Access to training materials, both digital and physical, will only be received on full payment of the course fee.
Yes. Before starting the course you must provide a current medical exam for
scuba diving not older than 1 year and signed by a licensed medical practitioner.
Being reasonably fit is always a good thing in diving.
You will have to pass a Water Fitness test as below:
TREAD WATER: Tread water for 15 minutes without using any aids or flotation of any kind.
SURFACE SWIM: Swim 700 meters without stopping within 20 minutes using a mask, fins and a snorkel. If a wet suit is used, weights must be added to ensure the candidate is neutrally buoyant.
UNDERWATER SWIM: Swim underwater for 25 meters using a mask, fins and snorkel.
DIVER RESCUE: Perform a full, unconscious-diver-on-the-surface rescue with a total distance of 100 meters within eight (8) minutes. Both parties must use a Total Diving System.
Once you have booked and paid for a course or program, and you are unable to attend or complete the course for any reason, there is no refund on any portion of the program.
This is due to the fact that all registration and other costs have to be pre-paid as soon as you are registered with SSI.
If you are unable to attend or complete a course, you can attend the next course available at no extra cost.
NO. Payment of course fees is not a guarantee that you will pass a course.
SSI has specific standards in place for each course and they need to be met for certification.
The object of a course is to assist, guide and teach every candidate to pass a course, Not to fail them.
The minimum age to attend an SSI Dive Professional Course is 18 years of age.
As all SSI courses are digital based you will need a laptop or at least a tablet
A smart phone to be able to use the SSI App. The App needs to be downloaded and all programs
updated before the course starts
A large part of the course consists of "Homework". This is both digital online preparation as well as materials sent to you by PDI
PDI can conduct all level of courses at suitable locations in Southern
Africa and Islands.
We run courses every two months in Nelspruit, Johannesburg / Pretoria,
Sodwana Bay and Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique.
Courses can be scheduled independently depending on the number of candidates.
No. But, as a professional you should own your own Total Diving System. Having personal
equipment becomes increasingly important during professional training.
During all in-water training, each student must be equipped with a properly fitted Total Diving System:
Mask, snorkel and fins
Buoyancy compensator with power inflator
Delivery System with cylinder, primary regulator and alternate air source
Information System with submersible pressure gauge, depth gauge.
Exposure suit appropriate for the environment
Deployable surface marker buoy (SMB),
A surface emergency signaling device,
A cutting device
In the unlikely event that you do not pass a course you are welcome to attend the next course on
offer. Free of charge. In the meantime PDI will be happy to help you in the areas you were struggling with.
Please note: This does not apply to the Instructor Examination. The IE is conducted by SSI and PDI
has no say in the outcome. The IE fee is payable for each course attended.
Every candidate is assessed at the end of the ITC and your Instructor Trainer will sit down with you
for a counselling session. If the IT decides you are not ready it may be a good idea to gain more
experience and attend the next IE.
Yes. Each student is to complete an SSI Waiver & Release of Liability Assumption of Risk & Indemnity
Agreement and a Statement of Understanding prior to any water training.
This forms part of the student record folder.