Which Learn to Dive Option?
Most people looking to learn to scuba dive are baffled by the amount of options and the various courses on offer, read our simple step by step guide to help you find your perfect scuba training match....
Firstly you have three options:
Try Dive – (Single session with an instructor to get a feel for being underwater)
Referral – (Pool and Classroom in the UK and final Open Water abroard)
Full Course – (Pool, Classroom and Open Water Dives in the UK)
The next option is to decide how much time you can give up?
Scuba Diver – (3 Pool Sessions, 1 Classroom Session, 1 Open Water Day) Approx 3 Weeks
Open Water Diver – (6 Pool Sessions, 1 Classroom Session, 2 Open Water Days) Approx 6 weeks
Does that course give you what you need?
Scuba Diver – 12m limit, must dive with a professional, option to upgrade to Open Water, lifetime qualification with world wide acceptance.
Open Water Diver – 18m limit, can dive independently with a buddy, full range of courses to continue education, lifetime qualification with world wide acceptance.
SSI or PADI?
Truly, the quality of the courses strongly depends on the experience and attitude of your dive instructor and the dive centre you train with – no matter what organisation you should choose to certify with. Here at Divemaster Scuba, we are able to offer you courses with the biggest dive organisations in the world; SSI (Scuba Schools International) , PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and TDI/SDI (Technical Diving International / Scuba Diving International). We chose SSI as our primary training agency and only agency for Instructor Level training as we truly believe the SSI system provides more time in the water, the best materials and training philosophy on the market. Their comfort through repetition and diver diamond training style makes divers more safe and comfortable.
For more than 45 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centres and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centres, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2,800 International locations, and has materials printed in more than 30 languages. SSI is the name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to our uncompromising standards and focused methodology.
SSI is recognised anywhere you want to dive
Since June 1, 2010, Scuba Schools International is one of the few training agencies who qualified for a Global ISO Certification. 7 SSI Programs, 5 for divers and 2 for instructors, have certifications that meet the International Standards – ISO 11121 for Try Scuba Diving, ISO 24801-1 to -3 for Scuba Diver to Dive Guide, ISO 11107 for Enriched Air Nitrox and 24802-1 and -2 for Dive Control Specialist and Open Water Instructor. Due to that the SSI C-Cards for the appropriate ratings will carry the ISO quality label in the future.
Divemaster Scuba are happy to be an SSI Diamond Intructor Training Centre able to offer all training through to Instructor Trainer.