Healing + Wellness

PADI’s Pillars of Change

The structure of PADI’s corporate ethos has evolved to support social and environmental efforts that impact key issues facing the dive industry – and the entire planet. To be the best in the world, we must be the best for the world by empowering everyone with the ability to reach their full potential through diving.

Healing + Wellness

Amazing stories of triumph over adversity, illness and hardships testify to diving’s healing power –sometimes when nothing else worked. In diving, many people have found hope for their futures. The PADI organization aims to inspire people to find similar personal transformation and healing, both mentally and physically, and support local organizations that are working tirelessly to improve lives through diving. In the words of PADI AmbassaDiver Cody Unser, “Scuba is that catalyst that can transform people's perceptions about what's possible, and that people with disabilities want to not only live life, but thrive in it.”

Healing through Education

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty and the associated PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty subcourse launched in fall 2017.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course provides PADI Professionals – divemasters and higher – with practical techniques and approaches proven to be effective when teaching and assisting divers with varying abilities. A subset of this course, the PADI Adaptive Support Diver, is for divers who want to learn how they can best support dive buddies who would benefit from these techniques.

Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for course offerings and availability.

Stories of Transformation


Leo Morales

Leo Morales is a cancer survivor, a world record holder and a person who has transformed his life by diving. He shares his remarkable tale of triumph over adversity, and why he considers himself “dive-abled.”


Cody Unser

A scion of Indy 500 car racing greats, Cody’s world was turned upside down at the age of 12 when she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis. She created the Cody Unser First Step Foundation and provides participants with spinal cord-related paralysis with scuba instruction and PADI® Open Water certification to improve quality of life.


Juan Gonzalez

When Sgt. Juan Gonzales USMC (Ret.) found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through scuba diving, he also discovered hope for his future and the thousands of others suffering from trauma-related illnesses like PTSD and traumatic brain injury.


Making Waves

With 6,400 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, 133,000 PADI Professionals and nearly 25 million divers around the world, the PADI network is a force for good with tremendous human potential to make an impact on critical social and environmental issues. PADI is dedicated to bringing the conversation to the forefront, and inspire actions that lead to a stronger global dive community and healthier ocean planet.


Join the #padi4change Conversation

Share stories and photos about how you are making an impact and tag #padi4change.


Learn more about PADI’s other Pillars of Change