SSI Explorer Programme with Dive Rutland

Explorers: SSI

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SSI Explorer

Life is about adventures and experiences 

Here is your chance to do some cool stuff in the pool, meet new friends and have adventures in the underwater world

Course Overview

Combined with the guidance and supervision of qualified SSI Explorers Instructors, this program includes a comprehensive printed Explorers manual to help your child learn the knowledge and skills they need to safely participate in snorkelling, mermaid, freediving, and scuba in a pool or confined water environment. The manual is very engaging, with colourful cartoon drawings and authentic ocean images for this young audience.

We join Emma and Nico on exciting underwater adventures as they guide your children through the educational content in a fun and engaging way, using Spike the shark as their equipment expert and Shelly the sea turtle as the ocean environment champion. 

What Do I need to Start?

  • You need to be 8 years old or over
  • Parents to download the SSI app and complete the required student medical and responsibility code of diving for the young explorer.

What Will I do?

The SSI Explorers package consists of four sessions with our highly qualified dive professionals.  Each session consists of two elements - one dry and the other wet.

The dry session is held at the Dive Centre from 16:30 - 17:30, during which we will review the 'theory' and dry skills element that will have been pre-read prior to the session via the manual provided.   

The wet session is held at Oakham School Pool from 18:00 - 20:00 where we will  teach your child how to snorkel and dive and the skills learnt will be consolidated by underwater games.

During each session we will teach the basics of snorkelling and diving, just like the adults - things like buoyancy control, mask skills and regulator recovery which once learnt are then integrated with underwater games to continue to practise and apply the new skills learnt.

On completion of session one subject to meeting all the performance requirement the SSI Snorkel Explorer certification will be acheived and at the end of session four the Scuba Explorer certification

This course is designed for young divers who are looking for action packed fun in a pool, being introduced to the basics of safe diving in a play environment as not yet old enough to start on the Junior Open Water course.

What are the benefits of the SSI Explorer?

  • Helps children learn responsibility
  • Teaches children about the aquatic environment
  • Is a fun pool-only experience
  • Is conducted by certified, trained SSI Professionals
  • In addition to having fun the SSI Explorers adventures will enable young water lovers to acquire maturity, self-esteem, and a sense of responsibility


Each of our Explorer members receive their own Special materials (manual and stickers) that includes everything an Explorer needs to gain the maximum benefit from their certification.

The manual will be used for Explorers and Master Explorers and as each adventure is completed becomes a reference and log of all of their activities.

How Long Does it Take?

Over four sessions on Saturdays generally, you will meet your SSI Dive Professional at the dive centre at 16:30 for a full briefing and equipment preparation, followed by a 2 hour pool session 18:00 - 20:00 and a debrief session.

Thats a total of 16 hours after which the Snorkelling and Scuba Explorer certifications are achieved.

The pool session is held at Oakham School, Kilburn Road, Oakham, Rutland

​Each session also requires a parent/guardian to be present throughout.

Any Other Costs?

We do strongly advise for hygiene purpose that all students own their own mask and snorkel, but not mandatory as school masks and snorkels can and will be provided

Parents or Guardians

The best part of the Explorer programmes is that they reinforce safe diving and build water confidence while the young divers are having fun. Explorers get to sample a wide variety of dives.  In addition, this programme provides a structure for young divers to develop skills, learn about the aquatic environment and have a lot of fun.  

​This is also an excellent introduction to SCUBA diving prior to full Open Water Diver certification

What is the Maximum Group Size?


What is the Next Adventure?

Become a Master Explorer by completing Specialities ranging from night diving to Underwater photography


Become a fully fledged diver and go and explore the oceans, lakes and seas we have in this country and around the world by becoming an Open Water diver (Junior)

Prior to any Diver training course students need to complete a Mandatory Medical Questionaire.

Please ensure that you have read the Medical Statement and are sure that you will be able to commence any diver training PRIOR to paying as our Training Terms Conditions apply after payment has been made.

A doctor's confirmation of fitness to dive is required if you answer YES to any medical condition on the Medical Statement.

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Our team of highly experienced instructors will be on hand to guide you through every step of the way, and to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable diving experience.

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I cannot rate Dive Rutland high enough. Tracey, Bridget and all the team have shown me unending patience and understanding and I have got my open water certification. Thank you to you all for sharing your knowledge and tips. Can't wait to start my next course.

Carrie Spence

Northampton, UK


We are lucky to have a top notch Dive school on our doorstep in the form of Dive Rutland, My thanks to Bridget my instructor for her endless enthusiasm both in the theory and the practical applications of diving. Then to Tracey again for your skill and excellent support and for putting together a great community of divers who have helped and supported us.

Trikes of Bytham

Bytham, UK


Friendly, professional and committed to ensuring you get the best diving training and diving experiences, whilst upholding the highest of standards. Tracey and her team offer everything you need from newbie to experienced diver. Highly recommended.

Joanna Aitkens

Leicester, UK