Open Water Diver

If you want to dive anywhere you want, with anyone you want, the Open Water Diver program is your international certification to be part of an exclusive group of underwater explorers that most people only dream about joining. Learning to dive is much easier than you think. The best way to experience this amazing new sport is the SSI Open Water Diver program.


This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Personalized training is combined with in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater. You will earn the SSI Open Water Diver certification.

Âge minimum pour participer 15
Available as Junior Program Oui
Minimum Age (Junior Program) 10
Pré-requis à la certification Not applicable / mandatory
Nombre de séances théoriques 6
Nombre de séances Piscine/Milieu protégé 6
Nombre de plongées Milieu naturel 4
Profondeur maximum de formation 18m / 60ft
Durée suggérée pour la formation 16 - 32 h



Certification Options for Open Water Diver material

Sometimes plans change and we understand that. If you’re unable to complete your Open Water Diver program, you can credit your learning towards other certifications and upgrade at any time. With the SSI Scuba Diver certification, you can dive up to 12 meters deep with an SSI Professional in open waters and will have completed almost half of the Open Water Diver training. By completing the remaining academic training, pool/confined water sessions and two open water training dives, you’ll become an Open Water Diver. The SSI Indoor Diver program certifies you to dive with a buddy in environments such as aquariums and purpose-built indoor diving facilities up to 18 meters deep. Become an Open Water Diver by performing all skills in the open water during two additional dives. As an SSI Referral Diver, you’ll be able to dive up to 5 meters deep in confined waters with a buddy. Typically as a Referral Diver, you’ll have completed the Open Water Diver academic and pool/confined water sessions at your local training center and plan to do your open water training dives elsewhere. Become an Open Water Diver by completing the four open water training dives.

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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.