PADI™ stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
PADI is undeniably the world's foremost organisation for those who are serious about their diving - either for pleasure or something more serious.
It seems that wherever there is Scuba, then also there is PADI. Rightly so, for PADI is a fully professional organisation - dedicated to the welfare of Scuba divers everywhere, and also to the marine environment.
The assorted PADI dive courses and scuba certifications - well documented on other areas of this site - are synonymous with quality and care.
No other dive organisation is as widespread as PADI, and the organisation expands year on year, based on determination of purpose, and a rigorous examination regime for those wishing to wear the PADI emblem and serve the cause of adventurous, but safe, diving.
PADI certifies more than 60% of the world’s divers and records suggest that more than 70% of worldwide scuba instructors are PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (OWSI).
If you entrust yourself to the care and attention of a PADI-qualified dive instructor, then you are well on the way to an enthralling hobby - or maybe even a career in diving.
PADI instructors have undergone a sometimes exhausting period of training. Rightly so, for they will be responsible for your safety as well as your enjoyment and education.
Diver Training Agencies provide varying levels of scuba training and they regulate scuba standards and will represent dive professionals during their teaching activities, including dive masters and diving instructors.
These training agencies also help to regulate the operations of dive centers, participating in dive medicine research, promoting aquatic conservation and actively marketing scuba diving as a recreational sport.
Among the most popular are PADI, NAUI, SSI, CMAS and other scuba certification agencies, and there are important differences among them. Probably the most significant difference between each agency is in which part of the world they operate.
The agency is generally related to its country's origin, whereas others, for example The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (acronym - PADI) are a globally based organization.
Most agencies offer a range of scuba courses from a scuba beginner right through to the professional teaching level and the associations will usually honor each other's scuba qualifications at the recreational level, though they do not always recognize each agency's professional level qualification.
The largest scuba training association is PADI. The 'Professional Association of Diving Instructors' has the Scuba Instructors and Dive Centers almost everywhere people dive in about 200 countries and is the largest certifying agency by far.
Other agencies are also worldwide but they tend to be found in specific geographical areas. The verification of any credentials of the training organisation can be made through the World Recreational Scuba Training Council.
You hear divers chat about their certification or being certified. You might need to provide proof that you are scuba diving certified. A scuba certification means that your previous training is adequate to rent and use scuba equipment from dive centers without supervision.
The appropriate scuba rating allows the certification holder to participate in guided dives of similar skill techniques and skill levels to those at which you are trained in or better.
Scuba Courses and Diving Lessons are available to almost anyone who is comfortable in water and in general good health. Introductory scuba courses can be as little as a half days training in a swimming pool or completely through to the full scuba certification.
For example, the PADI Open Water Diver certification course is the most popular entry level course worldwide and results in a full introduction to scuba diving. The course usually takes three to four days and on completion, you will gain a lifetime certification which also allows you to continue with further training and a lifetime of great diving.
To complete the Open Water Diver Course, it's not required that you are an Olympic athlete; however you will be screened to verify that you are in good overall health. There are certain health conditions that may prevent you from diving and there are some basic water skills that will also need to be tested.
Therefore, if you are generally a healthy person and you can swim and float well enough you're already on your way to a Scuba Certification.
Recreational Scuba Diving is one of the most popular outdoor activities and it can be exhilarating for beginners and experienced scuba divers alike.
One reason that scuba diving is so popular is that more than 70% of the earth's surface is covered in water - not all is suitable for the beginner - but scuba diving is now accessible to almost anyone.
Scuba Centers and resorts offer the three scuba E's - Education, Equipment and Experience. Dive shops are scattered all over the world and it is not difficult to find a dive shop, where you can discover scuba diving. You can rent tanks, or join a guided dive organised for certified divers.
The beginner is also well catered for in most scuba resorts. The three E's of scuba diving are essential ingredients for dive 'consumers'. Without them, the dive industry could not exist. Typically, in the scuba world, these entities come together under one roof for the enjoyment of all divers.
If you are a beginner, then you will find all the help you need to start what is bound to be, a long association with scuba diving!
All scuba divers require the Scuba Education to dive safely and to move forward to more challenging types of diving activities through further scuba training.
Without safe and appropriate Scuba Equipment, diving would be impossible. Scuba Centers and Resorts provide opportunities for divers to buy or rent scuba gear. Again, the scuba beginner will be properly advised what is required.
The Experience of the scuba industry (who provide the 'other' three E's - Entertainment; Excitement; Exhilaration) ensures that the benefits in the sport of scuba are available to all. The scuba industry never forgets that every diver was once a beginner!
> Environment [the NEW 4th 'E']
A healthy diving environment is crucial for a sustainable arena and divers take on increasing responsibilities acting as advocates and ambassadors for the preservation and care of the aquatic environment.
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