The SDI Advanced Scuba Diver Development Program was created to make truly “Advanced Divers.” During the course your Instructor will take you through four complete SDI, TDI, or ERDI specialty courses (for example; Deep, Navigation, Photo, Video, Intro to Tech, Tender, etc.) covering all the skills and subjects, so that by the end you will feel comfortable to conduct dives of a similar nature.
There is no equivalent course PADI offers that matches SDI’s Advanced Diver certification. SDI labels the accumulation of 4 Complete specialties as its Advanced Diver certification, because upon completion full comprehension of each specialty is obtained. The PADI Advanced Diver (equivalent to SDI Advanced Adventure Diver) partially covers 5 specialties. To gain full comprehension of each specialty, the student would next be required to train in each specialty diving class separately.
By earning the SDI Advanced Scuba Diver certification you will have increased abilities and comfort in the water and be ready for the next step, SDI Rescue Diver.