Scuba Schools International SSI
SCUBA SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL SSI GREW OUT OF THE PASSION OF A FEW AVID DIVERS WHO WERE INTENT ON MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR ANYONE TO LEARN HOW TO SCUBA DIVE.
For more than 40 years, Scuba Schools International SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2.500 International locations, and has materials printed in more than 30 languages.
SSI is clearly the name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to our uncompromising standards and focused methodology.
Since June 1, 2010, Scuba Schools International SSI is one of the few training agencies who qualified for a Global ISO Certification. 7 SSI Programs, 5 for divers and 2 for instructors, got certified after the International Standards – ISO 11121 for Try Scuba Diving, ISO 28401-1 to -3 for Scuba Diver to Dive Guide, ISO 11107 for Enriched Air Nitrox and 28402-1 and -2 for Dive Control Specialist and Open Water Instructor. Due to that the SSI C-Cards for the appropriate ratings will carry the ISO quality label in the future.
In addition to that, SSI is a founding member of the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) and is present in all major national committees to ensure that the diving community´s interests are been taken care of.
THE SCUBA SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL SSI GLOBAL NETWORK IS ONE OF OUR GREATEST STRENGTHS AS AN ORGANIZATION.
Each level of the network contributes to the overall success of SSI globally:
International Headquarters is where the important standardization of SSI diving certification and education happens. This is where SSI Training Standards are written, and where the skills and techniques for SSI courses are created. This is also where we produce educational materials and, with the help of our Service Centers, translate them into many languages.
SSI Service Centers
SSI’s Service Centers oversee and service the Dive Centers, Dive Resorts and Dive Professionals of the assigned area.
For a list of the actual Service Center contacts click here.
SSI Dive Centers and Dive Resorts locator
These professional businesses operate a scuba diving or freediving school for diver and dive professional training, as well as provide a variety of diving vacations both local and destination for their customers. Our network of Dive Centers and Dive Resorts around the world, where you can learn how to scuba- or freedive or further your diving education and experience, is extensive.
Click here for more information on SSI Dive Centers and SSI Dives Resorts.THE OPTIONS FOR WHERE YOU CAN LEARN TO SWIM, SNORKEL, FREEDIVE OR SCUBA DIVE WITH SSI ARE NEARLY ENDLESS… AND GROWING!
WHY WE USE SSI
What makes SSI training the best is their focus on quality instruction.
THEIR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Each of their Training Programs is based on the Diver Diamond Methodology, which focuses on the proper knowledge, skills, equipment, and experience required in becoming a highly qualified diver.
Knowledge replaces fears and fantasies with correct information. The SSI Home Study Total Teaching System (Full color Manual, DVD and Study Guide) will teach you certain safety rules and your instructor will relate that information in a “land value” to “water value” format with an interactive classroom presentation.
There are only two ways that people learn — either shock or repetition. Shock is not a good way to learn anything, especially diving. SSI’s signature water training method is “Comfort though Repetition.” It is important to take the time to develop the skills necessary for you to become a safe and comfortable diver.
The safest way for anyone to become a diver is in their own high-quality, personally fitted Total Diving System. Being familiar with your equipment increases your ability and confidence using life support equipment. During your training, you will learn several equipment configurations which will enable you to make the best possible choice for your own Total Diving System.
While training develops knowledge and skills, the only way to get experience is to go diving. This is why SSI encourages more open water dives during training instead of just the minimum number of dives as required by industry standards. The more you dive, the more you will enjoy the sport. So get out there, explore new worlds, meet new friends and see why diving with SSI stands for “The Ultimate Dive Experience”!
Your learning experience will come alive with personalized instruction that puts your skills to use in reality-based training scenarios. Our unique approach to dive training is known as:
Comfort through Repetition
By practicing each skill you’ve learned throughout each level of your training, your actions become conditioned responses – second nature! SSI training ensures you retain what you’ve already learned, while you continue to learn more.The result: Learn to Dive is fun and you will get what you deserve: ‘The Ultimate Dive Experience’!
TOTAL TEACHING SYSTEM
The SSI Training Materials and Online Training program are designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. You can complete the academics online when you sign up for SSI’s Online Training program, and then attend review sessions at your favorite SSI Dive Center.
Supported by your choice of Interactive Online Training with Full HD Videos, modern Graphics and Animations as well as altering Review Questions to support learning or the Digital Kit Offline on your Tablet or Smart Phone or also printed materials in addition, you can learn the academics at your own pace. All of these items are a part of SSI’s total teaching system, which captivates students young and old, and makes instructing fun and multi-faceted. You choose the way that you are most comfortable learning. Whether it’s in the classroom, online or in the comfort of your own home – it’s up to you.
One of the major advantages with SSI is everything is digital.
With Digital Learning, you can study at your convenience anytime or anywhere. Try it on your computer, smart phone or tablet. With the advancement of digital learning, SSI has effectively mastered the uses of technology to strengthen the learning experience. The courses are clear, concise, completely interactive and fun.
What does the digital revolution mean for SSI?
Simply stated it means switching from a one dimensional delivery system (printed material), to a multi-dimensional and interactive delivery system (digital). Why? With Digital we can increase the “measures of transfer” to enhance retention and the learning experience.
Environmentally friendly, with no heavy books to carry around.
Digital is always online at divessi.com.
Download the FREE DiveSSI App and the materials are available online or off, anytime, anywhere.
Comprehensive HD videos, animations, graphics and photos to strengthen the learning experience.
Add personal notes inside Digital to discuss with your SSI Dive Professional.
Interactive review questions to test your knowledge.
How can I get to the Digital materials?
Download the FREE DiveSSI App – iOS or Android. You can even try out some programs FREE. Just go to divessi.com and register. After the registration you’ll get FREE access to Freediving Basic/Snorkeling, Try Scuba and Scuba Diver.
Once you sign up for the complete program, Open Water Diver, you’ll get complete access. You can even choose the offline version and download the material directly to your smart device making it available anytime – online or off.
ARE THERE OTHER ADVANTAGES WITH THE DIGITAL MATERIALS?
Yes! There is also a Digital Divelog inside the DiveSSI App. You can log all pertinent information, take a picture of your buddy and divesite, geo-locate the spot and have your buddy sign right on your device – it’s fun and cool! Then, you can share your dives right on Facebook.
The App also features Digital Certification Cards. You can show proof of certification right on your smart device. And, since we never seem to leave home without our smart devices, you will never leave home without them.
With the Diamond version, you can upgrade and have your Digital materials available on 3 devices – online and off.