Specialty Courses – Become A Better Diver In Denver

Continue Your Diving Education With A-1 Scuba & Travel Aquatics Center

The Open Water certification is just the beginning of a lifetime full of fun and adventure! Good divers are always learning and seeking ways to expand their personal knowledge and competency.  Even if you’ve already experienced the thrill of exploring the underwater world, there’s so much more to discover.

Continuing your diving education will increase confidence, help you gain important knowledge and improve your diving skills. Take a look at our great courses below!

Specialty Package


Deep, Navigation, Night & Limited Visibility and Perfect Buoyancy.

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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.


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!

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.

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.

Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Course

Enriched Air Nitrox – Level 1 & 2 (40%)

The Enriched Air Diver Nitrox course is our most popular specialty course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air Nitrox increases your bottom time and reduces the amount of nitrogen in your system. Everyone wants more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

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.

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 give you access to an entirely new range of diving opportunities and experiences.


Perfect Buoyancy Specialty Course

Safe and effective divers understand how every aspect of their dive is influenced by proper buoyancy control – including gas consumption, weighting, physical effort and depth control. The SSI Perfect Buoyancy program prepares you for your journey by improving your buoyancy control and comfort in the water, and ensures you have an enjoyable diving experience.

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.

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 Program 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.