PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s leading scuba diving training organization. With more than forty years experience and 5300 dive shops and resorts worldwide, PADI training materials and services let you experience scuba diving from nearly anywhere.
Take your first breath under water, experience the thrill of weightlessness and enjoy colors that you may never have seen before, in the presence and safety of a PADI Professional. With a PADI Diver certification, you'll have the freedom to dive around the world. All PADI courses are performance-based; you get as much time as you need to practice your new skills prior to certification. Above all, our instructors will ensure that not only is your course low-stress and safe, but you will have great fun too!
Scuba diving with PADI Instructors, Dive Centers and Resorts can help transform your life through education, experience, equipment and environmental conservation:
- Education: There are a multitude of PADI scuba diving courses choose from. Whether you want to learn scuba, improve your skills or become a scuba instructor, you can do it via the PADI System of diver education.
- Experience: PADI Dive Shops offer a variety of experiences through tours, local charters and dive trips. Through your local PADI Dive Center or Resort, you can explore dive sites nearby your home or exotic vacation destinations around the world. You can also build lifelong friendships with fellow dive buddies in the PADI Diving Society.
- Equipment: Learn about all the fun gadgets and scuba gear available to you through PADI Dive Shops and Resorts.
- Environmental Conservation: Organizations like Project AWARE Foundation and partnerships with organizations like the National Geographic Society help preserve and protect aquatic environments. You can volunteer with your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort and participate in a variety of conservation events
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 130,000 PADI Professionals and around 5700 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.