This program gives you the opportunity to experience the underwater world, in a confined water and open water setting – without committing to a longer certification program. If you decide to become an Open Water Diver within six months of completing your Basic Diver program, your first open water dive will be credited as one of the required training dives.
The SSI Basic Diver course is a entry-level scuba diving certification course offered by SSI (Scuba Schools International). The course is designed for individuals who have never dived before and want to learn the basics of scuba diving. The course typically includes both classroom and in-water training, and covers the basic concepts and skills needed to safely dive in open water. Upon completion of the course, graduates are certified to dive to a maximum depth of 40 feet (12 meters) under the direct supervision of a dive professional. Utila is a small island situated in the Caribbean sea, known for its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, it is a perfect location to take the SSI Basic Diver course.
The SSI Basic Diver course covers a wide range of topics, including:
- Basic diving physics and physiology
- Dive equipment and its proper use
- Dive planning and safety procedures
- Dive skills, such as clearing water from your mask and regulator
- Dive environment and marine life awareness
- Dive site selection and dive planning
- Dive procedures, including buddy system and emergency procedures
- Basic dive rescue and first aid
Classroom and In-Water Training
The course is divided into two parts: classroom and in-water training. The classroom portion of the course is usually completed through self-study or in a classroom setting with an SSI instructor. This part of the course covers the theoretical aspects of diving, such as dive physics and physiology, dive equipment and its proper use, dive planning and safety procedures, and dive environment and marine life awareness.
The in-water training is completed in a swimming pool or open water. This part of the course focuses on teaching dive skills, dive procedures and basic dive rescue and first aid. The student will practice dive skills such as clearing water from your mask and regulator, and dive procedures such as buddy system and emergency procedures. Utila offers the perfect location for in-water training with its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life.
After completing the course, the student will be certified as an SSI Basic Diver. The certification is valid worldwide and is recognized by all SSI Dive Centers and Resorts. The certification allows the student to dive to a maximum depth of 40 feet (12 meters) under the direct supervision of a dive professional.
The SSI Basic Diver course is a comprehensive introduction to the world of scuba diving. It covers all the basics needed to safely and confidently dive in open water. The course combines classroom and in-water training, which allows the student to learn the theoretical aspects of diving and practice the skills in a controlled environment. Upon completion of the course, the student will be certified as an SSI Basic Diver and will be able to explore the underwater world with confidence.