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Professional Association of Diving Instructors

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world's largest recreational diving membership organization. The membership includes dive businesses, resort[?] facilities, academic institutions, instructor[?] trainers, dive educators, divers, snorkelers and other watersports[?] enthusiasts. Professional PADI Members (dive centers, resorts, educational facilities, instructors, assistant instructors and divemasters) teach the vast majority of the world's recreational divers, issuing nearly 946,000 certifications each year. PADI professionals make underwater exploration and adventure accessible to the public while maintaining a high industry standard for dive training, safety and customer service.

PADI is international in scope with service offices in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. PADI Worldwide (corporate headquarters) is located in California, United States. PADI Offices serve more than 100,000 individual professional members and more than 4300 dive centers and resorts in more than 175 countries. To serve the needs of divers worldwide, translations of PADI materials are available in more than 20 languages.

A comical (shall we say "mocking") interpetation of "PADI" is "Pay Another Dollar In", indicating that many of programs offered from PADI instructors cost a lot of money that goes directly to the organisation.
Another is "Pay Alot, Dive Immedeatley". Many claim that the courses offered from PADI is expensive while not educating its students to a adequate level, "trhowing them in the water before they know anything".

In the dive industry, a "muppet" is a degrading nickname for a "stupid" passenger on the operations dive trips. "Most Useless Pricks PADI Ever Trained" explains the abbreviation.

Please rewrite these last scentences! Gorm 09:21 6 Jul 2003 (UTC)

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