Adventure Cook Islands Dive Centre and Rental Specialist
Our Adventure Cook Islands dive centre in Rarotonga is affiliated with PADI, SSI, SDI and TDI. We are a registered PADI Dive Resort, SSI Dive Centre and SDI and TDI Dive Resort.
Being affiliated with multiple dive training associations allows us to offer the widest range of dive training courses of any dive centre in Rarotonga or the Cook Islands.
Our dive centre in Rarotonga offers a big choice of recreational PADI, SSI and SDI dive courses. Furthermore, we also offer a range of technical open circuit courses as well as technical closed circuit rebreather courses through TDI and SSI XR.
We believe that no one dive training organisation is better than another although all dive training agencies have their individual strengths. Ultimately, when it comes down to teaching, a good instructor is a good instructor, no matter the training agency. However, dive instructors who can teach courses from different training agencies tend to be more open minded when it comes to different teaching styles. After all, they have learned and trained using different instruction methods by the various diver training organisations.
All our recreational and technical dive certification courses in Rarotonga are recognised worldwide. When you compare the different programs, you will find that you will gain the same knowledge and learn basically the same skills for the equivalent course from another training agency. The difference lays in how the diving knowledge and skills are delivered to you. This gives YOU the choice to decide which course is best for YOU.
PADI was founded in 1966. In the light of it’s age, PADI is very likely the biggest and best known recreational diver training agency in the world. “PADI” sometimes still stands as synonymous with “learning to dive”. Likewise, people still often refer to “my PADI”, when really they mean their “Open Water Diver certification”. For this reason, PADI strengths are as follows:
SSI started in 1970. At the present time, SSI is probably the second largest diver training agency. SSI is becoming especially popular in regions like New Zealand, North America and Europe. SSI has a strong focus on continuing education. In addition, their online presence, user app and elearning courses are very well designed. To point out a few, SSI strengths are as follows:
SDI is the sister agency of TDI. In fact, SDI was launched in 1998 out of the need for a recreational training agency for existing TDI instructors. SDI’s philosophy has always been to emphasize safety and to enhance outdated diving practices through the implementation of modern diving technology. With this in mind, SDI has been a very progressive training agency and has been on the forefront of innovation in diver training since it’s humble beginnings. To point out a few, SDI strenghts are as follows:
TDI started in 1994 as a pure technical diver training agency. Presently, TDI is likely to be the biggest technical diver training agency in the world and it’s courses provide diver training to the highest standards. They were also the first diver training agency to develop elearning courses. To enumerate, TDI course strengths are as follows:
Below are training agency certification equivalency charts for most of the recreational and technical dive courses that we offer.
|Not applicable||Scuba Diver||Scuba Diver|
|Open Water Scuba Diver||Open Water Diver||Open Water Diver|
|Advanced Adventure Diver||Adventure Diver||Advanced Open Water Diver|
|Rescue Diver||Stress and Rescue||Rescue Diver|
|Deep Diver||Deep Diving||Deep Diver|
|Computer Nitrox Diver||Enriched Air Nitrox Diver||Enriched Air Diver|
|Solo Diver Diver||Independent Diver||Self Reliant Diver|
|UW Photographer||Underwater Photographer||Digital Underwater Photography|
|Advanced Nitrox||Extended Range Nitrox||Tec 40|
|Decompression Procedures||Extended Range||Tec 45|
|Not Applicable||Not Applicable||Rebreather Diver|
|Air Diluent CCR||CCR Diver||Advanced Rebreather Diver|
|Air Diluent Decompression CCR||CCR Extended Range Diver||Tec 40 CCR|
|Helitrox Decompression CCR||CCR Extended Range (Trimix) Diver||Tec 60 CCR|
In case you are unsure about which course of which training association is best for you, just get in touch with us. We are always happy to help.