Leadership Courses FAQs

Q. What type of training can I complete with the on-line Dive Leadership web-site?
A. You can complete your training for SDI Dive Master and Assistant Instructor. Additional programs will be available in the future.

Q. How much of the Dive Leadership training can I complete on-line?
A. You can eliminate the need to spend valuable time in a classroom setting, going through academic material you are perfectly capable of learning on your own, at your own pace and when it is most convenient. This ability, by itself, saves considerable time. For some people, this makes the difference between being able to get certified or not.

Q. What agencies are accepted for pre-requisites or equivalent qualifications?
A. Agencies that are accepted to meet the prerequisites for SDI include:

  • IDEA
  • PADI
  • PDIC
  • SSI
  • YMCA
  • NAUI
  • BSAC
  • Sub Aqua Association
  • European Standard
  • CMAS
  • IANTD

Agencies that are accepted to meet the prerequisites for TDI include:

  • IANTD
  • ANDI
  • DSATI
  • SSI
  • NAUI
  • NACD
  • NSS-CDS
  • CMAS
  • BSAC
  • CDAA

Agencies that are accepted to meet the prerequisites for ERDI include:

  • Life Guard Systems
  • Dive Rescue International
  • Public Safety Diving Association

Q. What paperwork requirements do I need to complete to receive my certification?
A. These are the forms you need:

  • Leadership registration form
  • Copy of Physician sign off
  • On-line completion Form.

Q. What if I normally use AOL to browse the Internet?
A. If you normally use AOL to browse the Internet, through a dial-up connection, you can continue to do so to participate in the on-line course; however, you should avoid using AOL’s built-in web browser when doing so.

AOL routes a lot of outside content through what are known as proxy servers. This can cause a substantial delay in your ability to access on-line course content.
What you should do instead is:

Use AOL to open a connection to the Internet.

Open another web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox or Safari, and use it to access the on-line course.

If you have a high-speed connection, then you already connect to the Internet through a provider other than AOL. Just use another web browser and bypass AOL entirely.

Q. What happens if I leave my computer logged on to the web-site?
A. For security measures we have implemented a 20 minute session into the course. If you do not interact with the system by clicking a link for more than 20 minutes the course will log you off and send you back to the home page. At that time you will need to log back in to continue your training.

Q. I have Windows Vista and am experiencing problems with QuickTime videos.
A. There seem to be some minor issues with Vista and QuickTime. There should be a patch soon but you can do a few things in the meantime.

You can download the newest version of QuickTime if you haven’t already at www.apple.com/quicktime

Additionally there is a free codec at free-codecs.com which a number of vista users have been viewing QuickTime media with.

Q. Why do I get the error ““Bad Encrypt Dictionary” when I try to open a PDF?
A. This error is commonly encountered when a PDF document was created for a higher version of Adobe Acrobat Reader than the version that is installed on a users computer. Generally, documents are created in higher versions of Adobe Acrobat in order to utilize newer features that lower versions of Adobe Acrobat do not have.

It is important that you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your browser. You can get the latest version from Adobe’s website: get.adobe.com/reader

Q. Do I need any special programs to use this online training system?
A. Like many sites, including the SDI/TDI homepage, this system utilizes Adobe Flash Player. You can check your browser and download the most recent version of the player from Adobe’s website: get.adobe.com/flashplayer

We also utilize the Adobe Acrobat Reader which allows users to open and read PDFs, also called “Portable Document Format.” It is important that you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your browser. You can get the latest version from Adobe’s website: get.adobe.com/reader