SDI Snorkeler Diver

The SDI Snorkeler Diver Course is designed to give students the necessary skills to efficiently snorkel in conditions similar to their training without the direct supervision of an instructor.

Who this course is for:
Individuals that wish to learn the “How to’s” for two different types of snorkeling, and allow them to be more comfortable in the water.

The two types of snorkeling are:

  • Snorkeling - Snorkeling is the use of mask fins and snorkel to primarily swim on the surface while being able to keep your face in the water without having to lift your head to breathe. Periodically you may dive below the surface for a short period of time to exam something closer
  • Free diving – Free diving also uses mask fins and snorkel, but the primary focus to perform extended breath-hold dives below the surface for activities such as spearfishing or some other type of game collecting, or pushing one’s depth or time limits

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 4 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:
The SDI Snorkeler Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • The aquatic environment
    • Vision
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Heat loss
    • Tides
    • Currents
    • Waves
    • Surge
    • Marine life injuries
  • Physics and physiology
    • Buoyancy
    • Pressure
    • Equalization techniques
    • Hyperventilation
  • Snorkeling equipment
    • Mask, fins, and snorkel
    • Exposure protection
    • Buoyancy compensator device
    • Weight systems
  • Accessories
    • Dive flag
    • Rescue signal
    • Knife or cutting device
  • Planning your dive
    • Diver fitness and overexertion
    • Buddy system
    • First aid

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Properly prepare, don, and adjust all snorkeling equipment
  • Perform a buddy check, and demonstrate good use of the buddy system
  • Safely conduct exits and entries either from land, or boat
  • Achieve neutral buoyancy
  • Proper breathing and clearing of a snorkel
  • Proper use of buoyancy compensator device/snorkel vest
  • Surface dives
  • Proper use of hand signals

What’s in it for you?
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in snorkeling activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior snorkelers (ages 4-14) must participate in snorkeling activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

SDI Snorkeler Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

How to take this course!

  • Find your local SDI Dive Center: here
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