SDI Specialty Classes Part 2

Ok, it is time to revisit the specialty classes. Why? Well,

  1. We weren’t finished after the first post.
  2. We’re getting into the perfect weather for it.
  3. Classes are forming and filling up, so you need to know what the options are.

The Specialty Classes we’re going to look at today are for students who are 12 years of age and older. Remember, if you are under 18 years of age, it requires parental consent. I guess that means for those of you over 18 years of age, you’re just old. Welcome to the club.

Specialty Classes Age 12 and Older

*Remember, under 18, requires parental consent!

Dry Suit Diver

Dry Suit diving is a way to extend your diving season. This allows you to dive in colder waters without getting as cold. This course allows you to also go to the depths of cooler waters where an abundance of marine life is just waiting to be photographed. Dry Suit classes discuss the different types of dry suits, accessories available, and so much more.

Dry suits are perfect for the cooler water temperatures of Fall, Winter, and early Spring. Those waters also include our New Year’s Day Dive, the Underwater Pumpkin Carving, and even diving at Mermet Springs.

Specialty Classes Age 15 and Older

*Remember, under 18 requires parental consent.

Full Face Mask

Have you ever wanted or needed to effectively communicate with your dive buddy? The Full Face Mask Course is calling you. A Full Face Mask allows a diver to relax and enjoy diving without worrying about the second stage regulator. This is also a great option to go along with the dry suit in the colder waters to keep your face warmer.

Another great option to add to your arsenal for cold water diving. This makes those bucket list dives of the area between North America and Asia or one of the Great Lakes a lot more comfortable while diving. Or, you could use it to go dive in Beaver Lake with Dan in January. Just saying. It opens up many opportunities for diving.


Wreck Diver Limited Penetration

Wreck diving comes in two combinations. One is for the 10 and over with no penetration. While at 15 you can do limited penetration wreck dives. This course discusses the equipment and techniques commonly enjoyed while wreck diving. This course requires 3 dives. Limited-penetration is defined as a swim through with ambient light at the point of entry.

Those ships hold a lot of interesting information. I say ships, there are multiple other things you can dive through, like the plane in Mermet Springs from the movie U.S. Marshalls. This opens up a whole new world of underwater exploration.

Specialty Classes Age 21 and older

*You’re over 18, you don’t need parental consent 🙂 Welcome to the old club. haha


Solo diving is the practice of being self-reliant while SCUBA Diving. At one point or another, a diver has found themselves along on a dive. Sometimes this is intentional while other times it is not. Once a class thought of as a technical dive. This class stresses the importance of dive planning, personal limitations, and accident prevention. It also teaches how to look for and handle hazards while using proper solo diving procedures.

One time I asked, why would a person who never plans to dive solo get this certification? The answer was simple. It makes you a better diver. As a solo diver, you carry a second set of all necessary gear. Should you be on a dive with a buddy and something happen to your equipment or theirs, you are prepared.

So once you are Underwater SCUBA Certified, there are many options to further advance. If you are unsure of what class to take next, come talk to us. We’ll help you!

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