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Going pro advice

Discussion in 'SSI: Scuba Schools International' started by pugdiver, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. pugdiver

    pugdiver Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: ontario, canada
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    I am starting my path to aowi. Like the lds that I am affiliating with and looking at completing my dive con this fall and doing my ie next summer. Any advice going forward?
     
  2. Teller

    Teller Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Harker Heights, Texas, United States
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    Not saying anything bad about SSI because I think they have a great program if your a diver but as far as an instructor being confined to the dive shop is not for me. I guess if your ok with that then drive on. I would want the option of being independent.
     
  3. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
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    Remember that both you & the LDS are in a symbiotic relationship. You are there to represent them & they are there to support you. Work together to achieve the goals of the LDS & turn out the best divers you can.

    Teller, having to be affiliated is not all bad. I am affiliated with a fantastic dive shop that treats me as a professional & backs me up 100% with whatever support I need . I return the favor by producing the best divers I can & giving them the best overall experience I can.
     
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  4. Teller

    Teller Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Harker Heights, Texas, United States
    1,075
    208
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    Im not saying that being affiliated is a bad thing at all. If you have a good LDS then its great but I am just saying that I would want the option of be independent. There are other reasons I wouldnt go pro with SSI but thats the main one.
     
  5. pugdiver

    pugdiver Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: ontario, canada
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    I actually like the affiliation component but as Teller says it is dependent on the lds that you are affiliated with. Essentially I am just looking to be in the water as much as possible and give back to the sport so with a good shop it just makes sense.
     
  6. Matt Sachs

    Matt Sachs Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: USA
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    The MAP program (monitor & assesment program) that SSI uses is the reason I choose to train with SSI. Every instructor gets evaluated every so often and offered advice on how to improve the quality of their students. (at least at our shop.) I'm in no way slamming other training organizations, I'm just partial to SSI. We must have current medical, O2 , cpr, first aid, and insurance paid thru the shop. This year new standards require us to use training slates in the water so nothing is skipped or over looked. This met with some pushback from the instructors, but it does produce a more consistant diver. At our shop we require every student to dive with a computer.
    (I have seen other classes with students that didn't have even a watch on their wrist)
     
  7. pugdiver

    pugdiver Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: ontario, canada
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    One of the things that actually attracted me to SSI is the regular monitoring as well as the experience based advancement. Being tied to a LDS, in my humble opinion can actually be a benefit as I am not necessarily looking to go work the resort scene.
     
  8. VGdiver

    VGdiver Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Virgin Gorda, BVI
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    Go at it wide open and with an open mind! Treat it like a Profession, not a hobby. We are always looking for Dive Professionals, not dive bums. Anyone can lead a dive trip, it takes a real pro to create a great experience, fun atmosphere, educational program, AND - most importantly - get everyone home safe.

    Jeff
     

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