A Symbol of Success!

SSI Dive Professional Levels of Recognition

SSI is the only agency that recognizes our dive professionals for reaching targeted milestones. This is an opportunity to commemorate your hard-won accomplishments and show the world you are one of diving’s elite dive professionals.

To achieve higher levels, set goals and work towards them as you better your career. Train students and take additional training to achieve higher instructor levels. The sum of personal qualification levels, training experience, and years of being a professional in the industry determine your personal level.

Each time you reach a new level in training, you are automatically rewarded with an upgraded recognition card. These cards symbolize excellence, commitment and loyalty in diving. The more courses you lead and divers you train, the higher levels of recognition – Century-, Gold 500-, Platinum 1000- and Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor. Any SSI Dive Professional is entitled to take part in the recognition program. All you have to do is to get out there and train to get the credit you deserve!

Open Water Instructor + Specialty program
4 Specialty Instructor ratings (including Diver Stress and Rescue) + issued 15 certifications
Advanced Open Water Instructor + Science of Diving Instructor + issued 30 certifications in different programs
Dive Control Specialist Instructor + 250 dives + issued 150 certifications in different levels
To qualify for CENTURY INSTRUCTOR, the SSI Instructor has to provide proof of 100 Experience Points, as outlined in the SSI Instructor DiveLog.
To qualify for SILVER 300 Instructor, the SSI Instructor has to provide proof of 300 Experience Points, as outlined in the SSI Instructor DiveLog.
To qualify for GOLD 500 Instructor, the SSI Instructor has to provide proof of 500 Experience Points, as outlined in the SSI Instructor DiveLog.
To qualify for PLATINUM1000 INSTRUCTOR, the SSI Instructor has to provide proof of 1000 Experience Points, as outlined in the SSI Instructor DiveLog.

Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor


The world’s most elite water explorers.

Dive Professional Recognition Rating Platinum Instructor

How to qualify for PLATINUM PRO 5000 INSTRUCTOR

Platinum Pros can be defined as the world’s most elite water explorers. The list of card holders is a “Who’s who” of diving, containing the world’s most prominent dive professionals.

What makes this award so special is that it’s all about diving. The unsung dive master on any island and Jacques Cousteau earned their cards the same way — by providing proof of 5,000 Experience Points, or 2,500 Experience Points and making a documented/significant contribution to the recreational scuba diving industry. The Platinum Pro 5000 card cannot be purchased. Individuals must apply for the award and be recommended in writing by two Platinum 5000 Pros.

To qualify for PLATINUM PRO5000 INSTRUCTOR, the SSI Instructor is to:

Provide proof of 5000 Experience Points, as outlined in the SSI Instructor DiveLog.

Provide a letter of recommendation from two existing Platinum Pro 5000 Instructors.

or

Provide Proof of 2500 Experience Points.

Have 10 or more years of professional experience.

Have made a significant contribution to the diving industry.

Provide a letter of recommendation from two existing Platinum Pro 5000 Instructors.