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Not all training agencies are the same!
We are NOT interested in being the biggest training agency, ONLY the best at what we do... Producing Quality Safe and Competent Divers at all levels of the Industry from Recreational to Professional Diving...
We offer here a unique insight into the core values of the ITDA Group and our motivation to be the highest standards training agency, based on quality and not quantity, i.e.
We are unique in many ways in the Sports diving world as not only do we accept multi-agency instructors and divers but we actively encourage them... ITDA Group International and the International Technical Diving Agency, offer the highest quality, value for money and highest training standards in the Industry... Please cover this page carefully and if you have any questions email us and we will respond quickly: email@example.com
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The biggest diver training agency in the world is the American giant "PADI", Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
They have recently been bought and sold a few times over the past few years and the agency and their professionals are considered as market leaders.
ITDA Executives; Steve and Georgina with their Award for safety standards.
The Industry Intelligence business "Owler" has up to date info on all training agencies. The links below offer an independent insight into our industry... See this link: https://www.owler.com/company/padi And to compare ITDA please use these two links... We have two main business sites; the International Technical Diving Agency...ITDA Group International - https://www.owler.com/company/itdagroup
See our unique charts which offer a graphic vision to compare ITDA with PADI and CMAS by Depth / Course / Pro-fees.
Are there many other agencies?
YES! There are, many other training agencies around the World, in fact hundreds of them, and new ones coming up all the time but the main players remain.
Anyone looking to learn to dive or divers looking to advance their certifications or to become professionals, should look at the training agency very carefully and consider all of the options.
Especially training standards see ITDA Standards pages link here to our About Standards page...
See also lower part of this page for a list of all training agencies meeting International standards.
We at ITDA work harder to provide you with the best, safest and most fun training because we understand that YOU have a choice! And we want YOU to choose us! ITDA should always be YOUR First Choice! and we want you to recommend family and friends to us... We have a great referral and reward service... Ask your ITDA Instructor for more details as benefits vary from training partners worldwide... Or mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOT all training agencies are the same, there are many differences in standards as applied to training and certification and many differences in training philosophy and delivery. Also we offer high quality materials, with flexible options and lower costs and on-going costs, etc.
The majority of International training agencies follow the guidelines from ISO / ANSI/EN to meet minimum International standards see our about standards page link here!
NOTE: The comments below are from different sources of whom many are multiple agency professionals who have crossed over to ITDA, and where certified professionals with; CMAS / SSI / NAUI / PADI / ITDA / IDEA / BSAC / IANTD / TDI/SDI etc. This is NOT the expressed view or opinion of the ITDA Management... It is the ITDA management view that all of the major training agencies operate professionally and to high standards, following the ISO - ANSI/EN International standards.
PADI? Professional Association of Diving Instructors
PADI programs may change from time to time but generally their basic diver program is the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver which is an International Diver certification.
PADI are also probably the largest scuba diver training agency in the world and as such they have a global network of affiliate diver training facilities around the World.
PRO's (For PADI)
Size of the organisation
Easy training and focus on fun diving
Good quality education and materials
Instructor Course is just 7 days on average
PADI has a Fast-Track System for Professionals and Specialist certifications
CONs for PADI (Against PADI)
Because of the size and popularity of PADI they have a lot of market saturation which may lead to certain areas or territories have multiple PADI dive schools in close proximity causing a "Price War" scenario for the private operators of these businesses.
This may "Appear to benefit the consumer", but to reduce operations costs operators may cut corners, including poor employment conditions and low wages for instructor etc.
Training very fast to certification from 3 days or less, with a minimum standard of just 4 Open Water Training dives and 5+ pool sessions (Depending on the training Centre!)
PADI have good International resources and representatives in many regions but are a United States (USA) based business.
CMAS? Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques
CMAS are traditionally a European body but operate worldwide. They have been training divers since 1958 and some very famous name where involved in the early days including the TV Celebrity; Jacques-Yves Cousteau who was a founding member.
One Star Diver - "a diver who is competent in the safe and correct use of all appropriate open water scuba diving equipment in a sheltered water training area and is ready to gain open water diving experience in the company of an experienced diver.
Training dives may be up to 10 dives or more experience.
PRO's for CMAS
Long standing history of diver training on an International level since 1959.
CMAS are a serious training body and focus on safety and training for emergency situations.
Courses are recognised industry wide.
CONs for CMAS (Against CMAS)
Primarily a European body with limited International support.
Few actual CMAS training Centre's around the world.
CMAS Professionals tend to be multi-agency.
Up to 10+ Open Water dives required for certification.
CMAS are currently more focused on Free diving and International free diver training than on the traditional SCUBA Training... They also sponsor major competitions.
SSI? Scuba Schools International
SSI Philosophy (Taken from their website) Knowledge replaces anxiety and fear with correct information. There are many ways you can start an SSI program offers traditional training, home study or online training. No matter which way you decide to take the program, it will be taught the same way using the SSI Total Teaching System. During interactive review sessions, your SSI Dive Professional will teach you how 'land value' what you learn out of the water relates to 'water value' what you do with information in the water.
The best way to learn essential skills is through continuous and correct repetition. The goal of this repetition is to learn the skills so well that they can be performed automatically, and without conscious thought.
This is SSI's signature water training method: Comfort Through Repetition.
We believe it is vital to take plenty of practice time to develop the skills necessary to become a competent and comfortable diver.
Your SSI Dive Professional will lead you through a series of comprehensive skill exercises for you to practice until they become second nature.
Of the many 100's of other training agencies out there around the world are many national federations and Club Systems. (ITDA also has an International Club System which follow the exact same certification standards as our International system.
The majority of people will learn to dive based on the recommendation of friends and family, and or as an act of convenience. (You are on vacation / holidays and there is a dive school at or close to your resort or hotel... This is very common! So please do not be overwhelmed by the sheer number of agencies below:
List from Wikipedia of diver training and certification agencies...
Organisations which publish standards for competence in recreational scuba diving skills and knowledge, and issue certification for divers assessed as competent against these standards by affiliated schools or instructors:
ACDC - Associazione CMAS Diving Centre Italia CMAS code ITA/F07
ACUC - American Canadian Underwater Certifications Recreational diver training and certification agency
AED - Associated European Divers CMAS code INT/F09
AFUS - Armenian Federation of Underwater Sports CMAS code ARM/F00 Albatros Progetto Paolo Pinto CMAS code ITA/F14
AMCQ - Association des Moniteurs de la CMAS du Quebec CMAS code CAN/F05
ANDI - American Nitrox Divers International Recreational diver training and certification agency, also ANDI International EUF CB 2005005
ANIS - Associaziona Nazionale Istruttori Subacquei CMAS code ITA/F08
APT - Antincendio Prevencione Tecnologia CMAS code ITA/F05
ASD Acqua Team CMAS code ITA/F04
ASI - Alleanza Sportiva Italiana Divisione Subacquea CMAS code ITA/F11
AUF - Australian Underwater Federation Governing body for underwater sports in Australia CMAS code AUS/F00
AUSI - Associated Underwater Scuba Instructors (formerly Australian Underwater Scuba Instructors)
BEFOS-FEBRAS - Federation Royale Belge De Recherches et d'Activites Sous-Marines (Royal Belgian Diving Federation) CMAS code BEL/F00
Belarus Federation of Underwater Sport CMAS code BLR/F00
BNAUA - Bulgarian National Association of Underwater Activity CMAS code BUL/F01
BSAC - British Sub Aqua Club Recreational diving club, training and certification agency based in the UK EUF CB 2007001
CBPDS - Confederacao Brasiliera de Pesca e Desportos Subaquaticos CMAS code BRA/F00
CDP - Canadian Diving Program CMAS code CAN/F08
CFT - Comhairle Fo-Thuinn governing body for recreational diving and underwater hockey in Ireland (Irish Underwater Council) CMAS code IRL/F00
CFUA - Cyprus Federation of Underwater Activities CMAS code CYP/F00
CIRSS - Comitato Italiano Ricerche Studi Subaquei CMAS code ITA/F01
CMAS - Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques International organisation for underwater activities
CMAS Baltic - CMAS Baltic Sporta Biedrtba (Latvia) CMAS code LAT/F01
CMAS-CH - CMAS Switzerland CMAS code SUI/F01
CMAS-ISA - CMAS Instructors of South Africa CMAS code RSA/F01
CRASA - Confederation Russe des Activites Subaquatiques CMAS code RUS/F00
CTUF - Chinese Taipei Underwater Federation CMAS code TPE/F01
CUA - Chinese Underwater Association CMAS code CHN/F00
DDI - Disabled Divers International EUF CB 2011003
DSF - Dansk Sports Dykker Forbund Danish Sports Divers Federation CMAS code DEN/F00, EUF CB 2005006
EAVSL - Eesti Allveeliit (Estonian Sportdivers Association) CMAS code EST/F00
ESA - ESA Worldwide CMAS code ITA/F12
EEOBV - Erste Osterreichische Berufstauchlehrer Verband
EULF - Egyptian Underwater Life savinderation CMAS code EGY/F00
FFAAS - Federacion Argentina de Actividades Subacuaticas (Argentine Underwater Federation) CMAS code ARG/F00
FADAS - Federacio Andorrana d'Activitats Subaquaticas Federacio Andorrana d'Activitats Subaquaticas CMAS code AND/F00
FFASSAS - Federation Algerienne de Sauvetage de Secourisme et des Activites Subaquatiques. CMAS code ALG/F00/li
FAS - Federatia de Activitati Subacvatice din Republica Moldava (Federation of Underwater Activities of the Republic of Moldava) CMAS code MDA/F02
FAST - Federation des Activites Subaquatiques de Tunisie CMAS code TUN/F00
FAUI - Formation of Australian Underwater Instructors (formerly National Association of Scuba Diving Schools Australasia)
FCAS - Federacion_Cubana_de_Actividades_Subacuaticas. Federacion Cubana de Actividades Subacuaticas (page does not exist)" Federacion Cubana de Actividades Subacuaticas CMAS code CUB/F00
FCVDS - Federacao Cabo Verde Desportivo Subm. Jose Maria Aquatico CMAS code CPV/F00
FEDAS - Federacion_Espanola_de_Actividades_Subacuaticas. Federacion Espanola de Actividades Subacuaticas Federacion Espanola de Actividades Subacuaticas Spanish national federation for underwater activities, affiliated to CMAS (Spain) CMAS code ESP/F00
FEDASUB - Federacion Ecuatoriana de Buceo y Actividades Subacuaticas CMAS code ECU/F00
FEDECAS - Federacion Colombiana de Actividades Subacuaticas CMAS code COL/F00
FEDEPASA - Federacion Peruana de Actividades Subacuaticas CMAS code PER/F00
FEDESUB - Federation Deportiva Nacional de Deportes Submarinos (Chile) CMAS code CHI/F00
FFESSM - Federation Francaise d'Etudes et de Sports Sous Marins French diver training and certification agency (French Underwater Federation) CMAS code FRA/F00
Federazione Italiana Sport Acquatici CMAS code ITA/F10
FIAS - Federazione Italiana Attivita Subacquee Italian non-profit recreational diver training organisation affiliated to CMAS CMAS code ITA/F09, EUF CB 2005004
FIPSAS - Federazione Italiana Pesca Sportiva e Attivita Subacquee CMAS code ITA/F00
FLASSA - Federation Luxembourgeoise des Activites et Sports Subaquatiques ASBL CMAS code LUX/F00
FMAS - Federation Monegasque des Activites Subaquatiques (Monaco) CMAS code MON/F00
FMAS - Federacion Mexicana de Actividades Subacuaticas A.C. CMAS code MEX/F00
FMPAS - Federation Marocaine de Plongee et Activites Subaquatiques (Moroccan Federation of Diving and Underwater Activities) CMAS code MAR/F00
FPAS - Federacao Portuguesa Actividades Subaquaticas (Portuguese Federation of Underwater Activities) CMAS code POR/F00
FSAS - Federazione Sammarinese Attivita Subacquee CMAS code SMR/F00
FSGT -Federation Sportive et Gymnique du Travail
FUAM - Federation of Underwater Activities Malta CMAS code MLT/F00
FVAS - Federacion Venezolana de Actividades Subacuaticas CMAS code VEN/F00
GUE - Global Underwater Explorers Recreational/technical scuba training and certification agency EUF CB 2013001
HSA - Handicapped Scuba Association
HFUA - Elliniki Ohospondia Ypoyrichias Drastriottas Athlitikis Alkias kai Technikis Kolymvisis (Hellenic Federation for Underwater Activities, Sportfishing and Finswimming) CMAS code GRE/F00
HKUAL - Hong Kong Underwater Association CMAS code HKG/F00
HRS - Hrvatski Ronilacki savez (Croatian Diving Federation) CMAS code CRO/F00
IAC - International Aquanautic Club EUF CB 2005001
IAHD - International Association for Handicapped Divers Non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands EUF CB 2007005
IAHD Adriatic - Mednarodno zdruzenje hendikepiranih potapljacev Adriatic (International Association for Handicapped Divers Adriatic) CMAS code SLO/F01
IANTD - International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers Recreational and technical scuba training and certification agency CMAS code INT/F01
IDA International Diving Association
IDEA - International Diving Educators Association Recreational scuba training and certification agency
IPA - International Police Association (Monaco) CMAS code INT/F11
IDSA International Diving Schools Association Organisation to develop common standards for commercial diver training
ISC - DiveISC International Scuba Certification
ISE - InnerSpace Explorers
Irish Underwater Council EUF CB 2006003
Islamic Republic of Iran Lifesaving Federation CMAS code IRI/F00
ITDA - International Technical Diving Agency - https://www.diveitda.com
JCIA - Japan CMAS Instructor Association CMAS code JPN/F00
JCS - JCS CMAS code JPN/F03
JEFF - Japan Educational Facilities Federation CMAS code JPN/F02
KD Japan - Kansai Sensui Renmei (Kansai Sports Diving Federation Japan) CMAS code JPN/F05
KDP PTTK - Polskie Towarzystwo Turystyczno-Krajoznawcze Komisja Dzialalnosci Podw (Polish Tourist Country-Lovers Society Underwater Activity Commission) CMAS code POL/F00
KP-LOK - Komisja Pletwonurkowania LOK (Commission Diving National Defense League) CMAS code POL/F02
KSC - Kuwait Science Club CMAS code KUW/F02
KUA - Korea Underwater Association CMAS code KOR/F00
KUF - Kyrgyz Underwater Federation CMAS code KGZ/F00
KWTDIVERS - Kuwait Academy for Diving and Swimming CMAS code KUW/F01
LDA - Libyan Diving Association (Ajamiaa Alibia Lil Gaus) CMAS code LBA/F00
LIB - Lebanese Diving and Salvage Federation CMAS code LIB/F00
LTV - Liechtensteiner Tauchsport Verband (CMAS Liechtenstein) CMAS code LIE/F00
LUSF - Lietuvos Povandeninio Sporto Federacija (Lithuanian Underwater Sport Federation) CMAS code LTU/F00
LZSF - Latviejas Zemudens Sporta Federacija (Federation of Underwater Sports of Latvia) CMAS code LAT/F02
MBSz - Magyar uvar Szakszovetseg (Hungarian Divers Federation) CMAS code HUN/F00
MICRODIVE - Microdive
MDEA - Multinational Diving Educators Association
MSDA - Mauritian Scuba Diving Association CMAS code MRI/F00
MSAC - Malayan Sub Aqua Club CMAS code MAS/F00
MTES - Marine Techno Educational System diving division. CMAS code JPN/F04
MUF - Maldives Underwater Federation CMAS code MDV/F01
NADD - NADD Global Diving Agency CMAS code ITA/F03 EUF S 000513
NASE - National Academy of Scuba Educators Recreational scuba training and certification agency EUF CB 2008003
NASDS - National Association of Scuba Diving Schools
NAUI - National Association of Underwater Instructors Non-profit training and certification agency association of scuba instructors
NDF - Norges Dykkeforbund (Norwegian Diving Federation) CMAS code NOR/F00
NDL - National Dive League EUF CB 2007003
NOB - Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond National governing body for recreational diving and underwater sports in the Netherlands affiliated to CMAS (Dutch Underwater Federation) CMAS code NED/F00
NUWF - Namibia Underwater Federation CMAS code NAM/F00
PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors Recreational diver training and certification agency EUF CB 2004001
PCIA - Philippine Federation of CMAS Underwater Activities (CMAS Philippines) CMAS code PHI/F01
PDA - Professional Diving Association EUF CB 2006004
PDIC - Professional Diving Instructors Corporation International Recreational diver training and certification agency
PDSA - Professional Diving Schools Association of Malta
POSSIISSA - Persartuan Olahraga Selam Seluruh Indonesia (Indonesian Subaquatic Sport Association) CMAS code INA/F00
ProTec - Professional Technical and Recreational Diving CMAS code INT/F08
PSAI Professional Scuba Association International
PSS - Professional Scuba Schools
PTA - Pure Tech Agency CMAS code INT/F07
PTRD - Professional, Technical & Recreational Diving EUF S 000786
PZPn - Polski Zwiazek Pletwonurkowania (Polish Underwater Sports Federation) CMAS code POL/F01
Ronilacki Savez Crne Gore (Diving Association of Montenegro) CMAS code MNE/F00
RAID - Rebreather Association of International Divers Recreational diver training and certification agency
RJMSF - Royal Jordanian Marine Sports Federation CMAS code JOR/F00
RUF - Russian Underwater Federation CMAS code RUS/F01
Saudi Arabia Maritime Sports Federation CMAS code KSA/F00
Savez Ronilaca Bosne I Hergegovine (Diving association of Bosnia and Herzegovina) CMAS code BIH/F00
SAA - The Sub-Aqua Association; British recreational diver training and certification organisation CMAS code GBR/F03
SEI - Scuba Educators International Recreational diver training and certification agency USOA CMAS code USA/F00
SDFS - Scuba Diver Federation of Seychelles CMAS code SEY/F00
SDI - Scuba Diving International Recreational diver training and certification agency EUF CB 2006002
Serbian Underwater Federation CMAS code SRB/F00
SNSI - Scuba and Nitrox Safety International
SPCR - Svaz Potapecu Ceske Republikiy (Divers Association of the Czech Republic) CMAS code CZE/F00
SPZ - - Slovenska Potapljaska Zveza (Slovenian Diving Federation) CMAS code SLO/F00
SSAC -Scottish Sub Aqua Club Scottish recreational diver training and certification agency
SSDF - - Svenska Sportdykarforbundet (Swedish Sports Diving Federation) CMAS code SWE/F00
SSI - - Scuba Schools International Recreational scuba and free diving training and certification agency! EUF CB 2005002
SUF - - Singapore Underwater Federation CMAS code SIN/F00
Sukeltajaliitto Ry (Finnish Divers Federation) CMAS code FIN/F00
SUSV - - Schweizer Unterwassersport-Verband< CMAS code SUI/F00>
Syrian Underwater Sport Federationion< CMAS code SYR/F00>
Taiwan Technical and Science Diving Associationion< CMAS code TPE/F02>
TDA - - Thailand Diving Association< CMAS code THA/F01>
TIDF - - Israeli Diving Federation Israeli recreational diver training and certification agency EUF CB 2012001
Toa Engineering Corporationion< CMAS code IMA/F00 (Marianas)
TSSF - - Turkiye Sualti Sporlari Federasyonu (Turkish Underwater Sports Federation) CMAS code TUR/F00
TVSO - Tauchsportverband Osterreichs< CMAS code AUT/F00
UEF - - Underwater Explorers' Federation< (Hungary) CMAS code HUN/F01/li>
UFUSUA - - Ukraian Federation of Underwater Sport and Underwater Activities< CMAS code UKR/F00/li>
UISP - - Union Italienne Sport Pour Tous< CMAS code ITA/F06/li>
Underwater Federation Republic of Kazakhstantan< CMAS code KAZ/F00/li>
USOA - - Underwater Society of America American national representative organization for underwater sport. CMAS code USA/F00
UTD - - Unified Team Diving
VDST - - Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher.< CMAS code GER/F00, EUF CB 2004002
VDTL - - Verband Deutscher Tauchlehrer< EUF CB 2009001
VIT - Verband Internationaler Tauchschulen
WOSD - - World Organisation of Scuba Diving< EUF CB 2011002
ZPS-SDA - - Zvas Potapacov Slovenska (Slovak Diving Union) CMAS code SVK/F00
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