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Specialty Courses
SSI Specialty programs are intended to introduce and familiarize students with a variety of diving activities beyond their open water training by providing basic knowledge and experiences in those areas. You can also combine specialty courses to achieve milestone ratings in your diving career (see FAQ below). SSI offers more specialty programs; however, we find these are the most common. If you are interested in one that is not highlighted here, contact us!

Specialty Programs FAQ:

Which specialty course is the best?

That's a loaded question. It depends what you're interested in! Is learning about wreck diving something you're interested in? If so, that specialty will be more useful to 

What are the prerequisites?

Prerequisites vary between specialties. Click on each one to find out more!

Does these certifications ever expire?

It never expires; however, it is common practice that if you have not dived in over one year you are required to complete a refresher course that will repeat the skills portion of the course. 

What do you mean by 'achieve milestone ratings'?

SSI's dive program is a multi-tiered structure. As you progress through your dive education, your dive level increases as well. There are three levels: 
1. Specialty Diver = Complete 2 Specialty courses + 12 Dives
2. Advanced Open Water Diver = Complete 4 Specialty courses + 24 Dives
3. Master Diver = Complete 5 Specialty courses including Stress & Rescue + 50 Dives


Do I need any equipment?

As part of the course, we provide the majority of the scuba equipment. We do require that you buy your own mask, snorkel, booties, and fins - we can easily outfit you for these at our store. We also advise a rashguard or wetsuit if you tend to get cold in pools. However, appropriate wetsuits will be provided for at Dutch Springs. 

If you are interested in getting your personal gear, which we suggest as it is more comfortable and enjoyable, we are distributers for all major scuba brands and can outfit you.

Are there any medical issues I should inform you about?

There is a medical questionnaire that is required to be completed prior to starting the course. To see the questionnaire, click here. If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions asked, a physical exam conducted by a physician is required. Once the forms are completed, you can begin the course!

What and where is Dutch Springs?

Dutch Springs is an old limestone quarry that converted into a underwater amusement park in Bethlehem, PA. It currently serves as a fully functional training facility for scuba divers. Complete with platforms for checkout skills, sunken school busses, planes, and ships for fun, and freshwater wildlife, it is an excellent facility to divers in the tri-state area. It is well known across North America and is visited by thousands of divers every year. Open April through November, it is the perfect location for open water checkouts. 
There is an admittance fee to the park of $40 per day which is not included in course costs. Season passes are also available. 
For more information on Dutch Springs, click here

How much does it the course cost?

See our pricing page here for the prices of all courses. 

How do I sign up?

Navigate to our course signup form

I have more questions...

Fill out our contact form or give us a call and we will get back to you as soon as possible.