Welcome to the Gypsy Divers
SSI Master Diver Challenge

Earning your SSI Master Diver rating this year will put you in a drawing for a FREE trip on the Belize Aggressor III. For 2017, SSI has partnered with the Aggressor Fleet to offer you an exciting Master Diver Challenge Grand Prize. If you reside in the USA or Canada and become certified as a SSI Master Diver between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, you will automatically be enrolled to win this fantastic dive vacation. The drawing will be held on January 15, 2018.


  • If you've been diving for years and have kept a logbook of your dives, you may be a lot closer to being a Master Diver than you think - check with us. 
  • If you've already completed some specialty training through another agency - it STILL COUNTS! Check with us on this, too.

There is NO CHARGE to enroll in the Master Diver Challenge.  To accept the challenge, either drop us an email or give us a call at 919-255-1931 so we can keep you posted on all upcoming advanced training and diving opportunities. 

Here's the nuts and bolts: The Master Diver rating is earned by logging 4 dive specialties, plus the Stress/Rescue program, and having a minimum of 50 dives in your logbook. That means you've got to find both training opportunities and diving opportunities that fit your schedule. This is where we step in - see the opportunities offered below.

2017 schedule for advanced training specialties:
(please note: We must have on file a current (within one year) copy of your diving medical history form to enroll you in any diving specialties.)

Enriched Air Nitrox:

You will learn all the necessary rules for planning dives with Nitrox and using Nitrox in a safe way. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive. Training dives for this program are optional - your choice. Each of the dates listed below is an entire class; you only need to attend one. The class will start at 6:30PM
Tuition, Home Study Materials,  and Certification: $150
Schedule:  May 18, June 20,  July 18, August 16, September 19, October 17, November 15, December 11 

Perfect Buoyancy:
Every diver wants to be a good diver. Good divers move efficiently through the water with minimum effort and maximum environmental awareness - i.e. with perfect buoyancy. The class will start at 9AM.
Tuition and Certification: $120
Schedule: May 13, June 10,  July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14 

This specialty will teach you to navigate with a compass and how to apply natural navigation skills. You will also learn to estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to different marking points, and be able to get back to the exit point at any time. The class will start at 11AM
Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $120
Schedule: May 13, June 10,  July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14 

Night / Limited Vis:
Just because the visibility is limited doesn't mean the opportunities for fun and adventure have to be. This program is filled with information about planning and conducting night and limited visibility dives for fun, adventure, and exploration. The class will start at 6:30PM
Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $120
Schedule:June 9, August 11,October 13

Deep Diver:
Many of the more exciting and intriguing dive sites are located in deeper water. Without proper training, this kind of diving can put you at risk. This program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to safely enjoy these dives.
Tuition, Materials, and Certification:
Schedule: We typically offer this specialty on our Key Largo trips.

Wreck Diver:
Wreck diving is one of the most exhilarating adventures there is, but it can be challenging. This program will introduce you to wreck orientation and awareness, and the necessary protocols for keeping the dives safe and enjoyable.
Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $120
Schedule: We typically offer this specialty on our Key Largo trips.

Diver Stress and Rescue:
This program will teach you how to anticipate, recognize and avoid common stress-related diving situations; and how to deal with and resolve unanticipated problems on the surface and underwater.
Pre-requisites: Red Cross or similar first-responder course; Perfect Buoyancy and Navigation specialties
Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $240
Schedule:- 5/16, 5/18, and 5/20 --- 9/19,9/21,and 9/23 First 2 days are class and pool starting at 6:30PM, last  day is at the quarry starting at 9AM
Search and Recovery:
There are definitely times when knowing how to search for lost objects would be beneficial. This program will teach you different search patterns for use in various conditions and the proper techniques for lifting objects to the surface.
Pre-requisites: Perfect Buoyancy and Navigation specialties
Tuition, Materials, and Certification: $240
Schedule: July 25 and July 29 First day is class and pool starting at 6:30PM, second day is at the quarry starting at 9AM

2017 Gypsy Diving Opportunities:

Fantasy Lake Fun Dives the SECOND SATURDAY of each month, May through October:
Join us for an enjoyable day of freshwater diving and a shared meal. Gypsy will provide the grill and enough grilled food for everyone. You bring your dive gear, a happy attitude, and a dish to share and a great time will be had by all. Further you'll be able to add at least 2 dives to your logbook (4% of the total needed for Mater Diver)!  Meet to dive at 10AM, food at Noon-thirty-ish... !  we ask is that you RSVP so we have a reasonable headcount and no one goes hungry. And yes - your friends are our friends and all are welcome.
The actual dates are May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14.

GYPSYTRIPS - The FUNNEST way to log a LOT of dives:

Key Largo over Memorial Weekend May 25 - 29 With Dennis (6 dives)
Key Largo with Dennis Z. for Father's Day June 14 - 18 With Dennis (6 dives)

Key Largo July 12 - 16 With Billy (6 dives)
Bonaire Family Excursion with Randy August 19 - 26 (15 to 20 dives)
Bonaire Celebration with Louie and Randy August 26 - Sep 2 (15 to 20 dives)

Bonaire for Coral Spawning with Louie Sep 2 - 9 (15 to 20 dives)
Key Largo Sep 20 - 24 With Billy (6 dives)
Key Largo with Dennis Nov 1 - 5 (6 dives)
We hope you'll accept this fun and adventurous challenge. Come talk to us if we can help in any way!