Specialty Courses – Become A Better Diver In Denver

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Becoming an Open Water Certified diver is just the beginning of a lifetime full of fun and adventure! Divers are always learning and seeking ways to expand their personal knowledge, improve their comfort, and increase their confidence.  Yes, there’s much more to discover.  Check out the the following list of course opportunities to help fulfill your desire to become a better diver.

Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Course

Specialty Diver Course

Did you know the two most popular and practical specialties in the diving industry are Enriched Air Nitrox and Perfect Buoyancy?

The combination of these two specialties will increase your comfort underwater, reduce gas consumption, prolong your dives, decrease your surface interval, enhance your diving experience, and more. You’ll have fun, gain invaluable information, apply the knowledge during all future diving AND, you’ll complete both of them IN ONE EVENING!

Here’s a great bonus, once you log your 12th (verified) dive in your SSI Digital Logbook, you’ll receive, FOR FREE, the SSI Specialty Diver Recognition card. Yep, for free!

Specialty Package 2024

Advanced Diver Course


During this course you’ll earn four SSI Specialties at one of three popular diving locations; The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa New Mexico, The Crater in Heber City Utah, or the Gravel Pond at Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton.

Each location includes the Night Diving & Limited Visibility, Navigation, and Computer Diving Specialties.  The Blue Hole will also include the Deep Specialty.  In lieu of the Deep Specialty, the Crater and Chatfield Advanced Course will include the Search & Recover Specialty.  All Specialties include the SSI Digital online manual and specialty certification.  Once you log your 24th (verified) dive in your SSI Logbook, SSI will issue you the Advanced Diver Recognition card, FOR FREE!

For dates and to enroll in the course, please call 303-789-2450.

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Aquarium Ecology Specialties Course

Our Denver Downtown Aquarium Ecology Specialty Diver Course has been recognized as, “one of the most unique courses of its kind in the country.”  It provides an amazing underwater diving experience that will enhance your diving and improve your knowledge of the cool critters you often encounter while diving.  The course includes FOUR specialties (Shark, Turtle, Ray and, Fish Identification).  And the cool part is you get to apply the information you learned in your online digital manuals while diving in two amazing exhibits at the Denver Downtown Aquarium!

Stress and Rescue Diver

Stress and Rescue Specialty Diver

The best buddy you can have is one who can manage themselves, prevent emergencies and solve problems. Our SSI Stress and Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding your diving knowledge and experience.

Dry Suit Diver

Dry Suit Diving Specialty Course

Great dive experiences are not limited to tropical reefs or the warm and sunny summer months. With the proper exposure protection, you can make diving a year-round activity, and experience the amazing diversity of a kelp forest, explore freshwater lakes and rivers, or dive between two continental plates. The SSI Dry Suit Diving program teaches you the new skills needed to dive with a dry suit, and provides the in-depth knowledge and experience required to properly use, maintain and store your new equipment.

Navigation Diver Specialty Course

Navigation Specialty Course

Understanding how to navigate a dive site increases your comfort and confidence during your underwater adventures. Advanced navigation skills enable you and your buddy to safely navigate the dive from start to finish. By using a compass or observing your natural surroundings, you will learn the navigation skills necessary to master your marine environment.  This is one of the four specialties included in our Advanced Diver Course.  You also have the option to sign up ala carte.

Night and Limited Visibility Diver

Night & Limited Visibility Specialty Course

Your dive adventure doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down, or if your only option for a dive site is a lake or quarry where visibility is limited by the clarity of the water. This kind of diving requires additional training and experience, from how to manage underwater lights to buddy team management. Earning your SSI Night and Limited Visibility certification gives you access to an entirely new range of diving opportunities and experiences.  This is one of the four specialties included in our Advanced Diver Course.  You also have the option to sign up ala carte.

Search & Recovery Diver

Search & Recovery Specialty Course

Have you ever seen someone lose their mask or a fin when they jump into the water? Ocean, lakes and rivers are dynamic environments, and sometimes things get lost. Finding and recovering lost objects is an advanced skill, and requires careful thought and dive planning. SSI’s Search and Recovery Specialty provides in-depth information on the necessary equipment, skills, knowledge and experience required to execute a recreational search and recovery operation for small to medium sized objects.  This is one of the four specialties included in our Advanced Diver Course.  You also have the option to sign up ala carte.

Deep Diver Specialty Course

Deep Diving Specialty Course

Many of the more exciting, intriguing dive sites are found in deeper water. To plan your dives properly you must first know how to prevent any of the potential risks involved in deep diving. This course will provide you with the information to make deep dives comfortably and confidently.  This is one of the four specialties included in our Blue Hole Advanced Diver Course .  You also have the option to sign up ala carte.

Science of Diving

Science of Diving Specialty Course

This program provides an in-depth and detailed study of the aquatic environment, diving equipment, physics, physiology, and decompression theory. It is required training for most SSI Dive Professional programs, as well as some Extended Range programs.