This globally-recognised certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Personalised 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.
Open Water Diver can also be taught as a Referral program, this means you complete the classroom and pool sessions here with us in the UK then we refer you out to SSI or PADI diver centre abroad so you can finish the program in warm tropical waters.
- Minimum Age: 10
- Certification Prerequisites: None
- Academic Sessions: Online Program
- Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 5
- Open Water Dives: 4
- Maximum depth limit: 18 meters.
Maximum depth limit for 10 and 11 year-olds: 12 meters.
- Suggested Duration: 16 - 32 hours
You will be sent an e-mail allowing access to the SSI online academics you can use a computer or any digital device to login, update your profile and start the learning process. The multimedia academics with videos and multiple choice questions keep learning fun and ensure you are perfectly prepared for your water sessions.
The first of your five pool sessions will start with a briefing from one of our experienced instructors and then a run down of how the equipment works and is fitted. Next you and your instructor will select a mask, fins and configure your own high quality total diving system. Leaning to breathe with your face in the water and fin on the surface quickly turns into almost 2 hours of fun underwater learning new skills. We have a maximum ratio of 4:1 with instructors to ensure you have the best possible experience.
Pool sessions 2 to 5 start with a review of all skills from the previous sessions, reinforcing SSI's "Comfort Through Repetition" mantra, followed by new skills, and free time to practice swimming and building confidence.
Your classroom academic lesson is scheduled on the Wednesday between pool session 2 and 3. Here we will clarify information, answer questions, and show you how to apply your knowledge to real-world diving.
Open water dives are conducted over two days at Stoney Cove or another location that allows easy safe access to the water. You will show that you can perform all the skills you mastered in the pool in a real open water environment. We provide suitable exposure protection, be it a wet suit or dry suit, depending on the time of year to ensure your comfort and safety.
All sessions are followed with thorough debriefing and discussion about your performance helping you learn. On successful completion, you will be issued with a certificate of completion and a digital recognition rating (via MySSI App).
As with all Divemaster Scuba Programs
- Certification lasts for life
- All Kit Hire is included
- All Pool fees are included (if required) but entry to open water sites is not included
- All Air fills are included
- Instructor time is included
- We are committed to your success, if you require more help we are there for you.
Pool sessions are held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham at 7.45pm every Friday.
As with all of our programs this course can be offered as an exclusive 1 on 1 program.