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Open Water Instructor

The SSI (Scuba Schools International) Open Water Instructor Course is designed to equip certified Assistant Instructors with the skills and knowledge needed to teach the SSI Open Water Diver course. The program encompasses both theoretical and practical components, ensuring candidates can effectively impart diving knowledge and skills to students.

Course Structure:

  1. Academic Training:

    • Dive theory, including physics, physiology, equipment, and environment.
    • Teaching methodologies and learning psychology.
    • Lesson planning and conducting academic sessions.
  2. Watermanship and Practical Skills:

    • Advanced diving skills demonstration.
    • Pool/confined water training sessions for skill development and student management.
    • Open water teaching presentations.
  3. Professional Skills Development:

    • Risk management and diver safety.
    • Communication and leadership skills.
    • Business aspects of being a dive instructor, including marketing and customer service.
  4. Instructor Evaluation:

    • Candidates undergo a comprehensive evaluation that includes written exams, water skills assessments, and teaching presentations.

Certification and Opportunities:

Upon successful completion, candidates become certified SSI Open Water Instructors, authorized to teach and certify new divers, conduct try scuba sessions, and lead specialty courses. This certification opens doors to various professional opportunities in the dive industry globally.

What's Included with the Course?

  • Academic Class Review Sessions
  • Pool Training Workshops
  • Conducting Open Water Dives with Students
  • Learning Group Control in Open Water
  • Evaluation Fees (paid to your Instructor Certified)



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A progressive approach to personalized training and a close cooperation of all SSI affiliated Professionals and Training Centers and Resorts around the world ensures you will have access to global career opportunities and get the best training possible. SSI´s Professional network is growing every day. We look forward to working with you and welcoming you to the SSI Professional community!

Digital Learning & Academics

SSI has mastered the use of digital technology to make your learning experience easy.

You can start by studying the academics anytime, anywhere at your own convenience and your selected Training Center will schedule your review and in-water training sessions.

In-Water Training

During the pool/confined water training, your SSI Instructor will teach you all the necessary skills in a controlled environment until you are comfortable and ready to go to the open water. During the open water training dives, you will apply your knowledge and repeat the skills in a real-world environment under the supervision of your Instructor.


Once you have completed all required training sessions, final exam and open water training dives, your SSI Training Center will issue your digital certification card which will show up instantly on your MySSI App.

We congratulate you on your accomplishment and welcome you to SSI’s global diving community.

Facts and Training Standards

Minimum Age 18
Amount of Academic Sessions 4
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 9
Amount of Open Water Sessions 9
Maximum Training Depth 40 m / 130 ft
Suggested duration (h) 72 - 85
Certification Prerequisites Instructor Training Course Completion, Open Water Diver certification for at least 6 months

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