“I want to do my Padi” we hear that a lot, when what they mean is “I want to get my diving license”.  Padi is certifying agency just like SSI or CMAS or BSAC, there are many different agencies that can get you a diving license.  “What’s the difference?  Does it make a difference after when I go diving if I choose SSI or Padi?”  No, any dive shop will accept a certification from an accredited agency.  If you want to do the next level course that can be either SSI or Padi or any other accredited agency and the same with the next course.  The most common diving course is the open water which allows you to dive to 18m, the next course is advanced which allows you go to 30m.

SSI or Padi, what are the main differences?

Padi courses are instructor lead & can be taught just by themselves with Padi having a central survey based Q&A system to ensure quality.   SSI courses are dive shop lead & instructors can only teach through a dive shop who ensure the quality through a monitor and surveys.  Both ways of teaching are very similar to theory, skills and diving are all taught to the same standards worldwide governed by the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council).  The equipment and sea are the same whether its Padi or SSI right?  With Padi you have to buy the student manual; with SSI you can rent for free for a few weeks as part of the course or you can also choose to buy them if you want at additional cost, and it’s why SSI courses are generally cheaper.   With SSI you can start to read the manual before the course during this free period.  The SSI certification is digital and is completed after the course by your instructor and sent via email.  You can choose to have a plastic card at extra cost printed locally but we are reducing our environmental footprint and doing as much as practical digitally, from the manuals to the certification so we ask customers if they really need a plastic card.

SSI or Padi? The quality of the instructor and dive school does matter

As courses are very similar due to being taught to the same worldwide standards in the end what matters is the quality of the instructor and dive school that you choose and not which certifying agency you do the course with and of course how much fun you will have.  Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor, Facebook or Google and you can see what our customers think of us.

Questions about the difference between SSI or Padi course?

Don’t hesitate and contact us. We are happy to help you.