Virginia Scuba will offer SSI beginning July 1, 2015!
As of July 1, 2015 Virginia Scuba will conduct dive lessons through Scuba Schools International. We are very excited about the change and think you will be too! On June 27-28 our staff will participate in an instructor crossover so that we may teach the full menu of SSI courses.
For those worried that they have paid for PADI courses that have not been completed yet, NO WORRIES. We will still maintain our PADI memberships until December 31, 2015. If you would prefer to change your course to SSI, we can do so. If not, we will complete your PADI course. All new open water divers will be started in the SSI system starting July 1, 2015.
This will NOT affect the quality instruction you have come to expect from Virginia Scuba. If anything, we believe it will enhance your dive experience. We will still offer SDI/TDI and IANTD for many of our Technical Diving courses.
Our decision to move from PADI to SSI was a long, hard process. Many of us have spent many years teaching the PADI system. While we can say nothing ill of the programs that are offered by PADI, it was decided that SSI was slightly more along the lines of the philosophies and goals of Virginia Scuba.
SSI is an international training organization recognized worldwide. Any certifications you have earned through PADI are recognized by SSI and vice versa, so you may continue your diving education without any loss of progress. SSI has dive shops worldwide so the referral system is very similar to the system we are already using. SSI is also ISO certified.
Again, we are excited about the new opportunities with SSI and are certain that you will also love the change. If you have any questions or concerns about your current diving level or future training plans, contact us at 703-369-0098 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you experience the difference, you will be happy with our decision.
As always, we look forward to diving with you! Stop by and say "Hi!"