PADI • Global Leaders in Diver Education for over 50 Years
Global brand recognition
The PADI brand and logo are recognised worldwide as the representation of scuba divers everywhere. PADI Professionals, PADI courses and PADI educational materials are the most sought after necessities in the scuba diving industry.
People worldwide refer to learning to dive as ‘Get My PADI’. If travelling around the world as a dive professional, sounds like a dream come true, it only makes sense that you choose the best. Wherever your journey may take you, you will always have a family with PADI.
Performance based education
The PADI System of diver education is the most instructionally solid system in the industry. It creates scuba diver training that is both enjoyable and worthwhile for all levels of training courses.
As a PADI instructor you can be assured that your level of training is to scuba diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system. State-of-the-art technology and training models have been used to create a wide variety of PADI materials.
You can feel confident as an instructor knowing these materials are created with the student diver always in mind. There are independent study materials available in a variety of media that allow students to learn in a way that best suits them.
Whether it be reading about Wreck diving in the comfort of your own room, or completing Open Water E-Learning on the plane to Thailand. Whatever your needs, the course can be personalised to each individual customer.
As well as Student Materials, PADI has not forgotten about the needs of those teaching. Instructional support materials will help you further explain important concepts and help verify understanding.
During your professional instructor development, you will learn how to use the materials effectively, and how to apply them to your own personal teaching style. Having such an incredible foundation, to base your courses on, will allow you to spend more time outside of the classroom.
The greatest part when it comes to the structure of all PADI courses is flexibility. You will see that programs are performance based, and student centered. This allows you to feel confident in knowing you and your students will be getting the best training possible.
Each individual can take something different out of the course, and know that they will come out with a certificate that is recognised around the world.
Top Educational Standards
All PADI programs, from entry-level to professional training, fall under strict educational standards. This criterion is constantly monitored for worldwide consistency and quality.
PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers no matter which course they have chosen to enrol in. The questions are there to confirm that the courses they participated in, have met PADI’s high standards, as well as the diver’s expectations.
By doing this, PADI has made sure that its members are abiding by the training standards that have been set for them. Instructors can take pride in their courses, while students will have the confidence in what they have learned. No other diver-training organisation works harder to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity.
International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Standards Compliant
PADI courses are certified as compliant with ISO standards for Recreational Diving Services. This is done by an independent auditor, the European Underwater Federation and the Austrian Standards Institute.
Being a part of such a global organisation truly showcases the intent of the PADI name, and all it stands for.
Customer Service and business support
As a PADI-Pro Member you will receive an unparalleled level of support. When it comes to customer service and business consultation, no other agency can compete. With the largest staff of regional managers and specialised business consultants, you will enjoy one on one attention from the industries finest.
There are dedicated Customer Service Teams at PADI Regional Headquarters focused on providing you with advice, recommendations and care. All PADI Regional Managers (RMs) have worked in the dive industry for many years. They are well versed on PADI training programs and products, with several having previously owned or managed dive shops. Having this team of experts on hand is a valuable resource.
Risk management and insurance
PADI is the only organisation to provide a full-time in-house risk management team. The staff members are there to assist you in evaluating business practices, teaching techniques and prudent decision-making.
This will help to enhance the safety and enjoyment of your customers while managing your own risk. Whether coaching you on developing assumption of risk forms or assisting should an incident occur, the risk management team is always available.
As a PADI professional member you have access to the scuba diving industry’s most comprehensive insurance programs. These programs provide specialised coverage for dive shops, resorts, dive boats and scuba instructors.
The confidence that comes from having the industry’s strongest and most successful legal defence team behind you is priceless. PADI given its size has the power to represent the interests of diving and the environment in the face of legislation or regulation.
We know that as safe as scuba diving can be, there is always risk involved. Protect yourself with the best, and do not settle for anything less.
As the global leader in diver education, the PADI organisation takes its role in environmental stewardship seriously. Partnering with Project AWARE, PADI Offices, members and PADI Divers donate time and resources in helping to protect the underwater world. Divers are educated on looking after our oceans resources and how to implement lasting change.
Without having such a large podium, it is much more difficult to be heard. Project AWARE gives a global platform on which to stand and spread the word. They have created educational materials, specialities, and branding to help create underwater ambassadors. It is hard enough to make a change, but with PADI at your side, the possibilities are endless.
A healthy ocean is critical to not only our livelihood, but also to the lives of future generations. Use the PADI name to help educate yourself and your future divers. Live the dream, and encourage others to do the same. United we can make a difference.
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"Did my IDC with Crystal Dive and IDC Koh Tao and I'm so happy I chose them. Matt Bolton made sure that there was lots of learning, training and laughs! I felt more than prepared for the I.E. And it showed!"