What’s the difference and how does it affect me?
PADI and SSI are the two largest scuba diver certification bodies in the world. Their qualifications are recognized everywhere and you will able to take the next step up in the PADI system and vice versa, however the experience levels are different. Where OWD level 1 diver is pretty much the same the 2nd level is totally different. With PADI you can make a course one after other one in SSI you will need to show your experience.
Which gives better training?
Training and safety standards in both organisations are set by the World Recreational Scuba Training Council click here for WRSTC information. This means there’s no basic difference in the skills you will learn from either PADI or SSI at entry level, or the safety standards they adhere to. In both systems – as in any system of learning – the character and experience of your Instructor will be the most important factor in your course.
So is there really any difference at all?
There are some differences of emphasis in training, and some in the way PADI and SSI dive centres supervise their instructors; briefly, PADI instructors may freelance while SSI requires instructors to be responsible to a dive centre. At the early levels of diver training these relatively minor differences won’t really affect you but when you become a more advanced diver they will become more apparent. SSI support and modern way to teach the theory is exceptional! PADI approach is typically american (USA) vs. europain SSI.
If they’re so similar, how come the prices are different?
PADI follows more conservative way of teaching, charges more for certification and require to have a own book. SSI on the other hand uses a modern media to teach the theory, everything is available on-line from videos, manuals through log book to certification. Everything free of charge available everywhere every time on PC, Mac, iPhone or Android.
What are the most important factors when I make a choice?
As we’ve said, any course is only as good as the instructor teaching it. Price is always interesting as nobody like pay too much. On a entry level - Open Water Diver there is not much differences in program. However with SSI you will be able to make a next step not just signing in for a next course, you will have show your diving experience. All the levels of experience by SSI are certified through WRSTC vs PADI only the first entry (OWD) and the first proffesional (Dive Master).
SEAROBIN RECOMMEND SSI