Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
PADI – The Organisation
The American organisation PADI offers diving training courses all over the world. Around 6,200 diving bases belong to the organisation in a total of 183 countries. It is the largest commercially operating diving training organisation, which currently exists in the world. This organisation was founded in 1966. The majority of the diving training courses are ISO standardised and, as such, recognised worldwide.
PADI’s founders were John Cronin and Ralph Erikson. The foundation took place in Morton Grove in Illinois. The organisation itself provides the information that around 900,000 certificates are issued annually. It operates in accordance with the PADI-Standards. These standards describe both the contents and the procedure of the courses, for diving instructors as well as for assistants. Consequently the diving instructors should be legally secured. The standards are constantly adapted to the most recent findings.
PADI operates with EUF certified training.
Discover Scuba Diving
Discover Scuba Diving is a good opportunity to get a general idea about diving.
Procedure: The course begins with a short introduction about the topic of diving. Afterwards, there is a practical part, which is carried out in a swimming pool or in conditions similar to a swimming pool. The maximum depth is at 6m. Optionally, a dive in open water follows, at a depth of 12m.
Requirements: Fundamental swimming skills must be present
Minimum age: 10 years
ISO-Certification: Introductory Dive in accordance with ISO 11121:2009
As a beginners’ course, the Scuba Diver makes it possible to gain a first insight in diving. Procedure: Following a theoretical part, it goes on to the diving course which is first performed in restricted water and afterwards in open water, up to 12m.
Requirements: Swimming skills
Minimum age: 15 years
ISO-Certification: Supervised Diver in accordance with ISO 24801-1:2007 and EN 14153-1:2003
Junior Scuba Dive Course
OWD (Open Water Diver)
With this diving course, it is possible to become a certified diver.
Procedure: It begins with the knowledge transfer in the theory, which is followed by dives in restricted as well as unrestricted open water.
Requirements: As requirement, solely fundamental swimming skills must be proven.
Minimum age: 10 years – 13 years with eLearning
ISO-Certification: Autonomous Diver in accordance with ISO 24801-2:2007 and EN 14153-2:2003
AOWD – Advanced Open Water Diver
This is the continuing course which can be taken after the Open Water Diver Course.
Procedure: The course is made up of three sections. There is underwater navigation as well as deep diving up to 30 metres and additional Adventure Dives at one’s own option.
Requirements: Completed Open Water Diver or equivalent diving certificate.
Minimum age: 15 years
This course teaches important contents regarding problem detection and the prevention of problems.
Procedure: The course includes contents about self-rescue, detection of stress among other divers as well as the correct behaviour, emergency management, rescue of divers in panic, rescue of unresponsive divers
Requirements: Proof of a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification, First-Aid Course with CPR within the last two years
Minimum age: 12 years
Master Scuba Diver
Whoever would like to expand their knowledge even more, this diving course is spot-on for them.
Procedure: The course conveys all the contents necessary in order to be able to demonstrate extensive training as well as diving experience in diverse diving exercises.
Requirements: Completed PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent, five PADI Speciality Diver Courses, 50 logged dives
Minimum age: 12 years
Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox in accordance with ISO 11107:2009)
Buoyancy in perfection
Scuba Review Programme
Emergency First Response
Emergency Oxygen Provider
Diving in altitudes
Search and Recovery
Digital underwater photography
Underwater video photography
Assistant Instructor (Instructor Level One in accordance with ISO 24802-1:2007 and EN 14413-1:2004)
Divemaster (Dive Leader in accordance with ISO 24801-3:2007 and EN 14153-3:2003)
Open Water Instructor (Instructor Level Two in accordance with ISO 24802-2:2007 and EN 14413-2:2004)
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Master Instructor Rating
Open Water Scuba Instructor
Technical Diving Instructor
IDC Staff Instructor
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