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What are the different between PADI and SSI a question which is asked many many time. Read the article from Sarah B about PADI vs SSI:

PADI vs SSI: Differences, benefits and drawbacks

If you’re interested in getting your scuba diving certification, you’ve probably come across with two of the most recognized SCUBA certification agencies around the world today: PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SSI (Scuba Schools International).

 

There are tons of diver certification organizations in the world but for now we will stick to these two.

COST OF CERTIFICATIONS

SSI is often slightly cheaper, as they don’t usually insist that the student purchases a manual for the course. You can borrow during the course and give it back at the end of it. SSI books are available for sale should you want one though.

PADI, however, do insist on purchasing the materials – no matter if you are traveling around the world or learning at home. They feel that post-course review of materials is important to maintain knowledge-levels.  They offer an e-book in case you are worried about cramming everything into your backpack.

Dive Materials As a diver, care for your environment should be very close to heart so consider whether you really do need a paper version no matter which you choose.

ONLINE LEARNING

Both SSI and PADI offer their students to start the practical portion of the scuba lessons via  online learning which will save time and gives divers more time to just dive. The difference here is both cash and longevity: SSI’s online learning is free, whereas with PADI you will pay US$189 (as of 2016). PADI offer you access to their system for one year from when you sign up, whereas with SSI it’s there for you all the time, even after the course. If you choose not to buy the book, you can simply log in and use the site as a review when you want a refresher later on.

COURSE WORK

In terms of actual coursework involved, both the PADI and SSI certification programs will give you all of the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful and safe diver. In fact, many people will tell you that the dive instructor, rather than the course itself, is the most important factor in terms of how much you learn and how well you learn the skills you need to be a scuba diver.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

The science, skills and techniques don’t change with whatever agency you choose but the methodology can be a little different. As an example, a PADI course runs in a set order, meaning the student must complete skill A before moving to skill B. Skills performed in rigid sequence. If you do change, you break standards. Whereas, an SSI course flow can be altered to suit the student. If you were having trouble mastering a skill with SSI, then your instructor is allowed to move on, get you comfortable and build your confidence with something else, and then return to that challenging technique. SSI teaches with an 80/20 approach. The instructor can adapt 20% of the course to fit the pace of learning, ensuring a student focused training program.

CERTIFICATION CARDS

With PADI, centers have to either send off certification details or process them online to submit them to PADI. You can still dive straight away though and you do get a temporary card that is valid for 90 days. Your real card will be sent to the address you choose. If you are travelling then it’s best to send it home. If you are traveling for longer than 90 days, you can still have you certification checked on the PADI website.

CCard

SSI processes certification cards locally, so in most instances, you will receive your original certification card right at the end of your course. This means you will be registered straight away and you don’t need to wait for your original card to be sent home. No waiting months for your certification cards. With your card you may now dive anywhere else your travels take you. Although, printing your c-card is optional, I recommend to have it printed in case you go somewhere with unreliable internet connection just like when we went to Raja Ampat.

COURSE NAMES

The actual names of the courses may be different between the two schools. For instance, the PADI Advanced Open Water is not the same level as the SSI Advanced Open Water.  In actual fact, the PADI AOW equates to the SSI Advanced Adventurer qualification.  The SSI Advanced Open Water qualification instead equates to the PADI Master Scuba Diver level.

Just be careful when signing up for the courses, especially if you’re taking certain courses from one school and other courses from the other.

RECOGNITION

Because both schools adhere to the guidelines set forth by the WRSTC or World Recreational Scuba Training Council, you can rest assured that certifications from both SSI and PADI schools will be recognized wherever you go in the world.

CAREER PATH

If you are thinking about a having a career in the diving industry as an Instructor, you should take into consideration if you plan to work on remote areas where there is no established dive center. PADI offers more freedom for its instructors to work independently while SSI requires that you work at a dive center. But, being forced to work at a center comes with one advantage, no annual fees for the instructor. PADI Instructor renewals starts from $195.

CONCLUSIONS

Overall, the courses teach the same information because they adhere to the standards set forth by the WRSTC. After all, no matter which organization you take a course with, you will use the same kind of equipment and see the same marine life under water.

A lot of experienced divers in the industry will tell you that it does not really matter whether you choose SSI or PADI. At the end of the day, you get a scuba certification card and you can dive anywhere in the world.

Scuba Diving Bubbles

Now, go get certified and blow some bubbles!

Do you want to get certified? Or, are you certified? Which do you think is a better certification agency?
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Sipadan & Mabul Special January & February 2013

Buy 5 days 4 nights, pay only 3½ nights & 50% off on your diving rental.

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 Buy 3 nights, pay only 2.8 nights & Sipadan permit for only 140RM & 50% off on your diving rental.

See what  Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of the world famous French underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau has to say about Sipadan this month and take this opportunity and discover one of the best dive sites around Mabul & Sipadan Island.

Limited rooms available, on a first come first serve basis.

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◦Travel period: 01st. of January 2013 to 28th of February 2013

◦Upon availability of spaces

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by Jenne Lajiun. Posted on December 5, 2012, Wednesday

Alexandra and Simon during the interview.

KOTA KINABALU: Sipadan is still the same as it was in 1988, when world famous French underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau made his remark, “I have seen other places like Sipadan 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.”

Making this claim recently was none other than the late explorer’s own granddaughter, Alexandra Cousteau, who is now attached with the National Geographic as an explorer.

“We watched his film with the crew and it was really interesting. We were comparing how it was in 1988 to how it was now. The abundance looked to be the same and we dove on the same spots. He has written so much about it in his books – in so many other parts of the world, things have changed,” said Alexandra, who was in Sabah to explore and make a short documentary for the National Geography on the beauty of islands in Malaysia with the Scuba Zoo.

“This was in 1988 which was 25 years ago. It is still the same (now) as it was then, the abundance is still as it was then. And we have lost so many since then. It is indeed the most beautiful places I have been. It is 10 out of 10. It is really a revelation. In Sipadan I have never seen so many healthy corals, so many turtles, so many fishes,” she said.

Alexandra mentioned that she first learned how to dive under the guidance of her late grandfather in a diving spot at the southern of France when she was seven years old.

“So much is gone. The Caribbean is almost gone. You have a real treasure. I hope to come back one day with my daughter so that she can dive here like my grandfather did,” she said.

“So many things in Sipadan are extinct like in other parts of the world – it is a real treasure,” she said.

She then mentioned of the conservation effort that were being undertaken in Sipadan — the turtle sanctuary and the shark sanctuary.

“One hundred million sharks are fished and finned every year so it makes sense to have the sanctuary. It may be (one day) the last place in the world that has sharks. A live shark is not only important to the environment but also to the communities around.”

Meanwhile, Scuba Zoo founder and chief executive officer Simon Christopher explained the importance of maintaining the ecological balance in the sea and mentioned why sharks had to be conserved.

“Without sharks, the weak and old will not be predated. There would be massive overgrazing and soon, there will be a desert,” he said.

And having predators in the sea is also a crowd puller and makes perfect sense in the context of touristic attraction.

“If you have no more predators, no one will come,” he said, simply.

He emphasised that a framework needs to be put in place to protect sharks species in Sabah and that various issues related to awareness and controlled fisheries need to be addressed.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/12/05/sipadan-has-not-changed-french-explorer/#ixzz2EhcZr8at

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Sipadan & Mabul Special November & December 2012

Buy 5 days 4 nights, pay only 3.½ nights.

Take this opportunity and discover one of the best dive sites around Mabul & Sipadan Island.

Stay for 4 nights at Borneo Divers Mabul Resort &  pay only 3 ½ nights.

Limited to 10 rooms per day, on a first come first serve basis.

Terms & Conditions:-

◦Travel period: 01st. of November to  21st of December 2012

◦Upon availability of spaces

◦First come, first serve

 

Hurry up and make your reservation before rooms run out!

 

Visit the top one dievsite worldwide   

 

For further information, please contact us at info@SouthEastAsiaDreams.com

 

 

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Plan your Scuba Diving Vacation 2012  with our ADEX  Specials.

With ADEX 2012, Asian largest Scuba Diving Showcase, held in Singapore from 13th – 15th of April 2012 ahead it is our pleasure to offer to all our friends and customer some interesting offers for your scuba diving vacation plan 2012 and 2013.

Meet part of our team of South East Asia Dreams during the ADEX in Singapore, just drop a SMS to +66 81 958 3310 (Mrs. Heike Garcon-Suiheran) and select a meeting point and time.  Or get your brochure at the booth of Diveguide.com Stand Number:  J02.  We are really looking forward to meet you in Person.

Explore our new destination INDONESIA on board of one of Indonesians finest liveaboard vessels:

save your spot on board of indonesia finest liveaboard vessels

or maybe just a long weekend at an amazing dive resort north of Bali with a lot of diving around the famous wreck of  U.S.A.T Liberty or the colorful house reef :

Spend some time in Bali with unlimited shore dives

Or spend some time around one of the world wide best dive sites in Malaysia – SIPADAN ISLAND.  Choose between one of our Resort or Liveaboard Package and save from our ADEX Special

Scuba diving Resort and Liveaboard Package around Mabul and Sipadan in Sabah/Malaysia

or maybe just the classic PHUKET ISLAND Package. With daily direct flights from Singapore, Phuket became an interesting destination for those who just like to send a few days away from home for some diving, entertainment and great food.

Hotel and Scuba Diving Daytrips Package in Phuket / Thailand

For those who never visit the famous SIMILAN ISLAND, here are some options for your liveaboard trip between November 2012 and April 2013.

Scuba diving liveaboard trips around SImilan Island, Southern Island or Mergui Archipelago

or maybe just charter with your friend your own vessel for your own scuba diving dream?

Charter your own vessel and plan your individuel trip with friends and family

 Above packages are only small selections of our program. Get your individual ADEX Special for all your confirmed bookings starting from today until latest 22th of April.   Travel period depending on the package.  Get an extra 5 % by pay the full amount of your trip by end of April.

For more information, details or your booking please contact us via email: info@southeastasiadreams.com

 

 

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