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Learning to scuba dive is a two part process:

The first part is a scuba course that consists of classroom and pool instruction.
In this course you learn the why and how of diving. This is where most of the work is done. In the classroom we teach you the basic theory of scuba diving and why we do what we do, then in the pool we teach you how to scuba dive and what to do if something goes wrong. In other words, we train you to become a good and safe diver. The course lasts for 2-4 nights. If you need additional training, we will be happy to provide it to you at no additional charge. You will need to purchase your Online Academics and classroom/pool sessions, mask snorkel and fins. Tanks, weight belts, BC, Regulators will be provided.

The second part is the Open Water Training.
You can either do it in New York or on vacation (we will issue you a referral letter). This part involves four supervised open water dives over two days, where a certified instructor evaluates your skills in an actual diving environment. The purpose behind Open Water Training is to put everything you learned in the classroom and pool together. Your skills are evaluated, and you get a chance to further build your confidence, and experience diving in an actual environment. We have trips to local destinations throughout the year. For more information please contact us or your instructor. Once you are done with your training, a certification card is issued to you.

The card is recognized worldwide and has no expiration date.


Open Water - Part 1

Classroom & Pool

For those who have never dived before or who just want to get a 'dive license' this course will take you through the basics, from how to assemble the gear to the many ways to improve your comfort in the underwater world.

The aim of this class is to prepare you for Open Water-Part 2, the Open Water Checkout Dives.


Open Water - Part 2

Open Water Checkout Dives

After your classroom and pool sessions you must still complete 4 scuba dives in open water with an instructor. Here we will revise the skills you will have learnt in Part 1. You will learn some basic navigation and will get comfortable in open water.

Congratulations you are now a fully certified Open Water Diver, welcome to the family!



Many people don't realize that some of the world's most exciting diving is right here on our doorstep.

But it must be cold I hear you say.
Not in a drysuit.
Come in and learn how to 'dive dry' and start diving every weekend instead of once or twice a year.

When bundled together with Open Water - Part 2, there is a $50 discount on this course.



Enriched Air Nitrox
So you've caught the diving bug and now you want more bottom time. Let us show you how to use Enriched Air to almost DOUBLE your bottom time, or use it to dive more conservatively.

When bundled together with Open Water - Part 2, there is a $50 discount on this course.



With SSI, advanced diver status is awarded when you have logged 25 dives and upon completion of four specialty courses. You can choose any four from below, except First Aid & CPR or Oxygen Provider as these does not involve any diving. (If you completed Drysuit and/or Nitrox from the section above those cout towards the four).


Deep Diving

This class will teach you proper dive planning for deep dives (Maximum 100 feet), gas management techniques and use of sling bottle (or pony bottle) as a redundant air supply. One classroom session and one day of boat diving.


Master your ability to navigate into fascinating, new destination increases the diving adventure, and your confidence.

Night & Limited Visibility

A must class for local diving, and when on vacation, experience another realm of diving by seeing Nocturnal sea life.


The Northeast has a fantastic collection of wrecks, and this course provides a great introduction to local wreck diving. You will learn proper boat diving procedures, wreck navigation using a reel, and lift bag assent techniques.

Underwater Digital Photography

Village Divers Underwater Digital Photography Class is designed specifically for new digital shooters. Instructor Larry Cohen is a professional photographer whose work has appeared in Immersed Magazine, Northeast Dive News, and Audubon Field Guides. He is also an underwater technical writer for retail stores and web-sites.

DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle)

See more and save air. How to use it, and the safety procedures you need to enjoy it.

First Aid & CPR

CPR and first aid. Valuable skills for the diver and non-diver.

Oxygen Provider

This course represents entry level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public in recognizing possible dive related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.

Master Diver

Master Diver rating is awarded when you have completed Advanced Diver, logged 50 dives and completed the Stress and Rescue specialty.


Stress and Rescue

Often stated as a diver's favorite course, Stress and Rescue will teach you not only to look after yourself but to ably help those around you, not only to cope with accidents but how to prevent them from happening in the first place.



Advanced Wreck

This course provides the training and experience to competently conduct advanced wreck dives, penetration skills and techniques are covered.

Advanced Nitrox Diver

This course examines the use of EAN 21 through 50% (oxygen) for optimal mixes to a depth of 130fsw/45msw. The object of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for utilizing EAN 21 through 50% (oxygen) for dives not requiring staged decompression. (Decompression techniques may be combined with this course at the discretion of the instructor).

Recreational TriMix

An introduction to the use of Helium in your breathing gas. Narked at 90 is a thing of the past! Heavy emphasis is placed on buoyancy and controlled ascents.

This course is a pre-requisite for Advanced Recreational TriMix.


Advanced Recreational TriMix

A direct continuation of Recreational TriMix this course extends diving depths using Helium and introduces the use of Nitrox as a deco gas.

Advanced Recreational Trimix Diver & Decompression Procedures

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 150fsw/50msw when taught with Advanced Recreational Trimix. Deco gasses up to 100% O2 will be used. The most common equipment requirements, gear setups, decompression techniques and decompression mixtures (including oxygen and nitrox) are presented. For more information, see:
    Advanced Recreational Trimix

Technical Diver

This Program is designed to train divers to conduct dives to depths between 100 fsw (30 msw) and at the instructors option upto 170 fsw (51 msw) using custom blend breathing gas mixtures; and to provide greater understanding of custom blend breathing gas mixtures, a complete knowledge of the limits of any EANx mixture, and the use of EANx and oxygen for decompression.

Normoxic TriMix Diver

This Program is designed to train those who wish to dive to depths between 130 fsw (39 msw) and 200 fsw (60 msw), but who do not wish to breathe air below 130 fsw (39 msw). Trimix affords a means of reducing narcosis on dives to such depths.


Helium and diving were made for each other. You don't have to be a super tech diver to enjoy the benefits of helium. Breathing high partial pressures of Nitrogen is dangerous and hard on the body, so why do it? Replacing nitrogen with helium is a reasonable thing to do for single tank dives as shallow as 100'. What helium does for the 140-170 foot range (previously "deep air") is nothing short of miraculous. You remember the dive, you perform well under stress and you feel better after the dive. Helium is our friend :-)

Regulator Service Technician

We will teach you to break down, service and overhaul your regulator. Since we believe that these skills might come in handy while on a dive, we emphasize field repair.

Trimix Gas Blender

This class is intended to explain the standards, properties, equipment, oxygen safety, handling procedures for blending mixed gases.




Dive Control Specialist
Share your knowledge, and help others. With the SSI DiveCon class you can help teach, lead dives and Assist SSI Instructors in the pool and open water.

This course is a combination of Assistant Instructor, Dive Leader and Snorkelling Instructor.



Make your favorite hobby a way to earn your rent or use it to earn a few extra bucks.
Instructing can become a very rewarding way to do either. This a private one on one class.Give us a call and we will work out the details.

Instructor Cross-Over

If you are an instructor with another agency and would like to cross over to a SSI or IANTD instructor, this is the class for you.