Class Offerings

A number of different classes for all skill levels are offered monthly at the YMCA in White Plains, NY. Descriptions of the classes are listed below. To inquire about joining a class please contact Sub-Sea Specialties or the Senior Program Director at the YMCA:

Alan C. Mogridge
Senior Program Director
White Plains Family YMCA
250 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-949-8030
e-mail: mailto:amogridge@ymca-cnw.org

Classes Offered


TDI / SDI Classes - classes specialize in scuba and technical diving

Open Water Scuba Diver
The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course is an entry-level certification course designed to give you the necessary skills to safely conduct open water dives. Some of the many skills you will learn include buoyancy, proper weighting, marine conservation, equipment assembly, proper dive planning, and maintenance. [more]

Nitrox Diver
TDI Nitrox course is an entry level course for divers wishing to utilize enriched air nitrox as a breathing gas. Little else has impacted recreational diving more than the introduction of nitrox, allowing more time underwater. During this course, you will learn the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving with EAN 22 to EAN 40. [more]

Computer Nitrox Diver
The SDI Computer Nitrox course is a great next step after the Open Water Diver certification and is structured in an easy to understand manner by making use of a Nitrox programmable computer. [more]

Wreck Diver
Wreck diving can be one of the most exciting aspects of sport diving and can uncover pieces of history seen by few others, however every effort must be made to maximize safe diving techniques. In the SDI Wreck Diver course, we will discuss and use equipment and techniques commonly employed while wreck diving. [more]

Deep Diver
SDIís Deep Diver course is a must for any diver wishing to explore a little more and will teach you the risks and benefits of deep diving. Many interesting sights lie just beyond 18m/60ft such as beautiful wall dives, ship wrecks, and critters that donít come into the shallows. [more]

Advanced Adventure Diver
Youíve taken your open water scuba diver course and now your ready to expand your knowledge but you would like to see what is out there first. The SDI Advanced Adventure Diver course will give you an overview of five (5) selected SDI specialties. [more]

Solo Diver
One of SDIís most popular courses, the solo diver program teaches experienced recreational divers how to safely dive independently of a dive buddy or strengthen your buddy team skills. The course stresses on proper dive planning, personal limitations, accident prevention as well as the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo. [more]


DAN Classes - DAN (Diver's Alert Network) classes specialize in emergency and medical training that promotes safe diving

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
The course is designed to train and educate the general diving public in the techniques of using oxygen as first aid for a suspected dive injury. In addition, this course will introduce novice divers to the fundamentals of recognizing diving injury warning signs, response and management. This program also provides an excellent opportunity for experienced divers and instructors to continue their education. [more]

Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
This course represents training designed to educate the public to recognize possible aquatic related injuries and to provide emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest medical facility.
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Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
This program is designed to (1) Demonstrate how to assemble and prepare the Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV) and Bag Valve Mask (BVM); (2) State the benefits of using the Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV) and Bag Valve Mask (BVM) for a non-breathing diver; (3) Demonstrate how to provide Oxygen First Aid with the MTV resuscitator on a breathing and non-breathing diverDemonstrate how to provide Oxygen First Aid with the Bag Valve Mask to a non-breathing diver. [more]

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
The objectives of this course are to train and educate the general diving public and interested non-divers in the first aid techniques for a suspected hazardous marine life injury. In addition, this course will introduce divers to the identification of potentially hazardous marine life and how to avoid hazardous marine life injuries. This program also provides an excellent opportunity for experienced divers and instructors to continue their education. [more]

Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognize the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and administer first aid using Basic Life Support techniques and Automated External Defibrillators while activating the local emergency medical services, (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility. [more]

Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general public to better recognize the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and administer first aid using Basic Life Support techniques and Automated External Defibrillators while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility. [more]

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
This is a is a professional-level basic life support program designed to teach advanced skills to dive professionals, divers who find themselves in remote situations where emergency help is not immediately available and interested others who are involved with diving. [more]

Diving Emergency Management
Divers and dive professionals interested in understanding first aid care for dive emergencies can now take this course. This single program integrates the knowledge and skills from several DAN Training Programs into a single eight-hour day. The Diving Emergency Management Provider course includes: Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving and Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries. [more]