A scuba certification is your ticket to a whole new world. Whether you want to explore sunken shipwrecks, float through stunning reefs, or observe wildlife, your first step is to get the right training.
Scuba Diving International (SDI) offers courses for recreational divers, like Basic Open Water course, the first course every diver takes to start their dive training. SDI also offers specialties to continue the divers education such as Deep, Wreck, and Navigation to name a few. In addition, SDI offers Leadership level training such as Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and Open Water Instructor which can be found on our SDI Leadership eLearning page.
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DEMO Open Water Scuba Diver
“Try before you buy” is the SDI Open Water Demo course from e-Learning. We have opened up the first two chapters for you to test drive on your device. After experiencing, our mobile and tablet friendly e-Learning courses, you’ll understand it’s our forward thinking and responsiveness to our customers that keeps us proudly ahead of the competition.
Open Water Scuba Diver
SDI and Narked Scuba make it possible for you to complete all of the academic requirements for your entry-level diver certification online. You can get started right now and, when you are done, complete your in-water skill-development sessions and final open-water training dives with Narked Scuba in Florida, or at a popular vacation destination.
Getting your entry-level diver certification is a three-step process:
- The first step is to acquire all of the important academic information every certified diver must know. (This is the underwater equivalent of a student pilot going through “ground school.”) Traditionally, this required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
- The next step is to complete your in-water skill-development training. This takes place in a swimming pool or similar body of confined water. Here you will learn the fundamental skills that every diver needs to know. (It’s also a lot of fun.)
- The final step is complete four or more open-water training dives under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.
You have several options to complete the in-water phases of your training:
- You can complete both the skill-development sessions and open-water training dives with Narked Scuba.
- You can complete the skill-development sessions with Narked Scuba, and do your open-water training dives at the vacation destination of your choice.
Whatever option you choose, we can help you with the arrangements. When you are done with all three phases of your training, we will order your permanent certification card.
Advanced Adventure Diver
You’ve taken your open water scuba diver course and now you’re ready to expand your knowledge but you would like to see what is out there first. The SDI Advanced Adventure Diver course will give you an overview of five (5) selected SDI specialties. Two of the specialties are SDI Deep Diver and Navigation Diver, which are the foundation of continuing diver education. The remaining specialties include:
- Advanced Buoyancy Control
- Altitude, Boat
- Computer Nitrox
- Marine Ecosystem Awareness
- Many More!
This course is intended to introduce you to each of the five (5) specialties and not complete comprehension of the chosen specialty. One (1) dive from each of the chosen specialties may apply towards a complete specialty certification.
Computer Nitrox Diver
Longer Bottom Times. Shorter Surface Intervals. These are among the many benefits of diving Nitrox — a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen in which the concentration of oxygen is greater than that found in air. You’ve no doubt heard of Nitrox, probably know divers who use it. You also know that using Nitrox safely requires special training and certification.
Traditionally, becoming a Nitrox Diver required long hours in the classroom, learning how to work obscure formulas and use complex dive tables. No more. Through SDI’s online training program, you can complete most of the required academic study in the comfort and convenience of your home or office. And, as with all SDI programs, you’ll learn to dive Nitrox the modern way, using Nitrox-programmable dive computers instead of arcane formulas and complicated tables.
When you are done with the self-study portion of the course, you will meet with your Narked Scuba Instructor to review your final exam (academic review)and to take part in a brief, practical application session. Here you will get hands-on experience with oxygen analyzers and Nitrox computers. Your instructor may even provide you with the opportunity to make one or more Nitrox dives.
When you have completed the academic review and practical application sessions, Narked Scuba will order your permanent certification card. What could be easier? Nitrox opens a world of possibilities, leading to better, more enjoyable diving. What are you waiting for?
Diving below the 18 metres / 60 feet limit that has become the standard for open water divers, opens up a different world, where undisturbed shipwrecks, unexplored caves, and tropical reefs teaming with life of unimaginable color and form are the norm. These are the attractions of deeper diving. But there is a downside. Deeper diving carries with it increased risk.
This course is designed to introduce you to those risks and their management in a comprehensive and enjoyable format. You will work your way through the six short chapters that make up the self-study portion of this fully sanctioned SDI specialty course at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. Online training is the new wave of scuba training and SDI is the leader in the field.
When you are done with the academics of this course, you will meet with your SDI instructor at your local SDI Dive Center. You will take part in a short review of your work here online and then begin the exciting part of any dive course… diving! You will get hands-on lessons in how to prepare yourself and your gear for your first dives into a whole new world of possibilities. What are you waiting for?
The SDI Drysuit Diver Course will open up a whole new world of diving to you. Many of the diving environments around the world are better experienced in a drysuit. Why? These areas have an abundance of marine life waiting to be seen and photographed – they just happen to be a little colder! Drysuits are also used in tropical water during the cooler months.
This course allows the student to develop the knowledge and skills to properly use a drysuit. It will discuss the types of drysuits, accessories, maintenance and how to make basic repairs.
Who this course is for:
The certified diver looking for advanced training in drysuit equipment, selection and diving techniques. This diver can extend their diving season, spend more time diving in cooler environments and/or enjoy enhancing their dive experience by staying warm and cozy in a drysuit.
- SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
- Minimum age 18, 12 with parental consent
The ability and confidence to provide aid and assistance to another person is the true measure of a qualified rescue diver. There are an almost infinite number of scenarios that can require a practiced response to help another diver in trouble. Diving is conducted in a variety of settings, each with their own specific situations that can dictate how we interact to provide that help. How a diver deals with these situations can mean the difference between a smooth learned response to stress that neutralizes the problem… or allows it to escalate into panic or survival lessons.
This course provides the information to help you learn and master independent diver skills for self-help as well as being able to assess and respond to others.
Subject areas include, but not limited to:
- Dive planning
- Equipment Preparation
- Emergency Skills and Rescue Techniques
- Panic Scenarios
- Causes of Accidents
- Response to Emergency Situations
- Applied Physiology
- Search and Recovery
- Recompression Chambers and Therapy
- First Aid
SDI makes it possible for you to complete all of the academic requirements for your solo diver certification on-line. You can get started right now and, when you are done, complete your open-water training dives with us, or at a popular vacation destination.
Getting your solo diver certification is a three-step process:
- The first step is to meet the requirements of the course. Solo diving is for divers that have gained a lot of experience already by taking continuing education courses and diving with buddies. Before starting the solo diver course, the diver must: be 21 years old, hold an advanced diver certification and be able to provide proof of 100 logged dives.
- The next step is to acquire all of the important academic information every solo diver must know. Traditionally, this required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
- The final step is complete your open-water training dives under the supervision of your SDI Solo Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.
When you have completed the on-line academics, Narked Scuba can help you with the arrangements on open water training. When you are done with all three phases, we will order your permanent certification card.
Underwater Navigation Diver
It could be argued that navigation has held a special fascination for our species since we first walked upright. Certainly, the history of exploration and discovery – the sisters to navigation – would have been a different cloth were it not woven with early attempts at accurate navigation. Long before the arrival of the magnetic compass to Europe, the Vikings guided by nothing more than bravado, a mighty sense of adventure and a rudimentary navigational aid akin to a sundial, sailed across the top of the Atlantic Ocean and made landfall in present-day Newfoundland, Canada. Thor Heyerdahl (a Viking of a different vintage) sailed his balsa-wood raft “Kon-Tiki” from Peru to Polynesia in 1949 using only the stars to guide him. And modern-day adventurers use the network of Global Positioning Satellites and dashboard-mounted receivers to find the nearest Chinese restaurant without moving from the front seat of their Lexus. All instances of navigation’s appeal and usefulness.
Experienced divers are intensely fascinated by navigation. It allows them to make their way back to a special spot discovered on an earlier dive. They use the tricks and techniques of navigation to find a safe exit point at the end of a dive without the need for an uncomfortable surface swim. And they draw comfort and reassurance from a reel and continuous line anchored near their ascent line when wandering around on a new and unfamiliar wreck.
Your SDI Underwater Navigation Specialty course will help you overcome the obstacles inherent in finding your way underwater. We will show you how easy simple navigation is and how it will help you both above and below the surface. We will discuss natural aids such as sand ripples or reef formations, which can accurately predict your route. Tools such as mechanical compasses are a surprising challenge to the novice but we will help you unravel the challenge and teach the practical skills and techniques you’ll need to use them effectively.
These days, electronic aids such as a digital compass and hand-held GPS units can make any of us an accurate navigator. Our travels may never make the history books as Erik the Red’s or Thor Heyerdahl’s did, but at least we will be able to find our way around a dive site with less stress and challenge!
When you are done with the academics of this course, you will meet with your SDI Instructor and Narked Scuba . You will take part in a short review of your work here online and then begin the exciting part of any dive course… diving! You will get hands-on lessons in how to prepare yourself and your gear for your first dives into a whole new world of possibilities. What are you waiting for?
The International Training Visual Inspection Procedures eLearning program allows a VIP Inspector candidate to complete much of the academic requirements of the course at their own pace and on their own time.. This is the first step for an individual who wishes to learn to the skills necessary to complete visual inspections on high-pressure cylinders in compliance with OSHA regulations. You will have access to the information provided in this eLearning program indefinitely after your training has been completed.
The Visual Inspector Procedures Inspector course is a two step process:
- Step one is to complete this self-study academic program. This program will acquaint you with the history, rules and regulations, potential risks, and safe handling of high-pressure cylinders. It will also review fill station operations, compressor use and maintenance as well as identifying fill pressures, hydrostatic test stamps, and special markings on cylinders. This online program will also cover elements of valve repair, O2 cleaning cylinders, and the basis for performing visual inspections on composite, steel and aluminum cylinders
- Step two is to print out the online course completion certificate and your course progress report and meet with an active International Training Visual Inspection Procedures Instructor. Your instructor will review questions and concepts that were missed throughout the course exams to ensure 100 percent remediation of the materials. Once that is completed, your instructor will demonstrate and then evaluate skills and tools necessary to determine if a cylinder can remain in service and be safely filled and used. Upon successful completion of the practical evaluation with an Instructor, registrations will be submitted for processing, and you will receive your VIP Inspector certification.
The VIP Inspector certification expires three years from date of issuance.
Wreck diving is the quintessential reason for many divers to dive at all. Wrecks have a huge attraction for their historical value, as a habitat for marine life and as a three-dimensional statement illustrating the power of the sea and storms to unravel even the best laid plans. There is little more thought provoking than floating weightless in the ocean looking down on the huge ragged left by a torpedo or the intact rope work of a schooner’s bosun dead more than 150 years. Wreck diving is a fantastic adventure.
Your SDI Wreck Diving Specialty course will help you to learn the basic skills and techniques that will open up a whole new world of opportunities to you. We will show you how to recognize some basic types of vessel, what special gear you need to wreck dive effectively, and what special hazards to look for and how to avoid them. Most of all, you will work with an SDI instructor to work at the skills and techniques you’ll need to become a real wreck diver.
When you are done with the academics of this course, you will meet with your SDI Instructor at Narked SCuba. You will take part in a short review of your work here online and then begin the exciting part of any dive course… diving! You will get hands-on lessons in how to prepare yourself and your gear for your first dives into a whole new world of possibilities. What are you waiting for?