Specialty Course Descriptions

Will teach you how to accurately find your way underwater using a compass and the natural environment.

Deep Diving:
Will give you more confidence in diving to depths up to 130 feet

Night and Limited Visibility
This course will give you your first experience with night diving and build confidence when diving in water that has less than perfect visibility.

Enriched Air Nitrox:
This is your first course in mixed gas diving. Enriched air means the oxygen content in nitrox is higher than in regular air, although nitrox is a shallow water gas, it gives much longer bottom time with shorter surface time between dives.

Stress and Rescue:
For the more advanced diver who wants to learn scuba rescue techniques but also, learn what causes stress in themselves and other divers while underwater.

Equipment Techniques:
This is a course for the hands on person who wants to learn more about equipment maintenance and general service. It is a night at the work bench.

Dry Suit Diving:
This course is designed to give you and understanding of the buoyancy control you will need to have and the thermal benefits of staying warm while diving dry in colder water.

Science of Diving
This course is required for someone who wants to become an instructor but also for someone who just wants a more in depth knowledge of the sciences of physics and physiology of diving.  

Technical Extended Range or Tech XR:
This is five different courses  intended to take you from the fundamentals of advanced nitrox through all levels of decompression diving and trimix. 

Dive control Specialist or Divecon:
This is a course that prepares you for being a dive master as well as an assistant instructor while also preparing you to become an open water instructor. This course requires the Science of Diving specialty course as well as CPR, First Aid and Oxygen first aid.

React Right:
This is a required course for SSI instructors but also to anyone who needs training in Oxygen First aid.

Medic First Aid: This is a course open to anyone wanting adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR and First Aid training. 


                                Description of Ratings and Requirments


OPEN WATER DIVER PROGRAM – This is your first step, after completing this course you will be a certified diver

Learn to SCUBA Dive and enjoy a Lifetime Pastime.  First off we would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce you to the underwater world.  Our programs can be planned to accommodate anyone’s busy schedule.  Your international certification will be accredited through SSI (Scuba School International).  SSI is the largest “dealer based” agency in the world with over 1900 dealers in 82 countries.  SSI requires that all SSI professional instructors conduct scuba programs through an SSI authorized dealer giving you the most thorough, consistent, up-to-date program available.


General Group Classes: General tuition $350.00. Purchase any mask, fins, snorkel, boots, mouthpiece, SSI logbook and SMB package from the Aquatic Center of Ocala and receive a $50.00 rebate off the price of the class. After the rebate your open water class is just $299.95. Price includes online textbook, and free use of our on-site pool.

Semi Private Classes: Receive the same personal attention in the class and pool segment as you would with the full private class except take your open water dives with a group for only $399.00 and receive a voucher for $50.00 toward the purchase of your snorkeling system.  Price includes student kit.

Private Classes: Enjoy the personal attention you will receive with a one on one with the instructor in all three steps in the training.  Step one is classroom, Step two is pool training and step three is your open water dives.  The class is tailored to fit your schedule.  Only $499.95 per person plus you receives a $50.00 voucher toward the purchase of a snorkeling system.  Price includes student kit.


  • Upon completion, SSI Open Water Diver Certification Card (Internationally Recognized)

20-Hour Complete comprehensive Scuba Course

  • All classes are held in our modern “interactive classroom” with comfortable seating
  • Pool sessions are taught in our on-site pool with no pool usage fees.
  • If you miss a class you will be allowed to make up that session with the next class at no additional charge.
  • Air Delivery System, Information System & Buoyancy Control System provided for the entire duration of the class at no charge to you, in addition, your SSI Online Student Kit containing: Online digital training materials

Not included:

  • All open water dive park entry fees
  • All fees such as air and nitrox  fills from aquatic Center of Ocala . Any other charges or outstanding invoices such as,  service on equipment, or out standing invoices from family members. Transportation to and from open water dive sites, from Aquatic Center of Ocala or your home, rental dive equipment, or air and nitrox fills from another dive center other than Aquatic Center of Ocala.
  • All fees must be paid in full on or before the completion of the class or certification cards will not be issued .

If you missed an assigned class or pool session, you will be required to make up that session prior to moving on.
There is no fee to make up a missed session however, they must be

made made up in a timely manner, that is by the next class session.

If you have competed the classroom and pool sessions of your class, and for some reason you can not complete the requirements for certification, there are no refunds of tuition aloud.

Advanced Open Water:
You will have to complete 4 specialty courses and have 24 logged dives to earn this rating. The 4 specialty courses required are Navigation, Night and limited Visibility, Deep Diving and Nitrox

Master Diver
To qualify for this rating you must be advanced open water certified have 50 logged dives and have taken Stress and Rescue, CPR, First Aid and Oxygen first Aid.

Dive Control Specialist:
To qualify as a “DiveCon” you must be a master diver and have a minimal of 60 logged dives. This is preparing you for a leadership position as a dive master and as an assistant instructor. You will also be required to take the Science of Diving specialty course.

Open Water Instructor:
To start training as an open water instructor, you must be a divecon and have at least 100 logged dives. You will need to perfect your skills as a dive leader. Part of your performance evaluation will be pool skills and classroom presentation. This is a very prestigious certification to earn. This rating  will allow you to obtain employment as a dive professional.