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SSI Certifications & levels

Come to Eco Dive Club for the best SSI Dive Courses

SSI - Scuba Schools International

For more than 40 years SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Established in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2.500 international locations and has materials printed in more than 25 languages.

Our aim is to create confident, Eco-friendly, happy divers, and that is more important to us than profit. We give personal attention to every SSI course we conduct here at Eco Dive Club. 


Every one of our team of SSI instructors has a proven record of excellence in teaching diving. When we take on a new instructor we're not just looking for their diver training credentials, although, of course, they are very important, we also want our instructors to have empathy, patience, and enthusiasm for their work. In other words, we are all "people people"! And it shows, the minute you walk into the Eco Dive Club you will feel like a member of the Eco Dive club.


You don't need any previous experience to learn to dive in Eco Dive Club. In fact, we can offer the SSI Try Scuba program to anyone over the age of 8 years old, even if you've never once been in the sea!


The SSI Open Water Diver course is the entry-level certification. This certifies you to dive with a buddy anywhere in the world, and it takes three or four days.


For divers who are already certified, we can offer the SSI Advanced Adventurer, or SSI specialties, like the Stress and Rescue specialty, which is also your next step on the way to becoming a diving professional!

To find out more about SSI dive courses, Contact us or visit


SSI Try Scuba

Experience your first dive with the SSI Try Scuba Diving program


Never been diving before? What better place to try than off Maafushi Island Lagoon. The beautiful crystal clear waters, So many little fishes, a perfect place to learn to dive.


During the SSI try scuba diving program you will learn the basics of diving theory before your first dive in the ocean. We keep this informal and relaxed, while still making sure you're fully informed and ready to go diving!


The minimum age for the SSI Try scuba diving program is 8 years old (restricted to 5m maximum depth). The beach dive is perfect for these youngest scuba divers because we see plenty of fish and coral as shallow as 2-3m. At 10 years and older your maximum depth will be 12m, and so we'll be able to visit the deeper parts of the reef.


Are you interested in taking the SSI Open Water course, but not ready to commit to the whole course? You can start off with the SSI try scuba diving program at Eco Dive Club.


 We simply walk into the water, with the equipment in place, and you will take your first breaths in water that you can still stand up in. Once you've built up your confidence we will sit on our knees and your instructor will practice few safety exercises in shallow depth after which we can take you out into deeper water to explore the house reef.


Chat with us before you take the plunge, we will put you at your ease!

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Scuba diver

This program is for students who do not have the time to complete the Open Water Diver program and provides you with the training and experience required to dive in open water environments under the supervision of a dive professional. You will earn the SSI Scuba Diver certification, which can be upgraded to the SSI Open Water Diver certification with additional training.

Anybody over the age of 10 can take the course. (10 to 15-year-old will be certified as Junior Scuba Divers, but the course content is the same for everybody.

The SSI Scuba Diver certification is valid for life, worldwide. And you can upgrade your certification to the full SSI Open Water whenever you like, in less than two days!


Minimum Age:                                10

Certification Prerequisites:             None

Academic Sessions:                       Online Program

Confined Water Sessions:              3

Open Water Dives:                         2 

Maximum Training Depth:              12 meters / 40 feet

Suggested Duration:                       8- 12 hours

You can choose to do the theory online if you like.  That way you can work at your own pace, at home, before you arrive in Maafushi.

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Advanced Adventurer

This program allows you to experience five different open water dives from five SSI Specialty programs without requiring you to complete the entire Specialty. If you are unsure of your next step, this is the perfect way to advance your dive skills and experience and to identify which Specialty programs interest you. You will earn the SSI Advanced Adventurer certification after completing this program.




Minimum Age:10; 12 if Deep Diving dive is included

Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver

Note:                                                      Max depth is 30m /98 ft if Deep Diving dive is included.

Academic Sessions:                              Online learning

Beach/Confined Water Sessions:          Not more than 5

Open Water Dives:                                Not more than 5

Maximum Training Depth:                     Varies

Suggested Duration:                              6 - 10 hours


Please refer to the SSI TRAINING STANDARDS    for more detailed information

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React Right

The SSI React Right course is a valuable, and required, qualification for those divers wishing to turn the sport into a profession. It's also required for completion of the SSI Stress & Rescue course.

React Right is SSI's emergency training program, consisting of the following basic components: Primary Assessment, First Aid & CPR Skills, Primary Stabilization Techniques, and includes two optional components: Oxygen Administration in Diving Emergencies and Automated External Defibrillation Basics. Students who complete this program earn the SSI React Right specialty certification.


What's involved in the SSI React Right course?

We will cover the following topics during the course:

  • Primary Assessment

  • First Aid

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Primary Stabilization Techniques

  • Use of AED (Automated External Defibrillation)

  • Oxygen provision




Minimum Age:                              15

Certification Prerequisites:           None

Maximum Training Depth:            Knowledge Program

Suggested Duration:                    8-12 hours


Please refer to the SSI TRAINING STANDARDS for more detailed information

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Stress and Rescue

You could just save a life by learning the skills on offer in the SSI Stress & Rescue course, and if you want to turn your recreational diving into an occupation, this course is a must.

Stress is a major cause of diving accidents and negatively impacts rescue situations. This program teaches you the skills and knowledge required to recognize and deal with stress, prevent accidents and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers. You will earn the SSI Diver Stress and Rescue Specialty certification after completing this program.




Minimum Age:                                   15

Certification Prerequisites:              Open Water Diver
Students must have proof of current training within two (2) years of First Aid and CPR


Academic Sessions:                           2

Beach/Confined Water Sessions:      2 (+1 Optional)

Open Water Dives:                            3

Maximum Training Depth:                  30 meters / 100 feet

Suggested Duration:                          10 - 15 hours


Please refer to the SSI TRAINING STANDARDS for more detailed information.​​


What's involved in the SSI Stress & Rescue course?

We will cover the following topics:

  • What is stress?

  • Causes and Prevention of Stress in Diving

  • Detecting and Dealing with Stress

  • Accident Management

  • Rescue Skills       

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Open Water Diver

This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Personalized training is combined with in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater. You will earn the SSI Open Water Diver certification


 We're not looking for Olympic athletes here! We just need to know that you are safe in the water and could take care of yourself in the event of equipment failure.


Many novice divers may have already taken a Try Scuba experience, and in certain circumstances that can count towards your Open Water certification. For example, if you're not sure you want to take the full SSI Open Water course, we can start off with a half-day Try Scuba program. If you should decide that you don't want to carry on with the full course, for any reason, then you only pay for your Try Scuba session. So what have you got to lose?


If you don't have time, or don't feel ready for the full course, you can take the intermediate level course, SSI Scuba Diver and get a certification for supervised scuba diving in just two days.




Minimum Age:                                   10

Certification Prerequisites:               None

Academic Sessions:                           Online Program

Beach/Confined Water Sessions:      6

Open Water Dives:                            4

Maximum Training Depth:                  18 meters / 60 feet (age 15+)

Suggested Duration:                          16 - 32 hours





You can choose to do the theory online if you like.  That way you can work at your own pace, at home, before you arrive in Maafushi.


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