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. Discover the beauty and tranquility of diving Mauritius Tucked away like an emerald gem in the warmth of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a small East African country full of natural beauty. Those who know of this isolated island call it “heaven on earth,“ and for a good reason. Warm, crystal-clear water surrounds the lush, mountainous interior of Mauritius. Diving in Mauritius is unmatched. With coral reefs surrounding the entire island, there is no shortage of dive sites to explore. Shoals of colorful fish swim amongst the healthy reef while sharks like bulls, grey, and whitetips patrol around the open blue. After a fantastic morning of diving in Mauritius, you can explore the waterfall-filled jungles or bask in the sun on a secluded white sand beach. Come find peace and tranquility on the island of Mauritius today! © SeaUrchin Diving Center, 90502 Flic en FlacAquariumBetween 5 and 20 meters, this site is ideal for beginners due to its shallow depth and multitude of colorful reef fish living there. This site is accessed via a boat entry.Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center, 90502 Flic en FlacBig Rock, MauritiusBig Rock is a beautiful drift drive, easily accessible for any qualified diver offering an architecture for a deeper dive (26m max) or a shallower dive (20m Max).Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center Mauritius, 90502 Flic en FlacCanonNice reef along a sand bank hiding small and big in the corals as well as in the sand between 11 and 20 mts, ideal for training and open water levelsLearn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center, 90502 Flic en FlacLa CathédraleOnly five minutes from the port of Flic en Flac is the most famous dive site in Mauritius, the Cathedral. A dive site for the experienced diver, the combination of grotto, cave, and fireplace make this dive site so unique. The max. depth is 28 m.Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center, 90502 Flic en FlacKeiSei 113, WreckWreck of an old fishing boat sunk for scuba diving specifically at 35 mts, which makes it a beautiful artificial reef since the 1980s.Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center Mauritius, 90502 Flic en FlacL’EveilléL`Eveillé: proposes a very pleasant diving experience alongside a drop-off including a small arch at 25m. L’Eveillé can be combined with another diving site called “Tokata,” an anemone garden situated in the direct vicinity.Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center Mauritius, 90502 Flic en FlacSwiss DropFalling, between 14 and 25 mts, passage of cavities. In case of current very nice drift dive. Accessible from the Open Water level by staying on the top of the plateau.Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center Mauritius, 90502 Flic en FlacSnake Reef, MauritiusA flat reef in the middle of a snake-shaped sandbank, nothing special at first glance... Don't be mistaken, this is the richest place in marine fauna of the region.Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center Mauritius, 90502 Flic en FlacSweet LipsThis site is composed of two pieces of reef separated by a sand bank. With a depth of 17 mts, the profile of this site is relatively easy. So it is good for beginners and marco photographers.Learn more © SeaUrchin Diving Center, 90502 Flic en FlacTug 2, WreckWreck of a former tugboat that worked in the port of Port Louis, sunk in the 1980s for scuba diving, at only 19 mts. Lots of life as on all artificial reefs.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. © Shutterstock-zsolt_uvegesCatfishCatfish is the common name given to any fish in the order Siluriformes and are one of the most widely diverse and abundantly distributed species on the planet, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Most of them live in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds with the exception of a few saltwater species. They are easily recognizable by their barbels on the upper jaw and, sometimes, snout and chin, which look like the whiskers of a cat, giving them their name.Learn more © iStock/Extreme-PhotographerStingraysWith over 500 different species of rays identified, this group of cartilaginous fish are more varied then their cousin the shark. Stingrays derive their name from their long, skinny tails, many of which have poisonous stingers used for self-defense. Due to these predominant stingers, please take caution when diving or walking through waters with stingrays. As long as you keep a safe distance, you can experience beautiful dives with them. They are mostly found on the seabed where they hide under the sand and feed on fish, crabs, worms, snails, and other mollusks.Learn more © Alamy-WaterFrameMoray EelOne of the most fascinating fish on the reef, moray eels come in nearly every size and color from the tiny, bright blue ribbon eel, the smallest averaging only 25 cm long, to the black speckled giant moray which can grow up to 4 meters in length! In fact, there are nearly 200 different species. Most morays are marine dwelling fish, but several species have been seen in brackish water, and just a few are found in fresh water. They are clearly distinguishable from the other reef fish with their long, slithering bodies, pointy snouts full of sharp teeth, and long dorsal fins that run the entire length of their bodies. No matter the species, these animals are always an exciting site to see while scuba diving.Learn more © Shutterstock-Rich CareyAngelfishNot to be confused with the freshwater angelfish of the Amazon Basin, marine angelfish are brilliantly colored and live on the warm, shallow water reefs of the Atlantic, Indian, and western Pacific Oceans. This beautiful family of reef fish consists of about 86 different species, the most well-known being queen, king, french, royal, and grey angelfish. With their large, laterally compressed bodies, small, up-turned mouths, and bright colors, they are hard to miss and a favorite sighting for most divers.Learn more © Shutterstock_Krzysztof OdziomekButterfly FishThere are nearly 130 different species of marine butterflyfish all living in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. These beautiful, small fish are known for swimming in monogamous pairs but can sometimes be seen in large schools. Like their larger cousin, the angelfish, they are a favorite sighting for scuba divers and snorkelers due to their beautiful, bright coloration and striking patterns. Another distinguishing characteristic is the eyespots many species have on their flanks to trick predators, similar to those found on butterfly’s wings.Learn more © iStock/cinobyLionfishLionfish are native to Indo-Pacific waters and are usually found hiding under ledges or in shallow caves at depths between 2 and 60 meters. They are diurnal, meanings they hunt both during the day and at night but often stay hidden until sunset to avoid predators. Unfortunately, lionfish have become an invasive species in the western Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. In fact, despite their menacing beauty, lionfish have become a huge problem in the Caribbean as their population has spread tremendously in just a single decade. In fact, the Science Channel has claimed they are “one of the most aggressively invasive species on the planet.” These flashy predators are considered fairly aggressive and harmful to humans so take caution when diving with lionfish and keep a safe distance.Learn more © Alamy/Reinhard DirscherlOctopusAn octopus has eight arms with suction cups which it uses as powerful tools for hunting prey, defense against attackers, and locomotion along the seafloor. They are one of the most fascinating marine animals on the planet. Every octopus has a designated “arm“ that it favors and uses most often. Because they have no inner skeleton, they are extremely mobile and can slip through the narrowest gaps and holes. Some species can even survive and move on land for a short time. Scuba diving with an octopus is an amazing and rewarding experience.Learn more © SSI-Peter-SchinckNudibranchOne of the most fascinating creatures of the sea, these small but mighty jelly-bodied, shell-less mollusks are part of the sea slug family. Nudibranchs inhabit ocean waters throughout the world, from the Southern Ocean to the Arctic and everywhere in between. Depending on the species, adult sizes can range from 0.25 to 12 inches. These soft-bodied gastropods derive their name from the Latin word Nudibranchia, meaning naked gills, which is why most have feathery gills and horns on their backs.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.