How Far Do You Want To Go?
The possibilities are endless, you can continue diving and keep your practice up or you can continue your scuba education. SSI has several courses to offer, the next level is the Advanced Open Water Certification up to Professional rating such as the Divemaster Certification.
The Advanced Adventurer (equivalent for PADI Advanced Open Water Diver) is the most common next step after your Open Water Diver certification. This program Improves your knowledge and skills underwater allows you to experience five different open water dives from five SSI Specialty programs without requiring you to complete the entire Specialty. If you are unsure of your next step, this is the perfect way to advance your dive skills and experience, and to identify which Specialty programs interest you. You will earn the SSI Advanced Adventurer certification after completing this program.
The other step is that jump straight to complete diving specialty programs and earn higher recognition ratings.
What Diving Specialties shoud I do?
There are many different diving specialties available in SSI, PADI and other agencies. And to be honest not all of them are essential or they really add a lot to your training.
Let's start with the most important specialties, which are the specialties that need proper training and must be done by an Instructor, because you need to know and understand the risks associated with different types of diving. They will expand your knowledge and will give you more possibilities to explore more and different dives sites around the world. They could also be prerequisites for more training. And if you want to dive in these conditions, all dive centers will ask for proof of certification before you dive with them. These are:
The Nitrox Diver Specialty is the most popular of all specialties for a good reason, you will take your dive to the next level. Diving with Nitrox have multiple benefits such as: longer bottom times, shorter surface intervals, longer repetitive dives.
But, Is not only that, you can dive with Nitrox while keeping your air settings in your dive computer adding an extra safety margin to the no decompression limits. Something that divers usually do when doing multiple dives for a long period of time.
Also divers that use Nitrox decrease the risk of decompression sickness and Nitrogen Narcosis, as we are breathing less Nitrogen than in a regular mix of air.
But, all this benefits comes with a cost if not properly managed. This course will teach how to plan and dive safely with mixtures of up to 40 %. You will be trained what are this associated risks, how to avoid them, how to plan your dives, how to analyse a Nitrox mixture, how to calculate your maximum operating depth (MOD), etc. And it can be completed 100% online (EAN32).
The Deep Diver Specialty will give you the knowledge and ability to safely and comfortably explore deeper dive sites, below the 18 meters. Maybe there's a wreck a wall, a shark cave, whatever it is you will with with confidence at depths down to 40 mts (130ft), which is the maximum depth allowed in recreational diving.
You will learn deep diving planning and procedures, managing your gas supply, deal with narcosis, improve your buoyancy control and more.
Nitrox Diver and Deep Diver Specialties can be combined in one course. And you can get them both with the Specialty Diver Bundle for a reduced price.
In the SSI diving training path the Specialty Diver is a recognition rating for those who are certified in 2 different specialties and completed 12 dives. Once you complete those requirements you will receive automatically and free in your MySSI App the Specialty Diver eCard.
The Wreck Diver Specialty is another fun and interesting training that will give you the knowledge and ability to dive wrecks above, around and with limited penetration within the daylight zone. Wreck diving offer a chance for more discovery and exploration. Wrecks could be airplanes, ships, or even cars, either lost in an accident or purposely sunk as an artificial reef. They are usually teamed up with fascinating marine life and they all have some sort of mystery and history behind it which makes it more fun to dive.
The Night Diver Specialty will welcome you to a whole new world. The day creatures hide to give pass to some of the most amazing creatures that come out only at night. This certification will also give you a whole new level of experience and exploration and that feeling of mystery and suspense that only a night dive can provide. In this course you will learn to pay attention to things you not to in daylight, how to enter navigate and exiting in the dark, communication techniques and special equipment handling.
The Stress & Rescue Diver is a course that every diver serious diver should achieve. Is the first aid of scuba diving. It will give you more confidence and improve your diving abilities. In this program you will learn how to identify, manage stress situations above and underwater, how to prevent accidents and deal with emergency situations. It's a challenging course but it is also fun, rewarding and one of everybody's favourite course. Personally it was my favourite of all.
You can combined all specialties with the Advanced Open Water bundle and the Master Diver Bundle.
In the SSI diving training path the Advanced Open Water Diver Rating is a recognition for those who are certified in 4 different specialties and completed 24 dives. Once you complete those requirements you will receive automatically and free in your MySSI App the Advanced Open Water Diver eCard.
The Master Diver rating is for those who completed 4 specialties plus the Stress & Rescue and have logged 50 dives. This is the highest recognition rating for recreational divers. When you have reached these requirements you will get your free Master Diver recognition eCard.
There are more essential specialties such as Cavern diver, Ice Diver, Sidemount, altitude diving if you which to dive in those conditions. In a second level of importance are these specialties that you could learn it by experience but also you can do them to add training and fun if you which such as Navigation, Equipment Techniques, scooter/DPV, Search and Recovery,etc.