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Dive Agency Crossovers BSAC, CMAS, SSI, NAUI & SAA to PADI

Its very possible that you may have been trained by another certifying agency like NAUI, SSI, CMAS & BSAC. However, most divers certified with those and other agencies want to crossover to PADI. Why? It’s simple economics.

The vast, overwhelming majority of dive centre — in excess of 75% worldwide — are PADI dive centres and want only PADI certified instructors. If you want to find a lucrative job easily, you need to be a PADI instructor. If you hold a certification from one of the agencies below (non-PADI certification) then refer to the chart to find out where you can enter the PADI diver education system.

The table below allows instructors from other agencies to see their PADI equivalent grade if they are crossing Over from BSAC, CMAS, SSI, NAUI & SAA dive agencies. The benefits to being a PADI instructor are normally obvious, PADI is the largest, most recognized and established diver training agency in the world offering more jobs to dive professionals than any other.

BSAC PADI Equivalent
Ocean Diver or Club DiverOpen Water Diver
Sport DiverOpen Water Diver
Sport Diver with at least 20 logged divesAdvanced Open Water Diver
Dive LeaderRescue Diver
Advanced DiverDivemaster or IDC Candidate
Club InstructorIDC Candidate
Open Water InstructorIDC Candidate
Advanced InstructorIDC Candidate
SSI PADI Equivalent
SSI Open WaterOpen Water Diver
SSI Advanced Open WaterAdvanced Open Water
SSI Stress & Rescue TechniquesRescue Diver
SSI Master DiverRescue Diver
SSI Dive ConDivemaster
SSI Master DiverRescue Diver
SSI Open Water / Dive Con InstructorIDC Candidate if instructor certified for 6 months
CMAS PADI Equivalent
CMAS 1 Star DiverOpen Water Diver
CMAS 2 Star Diver (with verification of Night and Navigation dive)Rescue Diver
CMAS 3 Star DiverDivemaster or IDC Candidate
CMAS 1 Star InstructorIDC Candidate
CMAS 2 Star InstructorIDC Candidate
SSI PADI Equivalent
SSI Open WaterOpen Water Diver
SSI Advanced open WaterAdvanced Open Water Diver
SSI Stress & Rescue TechniquesRescue Diver
SSI Master DiverRescue Diver
SSI Dive ConDivemaster
SSI O/W / Dive Con InstructorIDC Candidate if instructor certified for 6 months.
NAUI PADI Equivalent
NAUI Scuba DiverOpen Water Diver
Advanced Scuba DiverAdvanced Open Water Diver
NAUI Master Scuba DiverRescue Diver
NAUI DivemasterDivemaster
Scuba InstructorIDC Candidate
SAA PADI Equivalent
Club DiverOpen Water Diver
Club Diver (with at least 20 dives and Experience in Deep and Navigation)Advanced Open Water Diver
Dive Leader (with at least 20 logged dives)Advanced Open Water Diver
Dive Leader (with Diver Rescue)Rescue Diver
Dive Supervisor (with Diver Rescue)Divemaster
Assistant and Club Instructor (with Diver Rescue)IDC Candidate
SAA Regional InstructorIDC Candidate

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