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Professional Scuba School, Any review ?

Discussion in 'Q and A for Scuba Certification Agencies' started by pigrules, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. pigrules

    pigrules Garibaldi

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    Hi, i recently came across a certification from a student who got certify by Professional Scuba School (PSS)

    Their online dive check is not working, went to check on the organization but not much information is found on it so was wondering anybody here know about this organization ?

    This is their website
    PSS - Professional Scuba Schools
     
  2. mike75

    mike75 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Singapore
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  3. Brennan Autry

    Brennan Autry Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Catania, Sicily, Italy
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    I know this is a few days late, but PSS is well established here in Italy and they do train to multiple different levels. They have a good reputation here. Derik Crotts (Director of Training Operations in North America) d.crotts@pssww.org or Giuseppe Amato, g.amato@pssww.org, may be able to offer assistance with card verification.

    PSS is just trying to enter the North American market and they want the feedback on what doesn't work.
     
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Seattle
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    Are you an instructor with PSS? I just took a peak at their website. I looked at the Deep manual here: Deep_Diver_demo. I think for a recreational course, it is pretty darn good. I liked the equipment section and the respiration section. Haven't read it in detail, but the highlights looked good. The one thing that was missing (and this is missing in all deep courses I've seen on the recreational level) is a discussion on gas density (http://alertdiver.com/Gas-Density). PSS gets into CO2 buildup, so they are almost there. If you pass this on, please pass on the job well done. Placing material like that online is quite respectable.
     
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  5. Charles Graves

    Charles Graves Angel Fish

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    It looks like they have a pretty legit course, and it seems rigorous.

    the onlyyyy issue is that in some areas internationally like North and South America, you may have some issues getting dive boats, cenotes/caverns, etc to accept that certification.

    as a whole, PADI or SSI or any of the mainstream ones are probably safest.

    I personally did PADI for my open water, advanced and rescue, for the certs because it’s easy to pass and I like as little government intrusion as possible. After I got my cert I did a ton of research on my own with articles, YouTube vids, etc on improving my scuba abilities and I also bought a bunch of necessary equipment and learned how to use it and practiced with it.

    I’m looking to get my cave diving cert next year and I’ll be doing it with SSI probably since cave diving is a little more strict and I don’t trust PADI with all that
     
  6. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    If a dive op won’t accept a certification from a DIR agency or a WRSTC member, they are morons and while I have certs from the above two agencies and more, that is some PADI Kool Aid you are drinking right there.
     
  7. Brennan Autry

    Brennan Autry Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Catania, Sicily, Italy
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    I am not an instructor for PSS but I have talked with the organization and have read most of their manuals and training standards. I believe understanding what is going on in other training organizations will only make me more aware and a better instructor. They do have a good standing program with a solid foundation.

    I understand the perception behind this and would agree when talking generally about the smaller more remote US centers and dive operations. My time diving and teaching outside the US has allowed me to see so many different organizations c-cards that I believe it a lower risk then it once was.
     

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