SDI, TDI gives Divemaster candidates more options: onLine academics available

Starting TODAY, Divemaster candidates can complete the academic portion of their education for SDI and TDI Divemaster ratings ONLINE.

SDI™ Group President Brian Carney announced today the release of a completely rewritten and redesigned SDI™ TDI™ Divemaster program including a brand-new 420-page student manual plus a 31-Chapter online program.

“This is one of the most ambitious new product launches in the company’s history,” Carney said. “The whole company including our network of facilities, instructors and dive leaders are really happy and excited to offer SDI and TDI Divemaster candidates the option of completing the study and final exam for their first professional level rating onLine. And we are looking forward to hearing feedback on all the new materials.”

Carney explained that the SDI Group, which includes TDI, the leading tech diving agency in the world, and the public safety training organization, Emergency Response Diving International, has “set the bar” with its onLine DM program. He said the success of SDI’s open water, nitrox, wreck, deep and navigation onLine specialties, prompted an all-out push to launch the new program months ahead of schedule.

“Market research told us that people are extremely happy with onLine training. Diver’s who have used SDI onLine training rather than the traditional classroom and book over the past five years or so, told us it suits their schedule and life-style.” Carney stated that the missing element was Leadership materials.

“Of all the Diver education we currently offer through our SDI™ facility network, the Divemaster program is perhaps the one that is the most suited to the online format,” he noted. “Leadership level academics are the closest thing the scuba industry offers to post-secondary education. It is a tough program and the content is huge. It demands real study and hard work from its participants. Our online system is the perfect format for home study, and gives DM candidates and their certifying instructors and facilities the benefits of real-time feedback on progress and challenges.”

Sean Harrison, VP Training and Member Services for SDI™ explained one of the benefits of the new media version of the company’s DM program. “Often, the instructor who is best suited to develop dive leaders is the one person who has the least time available. The perfect solution is blended learning through SDI’s online training. The proven online system is able to move the divemaster candidate through their academics freeing up valuable instructor time to work hands-on with them to refine their leadership qualities as well as diving, risk-management, and dive business skills.”

Harrison also commented that in light of the length of this new course, and the complexity of the materials covered, online students will also receive a printed Manual and Knowledge Quest to support the electronic version. The student kit, available from SDI, TDI dive facilities, will also include a Hat, Briefcase, SDI sticker and embroidered patch, water-proof USN Tables, Student Record Folder, and set of Rescue Slates.

To learn more about SDI™, TDI™ exciting and profitable new DM program, call your local representative or contact customer service department at SDI, TDI by email at godive@tdisdi.com.

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