Advanced Specialties

Accelerating experience through education.

These are the Advanced and Specialty Courses we offer. We hope you’ll find something to enrich your life here. We’ve got a comprehensive list of intermediate and advanced programming, all the way to leadership programs.

As you will quickly discover, continuing dive education is the most efficient way to gain experience and competency, and it is also truly enjoyable.

Custom Schedule:

If you do not see something that fits your schedule, we do offer custom Advance Speciality courses in Raleigh, or potentially on your Gypsy dive trip. Please call in to check on availability! 

New Course Release

Course: Introduction to Regulator Service

Instructor: Shane Briggs

This course is perfect for the experienced diver that wants an in-depth exploration of scuba equipment. It is for those that have a genuine interest in the various types of regulators and what goes on under the purge cover.

Registration is now open!

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Specialties Currently Available:

Please note: We must have on file a current (within one year) copy of your diving medical history form to enroll you in any diving specialties.


Enriched Air Nitrox:

You will learn all the necessary rules for planning 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.

Tuition, Home Study Materials, and Certification: $120

Custom Schedule:

SSI has moved the majority of Nitrox online. You can take the course, study, and complete the test at your leisure. When you have passed the test, call us and we’ll set up a time to finish the practical portion. This is where you’ll see tank analysis in person, learn about renting nitrox tanks, and ask any questions you may have!

The in-person portion takes about 15 minutes and can happen anytime the store is open.


Perfect Buoyancy:

Every diver wants to be a good diver. Good divers move efficiently through the water with minimum effort and maximum environmental awareness – i.e. with perfect buoyancy. The class will start at 9 AM.

Tuition and Certification: $120

Annual Schedule:

Classes take place during our Quarry Cookouts on the 2nd Saturday of every month in the Spring and Summer.


Navigation:

This specialty will teach you to navigate with a compass and how to apply natural navigation skills. You will also learn to estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to different marking points, and be able to get back to the exit point at any time. The class will start at 11 AM

Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $120

Annual Schedule:

Classes take place during our Quarry Cookouts on the 2nd Saturday of every month in the Spring and Summer.


Night / Limited Visibility:

Just because the visibility is limited doesn’t mean the opportunities for fun and adventure have to be. This program is filled with information about planning and conducting night and limited visibility dives for fun, adventure, and exploration. The class will start at 6:30 PM

Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $120

Annual Schedule:

Classes run during the Spring and Summer on the 2nd Friday of each month, starting in May.


Deep Diver:

Many of the more exciting and intriguing dive sites are located in deeper water. Without proper training, this kind of diving can put you at risk. This program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to safely enjoy these dives.

Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $120

Schedule:

We typically offer this specialty on our Key Largo trips.


Wreck Diver:

Wreck diving is one of the most exhilarating adventures there is, but it can be challenging. This program will introduce you to wreck orientation and awareness, and the necessary protocols for keeping the dives safe and enjoyable.

Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $120

Schedule:

We typically offer this specialty on our Key Largo trips.


Diver Stress and Rescue:

This program will teach you how to anticipate, recognize, and avoid common stress-related diving situations; and how to deal with and resolve unanticipated problems on the surface and underwater.

Pre-requisites:

Red Cross or similar first-responder course; Perfect Buoyancy and Navigation specialties

Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $240

2020 Schedule: Completed

2021 Schedule: TBD


Search and Recovery:

There are definitely times when knowing how to search for lost objects would be beneficial. This program will teach you different search patterns for use in various conditions and the proper techniques for lifting objects to the surface.

Pre-requisites:

Perfect Buoyancy and Navigation specialties

Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $240

2020 Schedule: Completed

2021 Schedule: TBD