The Professional Association of Diving
Instructors is now the largest diver certification agency in the world
and has been for many years. They have proven to me to be the leader in
innovation and development of diver training materials and tools that
make you a better diver and it also makes it easier to learn.
PADI spent millions in the development
of the PADI Recreational Dive Planner, which is designed exclusively for
the No-Decompression Recreational Diver. This tool is included in the
Open Water Diver Course. Other agencies either pay PADI for the
licensing to use the product or they use NAVY tables that were primarily
designed for Decompression divers.
PADI also was first at using a modular
teaching method, which breaks the Open Water Course into 5 segments
equally. This allows the student to finish your first night of academics
and go right into the pool the same night.
PADI was primarily the first to
produce professional Videos and DVDís to accompany most of the courses.
This gives you a visual idea of what to expect and entertains and
educates you at the same time.
The reason I chose PADI over the
others is that in order to become a PADI Instructor I had to be Tested
and Evaluated by a completely unbiased Examiner that is a salaried
employee of PADI Corp. This means that I earned the credentials
professionally. Some other agencies allow In-House Instructors to
certify their own students to be an Instructor.
PADI methods simply translate to a
higher level of Quality Assurance for you the student.