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. Book your next Dive Course – SSI Course & Event Calendar Explore beginner to instructor courses, community events, and global dive trips. Immerse yourself in a world of discovery and unforgettable experiences with our SSI course and event calendar. Find upcoming course dates Check out all that Peru diving has to offer With over 2,000 kilometers of coastline bordering the Pacific Ocean, the South American country of Peru offers many diving opportunities. The Andes Mountains are a beautiful backdrop for this country’s famous culture and gastronomy. However, Peru diving also has its charm. With temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, you will need a thicker wetsuit or dry suit, but these colder waters bring unique marine life encounters. Peru diving offers kelp forests buzzing with life, curious sea-lion encounters, abandoned oil platforms, shipwrecks, and many other fantastic dives. Explore Peru’s top dive sites here. © SB Divers, 15856 LimaLa LoberaLocated on the northwest face of the Galapagos Island of Pucusana. Approximately 25 minutes by boat from Santa Maria and only 10 minutes from the Pucusana pier. It is an area where the sea hits directly, so a quick entry and descent from the boat is needed. Only for advanced divers.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaCerro PartidoIt is located southwest of “La Tiza”, around 5 min away from that point. It is ideal for any level of diving. The diversity is abundant. While the terrain and the geography is accessible.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaLaberintoIt is located northeast from Santa Maria beach. You are required to be advanced or an expert to be able to dive. There is a set of rocks of variable dimensions.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaBaja HuamanLocated on the northwest face of the Galapagos Island of Pucusana. Approximately 25 minutes by boat from Santa Maria and only 10 minutes from the Pucusana pier. It is an area where the sea hits directly, so a quick entry and descent from the boat is needed. Only for advanced divers.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaCarbónDiving for all types of certification. It has a sandy bottom. This can reach a minimum depth of 6 meters and a maximum of 14 meters. Night dives are possible.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaBaja LocaIt is a deep dive that is done with a low. It is required to be advanced or expert to be able to dive, it has a sandy and rocky bottom. It can reach up to 22 meters deep.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaEl DadoIt is located on the northwest face of the Galapagos Island of Pucusana. Approximately 25 minutes by boat from Santa Maria and only 10 minutes from the Pucusana pier. It is an area where the sea hits directly, so a quick entry and descent from the boat is needed. Only for advanced divers.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaGrano de OroJust 25 minutes by boat from the Pucusana SPA or 35 minutes from Santa María. It is a sufficiently protected bay so that diving conditions are almost always optimal.Learn more © SB Divers, 15856 LimaMuelle Minka MarIt is located near a dock. It has a depth between 8-12 meters. It has a sandy bottom, which is ideal for all levels of diving. You can do night dives.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. © Alamy-Nature Picture LibraryBlue WhaleWith a length of 33 meters and a weight of up to 200 tons, blue whales are the largest and heaviest animals that have ever lived on planet Earth. This creature owes its name to the pale blue to gray coloration of its back, whereas it’s belly is usually a white or yellowish color. To join this species during its search for food is to experience a magnificent and unprecedented moment most scuba divers will never get to experience.Learn more © iStock-Michael ZeiglerSea LionSea lions are pinnipeds that are easily recognizable by their external ear flaps, cute, pointy nose, long, puffed up chest, and their ability to walk on all fours. Some of the more popular sea lion species are the California sea lion and the Steller sea lion. These fast, agile swimmers can reach up to 30 knots underwater and are very curious about the world around them. In fact, sea lions are not afraid of scuba divers in the least and have been known to buzz right around a group of divers, blow bubbles at them, and even chewing on their snorkels and fins.Learn more © iStock/DivepicGiant Oceanic Manta RayWith fins as wide as wings, manta rays soar along ocean currents like birds in flight, making them one of the most elegant animals of the sea. The name ‘manta’ comes from the Spanish word blanket and with a wingspan of up to nine meters, it’s easy to see how they can look like a blanket floating in the sea. Scuba diving with mantas is one of the most amazing experiences any diver can have underwater.Learn more © Alamy-National Geographic CreativeLeatherback TurtleThe leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all the turtles on earth, both aquatic and terrestrial. It is easily identifiable by its massive, inky-blue leathery shell, different from all of the other sea turtle’s shells which are hard and bony. The leatherback is a massive, ancient relic; the only remaining species of the Dermochelys family of turtles. It can grow up to seven feet long and weigh over 2,000 pounds!Learn more © Alamy_Dray van BeeckSeahorses and PipefishesSeahorse is the generalized name given to 45 of the smallest fish species in the Hippocampus genus. Their name is derived from the distinctive, horse-like shape of their head and neck. They spend most of their time anchored by their tails to coral and plants. Each of their eyes can move independently, giving them the ability to watch for predators and search for food simultaneously. These creatures are incredible, mysterious, intriguing animals. They are also very illusive so keep your eyes open and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to dive with seahorses.Learn more © AdobeStock-wildestanimalMolluscsThe second largest group of animals after the phylum Arthropoda, mollusks are a group of soft bodied invertebrates with about 130,000 species worldwide. They encompass an extremely diverse group of creatures including snails, bivalves like mussels, clams, scallops, and oysters, and cephalopods like squids and octopuses, just to name a few! Mollusks can be found in the sea, on land, and in fresh water. Despite common features, each of these groups has its own distinctive characteristics.Learn more © AdobeStock_JanelleCrustaceansCrustaceans encompass a vast array of hard-shelled, mostly aquatic animals such as crabs, lobster, shrimp, prawns, krill, and barnacles. Although woodlice and a few crab species live on land and in freshwater, most crustaceans live in the ocean. They can be found in every ocean habitat from prawns and shrimp swimming freely in the open ocean to barnacles attached to rocks, piers, and even the sides of ships. They will be encountered at every depth from krill, floating near the water’s surface to shrimp-like creatures in the ocean’s deepest trenches. There are 50,000 known species of crustaceans, with more discovered every year.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! Discover the wonders of the deep with SSI's blog Join us on an exciting journey of discovery and learn more about exhilarating diving adventures, dedicated conservation initiatives, and innovative educational opportunities that will help you illuminate the extraordinary beauty of the underwater world. 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