Tuesday, August 09, 2011

PADI Approaches 20 Million Scuba Diving Certifications Issued

PADI officials believe the organization will breach the milestone in the third quarter of this year.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world's largest scuba diving training and certification organization, announced Friday that the organization will soon issue its 20 millionth scuba diver certification. To celebrate the occasion, the organization will be presenting a “Countdown to 20 Million” campaign. which will award the diver who earns the 20 millionth certification AND the instructor who issues the winning certification a trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The PADI organization was started 35 years ago and has more than 135,000 active professional members worldwide and more than 6,000 affiliated retail outlets and resorts worldwide, according to the organization. The 20 million certification milestone easily makes PADI the most recognized name in the recreational scuba diving industry.

“In 1966, Ralph Erickson and John Cronin had an idea about a better way that people to learn to dive. That the PADI organization has grown from the two of them to more than 20 million testifies to the power and wisdom of their vision” says PADI Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Brian Cronin. “It also shows how a mutual passion for diving unites the PADI family around the world. Twenty million certifications only happens because PADI professionals lead diving. I salute their achievement.”

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Let the ongoing 'quality over quantity' debate ensue...

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6 comments:

El Che said...

Numbers, numbers, numbers... Quality of the course depends on the intstructor. Doesn't matter which education system or where, etc. But, anyway, 20 million certifications... (I counted my diving related plastic cards, I own 7 of them and I'm not a pro! How much diver has this lot of cards?) So somebody had a concept of an easy and attracting way to make ordinary people want to be divers. It's a success story, anyway.

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Green Mountain Realty said...

I was Padi certified many years ago and before going with Padi I personally checked out many courses and deemed that they were the most serious program taught by the most serious diving professionals in the industry - I love being Padi Certified.

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Paul said...

Dive instrution is a must.The sea must be treated with utmost respect.Conditions can change very quickly and the diver must know how to deal with them. After all we want our sport/recreation to be safe and every diver that goes down, comes back up alive.

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