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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!

Dive Training Courses - Shark Explorers

Scuba Dive Training

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. Cost: R1000

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Freedive Training

The SSI Try Freediving program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to partake in the recreational sport of freediving (breath-hold diving) with an SSI professional in a pool/ confined water environment. This is an experience program.

 Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: Be able to swim 25m without any swim or buoyancy aids.
Academic Sessions: Online Program
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 2
Maximum Training Depth: 5 meters
Suggested Duration: 4-5 hrs
Cost: R1100

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This program provides you with the training and knowledge required to safely freedive with a buddy in pool/confined water environments to a depth of five meters. You will earn the SSI Basic Freediving certification after completing this program. Start your freedive adventure now!

Minimum Age: 10 
Certification Prerequisites: Be able to swim 100m without any swim or buoyancy aids.
Academic Sessions: Online Program
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 2
Open Water Dives: 1
Maximum Training Depth: 5 meters
Suggested Duration: 1 Day
Cost: R1500

Basic Freediving - Shark Explorers

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The SSI Freediving Level 1 program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely participate in the recreational sport of freediving, to be able to dive with a buddy, in environments and to a depth equivalent to their training. Come enjoy the underwater world.

Minimum Age: 12
Certification Prerequisites: Be able to swim 100m without any swim or buoyancy aids.
Academic Sessions: Online Program
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 2
Open Water Dives: 2
Maximum Training Depth: 20 meters (age 15+)

Max Training Depth for 12 – 14 yrs: 12m
Suggested Duration: 3 days
Cost: R2400

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Ready for a deeper challenge? Accomplish at least 6 dive sessions and additional training to gain this level. From here you can already start your Freediving professional career path. 

Minimum Age: 15
Certification Prerequisites: Be able to swim 100m without any swim or buoyancy aids. Have an SSI Level 1 certification or equivalent from a recognised training agency. Have at least 6 logged dives.
Academic Sessions: Online Program
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 2
Open Water Dives: 4
Maximum Training Depth: 30 meters
Suggested Duration: 4 days
Cost: R3800

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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!

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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 Dive Professional without requiring you to complete an instructor program. Professional Dive Guides can work for SSI Dive Centers, guiding dives in a variety of environments and conditions. You will earn the SSI Dive Guide certification after 

Details:
Minimum Age : 18 
Certification Prerequisites : Advanced Adventurer, 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 : 3 to 4 weeks 
Price : R9000.00 or R11600.00 including Science of Diving
Add Science of diving course to become a dive master. 

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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 : 9 Days
Price : R15000.00
*Minimum of two students required to run this course

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This program builds on the skills, concepts, and teaching experience learned within the assistant instructor program and to prepare the candidate for the 2 day instructor evaluation to successfully becoming an SSI dive instructor. 

Minimum Age : 18
Certification Prerequisites : Assistant Instructor, 100 logged dives
Suggested Duration : 9 Days plus 2 days instructor evaluation with an 
independent SSI instructor trainer certifier
Price : R 27500.00 including the instructor evaluation

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Combination Assistant Instructor, Instructor Training course with Instructor evaluation. (AI,ITC & IE)

Minimum Age : 18
Certification Prerequisites : Divemaster, 100 logged dives
Suggested Duration : 20 Days
Price : R31000.00

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