Become a Dive


5. Non-diving Specialties

SDI offers a number of instructor classes, which do not require an instructor to enter the water. Most of these courses directly involve equipment management and safety checks, and some are even rescue oriented in-case of emergencies.

Non-diving Specialty Instructor

The SDI Non-Diving Specialty Instructor course is designed to teach members of the scuba diving industry such as: store owners, service technicians, etc the knowledge to function as an independent instructor for the non-diving specialties listed below:

  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • CPR1st
  • SDI Snorkeling

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may teach the appropriate SDI Non-diving specialty. Instructor candidates may be certified to teach multiple specialties at once.

Graduates of the SDI Non-Diving Specialty Instructor Course may upgrade to other non-diving specialties without completing the full course again; all prerequisites, skill performance, and graduation requirements for any additional specialty must be met and it must be conducted by a qualified Instructor Trainer or IT Staff Instructor.

Visual Inspection Procedures

During the SDI Visual Inspection Procedures course you will learn to promote safety in the care and maintenance of high-pressure scuba cylinders by way of your SDI Instructor and a comprehensive Visual Inspection Procedures manual. One of the goals is to raise the consciousness of the industry to the need to meet and exceed the minimum standards established by local Regulations. Another goal is to train inspectors in the proper handling, filling, and inspection techniques including the identification of the various defective conditions that can lead to cylinder rejection or condemnation.


The CPROX course is a straight forward no nonsense approach to teaching you as the first responder to an emergency how to handle the situation. The course is Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Oxygen administration combined into one program. You will learn how to use what is at your disposal to treat and stabilize victims until medically trained professionals arrive. Subjects that are covered included

  • Scene assessment
  • CPR
  • O2 administration

CPROx 1stAid & AED

This course is a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), emergency oxygen (O2) administration, first aid, and automatic external defibrillator (AED) course combined into one program. It is designed to teach individuals the proper techniques to safely administer CPR, O2, correct first aid, and utilize an AED in emergency situations.

Who this course is for:

Anyone who wishes to be trained in the basic life support techniques to provide assistance until advanced cardiac care responds. Any certified diver who would like to advance in dive training by participating in the SDI Rescue Diver or leadership level programs.

What you can expect to learn?

The following topics will be covered during this course and more!
  • What CPROX1st AED is
  • When do you administer oxygen
    1. Oxygen for a non-breathing victim
    2. How to administer oxygen through an oro-nasal mask while performing CPR
    3. Oxygen for breathing victim
      • Non-rebreather mask
      • Demand valve mask
      • Nitrox cylinder/regulator options
  • Define Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Performing CPR
      1. Self protection
      2. Assess scene and victim – EMS and statement
      3. ABC’s
      4. Chin lift and gentle neck extension
      5. Rule of 2’s
      6. Continue CPR as long as needed
      7. Define first aid
      8. When and how must first aid be administered
      9. Define Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)*

*Note: Manufacturers manual must be followed for proper use of the AED

Skills you will complete during this course include all of the following, and more!

  1. Emergency oxygen
    • Set up and use of oxygen cylinder
    • Use of different types of masks
  2. Perform CPR on a manikin
  3. First aid: treat a simulated injury for the following:
    • Breathing absent
    • Bleeding
    • Broken bone
    • Burns
    • Bites
    • Blows

What’s in it for you?

The student will be qualified at the end of this specialty to:

  • Recognize and evaluate an emergency situation and a victim
  • Know how to activate or alert the emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Be able to provide 1 person adult CPR, administer the proper first aid to a non-breathing or injured person, and administer O2 to a breathing or non-breathing person
  • Proper use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)
SDI CPROX1stAED Administrator minimum requirements:

The student will be qualified at the end of this specialty to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of oxygen administration, first aid, CPR and the use of an AED
  • Recognize and evaluate an emergency situation
  • Know how to activate or alert the emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Be able to provide CPR, use an AED unit, and administer oxygen to breathing or non-breathing person
  • Be able to provide first aid for two simulated injuries

Note: The certification is valid for 2 years and must be renewed

SDI Snorkeling

In this course you will learn the necessary skills such as:

  • Proper weighting
  • Fining techniques
  • Surfacing procedures
  • Ear equalizations techniques

When you successfully complete the course, you will be able to safely explore the shallow areas of your favorite body of water whether it is a beautiful azure ocean or a warm fresh-water lake. To continue your adventure you can enroll in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver.