When I learnt to dive I got my Open Water Certification as a PADI open water diver in Cairns. But my local dive center was a SSI dive center so I worked my way through and became a SSI instructor. Because of lack of work for SSI instructors in Sydney I then crossed over to be a PADI instructor.
When I opened Abyss Scuba Diving in 2000, I had to choose between SSI and PADI. The choice was easy, I choose PADI since that date we have trained tens of thousands of PADI divers and become the only 5 star PADI Career Development Center in New South Wales. I firmly believe that when it comes to scuba training PADI is the leader for a number of reasons.
Why is PADI Different?
PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI scuba certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.
With more than 133,500 PADI Professionals and more than 6,000 PADI Dive Shops and Resorts operating in more than 180 countries and territories, you will likely find a PADI Scuba Instructor who can speak your language and offer you a comfortable learning experience. To serve the needs of divers worldwide, translations of PADI materials are available in at least 26 languages.
- Educational Difference
Choosing scuba education is a personal experience. You want to feel comfortable with your scuba instructor and their philosophy of teaching. PADI scuba lessons and continuing diver education courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile under the guidance of your professional PADI Scuba Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills.
- Educational Materials.You pick up key information as well as helpful tips by interacting with PADI educational materials – online scuba programs manuals, videos, workbooks, multimedia discs, etc. Credentialed instructional designers use state-of-the-art technology and learning theories to create PADI materials with you, the student diver, in mind.
- Performance-Based Learning This means that you progress as you demonstrate that you have mastered specific performance requirements essential to becoming a scuba diver. Your scuba instructor is there to help you meet these requirements, regardless of how quickly or slowly you master them. You must earn your PADI certification, but you do so in an encouraging and well-supported learning environment.
- Continuing Diver Education The fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver who dives regularly is fueled by improving your scuba skills through continued education. You’ll find more than 25 PADI specialty courses like wreck diving and night diving to help build your knowledge and skills while pursuing your Master Scuba Diver rating. Plus, you can live the scuba diving lifestyle by becoming a scuba instructor. Experience the joy of a fulfilling scuba career as you expand your scuba diving experience.
· Educational Standards
All PADI programs, entry-level through scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers to confirm that their courses met PADI’s high standards as well as the divers’ expectations. No other diver training organization works to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity. PADI’s commitment to a quality assurance process helps continually improve customer satisfaction. PADI courses globally are certified as compliant with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for Recreational Diving Services by an independent auditor, the European Underwater Federation and the Austrian Standards Institute. The ISO standards relate to five levels of diver, two levels of instructor and a service provider or dive centre. Each of these standards equate to a PADI certification or member level, which means that in effect, a diver or member holding one of these qualifications can also be said to have met the requirements of the relevant ISO standard – as though they had gained two credentials at once.
- Environmental Responsibility
The worldwide PADI organization is committed to preserving the aquatic environment for future generations. PADI courses encompass Project AWARE’s environmental awareness and protection philosophy. Throughout every PADI scuba course, you’ll learn the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems and are encouraged to become involved in conservation efforts. As a PADI Diver, you join millions of others to form a growing force that can and does make a difference in the effort to preserve the underwater world.
So if you are considering which agency you should learn with then PADI is you best option giving you the highest level of training and the most recognized qualifications in the world.
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