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      PADI and SSI Dive Center

We are the only dive center in Ko Lipe with dual qualified instructors that can teach SSI courses from beginner to Instructor level as well as Padi courses. SSI and PADI are the global leaders in the diving industry and their diver certification courses are recognised in every dive center worldwide.      >>> Read more about it <<<

For more information see the course summary below. Our friendly and professional team of PADI and SSI diving Instructors can be flexible with dive course durations and start dates to suit you.

SSI and Ko Lipe Diving offer you the opportunity to study at home with the FREE Online Training for the SSI Open Water Diver.         SAVE TIME DURING YOUR HOLIDAYS!

We have course materials available in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian.

Top 3 on TripAdvisor : Reviews from our customers

  • Super Tauchlehrer, Top ausgebildet und allesperfektorganisiert. Ichwürdeimmerwiederdiese Tauchschulewählen und kannsiewärmstensempfehlen!
    Kalliopi - Germany
  • The dive trips were well organized, nice big boat, gear was in good condition and we were well fed on the boat (fresh pineapple after a dive is divine :)
    Sara - Sweden
  • I will 200% lead my customer again back to Koh Lipe and back to KLD. Miss you and all the best!
    Jian - China
  • J'ai réalisé mon baptême de plongée avec Koh Lipe Diving. Super staff, très à l'écoute, très accueillant et avoir la théorie en français: quel plus!!!!.Bref, au top
    Nathalie - France
  • Fantastiskdykker center..Meget service minded
    Hans - Denmark
  • Vigjorde refreshment dive, vår son, 13 årtog PADI Junior Open Water Diver, dottern 10 årgjordetvåprovapådyk med svensktalandeinstruktör. Trevliga, kunniga, säkerhetsmedvetna
    Tomas - Sweden
  • We had an unbelievable experience both on the boat as well as in our dives. Strongly recommend KLD if you're looking to have an awesomely fun time with cool and experienced instructors!
    Desmond & Kelly - Singapore


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How does FREE Online Training for the SSI    Open Water Diver Program work?

  • 1. Register on SSI's website:

    Sign up online and select "Ko Lipe Diving" as Dive Center
  • 2. Completion of the online academics:

    Focuses on the academics needed to become a SCUBA diver.
  • 3. Confined and Open Water dives

    Visit us to complete your in-water training part and receive your certification
100% Free - Register now

PADI or SSI, What's the Difference?

Which training agency is right for you ?? What's the difference between PADI and SSI ??
Depending on what country you come from, you may have heard more about PADI than SSI. According to both of their statements / statistics and advertising PADI is the World's largest Diver Training agency, SSI is the World's fastest growing Diver Training Agency

Here at Ko Lipe Diving we like to give you the choice, we are certified to teach Scuba Diving Courses by both PADI or SSI, this means you choose the course that suits you. We like to provide you with clear unbiased advice and information and let you choose.

In reality there is actually very little to choose between the World's two largest Diver training Agencies. The course structures are almost identical and the time required is the same, even the skills you will learn and practice. If you have already started your Diving with one of them, it is likely you will contiue with that system, you will probably choose the same as friends or family that are already certified and enjoying the wonders of the Underwater World. Whichever you choose, you can swap at any time. Both PADI and SSI are recognised worldwide and will be accepted at any Dive Center you find no matter how remote a location.

The main difference to you the customer comes at the "beginner level" with the Scuba Diver and Open Water Course. PADI rules state that each student must have their own new book or manual to start the course, SSI allows us to keep a library of books and loan them to you for the duration of the course, this appeals to many people travelling as they dont want to add more to their luggage.

The biggest difference comes if you are planning to study online before you arrive to the Dive Center, either at home or in your hotel or even the internet cafe round the corner, SSI offers you free online training in over 15 languages, PADI charges you $110 for their E-learning. By studying online before you arrive you save money and valuable holiday time. The choice is yours but the saving of over $100 with SSI is very appealing to many of our recent students.

If you are still undecided, we can give you more information as you arrive to the Island, or if you still have an unanswered question then please feel free to contact us