SSI Open Water Diver Course


Scuba diving courses for beginners

This 3-4 day diving course provides you with a lifetime SSI Open Water Diver licence which certifies you to dive up to 18 meters anywhere in the world. It gives you the opportunity to meet new diving buddies, learn new skills and discover the 71% of our world which is hidden below the water.

The SSI Open Water course consists of three main elements:

SSI Open Water course theory

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To get started, simply create a free user profile at or directly through the MySSI App and you will get immediate access to SSI’s free trial programs. During registration, you will need to select us as your SSI Training Center to affiliate with, to guide you through the training process. You can start studying the academics anytime, anywhere at your own convenience and we will schedule your review and in-water training sessions.


SSI Open Water Diver confined water training

The confined water sessions teach you the essential skills you need to have in order to become a confident and safe diver. These are taught at a maximum depth of four meters where the instructor describes and demonstrates each skill, which you will need to repeat in turn until you have them fully mastered. During the pool/confined water training, your SSI Instructor will teach you all the necessary skills in a controlled environment until you are comfortable and ready to go to the open water.


SSI Open Water Diver course open water dives

Once the skills and theory have been mastered, you are ready to take your first of four open water dives. During the open water training dives, you will apply your knowledge and repeat the skills in a real-world environment under the supervision of your Instructor. It is here that you will truly appreciate the value of being able to discover life under the sea. Each dive will increase in depth, ensuring you build your confidence with every dive you do.

Through our SSI Instructors passionate teaching and the friendly atmosphere at the dive centre, we can ensure you will have the best diving experience where every student gets personal attention. With good visibility, very little underwater current and over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Maltese waters are the perfect place to learn to dive and so is Seashell Dive Centre.


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - confined training

We will meet in the afternoon, at which point our instructor will brief you on the activities and you will start the confined water training where you will learn all the basic skills in the bay.

Day 2 - 2 open water dives

After getting the grips with the theory, equipment and basic skills, you are now ready to take your first two dives in the morning. You will then have the afternoon free to relax at your hotel and relive the excitement of your first diving experience.

Day 3 - 2 open water dives

Now your confidence has been boosted from the previous days diving experience, you will do two more dives at new and exciting dive sites. In the afternoon you will sit an exam (classroom students) to ensure you have mastered the theory of diving and the all-important safety aspects involved.


Minimum requirements

  • No previous experience is necessary 
  • To be in reasonable health
  • SSI Minimum age is 10 years 
  • Under 18s must have parental consent
What's included
  • All necessary equipment
  • Instructor tuition (available in various languages)
  • Return transport to and from your accommodation in Cirkewwa, Ramla Bay, Mellieha areas
  • Road transport to the dive sites and back
  • SSI Digital Open Water certification
  • SSI E-Learning 
  • High-quality diving Logbook

3 days


We start Open Water courses daily: 

Monday - Saturday

How to book
  1. Check availability by email
  2. Pay deposit online

This course can also be booked as a LEARN TO DIVE HOLIDAY


Book online