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Become a Scuba Instructor

SCUBA DIVING

BEGIN A NEW, EXCITING CAREER AS A SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

 
oxygen tankImagine leading divers through the underwater world you love, assisting instructors, or going all the way and becoming a scuba Instructor Trainer yourself. Begin a new, exciting career as a scuba instructor. Start today by taking the Dive Guide Professional and Science of Diving courses to become a Divemaster. Next, become an Assistant Instructor and move on to complete the Instructor Training Course for your Open Water Instructor rating. Becoming a scuba instructor does not stop here! This is just the beginning of an exciting career pathway.
 
 

Start Your Divemaster Career

Continue your career by becoming an Assistant Instructor, or immediately combine your training by joining an Assistant Instructor and Instructor Training Course (ITC) to qualify as an Open Water Instructor. Becoming a scuba instructor is just the beginning of an exciting career pathway.

 

Divemaster Training Programs

  • Dive Guide

    Dive Guide

    The Dive Guide program is the first step on an exciting journey. Learn to safely lead certified divers in various environments and conditions.

    Facts and Training Standards

    By giving dive briefings, doing site evaluations, and leading dives, you will become a confident Dive Guide in no time. Begin your diving career working as a Professional Dive Guide or continue the qualifications for Divemaster.

    Minimum Age 18
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 4
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 5
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 35-45
  • Assistant Instructor

    Assistant Instructor

    The Assistant Instructor rating is the next step after becoming a Divemaster along the scuba instructor pathway.

    Facts and Training Standards

    It allows you to collect valuable teaching experience, practice briefings, teach academics, and conduct in-water training. If you want to further your career as a dive professional, you can finish the Instructor Training Course, pass the Instructor Evaluation, and become an Open Water Diving Instructor.

    Minimum Age 18
    Amount of Academic Sessions 6
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 6
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 7
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 35-42
  • Open Water Instructor

    Open Water Instructor

    You need to be a Divemaster or equivalent to join SSI´s 3-Step Instructor Training Approach. The training process starts with joining the Assistant Instructor / Instructor Training Course combination accompanied with Digital Learning.

    Facts and Training Standards

    This 10 day training program entitles you to teach various key SSI programs independently like Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Enriched Air Nitrox, Diver Stress & Rescue and Dive Guide.

    Minimum Age 18
    Amount of Academic Sessions 4
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 9
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 9
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 72-85
  • Specialty Instructor

    Specialty Instructor

    Becoming an SSI Specialty Instructor is easy. Continue your diving education as an instructor by enrolling in a Specialty Instructor Seminar for each of the diving specialties you would like to teach.

    Alternatively, you can co-teach the specialty you are interested in with an experienced Specialty Instructor or request a Verification Application of your experience and send it directly to SSI. Teach more specialties to automatically earn the Advanced Open Water Instructor certification.

    Minimum Age 18
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 1
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 6-8
  • Assistant Instructor Trainer

    Assistant Instructor Trainer

    Assistant Instructor Trainers prepare Assistant Instructors to teach academics and conduct in-water training.

    Facts and Training Standards

    As an Assistant Instructor Trainer, you are also qualified to assist Instructor Trainers, giving you valuable experience along your scuba diving instructor pathway. When ready, you can finish the Instructor Training Seminar, allowing you to become an SSI Instructor Trainer.

    Minimum Age 18
    Amount of Academic Sessions 3
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 6
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 7
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 30-45
  • Instructor Trainer

    Instructor Trainer

    Becoming an SSI Instructor Trainer is the ultimate accomplishment. Meet other SSI Instructors worldwide at the Instructor Training Seminar.

    Facts and Training Standards

    SSI Instructor Trainers are qualified to teach the Instructor Training Course (ITC) and prepare ITC candidates for their Instructor Evaluation (IE). Instructor Trainers can also teach Specialty Instructor Seminars and the Assistant Instructor Trainer program.

    Minimum Age 21
    Amount of Academic Sessions 12
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 6
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 70-80
  • Gas Blender Nitrox/Trimix Instructor

    Gas Blender Nitrox/Trimix Instructor

    One thing is undoubtedly necessary to be able to breathe safely underwater: correctly mixed gas.

    Facts and Training Standards

    In the SSI Gas Blender Instructor course, you will learn all you need to organize and conduct both the Nitrox and Trimix Gas Blender courses, which provide custom mix gases for technical diving. Get certified to teach divers to blend custom nitrox and helium-based gases safely with this invaluable program.

    Minimum Age 18
    Amount of Academic Sessions 4
    Maximum Training Depth 0m / 0ft