PADI:  Professional Association of Diving Instructors

Welcome to the World of Scuba Diving.

With more than forty years experience, over 136,000 PADI Professionals and more than 6200 dive shops and resorts worldwide, PADI training materials and services let you experience scuba diving from nearly anywhere.

Scuba diving with PADI Instructors, Dive Centers and Resorts can help transform your life through education, experience, equipment and environmental conservation:


  • Education: There are a multitude of PADI scuba diving courses choose from. Whether you want to learn scubaimprove your skills or become a scuba instructor, you can do it via the PADI System of diver education.
  • Experience:
    PADI Dive Shops offer a variety of experiences through tours, local charters and dive trips. Through your local PADI Dive Center or Resort, you can explore dive sites nearby your home or exotic vacation destinations around the world. You an also build life long friendships with fellow dive buddies in the PADI Diving Society.
  • Equipment:
    Learn about all the fun gadgets and scuba gear available to you through PADI Dive Shops and Resorts.
  • Environmental Conservation:
    Organizations like Project AWARE Foundation and partnerships with organizations like the National Geographic Society help preserve and protect aquatic environments. You can volunteer with your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort and participate in a variety of conservation events. 

    Get to Know PADI

    Why PADI - PADI is a privately held, membership organization. See what the PADI difference is all about.

    PADI History - Want to find out how PADI started? Get the full story here.

    FAQs - Browse a collection of Frequently Asked Questions.

    Consumer Privacy Policy - The PADI organization and its affiliated companies are committed to respecting the privacy of customers. Read the Privacy Policy for complete details.

    Quality Recognition - Do you want to recognize your scuba instructor for a job well done? This is the place to do it.

    Quality Management - Share your experience

    Consumer Alerts - Check credentials when selecting a reputable scuba diving instructor, dive shop or resort.

    PADI Certification Statistics - View PADI certification and membership statistics.

    Careers - Do you want to work for a PADI corporate office?  Browse current job openings.

    Media Room - Do you need a story, an interview or images? Check the PADI Media Room.

    PADI Partners - Learn about PADI Partners.

    Contact Us – Contact your PADI Office. We want to hear from you!