Do you want to
descend down upon a huge
historic shipwreck, and swim through the
or engine room? What about drifting along a deep reef wall
in Cayman Brac, that seems to go down forever?
We believe that
a good diver is always learning. When you continue your education, you
gain more knowledge and skills, and you become a much more comfortable,
and competent diver. This, in turn, will make you a safer
diver, and you will have more FUN!
Many dive shops focus only on the
basic-level open water diver, and don’t offer
any classes to further
your diving skills. We at Mac’s have always strived to
One word describes our unique con-ed program:
specialty programs, you can climb the ladder of diver
The different levels are:
The optional Advanced Adventurer can be the entry to
education, especially for those divers who cannot
decide which specialty courses they want to learn. During the Advanced
Adventurer Program you will have the chance to try out 5 different
You will complete one open water training dive per specialty in order to
get a better understanding for each specialty area. Later, you can
choose to complete all
or just a few of your selected specialties through a Specialty Course
by completing the second dive and finishing all academic requirements.
intermediate diver rating is higher than most any other
advanced courses. To earn the certification for
you must complete 2 specialty courses and
have logged a minimum of 12
dives. For a list of specialty
classes, see below.
Advanced Open Water Diver SSI’s Advanced Diver rating stands alone in the industry,
the highest combination of diving knowledge and experience.
other agency’s advanced diver level compares. To earn
for Advanced Open Water Diver, you must
complete 4 specialty
courses and have logged a minimum
of 24 dives. For a list of specialty
classes, see below.
SSI’s Master Diver rating is one of the most elite ratings in
today. Divers that have completed this level have combined
knowledge, skills and experience to truly call themselves
To earn the certification for Master Diver, you
must complete 4 specialty courses PLUS the Diver Stress &
Rescue program, and have logged a minimum of 50 dives. For a list
classes, see below.
Here’s how it works:
You can earn your Specialty,
Advanced, and Master Diver certifications by either
Advanced Program, or customize your levels by partaking in the
of the Month” Program.
This is a con-ed
class that includes 4 specialties of various topics. The most common,
for example, is DEEP, WRECK, NAVIGATION, and NIGHT/LIMITED VISIBILITY.
are “bundled” together in a several session program, along with
the appropriate dives.
This is a quicker method of earning your
different levels, since they are all pre-planned,
together. This is perfect for the diver who wants to complete their
advanced certification all at once.
today’s busy schedules, we realize that committing to a multiple-session
is challenging. That is why we developed a way that you
can earn different diver levels
at your own pace and budget!
We offer over a dozen one-night
specialty classes. When you complete the required
specialties, along with the appropriate dives, you earn the different
This is what we call our
“Specialty of the Month” program!
out our list of specialties below and the Mac's
Calendar to see what is coming up!
Recapture the feeling of total confidence after a long period
diving by updating the skills learned in your Open Water
Your Scuba Skills Update Dive Leader will review
the knowledge you
your Open Water Diver class as well
as cover any new material. You will
review dive planning, dive tables and dive execution to keep you safe
during future diving activities.
In the Scuba Skills Update you will have the opportunity to practice and
review the scuba skills you learned in your open water diver class and
learn techniques that may have changed. You will have the opportunity to
refresh your memory and motor coordination, as well as practice your
self-aid skills - all under the guidance of a dive leader in our
indoor heated pool!
The scuba skills update is a great opportunity to re-learn your current
equipment, or the perfect time to learn about and adjust your new
equipment with the guidance of a dive leader.
With this type of preparation you will be able to experience more
getting refreshed in our pool, join Mac’s on a dive to one of our local
fresh-water springs, boat dives off the coast of the Gulf, East Coast,
or on one of our more exotic trips!
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