PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Founded more than 30 years ago in the USA, PADI has become the largest international diver-certifying agency in the world. Today more diving certifications are issued by PADI than by all of the other agencies collectively. This has the advantage of worldwide recognition of PADI diving certifications, and allows divers to continue their education anywhere in the world. More than 3000 Dive Centers and Resorts are recognized for their achievement and their ability to train divers to the highest standards as well as for safety and quality in all the services provided.
PADI issues different certifications to recognize divers that have more experience and skill, ranging from the Open Water Diver to Course Director. Each of the steps in the continuing education ladder ensures the diver receives additional training and experience to make them a more knowledgeable diver. And if for any reason students can not complete their course with the original instructor, it will not be a problem to find another PADI dive store in a different location. PADI dive stores are located everywhere people dive. The PADI system of diver education allows for easy referrals at almost any point in a course.
PADI Dive Centers are entry level Dive Centers providing equipment rental and sales as well as diving classes for their customers. The equipment used for rental and during classes has to be of a high standard.
PADI 5 Star Dive Centers are proven PADI Dive Centers adhering to the same standards but fulfilling additional commitments in regards to regular testing of air quality delivered to divers and students. Also participating in community involvement, such as beach clean-ups or reef protection.
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centers are proven 5 Star Dive Centers having a PADI Course Director on staff and offering Instructor Level courses. After the successful completion of the Instructor Development Course, a visiting professional examiner will evaluate the candidates over a two day period. The successful candidate is now a professional diving instructor.
PADI 5 Star Career Development Centers are the highest rated centers in the hierarchy of PADI Diving Centers. They are staffed by a minimum of 2 Course Directors and run an extensive program of courses from beginner to highly trained professional. This range of courses is designed to give entry-level instructors a well-rounded education beyond teaching and to prepare them for a responsible position in today's modern dive centers. They include technical topics as well as diving leadership classes and basic business practices.
SKIN DIVER - DISCOVER THE UNDERWATER WORLD
Are you not sure, if you like it to put your head underwater and you are still able to breath? Join us for the skin diver course and we will teach you some practical skills, so it will be made enjoyable and easy.
Skin diving techniques
Swimming with fins
Time: 2 hours pool, 2 hours Theory
DSD - DISCOVER SCUBA DIVER COURSE - FOR BEGINNERS
Usually, you start experiencing the underwaterworld by joining into a DSD. A video will show / underline the beauties of the under water life. Than you will be introduced in the use of Scuba Equipment and with a theory lesson you will get explained how to handle it. After that, you will make a Pool Dive, to get used to the new environment, underwater breathing and your equipment. Finally, you'll experience the great under water world, making your first Open Water Dive.
OWD - OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE - FIRST CERTIFICATION LEVEL
You'll read the five modules of your PADI OWD MANUAL. Then we will go over the Knowledge Review Questions after each module. Your instructor will discuss important issues in detail, introduce you to the equipment and, off course, answer all of your questions. Your knowledge will be tested by the Quizzes and after this has been checked and discussed you will make the Final Exam. In the pool, we'll do some exercises to get used to the equipment and to learn some important skills that are necessary for safe Scuba Diving. After finishing the Pool Dives, finally the real thing will start, The Open Water Dives, where we will test your skills again but this time in a real under water environment. Off course, your Instructor will accompany you. Finally, after finishing the 4 Open Water Dives, you will receive the PADI OPEN WATER certificate that enables you to go diving without an instructor worldwide. And a bonus, you will get 1 free Fundive from us to explore what we have thought you.
AOWD - ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE - FOR MORE EXPERIECED DIVERS
You must be already fascinated by scuba diving so that you are looking forward to take it a step further. That's why we offer you the AOWD Course. The course involves 2 core dives: Deep Dive and Navigation Dive. Than there are 3 elective dives involved, you can choice between the following dives: Night Dive, Search and Recovery Dive, Boat Dive, Multi-level Dive, Underwater Naturalist Dive, Underwater Photography Dive, Underwater Video Dive, Peak Performance Dive. Similar to the OWD Course, you will have to read the PADI AOWD manual and make the Knowledge Review Questions before you are joining that specific dive, which we will check and discuss and we will give you some additional information. A really enjoyable course and it will give you the opportunity to expand your diving experience.
MFA - MEDIC FIRST AID COURSE
From o1/o1/2003, called:EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE(E.F.R)
Medic First Aid and CPR Contents of the course:
MFA + CPR theory
Primary assessments, shock treatment, check breathing and blood circulation.
Secondary assessment for injuries.
Exercises for mouth-to-mouth breathing and CPR on Annie the doll.
RESCUE DIVER COURSE - DEVELOP ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT SKILLS
Preventing accidents is always better than solving them. That is why the rescue diver course is so important, you will learn to regonize problems that might cause an accident, so you will solve the problem and prevent the accident from happening. You will feel safer in your activities and become a good dive buddy and in the unlikely iffent an accident does occur; you will be prepared to take the necessary steps. Contents of the course:
Self study theory of the PADI rescue diver manual - Video rescue diver
4 hours theory and a Final Exam
1 training in the pool * assistance of victims on the surface and under water
2 days, 4 open water dives 10 exercises:
rescue from the boat/shore
distressed/panicked diver under water
missing diver search
surfacing an unconscious diver
unconscious diver at the surface
unconscious diver exit to the boat
first aid for pressure-related accidents
response from shore/boat
Final exam in the Open Water
SPECIALTIES OF SCUBA DIVING
PADI Specialties give you the opportunity to get more knowledge in varies fields of the recreational diving sport in an easy and fast way. When you have a certain interest in exploring for instants Deep Diving or Night Diving, this is your change.
DEEP DIVE SPECIALTY Includes:
4 hours of theory inc. video
decompression sickness, nitrogen narcosis
techniques of deep diving, tables, diving-computers
4 Open Water Dives Duration 2-3 days
NIGHT DIVE SPECIALTY
4 hours of theory inc. video
pros and cons of night diving
entrees and exits in night dives
diving techniques, buddy systems
lights, light signals, signal techniques
3 Open Water Dives Duration 2 days
UNDER WATER PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTY
2 hours of theory
U/W objective, films, flashlights
Techniques, lights, flashlights techniques
Fish-, wide angle, and Macro shots
2 Open Water Dives Duration 2 days
PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY SPECIALTY
2 hours of theory
possibilities, advantages, targets
physical and physiological effects
techniques, weights system
2 hours Pool training with several exercises
2 Open Water Dives Duration 2- 3 days
3 hours of theory incl. video
advantages, possibilities, objectives
using the compass, natural navigation (references)
3 Open Water Dives Duration 2-3 days
SEARCH AND RECOVERY SPECIALTY
4 hours of theory
reasons, possibilities, dangers/hazards
under water search patterns
use of ropes, lift bags, knots
4 Open Water Dives Duration 2-3 days MASTER SCUBA DIVER PADI Master Scuba Diver
is the highest degree you can get from PADI as a sport diver.
CERTIFICATION LEVEL NECESSARY:
PADI AOWD, PADI RESCUE + 5 SPECIALTIES OR
PADI DIVEMASTER + 5 SPECIALTIES DIVEMASTER
PADI DIVEMASTER is the first and most important step to become a professional in the PADI scuba diving system.
Well-trained DIVE MASTERS are really important for instructors, because they are a big help and support in all the courses and activities.
According to the PADI Manual, a dive master has to be able to:
organize, arrange and supervise, diving activities from the beach and/or boat
work effectively as an assistant of a PADI Instructor
participate successfully an Instructor Development Course (IDC)
Theoretical modules of the course physics, physiology, recreational dive planners, equipment, diving environment Diving skills
demonstrate all 18 diving skills of the OWD course
demonstrate skills in swimming, diving and rescuing
assisting OWD-courses in theoretical lessons, pool modules and open water dives