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Equipment Techniques

Choosing and buying your dive equipment is one of the biggest and most important investments you will make as a diver, but it is easy to get it a bit wrong. We want you to choose the right dive kit for your needs and know how to look after it properly. With the right knowledge, you can get the most from your investment and enjoy safe and comfortable dives for years to come. The SSI Equipment Techniques specialty is the best way to learn how to choose and store your dive kit. Working with an experienced and trained SSI Professional, you will learn in-depth information about the components of your Total Diving System and develop a thorough understanding of your diving equipment. You will also practice basic preventative dive equipment maintenance to ensure you get maximum performance and longevity from your Total Diving System. Start this dive equipment specialty today!

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Equipment Technique students must meet the following requirements:

  • Diver must be 10 years or older to start the program 

  • Certified as an Open Water Diver

  • Have signed and uploaded all of the forms to your SSI profile with a clear Diver Medical Statement Questionnaire or a physician sign-off prior to your class. Please do not wait until the last minute to fill out these forms in the event you have to schedule an appointment with your physician


ClassWallet: We are now a vendor of ClassWallet as of 2024!

This course does not require you to have any equipment, but we recommend having your own gear before taking the course so that you can get the most out of the class.



We recommend purchasing your equipment at Aquatic Specialties so we can personally fit the equipment to you and your body type. We have many different brands, styles, and sizes, and having equipment that fits well will enhance your performance in the water and make your dive experience more enjoyable! We offer our students a 10% discount* on any required equipment that is purchased while actively enrolled in a course! Every customer matters and your support of your local dive shop is the backbone to our success. Your patronage motivates us to keep improving, and allows us to be able to provide you with the services that we do today - together, we will dive into great things!


*Some restrictions apply on select products

The course fee ($125) includes the following:

  • Digital learning material, course registration, and certification fees for SSI
    • Lifetime access to SSI's digital learning material, digital logbook, digital certification cards, dive tables, and more


  • 1 in-person classroom session 
    • Students must complete the online material and exam prior to attending
    • Allows students to ask questions in real-time and engage more directly with the subject matter
    • Students will have a better understanding of their own equipment and how to maintain it
    • Students will learn how to fix some basic, common things that happen to scuba equipment (I.E. changing O-rings)

Check out some of our other courses we have available for our certified Open Water students to advance their skills!


Nitrox (Ages 10+): The SSI Enriched Air Nitrox program provides students with basic knowledge and skills needed to safely dive using breathing gas with enriched gas mixtures. Have you ever dreamed of having longer no-decompression limits to take pictures or explore a wreck? Did you ever want to be safer while diving concerning the potential risk of decompression sickness? Nitrox is the key. In your enriched air nitrox class, you will learn all of the necessary rules for planning dives with nitrox and using nitrox in a safe way.


Navigation (Ages 10+): This class teaches advanced skills and knowledge you need to safely and confidently navigate underwater. You will learn how to use a compass and natural navigation techniques, estimate distance, how to leave and return to a designated point. All of these will hone your underwater observation skills, improve your dive safety and help you to get the most out of every dive.


Science of Diving (Ages 10+): Earning your Open Water Diver Certification opens up a new underwater world, filled with opportunities to learn about physics, physiology, and chemistry, and how they affect the human body while scuba diving. Your education does not have to end with your entry-level certification! Science of Diving Course increases your understanding of these topics and provides you with additional information about decompression theory and the components of your Total Diving Systems plus its accessories. Good divers are always learning! 


Please note: Some courses have other prerequisites or required equipment that is necessary to complete the class. Please see the "prerequisites" and "required equipment" tabs for each individual class for more details. 


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