Open Circuit Diving

Do you dream of staying underwater longer? Of going deeper and truly exploring the unknown? As a technical diver, these dreams become a reality! Start your tec diving journey with SSI Open-Circuit Diving courses. From learning the basics of tec diving through to diving at 100 meters depth, we have your tec diving needs covered.

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What Will You Learn?

SSI Open-Circuit Diving courses provide all you need to become a skilled and knowledgeable tec diver. Get started with the SSI Extended Range course. This essential core training program provides all you need to independently plan and conduct decompression dives up to 45 meters deep.

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The SSI Open Circuit Diving Course consists of three main phases:

  • Five Academic Sessions (Independent study or in a classroom)
  • One Pool / Confined Water Sessions
  • Six Open Water Dives – Where its time to use the knowledge and skills you acquired, in the open ocean to complete the SSI Open Circuit Diving Course.

Maximum Training Depth 45 meter / 145 feet

What Will You Do?

  • Complete all academic sessions and assessments as outlined in the instructor manual for Sidemount Diving.
  • Complete a Sidemount Diving final exam.
  • Complete the XR Water Fitness Evaluation as outlined in the SSI Training Standards.
  • Complete a pool/confined water skill development session of at least one (1) hour.
  • Complete at least four (4) open water training dives, with a cumulative time of at least 120 minutes, as outlined in the instructor manual for Sidemount Diving.

Course Schedule

Recommended hours for completion: 18. The number of classes, hours and sessions per day are set by the individual instructor, based on student needs, student ability and water conditions.

Course Price

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Course Prerequisites

Minimum age:

16 years old.

Have the following SSI certifications or an equivalent from a recognized training agency:

  • Open Water Diver

Equipment Requirements

During all in-water sidemount training, each student must be equipped with a properly-, fitted Sidemount Total Diving System:

• Buoyancy compensator with sufficient lift capacity for the planned dive

• An industry-approved sidemount harness

• One delivery system that has a regulator with a 1.8- to 2.1-meter hose

• One delivery system that has a regulator with a 50- to 75-centimeter hose and neck retainer

• Two cylinders with independent valves

• Submersible pressure gauge with a 15–25 centimeter high-pressure hose (all cylinders must have an SPG attached)

• Integrated depth gauge and timing device or dive computer


• Mask

• Fins

• Exposure suit appropriate for the environment

• A cutting device

• One signaling device for deploying from depth (red surface marker buoy isrecommended, but follow local guidelines)

• A reel orspool (appropriate for the maximum planned depth)

• One surface signaling device (whistle orsimilar)

• Logbook

*Equipment will be provided by your Dive Centre. We recommend that you should get your own gear once you become a certified diver.

Students with an SSI Recreational Sidemount Diving certification (or equivalent) may participate in SSI recreational scuba programs using a sidemount configuration if they have all the components of a Total Diving System.The SSI Professional conducting the program must have direct and recent knowledge of the student’s equipment configuration and skills.

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