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SSI Try Scuba



There is nothing like SCUBA diving! Its much easier than you think and Try SCUBA entry level program will prepare you to participate in this new sport that awaits you. Explore the magical world of the  big blue ocean like you have never seen it before!

You will earn the SSI Try SCUBA recognition card and and learn to love the ocean from a completely new perspective.

Your Try Scuba Diving recognition card will be your first step in starting your career as a certified diver. If you decide to become an Open Water Diver within the first six months, your Try Scuba open water dive will be recognized as one of the required dives.

Why complete the Try SCUBA certification?

You get to embark on the of the greatest adventures you will ever experience.

In order to truly enjoy your first underwater experience, an SSI Dive professional will teach you everything you need to know and under their guidance, you will learn the skills you need to enjoy this first experience underwater.


Getting started

Getting started is easy. Simply download the free DiveSSI app and you will see that SSI has mastered the uses of technology to make your learning experiences easy and fun. Once signed up for the open water program you will be registered in ODiN (SSI’s Online Divers Information Network). Then you can learn interactively and at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want with the DiveSSI


What You Learn

The SSI Try Scuba Diving course consists of two phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills

The Scuba Gear You Use

Learn all about your scuba gear with SSI scuba lessons. In the SSI Try SCUBA Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water


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.


Facts about the course

Minimum Age: 8
Certification Prerequisites: None
Academic Sessions: Try Scuba Pool
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 1
Open Water Dives: 0
Maximum Training Depth: 5 meters / 15 feet
Suggested Duration: None

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 with New Zealand Diving about the gear you’ll use during this course. You can find most everything at our diving shop or our online shop.


Find out if scuba diving is for you

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • SSI Try Scuba
  • 1 day
  • $275


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