ssi & padi

Devriez-vous suivre un cours SSI ou PADI ?

Oh, nous le savons, c’est une question épineuse!
Si vous êtes nouveau dans le monde de la plongée et dépassé par les différentes options de certification, n’ayez plus peur, Bubble Addict est là pour vous aider à résoudre ce mystère une fois pour toutes.
N'y allons pas par 4 chemins, aucun des deux n'est meilleur ni plus sûr que l'autre. SSI et PADI respectent les directives du WRSTC (ou du World Recreational Scuba Training), ce qui signifie qu'elles sont également capables de former et de certifier de nouveaux plongeurs. Comme ils partagent les mêmes bases scientifiques, la qualité offerte par les deux est fondamentalement la même. Cela dit, il existe de petites différences dans les techniques utilisées pour former de nouveaux plongeurs. De plus, si et quand vous décidez de devenir un plongeur professionnel, le choix devient un peu plus complexe. Si vous êtes nouveau dans le monde de la plongée, vous apprendrez quelles sont les petites différences entre SSI et PADI. Si vous souhaitez faire de la plongée votre profession, nous vous expliquerons quand la différence entre PADI et SSI fera réellement une différence pour vous. Alors n'en parlons plus et plongons dans le sujet.

small differences

Name and Rights of the Diving Courses

First thing you should know is that SSI and PADI share a diving-level-structure. This means that someone interested in learning to dive will go through the same main diving levels (called courses) regardless if they choose for PADI or SSI. After finishing a diving course and receiving your certification you would gain the same diving limits and preparedness as the other. However, SSI and PADI name their courses differently from one another. In figure 1, you can find the most common courses offered by PADI and SSI and also learn how each equivalent course is named differently depending on the diving school.

Here is the equivalence between SSI and PADI

TECHNIQUE D'ENSEIGNEMENT DE PLONGÉE

Okay, now let’s assume that you are interested in recreational diving, rather than following the professional route. When it comes to recreational courses, such as your Open Water or Advanced Open Water, SSI has a reputation of being more flexible in its teaching techniques than PADI. Though you will learn the same skills, the approach to teaching differs slightly.
Need an example?

Let say that you are enrolled in the open-water course, the first step in recreational diver training. No matter if you choose PADI or SSI, at the end of the course you will have all the tools you need to be a proficient diver to a maximum depth of 18 meters. SSI allows instructors greater flexibility in sequencing their training sessions depending on the students personal training needs. If you’re struggling to clear your mask on your first dive in the pool, no problem, do some other skills and try it again later when you have more confidence. PADI, on the other hand, is more prescriptive when it comes to sequencing and a PADI instructor will insist that you complete the first dive skills before being allowed to move onto dive two. This is an incremental learning approach that builds on what you have learned. There are valid arguments for and against both approaches.
Another example. Another slight difference in SSI is that every skill is required to work in real world situations and with all equipment configurations. In the unlikely event that a diver completely runs out-of-air on a dive, it is standard practice to breath from an alternate air source. If a diver runs out-of-air, depending on the situation, they could choose to ask their dive buddy for help. All divers have two breathable regulators, a primary and a secondary or alternateve.

PADI will teach the out-of-air diver to signal their buddy and reach for their alternate air source attached at their side, while SSI teaches to pass the primary regulator (yup, the one in your mouth!). PADI sets the responsibility on the diver who is out-of-air to help themselves, while SSI bases its approach on the notion that an out-of-air diver will instinctively reach for the next available air source (in his or her buddy’s mouth) and the buddy can assist them by donating theirs.
Also in some parts of the world, divers are using alternate regulators attached to their BC inflators and the technique taught by PADI would be ineffective, as your gear would not have a traditional alternate regulator to grab on a long hose.  By teaching a universally accepted scenario, SSI’s method prepares the air donor to cope with a stressful situation where their own air source is removed in an out-of-air emergency and they have to reach down and recover their alternate air source. The difference seems subtle, and is certainly not a deal breaker when it comes to choosing, but it could be argued that SSI is slightly more realistic when simulating the situation.When things get real

PRIX DES FORMATIONS

En contraste avec les différences susmentionnées, vous saurez désormais à quel moment prendre une minute avant de choisir entre SSI et PADI.
Selon votre lieu de résidence, certains endroits ont un accord sur les prix de la plongée, mais ici, à Pulau Weh, vous trouverez SSI moins cher, pourquoi? Parce que c'est moins cher pour le centre de plongée, ça devrait être pour vous!

SSI est sans doute plus a la page que PADI et a rendu le matériel en ligne beaucoup plus accessible et GRATUIT pour ses étudiants que avec PADI cela coute environ 100 USD. De plus, la carte de certification ou la carte de plongée est moins chère avec SSI qu'avec PADI (d'environ 1/3). Les économies sur le matériel de formation sont très réelles et pourraient constituer un facteur décisif pour ceux voudrez economiser ou qui veulent peut-être commencer la théorie avant d’arriver dans leur centre de plongée.

So, in short, no, it doesn’t matter if you choose SSI or PADI if you are diving recreationally. However, you should take your time to understand the full differences between the two if you want to make diving your career. If you are to reach instructor level, choose based on the location where you want to work and if you are below instructor level just enjoy your time diving. The advice we give over and over again is the same, regardless if you go SSI or PADI, the feeling you get when you step in the dive center and meet, the team, the instructors is also really important.

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