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Did you know that you can still take SSI dive courses even if you received your Open Water Certification through a different agency?
For example, if you're a certified PADI diver and you want to take an SSI specialty course, you can do that. The dives still count as logged dives if you bring your PADI book. PADI is only one example, but there are over 150 different dive training agencies out there that you can be certified in and still take our SSI courses. When in doubt, just give us a call at 817-576-4008 for more information.
SSI, PADI, & NAUI are the top 3 scuba diving agencies.
The three scuba diving agencies that are most well-known and respected internationally are PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors), NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors), and SSI (Scuba Schools International). All three of these schools are recognized by the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), which sets and maintains international consistency in minimum course training standards. Because each agency must follow WRSTC's worldwide standards, the knowledge and skill requirements are basically the same. Their philosophies and marketing are the big differences.
The Professional Association of Dive Instructors was founded in 1966 and became the most well-known scuba diver training organization in the world by the late 1980s. PADI employs the "4 E Philosophy," which stands for Education, Experience, Equipment, and Environmental Conservation. In terms of Education, PADI offers a wide range of scuba diving courses, from Open Water Diver and Wreck Diver to Search & Recovery and EFR. PADI also strives to provide divers with a variety of Experiences, from local dives to dive trips in exotic locations. PADI also recognizes the importance of divers having a full understanding of their Equipment, which is rolled into their curriculum. Finally, PADI-certified divers learn about Environmental Conservation and are encouraged to become active in both local and global conservation efforts.
Scuba Schools International was founded in 1970, only a few short years after PADI. SSI was the first scuba organization to present a full training program that included video, and they maintain their commitment to incorporating modern technology into their training to this day. SSI emphasizes four points in their Diamond Philosophy: Knowledge, Skills, Equipment, and Experience. Knowledge ensures that each student is comfortably equipped with the diving information they need to order to remain safe as well as knowledgeable. Skills refers to the repetitive way the scuba diving skills are taught in order for it to become second nature to the diver: They refer to it as "Comfort through Repetition." Equipment stands for the way that students are thoroughly taught how to use and care for their equipment so that they can safely enjoy their dive as well as maintain their equipment for use for years to come. Finally, Experience is reflected in the way that SSI encourages students to go above and beyond the minimum number of required dives in order to become competent and experienced divers.
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Why we chose to become an SSI Dive Center.
We researched these top 3 diving agencies when we were determining which dive center to become certified with. It wasn't an easy decision! All 3 are reputable, and their certifications recognized at dive sites around the globe. What tipped the scale over to SSI was their commitment to using modern technology in their training courses, their "comfort through repetition" philosophy, and the affordability of their courses. SSI provides the same exceptional standards of training that are set worldwide by the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), but at a lower cost to students overall.