Training

Beginning Scuba

Beginning Scuba
During this course you’ll gain the skills you need to earn your Open Water Certification. You’ll learn how to handle scuba equipment properly and safely to explore and enjoy the exciting underwater world. You’ll receive expert guidance and instruction in both the classroom and the pool as you progress at your own rate.

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Open Water Certification

Open Water Certification
This is the highlight of your training! You’ll join your instructor for two exciting days of diving to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in your Beginning Scuba Class. Weekend Open Water Certification Group Classes are available during the Midwest diving season.

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Scuba Skills Update

Scuba Skills Update
It’s a special one night scuba practice session that’s an ideal refresher before your next dive vacation. You’ll review the dive tables and practice needed skills like mask clearing and buoyancy control.

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Try Scuba

Try Scuba
Special one night introduction to scuba diving every month. We bring scuba gear to the pool and invite you to jump in and try out the sport in a safe, controlled environment. Come with your friends and try something new! We schedule one every month but we are happy to wok around your schedule.

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Snorkeling

Snorkeling
A perfect way to be ready for snorkeling fun on a cruise or your next warm water vacation! In this one night class you’ll experience the peaceful sport of snorkeling. Master your skills with our trained professionals using your own mask, fins and snorkel.

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Scuba Rangers

Scuba Rangers
It used to be that only adults and older kids could enjoy scuba diving. Not anymore! Now there’s Scuba Rangers, a way cool scuba program for kids ages 8 to 12. How do you become a Scuba Ranger? It’s easy, Scuba Rangers is a program for any active kid age 8 to 12. You must...

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Continue your training with these Advanced Classes

Dry Suit Diving

Dry Suit Diving
“When the shadows become longer, the days shorter and the water gets colder – then the time for Dry Suit Diving has come.” If you want to dive during the fall and winter in the colder climates, DRY SUIT DIVING is the course you should take. Visibility at these times of the year is usually...

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Boat Diving

Boat Diving
“BOAT DIVING is not just diving from a boat – it is your guarantee for a successful and relaxing first diving holiday!” Most of the diving you will do while on vacation will take place from a dive boat. In your BOAT DIVING SPECIALTY COURSE you will learn the right boat diving techniques, how to...

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Navigation

Navigation
Have you ever asked yourself, “How does my instructor manage to find the way back to the exit point or to the boat?” If so, the NAVIGATION Program is what you need to learn this skill for yourself. The NAVIGATION Program will teach you to navigate with a compass and how to apply natural navigation...

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Limited Visibility Diving

Limited Visibility Diving
“Diving at night means excitement, adventure and fascination all at the same time!” The underwater world is a new and mystical world for us. While diving at night you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view. It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the...

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Wreck Diving

Wreck Diving
“Diving on wrecks means diving in the past – and it is always related with a certain thrill…” It is an unbelievable experience to see a big ship from a bird’s perspective and to glide towards the captain’s bridge. But there are also tragedies related to wrecks. Diving on wrecks is exciting and there are...

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Stress & Rescue

Stress & Rescue
“Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies.” Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur. The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and underwater. The course runs two –...

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Equipment Techniques

Equipment Techniques
“Your Total Diving System is like a buddy underwater who you need to be able to rely on at any time!” Diving is more fun and more comfortable in your own equipment. The EQUIPMENT TECHNIQUES program teaches you how to choose the right equipment for your needs.You will learn how to fit, adjust, maintain and...

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Deep Diving

Deep Diving
“Depth attracts a lot of divers as deep dives provide this certain kick.” Dive in places where only a few have explored before! Get the experience of diving on a wreck below 60 feet/18 meters! To do these dives safely, you need the right skills and the right knowledge and that is exactly what DEEP...

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Enriched Air Nitrox

Enriched Air Nitrox
Have you ever dreamed of having longer no-decompression limits to take pictures or explore a wreck? Did you ever want to be safer while diving concerning the potential risk of decompression sickness? Nitrox is the key. Due to the reduced fraction of nitrogen in your breathing gas, your body will have less work and the...

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Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography
“By the time diving was difficult, photography was also difficult.” Today these facts have changed completely. Now diving and photography with a digital camera system have become very easy. Many of you may already have a digital camera system and a proper underwater housing. As such, it’s likely you are asking yourself how to take...

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Ice Diving

Ice Diving
Ice diving is a type of penetration diving where the dive takes place under ice. Because diving under ice places the diver in an overhead environment typically with only a single entry/exit point, it is considered an advanced type of diving requiring special training. This special training includes learning about how ice forms, how to...

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Dive Control Specialist

Dive Control Specialist
SSI Dive Control Specialist is SSI’s initial dive leadership level and is considered by many as the “fun” leadership rating. That’s because you can do more than any other entry-level dive leader. You can do more because you receive both dive master and assistant instructor training in the SSI Dive Control Specialist course. With other...

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Open Water Instructor

Open Water Instructor
Learn to be a Scuba Instructor the “SSI Way.” Most instructor programs focus only on teaching diving. However, most dive businesses require much more of instructors than merely teaching. The SSI Instructor Training Course (ITC) prepares you to become an active member of the scuba industry, a successful educator, and a valuable dive business employee....

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Advanced Open Water Instructor

Advanced Open Water Instructor
Learn to be a Scuba Instructor the “SSI Way.” Most instructor programs focus only on teaching diving. However, most dive businesses require much more of instructors than merely teaching. The SSI Instructor Training Course (ITC) prepares you to become an active member of the scuba industry, a successful educator, and a valuable dive business employee....

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Becoming Certified

Welcome to Your New Adventure! Becoming a trained, certified diver is your passport to a lifetime of exploration, exotic locations, and amazing color and beauty in the spectacular underwater world. For more than 40 years at Rec Diving, our training has provided a natural learning progression with the goal of developing ability and comfort so you can really enjoy diving. The first step is Beginning Scuba and Open Water Certification. After that, you can advance your Diver Rating to go as far as your passion and enthusiasm take you!
Since certification is for life, it is the diver’s responsibility to maintain proficiency with required skills and knowledge. At Rec Diving, we believe that one of the keys to achieving and maintaining success as a diver is taking the “next step” via continuing education. Each of our specialty courses is based on our Diver Diamond methodology, which focuses on the proper knowledge, skills, equipment and experience required to help you become a proficient diver. Specialties give purpose, add challenge and open up new areas of interest to diving. Start your journey!

 

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Serious divers know that training accelerates the learning process, but there is no substitute for experience. The experience requirement for the Dive Leadership ratings makes you a very comfortable, truly advanced diver, because you put your skills to use in the real world. Dive leadership is a natural extension of the training path. If you have an interest in leading dives or teaching divers, consider advancing your diver rating to Dive Control Specialist or Open Water Instructor. Dive leadership is incredibly rewarding for those dedicated individuals who have a love of adventure and a passion for diving.Every time you dive you are adding experience, enjoyment and becoming a better diver. Since diving is something you can enjoy for the rest of your life, your ability can progress as far as you want it to. SSI and Rec Diving support 11 levels of experience, representing a progression from beginning diver to professional. Each level is defined by a range of dives. When you achieve a significant level of experience, you are recognized for your milestone. Welcome to your new adventure – innerspace. You can look forward to many memorable diving adventures in the years to come!

Levels of Experience

Levels of Experience
As symbolized in SSI’s Diver Diamond, experience is a crucial factor in becoming a comfortable, competent diver. SSI is the only agency that offers divers a way to measure their experience and provide goals to aim for. Because diving often becomes a lifetime of adventure, SSI’s ten Levels of Experience start at five dives and...

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Levels of Recognition

Levels of Recognition
As symbolized in SSI’s Diver Diamond, experience is a crucial factor in becoming a comfortable, competent diver. SSI is the only agency that offers divers a way to measure their experience and provide goals to aim for. Because diving often becomes a lifetime of adventure, SSI’s ten Levels of Experience start at five dives and...

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Total Divelog System

Total Divelog System
Because diving is a lifetime of adventure, you’ll want to capture your experiences and relive the excitement of every dive. SSI’s Total DiveLog System is not only a record book for your dives, but also a powerful organizational tool that tracks every aspect of diving. What it can do for you: Record diving memories Provide...

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