SDI Open Water Diver exiting the water

SDI’s Revamped Open Water Scuba Diver Course

At Scuba Diving International (SDI), we pride ourselves on making waves in the scuba world, and this isn’t just about exploring the mysteries lurking beneath the ocean’s surface—it’s about the waves of change we’re creating in scuba education. As a tight-knit crew of passionate ocean enthusiasts, we have something big to share. And when we say big, we’re talking about our commitment to enriching scuba learning, one thrilling, fin-kick at a time!

A Fresh Dive into Learning

Firstly, let’s talk about our recent expedition into the heart of scuba learning: the reinvention of our Open Water Scuba Diver certification coursework. We believe that becoming a better diver isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s about nurturing safer, more engaged protectors of our beloved blue planet. So, we threw on our wetsuits, grabbed our cameras, and dived headfirst into the task of creating educational content that is as engaging as it is enlightening.

Lights, Camera, Action! The Re-filming Adventure

We’ve always believed that if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it with style and a bit of fun thrown into the mix. That’s exactly what we did in the stunning waters of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where we, along with our allies at Dressel Divers, re-filmed the entire Open Water Scuba Diver video series. It was a fusion of work and play—capturing over 4 terabytes of undersea majesty and new learning experiences in over hundreds of video clips. 

Behind the Scenes with SDI’s In-House Mavericks

Our team’s dedication might remind you of a tiny clownfish persistently tending to its anemone home, but don’t let our size fool you. This small company’s heart beats with the same vigor as a whale shark’s massive fins. We allocated a significant chunk of our resources to not just make do but excel in creating coursework that makes a difference. And guess who was at the helm? Our very own ambassadors, dive partners, and a crew that lives and breathes scuba diving—truly, it was a family affair. Rachel Pryke, William Drumm, and Jason Meany were behind the lens. SDI Ambassador Olaf Fischer  , PFI Ambassador Rachel Novak and new SDI Divemaster’s Luca Konig and Lidia Kupczyk all helped with modeling and filming.

Injecting Fun into Fundamentals

Acknowledging that sometimes, you need to laugh to learn, we introduced a novel twist to our curriculum with a series of shorts demonstrating specific scuba skills. These aren’t your typical, dry instructional videos. Instead, they’re crafted to ensure that even as you master buoyancy or perfect your mask clearing, you’re having a blast.

New Videos, Who This? A Dive into the Content

Our new content isn’t just a treat for the eyes; it’s a buffet for the brain. We dove into everything from scuba equipment to the philosophical musings behind our sport. We dissected scuba physics (don’t worry, no calculators needed), reinforced safety protocols (because we like our divers in one piece), and waxed poetic about the love for our oceanic playground.

After the wrap-up underwater, our very own video wizards, Aaron Lazar and Daniel Valek, worked his post-production magic to piece together our vision. With cuts as sharp as a reef shark’s fin and a narrative flow as smooth as a manta’s glide, he turned raw footage into pure gold.

Collaborations That Count

A shout out to our fantastic partners, including the stalwarts of scuba gear and the guardians of underwater tech, for making this possible. Thanks to Dressel Divers for hosting us along with Iberostar. With top-notch equipment from Cressi, ScubaPro, Shearwater Research, Diverite, Sherwood Scuba, Genesis Scuba, Big Blue, Akona, Tusa, Bare, Hollis and Oceanic and the cozy embrace of Henderson, Forth Element and Waterproof wetsuits, we were dressed for success (and safety!).

Join the SDI Family

As you soak in the vistas of our new Open Water Scuba Diver video series, remember that with SDI, you’re joining a family. A family that may not have the vastness of the ocean in numbers but has the depth of its passion and the height of its aspirations.

Your Journey, Our Mission

Every bubble you release underwater is a story of your journey, and we’re here to ensure that story is epic. Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the scuba world or are a seasoned diver ready to take the plunge into teaching, we’re here to guide you. We want to make sure every dive is as informative as it is exhilarating.

In the end, it all boils down to one thing: our unwavering dedication to providing the best scuba diving education in the world. This isn’t just a job for us—it’s a calling. So, from the depths of our ocean-loving hearts, a huge thanks to all who were part of this incredible journey, especially to you, our fellow divers, for inspiring us every day.

With our latest venture, we’ve set new depths of excellence. So, strap on your fins, adjust your mask, and get ready to explore the underwater realm with an SDI certification that’s fresh, fun, and most importantly, fashioned for you.

Join us on this adventure, and let’s make some waves together. Welcome to the new era of scuba education—tailor-made for the curious, the brave, the protectors, and the educators. Welcome to the SDI family.

By William Drumm, Director of Marketing, International Training

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