Instructor Preparation Course


To help you transition from a Dive Master / Assistant Instructor onto the Instructor Training Course, we highly recommend all candidates attend an Instructor Preparatory Course.

Two days of intensive revision of the higher levels of dive theory, dive skill demonstration and rescue skills that you must master, before commencing your Instructor Training Course.


  • Attending the ITC prep course allows you time to bring your skills and theory knowledge up to the level required for your all-important ITC- giving you the opportunity to work with our Instructor Trainers before the ITC starts.  

Academic Preparation

To be completed prior to course commencing via online SSI training
Possess all DiveSSI Instructor materials  
Thorough understanding of diving physics, physiology
Worked through the Diving Knowledge Workbook and completed all quizzes and knowledge reviews  

Physical Preparation  

Complete a 400 m freestyle swim (no snorkel, mask or fins)
Complete a 700 m snorkel swim, (no arms)
Conduct a 200m Diver rescue swim  
Practice all Open Water Diver skills to demonstration quality
Complete a Dive Medical
Minimum age 18 years

If you have not practised your dive skill demonstrations recently, we urge you to contact us to arrange attendance at an actual Open Water Course- at no extra charge!

Please allow sufficient time prior to commencement of this program.

Scuba Instructors affiliated with other certification organisations, may attend the ITC (followed by the IE) in order to cross over to SSI and become SSI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

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Flying after Diving

Please see the information linked below for guidelines on flying after diving.