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Statement from SSI on current COVID-19 worldwide situation



There is a lot of concern right now about the global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which affects every one of us. This includes entire countries and just about every business around the world. Our diving industry is no different, especially when it is highly dependent on travel.

Therefore, I wanted to reach out to you personally and assure you that everyone’s safety and supporting you is our top priority. We are in this together!

Fortunately, there is some good news in all of this uncertainty.  History has taught us that during the most difficult times is when the SSI advantages pay off.  During this time, we all must focus on stimulating business. Consequently, I would like to provide you with a few strategies to make the most of the current situation using the many SSI tools.


Stay proactive during these interesting times by frequently contacting every customer.  This is when you play out one of your main advantages, fulfilling your customers diving needs.

As long as your activities are not limited by the virus, you need to be out diving.  Especially now, when people are insecure about travel restrictions.  Stand out and make the most out of the situation by offering lots of different activities for customers looking for fun things to do locally as a part of their normal life.


Presently, part of your customer base may be concerned about getting together with other people and in some countries, they may even be limited to visiting your Training Center.  This is where the advantages of digital provide you the option to register customers without the need of seeing them in person:

  • Safe and Germ Free – Independent study is done on the customer’s phone, tablet or computer.
  • All SSI Programs – Can be sold and registered over the phone. Knowledge development can be completed at home, while the in-water training can occur at a later date.
  • B2B – Customers can only get SSI products through SSI Training Centers.
  • Pricing – SSI´s digital pricing is all-inclusive and provides the highest margin in the industry, especially now when all income counts.
  • Inventory – There is no need for codes or inventory, freeing up financial resources! Training Centers only pay after course fees have been collected.
  • Professional Training – Prospects for becoming an SSI Professionals can start now and study all academics in a relaxed way, especially the extensive theory for Science of Diving, Dive Guide and the Instructor Training Course.

SSI has smart tools to help you deploy every tactic necessary until the world gets control of this virus.

Over the years, I have found that we always emerge stronger after world events of this nature, which might be difficult to recognize right now.  I encourage each of you to please remain optimistic and execute the recommended strategies.


Creating a TRAINING CENTER LOCATOR, embedded with an EVENT CALENDAR, linked to a travel guide may seem strange coming from a company that funds itself on the sales of training materials, but that is the point. We need to focus on the industry as a whole and certification is only a part of what SSI does.  Diving has always been intrinsically linked to travel, and SSI’s MYDIVEGUIDE promotes SSI Training Centers by displaying thousands of Dive Sites around the world with their potential Wildlife Encounters.  Divers will be inspired to explore and discover the world’s most amazing Dive Sites and Group Travel or Courses through your Event Calendar and, ultimately, find their next dive adventure and travel destination with you, the SSI Training Centers.


Since the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), there have been and still are many health alerts and concerns around the world. We want you to know that we are vigilant in our efforts to provide you with correct information, especially in the areas of concern, e.g. sharing air.

I would like to thank you for your loyalty, membership and support on behalf of the entire SSI Team.

Stay positive, active and healthy!


Guido Waetzig


SSI International



WIN one of the NEW Momentum M20 Dive Watches!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Nautilus Diving to give away one of Momentum’s new M20 Dive Watches as a prize!

Leading watch brand Momentum has introduced the new M20 series of watches. The new collection includes the M20 DSS Diver with a classic black dial, or striking Bahama yellow dial, and the M20 GMT Diver in a black & blue “Batman” version.

The M20 Dive watch features a solid 316L stainless steel case that is beautifully rounded and polished, taking its design cues from our original 1990’s Aquamatic model. The case is just under 42mm in diameter, but the smooth curves make it feel much smaller. Style, performance and unmatched comfort on the wrist.

The M20’s elegant yet durable design allows it to be worn in almost any situation. It has a 200M depth rating along with an off-set screw-down crown for added comfort.

The M20’s are also very legible, with its double-dome sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating there is virtually no glare. At night, the SuperLuminova luminous dial and hands come to life, a vital feature for serious divers where light may not reach certain depths.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can find here), we reported that the Women Divers Hall of Fame have announced the selection of how many new members who will constitute the Class of 2021?

Is it:

  • A) five
  • B) six
  • C) seven

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Nautilus Diving Momentum M20 Dive Watch October 2020

  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Nautilus Diving and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to When prizes are supplied by third parties, is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. Your information will be shared with the competition's sponsor unless you tick the opt out box. This competition closes on 09/12/20. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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5 Easy Steps For Choosing A Scuba Diving Center You’ll LOVE! (Watch Video)



How do you pick which dive operation wins your money for your scuba diving vacation? If you only get to dive on vacation, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and getting experiences you enjoy. That’s why we are giving you our easy 5-step process for filtering out dive centers and narrowing down your selection to find the scuba team you want to be diving with!

In this example–driven video, we are showing you our procedure for how we pick our scuba dive operator. In this case, I use the island of Barbados, as I’ve actually never been scuba diving there.

THANK YOU so much to EVERYONE who is a part of this great community. We promise we have so much more planned for this channel. We’re going to keep spreading information and positivity to the Scuba Divers around the world! IMPROVE. INSPIRE. EXPLORE.

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