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Padi dive centres

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by maxviz, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. maxviz

    maxviz Angel Fish

    What makes a PADI dive centre a 5 star dive centre as distinct from just padi dive centre? cant be the teaching surely they're all supposed to meet the same standard!
    Do instructors have to keep certified by some means? or once qualified thats it....
  2. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    LOL. You found a 14-year-old thread that is full of disinformation and shaky/snarky opinions.

    The current 5-star info was posted at the very end of the previously linked thread. Here it is again:
    About PADI Dive Centers and Resorts | PADI

    Instructors must remain current to course content and standards changes by monitoring quarterly bulletins; the more senior instructors have an additional annual requirement. for in-person or on-line updates.
  4. sigxbill

    sigxbill Tech Instructor

    5 star centers commit to only teaching padi - teaching other agencies curriculums not allowed in a padi 5 star shop ...
  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    One would think that PADI would require that of all instructors, and all dive professionals for that matter. Makes one wonder.

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  6. sigxbill

    sigxbill Tech Instructor

    It's funny how marketing is perceived - that padi five star centers are better than non-five star centers because padi requires five star instructors to remain current, and presumably doesn't require that of non-five star instructors - LOL!
  7. LakeCountyDiver

    LakeCountyDiver Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    Some of the Key Requirements of a 5 Star Dive Center are:

    • That they have been a renewed PADI Dive Center for at least 12 months and have no verified PADI Quality Assurance violations within that period and no open quality assurance inquires in progress.
    • Continue to meet all PADI Dive Center prerequisites and membership requirements
    • Have been awarded all three Dive Center Recognition Awards including: 1) Education 2) Community Involvement and 3)Environment
    • Distribute regular communications pieces designed to recruit & retain customers.
    • Conduct at least one PADI Advanced O/W course, one PADI Rescue Dive course, one PADI DM or AI course and one PADI Specialty Diver course per year
    • Have issued at least 30% of total diver certifications for courses above the PADI O/W level.
    • Display items promoting dive travel, and promote dive experiences through various activities.
    • Conduct non-training related local dive tours and/or dive travel trips.
    • Exclusively issue and advertise only PADI certifications for recreational scuba diving courses
    • Not conduct, sponsor or advertise any non PADI recreational scuba instructor training programs.
    • Etc..
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  8. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
    Thank you for answering the original question posted by the OP in a simple, direct way.
  9. scubadiver888

    scubadiver888 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: North America
    If you are ever looking for the link @tursiops posted, just go to the PADI website and scroll to the very bottom of the page. There should be a link to this information in the footer.

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