Professional Scuba Schools, Worldwide, (PSS), offers four divisions for training – freediving, recreational, technical, and emergency. While all divisions offer unique and innovative training programs and opportunities, its technical program is one of the most distinctive in the industry.
“Our technical diver and instructor programs are demanding and thorough,” said Stefano Ruia, Director Technical Training, PSS Worldwide. “It all begins with our decompression techniques course and from there technical divers can progress to penetration wreck diving or accelerated decompression, which is required for our Trimix 60, 80 and 100M certifications.”
PSS offers a full range of technical certifications on open circuit, closed circuit, cave, cavern, wreck. Additionally, gas blender and technical DPV programs are also available.
“Our technical instructors are all managed directly through PSS headquarters,” added Ruia. “We review all requests for technical instructors and they must be countersigned by a certified PSS Technical Instructor Trainer only after the requesting instructor has successfully passed a Technical Instructor Workshop and fulfilled all the necessary requirements.”
By ensuring close quality control of its technical program, PSS provides some innovative opportunities for its technical divers.
“There are many wrecks and diving opportunities that are beyond the limits of normal recreational diving, including beyond the 100M limits of our technical programs,” added Ruia.
Some of these locations and wrecks are highly coveted dive destinations and many divers can only reach them with specially equipped vessels and professional support teams. To help the technical diving enthusiasts, who may not have the resources to reach such lofty goals, PSS has created a research diving program called “D.W.E.L.L.E.R.”, which stands for Deep Wreck Exploration with Light and Limited Equipment Research.
“Over the past 15 years we have conducted numerous DWELLER expeditions,” added Ruia. “The exploration of the Zealot wreck in 2005, the discovery of the Cape Clear and of the Woolston in 2010, and we are among only a small group of divers to explore the wreck of the Maidan at 120M.”
The Dweller Team’s activities are carried out mostly in the Mediterranean (Italy, Tunisia, Montenegro) and in the Red Sea (Egypt).
Stop by booth #2770 to learn more about the PSS Worldwide training programs and the evolution of dive education and training.