Become a Basic Freediver - Learn how to freedive today!
The SSI Basic Freediver course is your first step into the peaceful, exhilarating world of freediving. During this entry-level program, you will learn how to freedive safely with a buddy in a pool/confined water up to a depth of five meters. Online training is combined with in-water practice sessions to give you all the skills and knowledge you need to be a confident freediver. Upon completing this program, you will earn your SSI Basic Freediver certification.
Register for free and start training right away!
To get started, simply create a free user profile at my.divessi.com/register or directly through the MySSI App and you will get immediate access to SSI’s free trial programs. During registration you will need to select an SSI Training Center to affiliate with to guide you through the training process. Just check the Center Locator for your Center of choice, their upcoming training schedule, travel, and social events, and much more.
Simply download the MySSI App from your preferred app store, set up your profile, and discover the world of diving with the following benefits:
Scuba Schools International (SSI) began in 1970 and today we are the name to trust in the freediving industry. We represent more than 3,500 training centers and resorts in over 150 countries and have over 100,000 affiliated SSI Professionals and growing every day. We want you to be a safe and confident freediver who can explore underwater environments with ease, and our training reflects that. With our uncompromising methodology, SSI freediving certification programs are always of the highest standard, helping you become the best freediver possible. We know many dive sites require different skills, knowledge, experience, and equipment and we have a range of SSI freediving certification levels to meet those needs.
There is an SSI freediving course for nearly every dive environment and personal passion you might have. We work closely with our instructors, dive centers, and resorts around the world, to ensure you get the best possible freediving experience wherever you choose to freedive. Are you ready to start the adventure of a lifetime? Our freediving learning materials are available online and in more than 30 languages. Start your freediving journey with us today.
Digital Learning & Academics
SSI has mastered the use of digital technology to make your learning experience easy.
You can start by studying the academics anytime, anywhere at your own convenience and your selected Training Center will schedule your review and in-water training sessions.
During the pool/confined water training, your SSI Instructor will teach you all the necessary skills in a controlled environment until you are comfortable and ready to go to the open water. During the open water training dives, you will apply your knowledge and repeat the skills in a real-world environment under the supervision of your Instructor.
Once you have completed all required training sessions, final exam and open water training dives, your SSI Training Center will issue your digital certification card which will show up instantly on your MySSI App.
We congratulate you on your accomplishment and welcome you to SSI’s global diving community.
Facts and Training Standards
Amount of Academic Sessions
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions
Amount of Open Water Sessions
Maximum Training Depth
5 m / 15 ft
Suggested duration (h)
Fit to swim, No certification prerequisites
New World, One Breath
Here are the benefits you can expect from attending this training program:
Learn to hold your breath with comfort
Explore the world underwater in a single breath
Discover your true breath-holding potential
Get Certified as a Freediver
You are about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of your life. Becoming a freediver is the first step on a journey that will forever change the way you experience the world. You will explore the wonders of a weightless underwater world, interact with incredible marine life, and discover ecosystems hidden beneath the surface. We recommend you start your freediver training right away by shooting for the SSI Freediver course, your entry ticket to dive the world’s best dive sites.
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SSI Entry-Level Programs – Open Water Diver, Freediver, or Mermaid require students to complete a water fitness evaluation prior to open water training. The goal of this evaluation is to determine a comfort level baseline consisting of:
To start training, students must create a MySSI profile. This can either be done via the SSI website at www.divessi.com/register or by installing the MySSI App.
Simply download the app for either iOS or Android, set up the user profile, and access the world of diving in minutes! The MySSI App safely stores everything in one place, online or offline – training materials, logbook, and certification cards. This includes Recreational Scuba, Extended Range, Freediving and Mermaid.
Training Center Selection & Affiliation
Every student must select an SSI Training Center as their “Training Partner” during the course registration process. Affiliation ensures personalized service and a high-quality training experience.
Medical & Administrative Requirements
Each student or candidate must complete the required SSI Training Record Forms prior to participating in any SSI training program. The forms for minors must be reviewed and signed by a parent or guardian.
Responsible Diver CodeSSI Responsible Diver Code - Scuba DivingSSI Responsible Diver Code - FreedivingSSI Responsible Diver Code - Extended Range Diving
Diver Medical Statement & Questionnaire or Physician’s Approval to Dive (where required)
Training Assumption of Risk, Liability Release, & Liability Release, & Hold Harmless Agreement (where required / not applicable within the European Union)
Program-specific Completion Record (done by the Instructor prior to certification)
Training Course Costs
Training consists of various components which are either charged singly or as a package depending on the selected Training Center. The components are:
Training Materials / Digital Kit
Tuition for Academics and In-Water Training
Open Water Training Dives
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