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SSI to PADI Reciprocity

Discussion in 'Q and A for Scuba Certification Agencies' started by onepointfivethumbs, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. onepointfivethumbs

    onepointfivethumbs Garibaldi

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    Ahoy.

    I was planning on diving the Rhone through Dive BVI over Christmas, they offer the SSI Wreck Diver cert with your checkout being the actual site dives.

    I am a PADI OWD and I eventually want to do further certifications through my local shop, however since this is through a different agency will PADI recognize equivalency or would I have to repeat the PADI syllabus at a later date? Is there a form I would need to fill out?

    Cheers.
     
  2. FF / EMT

    FF / EMT Angel Fish

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    Yes.
    I’ve got ssi ow PADI advanced DRI instructor, blah blah blah. Remember it’s the qualifications that count not the certifications. The certification is just a card.
     
  3. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

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    I personally wouldn't bother for a specialty course. The only time this could be a minor issue is if your doing a 'gateway' course like Advanced Open Water, leading on to Rescue Diver. Either that or wanting to use Wreck as one of your specialities for Master Scuba Diver.
     
  4. onepointfivethumbs

    onepointfivethumbs Garibaldi

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    I would like to (eventually) qualify as a Master Scuba Diver, my local shop does Deep, Nav, and Night as the AOW "Adventure Dives" and offer the specialties, so checking this off plus another would satisfy the five.
     
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  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ask your shop
     
  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    For PADI MSD all the specialties have to be done through PADI. This does not mean you can't take an SSI specialty, it won't count towards MSD, but you can take something else for the PADI requirement. Have fun, its more important than plastic.


    Bob
     
  7. oly5050user

    oly5050user Dive Travel Professional

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    Must be a PADI issued speciality to count towards master scuba diver. Other agency course will not work.
     
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  8. mmerriman

    mmerriman Captain

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    recognize it for what?
     
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I believe he mentioned PADI MSD
     
  10. onepointfivethumbs

    onepointfivethumbs Garibaldi

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    Yes sorry if that was unclear
     

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