PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Established in 1966, PADI is the largest scuba training organization in the world. PADI has more than 135,000 professionals, and over 6,000 dive shops and resorts world wide, and has issued more than 20,000,000 certifications over their 40+ year history. Training materials are also available in many languages.
PADI has many partners as well, a few are listed below.
Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time.
Over the past two decades of underwater conservation, Project AWARE foundation has learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. Divers are ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. Project AWARE foundation believes together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean.
Emergency First Response is the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and first aid training organization. With more than 31,000 instructors worldwide, Emergency First Response is backed by 36 years of experience in the development and delivery of instructional courses, training materials and educational curricula. Emergency First Response courses have gained widespread international acceptance.
Emergency First Response’s course curricula are based on patient care standards as published in the American Heart Association Guidelines 2005 Standards for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, and the consensus view of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Working Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). ILCOR is an international standards group representing most of the world’s major resuscitation organizations.
Focused on training the lay rescuer, the Emergency First Response approach to training builds confidence in lay rescuers and increases their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency by teaching them the skills they need in a non-stressful learning environment. Participants are also given as much practice as necessary to master and retain these skills.
National Geographic and PADI have teamed up to encourage interest in recreational scuba diving and exposing people to the aquatic environment by creating the PADI National Geographic Diver Specialty course.
As part of the National Geographic Diver Specialty course, you fine-tune your buoyancy, then set off on your exploration project. Whether it’s a survey of plant life or a study of water temperature variation, this project is your chance to think, observe and document like those who dive for science and discovery. On your next dive you’ll hone your navigation skills, then dive into an aquatic life exercise – which may also be part of your exploration project.