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In addition to Basic Open Water a number of continuing education courses are offered for your benefit. The list below is list of all courses currently available through SEI Diving. Not all courses may be available through UDM Aquatic Services. Call for course availability.

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    Now offering Drysuit, Nitrox, and Search and Recovery Courses!

Drysuit Course- $195.00- The SDI Diving Drysuit course is designed for those who have purchased a Drysuit and wish to shorten the learning curve involved with diving dry. There is increased task loading involved with using a drysuit. Having the drysuit certification will also allow you to rent a suit in places where such a certification is required. The course involves classroom and a pool session followed by 2-3 open water dives. During the course you'll learn proper weighting with the suit, buoyancy control and trim, and how to use the suit and BC to compliment each other. There are also emergency procedures that will be covered as well as rescue of a diver who is in a dry suit. Divers may rent gear or are free to use their own equipment. Back Plates and Wings are welcome as are double cylinders! Dive Sidemount? No problem! 

Nitrox Course- 135.00- The SDI Diving Nitrox course will allow you to take advantage of what was once known as VooDoo Gas! It is nothing more than breathing air with an oxygen content greater than 21% up to 40%. You'll spend 3-4 hours in the classroom, learn how nitrox is blended and how to use an analyzer to verify the contents or your cylinder.  Nitrox will allow you to reduce your surface intervals or lengthen your bottom times before reaching your no decompression limits.There are depth restrictions however and you will learm about these as well. There is a common misconception that with Nitrox you can dive deeper. This is false and we'll see why in the course. 

Search and Recovery - 395.00 -Search and Recovery I from UDM Aquatics will teach you the methods used to locate and salvage small to medium sized objects such as fishing rods, small boat anchors, wallets, glasses, trolling motors and perhaps small chests of pirate treasure! Use of lines and reels for search patterns, use of lift bags, determining a search area, and other necessary techniques will be covered. Documentation of the site will also be covered. For this course the SDI Advanced Adventure course offered by UDM Aquatics or equivalent is strongly encouraged as well as Underwater Navigation. Course requires 4 dives.  

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Your training will take place in the classroom and in the pool. You will be required to have your own personal gear for the class and it must be of dive quality. See sidebar under "personal gear" for items required. You will also be required to have a copy of Dennis Graver's "Scuba Diving". This text can be ordered through UDM Aquatic Services. You'll sign a learning agreement which outlines our commitment to you and your responsibilities as a student. At the completion of the classroom and pool sessions you will do a series of Open Water dives at a local lake or quarry. You may also elect to take a referral and do the dives in a warm water location with another instructor. Another option is to allow me to conduct your checkout dives on an excursion to a warm water destination on a scheduled trip or in the case of private lessons cover my expenses for a trip to do these checkouts should you choose not to do them locally. All lessons will be private or semi private. Please Contact Us for rates for both types of classes. You will also be responsible for renting gear for your open water checkout dives. Either Pittsburgh Scuba or Dive World has rental gear available.  I will inform you of the requirements as to what gear you will need to rent at our first meeting.


 For those already certified as Open Water divers with SEI Diving or having YMCA cards who wish to continue training with me in one of my advanced or specialty classes all you need do is sign up. For those certified through other agencies or with an instructor I'm not familiar with I require an interview and perhaps skill evaluation session in the pool and/or open water. Some skills required to earn OW  certification with SEI Diving are not taught by other agencies. I require that you be able to perform these in order to earn certification. It is stated in the learning agreement you will sign for each class and is stated here. Payment of tuition is not a guarantee of certification. It is a guarantee of training. Certification is earned not bought. Failure to achieve the skills required by SEI Diving and UDM Aquatic Services will result in no card being issued. We will train you till you are able to meet the standards.


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