SSI Maldives Breaks 3000 Certifications

SSI Maldives breaks 3000 Certifications!

SSI and Mare Scuba Concept’s continued commitment to the Maldives is starting to produce incredible results. In 2017 we have already issued more than 3000 certifications! That is more than we issued during the entire year of 2014, and we are already rapidly closing in on lasts years total of 5200!

This huge mile stone is even more impressive when you consider the biggest months of the year (August and December) are still to come!

A huge thank you must go out to all of our partners across the country for all of your hard work and dedication. We are incredibly proud to work with you all, and know together we will continue to keep pushing the boundaries, and building a diving community that will benefit the whole country.

Thank you to all the SSI Dive Centers and SSI Dive Professionals for helping us to achieve these goals.

Two New Instructor Trainers

2 New SSI Instructor Trainers for the Maldivian Market!

The end of the month saw us award two new SSI Instructor Trainer Diplomas for the Maldivian market. The intensive 10 day course took place on the beautiful resort island of Alimatha in Vaavu Atoll.

Koen Zuurbier and Sebastian Lambarri put in the hard work and long hours needed to be awarded their diplomas, and can now help train the next generation of SSI instructors across the country. Christian Hicks and Martin Langenberg also joined the course at Alimatha, and will now take their Diplomas back to Thailand, where they are based, to continue their work growing the SSI family.

A big well done to all four, for completing this challenging feat, and thank you TGI Alimatha for supporting us over the 10 day course.

SSI Member Meeting

SSI Member Meeting

On the 22nd of April we were pleased to welcome 32 dive professionals to the SSI Member Meeting in Male. This was a fantastic opportunity for people to get to know each other, present new projects and share opinions of the continuing development of the SSI growth in the Maldives, as well as receive all the latest news and updates from SSI HQ.

The event hosted by SALT Maldives, which provided the perfect atmosphere for the meeting, was a big success, and we hope to see many more of our team members again in the future.

Fuvahmulah Dive officially opened

First official SSI dive center in Fuvahmulah!

April was also the month we were able to welcome the latest SSI partner to the fold here in the Maldives. Fuvahmulah Dive officially opened in mid April, and is a special dive center for a special place. Located on the equator in the very south of the Maldives, the stunning island of Fuvahmulah offers a lot of local history, as well as two fresh water lakes!

However it is the saltwater that we are interested in. Thanks to the unique location, and strong oceanic currents many large pelagics visit the areas, even by Maldives standards. Regular sightings of thresher sharks, oceanic mantas, schooling hammerheads and mola molas mean we are sure this island will soon be topping every divers must do list.

As part of the opening celebrations some of our team from Mare Scuba Concept went down to help out, and of course take in a few phenomenal dives. Tatiana and Panda from Fuvahmulah Dive were able to not only show us what the island was all about, but also bring us face to face with a tigershark! For that reason, and for trusting SSI with their new dive shop, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to Tatiana, Panda and their team.

Assistant Instructor Trainer Course at Constance Halaveli

Assistant Instructor Trainer Course for Constance Halaveli 

At the start of the month we were delighted to congratulate 6 dedicated SSI Professionals to the family of Assistant Instructor Trainers on the beautiful island of Constance Halaveli.

The 5 day Assistant Instructor Trainer course is designed to strengthen the understanding of the SSI Evaluation Process, and allows the instructor to assist on ITC’s. It is a fantastic step for them to make along their professional paths with SSI, and bodes very well for the continued development of the SSI team here in the Maldives.

We would like to thank the amazing hospitality and effort made by Angy, Tania and the rest of the team at Constance Halaveli, and again say a big Well Done to the new AITs.