The Classified Dive Program

The SSI Classified Diver program is intended to provide students with limited mobility with the training necessary to dive with a Classified Dive Buddy, more than one Classified Buddy, and/or a Classified Dive Professional depending on their abilities and environments to depths equivalent with their training.

Upon successful completion of the Classified Diving program, students will be certified as a Classified Diver Level 1, 2 or 3, depending on their ability to independently perform skills, and to assist a buddy in need.

 

ASSISTANCE FOR SKILLS

LEVEL 1

Classified Diver Level 1 students may complete the following skills with assistance from a Classified Dive Buddy or a Classified Diver Professional.

  • Entries
  • Exits
  • Buoyancy Check with a Total Diving System (Oral Inflation, Bobbing Method)
  • Removing and Replacing the Scuba Unit (Surface)
  • Removing and Replacing the Weight System (Surface)
  • NOTE: Students must be able to independently demonstrate proper operation of a quick-release weight system.

LEVEL 2

Level 2 students may also complete the following skills with assistance from a Classified Dive Buddy or Classified Diver Professional:

  • Disconnect/Reconnect a Low-Pressure Inflator Hose
  • Air Sharing Exercises
  • Emergency Swimming Ascent (ESA)
  • Emergency Buoyant Ascent
  • Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) Deployment

LEVEL 3

Level 3 students may also complete the following skills with assistance from a Classified Dive Buddy or Classified Diver Professional:

  • Regulator Retrieval (Arm Sweep and Alternate)
  • Mask Clearing
  • Mask Removal and Replacement
  • Controlled Descent