Whether you are new to diving or looking to increase your skills, organized classes and practice are some of the best ways to do so. There are many organizations that certify divers around the globe. However, PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world.
Your PADI certification will be recognized no matter where you choose to dive. Here are some quick facts from PADI’s 2021 Global Report:
• PADI® is the world’s leading scuba diver organization, issuing more
than 28 million diver certifications since 1967.
• There are more than 128,000 PADI professional members around
• There are 6,600 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide.
• PADI operates in 186 countries and territories.
How is PADI Learning Different?
Lahaina Divers has found over the past 40+ years of operation that the PADI system of diver education to be an instructionally solid system in diving. PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your 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.
Performance-Based Learning – With PADI, you are able to progress at your own pace as you demonstrate mastery of specific performance requirements essential to becoming a scuba diver. It can be challenging to earn some of your PADI certifications, but you will do so in an encouraging and well-supported learning environment.
Educational Materials – As the world has evolved with technology, PADI has kept pace with state-of-the-art methods and learning theories, created by well-credentialed instructional designers. Study materials are available in a variety of media to fit student needs, including online programs, tablet-based apps, manuals and workbooks. Instructional support materials allow your PADI Instructors to assess and verify your understanding, and identify the need to further explain important concepts.
Educational Standards – PADI relies on feedback from divers through random surveys, ensuring not only high standards but that courses are meeting diver expectations. In addition, all PADI programs, from entry-level through scuba instructor training, follow strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI maintains the highest level of professional reliability and integrity in its educational standards.
Continuing Diver Education – The fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver does not stop after basic training. PADI members are encouraged to continuing to improve scuba skills. Building each course on the previous one, growing skills and techniques evolves organically, when you are ready to learn. Particular interests are addressed through numerous PADI specialty courses available. For those that want to join our scuba diving lifestyle by becoming a divemaster or scuba instructor, professional-level courses let you explore the options.
College Credit and Vocational Training – Because of the unsurpassed quality of PADI educational materials and courses, you may be able to earn college credit or vocational training recognition. Find out more HERE.
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 relate to five levels of diver, two levels of instructor and a service provider or dive center. Each of these standards equate to a PADI certification or member level. This means 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.
Be Part of the Diving Community
As a PADI Diver, you become connected to the larger PADI community. Here are a few interesting resources to check out
ScubaEarth®– ScubaEarth is PADI’s online community. It is an interactive, dynamic platform for sharing everything scuba diving-related with other divers, dive operations and instructors from around the world. You can research and plan dive experiences, connect with new dive buddies, log dives, share dive photos or videos, get help identifying aquatic creatures and much more.
PADI Blog and TecRec Blog – From recreational diving topics to digging into technical diving and equipment, the TecRec blog is the place for news and discussion. Currated posts from the Dive Guru keeps you informed.
PADI on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube (PADI TV) – PADI is very active on social media. Connect up through your favorite platform to interact with other PADI Divers to share stories, photos, videos and discuss how much you love scuba diving!
PADI has a slogan- “Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.” 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.
With each certification Lahaina Divers helps achieve, we make a donation to PADI’s Project AWARE® – an effort to make every dive count for a clean, healthy ocean planet. Lean more about our ocean conservation efforts here.
Get Started Diving
Whether you want to try out scuba diving or get certified, we have many programs to fit a variety of interests and time schedules. You can even start studying for your Open Water certification at home, and complete the program diving in warm Maui waters! Check out our Scuba Training pages, or if you would like a course in the next week, please call our office directly for scheduling at 808-667-7496.
When you get certified through Lahaina Divers, you will enjoy 10% off charters for life! (or the multi day discount, whichever saves you the most).