SSI Open Water Diver


The SSI Open Water Diver Program, This globally-recognized Open Water Diver 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.

The Ultimate Dive Experience:

You are about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of your life. Becoming a scuba diver is the first step on a journey that will change the way you experience the world forever, and gives you the ability to explore our last true frontier: the ocean.

The weightlessness of outer space is an experience limited to a few highly-trained astronauts. As a diver, you will explore the wonders of a weightless underwater world, interact with incredible marine life, and discover wrecks and ecosystems hidden beneath the surface.

Course Standards and Procedures:

The certification you earn by completing your scuba training meets and exceeds globally recognized standards for safety and quality.

These standards are established by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC), and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Your SSI Dive Center is part of an international SSI Family dedicated to the highest standards of safety and education. This family includes SSI Dive Professionals, SSI Dive Centers and Resorts, and divers like yourself.

SSI has been an industry leader since its founding in 1970, and is constantly improving training materials and techniques to improve your personal safety and experience.

You can visit any SSI Dive Center around the world and be confident that you will receive a high-quality diving education experience, focused on building and enhancing your comfort and confidence.

The SSI Training Process:

Your path to certification has three steps:

  1. Complete the Digital Learning materials found in this manual. These materials are self-paced, and you can complete them anywhere, anytime, once you download them to your SSI DiveSSI app.
  2. Complete the Academic Sessions and Pool/Confined Water Sessions with your SSI Dive Professional.
  3. Complete the Open Water Training Dives.

Certification Options:
To meet the needs of today’s divers, SSI created three pathways to become a certified diver, first Basic Diver, Scuba Diver & Open Water Diver.

The SSI Open Water Program Consists Of:

This is SSI’s most well-known and popular training program. After earning your Open Water Diver certification, you will be able to dive with a buddy in environments and depths equivalent to those experienced during your training.

  • Six Academic Sessions
  • Six Pool/Confined Water Sessions
  • Four Open Water Training Dives

Your instructor may adjust the number of training sessions to accommodate your needs or the dive center’s training schedule.

They will also show – and help you to master – the skills needed to become a safe and capable diver during your in-water training.

Since SSI firmly believes in creating capable divers, not just issuing certification cards, you may participate in additional in-water sessions to ensure you have the skills and comfort level to be a successful diver.

Program Details:

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Certification Prerequisites: None
  • Academic Sessions: Online Program
  • Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 6
  • Open Water Dives: 4
  • Maximum Training Depth: 18 meters / 60 feet (age 15+)
  • Suggested Duration: 16 – 32 hours



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