6 Reasons You Should Become a Master Diver

by    DiveSSI    11th February 2021
SSI Recognition Level Master Diver

Earning the rating of SSI Master Diver is the pinnacle of recreational scuba diving. It makes you a better, safer diver and demonstrates your dive capabilities and experience to the world. Put simply, it is one of the most elite ratings in diving today. There are many reasons why every diver should become an SSI Master Diver. Read on for our top 6 reasons to do so and discover how you can start your journey today.


How do you become a Master Diver?

To earn the prestigious SSI Master Diver rating, you must log at least 50 dives and get certified in a minimum of 5 SSI specialty programs, including SSI Diver Stress and Rescue.

Specialty programs are a great way to enhance your dive skills and begin your journey to become a Master Diver. With over 20 specialties to choose from, we have plenty of programs to meet your dive interests and needs.



6 Great reasons to become a Master Diver.

1. Join the best of the best.

Earning the SSI Master Diver rating is not exactly easy. It takes time and commitment, but the rewards are well worth it!

The time you spend in the water will hone your dive skills to perfection and make you a confident diver who can handle a variety of scenarios and dive conditions. By the time you earn this rating, you will be among the elite 2% of divers that do so. If you want to work your way up to be the best possible diver without going pro, become a Master Diver.

2. Learn New Skills.

Since one of the requirements to become a Master Diver is to earn at least five specialty diver certifications, you will undoubtedly learn new skills. Since four of the five needed specialty certifications can be in any of the SSI specialty programs, you have many underwater skills to choose from.

You can learn to take underwater photos, go night diving and drysuit diving, or discover more about the aquatic environment in one of the SSI Ecology programs. Your options are seemingly endless!

3. Become a Safer Diver.

One of the five required specialty certifications to become an SSI Master Diver is Diver Stress & Rescue. This program alone will significantly increase your diving safety, as you learn about how to prevent and resolve diving accidents.

Combined with the number of required dives and time spent with an SSI instructor achieving the necessary specialties, you will unquestionably be safer and more skilled in all areas of diving.

4. Help other divers.

With your new dive and rescue skills, you will be well equipped to help other divers in need. Whether your buddies have a question about diving or need help in the water, you can be there for them.

Earning this recognition level is a rewarding way to contribute to your dive community and help other divers to thrive.

5. Explore the world.

You will put a lot of time and effort into becoming a Master Diver and will discover a world of diving opportunities along the way. Whether you complete your training and dives close to home or overseas, it is the best adventure.

As you do your training, you will discover new dive sites, new dive styles and make lifelong friends.


6. Bragging Rights!

You will join the ranks of elite divers when you achieve the Master Diver rating. That is something to celebrate and you will have earned bragging rights amongst your dive buddies!

Logging 50 dives and completing five SSI certifications is no simple task. You should be proud of the hard work and dedication you invest in the sport of scuba diving. Make all of your dive buddies jealous with this prestigious recognition.


How to become a Master Diver.

So, whether you are looking for a great way to become a better, safer diver or just want the right to claim yourself as the best diver amongst your fellow diving peers, now is a great time to become an SSI Master Diver.

What are you waiting for? Contact your local SSI Training Center and get started today!




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11th February 2021
DiveSSI on Jul 23rd 2021
Hello Andrea, that is really great to hear and stay safe!
Andrea Bigioni on Jul 22nd 2021
Having fight and defeat a colon cancer on this and the past month, and what I learned from going underwater turned to be really mentally useful in this fight, having almost 50 dives that already would be more than 50 without that cancer, having yet achieved all the other four certifications, Stress and Rescue is what i'm looking for righ now. Safety first, for me and my buddies. Next study season I'll attend it for sure. Cheers from Italy ;-)
DiveSSI on Jun 09th 2021
Hello Dale, congratulations, that is great!
Dale Fox on Jun 08th 2021
On May 18th I did my 50th dive in Maui Hawaii, Great blessing to accomplish such a goal
Dale Fox on Jun 08th 2021
Dale Fox on May 18th I did my 50th dive in Maui Hawaii, already completed all my specialties, and Stress & Rescue. Looking forward to be included in the drawing for that liveaboard trip, and receiving my credentials. Happy Diving
DiveSSI on May 10th 2021
That is great to hear!
Robert Hartman on May 08th 2021
i am working on my Master Diver need stress and rescue and a few dives that`s it.
admin on Mar 03rd 2021
Hello Robin, that is so great to hear - congrats!
Robin Reiner on Mar 03rd 2021
Just did my 50th dive on Sunday! Already did more than 5 specialties and Stress & Rescue! Looking forward to seeing my Master Recognition!
Kevin Woods on Feb 17th 2021
working on my master diver certification through north alabama dive center in cullman

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