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If you never tried but the underwater world attracts you, it's maybe the right time for your first breath underwater!
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If you wish to become a certified diver or you want to advance in your diving career, then here you're on the right track!
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Discover Scuba Diving
The so-called Discover Scuba Diving (Basic Diver) is a SSI program designed for you to take your first breaths underwater.
After a short yet fundamental theoretical briefing, we will start by teaching you how to use the scuba diving equipment. In the water, we will first practice a few simple exercises to make you comfortable in the new aqueous world. Finally, we will personally guide you during an exploration tour. We will show you the most intriguing sea creatures at a close distance, and you bet you won’t wish to surface anymore!
At the end of this experience:
- you’ll have breathed underwater down to 12 meters at most;
- you’ll be on your way to get the Open Water Diver certification (indeed, the Basic Diver can be credited for the Open Water course…);
- you’ll be able to tell and show your friends the pictures of such an unforgettable moment!
Open Water Diver
The Open Water Diver course is the entry-level one in the scuba diving world. Like all SSI courses, it comprises both a theoretical and a practical part.
The theory covers the bases in physics and physiology, describes the equipment and considers the different situations that you might face during a dive. Our advise is to study beforehand using the practical SSI digital manual that we will provide.
The practical part is divided into: 5 confined water sessions, where through a number of fun exercises you will learn how to use your equipment and react to a possible danger; and 4 open water dives, where you’ll apply in practice what you learnt in confined water.
We would like you to start to feel the charm of the underwater world during the course. We will do our best to provide you with notions of marine biology, because we can protect only what we know.
At the end of this course:
- you’ll have learnt the basic skills to dive safely;
- you’ll be able to properly use the scuba diving equipment;
- you’ll know the theoretical bases that rule scuba diving;
- you’ll be entitled to dive at a maximum depth of 18 meters (60 feet), or 12 meters (40 feet) until 11 years old.
The SSI Advanced Adventurer course allows you to refine your abilities as a scuba diver, so that you can feel more and more at ease in a variety of situations.
The goal of this course is to acquire the mentality of a real scuba diver. This implies learning how to orientate underwater, have a nice buoyancy, recognize the problems relative to gas narcosis, and take on an eco-sustainable behavior.
The course consists of 5 dives with the respective theoretical background. Two of them are strongly recommended: the “Deep” and “Navigation” dives. You’ll be choosing the others among: “Perfect Buoyancy”, “Marine Ecology”, “Fish Identification”, “Wreck Diving”, “Night Diving”, “Enriched Air Nitrox”, etc.
At the end of this course:
- you’ll be entitled to dive at a maximum depth of 30 meters (100 feet), or 21 meters (70 feet) until 15 years old;
- you’ll be able to keep a heading and orientate underwater;
- you’ll be experienced in advanced situations (night or wreck dives, marine biology, etc.);
- you’ll have a nice buoyancy and you’ll be more comfortable and respectful toward the marine environment.
Diver Stress & Rescue
The SSI Diver Stress & Rescue course is under a certain point of view the most important and challenging one in the diving career.
For the first time, you’ll dive with full awareness of what happens around you. Therefore, you’ll be able to prevent and deal with problems occurring to you or your buddies, both under and above the water.
During the course you’ll face a number of realistic scenarios until you’ll be able to readily solve the problems. You’ll also need to perform the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which you’ll have learnt during a preparatory Basic Life Support (BLS) course.
At the end of the course:
- you’ll be able to prevent and solve problems related to diving, both under and above the water;
- you’ll be a better dive buddy;
- you’ll be able to autonomously lead a rescue operation, including the organization of a research team in case of a lost diver;
- you’ll know how to follow the emergency protocol in case of an unresponsive diver.
The React Right course teaches to assess an accident and provide primary and secondary care to a victim.
The abilities you’ll learn are helpful not only in a diving situation: they are essential in the everyday life as well. Your self-confidence will improve as you’ll know how to act during an emergency before the medical staff arrives. In particular, you’ll be able to differentiate from a circumstance where the life of the victim is at stake to another where only secondary care is needed.
At the end of this course:
- you’ll be able to asses an emergency situation and provide the adequate care;
- you’ll be able to perform the cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR (chest compressions and artificial ventilation);
- you’ll know how to deal with serious bleeding and shock;
- you’ll be able to provide secondary care to a victim in non-threatening life conditions (bandaging, splintering, etc.).
SSI specialty courses make you progress by focusing on specific fields of diving.
We can offer you the following specialties:
Through 3 dives we will focus on deep diving, learning further about gas narcosis and no-decompression limit. You’ll breath through a spare cylinder simulating a decompression stop, you’ll calculate your Surface Air Consumption and you’ll unveil all your dive computer‘s secrets.
The maximum depth is 40 meters (130 feet).
“Enriched Air Nitrox”
This 2-dive course is paramount to diving in the Mediterranean Sea, where you need more bottom time in no-decompression dives at moderate depths. You’ll learn the pro’s and con’s of the Nitrox gas blend and you’ll know how to use it after setting your dive computer according to the result of the oxygen analysis that you’ll perform to your own cylinder.
During this 2-dive course we will only focus on your buoyancy. Improving it means diving in a safer and cooler way, and more important in a respectful way for the environment.
SSI Freediver course
Freediving Level 1
SSI is about freediving too. The Freediving Level 1 course has been conceived specifically for those who want to start freediving from scratch. There is no prerequisite whatsoever.
Just like the Open Water course in scuba diving, the theoretical part covers interesting and sometimes surprising notions of physics and physiology, beside introducing the various freediving categories. Our advise is to study beforehand using the practical and SSI digital manual that we will provide.
In the practical sessions we will teach you with the basics of the yoga-inspired respiration and stretching techniques. We will then work out the following freediving specialties: static apnea (holding the breath at the surface), dynamic apnea (swimming underwater at a constant depth), and constant weight (descending and ascending along a line using the fins).
At the end of the course you’ll have learnt the appropriate buddy procedures including the rescue, and reached the following objectives:
- dynamic apnea: swimming for at least 30 meters (100 feet);
- constant weight: descending to at least 10 meters (30 feet), up to a maximum of 20 meters (65 feet) or 15 meters (50 feet) if under 15 yo.