71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and this could be your “office!” There are thousands of job opportunities worldwide for the  next generation of highly qualified SSI professionals ready to give consumers their first taste of diving.

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!

Stop waiting to turn your passion into a career, and start living your dream!



This program gives you the skills and experience required to safely lead groups of certified divers, and is the first step towards an exciting career as an SSI Professional without requiring you to complete an instructor program. Professional Dive Guides can work for SSI Training Centers, guiding dives in a variety of environments and conditions. You will earn the SSI Dive Guide certification after completing this program.

Minimum Age: 15 (18 if active status)
Certification Prerequisites: Diver Stress & Rescue certification,
40 logged Dives,
certification or equivalent experience: Navigation, Night & Limited Visibility, Deep Diving.
Academic Sessions: Varies
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: 10 or at least 50 total
Maximum Training Depth: 40 meters / 130 feet
Suggested Duration: 35 – 45 hours


SSI Divemaster Card

This SSI Divemaster rating recognizes candidates that have the knowledge and training necessary to perform the duties of a certified assistant. These duties including assisting SSI Instructors with conducting entry-level and continuing education scuba training programs.

To get the SSI Divemaster recognition you have to complete the SSI Science of Diving Specialty program and earn the certification. This program provides an in-depth and detailed study of physics, physiology, decompression theory, the aquatic environment and diving equipment.

Minimum Age: 18
Certification Prerequisites:  SSI Professional Dive Guide & Science of Diving, 60 logged open water dives
Academic Sessions: Online Learning
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Optional
Open Water Dives: Optional
Maximum Training Depth: 40 meters / 130 feet
Suggested Duration: 12-20 hours


SSI Assistant Instructor Card

This program provides the skills, concepts, and teaching experience required to become a successful SSI Instructor. You will learn the SSI Teaching System and philosophy, how to assist Instructors in training and how to independently teach a variety of SSI training programs. Candidates who complete this program can earn the SSI Assistant Instructor rating or work all the way through to the SSI Open Water Instructor after having successfully passed the Instructor Evaluation in addition.

Minimum Age: 18
Certification Prerequisites: Divemaster, 60 logged dives (75 for completion)
Suggested Duration: 30 – 75 hours