Specialty Courses

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Wreck Diving

General Manager Casey checking out the Airplane Wreck off Great Dog Island

“Diving on wrecks means diving in the past – and it is always related with a certain thrill…”

It is an unbelievable experience to see a big ship from a bird’s perspective and to glide towards the captain’s bridge. But there are also tragedies related to wrecks. Diving on wrecks is exciting and there are some potential risks too, but with the right training, WRECK DIVING will become a great adventure.

During the SSI WRECK DIVING SPECIALTY COURSE you will learn where and how to get background information on wrecks, how to locate wrecks and how to prepare for a wreck dive. During the 2 mandatory dives you will apply the correct wreck diving techniques, as well as, evaluate and avoid the potential risks while diving on wrecks.

If you want to learn more about WRECK DIVING, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don’t want to sign up for the course.

WRECK DIVING Course Content:

  •  Selecting a Wreck
  • Wreck Diving Equipment
  • Locating the Wreck
  • Diving the Wreck
  • Advanced Wreck Diving

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

Combine other specialties while taking the WRECK DIVING course! UNDERWATER DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY or DEEP DIVING are great add ons. The possibilities are limitless!

Night & Limited Visibility Dive Course

“Diving at night means excitement, adventure and fascination all at the same time!”

The underwater world is a new and mystical world for us.  While diving at night you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view.

It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the mysteries held underwater when the sun goes down.

With the right equipment and a powerful torch there is a lot to discover. Night diving is a whole new way to experience the underwater world.

If you want to learn more about NIGHT AND LIMITED VISIBILITY, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don’t want to sign up for the course.

NIGHT & LIMITED VISIBILITY Course Content:

  • Night vs. Limited Visibility Diving
  • Special Equipment
  • Preparing For The Dive
  • The Dive
  • Advanced Techniques

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

Enriched Air Nitrox

Have you ever dreamed of having longer no-decompression limits to take pictures or explore a wreck? Did you ever want to be safer while diving concerning

the potential risk of decompression sickness?

The SSI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver course is our most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

Nitrox is the key. Due to the reduced fraction of nitrogen in your breathing gas, your body will have less work and the desaturation times will be reduced.

In our SSI ENRICHED AIR NITROX program, you will learn all the necessary rules for plan

ning dives with Nitrox and using Nitrox in a safe way. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive.

ENRICHED AIR NITROX contains optional dives and therefore it is a perfect “Vacation Specialty”. This will allow you to go diving immediately and enjoy the advantages of diving with Nitrox.

If you want to learn more about ENRICHED AIR NITROX, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don’t want to sign up for the course.

ENRICHED AIR NITROX Course Content:

  • Introduction to Nitrox
  • Nitrox, Your Body and the Underwater World
  • Your Total Diving System and Nitrox
  • Planning Your Nitrox Dives

The Fun Part
You can typically stay down longer and get back in the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty!

What You Learn
•Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
•Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
•Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer

The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba gear. Your dive regulator must be enriched air compatible (most are already okay for enriched air).

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

Combine other specialties while taking the ENRICHED AIR NITROX course! WRECK DIVING or DEEP DIVING are great add ons. The possibilities are limitless!

Our SSI Enriched Air Nitrox course is taught in our new classroom at our Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour location – Monday evenings from 6 – 8 pm.  Please call or email to reserve your spaces!

Science of Diving

This scuba diving resource makes a bold statement for recreational scuba divers and SSI Dive Leaders alike. SSI Science of Diving Student manual (which can be purchased separately) is a full-color, 280 page manual with comprehensive content and stunning graphics that provides an in-depth study into the disciplines of scuba diving.

SSI’s Science of Diving is the knowledge to mentally prepare scuba divers for all types of diving experiences. The information presented in this manual gives divers the knowledge they seek about how depth and time can affect the body. The manual provides a detailed look into diving physics and physiology, decompression theory, the components of the Total Diving System and the aquatic environment. This course is for both recreational divers and those wanting to step into the professional ratings of diving.

By combining SSI Dive Guide and SSI Science of Diving, you can become an SSI Divemaster. SSI Divemasters can also lead and guide certified divers, as well as assist with both classroom and pool under direct supervision of an SSI Open Water Instructor.

SCIENCE OF DIVING Course Content:

  • The Physics – As humans, we are physically adapted to the natural land environment, which means that the “physics” of day-to-day living is instinctive. The effects of the underwater environment on the human body as well as the equipment used require the application of physics.
  • The Physiology – No other sport requires such an in-depth knowledge of how your body functions, because no other sport puts you in such a completely different environment. Under water, you cannot breathe without scuba equipment and your body goes through unseen changes.
  • Decompression Theory – Physics and Physiology can be reduced to three simple things: how depth, time, and rate of ascent can affect the body. Decompression theory is those limitations stated in dive tables and computers.
  • The Total Diving System – Equipment is an important part of any sport, it is the life support system in diving. This section deals with an in-depth look at that equipment.
  • The Aquatic Environment – The study of water and water movement is called “scuba oceanography.” The study of water creatures is called “aquatic life” for both ocean and fresh water inhabitants. The manual teaches divers all about both types of water and their inhabitants.

Deep Diver

“Depth attracts a lot of divers as deep dives provide this certain kick.”

Dive in places where only a few have explored before! Get the experience of diving on a wreck below 100 feet/30 meters! To do these dives safely, you need the right skills and the right knowledge and  that is exactly what DEEP DIVING provides you.

Without proper training this kind of diving is an uncontrollable safety risk. To plan your dives properly you must first know about all of the potential risks involved in DEEP DIVING. Our SSI DEEP DIVING course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to make these types of dives safely and comfortably.

If you want to learn more about DEEP DIVING, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don’t want to sign up for the course.

DEEP DIVER Course Content:

  • Your Total Diving System & Deep Diving
  • Planning Your Deep Dive
  • Your Deep Dive
  • Potential Hazards
  • Repetitive Deep Diving

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

Combine other specialties while taking the DEEP DIVING course! WRECK DIVING or PERFECT BUOYANCY are great add ons – both courses will be used in your deep diving adventures. The possibilities are limitless!

Digital Underwater Photography

“By the time diving was difficult, photography was also difficult.”

Today these facts have changed completely. Now diving and photography with a digital camera system have become very easy.

Many of you may already have a digital camera system and a proper underwater housing. As such, it’s likely you are asking yourself how to take better pictures. Now with our SSI Digital Underwater Photography course, a structured program is available to answer your digital underwater photography questions which means more fun and satisfaction in diving.

The DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY Program can be learned in the pool/confined water or directly in the open water. We have a variety of dive sites, fish, and reefs to photograph in the BVI.  You’ll run out of battery power long before subjects to capture with your camera!

If you want to learn more about DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don’t want to sign up for the course.

DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY Course Content:

  • Your Entry to the Underwater Photography 
  • Your Digital Camera System 
  • Using your Camera System 
  • Taking digital pictures under water
  • Composition of your underwater pictures
  • Editing your digital pictures

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

Combine other specialties while taking the DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY course! PERFECT BUOYANCY or WRECK DIVING are great add ons. The possibilities are limitless!

Perfect Buoyancy Course

“Every diver wants to be a “good diver” –  Perfect buoyancy control is the first step in this direction.”

Improving your buoyancy control skills is highly recommended. Every diver who wants to improve diving skills and at the same time wants to perform active environmental protection should take a PERFECT BUOYANCY course.

Nearly every diver who wants to dive on great spots on holiday is requested to do a Check-Dive and buoyancy control is one of the essential skills that has to be performed. This isn’t done to stress you out at the start of your vacation. It is done to protect the reefs you will be diving around. The destruction and harm caused by divers with weak buoyancy skills is having an impact on reefs worldwide. Additionally, perfect buoyancy control is a prerequisite for nearly all Specialty Courses.

PERFECT BUOYANCY Course Content:

  • The Equipment for Buoyancy Control
  • The Basic Knowledge of Buoyancy
  • Controlling your Buoyancy in the Water
  • Perfect Buoyancy Control as an Active Contribution to the Underwater World

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

Combine other specialties while taking the PERFECT BUOYANCY course! DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY or WRECK DIVING are great add-ons. The possibilities are limitless!

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