Becoming an SSI Instructor
If you notice that you enjoy educating beginners and you are considering to work for a while in a diving center in any beautiful place in the world, you should do the last step. As an Instructor, you have all the possibilities to work in the best places of the world. You just need to do the last step, the SSI Instructor training course (ITC), and then pass the Instructor Evaluation (IE).
What do I have to know already?
As a SSI Divecon you are optimally prepared for the course, as an Assistant Instructor of another dive organization you have to do a crossover first.
Because a good background in physics, medicine, equipment, dive-planning and decompression theory is presumed for the course you should fresh up your knowledge before you actually start the course.
Get ready: The Pre-ITC
If you are an active Divecon and feel confident with the pool- and theory lessons, you can start right with the ITC. If you have no or little experience in teaching as a Divecon, or you come from an other training agency, you should take part in a short preparation course.
Within three days we will show you the SSI educational program, have a look to the skills, which might differ a little bit from the way you learn it in your original organisation.
You get the chance to hold some lessons under SSI criteria, so that you can start your ITC with your mind put at rest.
The Instructor Training Course (ITC)
If until now, you have always been under the supervision of an instructor you will now learn how to give classes on your own.
We will, in several lectures and workshops, carve out together the complete theory, which will be relevant for you as a future SSI instructor. This will not only include how to organize and teach different courses. It will also cover the legal issues of diving, marketing, how to gain new customers and the calculation of cost for a dive course.
In order to get into practice you will hold every day some smaller teaching units, in order to train for single parts of the beginner programs and the “Diver Stress and Rescue” course.
During the course you will give at least 4 demonstration lessons for theory, 3 for pool and 3 for open water. Each lesson will reviewed right after it, so that you have enough time to improve weak points for the next lesson.
As a little bonus you will get the preparation for the Nitrox instructor and the dive guide instructor, that you directly train more experienced divers.
The Instructor Evaluation (IE)
After the successful finish of the ITC there is just one step missing: the two day lasting Instructor Evaluation. In presence of an impartial SSI Examiner you will do the Instructor evaluation. Here you will show the things we have trained during the ITC. This means: some skills, 3 demonstration lessons, one for theory, one for pool, one for open water and in the end a written examination.
Never fear – you will be well prepared!
SSI Instructor Training Course
Minimum age: 18 years
Prerequisites: Assistant Instructor or equivalent, 100 logged dives, First Aid Certificate
Duration: 14 days
from 1890 € starting from Divemaster
from 1200 € starting from Assistant Instructor
learning materials and IE included