Are PADI And SSI Interchangeable?

Are PADI And SSI Interchangeable?

Can I Dive With PADI if I’m SSI or Other Agency Certified?

The short answer is absolutely you can dive with a PADI dive shop if you’re certified from lots of different agencies. We’re all underwater brothers and sisters so as long as you have proof of certification then you can dive at almost any location with anybody.

So What’s The Difference?

In truth there is very little difference between any of the agencies, we all have to follow the same basic standards as set by the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council). The theory and skills maybe slightly different but they all lead to the same conclusion – making sure you’re competent to dive in a safe manner. Most of the larger agencies including PADI, SSI, MAUI, NAUI, BSAC, CMAS etc have representatives on the council.

Can I Enroll In A PADI Course If I’m Already Certified From Another Agency?

Again absolutely yes, if you’ve completed your entry level certification with another agency recognised by PADI then it’s not a problem to complete the next level with PADI or vice versa. They may be titled slightly differently but they’re essentially the same bag of oranges.

Examples

PADI SSI CMAS NAUI
Open Water Diver Open Water 1 Star Scuba Diver
Advanced Open Water Advanced Adventurer No equivalent Advanced Scuba Diver
Rescue Diver Stress & Rescue 2 Star Master Scuba Diver

If you’ve completed your Open Water with SSI you can enrol in the Advanced Open Water with PADI and so forth.

Who To Choose?

We’re not going suggest that any agency is better than the other, we’re a PADI centre simply because it’s the most recognised and trusted brand, the support and assistance that we receive from PADI give us no reason to change.

Very often the individuals experience gleaned from there course is down to the professionalism and attitude of both the instructor and the dive centre regardless of the agency you train with. We like to think that we excel at both

If the area you intend to dive in is mostly affiliated with a particular dive agency then it’s a no brainer but if you intend to travel a lot then PADI maybe the more convenient option. They say you can find an Irish bar in any city in the world, it’s pretty much the same with PADI and dive locations.

For a diver intending to go professional, as it stands at the moment PADI would be your best choice. There is simply more work opportunity and you can crossover from PADI to other agencies as an instructor but not the other way around without completing the intire Instructor Development Course and Instructor Examination.

I Started The Course With Another Agency But Want To Complete With PADI

Again yes, using Open Water as an example the universal referral programme would allow you to take your theory and pool with a recognised agency and complete the Open Water certificate with PADI. You would have to do a pool session and pass a theory exam to make sure all is good before entering the open ocean but yes it can be done.

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