SSI Instructor Development Course



Become an Open Water Instructor and Live Your Passion

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!

SSI started in 1970 with a vision of making it possible for anyone to learn to dive. With more than 3,300 Training Centers in over 130 countries and 50,000 plus Professionals, it is easy to make a career with SSI wherever you choose. SSI is the name to trust in the diving industry as an RSTC founding member and globally ISO certified.

A progressive approach to personalized training and a close cooperation of all SSI affiliated Professionals and Training Centers and Resorts around the world ensures you will have access to global career opportunities and get the best training possible. SSI´s Professional network is growing every day. We look forward to working with you and welcoming you to the SSI Professional community!


Change your office from the four walls to the open ocean. Teach new people the skills and knowledge they need to become divers!

The Instructor Training Course (ITC) focuses not only on the teaching aspect of being a scuba professional, but also on the diving industry and the retail side of things. The instructor’s mission is to create inspired divers, who will go on to enjoy their new hobby no matter where they travel. Our mission is to give you the tools to make that happen.

We use the SSI online study materials to the fullest extent, and on the ITC you will work together with our instructor trainers to get your skills, both in and out of the water, up to a professional level. Interactive workshops and hands-on practice sessions combined with the latest in dive theory will equip you to become one of the most hireable dive professionals.

After the ITC you will be able to teach all of the entry-level dive courses, and the Stress & Rescue, Perfect Buoyancy, Nitrox, and Dive Guide specialties. For more specialties, we can arrange seminars or co-teaching to upgrade your status to Specialty Instructor.


Course Description

    • Minimum age 18 years
    • Be certified as a Dive Control Specialist or equivalent (AI)
    • Minimum 100 dives
    • Have a Total Diving System of professional type and quality
    • Provide and maintain certification of current training in First Aid, CPR and O2 administration
    • Have a current medical examination for scuba diving and signed medical questionnaire


Diving is an adventure activity that includes risk to your person. Under New Zealand law we are we required to notify you of the following statement.

You accept that this activity inherently involves risks and potential hazards. The risks and hazards include, but are not limited to breathing compressed gas, marine traffic, marine life, decompression sickness, drowning, barotrauma, air embolism, decompression illness, dehydration, gas narcosis, malfunctioning equipment, ear problems, sun damage, hyperthermia, hypothermia, sea sickness, and adverse weather events.

These activities are run in the outdoors on the ocean, so may be exposed to sudden natural disasters such as, but not limited to Tsunami, Earthquakes, Slips Landslides or Rock Falls, or Volcanic Eruption. I am aware that participating in the activities offered by New Zealand Diving Limited can be hazardous even if they are conducted with care, control, and responsibility. You acknowledge that these risks could result in my injury (physical or mental) or even death.



Please read our terms & conditions found on our website page, frequently asked questions before booking:

Sometimes our activities may have to be rescheduled due to situations outside of our control, such as poor weather. Please note we reschedule in such situations, as described in our terms and conditions.

Overseas participants are advised to carry travel insurance in case rescheduling is unsuitable.

All participants must be of good health and complete a medical declaration. This is available on our website:

All participants must be diving certified to dive on a charter or undergoing a diving course with New Zealand Diving Limited.

All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 200m, unassisted.


The Diver Diamond methodology

Each of our Specialty Programs is based on our  diver diamond methodology

Diver Diamond is the cornerstone of the SSI educational system. It emphasizes the critical components of a great scuba education program: Proper knowledge, Proper Skills, Proper Equipment and Proper Experience. The diver diamond is the foundation for the Ultimate Dive Experience.

At SSI, they don’t want you to just learn to dive; they want you to become a diver. Their goal is to make every step of your scuba experience all about your comfort and confidence in the water. SSI professionals work together to make learning come alive with personalized instructions that will put your skills to use in reality based training scenarios. The unique approach is known as “Comfort through repetition”. By practicing each skill learned throughout each level of training your actions become conditioned responses – second nature!

Repetition ensures you retain what you have already learned while continuing to learn more. As a result, diving becomes more fun.
Check out the other SSI courses available for you to learn.


Although you can rent equipment from us, we strongly recommend that you use your own scuba diving equipment. We have some GREAT offers that you can purchase directly from our online store, or if you prefer you can come to the shop and get some professional advice so we can help set you up for the future.


All of your hard work in scuba diving leads to this course and allows you to now train others with the knowledge and experience you have gained.

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • SSI Instructor Development Course
  • Contact for details
  • $3885.00


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