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PADI vs SSI, from instructor / dive shop owner point of view

Discussion in 'Thinking of a Diving Career?' started by vovanx, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    Continuing the OT discussion: I just flew in last night from St. Petersburg, Russia. You want to talk about long winter! :eek:
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    Back to the original question: does one agency have an advantage over the other regarding ACE college credit for OW and ConEd classes?
  3. vovanx

    vovanx Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: pl. Earth
    the majority of students care mostly about the price and duration of the course, and SSI definitely has its advantage here.
    concerning the agency brand - as there are thousands of PADI and SSI flags hanging around people get familiar with them and with much higher chance will come to PADI or SSI shop rather than some Uncle Bob's Scuba International, because they believe these are reputable companies as their advertisements are seen everywhere.
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    Yes, people that want cheap and fast are the kind of customers I currently have the luxury of not having to serve.

    I hope that when I open my dive op that i mostly guide, and my customers for instruction want good.

    PS. Uncle Bob is a great instructor! :wink:
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  5. nutjoe

    nutjoe New

  6. oly5050user

    oly5050user Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Westchester NY
    Sometimes a customer will call or walk into store , with plane tickets in hand, saying they want their "PADI" card, so name recognition helps business. For a customer who is taking a referral for the certification dives PADI definitely makes it more convient for that diver to find a PADI instructor at their vacation spot. I have had customers go on vacation and return with log book signed by an instructor from a different agency , they were lied to by resort instructor that I can get them their card based on his signature, and were disappointed that I could not certify them and they needed to do the dives over again at additional cost.
  7. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
  8. Frosty

    Frosty Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Auckland NZ
    Original question answer-In the pacific islands PADI asia pacific has done a darn good job and has market domination of selling their product regardless of any technical advantage/disadvantage over SSI. At the end of the day PADI has become the "skillsaw" term of the scuba world (in the pacific area) So On that basis I'd suggest a PADI instructor has more employment chances than SSI
  9. scuberd

    scuberd Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Honolulu, HI
    Our shop switched from PADI to SSI last year, with 4 instructors crossing over. Most of our customers are entry level who do not know or care about the agencies. The in water instruction is basically the same. We have found that SSI's materials are substantially cheaper and of better quality than PADI's. SSI seems to care more about diving and dive safety as well as promoting the dive industry, while PADI seems to be about paying PADI more. I could go on and on, but we have seen no downside to the switch so far.
    We do still maintain our PADI membership for referral though, and those odd people who want a PADI cert. But, we do charge a lot more for those courses since the cost of materials is so much higher.

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