Open Water Diver

If you want to dive anywhere you want, with anyone you want, join the Open Water Diver program. This is your international certification to become part of an exclusive group of underwater explorers that most people only dream about joining! Learning to dive is much easier than you think. Join the SSI Open Water Diver program now!

Facts and Training Standards

This globally recognized certification program is the best way to begin your lifelong adventures as a certified scuba diver. 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 for Participation 10
Amount of Academic Sessions 6
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 6
Amount of Open Water Dives 4
Maximum Training Depth 18m / 60ft

Become a certified Open Water diver with SSI

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Certification options for Open Water Diver Material

Sometimes plans change and we understand that. If you are unable to complete your Open Water Diver program, you can credit your learning towards other certifications and upgrade at any time.

With the SSI Scuba Diver certification, you can dive up to 12 meters deep with an SSI Professional in open waters and will have completed almost half of the Open Water Diver training. By completing the remaining academic training, pool/confined water sessions and two open water training dives, you will become an Open Water Diver.

The SSI Indoor Diver program certifies you to dive with a buddy in environments such as aquariums and purpose-built indoor diving facilities up to 18 meters deep. Become an Open Water Diver by performing all skills in the open water during two additional dives.

As an SSI Referral Diver, you will be able to dive up to 5 meters deep in confined waters with a buddy. Typically as a Referral Diver, you will have completed the Open Water Diver academic and pool/confined water sessions at your local training center and plan to do your open water training dives elsewhere. Become an Open Water Diver by completing the four open water training dives.

Upgrade your Training

Upgrade your training experience with a perfect match! The following programs can be combined with your SSI Open Water Diver 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 Dives, you will also automatically earn the SSI Recognition Ratings – SSI Specialty Diver, SSI Advanced Open Water Diver and SSI Master Diver.

Start your SSI Specialty training right away and earn recognition as you become a safe and comfortable diver!

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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