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SSI Professional Courses

As a diver, you are already involved in one of the greatest adventures of your life – a weightless world full of incredible marine life and ecosystems. You are part of an exclusive group of underwater explorers that most people only dream about.

70% 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. Stop waiting to turn your passion into a career and start living your dream!

Step 1- Become a SSI Dive Guide

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

Step 2 - Study the Science of Diving

This program provides an in-depth and detailed study of physics, physiology, decompression theory, the aquatic environment and diving equipment. It is required training for most SSI Dive Professional programs, as well as some Extended Range programs. You will earn the SSI Science of Diving Specialty certification after completing this program.

Step 3 - Become a SSI Assistant Instructor

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
Suggested Duration:30 - 75 hours

Step 4 - Become a SSI Instructor