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Over 40 Years of Experience

For over 40 years SSI has been known in the diving industry for providing high quality education and outstanding training materials for divers of all levels.

SSI was founded in 1970 and is the largest school based training agency in the world. In the Spring of 1999, SSI merged with the National Association of Scuba Diving Schools (NASDS founded in 1967) and created a new synergy in the dive industry. The sales and marketing expertise of NASDS, when joined with the renowned educational products of SSI, created a stronger company that is in a better position to serve Dive Centers & Dive Resorts, Dive Professionals and Instructors, and ultimately you, the divers. Together, SSI and NASDS are responsible for a remarkable list of innovations and consequently have been recognized with the highest honors in the diving industry. Some of our most noteworthy accomplishments include:

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  • First to require open water classes for certification.
  • First integrated teaching systems.
  • First to require six open water dives for certification.
  • Created a sales and marketing program to benefit retailers.
  • First to require visual inspections of cylinders.
  • Introduced a buoyancy compensator device.
  • First to introduce an alternate second-stage.
  • First full-motion video training system.
  • Development of an equipment inspection program.
  • Development of the Risk Awareness system.
  • First to develop a Total Dive Log and complete Recognition System.
  • First to develop a Global Online Divers Network System.
  • Global ISO Certification