Scuba Diver

Scuba Diver

This SSI certification is tailored for those passionate about the sea but constrained by time. It includes half of the Open Water certification program and aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and training to dive under the direct supervision of a diving professional to a depth of up to 12 meters. Upon completion of the program, you have the flexibility to upgrade your certification to Open Water Diver at any time. This can be achieved at any authorized SSI diving center worldwide, allowing you to plan your own diving journey at your preferred pace.

Minimum age requirement: 10 years old
Previous experience: Not required
Recommended completion time: 10-16 hours. (Minimum 1 day)

Prices include all training up to certification (equipment, theoretical and practical lessons, course materials in electronic format, certification card in electronic format, and certification confirmation).

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  • Minimum age requirement: 10 years old
  • SSI Professional instructor
  • All dive equipment included
  • All fees and taxes included
  • Certification card in electronic format
  • Certification confirmation
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Frequently asked questions

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How long does it take to get certified?

The SSI Open Water Diver course is flexible and performance based, which means that your SSI dive shop can offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress.  It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days by completing the knowledge development portion online via SSI eLearning, or other home study options offered by your local dive shop or resort.

Your SSI Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent scuba diver.

How do I learn to scuba dive?

Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:

1. Knowledge Development

During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you’ll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as

  • What to consider when planning dives.
  • How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
  • Underwater signals and other diving procedures.

You’ll learn this valuable information by reading it in the SSI Open Water Diver Manual or by using the tablet version – SSI Open Water Diver Touch™, or online with SSI eLearning®. At the end of each chapter, you’ll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your SSI Instructor know if there is anything you don’t understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.

You’ll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you’ll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

2. Confined Water Dives

This is what it’s all about – diving. You’ll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:

  • Setting up your scuba gear.
  • How to get water out of your mask.
  • Entering and exiting the water.
  • Buoyancy control.
  • Basic underwater navigation.
  • Safety procedures.

You’ll practice these skills with an instructor until you’re comfortable. When you’re ready, it’s time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.

3. Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you’ll head to “open water,” where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you’ll get to explore the underwater world. You’ll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday. Your SSI Instructor can explain how you can be referred to another SSI Instructor in a different location.

How deep do you go?

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter. 

What gear will I need to scuba dive?

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. Your local SSI Dive Center or Resort will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.

When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you’ll want your own:

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins

These have a personal fit, and your local SSI dive shop will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

During your SSI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba tank, wetsuit or dry suit and weight system. Check with your local SSI Resort or dive shop to confirm what equipment is included in your course package. Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:

  • You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
  • You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
  • Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
  • Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.

The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most. 

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

Where can I scuba dive?

You can dive practically anywhere there’s water – a swimming pool, the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers, springs or even aquariums. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:

  • Experience level
  • Dive site access and conditions
  • Interests

The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the training and experience for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. Your local SSI Dive Center or Resort can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation.