DDI Courses

Disabled Divers International (DDI) is a non-profit organization, with the aim to promote, develop and conduct disabled scuba diving training programs for professional and non-professional students. Since its introduction in 2010, DDI has gathered extensive support and recognition within the diving industry and conducted both professional and non-professional programs all around the world. All board members are volunteers, dedicated to promoting and developing disabled scuba diving internationally.

DDI programs are designed to work in cooperation with existing scuba diving training organizations and their training programs. DDI programs adds a new layer on top of the existing diver training, allowing individuals who would have difficulties fulfilling all requirements and standards to experience diving safely with modifications and enhancements to their training and or equipment.

The following is a list of current training programs and certifications from Disabled Divers International. Certifications is given in 3 different levels according to the individual divers need for assistance. See the description of the levels below.

DDI Student non-diving programs

  • Sponsor
  • Achievement Recognitions
  • Surface Assistant

DDI Student Diving Programs

  • Try Scuba Diving
  • Pool Diver
  • Scuba Diver
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Crossover Certification
  • Assistant Diver
  • Rehab Diver
  • Dolphin Diver

DDI Professional programs

  • Divemaster
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Instructor
  • Staff Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer

DDI Dive Center programs

  • Dive Club
  • Dive Center
  • Instructor Training Center

Please contact us for more information about relevant programs.

Certification levels

Upon completion of student diving programs levels are assigned to the individual divers according to the level of assistance they require when diving

Level 1
This candidate has performed all DDI skill requirements, knowledge development and physical stamina requirements of the training programs standards. This candidate has also demonstrated the ability to provide equal assistance to a fellow diver, should a distress situation occur and assistance be required.
This candidate may dive with any other certified adult diver.

Level 2
This candidate has performed DDI skill requirements demonstrating the ability of self‐help in a distress situation. The candidate is unable to provide equal assistance to a fellow diver, should a distress situation occur and assistance be required. Besides being able to fulfill all the requirements for a level 2, the instructor must also objectively assess the diver to in general be able to perform self‐help in a realistic diving situation, i.e. be able to get out of the water safely. 
In order to fulfill the requirements of equal assistance to all divers in a distress situation, this requires thecandidate to dive with two adult certified divers, one of whom must be trained as a DDI Assistant Diver or by a DDI recognized disabled diver program equal or higher certification level.

Level 3 
This candidate has performed the required skills of the Pool Diver course and demonstrated the ability to safely use scuba diving equipment. However the candidate does not have the ability for self‐help.
In order to fulfill the requirements of equal assistance to all divers in a distress situation, this requires thecandidate to dive with three adult certified divers, one of whom must be trained as a DDI professional diver or by a DDI recognized disabled diver program equal or higher certification level.

You can contact us if you have questions or require more detailed information about DDI certifications and programs.