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An Introduction PADI
PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is considered the world's largest scuba diver certification entity. With their primary focus on Recreational Sport Diving, PADI offers a large variety of core and specialty training programs.
PADI courses are well known for their excellent support materials. Many if not most of their courses are supported with quality, easy to comprehend text books, videos and slide presentations. Additionally, PADI provides standardized outlines to their affiliated instructors, greatly improving the odds of being exposed to the same material regardless of where the course is taken.
PADI courses tend to take a "need to know only" approach in regards to diving theory and science. This appraoch results in realitively quick, easy training with an emphasis on "real world" skill and knowledge development. Students with a thrist for more in-depth knowledge, greater challenges or an interest in the more advanced disciplines of Sport Diving may find this approach inadequate.
To date, PADI has not entered into the Technical Sport Diving arena. Recently PADI announced their intentions to offer a "TechRec" program in the near future. Until more details are released the Sport Diving community will simply have to take a wait and see position.
PADI Diver Education Programs
Advanced Open Water
Enriched Air Nitrox Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Advanced Wreck Diver
Medic First Aid
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