THE PADI DIFFERENCE
When you talk about getting a Soda, people ask for Coca Cola, and when scuba divers talk about attending a scuba diving course, the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is PADI. How did PADI become the most reputable brand in Scuba Diving?
Over the last 50 years, we see more scuba divers carrying at least one level of PADI Scuba Diving Certifications or training card. No matter where you choose to dive around the world, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted immediately. In fact, on most of your scuba diving adventures, you will be surrounded by other PADI scuba divers who made the same scuba diving certification choice you did – and that is to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization
the SINGAPORE PADI DIVE centre and padi dive course?
Over the past decade, we have seen many struggling Singapore PADI dive companies picking up other agencies and returning to PADI again. Bad business decisions and service standards have very little to do with the certifying agency. But this article has nothing to do with poor choices as a PADI Dive Shop. Let us share with you what we have preferred PADI and we will carry on being loyal to PADI as a dive company.
THE PADI DIVE COURSE DIFFERENCE
Did you know this about the PADI Dive Course – The PADI Educational System of scuba diver training is the most instructional solid system in the diving industry. PADI course are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of our full-time professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills. PADI Instructors are trained and held to diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system.
- PADI Course is Student-Centric and they are Performance-Based Learning – Scuba diver learns about scuba diving and dive skills at their own pace. Some really good scuba diving instructor from other scuba dive agencies are lack of this important skill set, that is to allow students to learn progressively and create an ideal environment conducive for learning and in the process, positively encouraging the new scuba divers.
- Are all Educational Materials the same – Unfortunately, that is not true. Not all scuba training materials and manuals are made the same. Using credentialed instructional designers, state-of-the-art technology, and learning theories, PADI has created some of the easiest to understand training manuals. PADI’s strength has always been making something really complex, break them up into smaller modules and allow scuba divers to understand them easily. And in the last few years, with the internet speed increasing, most scuba diving agencies have introduced scuba diving online learning and training courses. Honestly, when all dive companies were introduced to online learning, we were not impressed, and we think someone from PADI is listening. Instead of such launching online programs, on digital manuals, PADI took it one step further by introducing PADI Touch Applications, allowing a fully interactive learning process. Advanced instructional support materials allow our PADI Instructor to further explain missed out important concepts and verify understanding.
- Educational Standards – All PADI programs, from entry-level through scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers to confirm their courses meet PADI’s high standards as well as the divers’ expectations. No other diver training organization works to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity.
- Continuing Diver Education – The fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver is fueled by continuing to improve your scuba skills. Each PADI course builds on the previous one, teaching you skills and techniques when you’re ready to learn them. PADI specialty courses let you explore specific dive interests. Professional-level courses let you live the scuba diving lifestyle by becoming a divemaster or scuba instructor. College Credit and Vocational Training – The unsurpassed quality of PADI materials, and the educational validity of PADI course, have been independently acknowledged by international educational and vocational training authorities. You may be able to earn college credit for certain PADI course, or receive vocational training recognition toward national certificates.
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards Compliant – PADI courses are certified as compliant with ISO standards for Recreational Diving Services by an independent auditor, the European Underwater Federation, and the Austrian Standards Institute. The ISO standards (see chart below) relate to five levels of diver, two levels of instructor and a service provider or dive center. Each of these standards equates to a PADI certification or member level, which means that, in effect, divers or members holding one of these qualifications can also be said to have met the requirements of the relevant ISO standard – as though they had gained two credentials at once.
|ISO Title||ISO Reference||PADI Equivalent|
|Introductory training programs to scuba diving||ISO 11121||Discover Scuba Diving|
|Diver Level 1 – Supervised Diver||ISO 24801-1||PADI Scuba Diver|
|Diver Level 2 – Autonomous Diver||ISO 24801-2||Open Water Diver|
|Diver Level 3 – Diver Leader||ISO 24801-3||Divemaster|
|Training programs on enriched air nitrox diving||ISO 11107||Enriched Air Diver|
|Instructor Level 1||ISO 24802-1||Assistant Instructor|
|Instructor Level 2||ISO 24802-2||Open Water Scuba Instructor|
|Recreational scuba diving service providers||ISO 24803||Dive Center or Resort|
As a PADI Diver, you become part of the larger PADI community.
- ScubaEarth®– By joining PADI’s online community – ScubaEarth – you’re given an interactive, dynamic platform to share everything scuba diving-related with other divers, dive operations and instructors from around the world. You can research and plan dive experiences, search more than 60,000 dive sites, find PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, connect with dive buddies, log dives, upload dive photos or videos, identify aquatic creatures and much more.
- PADI Blog and TecRec Blog – Get the latest PADI dive news and scuba-related discussions by tapping into PADI’s blogs. The TecRec blog focuses specifically on technical diving news and equipment, while the PADI Blog covers recreational diving topics and provides words of wisdom from the Dive GuruTM.
- PADI on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube (PADI TV) – You can interact with other PADI Divers who share stories, photos, videos and discuss their passion – scuba diving – through social media sites.
As a PADI Diver, you join millions of others to form a growing force that can and does make a difference in the effort to preserve the underwater world. PADI courses encompass environmental awareness and protection philosophies that emphasize the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems. The worldwide PADI organization is committed to preserving the aquatic environment for future generations. Diving won’t survive without beautiful places to visit, and PADI Divers are encouraged to take action with Project AWARE® and make every dive count for a clean, healthy ocean planet.