Author Archives: SDI/TDI/ERDI

The Story of the Napkin

As told by Mitch Skaggs, annotated & documented by International Training “When we started Technical Diving International back in the day, we went against everything everyone thought about and believed in at the time. I always wanted to change the … Continue reading »


20 Years later with TDI

Wow! I would have never thought, back when I did my initial TDI Nitrox Instructor course in Miami Beach with Mitch Skaggs and David Sipperly, the agency would be where it is today 20 years later. I was asked recently … Continue reading »


SDI, TDI and ERDI Celebrate 20 years of scuba training innovation

The world’s largest technical diving training agency celebrates 20 years of innovation. In 1994, Bret Gilliam, David Sipperly and Mitch Skaggs created Technical Diving International (TDI) as a solution to implementing training in specialized diving situations that exceeded the limits … Continue reading »


SDI Scuba Discovery for local Boy Scouts

On December 7th, 2013, Air Hogs Scuba in Garner, NC, took on a mission that many scuba facilities outside certain organizations do not realize is available as an opportunity. That mission was to conduct an SDI Scuba Discovery program for … Continue reading »


eLearning; The ground breaking move that evolved the diving industry

Back in 2000, we looked for a way in which we could offer our academics to the consumer that would take them outside of the classroom. In 1960, the University of Illinois initiated a classroom system with linked computer terminals … Continue reading »


Dive Computers – How taking a leap can change the game

In 1998, Scuba Diving International was born out of the success of its sister agency, Technical Diving International. The no nonsense approach that made TDI such a hit with both instructors and students alike was immediately replicated in a bold … Continue reading »


We would like to introduce Oceania’s newest Instructor Trainers

It is with great pleasure that we announce our newest Instructor Trainers who have just completed a grueling Instructor Workshop. The courses were a great success and the candidates who earned the coveted Instructor Trainer ratings are as follows: Grant … Continue reading »


Top 10 things to look for in 2014

This year, we expect to have our entire website converted to HTML so that it is fully compatible with mobile and tablet devices. In addition to a fully compatible website, we plan on updating the language from just English to … Continue reading »


National Fire Agency Training Center – Taiwan

In April 2013, ERDI was invited to conduct ERD I and ERD II training at the National Fire Agency Training Center in Nantou County, Taiwan. Administered under the Ministry of Interior, the training center campus encompasses over 7 km²/2.7 sq … Continue reading »


Underwater Explosives – Live ordinance removal in Bosnia and Croatia

Following the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, war erupted among several factions including the Republic of Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bosnian Serbs, Croatian and Serbian entities. During the conflict which lasted from 1992 thru nearly the end of 1995 when the … Continue reading »