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how to dive

DISCOVER THE UNDER WATER WORLD

The first step in the journey of becoming a scuba diver will forever change the way you experience the world. You will explore the wonders of the underwater world, interact with wonderful marine life and discover ecosystems hidden beneath the surface.

Learning to dive is much easier than you think and the best way to experience this wonderful new sport is the SSI Try Scuba program. Simply visit our SSI Training Resort, register for Try Scuba and download the MySSI App on your smart device. The best part, your materials are FREE! The digital materials will help prepare you for this first taste of a great underwater experience.

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.

TRY SCUBA

SSI TRY SCUBA card

The SSI Try Scuba program is your introduction to the underwater world. This entry-level program gives you the opportunity to experience the underwater world, in a confined water setting. You will earn the SSI Try Scuba recognition rating.

Minimum Age: 8
Certification Prerequisites: None
Academic Sessions: Try Scuba Pool
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 1
Open Water Dives: 0
Maximum Training Depth: 5 meters / 15 feet
Suggested Duration: None

SCUBA DIVER

SSI SCUBA DIVER card

This program is for students who do not have the time to complete the Open Water Diver program, and provides you with the training and experience required to dive in open water environments under the supervision of a dive professional. You will earn the SSI Scuba Diver certification, which can be upgraded to the SSI Open Water Diver certification with additional training.

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: None
Academic Sessions: Online Program
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 3
Open Water Dives: 2
Maximum Training Depth: 12 meters / 40 feet
Suggested Duration: 10 – 16 hours

OPEN WATER DIVER

SSI Open Water Diver card

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.

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 12+)
Suggested Duration: 16 – 32 hours

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