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.