Why choose PADI?
Why is PADI Different?
PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, yourÂ PADI scuba certification cardÂ will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures youâ€™ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did â€“ to train with the worldâ€™s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.
With more than 130,000 PADI Professionals and around 5700Â PADI Dive Shops and ResortsÂ operating in more than 180 countries and territories, you will likely find aÂ PADI Scuba InstructorÂ who can speak your language and offer you a comfortable learning experience. To serve the needs of divers worldwide, translations of PADI materials are available in at least 26 languages.
Choosing scuba education is a personal experience. You want to feel comfortable with your scuba instructor and their philosophy of teaching. PADI scuba lessons andÂ continuing diver education courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your professional PADI Scuba Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills.
You pick up key information as well as helpful tips by interacting with PADI educational materials â€“Â online scuba programsÂ manuals, videos, workbooks, multimedia discs, etc. Credentialed instructional designers use state-of-the-art technology and learning theories to create PADI materials with you, the student diver, in mind.
- Performance-Based Learning
This means that you progress as you demonstrate that you have mastered specific performance requirements essential to becoming a scuba diver. Your scuba instructor is there to help you meet these requirements, regardless of how quickly or slowly you master them. You must earn your PADI certification, but you do so in an encouraging and well-supported learning environment.
- Continuing Diver Education
The fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver who dives regularly is fueled byÂ improving your scuba skills through continued education.Â Youâ€™ll find more than 25 PADI specialty courses likeÂ wreck diving andÂ night divingÂ to help build your knowledge and skills while pursuing yourÂ Master Scuba Diver rating.Â Plus, you can live the scuba diving lifestyle by becoming aÂ scuba instructor.Â Experience the joy of a fulfillingÂ scuba careerÂ as you expand your scuba diving experience.
College Credit and Vocational Training
The unsurpassed quality of PADI materials and the educational validity of PADI scuba lessons have been independently acknowledged by international educational and vocational training authorities.
Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit) has recommended PADI courses forÂ college credit equivalency.
- College Credit Equivalency
PADI Instructor Development CoursesÂ provided through PADI affiliated dive shops and resortsÂ have received vocational training recognition by the Vocational Education Training and Accreditation Board (VETAB) in Australia, by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and in the England, Whales and Northern Ireland on the National Qualification Framework.
- Vocational Education Training
All PADI programs,Â entry-levelÂ throughÂ scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers to confirm that their courses met PADIâ€™s high standards as well as the diversâ€™ expectations. No other diver training organization works to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity. PADIâ€™s commitment to a quality assurance process helps continually improve customer satisfaction.
Just as scuba divers must earn PADI certifications,Â PADI Scuba InstructorsÂ must complete a development program that sets the industry standard for scuba instructor training. Each newÂ PADI Scuba Instructor demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the PADI System and the ability to conduct PADI programsÂ by meeting specific criteria. Before earning theÂ PADI Scuba Instructor rating, all candidates are evaluated by a select group of PADI-employed Instructor Examiners. This ensures that the evaluation process is objective, fair and consistent worldwide. This is just one of the ways PADI training stands above others in the industry.
Your underwater adventures begin in your entry-level course and grow as you explore new dive sites, use newÂ scuba gearÂ and try different types of diving, likeÂ night divingÂ orÂ wreck diving. Providing the education, equipment and experiences you want and need, your PADI Dive Shop or ResortÂ supports your diving and helps you truly live the scuba diving lifestyle.
- Continued Adventures with the Scuba Diving Lifestyle
You can tap into more thanÂ 25 specialty diver coursesÂ that allow you to focus on your areas of interest. You can progress up through PADI Rescue DiverÂ on toÂ PADI DivemasterÂ and put your scuba skills to use assisting other divers, or aim for the elite PADI Master Scuba Diver level â€“ divingâ€™s ultimate non professional level scuba diver rating. The PADI System of diver education allows you to continue your dive education for a lifetime â€“ even after you become aÂ PADI Scuba InstructorÂ â€“ a vocation or avocation that provides a fulfillment few careers can match.
PADI Diving Society
As a PADI Diver, you become part of the larger PADI community. In many parts of the world, you can join the PADI Diving Society, an organization made up of dive enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. TheÂ PADI Diving SocietyÂ keeps members informed on the latest developments in dive news, technology and training and offers members savings and incentives on all of the things you need to stay active and involved in diving - including dive travel, equipment and training.