and extend the life of your Total Diving System.

​underwater photography

Learn everything you need to know to be a successful underwater photographer! Digital Underwater Photography will teach you the proper photography techniques to get better results instantly and teach you how to optimize your camera system with valuable accessories.

​dry suit diving

Make diving a year round activity by learning the basics of using a dry suit. The dry suit diving program will teach you how to select and properly use your personally fitted dry suit. Aside from your comfort underwater, proper insulation and protection is also important for your safety.

​wreck DIVER

Exciting diving experiences await. These dives and exploring the past is exhilarating but there are some risks involved. However, with the proper training and knowledge you get all you need to have the "Ultimate Diving Experience" start exploring history and unknown sites.

​deep DIVER

Many of the more exciting and intriguing dive sites are located in deeper water. Without proper training this type of diving can put you at risk. The SSI Deep Diving Program will give you the knowledge, skills and experience required to make these types of dives safely and comfortably. Explore the big blue!

​advanced adventurer

During the Advanced Adventurer Program you will have the opportunity to try out 5 different specially courses. You will complete one open water training dive per specialty, and if you decide to complete any of the specialties you tried, the dive you logged in that specialty can be applied to your Advanced Diver certification.