SSI Diving Certification - Wanting to upgrade from SSI to PADI


SSI & PADI dive certification


The main diving certification agencies are PADI, SSI, BSAC, SDI, TDI, RAID and NAUI.  In total there are approximately 27 Scuba Diving training certification agencies with PADI certify more divers than all other certifying agencies combined.


Because PADI is the larger and better resourced certifying agency its qualifications are recognised widely throughout the world and having a PADI certification give you many more opportunities as a diver than any other option. For this reason, many divers want to upgrade from SSI and the other minor diving certification agencies to PADI. Abyss Scuba Diving offers a range of options for those who wish to upgrade their current certification to PADI.


Wanting to upgrade from SSI to PADI, this is your next step

Because PADI gives far more opportunities on a worldwide basis, many divers wish to cross over from SSI to PADI to increase their diving opportunities.



SSI Qualification Your next Step in the PADI System
SSI Open water Diver PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
SSI Advanced Adventurer Diver PADI Master Scuba Diver
SSI Advanced Open Water Diver PADI Divemaster
SSI Dive Control Specialist (DiveCon) PADI Assistant Instructor
SSI Open Water Instructor (OWI) PADI Open Water Instructor


PADI Diving Certification Agencies


The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world's largest diving organizations. It has succeeded largely as its programs make diving accessible to the average person, plus it gets students into the water quickly. With more than forty years experience and 5,300 dive centres and resorts worldwide, PADI training materials and services let you experience scuba diving from nearly anywhere. PADI has the broadest range of programs and offers the broadest range of diving opportunities

Today PADI issues approximately 950,000 certifications a year, of which approximately 550,000 are "entry level" certifications. Over the years since its formation, PADI has become a dominating force in scuba diver training; it certifies approximately 70% of divers in the United States and approximately 55% of divers worldwide.



SSI Diving Certification Agencies

Scuba Schools International (SSI) is a very much smaller certification agency. All SSI instructors are affiliated with an authorized dealer and unlike other agencies; instructors are not allowed to operate independently, this combined with the small size of SSI limits the opportunities of divemasters and instructors. SSI basic beginner's course, open water diver, is similar to those offered by the main agencies.

SSI & PADI jointly combined in their efforts have played a major role in making scuba diving a popular recreational activity.


Please note: To come for a dive with us or our dive club, we recognize all certification agencies including PADI, SSI BSAC, SDI, TDI, RAID and NAUI. Please just bring your dive certification card along.