Divemaster PADI or SSI :
Which Scuba Training Agency is Right for You?
Who the hell are PADI and SSI?
As somebody interested in scuba diving (or even if you’re not), you’ve probably heard of at least one of these agencies. And chances are it’s PADI. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the largest scuba training agency throughout the world. As a result, it is often viewed as a stamp of quality by travelers looking to dive. Looking for a respected brand name when choosing a dive center is definitely a good idea, so no bones to pick there. But PADI is just one of many respectable training agencies and divers shouldn’t have to restrict themselves.
In fact there are many other recreational scuba training agencies you may not have heard of such as SDI, NAUI, BSAC, etc… in fact a lot of country have their own scuba training agency and sometimes even more than one.
It is important to remember that both agencies exist to create capable divers. Both also follow the same standards laid out by the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC). This means the minimum skill and knowledge requirements are the same, no matter which agency you’re training with. So, the training agency creates the rules based on WRSTC guidelines. Dive centers follow rules created by their training agency. And finally, instructors follow the same rules as their dive center.
Differences in scuba diving courses with PADI and SSI
Course materials and what’s provided
While you can still buy learning materials from SSI, they also allow students to borrow them. Clearly, this can be handy for anybody, but especially those currently on the move. They also include a free digital learning kit with every course. This can be accessed online, or through the SSI app, once the dive center has created your SSI profile. We’re sure we don’t have to explain the benefits of a free course manual which fits in your pocket.
Diving courses with 3WDive
In the end, we feel that the instructor will have a far bigger impact on a student learning experience. It is up to them to teach you the necessary skills to be a scuba diver and ensure you learn them well. Our multicultural staff come from a variety of diving backgrounds, such as PADI, SSI, and CMAS. All that combined knowledge and experience will help to seep into our students, creating passionate divers with high personal standards.
In the end, the best thing for improving your scuba diving skills is, you guessed it, going scuba diving. So swing by, grab a tank and let us help you do what you love best. We can talk about levelling up your scuba skills later.