Open Water Diver

The finest way to begin your underwater journey!

Aiming to be an SSI Open Water Diver? The Open Water Diver Course is the key to be acknowledged worldwide!

We will teach you to be comfortable underwater and acquire skills the skills you need with the equipments you will use. Generally, the Open Water Diver course consists of three components: Academics, Pool Training and Open Water Sessions



  • Be at least 10 years of age or older
  • Able to swim 200m
  • Able to float or tread for 10mins without any swimming aids


  • All course materials
  • 1 Theory session
  • 1 Pool Session
  • 4-5 Open Water Scuba Dives
  • 3D/2N Full board trip to Malaysia / Indonesia / onboard MV Nautica
  • Equipment rental for Pool and Trip (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Weights and Tank)
  • 2-way land and sea transportation, lodging and all meals
  • Instructor fees
  • Certification fees


  • Soft Gear Rental (Mask and fins) – Check with us for the equipment purchase promotion
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Air fare (If any)
  • Marine Park fee
  • Batteries for torch
  • Gratitude for Boat Crew / Guide


Scuba diving is a unique sport where you can explore the earth’s 70 percent of water that is blessed with a variety of flora and fauna. Imagine flying for an hour, except there are marine species flying with you. Through the SSI Open Water Diver Course, you will begin your underwater journey! The SSI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 parts: Academic, Pool Training, and Open Sea dives.


Our theory and knowledge includes two components:

  • Online independent study via ADA Learning Platform
  • Theory Class

We established an online training platform so you can study theories at the comfort of your own time. You will understand buoyancy and pressure concepts, equipment usage, hand signals and others through an interactive online system with videos and quizzes.
Thereafter, an instructor will conduct one theory session where additional queries and actual application will be discussed to get you ready for your pool training.

Theory Chapters




The Ultimate Dive Experience

The Diver Diamond Philosophy

THe Total Diving System

Course Standards and Procedures

Connecting with The SSI Diving Network

Opportunities in Diving

Section 3

Breathing Gas and the Effects on Your Body


Introduction to Pressure Injuries

Basic Respiratory and Circulatory Anatomy

Effects of Pressure on Ascent

Overexpansion Injuries

Decompression Sickness

Proper Ascent Techniques

Flying After Diving

Nitrogen Narcosis

Oxygen Toxicity

Carbon Dioxide Buildup (Hypercapnia)

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Review Section 3

Section 6

Your Scuba Diving Experiences and Beyond


Taking Care of Yourself

Avoiding Panic

Proper Response to Difficult Situations

Decision Matrix

Getting Certified and Referral Dives

Continuing Your Education


Review Section 6

Section 1

Your Body And the Aquatic Environment


The Ultimate Dive Experience

A Brief History of Man’s Attempt to Enter the Aquatic Realm

Effects of Pressure on the Surface and Underwater

Squeeze: Primary Effects of Pressure on Descent

Equalization Techniques

Reverse Squeezes

The Snorkeling System

Adaptation to the Aquatic Environment

Underwater Communication


Review Section 1

Section 4

The Value of a Dive Buddy


The Value of a Dive Buddy

Proper Dive Planning Procedures Using a Dive Computer

The Pre-Dive Briefing

Proper Procedures for Shore Diving

Proper Procedures for Boat Diving

Executing the Dive

Calculating Gas Consumption and Time at Depth

Equipment Care and Logging your Dive


Review Section 4


Dive Planning with the SSI Dive Tables


Dive Planning with the SSI Dive Tables

Table 1: The No-Decompression Limits Table

Table 2: The Surface Interval Table

Table 3: The Residual Nitrogen Times Table

Repetitive Dives and the Dive Profile

Section 2

Using Your Life Support Equipment Underwater


Heat Loss in the Water

The Exposure System

Developing Proper Breathing Patterns

The Delivery System

The Information System

The Concept of Buoyancy

The Buoyancy System

The SSI Equipment Service Program

Setting Up SCUBA for Diving

The Accessory System

The Basic Rules of SCUBA


Review Section 2

Section 5

The Ocean and your Diving Opportunities


The Ocean

Ocean Marine Life

Potentially Harmful Marine Life

THe Freshwater Environment

Diving Opportunities


Review Section 5

Pool Training

Throughout your pool session, aspects of scuba diving will be imparted to you and you can practice the skills needed before going on your open sea dive. Some aspects you will get to learn on this pool training are equipment assembly, breathing underwater, and buoyancy control.

What you will learn

Equipment assembly & familiarizationWeight adjustment

Mask and regulator skills

Buddy checks

Entry and exit

Proper Ascent & Descent

Equalization techniques


Hand signals

Controlled emergency swimming ascent

Surface skills

Equipment removal and replacement

What to bring?

Swimwear, Sunscreen, light lunch, water and goggles for your swim test (optional)

Open Water Session

At best, you will complete 4 dives and have a chance to show the skills you gained from your pool training. Travel, accommodation, diving and food are all included on this course trip.

4-5 Open Water Dives: Departs every Friday 6.30pm and returns every Sunday: 9pm

Dive 1 (<12m)


Mask Clearing (Surface)

Surface Dives (Buoyant)

Buddy Aid and Assistance

Surface Swim

Proper Weighting

Locating the Weight System

Inflate BC

Surface Dives

Surfacing Surface Procedures


Dive 2 (<12m)


Buoyancy Check

Exercises (Shallow Water)

  • Controlled Descent
  • Regulator Clearing
  • Regulator Retrieval
  • Mask Clearing

Review (Deep Water)

  • Controlled Descent
  • Regulator Clearing
  • Regulator Retrieval
  • Mask Clearing


Exercises (Deep Water)

  • Buoyancy Control (Power and Oral)
  • Moving on the Bottom (Optional)
  • Air Sharing (Alternate Air Source)
  • Buddy Breathing (Optional)
  • Controlled Ascent
  • Surface Procedures
  • Buoyancy Check
  • Surface Swim
  • Navigation (Optional)


Dive 3 (<12m)



  • Controlled Descent
  • Regulator Clearing
  • Regulator Retrieval
  • Mask Clearing
  • Air Sharing (Alternate Air SOurce)
  • Buoyancy Control (Power and Oral)
  • Controlled Ascent



  • Air Sharing Ascent (Alternate Air Source)
  • Surface Procedures
  • Removing and Replacing the Weight System (Surface)
  • Navigation (Optional)


Final Equipment Check

Dive 4 (<12m)



  • Controlled Descent
  • Regulator Clearing
  • Regulator Retrieval
  • Mask Clearing
  • Buoyancy Control (Power and Oral)
  • Air Sharing Ascent (Alternate Air Source)
  • Surface Procedures



  • Emergency Swimming Ascent
  • Surface Procedures
  • Removing and Replacing the Scuba Unit (Surface)
  • Navigation (Optional)


Dive 5 (<18m)



Air consumption (Optional)


I want to learn how to dive. Where do I start?

To begin your diving adventures, the basic diving course is the Open Water Course. You will soon discover and have a glimpse of how it feels like underwater.

You can also opt for the Discover Scuba Diving Program where you will be taught the basics of diving and learn to breathe underwater on a day session at a swimming pool. For more details, click here.

What is the minimum age to become a diver?

Minimum age is at least 10 years old to take the SSI Open Water diving course. Once the children turn 15 years old, they can upgrade the Open Water certification they received on this course.

What does the SSI Open Water Diving License allow me to do?

Once certified, the SSI Open Water Diving License permits you to dive up to 18 metres with a buddy.

How long is the course?

The length of each course depends on sea or land travel times. Dive courses are conducted after office hours to be in sync with the schedules of working professionals. The SSI Open Water Diving course consists of 1 theory session (Tuesdays, 7-10pm), 1 pool session (Sundays, 9am-4pm) and a weekend trip (Friday, 6:30pm to Sunday, 9pm).

Do I need to buy any equipment for the course?

No, you do not need to purchase equipment for the course. You are only required to rent soft gear (mask and fins) that is part of the exclusive equipment bundles for we believe having your own equipment would make the dive safer and more fun!

Do I need to be a good swimmer to learn how to dive?

To learn how to dive, you are only need to be able to swim a distance of 200 metres or snorkel with mask and fins for 300 metres and do a 10 minute tread/float. These are part of the SSI Open Water requirements to be sure you will be safe on your open sea dives.

How deep will I be going?

Throughout the course, most of the dives will range from 6-12 metres. Once you are an SSI Open Water Diver, you will be qualified to dive up to 18 metres.

How often are Open Water Trips organised?

There are Open Water dive trips every week going to Tioman, Bintan and Phuket. Click here for more info.

Does my SSI Open Water Dive card expire?

The SSI Open Water Dive card has no expiration date however we would advise taking a refresher in the pool if you had 6-8 months time off from diving to sharpen your skills underwater and remember safety concepts useful to make your future dives safer and more comfortable. Click here to check our refresher course.

Open Water Course Itinerary (Sample)


Every Tuesday
Classroom @ 465 Crawford Lane #01-18 Singapore 190465

7:00pm Learn Buoyancy & Pressure Concepts and more!
10:30pm End of Theory Session 1 (3.5 Hrs)

Pool Training

Every Sunday
Pool @ Outram Secondary School, 3 York Hill, Singapore 168622

9:00am Learn Equipment Assembly and Familiarization, Breathing Underwater, Buoyancy Control and more!
4:00pm End of Practical Session 1 (7 Hrs)

Open Water Session

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Departure Dayang / Tioman, Experience Diving Video

Day 1
6:00pm Meet at Amazing Divers
7:00pm Depart for Mersing Jetty via coach
10:30pm Rest Stop
11:45pm Arrive at Mersing Jetty
12.15am Depart for Dayang / Tioman via ferry
Day 2
3.15am Arrive Dayang / Tioman
3:30am Check in Resort
9:00am Breakfast & Briefing
10:30am 1st Dive
12:30pm Lunch on board
2:00pm 2nd & 3rd Dive
6:00pm Return to resort
7:00pm Dinner at resort, Log dives & debrief
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:30am 4th & 5th Dive
12:30pm Lunch, Log dives & debrief
1:30pm Check out from resort & depart for Mersing Jetty via ferry
Arrive Mersing Jetty
Depart for Singapore via coach
9:00pm Arrive Singapore Amazing Divers

Whats next?

So, you’ve already completed this course but you still want another adventure? Sure, you can still pursue the next phase of your diving adventure! Whether your dream is to see wrecks, dive with gigantic whales or do your own freestyle underwater discovery, with a little more training, you can do all and more!

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