How far do you want to go?

Specialty programs are a great way to improve your current skills and learn new ones. Our specialized training courses provide you with the skills and experience that you need to get the most from your sport. Our goal is to prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead, as well as make certain that you have a good time doing it!

As you complete advanced training courses and gain experience by diving, you can earn additional diver ratings.

When you complete a certain number of logged dives and Specialty Certifications, you will earn higher levels of diver ratings. These ratings display your competency and build a solid base for more adventures to come!

SSI Specialty Diver

SSI’s intermediate diver rating is higher than any other agency’s advanced courses. To earn the certification for Specialty Diver, you must complete 2 specialty courses and have done a total of 12 dives.

SSI Advanced Open Water Diver

SSI's Advanced Diver rating stands alone in the industry with the highest combination of diving knowledge and experience. No other agency’s advanced diver level compares. To earn the certification for Advanced Open Water Diver, you must complete 4 specialty courses and have done a total of 24 dives.

SSI Diver Stress & Rescue

SSI's Diver Stress & Rescue Specialty Program teaches you the skill needed to protect yourself and other divers. You will learn how to identify stress, how to prevent accidents and be taught practical techniques to conduct rescues and provide emergency care. With a combination of pool and open water practice sessions, you will become well prepared and confident at handling emergency and rescue situations. In order to complete the Master Diver Program, you must first complete Diver Stress & Rescue.

SSI Master Diver

SSI’s Master Diver rating is one of the most elite ratings in diving today. Divers that have completed this level have combined the knowledge, skills and experience to truly call themselves Master Divers. To earn the certification for Master Diver, you must complete 4 specialty courses, Diver Stress & Rescue and have done a total of 50 dives.

Choose from many of our individual Specialty Courses


The Dive Shop teaches a variety of specialty courses that will take your diving to the next level. Learn how to navigate your underwater world, dive deep or even dive at night. Specialty courses will make you a safer diver and a better buddy. Learn about diving on Nitrox or learn important safety information in Stress & Rescue. There is much to see and do under the water and The Dive Shop wants you to enjoy the seas for a lifetime.

Knowledge. Using the SSI education system you will learn the information about specific types of specialty diving that would take you years of diving to learn on your own.

Skills. Under the guidance of The Dive Shop's Professional Instructors, you will learn the correct skills and techniques associated with the specialties of your choice to make you a more comfortable and confident diver.

Equipment. You will learn how to use an expanded range of equipment to help you make your dives more enjoyable and worthwhile.

Experience. After earning new specialty ratings with The Dive Shop and SSI, you'll be well equipped to use them in the Open Water.  

CPR/First Aid/AED & O2 Administration Spear Fishing
Dry Suit Diving Equipment Techniques
Deep Diving Underwater Navigation
Search & Recovery Science of Diving
EAN/Nitrox Diving Night Diving
Underwater Photography Boat Diving
Wreck Diving Stress & Rescue Diver
Oxygen Administration