What to Know about PADI and SSI

We’re certified to teach both!

About Dive Training and Scuba School Standards

PADI, SSI, NAUI, SDI, PSS, ACUC, BSAC—how do you know which organization to choose? All of the major training organizations belong to the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC), which means that they’ve agreed to a minimum course standard for each level of training. Because of this standardization process, your certification from any of these main organizations will be accepted worldwide.

In Roatan we have two organizations competing for your business, PADI and SSI. These are the the two largest scuba training organizations in the world, and both provide excellent services. No matter which organization you prefer, Pro Dive Roatan is certified to teach both!

You don’t need to complete all of your certifications with only one organization

Simply choose one based on the instructors and materials available to you.

Where did they come from?

Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) was founded in 1966 by two friends in Illinois. It is headquartered in California and has regional offices worldwide. PADI is the largest dive training organization in the world with more than 6,400 affiliated dive centers and resorts and 133,000+ instructors around the world. They issue more than 1 million certifications annually and have issued more than 25 million over their history.

Scuba Schools International (SSI) was founded in 1970 by Robert Clark in Colorado. It is headquartered in Germany and has regional offices worldwide. After a major transition, they recently redesigned all of their teaching systems and materials to be electronic, making their materials accessible and affordable. Currently, SSI has over 2,800 affiliated dive centers in 110+ countries and materials are available in 30+ languages.


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