Introduction to Surface-Supplied Diving

Experts at the FIU Medina Aquarius Program use the unique assets of the program to teach a TDI/SDI Introduction to Surface-Supplied Diving course. 

This three-day course includes classroom and hands-on training both in confined and open water to introduce divers to surface-supplied diving using Kirby Morgan SS-37 and/or SL-17 diving helmets.

Specific course topics include:

  1. The advantages and disadvantages of Surface Supplied Diving techniques over traditional SCUBA
  2. Diver umbilical tending procedures
  3. Introduction to the types of surfaced supplied air systems, air station and air station components
  4. Dive planning when using Surface Supplied Diving techniques
  5. Emergency procedures and safety requirements 

Course Fee: $1,100* 

Prerequisites: Open Water Scuba Diver from a nationally recognized diver training agency.

Enrollment Cap: 6 students (additional sections may be scheduled with sufficient demand) 

Content Delivery: In-class instruction and hands-on experiential skills development at the Aquarius Reef Base facility in Islamorada, Florida.

Course Dates: Coming soon in Spring/Summer 2022

Who Should Enroll: Certified divers interested in gaining an introductory experience to Surface Supplied Diving using Kirby Morgan SS-37 and/or SL-17 dive helmets.

Enroll: If you are interested in enrolling for this course or if you have questions, please email Mr. Roger Garcia at 305-664-2916 x207 or via email at

* Course fee includes classroom and in-water instruction, confined water and offshore dives and all associated Surface Supplied Diving gear and equipment. Travel, lodging, meals, incidentals and optional individual DAN membership fees are not included.