PADI stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors
PADI began in 1966 by John Cronin and Ralph Erickson after they felt a need to allow everyone to have to opportunity to enjoy scuba diving. They also saw a need to introduce professionalism into the scuba diving.
PADI now boasts over 135,000 professional scuba diving instructors and divemasters. These instructors and divemasters are employed by over 6000 scuba diving dive centres and resorts.
PADI has offices based in over 170 different countries which makes it possible to experience scuba diving almost anywhere in the world.
PADI strives to be the world’s leading and most respected organization for recreational scuba diving. PADI has a commitment to excellence both in its products and services.
PADI is the leader in scuba diving training and provides opportunities for everyone to enjoy and safely explore and protect our seas, oceans and waterways.
In 2014 PADI certified it’s 22 millionth diver and is run away leader in scuba diving training and the world most popular choice to learn to scuba dive.
Anyone from the age of 10 can learn to scuba dive and if you are medically fit to dive there is no maximum age. Scuba divers have been known to continue into their 80’s.
The PADI system is broken down into a multi level phases.
You can start with an experience such as the Discover Scuba Diving. No experience is needed here. You are shown some basic skills and then you can do some actual open water scuba diving with a highly qualified PADI Instructor. Phuket is good for this as the water is warm, the visibility is good and there is a large and diverse range of marine life. The good thing is about this trial dive is it credits you towards the next course, the PADI Open Water Course (the worlds most popular scuba diving course) which is your first certification and take you to 18 metres. You next course is your Advanced Open Water Course which gives you a 30 metres license.
Then you PADI system allows you to do a whole range of courses, you can specialize in different interests such as Digital Underwater Photography, Deep, Wrecks or you could do a Rescue course which will make you a safer diver, maybe even help save a life one day. All these courses are taught in Phuket to a high and professional level.
After that you can either enter the professional ranks or continue to specialize and receive a Master Scuba Diver rating which is the highest non-professional rating. The professional ratings start at Divemaster and followed by a Scuba Diving Instructor, which clearly has to be one of the best jobs in the world and one of the best places to Go Pro is in Phuket. Phuket has an excellent PADI representation here and all courses are taught to a very high standard. Many of the world’s best instructors and PADI Course Directors choose to work and live in Phuket given Thailand’s relaxed life style, warm weather and excellent diving conditions.
Whether it is you first try at scuba diving with the PADI Discover Scuba Diver, you are learning to scuba dive with the PADI Open Water Course or continuing you scuba diving education with the PADI Advanced Open Water Course, PADI Rescue Course, specialties or you decide to Go Pro by becoming a PADI Divemaster or Instructor you are in very safe hands with the worlds largest scuba diving education system… PADI.
PADI: The way the world learns to dive.
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