PADI & SSI private scuba diving courses on Koh Samui

PADI & SSI private scuba diving courses on Samui
An adventure of a lifetime


SSI scuba diving course SamuiWe are dedicated to provide you with quality PADI & SSI scuba diving courses in a fun and comfortable atmosphere with individual attention paid to each student diver. Our diving courses in Ko Samui have a maximum ratio of four students per instructor, as we want to ensure that you receive the personal attention that you deserve in a safe and stress-free setting.
All our courses booked directly with us are private - we assign private instructor just for your or your group for your scuba diving course.

Searobin is committed to provide you the ultimate conditions for your first diving course experience by only going to the best beginner dive sites around Koh Samui for your very first scuba diving course dives. We select dive sites that will work best for our students in accordance with the diving course dive objectives.

Dive course samuiWhen you want to learn scuba diving, the first step is to take part in a Open Water Diver course, and when you complete the course you will have earned the most widely recognized and respected scuba diving certification in the world. Within a few days, you will be able to enjoy the underwater world.

Diving with Computers Searobin has adopted the PADI & SSI revised training methodology and now offers the Dive computer training for the Open Water Course in addition to the traditional dive tables.

If you are not completely sure if a full-blown scuba diving course is for you, there is always the option of doing our Discover Scuba Diving / Try Diving program and finding out what you're missing. With the Discover Scuba Diving program, you can enjoy the coral reef scuba diving experience under the close supervision of a scuba instructor in just one day, after learning just a few basic scuba skills necessary to ensure your safety.

Many of our Open Water Diver students decided to become certified scuba divers after trying the Discover Scuba Diving program, and if you try Discover Scuba Diving, it’s likely that you will want to continue diving as well. Kids are welcome too! There are a variety of fun and exciting programs available for the little ones as well.
It is our guarantee that our instructors are highly qualified, patient and most importantly FUN!


We offer dive courses taught in
English, German, French, Spanish & Polish


Diving courses start daily and all training material are available in almost any language. We will provide you with all needed theory materials in advance as eLearnig option. Learn to scuba dive with us today and discover the fun and adventurous freedom and serenity of a whole new world, underwater. Nothing comes closer to the unique feeling of feeling being totally weightless and free from gravity than diving underwater. Only a diver and an astronaut know the feeling!


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What’s the difference between PADI & SSI and how does it affect me?

PADI and SSI are the two largest scuba diver certification bodies in the world. Their qualifications are recognized everywhere and you will able to take the next step up in the PADI system and vice versa, however the experience levels are different. Where OWD - level 1 diver is pretty much the same through all organizations, the 2nd level is totally different. With PADI you can make a course one after other one, in SSI you will need to show your experience.

Which gives better training?

Training and safety standards in both organizations are set by the World Recreational Scuba Training Council click here for WRSTC information. This means there’s no basic difference in the skills you will learn from either PADI or SSI at entry level, or the safety standards they adhere to. In both systems – as in any system of learning – the character and experience of your Instructor will be the most important factor in your course.

So is there really any difference at all?

There are some differences of emphasis in training, and some in the way PADI and SSI dive centres supervise their instructors; briefly, PADI instructors may freelance while SSI requires them to be responsible to a dive centre. With SSI you will need to show also experience (number of dives) to reach the next level, PADI really not care about your experience, you will be take one course straight after other one... This might be a safty factor where SSI instructors will be assess through the dive center and the organization rather than only organiztion her self. SSI supports a modern way to teach the theory is exceptional! PADI approach is typically american (USA) vs. european by SSI.

If they’re so similar, how come the prices are different?

PADI follows more conservative way of teaching, charges more for certification and requires to have a own book. SSI on the other hand uses a modern media to teach the theory, everything is available online from videos, manuals through log book to certification. Everything free of charge available everywhere every time on PC, Mac, iPhone or Android. Well PADI charges 3 times as much on any product as SSI does. Why? Hmm... well why not as soon there are some people they want to do PADI... PADI spends huge amount of money on advertising...

What are the most important factors when I make a choice?

As we’ve said, any course is only as good as the instructor teaching it. Price is always interesting as nobody likes pay too much. On an entry level - Open Water Diver there are not much differences in the program. However with SSI you will be able to make a next step not just signing in for a next course, you will have to show your diving experience. All the levels of experience by SSI are certified through WRSTC vs PADI only the first entry (OWD) and the first proffesional (Dive Master).


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