Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
Dive training organisation
Scuba diving, Marine conservation, Education
PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. With more than 137,000 individual members and 6,600 dive centers and resorts worldwide who have issued more than 25 million certifications around the world, you’ll find PADI diver courses and scuba diving services nearly everywhere. The PADI System of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages. One of PADI's focus areas is environmental conservation: divers are great advocates for protecting our water resources. Throughout PADI courses, divers learn the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems and are encouraged to become involved in local and global conservation efforts. For more than two decades, PADI has partnered with Project AWARE, a global non-profit organization dedicated to 'protecting our ocean planet – one dive at a time.'