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PADI Certification Equivalents


PADI is undeniably the world's foremost organisation for those who are serious about their diving.

The list represents other popular dive agencies found around the world:

The table below shows scuba training agencies and their PADI equivalent graded certification.

Dive Agency Crossovers

BSAC PADI Equivalent
Ocean Diver or Club Diver Open Water Diver
Sport Diver Open Water Diver
Sport Diver with at least 20 logged dives Advanced Open Water Diver
Dive Leader Rescue Diver
Advanced Diver Divemaster or IDC Candidate
Club Instructor IDC Candidate
Open Water Instructor IDC Candidate
Advanced Instructor IDC Candidate
SSI PADI Equivalent
SSI Open Water Open Water Diver
SSI Advanced Open Water Advanced Open Water
SSI Stress and Rescue Techniques Rescue Diver
SSI Master Diver Rescue Diver
SSI Dive Con Divemaster
SSI Master Diver Rescue Diver
SSI Open Water / Dive Con Instructor IDC Candidate if instructor certified for 6 months
CMAS PADI Equivalent
CMAS 1 Star Diver Open Water Diver
CMAS 2 Star Diver (with Night and Navigation) Rescue Diver
CMAS 3 Star Diver Divemaster or IDC Candidate
CMAS 1 Star Instructor IDC Candidate
CMAS 2 Star Instructor IDC Candidate
SSI PADI Equivalent
SSI Open Water Open Water Diver
SSI Advanced open Water Advanced Open Water Diver
SSI Stress and Rescue Techniques Rescue Diver
SSI Master Diver Rescue Diver
SSI Dive Con Divemaster
SSI O/W / Dive Con Instructor IDC Candidate (instructor certified for 6 months)
NAUI PADI Equivalent
NAUI Scuba Diver Open Water Diver
Advanced Scuba Diver Advanced Open Water Diver
NAUI Master Scuba Diver Rescue Diver
NAUI Divemaster Divemaster
Scuba Instructor IDC Candidate
SAA PADI Equivalent
Club Diver Open Water Diver
Club Diver (20 dives + Deep and Navigation) Advanced Open Water Diver
Dive Leader (with 20 logged dives) Advanced Open Water Diver
Dive Leader (with Diver Rescue) Rescue Diver
Dive Supervisor (with Diver Rescue) Divemaster
Assistant and Club Instructor (+ Diver Rescue) IDC Candidate
SAA Regional Instructor IDC Candidate