The SSI Dive Guide and the SSI Divemaster are the first steps into the world of professional diving at SSI. The Dive Guide and the Divemaster are considered as experts in diving issues and as specialists in diving. This course will provide you with the knowledge you need to meet the expectations such as professionalism, exemplary behavior and the skills to control and monitor diving activities of certified divers. The Divemaster also assists diving instructors during training.

The SSI Dive Guide program offers every candidate the knowledge and skills necessary to accompany and guide certified divers on recreational dives. Dive guides are allowed to guide certified divers during recreational dives. Professional Dive Guides in active status may also:

  • Train, monitor and certify the SSI snorkeling program.
  • Qualify for the SSI Divemaster Level by successfully completing the Science of Diving Specialty program.

The SSI Divemaster Level recognizes candidates who have the knowledge and training to perform the tasks of a certified assistant. The tasks include helping SSI instructors to conduct entry-level and advanced training courses. In addition to the tasks of a professional dive guide in active status, the divemaster in active status may:

  • Act as a certified assistant in all SSI scuba diving programs.
  • Assist in open water training dives by accompanying no more than two (2) students on underwater excursions at once.
  • Qualify as a training specialist for the SSI Ecology Specialty Programs.
  • Participate in the SSI Instructor Training Course

Recommended duration Dive Guide 35-35 hours

  • Minimum age: Dive Guide - 15 years / Dive Guide in professional status or Divemaster 18 years
  • Min. Number of dives:
    • Dive guide
      • 40 logged dives / 25 hours diving time at the start of the course
      • 50 logged dives / 32 hours diving time with certification
    • Divemaster 60 logged dives
  • Certifications required:
    • Dive guide
      • Diver Stress & Rescue
      • Deep diving *
      • Navigation*
      • Night & Limited Visibility *
        * or at least 5 verifiable dives in the respective area
    • Divemaster
      • Dive guide
      • Science of diving
  • Maximum depth: 40 meters
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