SSI – Deep Diving

The SSI – Deep Diving course takes you to the limits of recreational diving. It has a more serious tone than other courses but still keeping the fun recreational aspect. Diving to these new limits requires only a little more equipment and skills than shallower diving. However, it is important to understand the implications of diving at greater depths.

Structure of the SSI – Deep Diving course

This course is divided into three distinct sections. Theory, pool session and then open water dives from the boat.

The knowledge and procedures for deep diving

The theory covers topics specific to conducting deeper dives as they require additional preparation, planning, and procedures. It also covers the theory in using safety and redundant equipment.

Another important part of the theory is about nitrogen or gas narcosis. Jacques-Yves Cousteau named this phenomenon “Rapture of the deep” because of what it can do to divers.

You will also learn or review how to calculate gas consumption with a SAC rate. This will help with planning tanks, gas, and reserve.

Pool session and orientation

The pool sessions aim to evaluate competencies of the participants. This is important because, in deeper diving, buoyancy control and mastery of basic skills are crucial for safety. The instructor will help to prepare adequately for the dives in the ocean.

Dives conducted in open water

The purpose of the dives in a natural environment is to gradually expose students to deeper dives. In the first place, to apply the basic skills and procedures. Then in real life situation on deep dives in the 30 meters / 98 feet to 40 meters / 131 feet.

Schedule of the SSI – Deep Diving course

Courses are scheduled according to your needs and are flexible in the days for greater satisfaction. On the first two days, times can change but on the days a trip and open water dives are planned, students must be present at the dive center the latest at 7:30 AM if they choose not to use our free shuttle service.

For basic courses with four dives, most are completed in 4 days. An additional day of development and practice can be added before moving to open water dives. It is also possible to take the option of doing 2 more dives with guidance and under the supervision of an instructor. In this case, the course requires an extra day. Some combinations of the course with specialties are also available.

Morning Afternoon
1st
day
  • Paperwork and account set up online with SSI
  • Forms and payments
  • Academic support presentation
  • Self-study
  • Review of the theory if completed online before
  • Pool sessions and workshops
  • Study time alone or with the guidance of the instructor
2nd day
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the first dive
  • First dive
  • Debriefing
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of 2nd dive
  • Second dive
  • Debriefing
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center
3rd day
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the third dive
  • Third dive
  • Debriefing
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of the 4th dive
  • Fourth dive
  • Debriefing
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center
  • Certification

Prerequisites of the course SSI – Deep Diving

To take part in the SSI – Deep Diving course you must first be already certified as an SSI – Open Water Diver or to have an equivalent delivered by other certification agencies. The minimum age is 15 years old. For divers under 18 years old, the parents or legal tutor must sign and take part in the risk awareness part of the course. They must also sign the liabilities prior to any in-water activities

What is included with the SSI – Deep Diver course

SSI - Deep Diving Certification CardThe course fees include everything needed for the course. The basic equipment and all the other required or recommended for deep diving.

  • The learning material in electronic format for the duration of the course.
  • The instructor.
  • The certification card in electronic format (available in a plastic format on special request).
  • Rental of the full kit of gear including; mask, fins, snorkel, short wetsuit, regulator set, buoyancy compensator and weight system. Compass, DSMB, slates, dive computer, tanks, and fills are included as needed.
  • A minimum of 4 open water dives depending on the added options of course.
  • Meals and snacks when taking part in trips which include breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits, refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks, electrolyte drink and of course drinking water.

Course packages and options

There are a few options available for the SSI – Deep Diving course. The prices start with the basic SSI – Deep Diving course to which each option extra fee is added.

SSI – Deep Diving basic course (4 dives in 3 days) 12,800
The option of 6 dives in 4 days +1,400
Extra development day with the instructor +1,800
Prices are subject to changes without prior notice. We recommend to contact us directly to obtain up to date prices and a more personalized service.

What you need to know about the SSI – Deep Diving course

The SSI – Deep Diving course does not teach you how to properly and safely execute dives that have decompression obligations. This course stays in the recreational limits at all time.

Depths are set by the instructor regarding conditions, readiness, skills and most of all safety.

Inscription and payment of the course do not guarantee the issue of the certification card. It comes down to the abilities and knowledge of each participant. What will allow the issuing of a certificate is the evaluation and judgment of the instructor as well as the one of from the center dive manager according to the demonstrated skills by students. To understand more about this you can visit our Certification Conditions page.

In the SSI – Deep Diving course, participants cannot select the dive sites.

Courses will take place no matter the weather or sea conditions as long as it does not create greater risks and safety concerns compared to normal diving activities.

What comes after the course

Remember that you can combine this course with one of our wide selection of SSI – Specialty Courses. You can also learn how to prevent and deal with diving emergencies with the SSI – Diver Stress & Rescue and SSI – React Right course.