Difference Between PADI and SSI
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PADI and SSI both follow the same standards and certifications are interchangeable but pricing structures differ due to course materials. On Phi Phi island you can go to most dive schools and dive with either the PADI or SSI accreditation.
One difference is that PADI has more materials, course manuals etc available, also in more languages than SSI., and they probably have a better professional level training system in place [Divemaster and Instructor level courses] than SSI. However most SSI and PADI courses are interchangeable, meaning you can do the SSI Open Water course, then do the PADI Advanced course, then the SSI Rescue course and so on.
On a customer basis the main difference here in Thailand between the two agencies is that SSI do not make it compulsory for candidates to buy course books and manuals, where as PADI do. With the SSI courses you can borrow the books / manuals whilst studying a course. Meaning people have the choice of buying the SSI books here or at home, or not at all. The price of the PADI manuals are incorporated into the final price of the your chosen course. While this makes the this makes the PADI course prices slightly higher, you have the advantage of keeping the reference material to refresh your memory when needed later.
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Diving on Phi Phi Island has a wonderful variety of diving for the beginner and those fully qualified with PADI or SSI training. The main instruction is done in Phi Phi Village where most of the dive schools are located. Dive schools such as Moskito Diving, Barracuda Diving, Phi Phi Scuba, Aquanaut Scuba, Island Divers and Viking Divers are the dominant schools on the main road but there are others such as Blue View Divers and Harlequin that offer an equally good service but are located in resorts further afield.
Confined water is done mainly in Tonsai Bay in front of Phi Phi Cabana Hotel as this water is not effected that much by the change in tides. If you get trained up at Moskito diving they have a small deep pool to complete some of their confined water tasks.
The main dive sites are not far from the main pier and Phi Phi Ley at 20 minutes by slow dive boat brings you to some of Phi Phi Island's best. The outlying reefs at Koh Bida, Shark Point, Garan Heng and the Wreck up the rest of the dive site on Phi Phi Island.
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Back to the water surface while diving at Koh Bida
PADI IDC Courses on Phi Phi
Phi Phi Scuba Diving Center