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Diving offers a unique and exciting way to experience more of the world. It provides a deeper perspective of the places we seek adventure, and allows divers to help create balance between humanity and the ocean. Accessible to nearly everyone, diving is a transformational experience that will forever change the way people see and interact with the world, both above and below the surface.
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PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the world’s largest ocean exploration and diver organization, operating in 186 countries and territories, with a global network of more than 6,600 dive centers and resorts and over 128,000 professional members worldwide. Issuing 1 million certifications each year, and with over 28 million certifications to date, PADI enables people around the world to seek adventure and save the ocean through underwater education, life-changing experiences and travel. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, maintaining its high standards for dive training, safety and customer service, monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. With a longstanding commitment to environmental conservation, PADI is leading the way for millions of people to actively explore, steward and protect the ocean through its course offerings and partnerships with like-minded, mission-driven organizations. PADI embodies a global commitment to ocean health with its mission to create a billion torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean.
The Way the World Learns to Dive®
Celebrating industry leadership for more than 50 years, PADI has remained dedicated to introducing new divers to the thrill of scuba diving and enhancing the skills of experienced divers since 1966.
For those who want to learn to dive or continue their diving adventure, they can get started with a PADI Dive Center or Resort, or online with PADI eLearning®.
New Experiences Made Possible
PADI offers a variety of continuing education and specialty courses to hone dive skills and make the most of travel. Whether divers want to explore wrecks in Indonesia or drift dive along a coral-covered wall in the Caribbean, PADI continuing education courses can prepare them for new underwater adventures.
PADI Travel® is a global travel resource for divers and adventurers alike, offering Dive Guides and online booking for hundreds of dive destinations around the world.
Save the Ocean
PADI is committed to creating a global community of PADI TorchbearersTM to explore and protect the ocean. A global force for good comprised of millions of divers and ocean advocates from around the world, the Torchbearer community can be mobilized to restore ocean health and support coastal communities.
By working together as a diverse community of divers through PADI’s Blueprint for Ocean Action, our collective local actions have long-lasting global impact.
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PADI In the News
Travel and Leisure | The 5 best reefs to explore around the globe, according to professional divers
The Guardian | 10 of the best outdoor activity breaks
CNN | A scuba diving group is making face masks out of recycled ocean plastic
National Geographic | Seven conservation-focused diving destinations around the world, from Portugal to Indonesia
USA Today| 10 great places to go scuba diving right here in the US – even in the Midwest
The Points Guy | This is what it’s like to scuba dive during the pandemic
Independent | Help save our marine environments with these citizen science holidays