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6 International Diving Organizations For Professionals - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

From the ancient Greeks to the islanders of French Polynesia, diving has long been part of human culture and life.

 


Thanks to technologies like scuba suits, saturation systems, and diving helmets, diving has become safer since the days of antiquity, and remains a popular activity for both recreation and professional work across the globe. From conducting scientific diving for government agencies to saturation diving for offshore oil rigs, there are plenty of opportunities for divers to find work that compliments their skill sets and passion. Whether you’re from Boston, Berlin, Bangkok, or anywhere in between, if you’re looking to start your career as a commercial diver, consider these quality international organizations.

ADAS
The Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme is one of the world’s premier diving certification organizations. ADAS qualifications carry international recognition, and ADAS-certified personnel are employed across the world, including the United States, Africa, Antarctica, South America, Russia, China, and Canada. This non-profit group is at the forefront of occupational diving instruction, and offer qualifications for work in offshore industry, the scientific sector, aquaculture, and the military.


ADCI
Formed in 1968, the Association of Diving Contractors International was founded with the goal of establishing and promoting industry-wide standards for safe commercial diving. Today, the ADCI encompasses over 600 member companies and vendors in over 40 nations worldwide, and boosts a diverse membership of experts from across the business, medical and educational communities.


IMCA
The International Marine Contractors Association is an international trade organization representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. The IMCA’s diving operations are centered around offshore gas and oil operations, and divers work primarily in underwater construction and inspection, survey and repair of installations in both shallow and deep offshore waters. In nations with no national regulations of offshore industries, registration with the IMCA is ideal for maintaining proper commercial conduct.

IMO
The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations tasked with ensuring the safety of shipping vessels and prevention of marine pollution. IMO divers fulfill scientific duties, such as research and emergency response to environmental disasters. While this specialized UN agency isn’t affiliated with any commercial diving certification, the IMO is an ideal employer for experienced divers with scientific backgrounds.

NAUI
The National Association of Underwater Instructors is an organization dedicated to imparting safe diving practices and skills while working to preserve the world’s aquatic habitats. The NAUI offers recreational and commercial diver certification, including generalized diving certification for specialized training (i.e. cave diving). Today, the Coast Guard and Navy SEALs train recruits to NAUI standards as part of their training with rebreathers.

PADI
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors is the world’s leading scuba training organization with 6300 PADI instruction centers, 136,000 PADI professionals, and over 24 million certifications worldwide. This respected organization was founded by a former member of NAUI, and retains much of the latter’s standards of quality in their training. PADI provides certification and training for people of all levels of experience, from novices to advanced divers, and offers a wide range of specialized courses for whatever task you need preparation for.


 

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