PADI Diving Certification

There are a quite a few agencies you can learn to dive with but

the largest training agency on the planet is PADI. Standards

and procedures are the same the world over on all PADI courses,

therefore creating continuity in the PADI diver training. Remember

that there are good and not so good professionals in all the diver

agencies. PADI insists that standards have to be met. If the

standards and procedures are not met the PADI professional stands

to lose their license.

What is PADI?

PADI stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and is the world's largest recreational diving association. The PADI members: Divemasters, Assistant Instructors, Instructors and Dive Stores maintain the highest industry standards for safety and service. PADI members are dedicated to making recreational diving a fun but safe sport.

PADI's goal is to promote the training and education of the general public in the techniques necessary for safe participation in underwater activities and the advancement of those activities.

The PADI method of instruction is based on progressive training in the classroom (as well as 'home' study), in the pool, and in Open water. PADI has a new pre-level certification Scuba Diver- which can go towards the Open Water certification. The Open Water Certification gives you your license to dive, buy kit, and get air fills worldwide.


PADI professionals teach to diving's highest training standards, providing their students with more supervised in water dive time than other programs. PADI Instructors demand that the courses they teach be the best the dive community has to offer. PADI has the industry's most comprehensive quality control program, assuring you that diving's most definite, most respected, training standards are being met.

This course opens the door to the excitement and adventure of inner space, the underwater realm. As a scuba diver you will come to know myriad selection of marine life in astounding abundance, and discover an amazing world that will hold you mesmerised for life. Besides seeing beautiful and fascinating aquatic creatures firsthand, you'll experience sensations unique to diving, like the thrill of breathing underwater and the sensation of weightlessness.

Virtually anyone who is reasonably fit and in good health, and comfortable in the water, can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. At some point through the course, the PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 metres and to swim/float for ten minutes.

The Course takes 5 days, the majority of the dive theory being accomplished through self study with the PADI Open Water Manual and Video or CD-Rom. You answer exercise questions within each module and complete a Knowledge Review at the end of each section. This is then checked for completeness understanding by the Dive Centre Instructor, who then elaborates on areas where he considers that there is a lack of understanding. Mastery of the subject is shown by each student completing a quiz and, following the fifth section of manual, a comprehensive Final Exam. You will then receive an elaboration, during which the Instructor answers questions and applies knowledge to specific student needs. The course consists of five pool dives and knowledge development sessions, and four open water ocean dives. As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, you will then have the freedom to dive with a "buddy", independent of a professional.

You will then be able to take part in a dive boat charter or holiday, buy or rent your scuba equipment and receive air fills. As well as this, you can continue your dive training on more advanced PADI courses. Life will never be the same again!

PADI's continuing educational course - the Advanced Open Water Diver - is the next step in enhancing your diving abilities, and is followed by the Rescue Diver course. For those wishing to become professionals the certifications are: Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and Instructor.

The PADI educational system is at the cutting edge of diver training, and its members are committed to excellence. They all realise that Scuba Diving requires specialist training to develop natural motor reflexes while underwater, to gain the abilities to use equipment properly, and to acquire the knowledge necessary if divers are to avoid incorrect reactions under adverse conditions. PADI Instructors train the student to enjoy the sport in a safe and controlled manner, the skills learnt are absorbed at a student's own pace so he/she gains maximum confidence in his own abilities. That is the mark of the PADI professional and it is reflected in the superb safety record held by PADI members.

PADI arguably has the leading back up and teaching aids in its own CD roms, videos and manuals etc. This aids the learning process, making it possible for the student to develop his/her aquatic skills. PADI pledges to stay at the leading edge of diver education.

PADI's philosophy of Learn to Dive Today is made possible because of the modular system that lies at the heart of all the courses. The PADI system allows you to use scuba gear on the first day of the Open Water Course, doing what you came to do : Dive!

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