Scuba Certification

The SSI Open Water Diver certification is a globally-recognized certification program. It is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Personalized training is combined with in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater. Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded the “Open Water Diver” certification, allowing you to dive anywhere in the world!

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  1. Sign up for the online course.
  2. Complete the Risk Awareness Waiver.
  3. Complete the Medical Statement.
  4. If you answer yes on any of the medical history questions, we must request that you consult with a physician prior to participating in scuba diving. You will need to have your physician review the Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver’s Physical Exam Form.
  5. Bring the completed forms into the store, get fitted for dive gear and sign up for your pool & classroom sessions!

Additional Requirements:

Open water students must be at least 10 years old.
You will need to purchase your own Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Boots.
We have a large selection of quality equipment available in store. Our team of professionals will personally make sure you get the best fit and everything you need for safe diving. As an authorized dealer, we have the best warranties on equipment and can service most of the equipment we sell right in house.

The Open Water Diver program is designed to make you a confident and safe diver. The program consists of three phases:

eLearning Course & Classroom

SSI’s online program introduces you to the concepts and theories you need to understand in diving with readings, diagrams, and videos to make learning easy and fun! Each section is reinforced with a multiple choice review that can be repeated until you pass. The training can be completed online or on a smart-phone or tablet using the DiveSSI App, which is free and available for both iOS and Android! After you complete the online training, an instructor will hold a classroom session where we will review the materials, answer all of your questions and make sure you are comfortable with the concepts.

Pool Sessions

Our instructors will teach you the basic skills you need to dive in the pool and give you an opportunity to practice them until they are second-nature. Feel comfortable knowing one of our dive professionals is always right there as you practice so you can feel completely comfortable under the water. Our pool sessions are completed in our in-house dive tank and can usually be completed in a single weekend alongside the classroom training!

Open Water Dives

To complete the certification, SSI requires four instructor led open-water dives completed on 2 different days. On these dives, you will review your skills under the guidance of an instructor. You will also get to experience the thrill of diving as we explore the underwater world. Your open water dives can be completed right here in Nebraska at Sandy Channel State Recreation Area (near Kearney) or on most of our trips near and far! If you are already planning a vacation, don’t spend it in a classroom! You can get started here at home and we can refer you to Dive Center at your destination to complete your open water dives.


Open Water Diver Certification w/Equipment Rental ($475)
Includes Online Course, Classroom and Pool Sessions and Sandy Channel Open Water Dives.

Referral Diver w/Equipment Rental($300)
Includes Online Course, Classroom and Pool Sessions.

Private Instruction is available if you are in a rush or would like private lessons. Please call for details.

Upcoming Open Water Classes