Become a valuable employee as an SSI Instructor

Most instructor programs focus only on teaching diving. However, most dive businesses require much more of instructors than merely teaching.

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

The ITC Process

1). The ITC is relaxed and fun, but for best results, requires some preparation which you can do by home study – this way you’ll be well prepared before the course so you can enjoy yourself during the course.

2). The eight day Instructor Training Course consists of academic sessions, practice presentations, workshops and mini exams, all designed to help you develop your teaching ability in the classroom and water, as well as develop your business knowledge and skills. We want you, not only to pass your IE, but to be comfortable and confident in your abilities to teach afterwards, that’s why we will spend as much time with you as you need during your ITC to make sure you’re fully prepared for what’s ahead as an SSI Open Water Instructor.

3). To help you become a more well-rounded instructor, we’ll spend ample time teaching you how to conduct the Stress & Rescue Program me.

4). Once approved in a performance review, candidates can can move on to the Evaluation. Candidates who are not yet ready to be evaluated may act as an Associate Instructor, practicing their teaching under supervision before going on to the Evaluation.

5). During your Instructor Evaluation (IE), you are given a final academic exam and your teaching presentations are graded by an independent Instructor Certifier. Although SSI is big, you’ll be pleased to know that our group sizes are small. There will be a maximum of 6 candidates on your IE, ensuring that your Instructor Certifier will not rush you and will be able to evaluate your abilities thoroughly.

6). The evaluation process ends with a final performance review where successful candidates are awarded the rating Open Water Instructor. If candidates are not ready to be OWI’s, they may remain Associate Instructors, and continue to practice teaching until re-evaluation.

7). The orientation is conducted at the SSI Dealership. It is designed to make you familiar with a particular Dealership, its policies, facilities and services, and may include in-depth sales training.





What Can You Teach After your ITC

  • Scuba Skills Update
  • Resort Diver Program
  • Scuba Diver Program
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Advanced Adventurer Program
  • Diver Stress & Rescue Course (after completing the Diver Stress & Rescue seminar)
  • Scuba Rangers (after completing the Scuba Rangers Instructor training)

As a new Instructor, your first few classes can be a little intimidating. When you work for an SSI Authorized Scuba School, you are teaching in an established scuba school with experienced instructors. They can assist with your first few courses and they have a wealth of knowledge to help you progress.

Instructor Prerequisites

To be eligible for an Instructor Training Course, you must be an SSI Dive Control Specialist or Assistant Instructor from another agency with at least 6 months since your first diving certification, 75 logged dives and and have a current diving medical and training in CPR and first aid (within the last 12 months).

To be certified as an SSI Open Water Instructor, you must have logged at least 100 dives. ITC’s and IE’s can be run on demand. Contact Us for more information.


Open Water Instructor:

65,000 baht, including Instructor kit. IE fee and SSI membership fee.

Instructor kit contains: Open Water Instructor Manual, ITC Home Preparation Guide, ITC Study Guide, Instructor Dive Log, Instructor Q Cards, OWD Student Training Folder, OWD Exams & Study Guides (multi-lingual), OWD Answer Keys, Stress & Rescue Instructor Manual, Stress & Rescue Instructor Q Cards, Accident Management Slate, Stress & Rescue Student Exam & Study Guides (multi-lingual), Stress & Rescue Answer Keys, Instructor Training Record, Learning & Instruction Methodology, Training & Dealer Standards, Teaching Continuing Education Study Guide.


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