Two Diver on the right, corals on the left

CONTINUE YOUR

DIVING EDUCATION

DEEP YOUR DIVE EXPERIENCE

SSI’s advanced training programs are a menu of Specialties to prepare you for your next diving adventure! Specialty programs are a great way to improve your current skills and learn new ones. When you complete a certain number of logged dives and Specialty programs you will earn and automatically receive the recognition cards: Specialty Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Master Diver – one of the most elite ratings in diving today.

Regardless of your end goal, the best pathway to achieve this training is the Divemaster Bundle, which includes Enriched Air Nitrox, Deep Diving, Navigation, Night and Limited Visibility, Science of Diving, Diver Stress & Rescue, React Right and Dive Guide.

Whether your interest is to lead divers, assist instructors or even make a career out of diving, the first step is Divemaster. If your interest goes beyond recreational scuba, SSI offers a variety of other professional training options such as Extended Range or Freediving. Your only limit is your ambition!

ADVANCED ADVENTURER DIVER

SSI ADVANCED ADVENTURER card

This program allows you to experience five different open water dives from five SSI Specialty programs without requiring you to complete the entire Specialty. If you are unsure of your next step, this is the perfect way to advance your dive skills and experience, and to identify which Specialty programs interest you. You will earn the SSI Advanced Adventurer certification after completing this program. You can choose from the following Specialty dives:

Boat Diving, Deep Diving, Dry Suit Diving, Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN), Navigation, Night & Limited Visibility, Perfect Buoyancy, Photo & Video, Scooter/DPV Diving, Search & Recovery, Waves, Tides & Currents, Wreck Diving

Attention: The Advanced Adventurer certification is not counted towards the SD, AOWD or MD Recognition. To achieve one or more specialty certification(s) for the SD, AOWD or MD you may decide to complete one or more of these specialties. Your dives from the Advanced Adventurer course will of course be counted.

Minimum Age: 10 (12 for Deep Diving)
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: 5
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: 5
Maximum Training Depth: Varies
Suggested Duration: 2-3 days

SPECIALTY DIVER

SSI SPECIALTY DIVER card

SSI Specialty Diver is your first step toward becoming an SSI Master Diver, and can begin as soon as you complete your Open Water Diver training. By completing any two SSI Specialty programs that interest you, and logging 12 open water dives, you will automatically receive the SSI Specialty Diver recognition rating along with your SSI Specialty program certifications.

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: Varies
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: 12
Maximum Training Depth: Varies
Suggested Duration: Varies

ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER

SSI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER card

SSI Advanced Open Water Diver is the next recognition rating on the path to becoming an SSI Master Diver, and includes four SSI Specialty program Digital Kits. After completing the four SSI Specialty programs that interest you, as well as 24 logged dives, you will automatically receive the SSI Advanced Open Water Diver recognition rating, along with your SSI Specialty program certifications.

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: Varies
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: 24
Maximum Training Depth: Varies
Suggested Duration: Varies

MASTER DIVER

SSI Master Diver card

The much sought-after SSI Master Diver is the final step in your recreational diving career. The SSI Master Diver Digital Kit Bundle is composed of four SSI Specialty program Digital Kits and the SSI Diver Stress & Rescue Digital Kit. By completing the five specialty programs, and logging 50 open water dives, you will automatically earn the SSI Master Diver recognition rating, as well as the SSI Specialty program certifications.

Minimum Age: 15
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: Varies
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: 50
Maximum Training Depth: Varies
Suggested Duration: Varies

RELATED PROGRAMS

SSI Boat diving card
SSI DEEP DIVING card
SSI DIVER STRESS & RESCUE card
SSI Marine Ecology card
SSI Navigation card
SSI NIGHT & LIMITED VISIBILITY card
SSI PERFECT BUOYANCY card
SSI Photo & Video card
SSI Science of Diving card
SSI Search & Recovery Card
SSI WAVES, TIDES & CURRENTS card
SSI WRECK DIVING card