SSI Training Philosophy

What makes SSI training the best, is our focus on quality instruction.

OUR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

Each of our Training Programs is based on our Diver Diamond Methodology, which focuses on the proper knowledge, skills, equipment, and experience required in becoming a highly qualified diver.

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Knowledge

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.

Skills

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.

Equipment

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.

Experience

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”!

OUR TRAINING METHODOLOGY

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:

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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.

What makes SSI training the best, is our focus on quality instruction.

OUR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

Each of our Training Programs is based on our Diver Diamond Methodology, which focuses on the proper knowledge, skills, equipment, and experience required in becoming a highly qualified diver.

diveSSI Image: Poster_DiverDiamond

Knowledge

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.

Skills

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.

Equipment

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.

Experience

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”!

OUR TRAINING METHODOLOGY

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:

diveSSI Image: ComfortRep

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.

What is Scuba Gear?

Scuba diving equipment adapts you to the underwater world and makes you part of it. You do the diving, but your scuba gear makes it possible. That is, a mask doesn’t see for you, but allows you to see underwater. A dive regulator doesn’t breathe for you, but allows you to breathe underwater. A wetsuit doesn’t make heat, but allows a body to more effectively retain its own heat.
Browse this section to learn more about how to choose scuba gear that :

  • is comfortable for you
  • fits you well and looks good
  • will be a long-term investment for the type of diving you plan to do.

The Gear You Need Depends on Where You Scuba Dive

You can dive almost anywhere there’s water. The gear you use will vary somewhat depending upon your diving environment, as well as your preferences. There are four general categories for dive equipment, but some gear fits in all the categories –  for example the mask you use for tropical diving is probably for temperate or cold water diving, too.

Scuba Gear Quick Tips

Mask – Allows your eyes to see clearly underwater.

Exposure suit – Protects from cuts and scrapes and retains heat so you stay comfortable.

Snorkel – Lets you breathe at the surface with your face in the water without wasting air from your scuba unit.

Scuba unit – The heart of your equipment, scuba (the acronym for self contained underwater breathing apparatus) allows you to breathe underwater and to rise, descend, hover or float at will. It consists of a regulatortankbuoyancy control device –harness and instruments.

Dive watch – Used to measure the dive time.

Dive computer – Monitors your depth and time underwater to keep you within established limits.

Weight system – Offsets your tendency to float so you can descend gently underwater when you want to.

Fins – Allow you to swim using only your powerful leg muscles.

Dive light – Used to look into cracks and crevices, and for diving at night.

Dive knife – A handy tool as well as an important safety device.

Dive flag/float – Keeps boaters away from where you’re diving.

Digital underwater photo system – Used to take pictures of your adventures to share with your family and friends.

Accessories – like underwater slates, lanyards and other items make diving more fun.

Signaling Devices – Whistle, signal tube get attention of other divers or the dive boat from a distance.

Scuba gear bag – Used to carry your dive equipment to the dive site.

Submersible Certification Card*- attach it to your BCD and you’ll always have your certification information when you go diving.  Plus it will help you identify your equipment even easier.