P.A.D.I. overview
Bob Cozens,
c/o shawn.fletcher@public-health.oxford.ac.uk

Professional Association of Diving Instructors
PADI is the world's largest Professional Diving Association. Its member Instructors, Assistant Instructors, Divemasters and Dive Stores maintain the highest Industry Standards for safety and professionalism. PADI members are dedicated to making Recreational Diving a fun, safe sport available to people from many different backgrounds.
PADI's goal is to promote the training and education of the general public in the techniques of safely participating in underwater activities and the advancement of those activities.

The PADI method of instruction is based on progressive training in the classroom, pool and open water. PADI's entry-level Scuba Diver Certification is Open Water Diver. Increasingly more advanced certification include Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver, are offered to those who wish to enhance their diving skills. Further certification such as Dive Master and Assistant Instructor are offered for those who wish to be involved in leadership training.

Specialised training in Underwater Photography, Search and Recovery, Cavern Diving, Ice Diving, Wreck Diving, Deep Diving, Equipment Specialist, Night Diving, Underwater Navigation and many other distinctive specialities are provided by PADI Instructors sanctioned to teach each speciality course.

PADI members have great commitment to excellence. They realise that Scuba diving requires special training to develop natural reflexes underwater to gain the ability to use equipment properly and acquire the necessary knowledge to prevent incorrect reactions under adverse conditions. They know that competent professional Instructors can train people to enjoy the sport safely within each student's limitation without being overbearing. They teach their students to develop and achieve confidence in their own ability. This is the mark of the profession and it is reflected in the excellent safety record established by PADI members.

PADI arguably has the premier teaching aids, from AV's videos, manuals etc. which aid the learning process making it possible for both the student and also the Instructor to develop their diving skills. As a professional organisation PADI has pioneered many concepts in diver education. With the help of its membership PADI will continue to upgrade standards and safety in the field of recreational diving.

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