SSI Certifications & Courses

Learn to scuba dive across Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales with Ocean Quest and SSI, allowing you to dive throughout the world. We're South Wales' oldest scuba diving training centre and have helped thousands of people to become certified to dive all over the world.

Why Get an SSI Certification?

Learning to dive allows you to experience the beauty of the worlds ocean, so becoming SSI certified is a life changing experience!

Scuba Schools International (SSI) have been providing scuba diving certification for over 50 years. SSI is currently represented in over 2,800 international locations and is recognised throughout the world. It is also one of a few scuba diving training agencies who have qualified for a Global ISO Certification.

Almost anybody can learn to scuba dive, so long as you are in good health and reasonably fit. Participants as young as 10 years old can complete the SSI Open Water Diver and SSI Advanced Adventurer programmes. You can then continue to improve your skills and experience through a range of SSI Speciality certifications.

The SSI speciality certifications are designed to help you improve your skills in specific areas, making you a better diver and better buddy. As you achieve more of these speciality SSI certifications you also move through the SSI recognition levels; Open Water Diver, Speciality Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Master Diver.

SSI also offer professional certifications, allowing you to do what you love as a career, with the SSI Dive Guide, SSI Divemaster and Instructor certifications.

Scuba Diving is not a sport it is an amazing experience and nearly everyone can do it from young or old, big or small. In Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend, Newport, South Wales everyone can learn to dive with Ocean Quest.

Why Learn with Ocean Quest

Ocean Quest is the premier scuba diving training centre in South Wales. Based in Cardiff, Swansea, and Porthcawl our instructors have dived all over the world and helped thousands of people to become certified and join them in being able to dive almost anywhere in the world.

Our SSI certification course prices are fully inclusive, including:

  • SSI enrolment, registration & certification
  • Fully qualified professional instruction
  • Comprehensive educational materials
  • All scuba diving equipment hire
  • Cylinder tanks and air fills
  • Comprehensive Professional Centre Insurance

The SSI Journey

SSI offers a full learning journey, taking you from a complete beginner diver to an experienced diver who can teach others to enjoy what you love, scuba diving.

SSI offers both certifications and recognition levels, which is where it differs slightly from other training providers.

Certifications are achieved through completing the required course with an approved training centre, like Ocean Quest. So long as you have met the requirements, anybody can complete the course and become certified.

Recognition levels are achieved through experience on top of certifications. There is no way to shortcut the recognition levels, and you achieve them through logging dives and improving your skills and knowledge.

Here at Ocean Quest we've taken thousands of divers through their scuba diving journey and our experienced SSI scuba diving instructors can support you throughout, having been through the journey themselves.

SSI Certifications & Courses

SSI Try Scuba

Feel what it's like to breath underwater, go scuba diving in confined water and earn the SSI Try Scuba recognition card. 

Conducted in our swimming pool, the SSI Try Scuba program is a diving adventure the whole family can enjoy.
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SSI Open Water Diver

The SSI Open Water Diver certification will allow you to dive anywhere in the world, with whoever you want. 

This globally recognised certification is your first step in your scuba diving journey. Explore the hidden underwater world!
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SSI Advanced Adventurer

After you've completed the SSI Open Water Diver certification, this is the next step. With the SSI Advanced Adventurer, you'll learn to extend your dive times, reduce your air consumption and dive deeper.  
You'll start to become a confident and safe diver whose comfortable underwater.
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SSI Specialties

Continue you diving adventure by improving specific skills or learning a completely new specialty. Diver deeper, perfect your buoyancy, take great photos, understand the tides or learn to deal with stress and rescue situations. 

There's 18 specialties to choose from.
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SSI Dive Guide

Do you dream of having a career in diving? 

The SSI Dive Guide course will teach you to lead other certified divers underwater, giving you the skills and experience to ensure others can enjoy your passion safely.
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PADI Certifications & Courses

PADI Discover Scuba

A fun introduction into what it takes to breathe underwater and explore this hidden world. 

Although it’s not a certification you’ll learn the key skills and what it takes to become a PADI certified diver.
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PADI Open Water Diver

Your Scuba Diving journey starts here. Start with supported theory and study programme, move to the pool to practice your skills and then experience four open water dives. 

You’ll then be certified to dive throughout the world with PADI®
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PADI Advanced Open Water

This course is the next step after you have completed the PADI Open Water Diver certification. 

The course called the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because you will advance your scuba diving knowledge and skills.
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PADI Rescue Diver

You will learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and on the surface and become more confident in your skills as a diver. 

You will become a better, safer diver and a better buddy too. It’s challenging but rewarding.
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PADI Divemaster

Your first step of professional PADI training. You will be a leader who motivates and mentors other scuba divers. 

You’ll gain dive knowledge, diving skills and supervision abilities, allowing you a career doing what you love.
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PADI Specialties

Improve specific skills or learn a completely new skill with a PADI Speciality course. 

Dive deeper, take better photos, explore wreck the choices are endless and yours.
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