Advanced and Specialties


Master Diver Card

Reach the Top: The SSI Master Diver rating recognizes both training and experience. You can’t just “buy” this rating by taking an endless succession of classes; you have to get out and dive as well. Believe us, the effort is worth it. Find out more…

Enriched Air Nitrox

Nitrox

This is the first class you should take immediately following certification. Nitrox gives you longer bottom and shorter surface intervals, and can increase safety margins as well. Find out more…

Perfect Buoyancy and SMB Deployment

Nitrox

When it comes to making diving easier, safer and more enjoyable, no other skill is as important as buoyancy control — nor is any other skill as critical when it comes to protecting the environment. If your buoyancy skills could use improvement, this is the perfect opportunity to make it happen. Find out more…

Deep Diver

NitroxAny dive deeper than 60 feet is a deep dive and requires special procedures and emergency preparedness skills. With deeper depths also comes the need for air consumption calculation and equipment preparation. Find out more…

Navigation

CompassUnder water, you can use a compass as a directional reference. But, the compass is only as good as your working knowledge and experience using it correctly. When you begin and end your dive at the correct location, you feel good, look good and conserve energy. Find out more…

Night and Limited Visibility

Night DiverWhile having great visibility and broad daylight is always desirable, it’s foolish to limit your diving to times and places where it exists. Night diving is different from limited visibility diving because with a good dive light, night diving is only limited in visibility by the quality of the dive light being used. Find out more…

Underwater Photography and Video

Computer

The key to great photos is getting close and light; without light, there is no color. When light penetrates into clear water at a perpendicular angle, it loses 50 percent of its surface brightness after 3.3 feet. This loss is caused by refraction, reflection, diffusion and the loss of color due to selective extinction (the weakening of radiation). Find out more…

Science of Diving

BoyleWhile scuba diving is primarily about having fun, there is considerable science behind it all. Learn the hows and whys behind diving-related physics and physiology, oceanography, decompression theory, environmental concerns, marine life and more. Find out more…

Shark Ecology/Coral Identification

Shark and CoralFew things seem to fascinate divers more than sharks, coral, fish, turtles and wrecks. We have courses that cover the last three items on this list. This course covers the two items that seem to fascinate many divers most: sharks and coral reefs. Find out more…

Search and Recovery

Search Patterns

You lost something or someone. Looking for a needle in a haystack is not effective. In this course you learn a variety of tried-and-true search patterns suitable for a variety of environments. The next question is, how do you get it there safely? This course is designed to teach you this as well. Find out more…

Drysuit Diving

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Knowing how to dive with a drysuit greatly increases your dive opportunities the whole year ‘round. Gone are the days of the water or air being too cold. Dry suits are easy to use but require training before you plunge into the open water. Find out more…

Equipment Specialist

ServiceYour dive equipment represents a substantial investment. It makes sense to learn how to get the best return on that investment. This is what the Equipment Specialist course is all about. Find out more…

The Art of Freediving

Search Patterns

Want to try the age old sport of freediving? Want to improve your breathing skills for scuba diving? The only way people learn new skills safely is through repetition. We want you to feel safe and at ease in the water and the only way to do that is for you to become truly comfortable with your knowledge, skills and equipment. Find out more…

Fish Identification and Turtle Ecology

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We now offer a Fish Identification course covering game fish, tropical fish and several sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Caribbean. When returning from a dive, you will know enough to speak intelligently about what you saw and you will know where to look to identify the fish. Find out more…

Spearfishing

Search Patterns

Spearfishing combines the thrill of hunting, fishing and scuba diving all in one activity. Like diving in general, spearfishing can be done safely when rules are followed. You should be mentally prepared, properly skilled and in adequate physical condition for the activity. Find out more…

Wreck Diving

WreckIn the Gulf South Region , the dive sites we dive are typically wrecks of some sort whether a bridge span, barge, pile of rubble, collapsed rig structure, military tanks, or an actual boat. This course concentrates on external survey, equipment preparedness, mental attitude and methods of research. Find out more…