Professional Association of Dive Instructors
Established in 1966. What began in America from a handful of scuba instructors has become the largest dive organisation on the planet. A US success story in many respects PADI trains divers at an incredible rate and many divers from all over the globe are likely to be PADI certified.
are legion; easy to understand teaching and diving methods in a low pressure environment. Versatile, gradual learning curve for those starting to learn
diving. Care for the marine environment and reef conservation is a cornerstone to the PADI teachings earning them much praise from environmentalist
groups. In the tropics many countries economies are benefited upon by having a strong core of PADI Instructors and Divemasters catering to armies
of holidaymakers eager to dive in a warmer climate. Apart from the UK and a select few European countries PADI is almost always the foremost dive
shop/Resort/companies chosen affiliation.
PADI Resort Managers and Instructor's are expected to be proficient in selling PADI products and and materials to dive customers, however this is an oft needed skill in the sometimes 'cut-throat' world of Resort diving!
The PADI Diver Hierarchy
Discover Scuba Diver
Open Water Diver
Advanced Open Water Diver
Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
IDC Staff Instructor
The Diving Hierarchy for PADI is not so clear and straight-forward as it first appears. Rankings (with the exception of DSAT and the senior Instructor grades) can be purchased and obtained fairly easily when on holiday.
For example one diver may have 5000 dives, be very experienced in temperate, icy and tropical climates while only holding an 'entry' grade Open Water Diver certification. At the other end of the scale his inexperienced cousin could have trailblazed through the PADI rankings to reach Divemaster / Assistant Instructor with 65 - 125 dives in a tropical climate.