Instructor Training Course Instructor Training Course (ITC)

Are you ready to turn your passion for diving into a career? Turn your favorite dive site into your office and teach SSI divers! As an SSI Open Water Instructor, you will be certified to teach a variety of popular SSI courses. With job opportunities all around the world, your new adventures and friendships are unlimited. 

Do you dream of travelling the world working as a scuba instructor? With this globally recognized certification, you can work at SSI Training Centers represented in over 130 countries. This in-depth program provides all you need to become an SSI Open Water Instructor. Once certified, you can train new SSI divers, teach Enriched Air Nitrox, Diver Stress & Rescue and create Dive Guides. The possibilities are endless, so start your dive career now!

The Instructor Training Course consist of

  • Online Study - You will study from the ecofriendly digital training materials. Approximately 10 hours of reading, videos, and quizzes. 
  • 5 days of Instructor lead classroom, pool and open water training.   

An SSI Open Water Instructor is qualified to issue certification for the following courses

  • Basic Diver
  • Referral Diver
  • Scuba Diver
  • Open Water Diver
  • Experienced Diver Test
  • Advance Adventurer
  • Diver Stress & Rescue
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Dive Guide

Many other courses and specialties are available with additional training. 

Course Prerequisites

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Have logged 100 dives totaling a minimum of 65 hours.
  • Have the specialty certification in Deep Diver, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night/Limited Visibility, and Navigation. 
  • Have a current certification in First aid, CPR & O2 (React Right Course).
  • Certified as an SSI Dive Master or equivalent form a recognized training agency.

 What you'll need

  • Total Diving System including mask, snorkel, fins, boots, wet suit, hood, gloves, BCD, regulator, alternate air source, dive computer, SPG, knife, compass, deployable surface marker buoy, tanks, whistle, and weights.
  • SSI Wetnotes.
  • Dive Briefing and Guiding Evaluation Slate.
  • Buddy Team Log Slate.

Course Duration & Fee

If you enter the course as a Dive Master from any recognized training agency, the Instructor course will be 9 days. The course fee is $2640.63 including the course and digital training materials.

If you entering the course as an Assistant Instructor from a recognized training agency other than SSI, the Instructor course will be 9 days. The course fee is $2321.63 including the course and digital training materials.

If you enter the course as an SSI Assistant Instructor, the Instructor course will be 5 days. The course fee is $1450.00 including the course and digital training materials.

To complete the Instructor Certification

Upon completion of the Instructor Training course (ITC), candidates will have to complete an Instructor Evaluation (IE) within 6 month of the ITC in order to receive their Instructor Certification. The IE is hosted by SSI and is an additional $595.00, to be paid to the Instructor Certifier at the IE. 

ITC Dates for 2023

May 20 & 21 & 22 & 23 & 24

July 29 & 30 & 31 & 1 & 2

September 23 & 24 & 25 & 26 & 27