PADI International:What is it all about?

Duration 20 minutes

What is PADI? – PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

PADI is one of the largest recreational scuba diver training organisations in the world.

John Cronin, a scuba equipment salesman for U.S. Divers, and Ralph Erickson an educator and swimming instructor came together in 1966 to form PADI.   In the early years, PADI operated from Cronins basement in his house in Illinois, USA.   They quickly grew and now have offices worldwide with the HQ located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA.  PADI now has offices throughout the world including Australia, Japan, Russia, Brazil and the UK.  There are over 133,500 PADI Professionals and more than 5,800 dive shops and resorts worldwide.

We visited the offices of PADI Inernational in Bristol, England.  Its territories include United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Malta, Turkey, Cyprus, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and all republics of former USSR. .

We talk to Vice President of PADI International, Mark Caney, to find out more.

In this first of a series of interviews with vice president, Mark Caney, we find out what PADI is, how it came into being, and, about scuba diver training.