Tiedemann's Diving Center offers four different Diving Professional programs which can lead to income generating certifications. Two of the programs are Technician type programs and the other two are Diving Leadership programs. Each program is set up in a flexible manner so candidates can work at their own pace. Time requirements listed under the individual programs are minimum and total times for the programs may vary widely. In certifying candidates we use a number of different parameters. But ultimately we ask a simple question of ourselves before we certify anyone. "Would you trust this person to teach someone you care about?" When that question can be answered affirmatively then we can certify the candidate.
The ability to mix Nitrox is something that every nitrox diver is interested in. This program will cover all the details of blending Nitrox. As the popularity of Nitrox grows, being able to blend Nitrox is an excellent credential to have. Also knowing how blending is done can help you to make sure your mixes are done right. Every Nitrox diver, (and especially Divemasters, Assistant Instructors and Instructors) will find this program interesting and worthwhile. Successful candidates will be certified as a Nitrox Gas Blender.
- Approximate course time - 8 hours
SCUBA Repair Technician
This program leads to certification as a regulator repair technician for major SCUBA equipment manufacturers and certification with PSI (Professional SCUBA Inspectors) as a SCUBA & SCBA tank inspector. The program is open to divers who have Equipment specialty certification and have good mechanical sense. The course is divided into a series of lectures on general repairs and the repair of specific brands of regulators. Upon approval of the evaluation staff, candidates will be allowed to attend three regulator seminars to receive manufacturers certification for those specific brands.
- Approximate course time - 100 hours
(25 at manufacturers seminars & 75 at the Center).
DiveCon (Dive Control Specialist)
This program leads to certification as a SSI Dive Control Specialist (Divecon). The program is open to divers who have 30 logged open water dives (needed by the time of certification), have completed a Stress/Rescue program, are 18 years of age and have Advanced Certification or equivalent. The course is divided into a series of lectures held at the Center to prepare candidates for the National Divecon exam, participating in open water pool training with actual students, participation in the open water dives in our OWD (Open Water Diver) program, participating in club recreational dives, participating in Tiedemann's AOW (Advanced Open Water) programs both lectures and dives. Upon passing of the exams and completion of all pool and open water work, candidates will receive Divecon certification and be able to purchase Professional Insurance from SSI. With insurance, a Divecon can work in diving anywhere in the world.
- Approximate course time - 100 hours.
This program leads to certification as a SSI Stress & Rescue Instructor. The program is open to divers who are certified Dive Control Specialists or equivalent and have logged 100 open water dives (needed by the time of certification). The course will include a series of lectures held at the Center to prepare candidates for the National Instructor exams, an apprenticeship time period to do practice teaching in lecture, pool sessions and open water. Upon completion of the requirements, including an Instructor Evaluation from SSI, candidates will be certified to teach Open Water Diver courses and Stress & Rescue courses. For certified instructors from NAUI and PADI, a crossover program (to become a SSI Instructor) is also available.
- Approximate course time - 130 hours.