Instructor Specialty Course
Full Face Mask Diving is helping to change the way we dive! From increased vision underwater, being able to communicate effectively, to a much more comfortable dive, full face masks are creating new possibilities for both instructors and divers alike.
Full Face Mask & SSI Try Scuba
The benefit of obtaining the SSI Instructor Specialty credential is that the Integrated Full Face Mask can be used for the SSI Try Scuba Program. This helps to ensure that the student’s first underwater experience is with a mask that doesn’t leak, fog up and which allows them to breathe in as natural a way as possible – not through a regulator, which often acts as a barrier to people wanting to try diving.
The course typically takes 2 days to complete.
The Instructor course is usually a combined course for Integrated Full Face Mask and UW Communication, with the first part being a mix of theory and practical dry application where all the features of the mask are explained:
- Instructors learn how to prepare the mask;
- Adjust, modify the size based on the face size;
- Prepare the UW communication aggregate;
- Understand how to maintain the equipment
The pool or confined water session is designed to allow the instructor to become familiar in using the mask in all the various positions, review the safety procedures and adjust while completing some skills.
Day 2 – Open Water
After a theory session and review of the procedures, the instructors move to Open Water and complete the same skills that were mastered in the pool or CW and apply the whole aggregation together while on an exploratory dive.
At the end of the course – instructors are obtaining the Ocean Reef Instructor credential and SSI Specialty which will allow them to teach students either for the Integrated Full Face Mask and/or the UW communication.