SSI Open Water diver
The SSI OWD Certification Course at The Dive Academy is a comprehensive program with a focus on safety, skill development and fun!
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded the SSI Open Water Diver Certification Card, which is recognized worldwide!
The SSI OWD Certification Course at The Dive Academy is a comprehensive program with a focus on safety, skill development and fun! Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded the SSI Open Water Diver Certification Card, which is recognized worldwide! You will notice that we do not offer a "weekend warrior" course. This is because we believe that the skills required to learn scuba diving should never be rushed! After all, it's life support!
This course consists of 3 parts:
Confined Water Skills Training
Open Water Check-out Dives.
Academics: The SSI Digital Training program were designed to allow students to study the theory of scuba diving at their convenience. Visit DiveSSI.com to register with SSI and affiliate yourself with The Dive Academy. You can do this anytime and preview some of the course material, even prior to enrolling in the course.
Your home study is followed by 4 in class sessions held at The Dive Academy or remotely via Zoom. Our Professional Instructors will review all of the theory with you and prepare you for the written exam.
Pool/Confined Water Training: Our classroom sessions are followed by practical training at Appleby College Pool, located just 5 minutes from The Dive Academy, or in an appropriate confined water location. This is where you will develop your scuba skills in preparation for your Open Water Check-out dives.
Open Water Check-out Dives: To complete your certification, you are required to participate in 4 check-out dives where you will demonstrate your newly acquired skills in open water. There are a couple of options to choose from in order to complete your open water check-out dives.
Locally: During the warmer months, usually April – October, you have the option of completing your check-out dives with us at the Welland Scuba Park. These dives are generally held on one weekend, when you will complete two dives on Saturday morning, and 2 dives on Sunday morning.
Abroad: For those who would prefer to complete their checkout dives in warmer waters, we will provide you with a Universal Referral Form signed by your Dive Academy Instructor. Present this document to the instructor at your destination shop as evidence that you have successfully completed the mandatory classroom and pool sessions of the SSI Open Water Diver Course.
Note: The Open Water Checkout Dives are Sold Separately to accommodate both local checkouts and checkout dives abroad.
Must be at least 10 years of age
Medically cleared to dive (if applicable)
Online Digital Program
*Minimum 4 Classroom Sessions
*Minimum 4 Pool/Confined Water Sessions
Use of BCD, Scuba Tank, Regulator
* Why "Minimum"?
At The Dive Academy, we understand that it may take longer for some individuals to complete the program. If you need more time, you may continue to work with us as long as necessary at No Additional Cost!
Personal Dive Gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots)
Open Water Checkout Dives
The SSI Open Water Diver Certification Course runs many times throughout the year.
Click the link below to choose a date & register!