Our certification programs are run by East Coast Divers, New England’s premier dive center:
There are a couple of steps before you can get into the water – including completing the online training, your first classroom, and all relevant paperwork. Most of the paperwork can be done during the first classroom session, but it’s usually a good idea to check over the medical ahead of time and get a doctors’ sign-off as necessary.
An Advanced Open Water Certification (AOW) is an impressive certification for any diver to hold. The Advanced Open Water Certification with T.R.P. is awarded to a diver who has completed at least 4 specialty courses and 24 dives. AOW divers represent a larger commitment and typically higher skill level in divers. Boat Captains and dive guides are more likely to allow advanced divers onto their boats and will let them on more challenging dives.
While any four specialties will work for an AOW certification we typically recommend completing Deep Diving, Nitrox, Advanced Navigation and Search and Recovery. We suggest these courses because we feel they help to make a well rounded, confident and capable diver.
The Dive guide program is an introduction to the world of dive professionals. As a Diveguide, you will be qualified to lead certified divers on a variety of scuba diving adventures. You will be in charge of safety management, be able to help other divers with minor gear problems and be able to lead dive excursions safely whether it be from shore or in the water. The goal is to create well-prepared, versatile and marketable Dive Professionals. These can be completed as a shore dive or boat dive depending on the student requirements and weather conditions.
After completing both the Dive Guide and Science of Diving specialties you qualify for Divemaster certification. Divemaster is the next step towards Assistant Instructor and Instructor training. The Divemaster program is a recognition program. There is no additional training involved beyond Science of Diving and Diveguide. Once both programs are completed you are eligible for Divemaster certification. If you are a Divemaster with another agency you may be able to enroll in a Divemaster crossover.
The Science of Diving program consists of five classes that are meant to create a deeper understanding of diving. This wealth of knowledge adds to a dive guides technical skill set and creates a great foundation for an instructor, or diver interested in learning more about the ins and outs of SCUBA.
The SSI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is perfect for any diver on their path to becoming an instructor. During the AI course, you will learn what goes into classroom and pool presentations. You will practice giving classroom teaching presentations and learn how to develop knowledgeable in dive students. You will also learn about each skill taught to scuba students in confined water (pool training). You will learn and practice the teaching techniques for training scuba students and get an opportunity to work with real students.
After the course, you are able to teach pool and classroom sessions with indirect supervision from a current instructor. After completing the course the next step is Instructor.
At TRP our priority is to create Comfortable, Safe and Fun divers and instructors. That is why all of our training from the Basic Open Water course through Instructor is all done while neutrally buoyant and each level of professional training receives more than three times the training time than the recommended program.
Our instructors have the knowledge and confidence to run open water training programs here or anywhere else in the world. While the AI program will teach you the methods, philosophies, and applications of teaching theory, it is all done in a controlled environment. Whether that be in the classroom or pool, The safety of the students and control of a group is easily managed. In the Instructor Training Course, we build on these teaching techniques and also teach them how to safely and efficiently control a group of scuba students. Once completed graduates of the Instructor Training Course can teach all aspects of the open water program and are eligible for specialty instructor ratings.
When you are certified as an SSI Open Water Instructor, you can also qualify for further SSI Specialty Instructor ratings. To teach additional SSI Specialties, you will need to qualify by attending a Specialty Instructor seminar, co-teaching or by resume. These Specialty programs include Deep Diving, Digital Underwater Photography, Dry Suit Diving, Equipment Techniques, Ice Diver, Navigation, Night/Limited Visibility Diving, Science of Diving, Search & Recovery, Stress & Rescue, and Underwater hunting & Collecting.
Advanced Open Water Instructor (AOWI)
Once you have four Specialty Instructor certifications and you have issued 15 Specialty program certifications, you will automatically be upgraded to Advanced Open Water Instructor. After certification, Advanced Open Water Instructors are qualified to teach, supervise, or issue certifications for Advanced Open Water/Junior Advanced Open Water, Dive Guide, Science of Diving, Divemaster and Snorkel Instructor programs, plus any additional Specialties you are qualified to teach.
The Freediving class is broken down into 2 parts. The first part of the course is called Freediving Level 1 Pool. This program consists of pool and classroom training and runs all year long. For full level 1 certification, you will need to complete the level 1 open water dives. The dives run through the Spring Summer or Fall. These dives can be completed as part of the course you are signed up for or months later if you completed the level 1 pool program during the winter.
‘Freediving connects us with our breath, our life and the world that nourishes us. It enables us to touch our history, our soul, and feel peace on a profound level’ – Emma Farrell
The team at TRP loves to share the experience that Emma so beautifully describes. Freediving is one of the fastest growing factions of diving and its roots go deep into the history books. Allow yourself a new experience and see if you can discover a whole new part of you with the professional guidance of our Freediving Coaching Team.
When it comes to Freediving TRP is lucky to have, as it’s Director, Nick Fazah. Nick is one of 3 International Training Directors for SSI Freediving worldwide. While being a former competitive freediver he also writes a lot of the course materials and standards for SSI international.