What are the differences between SSI and PADI?

What are the differences between SSI and PADI?

There is almost no difference in the actual training. The quality of the scuba diving course strongly depends on your dive instructor no matter what organization you should choose to certify with.

In terms of dive training, there is very little difference between SSI and PADI. They both follow the diving standards set by WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council) meaning that knowledge and skill requirements are almost the same. Certifications at any level below Divemaster are interchangeable.

The certification received from either organization is recognized and accepted worldwide. So, in the end, no choice is wrong.

The SSI Certification is better than a PADI Certification

The SSI Certification is better than a PADI Certification

There are multiple reasons for this.

Both SSI and PADI have online learning options for the students. And courses from both organizations result in a lifetime certification. More importantly, the training duration for both organizations are relatively the same.

However, SSI digital learning works across multiple devices and are all synced to a free MySSI account. You can download the course on your computer or tablet and complete your course while traveling. Once you are able to connect your computer to Wi-Fi, your course will automatically sync back to your MySSI account. You can also change the language with the click of a button. Upgrades to the training material are free and your access is lifetime. SSI simply has better digital infrastructure than PADI.

SSI has significantly better pricing. We provide the same quality instructor at a significantly lower price with SSI. The student also receives a free digital card, which is environmentally appropriate. PADI charges for a digital card, but this puts another plastic card into the environment as a default (that’s not environmentally responsible PADI – change your ways!). The log book is also free and lives in your MySSI app with your digital certification card which can never be lost!

SSI empowers instructors to alter the order of skill training if that improves the quality of the course. PADI requires strict adherence to the course structure no matter the learning style of the students. Because of this, when a student has a training issue, SSI students are more likely able to complete a course while on vacation.

It’s also worth noting that dive shops across the globe are making the switch from PADI to SSI. The reverse is not true.
However, while Deep Blue Dive Seafari is not a PADI organizational member, a number of our instructors are PADI instructors. If you truly have your heart set on that organization, we’ll make it happen for you.

There are multiple reasons for this.

Both SSI and PADI have online learning options for the students. And courses from both organizations result in a lifetime certification. More importantly, the training duration for both organizations are relatively the same.

However, SSI digital learning works across multiple devices and are all synced to a free MySSI account. You can download the course on your computer or tablet and complete your course while traveling. Once you are able to connect your computer to Wi-Fi, your course will automatically sync back to your MySSI account. You can also change the language with the click of a button. Upgrades to the training material are free and your access is lifetime. SSI simply has better digital infrastructure than PADI.

SSI has significantly better pricing. We provide the same quality instructor at a significantly lower price with SSI. The student also receives a free digital card, which is environmentally appropriate. PADI charges for a digital card, but this puts another plastic card into the environment as a default (that’s not environmentally responsible PADI – change your ways!). The log book is also free and lives in your MySSI app with your digital certification card which can never be lost!

SSI empowers instructors to alter the order of skill training if that improves the quality of the course. PADI requires strict adherence to the course structure no matter the learning style of the students. Because of this, when a student has a training issue, SSI students are more likely able to complete a course while on vacation.

It’s also worth noting that dive shops across the globe are making the switch from PADI to SSI. The reverse is not true.
However, while Deep Blue Dive Seafari is not a PADI organizational member, a number of our instructors are PADI instructors. If you truly have your heart set on that organization, we’ll make it happen for you.