SSI - Your choice for certification © MaresScuba DivingLearn MoreLearn how to scuba dive and change the way you view the world forever. You will get to explore a hidden underwater world filled with colorful marine life and dramatic landscapes. This safe fun sport for the whole family is truly unbeatable. Begin your adventure today. © Mares - Bjoern-DorstewitzExtended RangeLearn MoreSSI’s Extended Range allows you to go beyond the limits of recreational diving. This extensive compilation of globally recognized tec diving programs will equip you to go decompression diving, explore more challenging environments, and use new equipment configurations. © Mares - Irena StangierskaRebreather DivingLearn MoreEnjoy the bubble-free silence of rebreather diving. Learn to independently plan and conduct rebreather dives using a closed-circuit or semi-closed rebreather. Start your rebreather training today with SSI’s globally recognized rebreather programs! © AqualungSnorkel DiverLearn MoreLearn how to snorkel with the SSI Snorkel Diver program. Discover all you need to go snorkeling and experience the wonders of the ocean! Get started with SSI today! © iStock - MihtianderFreedivingLearn MoreAre you ready for the ultimate in underwater exploration? Learn to freedive and experience the utter freedom this amazing sport provides. It is the greatest adventure of your life! Earn your freediving certification with SSI. Get started today. © Shutterstock - ToporkovaMermaidLearn MoreYour lifelong dream of becoming a mermaid is just a tail-flick away! No longer just a fairy tale, becoming a mermaid is a great way to keep fit, have fun and appreciate the marvels of the ocean. This is not just for children, it is for everyone! Get started today with SSI! © Shutterstock - Jacob LundSwimLearn MoreSwimming is an essential life skill that brings families together and keeps children – and adults - safe in and around water for a lifetime. Learn how to swim with SSI. You will be safe, have fun and open up a world of water-related experiences! Start swimming with SSI now! © Shutterstock - Wonderful-NatureLifeguardLearn MoreIf you are comfortable in and around water and want to make a difference to peoples’ lives, join the SSI Lifeguard team. Accept the challenge! Earn your SSI Lifeguard certifications and join lifeguards around the world, make lifeguarding your fulltime job and save lives. Explore the best dive spots of Seychelles The small island nation of Seychelles offers some of the most luxurious diving in the world. One hundred fifteen lush, tropical islands float like green gems in the middle of the western Indian Ocean, with its major islands 1600km (1000 miles) east of Kenya and 1100km (700 miles) northeast of Madagascar. With pristine white sandy beaches, warm crystal-clear waters, and a quiet atmosphere, it is no wonder Seychelles is a top Honeymoon destination. However, what lies beneath the water is just as magical, if not more, than the islands above. If you are looking for vibrant reefs bustling with life, green and hawksbill sea turtle sightings, and countless sharks and rays, diving Seychelles is for you! At certain times of the year, you can even dive with whale sharks and manta rays. © BLUE SEA DIVERS, MAHEAve MariaDive amongst these rocky islands between Praslin and La Digue with depths of 5 to 25 meters. There is much life in these canyons. A beautiful dive. You may need more than one dive to get to see everything this site offers.Learn more © BLUE SEA DIVERS, MAHEL’IlotAlso known as The Islet, this small, beautiful island only 200 meters from Mahe. This is a big passage with extreme currents at times. Depths range from 6 to 25 meters. An excellent drift dive.Learn more © BLUE SEA DIVERS, 0000 MAHEDragon TeethAbout 40min from Beau Vallon beach and 43min from Bel Ombre marina. We back roll in the water and the boat comes to pick us up wherever we finish the dive. Beautiful dive around a seamount at a maximum depth of 25m. Usually strong current.Learn more © BLUE SEA DIVERS, MAHELight HouseA great dive from 10 to 37 meters deep with lots of fish and pelagics passing by. Hang out on the plateau at 15 meters and you can possibly see sharks.Learn more © BLUE SEA DIVERS, MAHEBrizare Rock, MahéThis site is 35 minutes from the coast by boat into the open sea. The ride can sometimes be rough. Depths are from 12 to 30 meters and this is often a drift dive in current with a lot of underwater life.Learn more © BLUE SEA DIVERS, MAHEAlbatrosThis rock is beautiful and sticks out of the sea. There are lots of fish to see and passages to explore. This site is located near the sister islands. Depths range from 12 to 25 meters.Learn more © BLUE SEA DIVERS, MAHEShark Bank This is an advanced dive site due to its depth. The dive starts at 25 meters and goes down to 35 meters. It is located 25 minutes by boat from the dive center and is a great dive with a lot of underwater life.Learn more © BLUE SEA DIVERS, MAHEAldebaran WreckThe Aldebaran Wreck is a 28-meter long fishing boat that was sunk in 2008. It lies at a depth of 28 to 40 meters on a sandy bottom. Due to its depth, it is only accessible by experienced divers.Learn more Discover the world’s most fascinating aquatic life Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. © iStock/Extreme PhotographerWhale SharkThe whale shark is not only the largest of all sharks, but also the biggest fish in the world. It can grow up to 20 meters long, weigh 34 tons, and live for over 100 years. Its back can appear gray, brown, or blue in color and is covered with bright white stripes and spots arranged in transverse lines.Learn more © AdobeStock-Marc HenauerGrey Reef SharkThe grey reef shark is one of the most common reef sharks in the Indo-Pacific and is frequently seen cruising shallow coral reefs, especially near steep drop-offs. These animals may have a slightly white-tipped first dorsal fin, however, they are clearly distinguishable from other shark species because they lack the distinct black or white markings on the tips of their fins and are a more uniform grey color. These agile predators are fast swimmers and feed mostly on bony fish and cephalopods that they hunt along the reef.Learn more © iStock/JuliosanjuanEagle RayLike manta rays, eagle rays are among the largest rays. The best known and most popular species is the spotted eagle ray, one of the most beautiful rays and among the most desired to be seen by divers. These animals have the unique ability to move both forward and backward using their pectoral fins. You will never forget observing these majestic movements while diving with eagle rays.Learn more © Shutterstock-Lewis BurnettGuitarfishAppearing as the perfect combination of shark and ray, guitarfish represent their own family of cartilaginous fish, displaying characteristics reminiscent of both. They are famous for their elongated, flattened bodies, ray-like wings, and two dorsal fins on their tails, taking on the shape of a guitar, giving them their common name. Also known as banjo sharks or fiddler rays, there are roughly 50 distinct species covering three different genera.Learn more © Shutterstock-Shane Myers PhotographyGreen TurtleThe green sea turtle, also known as the green, black, or Pacific green turtle, is one of the largest species of sea turtles and has a wide population distribution throughout the world’s tropical and subtropical seas. There are two distinct populations in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but they can be found throughout the Indian Ocean as well. They are unique in that they are the only species that are strict herbivores as adults, feeding mostly on algae, seagrass, and seaweed.Learn more © Shutterstock-Ed JenkinsHawksbill TurtleOften times considered the most beautiful of all sea turtle species with it’s mottled, colorful shell, the hawksbill sea turtle is one of the smaller species. These graceful creatures are the most tropical of all the turtles and can be found mainly on coral reefs throughout the warmest areas of the world’s oceans. They use their narrow, pointed beak (hence their name) to eat an omnivorous diet, feeding on sponges, sea anemones, and jellyfish.Learn more © iStock/ultramarinfotoWrasseMost wrasses species have extraordinary, bright coloration. With over 600 different species, wrasses are as varied in size as they are in their brilliant color. They are identifiable by their elongated bodies, protruding canine teeth, and thick lips. It is fantastic to dive with wrasses and watch them swimming around coral reefs firsthand. These lively fish make coral reefs even more colorful.Learn more © iStock/NaluPhotoDolphinsWho doesn’t dream of diving with dolphins? Not shy and very playful, they are as curious about us as we are about them. What would be better while diving than playing with dolphins? These toothed whales are highly intelligent animals with a personality all their own, often living together in large pods. They exhibit many human traits such as mourning the dead of their conspecifics, learning from one another, trying to impress their females with gifts, joy, playfulness, empathy, etc.Learn more Check out incredible moments water enthusiasts like you experience every day with SSI Did you just complete an SSI certification? Proudly post it! Want to support your favorite SSI Training Center and promote it to the world? Post it! Did you just have an unforgettable dive experience with your SSI Professional? Post it! We love to see the SSI family growing day by day: so upload your photo to Instagram with #wearessi or #divessi or mention @ssi_international, and it will automatically appear in the SSI Hall of Fame. We can’t wait to see your adventures today! Get more Inspiration © SSIScuba DivingRead moreScuba Diving is a fascinating sport, with many adventures waiting for you. © Fred BuyleFreedivingRead moreGet absolute silence and freedom only with one breath. Freediving is amazing. © MaresFamilyRead moreDiving and family in one package? No problem, find here possible destinations and activities. © iStock - swissmediavisionEnvironmentRead moreDiving is a sport in nature. Learn more about the creatures, ecology and conditions of our oceans. © Janne SuhonenCaves & WrecksRead moreIt’s an amazing feeling, follow footsteps of the past or explore a cave. © iStock - South_agencyTravelRead moreLooking for new diving adventures? Learn more about the best places for diving. © SSI - Wei ShangMermaidRead moreYour dream will come true move like a glamorous mermaid underwater. Discover the world.