Enhance your Scuba Adventure!
Push your boundaries.
Go beyond what was taught in Open Water! Take your pick from the various SSI Specialty Courses on offer. Increase your dive times with the Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty or broaden your dive limits with deep dives. There is definitely a specialty for you!
Enriched Air Nitrox
No longer will you have to decide between safety or longer dive times. Nitrox is your passport to a whole new realm of diving! 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 getting involved in Technical Diving.
Night diving is a positively exciting, thrilling and fascinating experience beyond imagination. Explore a whole new frontier armed with the right equipment and a powerful torch and uncover new mysteries and species hidden in the darkness of the water.
There is more to diving than just being in the water. It is also important to be well-versed in dive theory. The SSI Science of Diving specialty is perfect, especially during the off season, to build your knowledge on various topics from decompression theory, dive equipment, marine life and more.
Ever wondered how do instructors manage to find their way in the water and get back to the boat or exit points?Welcome to the extraordinary world of underwater navigation! Learn Navigation techniques with tools like a compass to find your way around, just like your instructor.
Never be lost again!
Search and Recovery
Having adequate search and rescue skills can be very useful. Learn effective techniques and different search patterns to not only locate and recover objects underwater and bring them safely back to the surface, but also plan search and recovery dives as a team with SSI's Search and Recovery Specialty.
Having in depth knowledge about your diving equipment is an integral part of becoming a better diver. This course teaches you how to choose the right equipment for your needs. You will learn how to fit, adjust , maintain and make small repairs right on the spot.
Having good buoyancy is the hallmark of a good diver. Not only will improving your buoyancy improve the overall enjoyment of your dives, you will also be able to better protect the environment. So boost the buoyancy skills you’ve acquired in the Open Water Course and take it to the next level.
Around the world, many of the magnificent mountain lakes have extremely good visibility which you can explore as a diver. If you dive at a site that is 300m above sea level, the SSI Altitude Diving Specialty will teach you everything you need to know about planning safe dives a higher altitudes.
Boats affords you the luxury of exploring spectacular dive sites located far from shore. Learn the proper dive boat procedures and etiquette to make your first boat diving vacation a true success, and the techniques necessary to dive properly from all sizes and types of boats.
Dry Suit Diving
Don't miss out on diving year long, even in colder climates! In your Dry Suit Diving program, learn about the advantages of dry suit diving and how a dry suit and its accessories enables your comfort and safety underwater by providing insulation and protection from the bitter cold.
Recreational Sidemount Diving
The sidemount equipment configuration has been common practice for a lot of wreck and cave divers but is now being discovered by more and more recreational divers. The ease of movement without a heavy tank on the back and a whole new feeling of buoyancy are enticing advantages of the program.
Silently glide past rocks eroded by years of the river's currents while surrounded by fish. River Diving allows you to enjoy a whole new variety of wildlife and diving style in its unique environment. Learn the rules and movements of diving in currents and feel the power of water on these special dives.
Sharks have always captivated the attention of mankind and there is much misconceptions prevalent about them. Learn the truth about them and separate fact from fiction. You will also learn how to react properly when diving or snorkelling with sharks and how to care for and protect these beautiful creatures.
Underwater photography is becoming easier everyday with new equipment and accessories! Learn to optimise your camera system and valuable accessories with proper photography techniques and become a successful underwater photographer! Add a new dimension to your diving and capture the memories of your underwater encounters!
Waves, Tides and Currents
Don't let the motion of the water deter you or negatively affect your enjoyment during your dives. With the right training offered on Waves, Tides and Currents, you will be prepared to handle encounters with various water conditions. Learn to interact with waves when entering from the shore, how to react in a rip current or general currents on a dive.
Get a glimpse of history as you venture into Wreck Diving. Approaching the captain's bridge from a spectacular panorama of an enormous shipwreck is an exhilarating sight to behold. Amidst the excitement, divers need to be aware if the risks involved and get informed about the proper training and knowledge to enjoy the experience.