SSI Extended Range Trimix Instructor

This SSI Extended Range Instructor program provides all you need to organize and conduct the Extended Range program. You will learn how to train divers to independently plan and conduct dives up to a depth of 45 meters / 145 feet. This course is intended for the use of trimix as the breathing gas, to reduce inert gas narcosis and increase Extended Range diver safety. An Extended Range ‘air’ Instructor certification option is also available for areas where helium is inaccessible.

Prerequisites :

  • Own and use a Total Diving System in the appropriate equipment configuration as outlined in the SSI General Training Standards.
  • Complete the Candidate Preassessment: Dive History and provide proof of the required teaching and diving experience.
  • Have logged at least:
  • 20 dives deeper than 30 meters
  • Have the following SSI certifications or an equivalent from a recognized training agency:
  • Extended Range Diving
  • Have at the following active status SSI certifications (or equivalent):
  • Deep Diving Instructor
  • Diver Stress & Rescue Instructor
  • Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor
  • Note: The candidate must have the Extended Range Trimix certification for SSI Extended Range Trimix Instructor
  • Have issued at least:
  •  3 Enriched Air Nitrox 40 certifications

Requirements For Completion:

  • Option 1
  • Co-teach at least two (2) separate Extended Range Diving programs under the direct supervision of an active status SSI Extended Range Instructor Trainer.
  • Option 2
  • Attend a three-day seminar and successfully complete:
  • A review of all SSI General Training Standards, and the standards related to the XR programs the candidate is earning a certification for.
  • A review of the program-specific student and instructor materials.
  • The applicable final exams.
  • An academic presentation on a topic applicable to the program and training level.
  • A dive planning session for orientation to the XR Dive Planning Sheets.
  • An equipment configuration session for the appropriate Total Diving System.
  • The XR Candidate Water Fitness Evaluation as outlined in the SSI Training Standards if it has been more than six months since the candidate has been evaluated
  • A pool/confined water session that includes the presentation and evaluation of all required program skills. All skills must be done with demonstration quality.
  • An in-water teaching presentation on a topic applicable to the program and training level.
  • As a team member, participate in the planning and execution of at least one dive from the Extended Range program.
  • While acting as an instructor, plan and conduct at least one (1) full decompression dive from the Extended Range Diving program.
  • Demonstrate the ability to rescue an unconscious diver by bringing the diver to the surface from a depth between 5 and 10 meters.