Want to be certified but don’t know what are the differences between the diving organization

Before starting scuba diving, you must select a destination and dive center. Most diving organizations train instructors and offer scuba diving courses.  Before starting your courses you will have a lot of offers from PADI, SSI, NAUI, CMAS, SDI, etc… you will be lost before starting so we prepare for you a small and quick comparison following our experience of the major different diving organizations.


The first thing to have in mind is the fact that some organizations are international and others are local. ALL agencies in the world are following and applying the RSTC regulation so you’ve got me after it’s the marketing with some specificities.

They are a LOT of organizations but the international Cake is split into 5/6 organizations.


What is a diving organization teaching?

All diving organizations are teaching the safety and basic skills of scuba diving from beginners to guides and Instructors. They are all having their own standards that each diver will learn during the courses.

In our opinion, it does not matter which diving organization you choose, because the most important thing to take into consideration is your instructor who will pass you knowledge … You must have a chat not focus on the price, you must feel confident, having trust into the person who will teach you. Bear in mind that even an instructor with 10.000 dives can somehow not fit with you. In that case, just ask to change for someone else.
To help you choose your organization we prepared a brief characteristic of the most popular diving organizations.


PADI: (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)

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PADI was founded in the United States in 1967 by John Crowin and Ralph Ericson. It is now the largest diving organization in the world, which develops many of its own programs and conducts research. The purpose of founding this diving organization was to promote diving but in a business way that helps considerably the development of PADI Worldwide.

PADI developed a modular training system and introduced a standard for all courses. All courses are now, in 2022, online and accessible to anyone who has an internet connection.

PADI quickly conquered the diving market and more scuba diving centers began to join PADI. As a result, PADI dive centers are present in more than 180 countries around the world. As many as 130 000 instructors and divemasters have professional qualifications issued by PADI, and 70% of all diving certificates in the world are issued by PADI.

Info: In some countries, some people do still not recognize PADI as a certification. To avoid any fight or any lost of time, just search another store next to where you would like to dive.


CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques)

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This organization was founded at a congress in Monaco in 1959 as a non-profit organization. The headquarters of this diving federation is located in Paris, and the first president was the famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau. CMAS promotes the development of diving and established a training standard between all federations of individual countries. That’s why if you are BSAC, ADIP, ANMP, or FFESSM you will have the CMAS certification too.

Diving licenses of the CMAS federation are recognized around the world, so there is no problem with diving with such licenses. From a CMAS certification, you will be able to switch between one to another organization.

SSI (Scuba Schools International)

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The SSI Diving Federation was founded in the 1970s in the United States to offer its customers a full range of training and equipment sales. In 1999, SSI merged with the National Association of Scuba Diving Schools (NASDS), which had greater recognition. SSI Diving Federation instructors can only train at SSI-authorized dive centers, which affects the availability of training in less developed locations.

The training system is similar to that of other diving organizations, and the training standards are clearly defined and apply worldwide. SSI diving organization is now known around the world, and its certificates are recognized in every diving center. There is also no problem to continue training in another organization except the Divemaster and Instructor level. It’s is not possible for an SSI instructor to switch to PADI doing a cross-over.

RAID (The Rebreather Association of International Divers)

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RAID is the last new organization founded in 2007 to train divers using Rebreathers. Since then, the federation has expanded its training to include basic diving courses, as well as freediving and technical diving courses. It’s huge marketing that helps RAID to conquer the market. Nearly everything is accessible online and more and more instructors are going to offer RAID courses, especially in the ASIA PACIFIC area.

We mentioned the most available agencies in the world but you are able to find much more depending on where you are traveling. TDI, IANTD is focused on technical divers and HSA & IHAD are for handicapped divers.

So What is the best diving organization?

Depending on your geographic position and consideration, we encourage you to focus on the organization that is responding the most to your interest. If you are still not sure, consider the most available agencies in the world. Like we said before, the most important is the structure with a clear and reliable staff, equipment, boats and the most important is the instructor and his approach to training any candidate.

What diving organization is Dragon Dive Komodo a member of?

As we have already mentioned, a logo is less important than skills. Nevertheless, our dive center belongs to the largest diving federation PADI joined with the FFESSM/ CMAS because the standards of training and service allow us to provide training at the highest level.

We are PADI because the owners are PADI instructors and when we opened in Indonesia 14 years ago, PADI was the easiest to affiliate with. After using the standards, training, and teaching pro level, we decided to stay and offer Divemaster and Instructors courses and we are now a PADI 5* IDC Dive center, the highest level in the scuba diving industry.

When choosing a training center, remember that as a customer you have the right to demand a high standard of training. For us, you are not just a customer, but your future partner in diving projects. We want to make sure that you are well trained.

After the covid Pandemic, it’s is NOW more than ever very important for all of you to check all the equipment, dive boats, compressors, and be sure that you will dive with the dive operator you book with. Except being agreed with Sharing, co-sharing, or simply sent over to another Dive shop, customers must check the offers must AVOID the “agent dive center” at any cost.

At dragon dive komodo, we are keeping our guests and offering the service whatever the situation. Our staff is trained and no freelance are used so we will always see the same guys.

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