What are the differences between SSI, AIDA and Molchanovs?
First, let’s look at the difference between AIDA and SSI. As for the course content, there is no real significant difference between AIDA and SSI. AIDA’s bifins dive requirement called constant weight bifins is more challenging; AIDA is -16meter and SSI is -10meter. The only real difference between SSI and AIDA for recreational courses is how the study material is delivered. With SSI, you will get access to the study material via the free MySSI app whereas, with AIDA, you get access to a pdf document.
There are big differences between AIDA and SSI opposite of Molchanovs. We consider AIDA and SSI recreational freediving while Molchanovs is more technical and performance-based freediving. With the Molchanovs level 1 course (the Wave 1) you will learn bifins, monofin, nofins and free immersion technique – free immersion is pulling up and down the line, whereas with SSI and AIDA you only cover bifins and free immersion – Molchanovs is much more all-round and technical freediving.
There are big differences between AIDA, Molchanovs and SSI Instructors. In essence; as an AIDA or Molchanovs instructor, you can work independently and anywhere. As an SSI instructor, you need to register a business or be affiliated with a registered dive centre to teach.
Of course, there are more differences between AIDA, SSI and Molchanovs, but in short, this is it.
If you want to learn more about AIDA, SSI and Molchanovs, on this page, we wrote more about the different freedive instructor courses.