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PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest recreational diving membership organization. The membership includes dive businesses, resort facilities, academic institutions, instructor trainers, dive educators, divers, snorkelers and other watersports enthusiasts. Professional PADI Members (dive centers, resorts, educational facilities, instructors, assistant instructors and divemasters) teach the vast majority of the world’s recreational divers, issuing nearly 946,000 certifications each year. PADI Professionals make underwater exploration and adventure accessible to the public while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service.
PADI is international in scope with service offices in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. PADI Worldwide (corporate headquarters) is located in California, United States. PADI Offices serve more than 100,000 individual professional members and more than 4300 dive centers and resorts in more than 175 countries. To serve the needs of divers worldwide, translations of PADI materials are available in more than 20 languages.
PADI provides members with a full range of educational materials, training aids, promotional pieces and recognition materials to conduct and market PADI programs. These materials are developed by credentialed instructional designers who use state-of-the-art technology and learning theories to produce quality products. When students successfully complete PADI courses, they receive positive identification certification cards that identify them as PADI Divers. In addition to course materials and certification cards, PADI supports members’ teaching efforts by supplying consultation services in current instructional methods and protocols. For more on PADI, please click here.