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SSI Scuba Specialties and Scuba Diving Courses

SSI (Scuba School International) has a lot of diving specialties courses.

The specialties diving courses are very important If you want to go further in diving, there are no real options; you need to take some specialties courses.

If you do not know the in and the out of a particular type of scuba diving, this can lead to a potential accident.
For example diving at night without knowing the ins and outs can be dangerous, not only for you but also for your buddy or the group.
Why? Because you do not know how to signal with a light or a torch, which is important as you cannot see the hand signal of your buddies during a night dive.

So learning specialty courses is as important as learning to dive for the first time. This is why SSI has many specialties diving courses for you to be comfortable in any situations and any particular scuba dives.

Diving Specialties courses are also essential to have as you cannot go to the next level if you do miss a primary specialty certification.
Just an example: You have the Nitrox and Deep Diver certification, and you want to go further and deeper than 40 meters (130 feet) which are the technical way. So if you are not a certified rescue diver, you cannot start tec diving as technical diving requires you to be a rescue diver too.

What are the most important scuba diving specialties courses to learn?

Specialty course like the boat diving is also very important All! It's all about you and your scuba diving needs.

One diving specialty should not be considered less important than the other one.
For example, if some divers feel comfortable about diving from a boat, some are not, just thinking to do a back roll or a negative entry make them nervous.

This is where the diving specialty course boat diving become famous, and even more.
Why? Because the people who have taken the boat diving specialty course will be a lot better and responsible than the divers, who did not.

At the end the certified boat divers have learned many types of entry adapted to different dive sites, weather, waves, currents and they will secure their gear properly as well as to do a proper exit in many different conditions.
The last but not the least, they will also know the basic boat's language and knowledge as well as how to move safely and behave properly on a boat and in the water around the boat.

Is there some specialties diving courses that Scotty's recommend in first hand?

the nitrox specialty course is certainly the recommended one If all specialties courses are necessary, you should know that air is not the perfect gas to dive with and by far!

We have a lot to say about diving on air; diving engineers didn't mix gases to become hyperoxic gases, enriched air nitrox and so just for the pleasure to do it, diving with air is bad!
If air can suit for some recreational diving, you will often experience that after 2 or 3 dives on air, you feel tired which is bad.

Scotty's Dive Centers are strongly recommending to dive with nitrox, as a matter of fact we are so concerned for your safety that if you take a nitrox course with us (course duration 1 day), during the rest of your stay, holiday or vacation you will have a nitrox gas in your tank for FREE!
That's not for nothing that some well-known and very reputable diving agency like GUE, dive nitrox and below 30 meters (130 feet) dive trimix.

So yes, if there is one specialty that we recommend before most of all is to take the nitrox specialty course.
So overall we recommend, depending your level, these three essentials:

  • Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty course: The safest way to breath underwater.
  • The stress and rescue course: A crucial one, the certification is also a pass to many specialties as well as becoming a tech diver.
  • The Deep Diver course: one day or another you will go deeper, this an essential specialty in recreational diving and a pass to become a tec diver as well.

EANx nitrox course.

eanx nitrox course If you take a Nitrox course with us, you can dive with a free nitrox at Scotty's for the remaining days or weeks of your stay and vacation! Nitrox is the best gas to dive with, from 0 meters (0 feet), yes you read well, Zero to 40 meters (130 feet) the nitrox gas is the safest way to breathe underwater. Many dive agencies have adopted the nitrox as their gas by default, as air is not, for sure, the best gas to dive.

The stress and rescue course.

The rescue diving course The SSI stress and rescue diving course is one of the most famous specialty course you will ever take. The stress and rescue certification is also a pass for some specialties courses as well as to become a professional diver or a technical diver. At the end of the rescue diving course, your will have a lot more knowledge about diving and will be a lot more comfortable underwater.

The deep diving course.

The deep sea diving course Going deeper is not a joke, it's your life, and you need to have more understanding about what happened to your body during a deep dive as well as managing the gas you are breathing. With the deep diving course, you will learn to go deeper down to 40 meters (130 feet) in a safe way without decompression. The deep diving certification will authorize you to dive in any deep water worldwide and all dive centers.

The digital underwater photography course.

The digital underwater photography course Taking pictures is not only the fact to push the shutter button, but photography is also an art by itself, and people can easily learn it. But underwater it's another level of photography; it's a more challenging type of photography as the white balance change every meter (3 feet) and your buoyancy should be perfect. Taking this underwater photography course in our diving school will allow you to bring back the breathtaking scenes of the wild beneath the ocean, without shaking images and perfect framing.

The cavern diving course.

The cavern course The cavern diving course is the mandatory certification if you want to become a full cave diver (cave diving is the no light zone of a cave, which means you do not see the entrance). With the cavern course you will learn to dive deeper into the cavern zones, learn to have a perfect buoyancy and will use new propulsion skills along with line laying and light code and usage.

The master diver course.

Become a master diver Take your SCUBA diving knowledge and skills to a whole new level and be recognized as a master diver. To become a master diver you will need at least 50 logged dives, learn 5 diving specialties where the stress and rescue is mandatory. So choose four additional intensive specialties training during the master diver course, and you will be at the top.

The boat diving course.

Learn to dive from a boat Strangely, this diving specialty course is one of the most disregarded, although this specialty course should be the most regarded as diving from a boat represent more than 85 per cent of the dives worldwide. With the Boat Diving course, you will obtain the knowledge about the sea and learn the features and jargons to dive from a ship as well as many diving procedures, secure your gear, etiquette and the boat's safety behaviors to have.

The underwater navigation course.

Learn to navigate underwater How to find back the boat's anchor? Where do you need to exit? Which way to go on a sandy and flat seabed? Where to go when you are in the big blue with no references? Strangely this diving course specialty is like the boat diving courses, one of the most disregarded although it should be one of the most important. Learning to navigate underwater will give you the big picture beneath the ocean.

The wreck diving course.

wreck diving specialty course If diving around a wreck might feel manageable, but there are many inherent dangers you need to be aware. To name few: like hanging things that can fall on you as well as sharp and rusty steel which can cut deeply, sudden no visibility and much more. With the wreck diving course, you will learn the proper techniques that maximize your wreck diving experience and exploration of unknown wreck diving sites.

The perfect buoyancy course.

Perfect buoyancy specialty course This specialty course should be the next step of any newly certified open water diver as you will get a perfect buoyancy after this course. But most importantly, you will learn the tricks in controlling your breathing, adjusting yourself to be neutrally buoyant which will result in a lower gas consumption and a lot better comfort. The Perfect Buoyancy specialty course usually takes one day.

The waves, tides and currents.

Waves, tides and current specialty course If for most scuba divers, waves, tides, and currents mean Drift Diving, this specialty course will also teach you a lot more than just using the currents, the waves, and the different tides to do your drift dives. Do not miss this course as it is a fun and exciting diving course and the knowledge you will acquire will also serve you in real life each time you will go on holidays near the sea.

The motion picture diving course.

Learn how to make an underwater movie During this specialty course, you will learn how to do a proper video, framing, as well as some software to use for your video montage with sound.Once you have completed the motion picture diving course, you will be able to film your diving journey and share the sights, sounds, and movement of the marine life underwater with a professional look and framing. During your lesson, you will learn to select and to maintain your underwater video equipment too.

The shark diving course.

shark diving specialty course With the shark diving course, you will learn to dive with the sharks and learn the proper techniques for diving with sharks. With the SSI shark diving certification, you will have the knowledge in all shark identification and behaviors to dive with them. Ten percent of the price's certification goes to the SHARKPROJECT for the SSI's sharks preservation program.

The night and limited visibility.

night diving course and limited visibility Diving at night or in an insufficient visibility is not like diving in clear water during the day. For example, all the signs that you know during a dive won't work anymore as your buddies will not see your hands as well as you won't be able to see the signs that your buddies are doing with their hands. At night there are other ways to communicate underwater. The SSI night and limited visibility dive course are designed to differentiate between day and night diving and the considerations that you should learn to dive at night confidently.

The equipment techniques course.

diving equipment specialist course If there is a right investment in scuba diving to do, it's the equipment techniques specialist course as you will be able to fix, repair and maintain your scuba gear. You will understand how your first and second stages work; you will learn to unmount them properly, maintain, replace or change used pieces of your equipment, and much more. Be knowledgeable about your SCUBA diving equipment and how they will affect you during a dive.

The search and recovery course.

Search and recovery diving course With the SSI search and recovery course, you will learn the techniques in locating and recovering items underwater. Take the SSI Search and Recovery course to find out how to retrieve any lost objects underwater and the proper techniques in lifting objects underwater.

The React Right First Aid.

The React Right First Aid course With the React Right course, you will learn how to do CPR and how to give First Aid in case of emergency. This course is not reserved for scuba divers only; it is open to everyone who wants to learn the First Aid procedures and skills. The React Right First Aid certification is mandatory before starting your Stress and Rescue Diver course.

The Science of Diving course.

Science of Diving course The science of Diving is not annoying as many scuba divers might think, it is even fun! You will learn a lot about everything related to scuba diving, and you will even be able to have your view about particular Science of Diving tips and tricks. The Science of Diving is mandatory to become a divemaster as well as starting some specialty course or recognition level.

The Sidemount Diving course.

The Sidemount Diving course The recreational Sidemount Diving course is a must to learn as it is viral nowadays, and it's not popular or trending for nothing. Scuba diving sidemount is more comfortable than the traditional BCD gilet style because you do not have tanks (cylinder) on your back. If you like caves and wrecks, Sidemount is also the most recommended gear configuration.

The Scuba Skills Update Refresher.

Scuba Skills Update Review Scuba review, Scuba tune-up, Scuba update, call it as you wish, if you didn't dive for an extended period, you might need to refresh your skills and knowledge. Why? Because you might have forgotten many essential skills to dive safely. Or even some simple tricks to make your dive more comfortable and enjoyable.

The Photo Video course.

The Photo Video course The Photo and Video course will give you the knowledge to shot stunning pictures with the right colors of the underwater marine life as well as taking video clips and mount them together with a beautiful story. How often have you seen a long and boring video? With the SSI Photo and Video course, you will learn to make a captivating video.

The Advanced Open Water Diver.

Advanced Open Water Diver The Advanced Open Water Diver is a recognition level before becoming a Master Diver. If you want to become an Advanced Open Water Diver, you will need to complete four specialty courses. You can take the four scuba diving specialties of your choice at our dive shop, or take the remaining number of missing specialties in our dive center to become an Advanced Open Water Diver.

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