Project Description

We are Boston’s premier diving education center for Scuba Diving Instructor Classes and other professional diving lessons in Massachusetts and New England!

About The Course:


East Coast Divers’ instructors have the knowledge and confidence to run open water training programs here or any where else in the world. While the Dive Control Specialist 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 the 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.

Specialty Instructor
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.

Before Class

Note- All the paperwork you’ll need, along with a what to do before class checklist is located in the corresponding tab

Before your Instructor there is a bit of paperwork you’ll have to fill out. The most important piece is the medical, which can be printed out and brought to the pool at the time of the refresher.

Risk Awareness Videos

There are a couple of forms that can be done ahead of time. Most important is the medical. Go through the medical now and check to see if you need to answer “YES” to any of the questions. If so no big deal – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off before we can let you in the pool. The doctors’ note is in the same file as the medical – Just scroll down to the next page. Remember IF you answer “YES” to anything in the medical it is COMPULSORY to get a doctors’ note BEFORE getting in the pool.




The Class will take place at the Shop in Brookline (213 Boylston Street) and the open water session will be dependent on weather. A couple of the popular ones can be found in the directions page.

Private Courses

Professional courses are not typically done privately, but can be set up through our training director Kim. She can be reached at


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  • 18 Years or older.
  • Only available for Dive Control Specialists or as a crossover from another agency.
  • Clear medical history or MD sign-off with the past year.
  • Student must provide all their own equipment.

What’s Included:

  • Eight class sessions.
  • Six sessions in the pool.
  • 10 sessions in Open Water.
  • Internationally trained / certified instructor.
  • Agency approved on-line course work.

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