Learn to Dive: Open Water Diver Training

Open Water Diver

Becoming a certified open water scuba diver means you have VIP access to a new world. SSI Open Water Diver Certification will equip you with the skills needed to safely enjoy the beauty of the ocean.

With personalized training and taking enough time, we make sure you are truly comfortable under water with the skills and equipment you will use. Our Open Water Diver training consists of 3 steps: Home Study, Academic review, and Pool Skills.

The final step in becoming a certified Open Water Diver is to complete at least 4 open water check-out dives.

Course Description:


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 our SSI Dive Center.

Our Standard Program academic review sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday night 6:30-9:30, and Saturday morning 9:00-12:00.  Attendance of all three is required.  See our flyer for alternative choices.

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For your pool skills training, your instructor will fit you to your scuba equipment so you will become comfortable in your “second skin”.

Out Standard Program pool skills sessions are Saturday & Sunday afternoon 1:00-6:00.   See our flyer for alternative choices.

Open Water

After your training is complete, you will be certified as a referal diver.  You will need to complete at least four open water check-out dives to become a certified open water diver.  Please see our Learn to Dive:  Open Water Diver check-out dives page for price and schedule.


Open Water Diver Training:  $325.00

   2018 training schedule


  • Training materials for home study
  • Tuition for academic review and pool skills training
  • Training Equipment
  • Referal digital Certification card



  • Must be a minimum of 15 years old
  • Completed and signed waiver
  • Medical Statement - SSI
  • Swim Skills
    • Float or tread in water too deep to stand for 10 minutes
    • Swim 200 meters without any swim or buoyancy aides (no time limit)

Equipment Requirements:

The Open Water Diver program includes all required scuba equipment.  You will need to acquire the following equipment prior to the first pool session:

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Boots (optional but recommendedd)

Please check with the dive center for recommendations. We also offer professional fittings for our students.


*If there are any YES answers on the medical survey, the participant is required to have a licensed medical practitioner sign the provided medical statement after reviewing the guidelines for recreational scuba, prior to any in water activity.

Junior Open Water Diver

Students between 10-14 years qualify for Junior Open Water Certification.  (under the age of 12 will have to be in a Semi-Private Class, with some extra cost involved.  Contact the store for details.)

  • Min. age: 10 years old

About SSI

Decades of experience have taught us that there are four requirements to serious diving and serious fun. There is a strong correlation between the quality of your training and the amount of fun you will have.

Proper Knowledge

There are certain diving skills that must be learned. With a professional teaching system, you can study the information at your own pace. An instructor is always available for assistance.

Proper Equipment

The most comfortable, convenient and enjoyable way to dive is with your own
set of properly-fitted equipment. As you become familiar with your equipment, your ability level increases. Annual servicing assures your equipment’s performance and minimizes malfunctions.


Proper Skills

You must develop ability with basic scuba skills, such as moving in the water and equipment handling. The best way to learn is from a qualified instructor at a professional scuba school. Review and practice time reinforces the skills

Proper Experience

While education helps develop knowledge and skills, the key to becoming a comfortable and confident diver is simply to dive as much as possible. Your experience and ability increase as you seek out different diving locations, meet new friends, have new adventures and explore new worlds. That is why SSI’s motto is “Serious Diving, Serious Fun!”