PADI/SSI Ocean Reef Integrated Dive Mask (IDM) & Underwater Communications Specialty



An exciting alternative to a standard SCUBA regulator and mask is an Integrated Dive Mask! (IDM).  Using an FFM is easy, a lot of fun and offers some great advantages to a standard Scuba regulator and mask, such as keeping saltwater out of your eyes and mouth, keeping your entire face warm during those cold dives in the spring or below the thermocline. There is no jaw fatigue or water against your face, and you can add a communications unit so that you can talk to each other during the dive. IDM Diving will likely change the underwater diving technique radically in upcoming years and a must for aspiring marine biologists, engineers, photographers and conservationists working on a range of intricate projects in underwater environments.


Mission Statement:

A European expedition for divers to experience the true art of adventure diving. Divers stay in traditional Gozitian Farmhouses and shore dive the monumental walls, meandering caverns and mystical wrecks in the azure blue waters of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Divers also embrace the wonderful Maltese culture and heritage in the heart of the village festivals season and learn about overfishing of sharks and Bluefin tuna industry first hand.

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Mission Statement:

Ocean Reef have built a PADI/SSI distinctive training programme to dive using integrated dive masks and tools for underwater communications to give a whole new experience to your scuba time. The PADI Integrated Dive Mask Specialty Course is designed to familiarise divers with the theory, skills, knowledge, procedures, hazards, benefits and enjoyment of diving with a full face mask and underwater communication systems. The goals of the course are to develop the student’s knowledge and dive skills of using ocean reef IDM and “bailouts” (alternate air supplies) available and how to conduct, prepare and maintain underwater communication units to take your scuba diving experiences to a new level.

OCEAN REEF not only incorporates the regulator into the mask in order to balance all that a diver needs; such as weight, buoyancy lift, visual field, breathing effort in various positions and under differing conditions, profiles, and bubbles, but  incorporate everything that can be useful, increase safety, and make dives more enjoyable using full face masks.

This led to the creation of a series of integrated solutions, such as the frame for using corrective lenses inside the mask, the surface air valve that is built into the mask profile, lights installed in the upper part of the visor and controlled by a switch/battery compartment that is efficiently con- nected to the SAV, tank pressure and depth displays applied to the sides of the visor, and naturally, various types of communications units. There are even solutions for drinking underwater as well as other elements that “integrate” into the architecture of the mask.

New SCUBA exploration are now made possible with a latest-genereation full face mask details, history, technique. – Sergio Gamberini

This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver Rating.

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Course Programme Highlights:

During your course programme, Academy divers will complete the following:

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The goals of the PADI Integrated Dive Masks Diver Distinctive Specialty course is to familiarize the diver with skills, knowledge, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards, and care as well as enjoyment of diving with a full face mask. The course will also include the use and care of the Integrated Dive Mask and Communications Units.

In this course we look into the latest generation of masks from OCEAN REEF, introducing the concept of the “integrated mask” and expanding upon all the technical and usage aspects of a product that will change the underwater diving technique radically in upcoming years and a must for aspiring marine biologists, engineers and conservationists working on a range of intricate projects in underwater environments.

The goals of the full face mask course training are:

  • To develop the diver’s knowledge of the full face mask, its features and benefits; correct fit and adjustment, correct installation of the regulator(s), proper adjustment of equalization features of the mask, care and maintenance.
  • To develop the diver’s mastery of full face mask diving skills.
  • To enable the diver to plan, organize and conduct safe, enjoyable dives.
  • To discuss some of the accessories commonly used with the full face mask such as communications units, integrated light mount and camera options.

The best way to learn how to dive with an IDM is by doing it. This course philosophy emphasizes advantages of diving with a full face mask. Student divers will apply what they learn in knowledge development presentations in one (1) confined water session and then during two (2) open water dives.

If you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the PADI/SSI Ocean Reef IDM & Underwater Communications Specialty Course.


Academy Divers have exclusive access to our My Classroom e-Learning facilities alongside PADI Materials access to combine with their dive skills in both confined and open water environments.

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  • All relative PADI course materials
  • Sunken Dreams My Classroom e-Learning Media
  • Scuba Diving related training aids
  • Scuba Diving Equipment suitable for the the Programme
  • Professional Dive Instructor & Tuition
  • Liability Forms, Relative Paper Work
  • Academy Membership Update
  • Examinations
  • PADI PIC Card certification (only for ‘full’ programmes or where stated)
  • Completed paperwork and pre-dive administration
  • Sunken Dreams Member(s) of Staff Account Manager
  • Full PADI Diver Certifications

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Additional information

Age Requirements

Min Dive Experience

Courses Included

PADI/SSI Ocean Reef Full Face Mask & Underwater Communications Specialty, PADI/SSI Ocean Reef Full Face Mask Specialty, PADI/SSI Ocean Reef Underwater Communications Specialty

Dive Equipment


Course Type

Full Programme


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