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SSI Freediving at Sun Diving

SSI Freediving Instructor Training Course for Sun Diving

Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort

7 – 13 November 2016

The Sun Diving Group, consisting of four resorts in the Maldives have decided to embrace the SSI Freediving System and offer the courses to their guests. In order to equip the Sun Diving team with the correct skills and necessary training, a Freediving Instructor Course was recently held at Olhuveli.

With unrivalled structure and materials, SSI has the most recognized and successful Freediving program on the market today, taking participants from complete beginners right through to professional levels and everything in-between.

On 7th November 2016 in Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort, 11 eager participants awaited the arrival of Rene Trost, Mares Opinion Leader and SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer. A smooth landing and swift speedboat ride brought Rene to the island and training commenced with an afternoon of interesting theory lessons.

Hold your breath!

Following the breath hold theory session, the newly gained knowledge was put to the test the following morning with stretching and breathing exercises followed by the first pool session. To calls of “Hold your breath”, (an alien term to scuba divers), the first static session began. Static Apnea is the practice of holding your breath whilst lying motionless on the surface of the water with your head immersed. All the participants managed between 2 and 3 minutes on their first attempt. By the end of the week, after 3 more training-sessions, this performance improved to 3 – 4 minutes – with all participants extremely happy with their progress.

Mental barriers

The ‘Deep Diving’ element of the course proved to be all about overcoming mental barriers. Performance was mixed at the beginning of the module with all the candidates just reaching the target of freediving to the 15m mark. Improvement came quickly though and thanks to Rene’s guidance and encouragement, everyone achieved dives to 20m by the end of the week, with some participants reaching depths as far a 30m!

10 New SSI Freediving Level 1 Instructors

On 13th November 2016, after having passed both the final written exam and the dynamic freediving sections, Sun Diving is proud to announce it has 10 new Freediving Instructors, who are eagerly awaiting their first guests on the Islands of Olhuveli, Villureef, Irufushi and JA Manafaru.

A great addition to Sun Diving’s growing SSI Family!


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SSI Dive Professional Renewal – More Benefits Than Ever!

SSI Dive Professionals, now is the time to renew your membership! To keep your membership benefits, let us remind you that renewal for 2017 is already possible – and what’s more, we have again prepared a series of offers to thank you for your loyalty and to make your teaching even more enjoyable.

Most importantly, online renewals are even cheaper than last year and we are again pleased to offer the Renewal Plus
for SSI Dive Professionals, allowing you to benefit from being an SSI Instructor.

Please refer to the below outline for details:

1. SSI Dive Professional renewal procedure

No changes have been made to the procedure. As an SSI Dive Professional you simply login into your SSI Professional Area and complete the Online Renewal form. In this form you have to verify your personal data, agree on the standards, choose if you want to take part in the Renewal Plus offer or not (see next point for more information), choose your method of payment and confirm it. Should you encounter any problems with this step, please contact your Area Manager Marco directly for clarification.

2. The SSI Renewal Plus offer for SSI Dive Professionals

This year’s Mares/SSI Renewal Plus offer is the following:

Mask/Snorkel/Fins Set “FOLLOW ME EDITION”. The FOLLOW ME EDITION is a unique Dive Pro Snorkeling System designed by MARES for SSI. Branded SSI, the equipment features a “DIVE PRO” logo and the fins feature a special “FOLLOW ME” on the bottom. The FOLLOW ME EDITION includes one pair of Avanti Quattro Fins, LiquidSkin X-Vision Mask and a “rollup” Snorkel. It is a high-end line of equipment. Recommended retail price is: 250 Euros + GST, however as an SSI Dive Professional we offer it to you for 125 Euros + GST.

Mares SSI follow me set

3. Teach SSI – and pay a smaller renewal fee

This is an amazing offer from SSI to our Dive Professionals: For each registered SSI certification you teach and each SSI Professional course you take, you get experience points. For example: Try Scuba Diving = 1 Experience Point, Scuba Diver = 2 Experience Points, Open Water Diver = 4 Experience Points, Advanced Adventurer & all Specialties = 2 Experience Points etc.

From now onward each experience point will be worth 0.10 Euro cents, and if you renew online, the total will be automatically deducted from your renewal price! This can be a real money saver for the instructor that chooses to teach SSI courses.

We look forward to receiving your renewals for 2017 and hope you avail of the above offers to benefits from all the extras that SSI provides to our loyal Dive Professionals.