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Do you find yourself sitting at your office desk, daydreaming of crystal-clear blue waters? Are you thinking of turning your hobby into your career? Do you want to share your passion for diving with the rest of the world? These are only a few of the reasons you will fall in love with a job as an SSI Professional.


As an SSI Professional with The Dive Shop, enjoy pumping the love of scuba into new divers, leading them on trips around our area and to paradises around the world!


Before becoming a Dive Leader, you must first earn your Master Diver certification, then you can begin your journey into becoming a dive professional. Below you'll learn more about the progression of a Dive Leader with The Dive Shop and SSI.

Dive Guide:

Do you dream of leading certified divers underwater? Do you want to improve your dive skills and take the first step towards becoming a scuba instructor? Become an SSI Dive Guide! Becoming a Dive Guide and then a Dive Master will allow you to work with certified divers alongside a dive operator and work toward your Assistant Instructor Rating.

Assistant Instructor:

The Assistant Instructor rating is the next step after becoming a Divemaster along the scuba instructor pathway. It allows you to collect valuable teaching experience, practice briefings, teach academics, and conduct in-water training. An assistant instructor is allowed to teach in a supervised environment, help with Open Water Diver classes and teach a select list specialities.

Open Water Instructor:

Are you ready to turn your passion for diving into a career? Turn your favorite dive site into your office and teach SSI divers! As an SSI Open Water Instructor, you will be certified to teach a variety of popular SSI courses. Learn to be a Scuba Instructor the "SSI Way." The SSI Instructor Training Course (ITC) prepares you to become an active member of the scuba industry, a successful educator, and a valuable dive business employee. Your training includes:

  • Techniques for recruiting, teaching and evaluating students
  • The SSI Education System and Education Philosophy
  • How dive industry stakeholders interact (manufacturers, media, agencies, retail and travel)
  • How successful dive retailers and resorts operate Effective techniques for teaching in the pool and open water
  • Legal aspects of teaching
  • The basics of educational sales using SSI's Customer Loyalty Cycle

Why SSI Instructors are More Marketable

SSI Instructors possess business knowledge that instructors from other agencies don't. The expanded course content of the SSI ITC gives you an edge over "teaching only" programs and makes you a much more valuable, well-rounded employee.

SSI Instructors represent the best of both worlds. You are trained to use the award-winning SSI Teaching System and you are trained to be a skilled educator. SSI Instructors are able to conduct the Universal Referral Program. This is particularly valuable to resorts that receive customers affiliated with various certification agencies.

What Else Can You Teach?

You can expand your knowlege and skillset in the SSI program to teach specialty classes, free diving and extended range scuba diving. The possibilities are endless!