​As soon as you have completed the Dive Guide and The Science of Diving Programs, you will be awarded the SSI DiveMaster Rating. You are then on your way to becoming a SSI Dive Control Specialist.


Devoted Dive Professionals motivated to share their love of recreational diving will find the SSI Dive Control Specialist Program very fitting and flexible. It allows you to teach in both pool and classroom under indirect supervision of an SSI Instructor giving you the basis and necessary experience to become an SSI Open Water Instructor. Your gained practical knowledge will be the cornerstone of your professional career and ensures the safety and fun of your future students.


A Dive Control Specialist can become a Training Specialist and teach certain SSI specialties by simply purchasing the training materials and co-teaching that specialty with an SSI Instructor. These SSI Specialty Programs include; Boat Diving, Digital Underwater Photography, Navigation, Perfect Buoyancy and many more.


Enroll in a Dive Control Specialist Program or enter the Program from any approved agency. After you are certified you can teach Scuba Skills Update, Snorkeling, Try Scuba (pool only) and you can even upgrade to Training Specialist - a further step up your career ladder.

diveMASTER (dM)

Dive Guide plus the Science of Diving Program equals Divemaster. Divemasters can assist SSI Instructors with pool/confined water and Open Water Training under the direct supervision of an SSI Instructor. This gains you valuable experience for all future diving careers!

dive guide (dg)

This program is about using background information and applying practical application. The goal is to create well prepared, versatile and marketable Dive Professionals. SSI Dive Guides can lead and guide certified divers. Additionally, after passing the Snorkeling Instructor Program, SSI Dive Guides can teach and issue Snorkeling Certifications.

ssi dive professional career pathway

Since 1970 SSI has been a leader in professional education. The SSI Dive Guide Program is a simple way for divers who want to be more involved but who aren't ready to take on the responsibility or the commitment of becoming an SSI Instructor. The Dive Guide Program is the starting point for the Dive Professional Adventure.

Completing the Science of Diving Specialty is the next step to becoming a Dive Professional and upgrading to DiveMaster. Science of Diving addresses all the areas of diving knowledge in a detailed and comprehensive manner; Physics, Physiology and Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment and Diving Equipment.This knowledge is the basis for a successful career as an SSI Dive Professional.