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If you pay $5.00 for training, you are getting $5.00 worth of training.  There is no substitute for doing it right   THE FIRST TIME.

Following is a partial listing of the courses available THROUGH SDI/TDI




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Training Program




Scuba Diving International  (SDI)

is the fastest growing open water training organization in the USA.  SDI was the first to require the use of computers  in  all  phases  of training   and  the  first  to allow ten-year-olds to enter the wonderful underwater world of Jacques Cousteau ! 


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Technical Program




Technical Diving International (TDI)

is the largest technical dive training organization in the world!  Starting at the Nitrox level we can train you up to Advanced Trimix at depths to  300 fsw.  At the technical levels, instructor training through Trimix is available.




Recreational Diving (SDI)  

Skin Diver This course teaches you methods and techniques to make you an efficient, comfortable snorkeler.
Open Water Diver The entry level training to diving.
Advanced Diver At Airheads this course is more a mentored process than simply making a few dives.  The advanced program is   tailored to each individual's needs with the emphasis on self-reliance and self-rescue techniques.   SDI requires 25 dives and 4 specialties.
Rescue Diver Advanced techniques in self-rescue and rescue management procedures.  This course also includes search and recovery techniques.  As a bonus, we include First Aid/CPR training with this course.
Nitrox Diver This is our most popular class.   The course concentrates on the safety aspects of using standard 32% and 36% oxygen mixes for dives to 130 feet.  This is a tables based course.
Rebreather Diver This course teaches a new way of diving.  Rebreather diving is open to TDI nitrox certified open water divers.  Among the advantages of rebreather diving is the warm, moist air which keeps you warmer and can extend your dives.  One of the most notable experiences is the lack of bubbles which allows allows the diver to get closer to marine life.
Master Diver The highest level of non-professional diving.  Includes dives to 130 feet. Several dive specialties are explored.
Divemaster The entry level training for the dive professional.  A divemaster can assist instructors in certain tasks and can act as a dive guide or dive site manager.
Assistant Instructor The assistant instructor may teach skin diving and assist in the teaching of students for open water.  He may also act in the capacity of a divemaster.


Instructor Development Course

Instructor Evaluation Course

The instructor is the one who has acquired the knowledge and experience to teach others in safe diving practices.  The course is broken into two phases.   The first is the IDC or Instructor Development Course,  and the second is  IEC or Instuctor Evaluation Course.
Instructor Trainer The IT is an instructor who has attained the highest level in his field.   His broad knowledge base and experience enables him to teach others in the methods and techniques of teaching students to dive safely.  The IT designation is only awarded by headquarters.

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Buoyancy and Trim Workshop This is a one-on-one experience.  It concentrates on the special techniques used by technical divers to extend bottom time and make you more efficient in the water.  A guaranteed method to increase bottom time.
Rebreather Experience This is a way to check out a real rebreather in the pool.  Open water certification is all that is needed.
Night / Limited Visibility Diving Techniques and procedures in diving at night or in limited visibility.  
Navigation Navigation techniques to lower stress and help the diver know where he is.   This avoids the dangerous practice of bounce diving to see where you are.
Equipment Specialty The basics of how your equipment works and simple things you can do to save the dive.
Drysuit The proper donning and removal of this specialized piece of equipment as well as proper care and maintenance.   Course also teaches you buoyancy techniques with the drysuit.  A warm diver dives more often.
Deep Diver Techniques for executing dives to 130 fsw not involving staged decompression.  The use of a redundant air supply is required for this course.
Solo Diver         ***NEW*** Train divers in benefits, hazards and procedures to safely execute solo dives.
First Aid / CPR ASHI first aid and CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) for the first responder.
DAN Oxygen Provider Diver's Alert Network course which teaches the proper administration of oxygen for dive related injuries.


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Technical Dive Classes

Nitrox Diver This first level of specialized diving uses oxygen- enriched air for the breathing medium.  The course concentrates on the safety aspects of using standard 32% and 36% oxygen mixes for dives to 130 feet and is a requirement for any of the technical levels.
Advanced Nitrox This course takes up where the Nitrox course leaves off.  The emphasis is on both custom blends for best mix dives to 150 fsw and the use of mixes up to pure oxygen for precautionary decompression stops.
Decompression Procedures Using the skills and knowledge obtained in the Advanced Nitrox class, the student is taught the procedures and skills to safely execute staged decompression dives to 150 fsw.
Extended Range Diving This course expands on decompression techniques and advanced dive and gas management techniques to safely plan and execute dives on air/nitrox combinations to 180 fsw.
Trimix Diving This is the entry level of helium-based dives.  In this course techniques and procedures learned earlier are honed to enable dives to 200 fsw using trimix.
Advanced Trimix This is the pinnacle of mixed gas diving.  Using various mixes and travel gases, one is able to plan and execute dives to 300 fsw.
Nitrox Gas Blender Teaches methods and procedures for mixing nitrox.
Advanced Gas Blender Builds on the nitrox gas blending techniques with the addition of helium for trimix diving.
O2 Service Technician Open to dive shop employees who are certified in the repair of scuba equipment.  This course is directed at the proper methods for cleaning and preparing equipment for oxygen service.
Technical Instructor Levels Open water instructors who wish to teach technical levels and who are certified in the various levels may take instructor classes for each level they wish to teach.   These are all available here at Airheads Scuba.

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