SDI Openwater Leadership

Sirius Professional Training
It is the goal of Sirius Diving to increase the knowledge, training and safety of the next generation of dive leaders and educators, utilizing modern diving techniques and equipment configurations and to encourage and support them in the ability to use these systems and techniques in future diver training.

Thanks to the flexibility within the SDI/TDI system of Diver Education the SDI Instructor is capable of training and evaluating student divers according to the individual needs of the student and environmental conditions and allowing for the experience of the instructor rather than being stuck within confines of an inflexible system designed more for the protection and profit of the agency and it’s affiliated centers.

Diver education isn’t about Putting Another Dollar Into an agencies coffers when those agencies have no regard for the experience and progressive training of the instructor. It is about respecting the instructors ability to deliver proper, experienced and modern instruction to their students for the benefit of both student and instructor.

In this regard in all leadership as well as diver levels courses with Sirius Diving, candidates are encouraged to dive and train with “Recreational Long Hose” systems or “Semi-technical” configurations including backplate and wing BCD systems, long hose primary regulator, alternate regulator on neck bungee as well as teaching proper buoyancy, trim, propulsion and finning techniques. New dive leaders and instructors are encouraged and supported in teaching these new configurations and techniques to all diver levels beginning at Open Water diver.

SDI Divemaster Course
The SDI Divemaster Course is the first professional level certification. During this course you will be challenged and learn what it is like to work with divers as they experience the underwater world for the first time and you will learn how to lead already certified divers and show them some of your favorite critters or dive sites.  Your SDI Instructor will also teach you how to manage divers, work the dive deck of a boat, and conducting safe and enjoyable dives.  Other things you can expect to learn is diving Physics and Physiology, and being a professional SDI Divemaster.  Your skills will be refined to demonstration quality and your knowledge increased to that of a professional.  After you have completed the SDI Divemaster course you can move onto the SDI Assistant Instructor Course where you will learn more about academic presentations and have the ability to teach certain SDI specialties.
Prerequisites: Minimum age 18 years, Advanced, Rescue, CPR, First Aid, 40 logged dives, Deep Diver specialty, Night & Limited Visibility specialty
Duration: 10 days and a minimum of 40 training hours under direct supervision of instructor
Price: $2000.00

SDI Assistant Instructor Course
The SDI Assistant instructor course is designed for you to gain practical teaching experience with an active SDI Instructor or Instructor Trainer. You will help an Instructor teach an Open Water Scuba Diver course, Advanced Diver Course, and Rescue Diver Course. In this course you will learn to;

  • Prepare lesson plans
  • Give academic presentations
  • General dive management techniques.

Upon completion of the course you may teach and certify Skin Divers, conduct the Inactive Diver Program, and conduct the knowledge Quest review in the Open Water Diver Course.  With further training, you may be qualified to teach SDI Specialty Courses;

  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Computer Diver
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Marine Ecosystems Awareness Diver
  • Shore/Beach Diver
  • Underwater Photographer Diver
  • Underwater Video Diver
  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • CPROX Administrator
  • CPR1st Administrator

Prerequisites: Minimum age 18 years,Divemaster, CPR, First Aid, 100 logged dives
Duration:  6 days and a minimum of 30 training hours under direct supervision
Price: $1800.00

SDI Instructor Development Course (IDC)
The SDI Instructor Course will teach current Divemaster or Assistants Instructors the knowledge to safely function as an SDI Instructor with the abilities to teach SDI Open Water Scuba Divers, Advanced Adventures Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters and Assistant Instructors. The program is divided into two sections, an Instructor Development Course (IDC) and an Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC).
The IDC teaches you how to;

  • Schedule course
  • Successfully market scuba diving activities
  • Properly teach and design academic and in water sessions
  • Effectively utilize assistants

Prerequisites: SDI Assistant Instructor, O2 provider, CPR, First Aid, 100 logged dives
Duration: 8 Days and a minimum of 50 training hours under direct supervision of the Instructor Trainer
: $2400.00

SDI Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC)
The IEC evaluates everything you learned during the IDC.  This is typically a two day evaluation process and evaluates your abilities in:

  • Preparing and teaching academic sessions
  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Pool/confined water lessons
  • Open water lessons
  • Emergency management abilities

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the SDI Instructor Development Course and minimum 100 dives
Duration: 2 Days and a minimum of 10 training hours under direct supervision of the Instructor Evaluator
: $750.00

Leadership Equipment Requirements
Minimum equipment requirements for  instructor, assistant instructor and divemaster courses are as follows:
-Mask, fins and snorkel
-Buoyancy compensation device w/low-pressure power inflator (wing systems are not just allowed but encouraged)
-Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
-Alternate air sources (Long hose with neck bungee is encouraged)
-Weight system (belts and weights are provided)
-Personal dive computer
-Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions
-Compressed gas cylinder (Provided during training)
-Surface marker buoy and spool
-Compass (Digital or analog)
-Cutting Device


*Note: For SDI Leadership courses, candidates are required to provide a medical questionnaire signed by a licensed physician approving the candidate for diving prior to starting the course.

*Equipment Note: A personal dive computer (PDC) must be used during all confined and open water training sessions on SDI courses. All personal diving equipment must be maintained in a professional manner. Candidates must have a professional appearance ie.. full wetsuit without rips and tears, no board shorts and rash guards.

*Student Manuals: $40.00 Are required for instructor level courses please bring your own

*Instructor Materials: Are available through TDI HQ

*TDI Membership Fees: Are additional and charged through TDI/SDI HQ

*If you wish to dive in Xcalak or Cozumel additional fees apply please contact us for pricing

Note concerning all courses: Please come prepared to earn your certification we reserve the right to increase the amount of time and/or dives to bring your skills to an acceptable level at additional cost to you. Additional days are charged at $350.00 per day.

**All candidates pay for training not certification**

Posted 18/03/2011 by Sirius Diving