> April 17th, 2015
Who Are PADI?
common statement I hear from customers over the
17 years I have been a PADI Member is ‘I want
to do my PADI’. The customer is of course
referring to the world’s most popular entry
level scuba training course; The PADI
Open Water course.
In 2014 over
500,000 new divers where certified worldwide as
PADI Open Water divers. PADI is the words most popular
training agency and certifies approximately 70%
of all divers worldwide. With such popularity it’s
not surprising their brand has crept into everyday
But who are
Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the
world's largest recreational diving membership and
diver training organization, founded in 1966 by
John Cronin and Ralph Erickson. Cronin, originally
a NAUI instructor was a scuba equipment salesman
and Erickson, a swimming Instructor and educator,
decided to form their own training organization.
began breaking diver training down into several
modular courses instead of the single universal
course offered in the 60’s. Their goal was
to create a structured training system that made
it easy for people to learn scuba, and encourage
divers to dive regularly.
system of diver training is the way the world learns
to dive today. All the other ‘major’
training organizations have adopted the same system.
System and Philosophy
slowly. By the late 60’s they had 400 members
and began issuing certification cards with diver’s
photographs on. In the early 70’s the world’s
first modular based entry level scuba training course
was developed. This was the PADI
Open Water diver course known to millions of
people worldwide these days as "My PADI".
System of diver education is based on performance
based training that introduces skills, safety-related
information and local environmental knowledge to
student divers in stages. PADI courses are student-centered
and provide maximum practice and realistic application.
E's Philosophy" is that the dive lifestyle
requires four elements:
- encourage divers to expand their capabilities
and continue their diver education. PADI’s
full range of diver courses introduces divers
to new underwater activities and can even help
you make a career move to become a PADI Professional.
- PADI dive shops offer a variety of experiences
from local dive tours to exotic dive travel.
- We need Scuba gear to make diving possible.
The best place to learn about the latest scuba
equipment available is a PADI Dive Center or
Conservation - A healthy underwater
environment is essential to good diving and
divers are great advocates for protecting our
water resources. Throughout PADI courses, divers
learn the importance of protecting fragile aquatic
ecosystems and are encouraged to become involved
in local and global conservation efforts.
with Project AWARE a global nonprofit organization
dedicated to protecting our ocean planet.
headquarters are located in California, United States.
PADI Regional Headquarters are based in Australia
(Asia Pacific), the UK (Europe) and the United States
(the America’s), with smaller support offices
in China, Japan, Canada and Russia. This network
allows PADI to support the efforts of individual
professional members and PADI Dive Centers and Resorts
in over 180 countries and territories.
the needs of divers worldwide, translations of PADI
materials are available in over 25 languages.
By 2015 PADI
has more than 135,000 individual members (Renewed,
Insured and active PADI Divemasters or higher) in
over 180 countries worldwide. With over 6,000 PADI
dive centers and resorts worldwide PADI has certified
over 23 million divers.
Here on Koh
Tao there were approximately 80,000 divers certified
in 2014, approximately 75% of those "did their
information on how to become a PADI Professional,
check out the PADI
Divemaster and PADI
Instructor courses we offer at IDC Koh Tao.