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Club 25 Profile – Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards

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Founded in 1994, Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. With a vision of outstanding value and first class service on top of some of the most bio-diverse dives in the world, it did not take long for Atlantis to become synonymous with first class Philippines dive vacations.

From the beginning, with first their resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines and then their second resort in Dumaguete Philippines, partners Andy Pope and Gordon Strahan have focused on the thousands of details it takes to exceed their guests’ expectations. What is quite unique is still offering a value that allows most to experience the Atlantis difference.

In 2010, Atlantis added the luxury Liveaboard Atlantis Azores which quickly became the top Liveaboard in the Philippines. In a market of coastal rated boats, their blue water rated yacht, the Azores, not only has the rating to handle offshore offerings like the world famous Tubbataha Reefs, but to do so in first class quality, safety and comfort. Atlantis Azores offers four different exciting itineraries including Apo Reefs and Coron Wrecks, Tubbatah, and two Visayas itineraries including Bohol and around Cebu island including Malapascua. Atlantis also has two annual transition trips, and their real time availability is accessible on the Atlantis website.

Both Andy & Gordon are grateful to the many thousands of guests who have helped Atlantis reach their success and hope to see them back at the resorts soon. They also look forward to another 25 years of welcoming guests to the Philippines and exceeding their expectations with the dive vacation of a lifetime.

Club 25 Profile – Lenhardt & Wagner (L&W)

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Founded by Wolfgang Lenhardt and Bernd Wagner, Lenhardt & Wagner was established in 1975 as a developer and manufacturer of exhaust systems and optimiser of motorcycle engines. Currently one of the world’s leading manufacturers of breathing air compressors, pressurised air cylinders for diving and other high-pressure applications, L&W started to supply high pressure compressors in 1980. Over the last thirty years, L&W has established a worldwide network of L&W agencies and service centres to ensure the steady growth of the company.

After ending its production of exhaust systems in 1997, L&W switched its focus entirely to high-pressure applications. In 2014, L&W introduces the next generation of silenced compressors – the LW 450 ES II – which is armed with a newly developed condensate system that significantly improves the life of the filter. The new ES Series II is included as the standard condensate collection tank. In 2015, the new and ultralight MC Series, one of the world’s most powerful mobile breathing air compressor, is presented at BOOT 2015 with a capacity of 400 litre per minute. The newly developed compressor block is a culmination of L&W’s 30 years of experience and has been built to be almost antimagnetic. In 2016, the advanced compressor series LW 450 III and LW 570 II are released. The roll out of a new industry-proven lubrication system and reinforced components form the core of the new compressor blocks, improving the life of the compressors even under the most difficult conditions. In 2017, the new mobile and stationary PURACON systems for breathing air monitoring are brought to market. In addition to being able to check for water content, the PURACON systems can also check the value of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and oxygen levels and oil in the compressed air. This marks the first time that users can monitor all required limits according to the European standard for breathing air (EN 12021:2014).

In addition to Breathing Air Compressors and related peripheral equipment, L&W offers storage and filter for the necessary high-pressure which is required for natural gas filling stations. L&W also specialises in industrial applications for high-pressure inert gases such as argon, helium or nitrogen for use in welding and laser cutting in addition to general laboratory use.

The balanced growth of L&W is based on long-term and strategic planning and the continued expansion of its customer base in the Asian and American market.

Club 25 Profile – Scubapro

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Founded in 1963 by Gustav Dalla Valle and Dick Bonin, SCUBAPRO is one of the most iconic dive equipment brands. Revered in the 1960s and early 1970s as the Rolls-Royce of scuba diving, SCUBAPRO is famous for being able to withstand just about any sort of abuse while providing high performance without compromise.

The first company to seriously challenge Jacque Couteau’s US Divers’ dominance in the scuba diving industry, SCUBAPRO was initially set up by Healthways (a company which sold bar bells and water skis) as a subsidiary to produce diving gear specifically for professional dive stores, a concept Dick Bonin had pioneered while he was working for Swimaster. A former Submersible Operations Officer with the US Navy SEALS, Bonin was brought in by R&D Director Gustav Dalla Valle to help produce diving gear for SCUBAPRO. In 1962, when Healthways went bankrupt, Gustav bought the rights to the SCUBAPRO name for one dollar and using Gustav’s $20,000 European credit line, Bonin and Dalla Valle engaged the most brilliant engineers they could find to push the R&D department in their new venture to produce the industry’s most cutting edge diving equipment.

In the first two years, SCUBAPRO successfully developed the first reliable piston first stage regulator, which reduced maintenance requirements through its simpler mechanism with less moving parts and produced the high air delivery rate that only a balanced piston can deliver. SCUBAPRO also popularized the Jet Fin invented by Rene Beauchat. SCUBAPRO’s many firsts in the industry – the first flowthrough Mark V piston regulator introduced in 1970, the first low pressure BC (buoyancy compensator) inflator, the first back-mounted BC for widespread distribution, the first silicone mask, the first jacket-style BC, the first pilot valve assisted second stage (Air I), the first integrated inflator/second stage regulator (Air II), the shotgun snorkel with an exhaust valve – made it the leader in the diving equipment industry and Bonin’s unprecedented move of offering a lifetime guarantee on SCUBAPRO equipment made the SCUBAPRO brand synonymous with diving excellence. Bonin’s dedication to personally testing, evaluating and approving every item the company was bringing to market, coupled with their usage of the most brilliant minds in the industry enabled SCUBAPRO to constantly push the envelope to produce the most advanced diving products annually.

Gustav sold his shared to Johnson Worldwide Associates in 1974. The following year, he retired to Napa Valley where he created one of the world’s finest wineries, the Dalla Valle Vineyards. Gustav passed away in 1995. Bonin continued as President and lead the company to continued profitability and growth until 1991 when he retired. Dick Bonin passed away in December 2015.

Today, SCUBAPRO remains the industry’s gold standard for innovation, performance, reliability and durability. For the hobbyist to the professional, SCUBAPRO continues to produce industry-leading regulators, dive computers, BCDs, thermal protection, masks, fins, snorkels, gear bags, scuba accessories and divewear. A Johnson Outdoors Inc company, SCUBAPRO employs more than 400 diving enthusiast in 17 locations spread over 13 countries on four continents.

Club 25 Profile – Aqua Lung

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For centuries, humans have been trying to devise equipment to enable us to breathe underwater with the US military coming closest to success with the SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) programme designed by Christian Lambert in 1939 that had the unfortunate side effect of leaving divers injured or killed by oxygen toxicity (pure oxygen at increased partial pressures is toxic). Aqua Lung invented the first safe underwater breathing system in 1943 when Jacques-Yves Costeau collaborated with Emile Gagnan, an engineer with L’aire Liquide (a French multinational company specialising in supplying industrial gases and services), to produce an air regulator valve that would regulate your air supply in a variable pressure environment.

Knowing that oxygen and air-pressure would be key to creating a safe underwater breathing system, Gagnan used a similar type of valve used in gas-generator engines to create a pressure regulator that adjusts the air pressure of your breathing gas automatically so that the air pressure inside the diver’s lungs matches the pressure of the water. With Costeau believing that “purified and filtered compressed air was the ideal gas mixture for self-contained breathing apparatuses”, Gagnan and Costeau created a demand valve that delivers breathing gas to the diver when you need it. These three critical and groundbreaking safety innovations made Aqua Lung’s underwater breathing system the first safe and modern underwater breathing apparatus.

With the invention of the modern diving regulator, L’aire Liquide (Air Liquide) founded La Spirotechnique (now Aqua Lung International) in 1946 as a specialised division to conceive and commercialise regulators and other diving equipment. In 1946, Aqua Lung rolled out the first Aqua Lung modern regulator, the CG45, with distribution rights sold to U.S Divers in 1952. Air Liquide acquired US Divers in 1958, renaming it Aqua Lung America.

Today, Aqua Lung continues to be the “leading global designer and manufacturer of scuba dive equipment and water sports gear” with almost every set of modern SCUBA gear around the world using the Aqua Lung system. Aqua Lung equipment for recreational, technical and military applications can be found under the brand names of Aqua Lung, Aqua Sphere, Apeks, OMER, U.S. Divers, MP Michael Phelps and Stohlquist. There are also independently owned Aqua Lung Partner Centres around the world dedicated to helping customers maximise their scuba diving experience.

Club 25 Profile – National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide)

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Established in 1960, the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) is one of the largest non-profit dive training and certifying organizations in the world, offering recreational and technical scuba diving and freediving training programs of the highest calibre.

As one of the most trusted dive training providers, NAUI’s role as an industry leader has defined diving. Whether in the establishment of scuba instructional standards, equipment development, advancements in diving research or dive training innovations, NAUI leaders have paved the way for scuba divers around the world.

NAUI offers a full range of training programs from Freediver and Scuba Diver to leadership level certifications and designations, including Assistant Instructor, Divemaster, Instructor, Instructor Trainer, Course Director and Course Director Trainer. In addition to its core courses, NAUI offers dozens of specialty courses, including Nitrox, rescue, digital imaging, drysuit, recreational ice, wreck, archaeology, naturalist, hunting & collecting, search & recovery, and many more. NAUI training programs also include beginner and advanced courses in freediving, technical diving, leadership rescue diving, and public safety diving.

NAUI started its first Instructor Certification Course (ICC) in August 1960 at Houston’s Shamrock Hilton Hotel with 72 candidates. Founded by Albert Tillman and Neal Earl Hess, NAUI was formally known as the National Diving Patrol before it was renamed in 1959.

Starting out as a column in the Skin Diver magazine started by Jim Auxier Jr and Chuck Blakeslee in 1951, Neal Hess would review course outlines submitted by diving instructors and would list the names of these new skin and scuba diving “instructors” in the National Diving Patrol column in the magazine. The 1950s was a period of great interest and growth in recreational scuba diving and Sea Hunt, the iconic television series starring Lloyd Bridges, who became NAUI’s first honorary instructor member, and Zale Perry (NAUI #A-12), generated a lot of the early excitement and interest in scuba diving as a recreational activity.

In 1955, Tillman, director of sports for the L.A. County Parks and Recreation, started the world’s first civilian training programme for scuba diving by creating the L.A. County Parks Recreational Underwater Instructor Certification Course (1UICC) with L.A. County lifeguard Bev Morgan. With the National Diving Patrol announced in the May 1960 issue of Skin Diver magazine as an official national organisation to “insure competent underwater instruction and to reduce diving accidents through education”, Hillman, Blakeslee, Auxier and Tillman, who became NAUI’s first instructor, met and organised NAUI’s first Instructor Certification Course (ICC) from 22 to 26 August at the Shamrock Hilton Hotel in Houston. Of the 72 candidates who took part, 53 graduated and together with the staff instructors, they became the first instructor members of NAUI. This NAUI ICC passed into history as the first course to make “diver certification available worldwide”.

NAUI was incorporated in 1961 in California, USA, as a non-profit educational organisation with Al Tillman serving as President and Neal Hess as Executive Secretary. Aqualung inventor Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Albert R. Behnke, a pioneer of diving medicine, were on the original Board of Advisers of NAUI. Tillman administered NAUI’s business out of his home until Auxier and Blakeslee (NAUI #A34) from Skin Diver provided office space and a salary. Skin Diver magazine also published the “NAUI” page as a regular feature to help NAUI to continue to grow. Al Tillman left the NAUI Board and administration in 1967 to manage his resort, the Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO) (started in 1965), in the Bahamas and was elected to the newly created position of NAUI Resort Branch Manager. Since then, NAUI has continued to use regional branches (managers) and local Chapters as a way to organise its member populations.

Art Ullrich (NAUI #601) was hired as the new Executive Director of NAUI in 1968 and he moved NAUI’s headquarters to Grand Terrace, California and later to Colton, California. Today, NAUI continues to grow and is currently headquartered in Tampa, Florida with member instructors, resorts, stores, service and training centres in Japan, South Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Brazil and the Pacific Rim. In the United States, the US Coast Guard rescue divers, the US Navy SEALS and other special military forces are all trained to NAUI standards as part of their overall training.

NAUI is based on the principles of democratic self-governance and commitment to excellence. To that end, NAUI members embrace six fundamental values in the pursuit of their mission:

 

  1. Superior Leadership and Instructor training
  2. Democratic Association of Equals
  3. Trust and Respect
  4. Academic Freedom
  5. Dynamic Growing of Body of Knowledge and Skills
  6. Ever Improving Leadership and Instructor Training

NAUI members and divers are dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the ocean and its inhabitants. The NAUI Green Initiative in association with the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund promotes awareness and action to safeguard underwater ecosystems.

Club 25 Profile – SEACAM

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A passionate photographer, diver and skillful craftsman for many years, Harald Hordosch started taking interest in underwater photography while diving in the fresh water lakes in Europe. Not satisfied with the two film camera housing brands available in the market back then, he decided to invent his own and eventually founds SEACAM as a small business in Austria.

The first housings created by SEACAM in 1989

Ever since 1989, SEACAM has been developing underwater camera housings designed to achieve maximum image quality, reliability and flexibility. The first designs for housings were based on the futuristic study by a famous German underwater photographer and were then adapted for practical use in the first SEACAM housing model. The first serial production was made of simple aluminum cast housings, together with accessories for Canon, Minolta and Nikon AF-single lens reflex cameras.

SEACAM Founder Harold Hordosch (Photo courtesy of SEACAM)

By 1991 SEACAM had developed the MINICAM – an ergonomic and user-friendly new housing concept featuring mechanical transmission elements with a high quality interchangeable port system featuring optically cut flat and dome glasses. SEACAM also released the MINIFLASH – the world’s first system flash housing with an integrated pilot light. The following year saw a wide expansion of its range with eight different camera and flash housings added. The SEAFLASH, an underwater flash device, is introduced with Germany’s Subtronic electronic system. The Galilei viewfinder is also adapted and introduced for the first time in an underwater housing which dramatically improves the viewfinder in the housing. By 1993, SEACAM’s product range has 13 different special housings for cameras, system flash housings and underwater flash devices. In 1995, the FLASHARM, a patented, strong and flexible arm system was introduced to great fanfare.

SEACAM's MINICAM

In 1997, SEACAM introduced its revolutionary silver underwater housing surface technology which allows for a completely varnishing-free housing surface. Constructed out of a saltwater-proof, high-strength light-metal alloy, the alloy parts undergo thermal treatment to achieve an even higher firmness and form stability. The housings for the Canon EOS 1N, Minolta DYNAX 700si/9xi are the first to appear in this new design. The SPORTSFINDER, the world’s first rotatable 45-degree viewfinder, is also introduced – a game-changing innovation in all areas of underwater photography.

SEACAM's unique 45 degree viewfinder

In the trendsetting year of 2001, SEACAM takes the plunge from analogue to digital and launches its first professional housing for digital cameras – the Nikon D1/D1X/D1H. And in 2003, SEACAM began designing the housing of the Nikon D100 entirely on a computer, milling the housing from a single massive block of aluminum. The precision and quality of this method is widely acknowledged to be superior to conventional molding technology.

Another milestone marks the introduction of a fully digital underwater flash device with a removable battery pack. Over the years, SEACAM also advances and expands their port range with innovations such as the brilliant Superdome port, the conically shaped Macro Port and other adaptations to the ever changing needs and challenges of underwater photographers. In 2011, SEACAM launches the prelude line for amateur and entry-level underwater photographers and further expands the range with the introduction of the SEACAM compact series for mirrorless cameras in 2016.

SEACAM's completely varnishing-free housing surface is handmade by a single technician

Through all these years, one SEACAM principle has remained steadfast – every SEACAM silver housing is a handmade and unique specimen assembled by a single technician in order to ensure that customers get the perfect quality. Pressure and temperature tests help ensure that your SEACAM system continues to perform even in the deepest of depths.

SEACAM works with countless professional, semi-professionals and amateur photographers all around the world to help them get the best out of their photo equipment. Listening to the photographer’s needs, questions and feedback is vital to developing for the future and getting ready for new developments and innovations heading our way.

And while always keeping the focus on innovation and further development of the product catalogue, SEACAM never stops there and also steps into other areas, such as publishing with the SEACAM magazine as well as online webinars in the form of an Underwater Photo Academy with underwater photographer Kurt Amsler.

Now after 30 years in the industry, Harald Hordosch still leads the company today with a demand for precise craftsmanship, his innovative spirit and untiring commitment. The small team consisting of dedicated professionals and a local production and sourcing of high quality materials ensure that underwater photographers can enjoy their equipment for years and years to come – and take pictures that awe, move and inspire people.

Club 25 Profile – Scuba Schools International (SSI)

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Founded by Robert Clark in 1970, the origin story of Scuba Schools International is an interesting tale of kismet between the National Association of Scuba Diving Stores (NASDS) and Scuba Schools International (SSI). A diver since he was seven, Clark started scuba diving in 1960 as a hobby in the days before there was any real opportunity to have formal classes. After opening his first store selling scuba diving equipment in 1965 in Sidney, Nebraska (the scuba capital of the world), a friend connected him to John Gaffney and Clark began working with Gaffney in 1966 to develop the National Association of Scuba Diving stores (NASDS). It was a parting of ways in 1970 between NASDS and Clark that prompted Clark to found SSI with several colleagues who had been working together to develop NASDS.

After assuming control and ownership of SSI in 1974, Clark was able to develop the teaching syllabus around his philosophy on scuba instruction by creating the first integrated instructional system in diving at SSI. This commitment to cutting edge instructional systems remains the touchstone of SSI’s success and is widely admired and copied by scuba agencies around the world. SSI was the first to use full motion video in a complete training programme with its diving courses.

For more than 45 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification and educational resources for divers, diver instructors, dive centres and resorts around the world. SSI has more than 30 service centres and is represented in more than 110 countries around the world at over 2,800 international locations with materials available in more than 30 languages. Since June 1 2010, SSI has qualified for Global ISO Certification with seven SSI programmes (Five for divers, two for instructors). SSI scuba certifications are recognised around the world.

In 1999, SSI merged with NASDS reuniting the two organisations under the same umbrella again. SSI was acquired by MARES in 2014.

The SSI International Global Network is one of the greatest strengths of SSI as an organisation.  The SSI Headquarters at Fort Collins, Colorado, in the United States, is where the standardisation of SSI diving certification and education, training standards and the creation of skills and techniques for SSI programmes occurs. As opposed to other dive training organisations, SSI instructors can only teach at SSI Dive Centres or SSI accredited dive clubs that “adopt a franchise-like concept”.Educational materials are produced at SSI Headquarters and translated there into many languages with the help of SSI Service Centres.

SSI Service Centres oversee and service SSI Dive Centres, Dive Resorts and Dive Professionals of the assigned area. SSI Dive Centres and Dive Resorts serve as an extensive network of professional businesses which operate as scuba diving or freediving schools for diver and diver professional training. They provide a variety of diving destinations for SSI customers.

Club 25 Profile – Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)

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A Shared Passion and Vision Between Two Friends

Renowned as the world’s largest scuba diving training organisation, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) was dreamt up by two friends concerned about the state of the scuba diving industry some 53 years ago in the state of Illinois, USA.

Some 13 years after the invention of the aqualung had made scuba diving a reality, the certification of scuba divers was still not top notch with many scuba certification agencies providing instructions which were not up to date. Good friends John Cronin, a scuba equipment salesman for U.S Divers and Ralph Erickson, an educator, university water polo coach, champion swimmer, lifeguard and waterman, were suitably concerned about the future of the sport as they felt that scuba diving instructors needed better support to facilitate an easier learning process for people interested in learning how to breathe underwater.

One fateful night in 1966, while chatting in Erickson’s Illinois apartment in Morton Grove over Cronin’s favourite bottle, the duo finally decided to bring their vision for scuba diving to life. They would start a scuba training association which would provide professional support services to dive instructors with professional standards and professionally certified curriculum for diving instructors. With certified, relevant and instructionally valid scuba diving training, more people will be able to get easier access to enjoy the underwater world, thereby raising the numbers of confident scuba divers who dive regularly. With John insisting on the word “professional” for their new moniker and Ralph asserting the need for an “association of diving instructors”, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) was born.

Humble Beginnings

The first few start-up meetings for their new venture took place in “several restaurants in Morton Grove and Niles, Illinois”. Within a few months, however, the duo had established the first PADI headquarters in the basement of Cronin’s home on Main Street in Niles. They even hired Cronin’s next-door neighbour to stand in as a part-time secretary for PADI.

How PADI Got Its Diver’s Torch Logo

Inspired by The Silent World, Jacques Cousteau’s groundbreaking book on scuba diving, Erickson had come up with the idea of a diver with a torch in his hand in a globe after Cronin had mentioned that he wanted PADI’s logo to be something classy like National Geographic’s. Although they were essentially just a two-person operation, Cronin’s comments changed Erickson’s view of the company. Now, he could envision big things for PADI. After spotting a photo of French divers descending into the water with burning torches in hand, Erickson came up with the first PADI logo. This photo can still be seen hanging in the PADI Worldwide global office in California.

The Growth of PADI

The growth of PADI was organic in the early years. Instead of going with the military-structured “know it all entry level course” that most agencies were using at the time to “weed people out”, Erickson wanted PADI to have a “continuing educational course structure”. PADI introduced its first advanced diver course in 1967 along with its first specialty diver programmes. Although growth was slow, PADI had about 400 members by the late 1960s.

PADI’s first strategic move that aided its eventual success was the introduction of the “first positive identification certification card” that had the diver’s photograph on it. This idea for a photo on your certificate was suggested by Paul Tzimoulis, who eventually became editor of Skin Diver magazine, when Cronin first met him at a large National Sporting Goods Association show in New York City.

Still working at U.S. Divers, John Cronin was promoted to Sales Manager at his job and had moved with his family to Huntington Beach, California while maintaining his board position at PADI. Ralph Erickson also continued to pursue his career as a water polo coach at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and continued to serve as a PADI board member, consulting with PADI staff, helping to expand PADI’s “continuing education offerings” for divers. The PADI office moved to California in 1970 with key operational staff making the move as well.

An active diver and instructor, Erickson continued to help develop standards and courses at PADI by working with PADI’s early training managers. The PADI Open Water Diver certification was launched in 1972 as the preferred entry-level rating. Divers now needed to complete two times the number of open water dives as previous courses.

By the late 1970s and early 1980s, PADI had revolutionised scuba training by creating modular scuba training programmes with original integrated multimedia student and instructor educational materials. By the first half of the 1980s, PADI had successfully filled its ranks with the industry’s most experienced and professionally credentialed diving talent. Their expertise in instructional design, marketing, international business and development of educational systems, retail and resort programmes further established PADI’s leading status in the diving industry. PADI’s extensive scientific study in hyperbaric diver table research in the late 1980s led to the development of the Recreational Diver Planner.

When John Cronin retired as CEO of US. Divers/Aqualung and took the reins of PADI as CEO in 1986, PADI had become the leading scuba diving training organisation in the world. As the leading educator in underwater training, everyone at PADI felt the responsibility of educating the public on marine conservation.

“We want to feel that our children, their children and generations to come will be able to enjoy the underwater world that has given us so much,” said John Cronin. “There are so many significant problems facing mankind, but as divers this is truly our cause. If scuba divers do not take an active role in preserving the aquatic realm, who will?”

With marine conservation in mind, PADI initiated Project AWARE as an environmental ethic in the late 1980s and the Project AWARE philosophy was integrated into PADI Diver training courses. [Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education) is a global movement for ocean protecting powered by a community of adventurers. It engages snorkelers and divers in activities such as beach clean-ups and establishing marine parks and marine protected areas]. Eventually, in 1992, the Project AWARE Foundation was established as a non-profit organisation in the United States.

PADI Today

John Cronin passed away in 2003 with his friend and PADI co-founder, Ralph Erickson, following suit three years later.

Led by Dr. Drew Richardson, President and CEO, PADI remains the world’s largest recreational diver training organization with more than 6,600 dive centers and resorts and 137,000 professional members worldwide. Issuing 1 million certifications each year, PADI continues to make underwater exploration, travel and adventure accessible to people around the world while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service.

PADI is committed to being best in and for the world, supporting social and environmental efforts through its Pillars of ChangeSM, empowering divers with information to get involved with causes they care about in a tangible way.

“PADI is committed to be a force for good,” says Richardson. “We’re privileged to have a powerful legacy to inspire us. By empowering divers and connecting them to the PADI family and global issues relevant to the dive industry, we can help make the world a better place and become an even more powerful catalyst for change. By engaging divers more effectively at the local level globally, global change is inevitable.”