Scuba Skills Update (Refresher)

The East Coast Divers Refresher is designed to help divers build the comfort and confidence they need to get back in the water safely after a brief hiatus. No matter what agency you used for your original training, this SSI Scuba Skill Update program provides you with the opportunity to review and practice the basic scuba skills that you learned in your original open water diver training program. It also allows ECD instructors the flexibility to work with divers to identify areas of concern, deficits, or important guideline updates.

Most dive destinations will require a refresher course to be completed by any diver who hasn’t been on Scuba for a year or more. The course may also be required for continuing your diving training after a long period of time away from the sport. All divers will benefit from a refresher to shake the rust off or adjust new equipment before dive travel. This program will help any certified diver get their confidence back by reviewing skills taught in basic open water classes as well as refining buoyancy control and trim. Anything you might want to work on or think needs practice will be addressed as well. You will work directly with an instructor who will make sure you are completely comfortable in the water. All gear rental is provided at no charge but must be reserved ahead of time.

The refresher course consists of an SSI online training (accessible in perpetuity), one pool session with an instructor, and one followup play session at the pool.

Before Class

Before attending your class you will need to complete some paperwork. The links to the documents are under the “Class Forms” section of this page. These forms must be completed prior to your session and contain important information.

Pay close attention to the medical form as you may also require a physician’s approval before we can get you into the water.

This class also has a helpful online training component hosted by SSI. If you have not already registered with SSI, look for an email from You can access online training materials, certification cards, and more at or the MySSI app on your iPhone or Android.

If you have any questions give us a call at the store on 617-277-2216 or shoot us an email

  • 10 years or older
  • Clear medical history or MD sign-off if necessary
  • Be at least Open Water Diver certified (or equivalent from another recognized agency).
  • Present certification card and, if available, logbook at the session.

Interested in a private? We got you covered! Sign-up today!

Private courses are set up slightly differently than regular Scuba Refresher Course (scuba skills update) courses. The beginning process is the same - you'll still be required to fill out the same paperwork but you won't be tethered to our schedule. Instead, you can find out whenever works best for you and let us know so we can get the session scheduled - we can even schedule the pool outside our normal pool hours*. Make sure to let us know in advance, as we have to rent the pool and make sure it doesn't conflict with any other activities going on that day. If you do use the pool when we have it rented that's perfect! There will be other people in the pool but you (or your group) will be working privately with your instructor.


Private Scheduling is done through Kim and Max in our training department at They will be in contact within 24 hours of any inquiries. If you need to contact us sooner please call us at 617-277-2217.

Private Pricing:*

1 Person: $341.25 total 3 People: $656.25 total | $218.75 per person
2 People: $525 total | $262.5 per person 4 People: $735 total | $183.75 per person

*Additional fees (such as pool rental fees) may apply

Students are advised to utilize as much of their own equipment as possible. East Coast Divers can provide a total diving system but using your own well-fitted mask will create a much more enjoyable and productive experience. By using the gear that you own you will benefit from increased familiarity with the equipment and your instructor may be able to assist you with minor system adjustments or important service recommendations. If you do need to borrow any gear please notify the shop so we can provide you with everything you need in the proper sizing.

If you are interested in purchasing any of your own gear, we have everything you will need available in the shop! We also offer affordable vacation rental gear packages with high-quality equipment and rent-to-own opportunities. Stop by to meet with one of our product specialists for a personal fitting!

  • One 3-hour session in the pool.
  • Online training materials from SSI accessible though the MySSI app or
  • Use of all required gear (Except bathing suit and towel) - Contacts or a corrective mask are recommended for those needing vision correction.
  • Internationally trained/certified instructor.
  • Review of selected and requested skills.
  • Instructor sign-off on your logbook upon request.
  • Free unsupervised play session at the pool to be scheduled with the shop following the Scuba Skill Update session so you can practice the skills covered.
  • After this course, you'll receive the SSI Scuba Skill Update digital recognition card (available in the MySSI app).