About Us

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)

PADI is the scuba diving association that Southern Divers certifies divers through.  PADI sets forth the standards and regulations that govern the way we train our scuba divers. 


Since its inception in 1966 in the USA, PADI has grown with members in more than 175 countries and territories and international service offices in nine countries.  Approximately 55 percent of all divers worldwide are certified by PADI.  There are other certifying organizations like NAUI, SSI, BSAC, CMAS, etc. and they all provide diver training to consumers, each with its own system of diver education. However, with PADI being internationally recognized and respected, more people learn to dive with PADI than all others combined.

Who is PADI

PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the largest scuba certifying organization in the world.  PADI develops scuba programs and diver training products, monitors scuba training conducted by more than 100,000 PADI Professionals worldwide, maintains diver certification records and issues your diver certification credentials.

The PADI certification is the most widely recognized diver certification.  This simply means that if you are a PADI certified diver, your certification is accepted instantly at dive centres anywhere in the world.

The Educational Difference

PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile.  You get in and under the water quickly, scuba diving.  Under the guidance of your professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills.  You pick up key information as well as helpful tips by interacting with PADI educational materials – manual, videos, workbooks, multimedia discs, etc.  Credentialed instructional designers use state-of-the-art technology and learning theories to create PADI materials with you, the student diver, in mind.

Your PADI Instructor makes sure that you are ready for certification using the concept of performance-based learning.  This means that you progress as you demonstrate that you have mastered specific performance requirements essential to becoming a diver.  Your instructor is there to help you meet these requirements, regardless of how quickly or slowly you master them.  You must earn a PADI certification, but you do so in an encouraging and well-supported learning environment.

The unsurpassed quality of PADI materials and the educational validity of PADI courses has been independently acknowledged by international educational and vocational training authorities.  The American Council on Education (ACE) and Canadian Learning Bank have both evaluated and recommended PADI courses for college credit equivalency.   To view the college credit page please go to: http://www.padi.com/padi/en/footerlinks/collegecredits.aspx