SDI specialty diver courses - bring your skills to expert level

SDI specialty diver courses are designed to improve the skills of a diver in a special type of diving. For example wreck diving, deep diving and many more. 

The difference to adventure dives of the SDI Advanced Adventure Diver program is that you will become a true specialist, not just have a glimpse in your chosen specialty.

SDI specialty diver courses: navigation training
dive agencies equivalency

Who this course is for:

  • Open Water divers that want to improve their skills and become specialists

Course prerequisites

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

List of SDI Specialty Diver courses

SDI Deep Diver Near Wreck

SDI Deep Diver

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. The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary training to plan and execute dives that are beyond the depth range of 18 metres/60 feet and to a maximum depth of not greater than 40 metres/130 feet.

Sidemount diver in Cenote, scuba diving blog

TDI SDI Sidemount Diver

The TDI SDI Sidemount Diver course teaches you how to use a sidemount configuration properly. This includes set up, adjustments, trim, handling multiple tanks and regulators. Also the safety drills for running out of air or sharing air.

SDI Solo Diver Checks Computer

SDI Solo Diver

The SDI 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.

SDI Advanced Buoyancy control Diver and Coral

SDI Advanced Buoyancy control

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.

SDI Advanced Buoyancy control 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. 

SDI Computer Nitrox Diver Giant Striding Off Boat

SDI Computer Nitrox Diver

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.

SDI Equipment Specialist Tank Setup

SDI Equipment Specialist

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.

SDI Marine Ecosystems awareness hydrocorals macro

SDI Marine Ecosystem 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.

SDI Night limited visibility Divers Coming Out of Water

SDI Night/Limited Visibility Diver

Many divers find that night diving is their favorite type of diving. The purpose of the SDI Night/Limited Visibility Diver 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.

SDI Wreck Diver Exploring Wreck

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.

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