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XR Specialty Programs

The bridge between recreational and technical diving is narrower than ever before! XR programs are designed to allow you to “extend beyond the recreational limits” without dramatically changing your diving philosophy. XR programs simply enhance and build upon your existing knowledge, skills and experience. They are taken like a regular SSI Specialty, and can be credited toward your Advanced Open Water or Master Diver. The training will provide you with the skills to dive safely and with added confidence, giving you the tools to complete limited decompression. This is the chance you have been waiting for to discover new horizons. We understand decompression is no longer a taboo word, it’s a tool that when used correctly can allow you to experience much more of the underwater world. Ask your SSI Dive Center or Dive Professional about the XR programs, you’ll be glad you did! A whole new world full of adventure and fun is waiting for you!

Extended Range Nitrox

This program qualifies you to dive to 40 meters using nitrox mixtures of up to 50%, and 15 minutes of back gas decompression using a one stage decompression gas. The program can be completed wearing your standard total diving system, a large cylinder with H or Y valve or even a full twinset.


Advanced Wreck Diving

This program allows limited penetration into the wreck overhead environment. You will learn overhead buoyancy and propulsion skills along with line laying and light usage. The program can be completed wearing a single cylinder with either a pony cylinder or H/Y valve or a technical total diving system.


Cavern Diving

As with wreck, this program allows limited penetration into the cavern zone. You will learn cave buoyancy and propulsion skills along with line laying and light usage. You will also practice lost line and lost teammate procedures. The program can be completed wearing a single cylinder with either a pony cylinder or H/Y valve or a full technical diving system.


Gas Blender

Gas Blender qualifies you to blend all Nitroxand Trimix gases with any oxygen content. You will learn the mathematics, physics and skill toconfidently blend breathing mixes. This programis open to anyone, even non divers.