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About PADI – Professional Association of Diving Instructors


Learn more about PADI: FACT: PADI is the world’s largest recreational
diving membership organisation. PADI Dive Certifications are recognised
by more dive operators worldwide than any other certifying agency.

PADI - The Way the World Learns to DivePADI [Professional Association of Diving Instructors] is the world’s largest recreational diving membership organisation. The PADI membership includes dive businesses, resort facilities, academic institutions, instructor trainers, dive educators, divers, snorkellers and other water sports enthusiasts.

Professional PADI Members (dive centres, resorts, educational facilities, instructors, assistant instructors and divemasters) teach the vast majority of the world’s recreational divers, issuing more than 800,000 certifications each year. PADI Professionals make underwater exploration and adventure accessible to the public while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service.


SCUBAFISH Dive Centre is a PADI 5 Star, Gold Palm, IDC,
Dive Resort based in Ko Lanta Thailand

Scubafish holds the following PADI Dive Centre ratings:

PADI Dive Resort LogoPADI Resort
A PADI Dive Center or Resort is a professional business that specializes in the retail sale of recreational scuba equipment, dive instruction and dive services. To qualify as a PADI Dive Center, the business must commit to meeting and maintaining professional business standards aimed at raising dive customer satisfaction. Plan your next dive vacation with one of more than 3000 PADI Resorts worldwide. PADI Resorts specifically cater to scuba divers and snorkelers. With activities like scuba and snorkel instruction, introductory scuba experience programs, guided dive tours and snorkeling excursions and dive equipment rentals, PADI Resorts are the perfect choice for traveling divers.

PADI 5 Star Dive Centre LogoPADI Five Star Dive Centers
The PADI Five Star Dive Center membership level is awarded to progressive PADI Dive Centers that excel in providing divers with a full range of diver education programs, equipment selection, and experience opportunities. To qualify as PADI Five Star Dive Centers, an operation must meet elevated service and business standards, and promote and offer PADI courses as their only recreational diver training. These dive centers also actively promote aquatic environmental awareness and embrace the PADI System of diver education, with a commitment to providing customers with quality products, services and experiences.

PADI Gold Palm Dive Resort LogoPADI Gold Palm Resorts
Quality accommodations, superior service and excellent dive opportunities make PADI Gold Palm Resorts stand out from the rest.

Resorts of this caliber focus on customer satisfaction, memorable dive experiences, diver safety and environmental awareness by going the extra mile to provide professional and outstanding service. Offering new divers safe and easy beginner scuba programs to more advanced and adventurous dives including wreck diving, cavern diving, deep diving and shark dives.

PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre LogoPADI Five Star Instructor Development Center
A PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center (Five Star IDC) not only meets all PADI Five Star Dive Center standards, but also meets additional training standards required to offer PADI Instructor-level training.

A PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center (IDC) offers diving guests a wide range of programs to fulfill their educational goals from entry-level training up through instructor-level certifications.

You can complete your training as a PADI OWSI or MSDT Instructor ratings at a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center.

PADI Five Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre LogoPADI Gold Palm Instructor Development Center
A PADI Gold Palm Instructor Development Center (Gold Palm IDC) not only meets all PADI Gold Palm standards, but also meets additional training standards required to offer PADI Instructor-level training.

A PADI Gold Palm IDC offers diving guests and students a wide range of scuba diving programs geared towards fulfilling your educational goals from entry-level, beginner diver training up through to instructor-level certifications. All of this can be completed within a relaxed and comfortable resort setting.


Scubafish – PADI 5 Star, Gold Palm IDC Centre in Ko Lanta, Thailand
awarded Project AWARE Go ECO status

GO ECO - Project Aware Eco PhilosophyScubafish has been awarded the Project AWARE Go ECO status in recognition of the environmentally friendly dive practises we follow.

The main objective of Go ECO is for dive centres to minimise their impact on the aquatic ecosystem whilst contributing to environmental, economic and cultural conservation. Dive centres are required to meet best practice environmental guidelines and commit to the Project AWARE Go ECO philosophy.

“SCUBAFISH is delighted to be awarded with the Project AWARE Go ECO Operator status for 2007. As a Go ECO Operator we are committed to providing dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the local aquatic environment,” said Saffron Kiddy – Dive Centre Manager.

Joanne Marston, Manager, of Project AWARE Asia Pacific added, “We are pleased to recognise SCUBAFISH as a Go ECO Operator. We look forward to working with them to implement environmental best practices and educate tourists about how they can travel responsibly.”

Go ECO Operators also demonstrate a commitment to conservation and pledge to follow the Go ECO Operator guidelines.

PADI Medical StatementMore about PADI:

The PADI system of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety related information and local environmental knowledge to students in stages. PADI courses are student-centred and provide for maximum practise and application.

Students learn the basics through independent study and then are guided through additional development by their instructors. The goal is to get students in the water as soon as possible and provide them with instruction necessary to gain confidence in their diving abilities.

All PADI programs, fall under strict educational standards to maintain worldwide consistency and quality.

Project AWARE Protect Sharks LogoWith thousands of members and millions of divers, PADI-sponsored programs are becoming a growing force in the worldwide effort to preserve the underwater environment. Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness, Responsibility and Education) encompasses PADI’s environmental awareness and protection philosophy. Through their training, PADI divers learn the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems and are encouraged to become involved in preservation efforts.

Further Information about PADI

For further information about PADI, please visit their website at http://www.padi.com

Project AwareTo find out more about Project Aware, and how you can help to protect our ocean’s reefs, please visit http://www.projectaware.org

Make a difference: Support Project Aware! Support projects include:

  • Turtle & Dugong Conservation
  • Marine Camps for kids
  • Shark & Ray tagging
  • Beach & Underwater Clean-ups
  • Artificial Reefs