learn to manage operations with tethered umbilical diving and maintain surface-supplied air systems

Surface Supplied Air (SSA)
3 days (24 hours)
Recommended for: 
Certified divers and surface support personnel


  • Member of a public safety agency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Proof of Dive Rescue 1 Specialist certification
  • Proof of Full Face Mask training
  • Students diving in dry suits must summit proof of dry suit training with registration
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including physician signature, if applicable)
Training Calendar & Map
Course Registration Form


Learn how to select a system appropriate to your environment and get in-depth instruction for the safe planning and management of operations involving surface-supplied air. The Surface Supplied Air Program is taught in a classroom, a pool, and at an open-water site. Program topics include: Use of surface-supplied systems, selecting full-face masks or helmets, tethered diving, underwater communications systems and emergency procedures.

Note To Applicants
This program is designed for personnel who are physically fit. Participants are encouraged to participate after successfully completing the IADRS Watermanship Test or testing to a fitness level of 13 MET (Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult their physician prior to in-water training. Participants who have poor aerobic fitness may attend this program as surface support personnel with the approval of the instructor.