SDI SPECIALTY COURSES
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TRAINING COURSES
In addition to the Speciality Courses listed here, rectotec are able to offer the complete SDI syllabus; from Open Water Diver through to Divemaster. If there is a particular course that you have seen on the SDI website and it is not listed here then please get in touch as there is a good chance that we will be able to deliver it.
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Scuba Diving International (SDI) was created in 1999 and grew out of the success of its sister company TDI, which specializes in the more advanced disciplines of dive training.
Both students and instructors have embraced the no nonsense approach that the SDI training system offers. SDI have streamlined the course materials to let students study the essential academics with an emphasis on practical diving skills learned in both the pool and open water environments. SDI is the only scuba training and certification agency to require students to be taught with modern dive computers from the onset of training.

SDI course materials are state-of-the-art; the materials are lavishly illustrated with photography and graphics. Diving is constantly changing. SDI staff are always looking forward and striving to be the innovators in scuba diving education. SDI focus is to make the experience of diving one that is enjoyed by every family member.

Below is a list of some of the most popular SDI Speciality courses that rectotec can offer. Other SDI Speciality courses available which include Boat Diver, CPR1st Administrator, CPR1st AED Administrator, CPROX Administrator, Drift Diver and Night/Limited Visibility Diver.

SDI SPECIALTY COURSES LIST
Training to challenge and enjoy...
ADVANCED BUOYANCY
Increase your enjoyment and control...
Do you struggle to maintain buoyancy? Do you struggle to stay in one play whilst performing a task? Would you like to be able to hover mid-water?

By being correctly weighted, neutrally buoyant and in trim you will be able to effortlessly move through the water and improve your gas consumption. The Advanced Buoyancy course teaches you all these skills and more...

This specialty is designed to increase the open water diver's understanding of the factors that influence buoyancy, and to train the diver how to use the means available to him as methods for controlling his buoyancy. The added benefits to the marine and freshwater environments, cannot be overstated; as well as a diver that has better control of himself in conjunction with his environment.

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (10 with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Advanced Buoyancy manual and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
DEEP DIVER
Venture into unexplored territory...
The Deep Diver course is a must for any diver wishing to explore a little more and will teach you the risks and benefits of deep diving.

The course covers a variety of topics such as dive planning, decompression illnesses, nitrogen narcosis and equipment associated with deep diving. By the end of the course you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 40m.

This course is designed to introduce you to those risks and their management in a comprehensive and enjoyable format. You will work your way through the six short chapters that make up the self-study portion of this fully sanctioned SDI specialty course at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. Online training is the new wave of scuba training and SDI is the leader in the field.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (10 with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Learning materials (either eLearning or Deep Diver manual) and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
DIVER PROPULSION VEHICLE
Dive in the fast lane!
The DPV course is a fun and exciting course as it gives you the freedom to move around underwater without the exertion of finning.

The SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver Course is designed to train divers in the use of a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) and familiarize them with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of using a DPV in a non-overhead environment.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (15 with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • DPV manual and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £170.00
Further Information:
DRYSUIT DIVER
Open up a whole new world of diving...
The Drysuit Diver course is designed to teach you how to dive in a dry suit safely.

The SDI Dry Suit Diver Course will open up a whole new world of diving to you. Many of the diving environments around the world are better experienced in a dry suit. Why? These areas have an abundance of marine life waiting to be seen and photographed - they just happen to be a little colder!

Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you from the cold water outside. This means you'll not only enjoy the dive more, but may be able to stay underwater longer and offer redundant buoyancy. Skills include ascent and descent techniques, buoyancy, emergency procedures and routine maintenance.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (15 with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Drysuit Diver manual and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
RESCUEAN
Master the RescuEAN life-saving pod...
The RescuEAN Pod is a life-saving product that delivers Nitrox mixes safely at a constant flow to an injured diver in accordance with the standards of current best clinical practice.

It can be used for both conscious and unconscious casualties, as well as those individuals who deteriorate into Cardiac Arrest and require resuscitation prior to the arrival of the Emergency Medical Services. The RescuEAN course covers the parts and the maintenance of the pod along with its use on both breathing and non-breathing casualties.

PLEASE NOTE: rectotec is an official dealer for RescuEAN. If you are interested in purchasing your own RescuEAN Pod then please get in touch
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • None
Duration:
  • 0.5 Days
Includes:
  • RescuEAN student booklet and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £100.00
Further Information:
SEARCH & RECOVERY DIVER
Learn how to find stuff underwater...
Ever lost something underwater? This specialty is designed to acquaint the diver with special skills and techniques necessary to successfully plan, execute and evaluate a search and recovery dive.

The Search & Recovery Diver course teaches you the skills to conduct an underwater search using a variety of search patterns including the use of lines and reels, the use of a lift bag and other recovery methods.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (15 with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Search & Recovery Diver manual and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
SOLO DIVER
Learn to dive solo today...
One of SDI's most popular courses and the only Solo Diver course available to divers.

Solo diving, once considered technical diving and discouraged by most certification agencies, is now seen by many experienced divers and some certification agencies as an acceptable practice for those divers suitably trained and experienced.

Rather than relying on the traditional buddy diving safety system, solo divers should be skilled in self-sufficiency and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving.

This is the perfect course for underwater photography and underwater video divers as well as those diving with their children or buddies that may not very experienced in scuba diving
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 21 years old and be an SDI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) and have a minimum of 100 logged dives
Duration:
  • 2 Days
Includes:
  • Learning materials (either eLearning or Solo Diver manual) and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £POA
Further Information:
UNDERWATER NAVIGATION
Never get lost underwater again...
It's easy enough getting lost above the water, let alone below it. The Underwater Navigation course is designed to teach you a variety of topics such as navigation patterns, natural navigation (without a compass) and estimating distance to name a few.

Divers are intensely fascinated by navigation… It allows them to make their way back to a special spot discovered on an earlier dive. They use the tricks and techniques of navigation to find an ideal exit point at the end of a dive without the need for an uncomfortable surface swim. Never get lost again and be that diver that others look to for guidance underwater...
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (10 with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 day
Includes:
  • Learning materials (either eLearning or Underwater Navigation manual) and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
WRECK DIVER
Learn to explore sunken shipwrecks...
Shipwrecks are a passage into the past and with each wreck there is a story to tell. Wreck diving can be one of the most exciting aspects of sport diving and can uncover pieces of history seen by few others. Wrecks are also haven for fish life.

The Wreck Diver course covers a variety of topics such as line laying, propulsion methods, the use of lights, how to avoid common hazards and emergency procedures. This course may be taught as a non-penetration (2 total dives) or limited-penetration* (3 total dives) course.

* Limited penetration is defined as "swim through within the ambient light of an entry point".
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (15 for limited penetration/10 for non-penetration with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Learning materials (either eLearning or Wreck Diver manual) and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
COMPUTER NITROX DIVER
Master nitrox diving using a dive computer
The SDI Computer Nitrox course covers the use of Nitrox mixtures from 22 to 40 percent oxygen in an easy to understand manner by making use of a Nitrox programmable computer.

The benefits of using Nitrox include increased safety margins, reduced post dive fatigue and extended no-decompression times.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Minimum of 18 years old (10 with parental consent) and be an SDI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 0.5 Day
Includes:
  • Learning materials (either eLearning or Computer Nitrox Diver manual) and a Certification Card
Cost:
  • £100.00
Further Information: