Basic Diver

Do you want to try diving in confined and open waters without committing to a longer course? If so, the SSI Basic Diver course is for you! This course is the perfect way to learn beginner scuba diving skills and go open water diving for the first time. Get started today!

Facts and Training Standards

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. 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 for Participation 15
Available as Junior Program Yes
Minimum Age (Junior Program) 10
Certification Prerequisites Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Academic Sessions 1
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1

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Get Certified as a Basic Diver

You are about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of your life! Becoming a diver is the first step of 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 with certification training right away by shooting for Open Water Diver, your entry ticket to dive the world’s best dive sites.

Learn how to dive with SSI

Scuba Schools International (SSI) began in 1970, with avid divers who were passionate about making it possible for anyone to learn how to scuba dive. Today, we are the name to trust in the scuba diving industry.

It is easy to go diving with SSI wherever you choose. We represent more than 3,300 training centers and resorts in 130 plus countries, with over 50,000 affiliated SSI Professionals and growing every day.

We care about your diving experiences and want you to be a safe and confident diver, so you can truly enjoy exploring the underwater world. By working closely with our dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world, we ensure you get the best training and diving possible - every time and wherever you choose to dive with us.

Because our learning materials are available online and in more than 30 languages, you can learn how to scuba dive at any time. With our uncompromising standards and methodology, we look forward to welcoming you to the SSI scuba diving community and taking your first dives with you.

Your dive adventures start here. Join us today.

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