PADI – Professional Association of Diving Instructors is the world’s largest recreational diver training organization what was founded in 1966.
PADI is the leading training agency for scuba diving in the world. As of 2016 it has a membership of over 136,000 individuals and 6,300 dive centers, and has awarded more than 25,000,000 diving certifications internationally.
PADI courses are performance based diver training programs, and at the introductory level emphasize practical knowledge, safety and motor skills.
The PADI training system is composed of modules with standardized learning objectives divided into theory and practical skills development. Each module is a stand-alone course for which certification is provided to the participant on successful completion of the course.
PADI have developed courses for those divers wishing to dive beyond 40 meters, use stage decompression, dive in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear meters, use accelerated decompression or use variable gas mixtures during a dive.