SSI Freediving courses in Thailand – Internationally recognized
WHAT IS SSI ?
Scuba Schools International (SSI) is an organisation that writes standards and guidelines and make sure that they are followed by schools and instructors in Freediving, scuba diving, technical diving. SSI has over 2,500 schools, 35 regional centers, and offices all over the world. All Freediving schools around the world recognise SSI Certifications so that our students will be able to continue their freediving/apnea training everywhere in the world.
What “Internationally recognized” mean exactly ?
All underwater sports can be potentially dangerous and this include of course Freediving and Scuba diving. In those activities safety is paramount. Until a few years ago Freediving was unregulated and potentially dangerous because no outlines were followed, now more agencies wrote their own regulations, standards and designed teaching programs and proper courses outlines and materials. This ensures that the sport is much more safe.
Example 1: The World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) was founded in 1999 and is dedicated to creating minimum recreational diving training standards for the various scuba diving certification agencies across the world.
Example 2: The European Underwater Federation (EUF) is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of SCUBA diver training organisations operating in both the not for profit and for profit sectors within Europe.
If you want to make sure that your certification will be accepted in every freediving school around the world, simply ask if those agencies recognised it.
SSI scuba training programs are certified and recognised throughout the world (such as RSTC - Recreational Scuba Training Council, EUF - European Underwater Federation, CUA – China Underwater Association and others). SSI is a member of the following councils of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council - the United States RSTC, the RSTC Europe and C-Card Council (Japan). It is also a member of the European Underwater Federation. SSI obtained CEN certification from the EUF certification body in 2005. It received ISO certification on June 1, 2010
A major difference between SSI and other diver education organisations like PADI, AIDA and others is that SSI is a organisation intended to ensure the quality of training worldwide. SSI renew teaching students manuals, freediving standards and safety every year. SSI Freediving Instructors are updated to keep improving their teaching and training skills in all Freediving schools. SSI also creates more Freediving specialities and is proudly responsible for most of the recreational freediving development in the world.
Recognition is very important in diving activities as its simply guaranteed that all diving skill and knowledge have been tested and approved as the safest techniques for the sport and are taught to students by instructors who learned pedagogy during their instructor training education, because being a good Freediver doesn’t always mean being a good teacher or coach. Pedagogy is the study and practice of how best to teach, and it is based on the mechanisms of how people learn.
Which are the Freediving certifications recognised by all Freediving Schools around the world ?
-AIDA ( is not recognised by WRSTC but every center accept it )
-Apnea Academy ( same )
Most of the others certifications won’t be valid in Freediving Schools or will require a crossover (extra training to get the equivalence recognition from a International agency).
Why SSI is better ?
SSI Online Learning.
As soon as you register for a SSI freediving training in the world you will have access to manuals and exams from home. You can then study at your own pace before heading to your SSI training center.
–Dive SSI Ap on Apple store and Androids.
The app gives you access to all your scuba diving and freediving certifications so you don’t need to worry about losing your plastic cards anymore or having to carry them with you all the time. You can also study your next Freediving Course up to 6 months in advance and feel 100% ready. You will have access to your SSI courses through your smart phone, tablet or computer from any places as the app work offline as well.
-SSI quality records.
SSI Freediving agency where instructors must teach through a dive center where skills, equipment, safety will respect high standards to ensure the best quality of training. To do so SSI email students after their courses with a feedback form and will verify the training quality provided by the Freediving Instructor.
-SSI diving and teaching experience:
For more than 40 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving, freediving certification and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2.500 International locations, and has materials printed in more than 30 languages. SSI is a name to trust in the diving world, and most of divers attribute that success to the uncompromising standards and focused methodology.
-SSI Record Keeping:
It can happen that due to a cold, illness, or simply not enough time, a student can not complete all physical skills to complete a course and get certified. No problem! The school will keep a training record for 5 years, you can simply come back or go to a other school to finish it without having to start from the beginning.
-SSI Freediving Specialties:
Only going up and down a line is not enough to become a strong Freediver. SSI offers specialities such as Dry Training which will boost your knowledge and training routine to achieve longer and deeper dives. The Monofin course will give you all techniques to understand and perfect the famous dolphin style and your SSI instructor will explain you how to choose the monofin which fit you best. Free Immersion and Constant No Fins specialities have been created for freedivers who want to achieve great swimming techniques and might prepare for their first freediving competition. SSI Freediving offers other specialities such as Night dive/Low visibility Freediving, Variable weight and more.