Love the sea or a bucket list item, but is intimidated to commit due to not knowing how scuba diving is like? Basic Diver course is the one for you then! With SSI Basic Diver course, it gives you a short introductory and glimpse into the scuba diving world. Conducted in an open water setting, the course will offer you an unforgettable underwater experience. 

Why learn the Basic Diver course?

SSI Basic Diver is an entry level course, designed to cater to a wide range of people with different age and background. A highly popular course, conducted in an open water setting, it gives you a kick start to learn the basics of diving, without committing to the full scuba diving course. After completion of the course, if you love the experience, you are now ready to pursue your SSI Open Water Diver licence!

  • Caters to a wide range of age from juniors to adults, a suitable course as a family bonding activity 
  • Learn the fundamental basics of scuba diving in an open water setting, providing you with a real underwater experience
  • Focus on diver’s overall experience rather than skills, preparation for future scuba diving course commitment
  • A short 3-4 hours training session which reduces time commitment

Register a SSI account now to get free access to our Try Scuba digital manual! Try Scuba syllabus is similar to Basic Diver. Start reading and find out more on the knowledge that are covered in this course.

Try Scuba and Basic Diver are both entry level courses designed to provide non divers a scuba diving try out experience. They share mostly the same syllabus. One main difference between two courses is the training environment. Try Scuba is conducted in a pool or confined water setting with a maximum depth of 5 metres whereas Basic Diver is conducted in an open water setting, with a maximum depth of 12 metres.

  • The relationship and connection between your body and the aquatic environment
  • Scuba diving equipment familiarisation and assembly
  • Equalisation techniques
  • Basic scuba diving skills
  • Buoyancy practice
  • Underwater tour

Basic Diver licence is not an official scuba diving licence. It is a scuba try out that prepares you for the commitment of the SSI Open Water Diver course.  However, you are able to credit over one Basic Diver course dive after its successful completion to the SSI Open Water Diver course, only with the Dive Centre’s discretion. Credit validity is 6 months. SSI Open Water Diver licence is an official scuba diving licence that lasts a lifetime, providing endless opportunities to explore the underwater world. 

Course Information


  • Minimum age of 10 years old
  • No certification prerequisites
  •  Has basic water comfort


  • Complete all section reviews in the Basic Diver digital manual
  • 1 open water water training session (max. depth of 12 metres)


  • 3 to 4 hours training session

Course Progression

Have you enjoyed your first scuba diving experience? Isn’t it fun and exciting being underwater? How about going just a little further and earn your first official scuba diving licence, a lifetime ticket to the beautiful underwater world!

SSI Referral Diver licence is part of the SSI Open Water Diver licence. The course consists of the academic and pool training components of the Open Water Diver course. This course is suitable for students who like to complete the academic and pool training in their home country and the open water training at their desired scuba diving destination.

SSI Open Water Diver licence is the most sought after scuba diving licence as it allows you to dive up till 18 metres with a buddy anywhere in the world after the successful completion of the course. The course consists of academic, pool and open water training.

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