Step 1: Dive Guide

The Dive Guide program will train you to supervise and lead certified divers on diving excursions, both above and below the water.

Step 2: Divemaster & Dive Control Specialist/Assistant Instructor

After completing Science of Diving and professional dive guide, you automatically earn the coveted divemaster rating and the ability to assist open water instructors. Your next step on the SSI career path is dive control specialist/assistant instructor.

Step 3: Instructor Training Course & Open Water Instructor

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 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 completing this program.

Dive Control Specialist

This program provides the skills, concepts, and teaching experience required to become an effective SSI Assistant Instructor/Dive Control Specialist. You will learn the SSI Teaching System and philosophy, how to assist with Open Water Diver programs, and how to independently teach a variety of SSI training programs. Candidates who complete this program earn the SSI Assistant Instructor/Dive Control Specialist certification.

Assistant Instructor & Instructor Training Course (AI&ITC)

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.