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SCUBA Education & Training

Specialty & Advanced Dive Training

Are you an experienced diver seeking a new adventure? Have you just started diving and are looking for the next step? Well, here’s your chance!

If you are in the process of becoming, or already are, a certified Open Water Diver and have decided that diving is a sport you want to really immerse yourself in then it's time you discover Scuba Schools International (SSI) Continuing Education. To be prepared for any diving situation that may occur you need the knowledge and skills that SSI Specialty Courses provide. With each Specialty Course taken you simultaneously earn credit towards higher levels of diver ratings.

SSI Continuing Education Ratings

Taking a specific number of SSI specialty courses and continuing your pursuit of diving adventures allows you to earn higher levels of diver ratings. SSI's ratings are the only ratings in the industry that combine training and experience requirements, proving that SSI ratings are truly earned.

Specialty Diver

To earn this rating you must complete 2 specialty courses and have logged a total of 12 dives. This is a higher standard than any other SCUBA agency's advanced courses.

SSI Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water 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 certification for Advanced Open Water Diver you must compete 4 specialty courses and have logged a total of 24 dives.

SSI Master Diver

Master Diver is one of the most elite ratings in recreational diving today. Divers that have completed this level have combined the knowledge, skills, and experience to truly call themselves Master Divers. To earn this certification you must complete 5 specialty courses and have logged a total of 50 dives.


While we will post specialty class dates when known, almost all of the above courses can be taught on demand. Each SSI specialty course uses a complete training system that includes a course textbook, including chapter review questions, and a short video. Many of our specialty courses are often taught in conjunction with Northland Scuba in Oakdale, MN.

Interested? Then pick one of the following two options:

OPTION 1: Select a specialty course from the options above and purchase the required SSI course materials (typically about $30). Read the book and answer the study guide questions. Contact Superior Expeditions and we will help you schedule time with one of our Advanced instructors to go through these materials in person. Once completed, we can help you schedule your specialty dives through Superior Expeditions, Northland Scuba, or another facility. After the classroom work and the minimum number of dives have been completed (typically two), a certification for that specialty can be issued.

OPTION 2: With credit-based specialties from SSI it's easy for active divers to complete the Specialty Courses that interest them. If you've made specialty dives while on a dive trip then you have already earned your dives for the water-training portion of an Specialty Course! All you have to do is present us your logged dives, purchase the appropriate SSI Specialty Course materials, and review the academics with one of our qualified instructors.

For all specialties listed (except Underwater Video and Ice Diving) you have the option receive an SSI Specialty Certification Card. To receive a card a processing fee of $30 is required. However up to 5 specialties can be listed on a single c-card for a single fee. The specialties can be listed on your Open Water, Specialty, Advanced Open Water, or Master Diver card. Specialty-specific certification cards are also available for most specialties.