SSI has recently announced the latest addition to their Recreational Diving program, the SSI Decompression Diving Specialty and the course can already be delivered at Circle Divers!

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SSI developed this innovative new specialty to bridge the gap between recreational diving and the Extended Range (XR) programs. The SSI Decompression Diving Specialty is the perfect opportunity for recreational divers to get a taste of what more advanced diving is like without having to commit to going entirely technical straight away.

Often, the difference between recreational equipment and a more technical set-up seems intimidating and overwhelming to 'normal' divers. The new Decompression Diving Specialty is the perfect way to slowly familiarise yourself with the excitement and adventure offered by the concept of Technical Diving.

The Decompression Diving Specialty provides SSI divers the training necessary to independently plan and conduct decompression dives using either traditional recreational equipment or introducing them to using a sidemount system. This program will take divers to a maximum depth of 40 meters with a maximum accumulated decompression time of 15 minutes. As the program is a recreational specialty it adheres closely to recreational training standards and procedures.

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Who this course is for:

Individuals that wish to independently plan and conduct decompression dives in recreational or sidemount equipment to a maximum depth of 40 metres (using a breathing gas with a maximum optimised Nitrox blend of 40% for a maximum accumulated decompression time of 15 minutes with an equally or more-qualified buddy).

Course prerequisites:

Minimum age 16 years old.

Certified diver with proof of 24 logged dives (ideally completed in a number of different environments with varying depths).

Be certified as an SSI Deep diver*

Be certified as an SSI Enriched Air 40 diver*

Be certified as an SSI Sidemount diver* if taking part in the course using sidemount equipment

What you can expect to learn:

Principles and procedures to safely prepare for and to undertake decompression dives requiring no more than 15 minutes of mandatory stops.

Pool/confined water

(Maximum depth 12 metres)

Open Water

In open water candidates must satisfactorily complete three open water dives consisting of no-stop, simulated decompression dives and dives requiring actual decompression

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

a. Pre-Dive Procedures

Equipment Assembly

Pre-Dive Check

b. In-Water Skills

Stage Removal and Replacement (Surface)

Buoyancy Check with a Total Diving System


Controlled Descent

Surface Air Consumption Rate Check

Stage Removal and Replacement (Underwater)

Decompression Gas Switch

Gas Sharing Ascent with Gas Switch

Underwater DSMB Deployment

c. Debriefing and Record-Keeping

Training record


Open water problem solving

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may partake in limited decompression diving within the limits of their experience and training with a maximum mandatory decompression of 15 minutes

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* denotes that equivalent qualifications from other agencies can be used to meet pre-requisite certifications