Scuba Diver

If you don’t have time to complete the Open Water Diver program but you want to dive in open water, the SSI Scuba Diver certification is the best choice. You’ll learn to scuba dive and get certified to dive up to 12 meters deep with an SSI Professional. You can upgrade your SSI Scuba Diver certification to the SSI Open Water Diver certification with additional training.

Facts and Training Standards

Using online learning, confined and open water dives, the SSI Scuba Diver program is a perfect foundation to become a confident and safe diver. You’ll learn all you need to scuba dive in open water and get certified to go diving to 12 meters deep with an SSI Professional. In this program, you’ll complete almost half of the Open Water Diver course training. You can continue your training anytime by completing the remaining academic and confined water sessions, plus two open water training dives.

Minimum Age for Participation 15
Available as Junior Program Yes
Minimum Age (Junior Program) Not applicable / mandatory
Certification Prerequisites Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Academic Sessions 3
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 3
Amount of Open Water Dives 2
Maximum Training Depth 12m / 40ft
Suggested Duration of the Training Program 10 - 16 h



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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’s 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.