The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization founded in 1966 by John Cronin and Ralph Erickson. Cronin was originally a NAUI instructor who decided to form his own organization with Erickson, and to break diver training down into different courses instead of the single universal course then prevalent.
- Open Water Diver Course - Advanced Open Water Diver - Emergence First Response - Rescue Diver - Specialties - Master Scuba Diver - Dive master
1. Open Water Driver
The Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle
What you learn
The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases (4 days) :
- Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving - Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills - Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore !
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must Be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires an extra registration step for students under 15 years due to international internet laws)
2. Advanced Open Water Diver
The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you've learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.
What you learn
You'll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to (6 days) :
- Underwater navigation - Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet) - A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice Prerequisites To take this course, you must be : - A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) - 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
3. Emergency First Response
As one of the foremost international CPR and first aid training companies, Emergency First Response gives you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies - not just in the diving world, but in your every day world with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers too.
What you learn
Emergency First Response courses encompass (8 hours) :
- CPR courses for adults, children and infants - First aid for adults, children and infants - Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training - Emergency Oxygen Provider course - The Emergency First Response Instructor and Instructor Trainer courses
4. Rescue Diver
Building upon what you've already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.
What you learn
- Self rescue - Recognizing and managing stress in other divers - Emergency management and equipment - Rescuing panicked divers - Rescuing unresponsive divers
To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must :
- Be 12 years or older - Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) - Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).
5. Specialty diver course
Become a better diver, gain more experience, meet other divers and have great fun. Specialty diver courses are a great way to refine your skills and define the kind of diver you are. The more time you spend honing your skills and having fun underwater, the more opportunities you'll have to make discoveries of your own.
PADI Specialty courses are a great way to build a solid foundation in order to progress to our technical diving courses. We offer the following Specialty Diver Courses:
1. Cavern Diver Course 2. Deep Diver Course 3. Equipment Specialist Course 4. Ice Diver Course 5. Night Diver Course 6. Research Diver Course 7. Search & Recovery Diver 8. U/W Hunter Course 9. U/W Navigator 10. U/W Photographer 11. Wreck 12. Distinctive Specialty Course 13. Master Scuba Diver Course 14. Altitude Diver 15. Boat Diver 16. Drift Diver 17. Dry Suit Diver 18. Multilevel Diver 19. U/W Naturalist 20. PPB 21. U/W Videographer 22. Enriched Air Diver 23. DPV 24. Project AWARE 25. AWARE - Fish Identification 26. Semi-closed Re-breather Drager - Dolphin/Atlantis 27. Semi-closed Re-breather Drager - Ray
6. Master Scuba Diver
You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced.
- 12 years old - PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) - PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) - PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) - Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses - Minimum of 50 logged dives
7. Dive master
What you learn
During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises. As you progress through your Divemaster course, you'll expand your diving knowledge, hone you skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a PADI Divemaster, you'll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the the acquatic realm.
To take this course, you must be :
- 18 years old - A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) - A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) - An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months. - Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification - Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.