Posted by Dan Barrows on May 17, 2002 at 17:41:40:
In Reply to: SSI certification posted by Beach Diver on May 14, 2002 at 16:21:23:
As the owner of an SSI facility, I think I can shed a bit of light on this question for you. On the surface, the difference between SSI and other agencies is minimal - Scuba is Scuba! The major training agencies (aside from NAUI) all subscribe to the standards set forth by the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) in order to insure that the new divewr gets a consistent and safe program. SSI does, however, do a few things differently to deliver a superior training experience to the new diver.
1) Quality Dealers. SSI Authorized Dealers are carefully selected to meet high standards. We only work with full-service, reputable retailers and resorts who run a professional scuba school, sell and service equipment, and offer additional services to meet all your diving needs.
2) Quality Instructors. SSI is the only agency that requires instructors to affiliate with a full-service Authorized Dealer. SSI Instructors are monitored on-site for adherence to the SSI Training Standards, professional conduct and performance, to ensure your course is taught right.
3) SSI's the Leader in Home Study Training. Home study is the hottest thing in dive training because it allows you to spend more time in the water developing ability and comfort. In 1990 SSI pioneered this technique, and we're still the leader today.
4)Comfort Through Repetition. SSI Instructors use our highly-effective water training method called Comfort Through Repetition. Scuba skills become second nature, so you can relax and enjoy yourself when you go diving.
5) World-Wide Respect and Recognition. SSI divers are respected all over the world because of SSI's reputation for training excellent divers. With over 1,900 Authorized Dealers in 90 countries, your SSI certification card will be welcomed anywhere you want to dive.
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