Speciality Programmes

Congratulations, you have completed your Open Water Diver Course and want to develop your skills in other areas. The SSI Continuing Education Program is flexible, menu-based and streamlined,allowing you to continue your training in the areas of interest to you. The programs generally consists of independent study, academic workshop with exam and Open Water Dives. There are some Speciality Courses that require additional confined water training or in fact are land based. You will always be given full details at the time of booking. 

Speciality Programs at Mulberry Divers

Boat Diving (2 dives) – boats allow you the opportunity to explore spectacular dive sites at locations too distant to reach from the shore. This program covers the additional knowledge you need to make your boat diving and boat diving vacations a true success. You learn the techniques necessary to dive properly from all sizes and types of boats. This will help you to avoid problems and hazards whilst enhancing your dive trips.

Deep Diving (3 dives) – many of the more exciting and intriguing dive sites are located in deeper water. Wreck diving is popular however wrecks frequently lie in deeper water. Without proper training this type of diving can put you at risk. The Deep Diving Program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience required to make these types of dives safely and comfortably so you can explore the blue.

Digital Underwater Photography (2 dives) – "leave only bubbles take only memories". Learn everything you need to know to be a successful underwater photographer! Digital Underwater Photography will teach you the proper photography techniques to get better results instantly and teach you how to optimize your camera system with valuable accessories. This course can assist you whether you are a snorkeller or diver to improve your technique.

Diver Stress and Rescue - if you want to be prepared for those unexpected situations and emergencies that may occur when diving then this is the course for you. Diver Stress and Rescue will teach you about accident prevention and then how to handle situations that may occur whilst you are diving. This program is about avoiding, recognising and solving problems on the surface and underwater. From coping with stressful situations like equipment failure to accident management this course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to know you can cope and help others. You do need a First Aid qualification to become a qualified in Stress and Rescue so why not combine your course with the React Right Course.

Dry Suit Diving (2 dives) - ok so sometimes the water around our shores can be a little colder, however  you can make diving a year-round activity by learning the basics of using a dry suit on this course. The Dry Suit Diving Program will teach you how to select and properly use your personally fitted dry suit. Aside from your comfort underwater, proper insulation and protection is also important for your safety.

Enriched Air Nitrox (plus 2 optional dives) – you no longer have to make a choice between safety and longer dive times – nitrox is the key. If the No Decompression Limits are the reason that you have to curtail your dives then you need Enriched Air Nitrox. This is SSI's most popular Speciality Program which will teach you everything you need to know about Enriched Air Nitrox (which is often offered free to Enriched Air Nitrox qualified divers on holiday). This program is a prerequisite for those who want to get involved in Technical Diving. This can be a land based course so is ideal for the winter months or if you prefer talk to us about adding a couple of dives.

Equipment Techniques (plus 2 optional dive) –your Total Diving System is like a buddy underwater who you need to be able to rely on at any time.  On this course you will learn about how dive equipment has developed, how to make equipment selection best suited for you, care and maintenance of your equipment and how to properly store it to ensure performance and it's extended lifetime. This can be a land based course so is ideal for the winter months.

Independent Diving (3 dives) - The purpose of this course is to expand the skills and knowledge of the diver to make a safe dive without the direct assistance of a buddy taking into account what kind of equipment is necessary for performance and safety and how it is used. Divers like photographers and diveleaders often find themselves in situations in which they have to fully depend on their own skills and equipment while buddies are very inexperienced and/or are not available at all;  being prepared to fully rely on yourself provides safer divers and diveleaders.  In the end, every student should understand that independent diving is just as safe as diving with an experienced buddy 

Navigation (2 dives)– do you want to be confident that you can find your way around underwater? To become a safe and confident diver it is critical to develop an understanding of navigation. You will learn how to navigate with a compass and how to apply natural navigation skills, estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to marking points and be able to get back to the exit point.

Night and Limited Visibility (2 dives)– whether it's day or night limited visibility can be an adventure. Just because the visibility is limited does not mean that the opportunities have to be there are lots of amazing sites that this course can give you the confidence to explore.  The skills you learn for limited visibility are similar to those used in night diving and if you think diving during the day is fun then wait until the first time you experience diving at night when there is a wealth of different marine life to see by torchlight. This program is filled with information about planning and conducting night and limited visibility dives for fun, adventure and exploration.

Perfect Buoyancy (2 dives)– buoyancy control is one of the most important skills a diver can learn in order to avoid damaging themselves, their equipment and protecting the environment. Proper buoyancy control can only be mastered with proper training. This program will improve your swimming position and reduce your effort which will lead to less air consumption allowing you to feel more comfortable under water and able to stay for longer. 

Recreational Sidemount Diving (minimum 2 dives)- this kind of diving is already common practice for a lot of wreck and cave divers. Now the benefits are being discovered by more and more recreational divers. The ease of movement without a heavy tank on your back and the new feeling of buoyancy are enticing advantages to getting involved.

Science of Diving (No dives) – this program addresses all the areas of diving knowledge in a detailed and comprehensive manner and includes; Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment and Diving Equipment. If you are simply interested in diving or plan to become a dive professional this is the program you need. A land based course is ideal for the winter months.

Search and Recovery Diving (3 dives)– whether it's the gold of a sunken ship or that your buddy lost their dive light there are times when knowing how to search for lost objects would be very beneficial. This program will teach you different search patterns, for use in various conditions and the proper techniques to lift objects.

Shark Diving (plus 2 optional dives)- sharks have always captivated the attention of mankind. This program will help you to separate fact from fiction and learn the truth about these fascinating creatures. You will also learn how to react properly when diving and snorkelling with sharks. Caring for nature is also key for this outstanding program. This can be a land based course so is ideal for the winter months.

Underwater Naturalist / Marine Ecology / Fish Identification (2 dives)- learn how to identify various forms of marine life, this course focuses on the marine life in the environment where you dive. If you complete your course with us in the UK then we focus on UK marine life. Overseas we focus on the endemic marine life.

Waves, Tides and Currents (2 dives)- water motion can have a tremendous effect on your enjoyment during your diving. Adequate training is critical to handling the various water motion conditions you may encounter. You will learn to interact with waves when entering from shore, how to act in a rip current and other water conditions and how to harness the power of the water movement so you can glide effortlessly along.

Wreck Diving (3 dives)-– wreck diving is high on the list for most divers for photographic opportunities, the marine life that surrounds them and the wreck's own history. Exciting diving experiences await you. Wreck dives and exploring the past are exhilarating but there are some risks involved. However with the proper training and knowledge you get all you need to have the "Ultimate Diving Experience".

By completing Speciality Courses and Dives you earn the SSI Recognition Levels and can become a Master Diver. Why not ask us for more details on the Master Diver Programme at Mulberry Divers?