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Become a certified Diver

SCUBA DIVING

Start scuba diving or Upgrade your Training

 
oxygen tankStart scuba diving and you will forever change the way you view the world. You will get to explore a peaceful underwater world filled with colorful marine life and breathtaking landscapes. It is an incredible lifelong adventure and anyone from age 10 can learn to dive, making this safe fun sport ideal for the whole family. Learning to dive is much easier than you think, and the globally recognized Open Water Diver program is the best way to learn.
 
 

Get certified as a scuba diver

As an Open Diver Water, you will be able to dive anywhere you want, with anyone you want and become part of a community of underwater explorers that others dream of joining. If you are short on time or not ready to become an Open Water Diver, our Basic Diver, Scuba Diver, Indoor Diver and Referral Diver programs are also great choices to learn how to dive. You can upgrade your certification easily and at any time to become an Open Water Diver, simply by completing some additional training. Learn how to scuba dive with SSI and begin your adventure today!

SSI SCUBA PROGRAMS

  • Basic Diver

    Basic Diver

    In the SSI Basic Diver program, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to try diving up to 12 meters deep with an SSI Professional. It is a great way to explore the underwater world more fully as you try diving.

    ΓFacts and Training Standards

    The entire Basic Diver program can be credited towards the Scuba Diver or Open Water Dive programs within 6 months, so you can take the next step in your dive adventure.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 1
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 1
    Maximum Training Depth 12m / 40ft
    Suggested duration (h) 10-12
  • Scuba Diver

    Scuba Diver

    Using online learning, confined and open water dives, the SSI Scuba Diver program is a perfect foundation to become a confident and safe diver.

    Facts and Training Standards

    You will learn all you need to scuba dive in open water up to 12 meters deep with an SSI Professional. In this program, you will complete almost half of the Open Water Diver course training and can upgrade your certification easily. You just need to complete the remaining academic and confined water sessions, plus two open water training dives.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 3
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 2
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 12m / 40ft
    Suggested duration (h) 10-16
  • Open Water Diver

    Open Water Diver

    This globally recognized certification program is the best way to begin your lifelong adventures as a certified scuba diver.

    Facts and Training Standards

    Personalized training is combined with in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater. You will earn the SSI Open Water Diver certification.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 6
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 6
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 4
    Maximum Training Depth 18m / 60ft
    Suggested duration (h) 16-32
  • Scuba Skills Update

    Scuba Skills Update

    It is easy for dive skills to get rusty and to lose confidence when you have not dived for a while. With the SSI Scuba Skills Update, we will get you back in the water and diving with ease in no time.

    Facts and Training Standards

    This scuba refresher course allows you to review and practice scuba skills you learned in your Open Water Diver program, under the guidance of an SSI Professional. This is a great course to take just before a dive holiday, so you spend less time worrying about your skills and more time admiring the marine life. If you are a non-certified Open Water Diver student, a Scuba Skills Update is ideal for practicing your dive skills before your open water training dives. With no fixed course duration, you can take your time and focus on the skills you need help with.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
    Maximum Training Depth/th> 5m / 15ft
    Suggested duration (h) 2-3

Upgrade your Training

Upgrade your training experience with a perfect match, the following programs can be combined with your Open Water Diver training. Skills and experience are your ticket to dive the world’s best dive sites.

  • Advanced Adventurer

    Advanced Adventurer

    If you cannot decide which specialty programs are the best choice for you, join the SSI Advanced Adventurer program! With this program, you can try a variety of specialties before committing to full specialty programs. It is a great way to experience what advanced diver training is all about and how valuable it can be to your diving adventures.

    Facts and Training Standards

    During the Advanced Adventurer Program, you will try out 5 different specialties. You will complete one open water training dive per specialty after a comprehensive briefing with your SSI Instructor. With this trial program in specialty diving, you will have total freedom to explore. You can complete the full specialty programs any time in the future and credit your Advanced Adventurer training towards them.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 5
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 10-15
  • Boat Diving

    Boat Diving

    The ocean is filled with dive sites, but many of the best ones can only be accessed by boat. If you want to discover these incredible dive sites, become an SSI boat diver. It is the best way to learn how to dive from different types of boats safely and with confidence. As a boat diver, you will be able to explore offshore dive sites that attract schooling pelagics and marine megafauna not found closer to shore.

    Facts and Training Standards

    You can experience the excitement of liveaboard diving anywhere in the world, fill your day with diving away from the crowds, and cruise along as the sun goes down. Using online training and open water diving sessions, the SSI Boat Diving Specialty program is the best way to learn. This program teaches you all the skills and techniques you need to dive safely and comfortably from boats, including small personal craft and liveaboards. Earn your SSI Boat Diving Specialty certification. Get started today.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 5-10
  • Stress & Rescue

    Stress & Rescue

    The SSI Diver Stress and Rescue specialty program teaches you the skills you need to protect yourself and other divers. You will learn how to identify stress, how to prevent accidents and be taught practical techniques to conduct rescues and provide emergency care.

    Facts and Training Standards

    With a combination of pool and open water practice sessions, you will become well prepared and confident at handling emergency and rescue situations. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Diver Stress and Rescue Specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 12
    Amount of Academic Sessions 6
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 3
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 3
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 10-15
  • Dry Suit Diving

    Dry Suit Diving

    Drysuit diving opens up a world of opportunities, including diving remote Arctic destinations and exploring cold-water dive sites teeming with life.

    Facts and Training Standards

    Dry suit diving also keeps you warm on multi-dive days when you do not want to spend your time getting in and out of a cold wetsuit. The SSI Dry Suit Diving specialty program is the best way to become a dry suit diver and teaches you all the knowledge and techniques you need to dive safely and comfortably in a dry suit. You will learn how to use specialized equipment, like dry suits and BCs, the benefits of dry suits and how to deal with dry suit emergencies – which are unique to this type of diving. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Dry Suit Diving specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 6
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 10-15
  • Enriched Air Nitrox Level 2 (40%)

    Enriched Air Nitrox Level 2 (40%)

    As a Nitrox diver, you can increase your bottom times and safety margins, plus shorten your surface intervals - so you can spend more time diving and less time waiting!

    Facts and Training Standards

    In this program, you will learn new skills and increase your diving knowledge whilst learning how to safely plan and dive with enriched air mixtures of up to 40% oxygen. Upon completion, you will earn an SSI Enriched Air Nitrox 32% or 40% certification.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 4
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 3-6
  • Equipment Techniques

    Equipment Techniques

    Choosing and buying your dive equipment is one of the biggest and most important investments you will make as a diver, but it is easy to get it a bit wrong.

    Facts and Training Standards

    We want you to choose the right dive kit for your needs and know how to look after it properly. With the right knowledge, you can get the most from your investment and enjoy safe and comfortable dives for years to come. The SSI Equipment Techniques specialty is the best way to learn how to choose and store your dive kit. Working with an experienced and trained SSI Professional, you will learn in-depth information about the components of your Total Diving System and develop a thorough understanding of your diving equipment. You will also practice basic preventative dive equipment maintenance to ensure you get maximum performance and longevity from your Total Diving System. Start this dive equipment specialty today!

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 4
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 3-6
  • Night Diving & Limited Visibility

    Night Diving & Limited Visibility

    Night diving requires different skills from diving during the day. The SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility specialty is the best way to learn about night diving and practice the techniques you will need to become a safe and confident night diver.

    Facts and Training Standards

    In this program, you will be provided with all the knowledge and skills you need to safely and comfortably dive at night or in limited visibility conditions. With a combination of online learning and open water training dives, you will learn how to enter and exit the water, use specialized equipment, and how to communicate with your buddy easily at night or in limited visibility. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility specialty certification and be ready to go night diving with confidence.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    ΑAmount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 5-10
  • Navigation

    Navigation

    In this specialty program, you will gain the advanced skills and knowledge you need to safely and confidently navigate underwater.

    Facts and Training Standards

    You will learn how to use a compass and natural navigation techniques, estimate distance, how to leave and return to a designated point, plus basic navigation patterns. You will also be taught how to combine navigation techniques to enhance your diving experience. All of which hones your underwater observation skills, improves your dive safety and helps you to get the most out of every dive. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Navigation Specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 5-10
  • Search & Recovery

    Search & Recovery

    In this fascinating program, you will learn all the skills you need to safely and confidently conduct search and recovery dives.

    Facts and Training Standards

    You will be taught how to use search patterns, specialized dive plans and equipment such as lift bags, lines and reels. By developing your search and communication techniques and practicing searches in a dive team, you will become a confident search and rescue diver in no time. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Search & Recovery specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 12
    Amount of Academic Sessions 4
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 10-15
  • Waves, Tides & Currents

    Waves, Tides & Currents

    Diving in currents opens up a world of new dive sites that often host the most spectacular marine life.

    Facts and Training Standards

    Go shore diving and you will discover the simplicity of just walking off the beach and exploring your favourite dive sites with ease. But wave, tides and currents can impact your dives and affect your safety if you do not know how to handle them. The SSI Waves, Tides and Currents specialty will enhance your dive skills and understanding, so you can enjoy diving in different environments safely and with confidence. You will gain a better understanding of dynamic open water environments and learn about the environmental conditions that affect different dive sites. You will also practice diving from shore, in currents or in rivers to earn the specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 5-10
  • Deep Diving

    Deep Diving

    The SSI Deep Diving Specialty will teach you all you need to dive to depths between 18 and 40 meters, through a mixture of academic sessions and open water dives.

    Facts and Training Standards

    You will learn to plan and safely complete your deep diving adventures and use computers and gas consumption calculations to get the most from your deep dives. Upon completion, you will earn your SSI Deep Diving Specialty certification and be able to explore beautiful deep dive sites wherever you choose. This SSI Specialty is also a prerequisite for some advanced training, making it the next logical step to take in your dive education.

    Minimum Age 15
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 3
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 10-15
  • Wreck Diving

    Wreck Diving

    Many of the ocean’s best dive sites are wrecks. These impressive structures attract unusually high densities of marine life and give you the chance to immerse in living history as you dive.

    Facts and Training Standards

    There is nothing quite like wreck diving and the SSI Wreck Diving specialty will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a safe and confident wreck diver. With a combination of academic and confined water sessions, you will be taught how to safely conduct non-penetration dives around wrecks and artificial reefs, up to a depth of 30 meters. You will also get to practice your wreck diving skills during open water training dives. All of which will ensure you can enjoy wreck diving with confidence and get the most out of every dive. Upon completion of this program, you will earn your SSI Wreck Diving specialty certification. Continue your adventures and become a wreck diver.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 6
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 5-10
  • Perfect Buoyancy

    Perfect Buoyancy

    The SSI Perfect Buoyancy specialty is the best way to improve your buoyancy and get the most from every dive. Buoyancy is an essential dive skill, but any diver will tell you it takes time to perfect.

    Facts and Training Standards

    The Perfect Buoyancy specialty will teach you advanced buoyancy skills and techniques, so you can master your buoyancy more quickly and enjoy more relaxed dive adventures. In this fascinating program, you will also learn new skills that protect the environment and work in every diving situation. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Perfect Buoyancy Specialty certification. With better buoyancy skills, you will soon be able to hover with ease and take the underwater photographs you dream of!

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 4
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 5-10
  • Photo & Video

    Photo & Video

    Underwater photography has some challenges not found on land, but with the SSI Photo & Video specialty program, you will soon learn how to capture your amazing underwater experiences.

    Facts and Training Standards

    This program provides the in-depth knowledge you need to dive with an underwater camera and properly use, maintain and store your equipment. You will develop your skills and learn techniques to take underwater images and video safely and easily, plus perfect your diving abilities while using your underwater camera system. Learn how to take high quality images that you can share with everyone and earn your SSI Photo & Video specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 6
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 2
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 5-10
  • Science of Diving

    Science of Diving

    Join the SSI Science of Diving specialty and you will develop a complete understanding of the underwater world and its effects on the human body.

    Facts and Training Standards

    This specialty is required training for most SSI Professional programs, as well as some Extended Range programs, and is an essential way to expand your dive knowledge. Available online, you can earn your SSI Science of Diving specialty certification from home and get ready to begin your dive professional career. Upon completion, you will be halfway to earning the coveted SSI Divemaster rating and earn the SSI Science of Diving specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 10
    Amount of Academic Sessions 5
    Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
    Suggested duration (h) 8-12
  • Decompression Diving

    Decompression Diving

    ΗThe SSI Decompression Diving Specialty will teach you how to dive beyond the no-decompression limits.

    Facts and Training Standards

    You will learn to plan and conduct dives to a maximum depth of 40 meters with limited decompression using your recreational total diving system and a single decompression cylinder. You will learn and practice how to effectively use your dive computer features, including switching gases, gas integration, time-to-reserve, and time-to-surface. Using these computer functions will become second nature, enabling you to safely conduct dives with limited decompression without hours of dive planning. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Decompression Diving Specialty certification and be able to explore stunning deep dive sites or larger wrecks without being restricted by the traditional no-decompression limits. The opportunities to expand your diving adventures have just got bigger!

    Minimum Age 16
    Amount of Academic Sessions 4
    Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
    Amount of Open Water Sessions 3
    Maximum Training Depth 40m / 130ft
    Suggested duration (h) 15-20
  • React Right - Course Combination

    React Right - Course Combination

    React Right is SSI’s emergency first response course and provides you with the training and knowledge you need to act as a first responder in a medical emergency.

    Facts and Training Standards

    In this flexible dive program, you can choose which subjects you want to learn about, including primary assessment, first aid, CPR and primary stabilization techniques. You can also learn about oxygen administration in diving emergencies and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) basics. Using a combination of academic sessions and practical training scenarios, this program will give you the tools and confidence you need for emergency response. By the time you are certified, you will be able to act as an emergency first responder, provide first aid and CPR, administer oxygen and provide AED support in a medical emergency. Earn your SSI React Right specialty certification.

    Minimum Age 12
    Amount of Academic Sessions 6
    Maximum Training Depth 0m / 0ft
    Suggested duration (h) 8-12