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Discussion in 'Introductions & Greets' started by DivinLover, Dec 13, 2020.

  1. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    So its your personal opinion based on your local scene.

    Do non-divers ask to do their SSI or their PADI?
     
  2. David Novo

    David Novo REEF Volunteer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Porto, Portugal, Europe
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    No, it is not only based on my local scene. I just gave an example of the reality I was describing. Do you know any country in Europe, in which PADI is increasing its market share vs SSI?

    In Portugal, they ask to get their "Open Water", their "Advanced", etc. When I go diving abroad, I am not really paying attention to what people entering the sport ask.

    P.S.: I have no skin in the game.
     
  3. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    As neither organisation publish this commercially sensitive data. No. But then neither do you know which way its going.

    About 50% of none divers asking to learn with my club ask if they can get their PADI before going on holiday. We've never had "Can I get my SSI?" That's the advertising power of PADI.
     
  4. David Novo

    David Novo REEF Volunteer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Porto, Portugal, Europe
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    In Portugal, it is obvious that their market share decreased, given the significant amount of dive centers that migrated.

    As I already stated before, I never said that PADI's market share or their brand recognition is not high in Europe. I said that the trend is not really favourable to PADI.
    Just out of curiosity, do people in Spain, France, etc ask if they can get their PADI?
     
  5. DivinLover

    DivinLover New

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: France
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    Thanks for your reactivity... Which has even exceeded my expectations... :wink:
    Having none solution in sight... :( I kept on searching on the net and...

    YESSS, I found it. :) I Finally Did It... If I may play with its acronym:

    IFDI

    Which stands for: International Fun Diving Instructors.

    There's no license fee and no crossover fee there. :)

    GOODBYE PADI. HELLO IFDI.
     
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  6. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
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  7. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
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    I kind of like the IFDI approach. They've stripped out all the cruft.

    Here's the courses offered: IFDI - Water skills and ISO references

    They are essentially Discover, OW, AOW, and Rescue. No specialties and no professional training. Instructors must be trained by another organization and there is no crossover course, just a free credentials review. See IFDI - Info for instructors for more info.
     
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  8. DivinLover

    DivinLover New

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: France
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    Yes, I also love the spirit there.
    Simply simple. The essential and that's it.
    I wish I could have found it earlier.
     
  9. p_kos

    p_kos Contributor

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    Location: Ontario
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    IFDI looks cool. Does anyone have any experience with divers who only hold IFDI certs? Curious if they have any issues having their certs recognized buy shops, charters, or other agencies.
     
  10. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
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    Yes, it seems very simple.
    It also seems to assume no abuse of the system, and that all instructors using it are honest and adhere to the standards, such as they are.
    Frankly, given the complaints we see about instructors that are part of agencies that DO have some sort of quality control, it makes me wonder about the acceptance of IFDI by those who wish to see cert cards.
     
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