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Dive Shop and Resort Levels

Go scuba diving from anywhere with a PADI Dive Shop or ResortYou can find PADI scuba diving training all over the world. You choose a dive shop depending on

  • the scuba certifications it’s authorized to offer
  • the scuba certification you want
  • your current scuba certification level

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The following is a breakdown of the levels of PADI Dive Center and Resort facilities and the scuba certifications they can provide. For specific courses not listed below call your local PADI dive shop for availability.

padi-five-star-dive-centerPADI Five Star Dive Center

PADI Five Star Dive Center Membership is awarded to progressive PADI Dive Shops that excel in providing scuba divers with a full range of scuba certification programs, scuba gear selection, and scuba experience opportunities. To qualify as PADI Five Star Dive Center, a dive shop must meet elevated service and business standards and both promote and offer only PADI scuba diving lessons as their recreational scuba diver training. These dive shops also actively promote underwater environmental awareness and embrace the PADI System of diver education, with a commitment to providing quality training, products, services and experiences. To find a PADI Five Star Dive Center near you, visit the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

50022_5Star_DiveResortWebPADI Five Star Dive Resort (formerly Gold Palm Dive Resort) 

PADI Five Star Dive Resorts excel in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences, customer satisfaction, scuba diver safety and underwater environmental awareness by providing professional and outstanding service. To plan your next scuba diving trip with a PADI Five Star Dive Resort, visit the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

 

 
Scuba Courses Offered by PADI Five Star Dive Centers and Five Star Dive ResortsMake your trip memorable. Become a PADI Scuba Diver

Open Water Diver
Adventures in Diving (Adventure Diver)
Advanced Open Water Diver 
Rescue Diver
Emergency First Response
PADI Specialty Courses*
Master Scuba Diver
Divemaster
Assistant Instructor

padi-five-star-instructor-development-dive-centerPADI Five Star Instructor Development Center

PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers meet all PADI Five Star Dive Center standards and provides the same level of service. They also meet additional training requirements and offer PADI Instructor-level training. If your goal is to become a PADI Scuba Instructor find a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center near you, by visiting the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

 

 

 
5 Star IDC ResortPADI Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resort (formerly Gold Palm Instructor Development Dive Resort)

PADI Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resorts meet all PADI Five Star Dive Resort standards and provides the same level of service. They also meet additional training requirements and  offer PADI Instructor-level training. If your goal is to become a PADI Scuba Instructor in a resort environment, locate a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resort on the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

 

Scuba Divers with TanksScuba Courses Offered by PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers and Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resorts

Open Water Diver 
Adventures in Diving (Adventure Diver) 
Advanced Open Water Diver  
Rescue Diver 
Emergency First Response 
PADI Specialty Courses* 
Master Scuba Diver 
Divemaster 
Assistant Instructor 
Open Water Scuba Instructor 
Master Scuba Diver Trainer  
IDC Staff Instructor

padi-career-development-centerPADI Career Development Center (CDC) 

The PADI Career Development Center (CDC) classification is awarded annually to PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers and Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resorts that dedicate their businesses to professional development beyond regular scuba instructor training and meet the highest requirements for training PADI scuba diving leaders. PADI CDCs offer career-oriented training to prepare scuba diving professionals for employment in the dive industry, as well as offering job placement assistance for program graduates. To find a PADI Career Development Center near you, visit the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

 

Scuba Courses Offered by PADI Career Development Centers

 Rosalie E’Silva, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor inOpen Water Diver 
Adventures in Diving (Adventure Diver) 
Advanced Open Water Diver  
Rescue Diver 
Emergency First Response 
PADI Specialty Courses* 
Master Scuba Diver 
Divemaster 
Assistant Instructor 
Open Water Scuba Instructor  
Master Scuba Diver Trainer  
IDC Staff Instructor 

padi-dive-centerPADI Dive Center

PADI Dive Centers are retail dive shops catering to a local scuba diving population that meet membership standards regarding dive education, scuba gear sales, equipment service and scuba diving experiences. To find a PADI Dive Center near you, visit the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

 

 

 
padi-dive-resortPADI Dive Resort 

PADI Dive Resorts are dive operators who specifically cater to vacationing scuba divers and snorkelers with activities like scuba and snorkel instruction, introductory scuba diving experience programs, guided scuba diving tours, snorkeling excursions and scuba equipment rentals. To find a PADI Dive Resort, visit the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

  


 padi-dive-boatPADI Dive Boat
 

PADI Dive Boat Members are dive vessels that take customers on recreational scuba dives or snorkeling excursions. Services also include scuba diving or snorkeling instruction and Discover Scuba Diving experiences. Other services may include diving equipment rentals and air fills, as well as various other watersports activities. Locate at PADI Dive Boat by visiting the online PADI Dive Shop Locator


padi-recreational-facilityPADI Recreational Facility

PADI Recreational Facilities operate a business with a body of water that can be used for recreational snorkeling or scuba diving. They also include businesses that offer PADI courses through established health clubs, purpose-built scuba diving facilities, or similar recreational facilities. To find a PADI Recreational Facility near you, visit the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

 


Digital Underwater Photography at your local PADI FacilityScuba Courses Offered by PADI Dive Centers, Dive Resorts and Recreational Facilities

Open Water Diver 
Adventures in Diving (Adventure Diver) 
Advanced Open Water Diver  
Rescue Diver 
Emergency First Response 
PADI Specialty Courses* 
Master Scuba Diver 
Divemaster  

TecRec Center IconPADI TecRec Center
The PADI TecRec Center rating is awarded to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts who teach technical diving courses.  TecRec Centers can teach everything from technical open-circuit deep dives to sidemount diving to Closed-Circuit Rebreathers.  If you are interested in reaching beyond the limits of recreational diving, find a PADI TecRec Center at the PADI Dive Shop Locator. 

PADI TecRec courses vary from dive center to resort.  Contact your local PADI TecRec Center to inquire on technical course offerings.


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PADI Green Star Award
The PADI Green Star Dive Center Award is granted on an annual basis to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally friendly transportation practices, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership and a donation to conservation through Project AWARE. To locate a PADI Green Star Award-winning Dive Center near you, visit the online PADI Dive Shop Locator

 

 

 

 

 

* When selecting specialty courses, please also contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort as it is possible they may offer the course you desire, but may not be presently listed in the search criteria.