SDI - Advanced Diver Development Program

SDI Advanced Diver Development Program

The SDI Advanced Diver Development Programme was created to make truly "Advanced Divers". Under the old way of training a student could take an Advanced Diver course right after an Open Water course and only have a total of 9 dives, all under the direct training of an instructor.

During the SDI Advanced Scuba Diver Development Program your Instructor will take you through four complete SDI Specialty Courses (for example: Deep, Navigation, Photo, Wreck, Search and Recovery, Nitrox, etc.) covering all the skills and subjects, so that by the end you will feel comfortable to conduct dives of a similar nature.

Then you go diving until you have a total of at least 25 dives. SDI feels a diver will truly be "Advanced" after this is accomplished. Once you have logged your 25th dive (these can include any and all training dives), visit The Scuba Doctor, a SDI training facility, with your logbook and verification of completing four SDI specialties and you will be awarded the SDI Advanced Scuba Diver certification, also know as SDI Advanced Open Water.

Who this course is for:

  • Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diving knowledge and skill set
  • Any certified open water scuba diver who would like to advance their dive training
  • Any SDI Advanced Adventure diver or equivalent who would like to receive more experience in the specialties they participated in during their SDI Advanced Adventure diver program

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 16, with parental consent
  • Complete a SDI Medical Statement (Adobe PDF | 109.18 KB).

What you can expect to learn:

  • Detailed information about four SDI Diver specialties of your choice

What's in it for you?

  • An opportunity to experience several SDI specialties at the sport level
  • Continued diver education, skills, and knowledge
  • Ability to enroll in/complete selected specialties
  • After successful completion, ability to enroll in the SDI Rescue Diver Course

SDI Advanced Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete four SDI Specialty Diver courses or equivalent: only 1 course without dives, may be credited towards the SDI Advanced Diver development program, with the exception of SDI Computer Nitrox
  • Proof of 25 logged dives
  • After the previous requirements are met and verified by an instructor, the instructor issues the SDI Advanced Open Water Diver certification by submitting the SDI Diver Registration form to SDI.

SDI eLearning:

SDI makes it possible for you to complete some of the academic requirements for your Advanced Diver Development Program certification online. You then complete your in-water skill-development sessions and training dives at a SDI Training Facilty like The Scuba Doctor.

Graduates would be qualified to enroll in the SDI - Rescue Diver Certification Course.

If you wish to undertake the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program, please Contact Us for more information.

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