Dive Training Courses2019-07-24T11:45:45+00:00

About SSI Scuba Schools International

Complete your Specialty Programs with the applicable SSI Specialty certification card and receive the SSI Recognition Ratings: Specialty Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, and Master Diver – FREE. SSI´s certifications are recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless. The fun doesn’t need to stop here! With just a little more training, you can go even further and become a Dive Professional. Imagine sharing your love of diving with others! Check out all of the exciting Dive Professional programs which you can be involved in. It’s your chance to move to the next level in your diving adventures.

Taking a specific number of SSI Specialties and continuing your pursuit of dives, allows you to earn higher levels of diver ratings. SSI’s ratings are the only ratings in the industry that combine training and experience requirements, proving that SSI ratings are truly earned. It is up to you to decide how far you want to go. And the best part is recognition at SSI is FREE!

Choose Your Dive Type

If you are unsure if scuba is for you or if you would just like to try the experience, this course id for you. It does not provide you with a scuba certification but allows you to experience and feel if scuba is for you. The course consist of a shortened Open water course where you are only taught the most essentials of diving. This experience will take one full day.

Course consist of online digital learning, a theory session with the instructor. 1 Pool session and then an open water dive. Cost: R1000

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 15+)
Suggested Duration: 4 days
Cost: R5000


Boats allow you the opportunity to explore spectacular dive sites far from shore. This program covers the additional knowledge you need to make your first boat diving vacation a true success, and the techniques necessary to dive properly from all sizes and types of boats. Enhance your dive trips! Cost: R3500


Many of the more exciting and intriguing dive sites are located in deeper water.

Without proper training, this kind of diving can put you at risk. The Deep Diving program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to make these types of dives safely and comfortably. Explore the big blue!

Course consist of online digital learning, a theory session with the instructor and 3 dives of which the final dive will be between 30m and 40m. Cost R3800


You no longer have to make a choice between safety and longer dive times – nitrox is the key. Enrolling in SSI´s most popular specialty program will teach you everything you need to know about Enriched Air Nitrox. This program is also a prerequisite for getting involved in Technical Diving.

Course consist of online digital learning, a theory session with the instructor and 1 Nitrox dive. Cost R3300


To become a safe and confident diver, it is critical to develop an understanding of navigation. You will learn how to navigate with a compass, and how to apply natural navigation skills, estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to marking points, and be able to get back to the exit point.

Course consist of online digital learning, a theory session with the instructor and 2 Navigation dives. Cost: R3000


Whether it’s day or night, limited visibility can be an adventure. Just because the visibility is limited, doesn’t mean the opportunities have to be. This program is filled with information about planning and conducting night and limited visibility dives for fun, adventure, and exploration.

Course consist of online digital learning, a theory session with the instructor and 2 night dives. Cost: R3700


Science of Diving addresses all the areas of diving knowledge in a detailed and comprehensive manner: Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment, and Diving Equipment. If you are simply interested in diving or plan to become a Dive Professional – The Science of Diving program is what you need!

Course consist of online digital learning, and a theory session with the instructor. Cost: R2700


Whether it’s the gold of a sunken ship or that your buddy lost his/her dive light, there are times when knowing how to search for lost objects would be very beneficial. The Search & Recovery program will teach you different search patterns for use in various conditions and the proper techniques for lifting objects.

Course consist of online digital learning, and a theory session with the instructor and 2 search and Recovery dives. Cost: R3000


Sharks have always captivated the attention of mankind. This program will help you to separate fact from fiction and learn the truth about these fascinating creatures. You will also learn how to react properly when diving or snorkelling with sharks. Caring for nature is also key to this outstanding program.

Course consist of online digital learning, and a theory session with the instructor. Cost: R2600

Shark Ecology


Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies. The Diver Stress & Rescue program will teach you about accident prevention and how to handle situations that might occur. You will learn how to avoid, recognize, and solve problems on the surface and underwater.

Enhance your safety!

Course consist of online digital learning, and a theory session with the instructor, pool sessions in order to teach the relevant rescue skills and a minimum of 3 open water dives to practice the skills learned.  Cost: R3750


First aid techniques are constantly being improved, making this course valuable to both new and experienced SSI React Right Providers. This course has two parts. In part one, you will independently study the course materials and complete the knowledge review questions at your own pace, in whatever learning environment works best for you.

This course includes First aid techniques, CPR, AED as well as O2 provider.

Course consist of online digital learning, a theory and practical session with the instructor. Cost: R2000


DIVE Professional



Since 1970, SSI has been a leader in professional education. After 40 years in business, SSI made another unprecedented move that forever changed the way new dive professionals entered the sport, the SSI Dive Professional Pathway – Dive Guide, Divemaster, Dive Control Specialists and Open Water Instructor.

Dive Guide is the first step and teaches you how to take care of certified divers above and below the water

Dive briefings, checking people into and out of the water and leading certified divers underwater are just a few of things you will learn.

Dive Guide (DG)

  • Independently plan and lead certified divers underwater.
  • Teach and certify Snorkel Divers, if certified as a Snorkeling Instructor.

eDivemaster (DM)

  • Assist in training programs under the direct supervision of an instructor.


The next step is Divemaster. Once you are a certified Dive Guide, simply sign up for the Science of Diving specialty. Here you will learn the much needed Physics & Physiology, Decompression Theory, advanced information about Dive Equipment and the Aquatic Environment. As soon as you pass the Science of Diving program and receive your certification, you will be awarded the coveted Divemaster rating and the ability to assist Open Water Instructors.

With Divemaster out of the way, the natural progression is Dive Control Specialists. Devoted dive professionals motivated to share their love of diving will find the Dive Control Specialist program exactly what you they are looking for: actual teaching and assisting! This program teaches you how to teach and the responsibility for others. Under supervision, you will gain first-hand experience in both the classroom and pool. Dive Control Specialist is the necessary foundation for teaching on your own and becoming an SSI Open Water Instructor.