Scuba Schools International

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Scuba Schools International
Scuba Schools International (logo).jpg
Abbreviation SSI
Formation 1970
Headquarters Fort Collins, Colorado,  United States
Region served Worldwide
Parent organization HEAD NV

Scuba Schools International (SSI) is an organization that teaches the skills involved in scuba diving and freediving, and supports dive businesses and resorts. SSI has over 2,500 authorized dealers, 35 regional centers, and offices all over the world.

SSI offers internationally recognized scuba training programs for all levels - starting with snorkeling and entry level diving courses up to Instructor Certifiers. The most common programs are: SSI Open Water Diver (OWD), Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD), more than 30 different specialty courses (like EAN Nitrox, Deep diving, Underwater navigation, Night diving and Limited Visibility, and many more). Dive leader training programs start with the Dive Control Specialist (who is qualified like Assistant Instructor) followed by Open Water Instructor and above.

SSI's training program for children aged 8–12 years is called Scuba Rangers.

The training program for technical divers is called TechXR (Technical Extended Range) and includes decompression diving, trimix and other courses that exceed the limit for recreational divers.

SSI scuba training programs are certified/recognized throughout the world (such as RSTC - Recreational Scuba Training Council, EUF - European Underwater Federation, CUA - China Underwater Association and others).

Founded in 1970, SSI was one of the pioneers of professional scuba training. They were the first organization to present a complete training program including full motion video and they pioneered some areas of diving education.[1]

A major difference between SSI and other diver education organizations like PADI, NAUI, CMAS and others is that SSI is a retail-based organization, intended to ensure the quality of training worldwide.[clarification needed]

SSI is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado and is owned by Concept Systems International, Inc. It was founded by Robert Clark in 1970. In 2008, it was acquired by Doug McNeese (owner of NASDS until the merger with SSI in 1999) and Robert Stoss (Manager Scubapro and Seemann Sub) - both being icons in the dive industry for years. On January 1, 2014 SSI was acquired by MARES, a diving equipment brand in turn owned by HEAD NV, for an undisclosed amount.[2]

SSI is a member of the following councils of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council - the United States RSTC, the RSTC Europe and C-Card Council (Japan).[3][4][5] It is also a member of the European Underwater Federation.[6]

SSI obtained CEN certification from the EUF certification body in 2005.[7] It received ISO certification on June 1, 2010.


Non-certification programs[edit]

  • Try Scuba Diving

Snorkeling & free diving certifications[edit]

Recreational diving certifications[edit]

Professional diving certifications[edit]

  • Dive Guide (DG)
  • Divemaster (DM = DG + Science of Diving)
  • Snorkel Instructor
  • Dive Control Specialist (DCS = DM + Snorkel instr. + Diving assistant instr.)
  • Training Specialist (TS = DCS + limited specialties instructor)
  • Open Water Instructor (OWI)
  • Classified Open Water Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor (SI = OWI + 2 specialties instr.)
  • Advanced Open Water Instructor (AOWI = OWI + 4 specialties)
  • Divemaster Instructor (DMI = AOWI + online exam)
  • Dive Control Specialist Instructor
  • Master Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer
  • Instructor Certifier

Advanced diving certifications[edit]

Extended Range certifications[edit]

  • Extended Range Nitrox Diver
  • Extended Range Limited Trimix Diver
  • Extended Range Gas Blender
  • Extended Range Advanced Wreck Diver
  • Extended Range Cavern Diver
  • Extended Range Intro to Cave Diving

Technical Extended Range certifications[edit]

  • Technical Extended Range Advanced Decompression Procedures Diver
  • Technical Extended Range Normoxic Trimic Diver
  • Technical Extended Range Hypoxic Trimix Diver
  • Technical Extended Range Technical Wreck Diver
  • Technical Extended Range Basic Cave Diver
  • Technical Extended Range Cave Diver

Professional certifications[edit]

  • Extended Range Instructor
  • Extended Range Gas Blender Instructor
  • Extended Range Advanced Wreck Diving Instructor
  • Extended Range Cavern Diving Instructor
  • Extended Range Nitrox Instructor Trainer
  • Extended Range & Technical Extended Range Instructor Trainer
  • Technical Extended Range Advanced Decompression Procedures/Normoxic Trimix Diving Instructor
  • Technical Extended Range Hypoxic Trimix Diving Instructor
  • Technical Extended Range Technical Wreck Diving Instructor
  • Technical Extended Range Basic Cave Diving Instructor
  • Technical Extended Range Cave Diving Instructor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of SSI". Scuba America Historical Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "United States Agencies". WRSTC. 
  4. ^ "European Agencies". WRSTC. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Japan Agencies". WRSTC. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Profit Distributing Members". European Underwater Federation. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "EUF Certified Training Systems/Training Organisations". EUF Certification International. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Freediving Program". Scuba Schools International. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 

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