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Short on time? Get your scuba diving certification started while on vacation and finish up when you get home!


Scuba Diver is the perfect course for those who do not have time to complete an entire Open Water Diver Program. The content of this program represents about half of a complete scuba diving certification SSI Open Water Diver program. You can then complete the second half and become a certified diver at another time, anywhere that is convenient for you.


At the end of the program you will receive your Scuba Diver Certificate indicating the successful completion of this program. This certificate entitles you to take part in dives under the direct supervision of a Dive Professional up to a maximum depth of 12 meters all over the world. When you decide to complete your Open Water Diver certification, the Scuba Diver Program can be fully credited to your training. This way you will not have to redo any part of the program twice. After a short skill update you can complete your Open Water Diver rating.

Becoming an SSI Open Water Diver is the best way to start your scuba adventure due to worldwide recognition!


With personalized training and taking enough time, we make sure you are truly comfortable under water with the skills and equipment you will use. In general, an Open Water Diver course consists of 3 parts: Academics, Pool Training and Open Water Sessions.



The SSI Training Materials and Online Training program are designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. You can complete the academics online when you sign up for SSI’s Online Training program, and then attend review sessions at Pharaoh Dive Club Dahab.


For your pool and open water training your instructor will fit you to your scuba equipment so you will become comfortable in your “second skin”.


Open Water Sessions:

You will complete at least 4 open water dives and have the chance to experience everything you learned in the pool hands-on. After successful completion of your open water training dives you will become a Certified Diver. The SSI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.


The fun doesn't need to stop there! With just a little more training, you can go even further - imagine diving in underwater shipwrecks, with sharks, or becoming an underwater photographer!

"Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies."


Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur.


The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and underwater.


The course runs two - four days in which you will participate in academic and in-water sessions in the pool and in the open water.


As a prerequisite for certification you need to have a valid CPR, First Aid & Oxygen Provider certificate.


Course Content:

What Is Stress? • Stress In Diving: Causes And Prevention • Skills Needed To Deal With Panic And Rescue

Accident Management • Conditions That Complicate Rescues • Detecting And Dealing With Stress

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

Combine specialties - why not do the DEEP DIVING course with WRECK DIVING or PERFECT BUOYANCY which are great add ons - both courses will be used in your deep diving adventures. The possibilities are limitless!









Course Content:

• Your Total Diving System & Deep Diving

• Planning Your Deep Dive

• Your Deep Dive

• Potential Hazards

• Repetitive Deep Diving

"Depth attracts a lot of divers as deep dives provide this certain kick."


Dive in places where only a few have explored before! Get the experience of diving on a wreck below 60 feet/18 meters! To do these dives safely, you need the right skills and the right knowledge and that is exactly what DEEP DIVING provides you.


Without proper training this kind of diving is an uncontrollable safety risk. To plan your dives properly you must first know about all of the potential risks involved in DEEP DIVING.


SSI's DEEP DIVING course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to make these types of dives safely and comfortably.



The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

"BOAT DIVING is not just diving from a boat - it is your guarantee for a successful and relaxing diving holiday!"


Most of the diving you will do while on vacation will take place from a dive boat.


In your BOAT DIVING SPECIALTY COURSE you will learn the right boat diving techniques, how to choose the right travel agency and diving operator when planning your vacation, what to consider when traveling with your Total Diving System.


Course Content:

• Selecting Your Dive Boat

• Preparing For Your Trip

• Traveling On Your Boat

• Diving From Your Boat

• Finishing Your Boat Trip

Have you ever asked yourself, "How does my instructor manage to find the way back to the exit point or to the boat?"


If so, the NAVIGATION Program is what you need to learn this skill for yourself.


The NAVIGATION Program will teach you to navigate with a compass and how to apply natural navigation skills.


You will also learn to estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to different marking points, and be able to get back to the exit point at any time.



Course Content:


• Natural Navigation     • Compass Navigation     • Combining Natural and Compass Navigation

• Special Navigation Situations    • The Sport of Navigation

Course Content:

• Night vs. Limited Visibility Diving

• Special Equipment

• Preparing For The Dive

• The Dive

• Advanced Techniques

"Diving at night means excitement, adventure and fascination all at the same time!"


The underwater world is a new and mystical world for us.


While diving at night you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view.


It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the mysteries held underwater when the sun goes down.


With the right equipment and a powerful torch there is a lot to discover. Night diving is a whole new way to experience the underwater world.



"Having the right knowledge is just as important as the proper handling of your diving equipment!"


Diving is just more fun and safer if you know more about it.


The SCIENCE OF DIVING program treats all areas of dive theory to a detailed and comprehensive manner: physics, physiology, decompression theory, marine life and diving equipment.


Whether you simply want more knowledge or plan to become a Dive Professional, Science of Diving is just what you need!


The SCIENCE OF DIVING program is a perfect "Winter Specialty", since no dives are required.


SSI Specialties are always fun and the learning of new skills to the fore. This program will be held intensive academic sessions to which you can prepare yourself well with the aid of the manual.



Course Content:

• Physics

• Physiology

• Decompression

• Underwater World

• Diving Equipment

"Every diver wants to be a "good diver" - Perfect buoyancy control is the first step in this direction."


Improving your buoyancy control skills is highly recommended. Every diver who wants to improve diving skills and at the same time wants to perform active environmental protection should take a PERFECT BUOYANCY course.


Nearly every diver who wants to dive on great spots on holiday is requested to do a Check-Dive and buoyancy control is one of the essential skills that has to be performed.


This isn't done to stress you out at the start of your vacation. It is done to protect the reefs you will be diving around

The destruction and harm caused by divers with weak buoyancy skills is having an impact on reefs worldwide. Additionally, perfect buoyancy control is a prerequisite for nearly all Specialty Courses

Course Content:

The Equipment for Buoyancy Control - The Basic Knowledge of Buoyancy

Controlling your Buoyancy in the Water

Course Content:


• Factors That Affect Your Search and Recovery

• Planning and Organizing Your Search and Recovery

• Your Search Techniques

• Your Recovery Techniques

"Finding treasure is something every diver thinks of more than once in his/her diving career."


Whether it's the gold of a sunken ship, a lost ring or simply your buddy's dive light that was accidentally lost, there are times in which the appropriate training to search for lost objects underwater would be beneficial.


SSI offers a structured program for SEARCH AND RECOVERY where you will learn to perform different search patterns with the help of ropes and compasses, and to plan search and recovery operations in a team.


You will also learn the correct handling of one or more lifting bags in order to bring heavy objects securely to the surface.

Course Content:

• Selecting a Wreck

• Wreck Diving Equipment

• Locating the Wreck

• Diving the Wreck

• Advanced Wreck Diving

"Diving on wrecks means diving in the past - and it is always related with a certain thrill..."


It is an unbelievable experience to see a big ship from a bird's perspective and to glide towards the captain's bridge. But there are also tragedies related to wrecks.


Diving on wrecks is exciting and there are some potential risks too, but with the right training WRECK DIVING will become a great adventure.


During the WRECK DIVING SPECIALTY COURSE you will learn where and how to get background information on wrecks, how to locate wrecks and how to prepare for a wreck dive.


During the 2 mandatory dives you will apply the correct wreck diving techniques, as well as, evaluate and avoid the potential risks while diving on wrecks.

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 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, Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment and Diving Equipment. This knowledge is the basis for a successful career as an SSI Dive Professional.


As soon as you have completed Dive Guide, and the Science of Diving programs, you will be awarded with the SSI Divemaster rating. You are then on your way to becoming an 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 the classroom and pool under indirect supervision of an instructor, giving you the basis and necessary experience to become an SSI Open Water Instructor. Your gained practical knowledge will be the cornerstone for your professional career and ensures the safety and fun of your future students.