Start your SSI Freediver certification today
When you become an SSI Freediver, you open the door to worldwide freediving opportunities. Learning to freedive with SSI is easier than you think. In this program, online training, pool/confined water sessions, and open water dives are combined to help you become a confident and safe freediver in no time. Once certified, you can freedive with a buddy in open water up to a depth of 20 meters and explore a variety of stunning underwater ecosystems around the world. Get started on your SSI Freediver course online today!
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
20 m / 65 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
Upgrade your Training
Upgrade your training experience with a perfect match! SSI Progressive Freediver and the following programs can be combined with your SSI Freediver training. Skills and experience are your tickets to dive the world’s best dive sites. When you complete a certain number of Specialty Programs and Logged Dive Sessions, you can automatically earn these SSI Recognition Ratings: SSI Specialty Freediver, SSI Progressive Freediver, and SSI Master Freediver. Start your SSI Specialty training right away and earn recognitions as you become a safer and more comfortable freediver!
Discover the freedom and tranquility that keeps freedivers returning to the water. In the SSI Basic Freediver course, you will learn why freediving is quickly becoming one of the most popular watersports worldwide. Your journey to becoming a freediver begins here!
Join the SSI Freediver course and learn how to freedive with a buddy in open water environments to a depth of 20 meters. Your global freediving adventures begin here!
Learn exercises to do at home and in the water to progress faster in your freediving training. Discover your strengths and weaknesses and create a personalized training plan to better your performance. Join the SSI Training Techniques specialty!
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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