PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Welcome to the World of Scuba Diving. PADI is the world's leading scuba diving training organization. With more than forty years experience, over 135,000 PADI Professionals and more than 6,000 dive shops and resorts worldwide, PADI training materials and services let you experience scuba diving from nearly anywhere.
SCUBAPRO first appeared in the scuba diving world in the early 1960's. It was guided by two men, Gustav Dalla Valle and Dick Bonin. They brought to the market many innovations for diving that are still being used today. The 1964 catalog featured everything the diver could want, including regulators, recompression chambers, and submarines. In 1965 the first version of the Jet fin first appeared. After 40 years the fin is still popular with technical and military divers worldwide and is one of the most copied scuba products ever sold. In 1966 the catalog also added the Automatic Decompression meter, a forerunner to the modern dive computer. Back mount BC's, weight integrated systems, the Classic style STAB jacket, and other innovations continued to be introduced throughout the years.
Halcyon began as a group of divers who knew exactly what they wanted but couldn't find it in any dive store. Our passion for the dive led us to business. We started designing wings and lights to satisfy ourselves. However, we soon discovered that we were not alone in our pursuit of equipment that could radically improved the diving comfort of the newest recreational diver while also supporting the most aggressive technical dives ever completed. Our founders, as well as current owners and senior management, have a long history as diving pioneers with diverse backgrounds, ranging from academia to manufacturing and consulting. However, they share one common thread: an average of 20 years of dives in each of their logbooks.
The New Zealand Underwater Association came into existence in 1953.
At the time, there were already a number of regional clubs scattered throughout the country. The association was formed when members from the Whangarei Spear Fishing Club, the Auckland Underwater Club and the Penguin Underwater Club from Tauranga held the inaugural meeting of NZUA in the Trans Tasman Hotel in Auckland. They formed an association with a common interest in diving, and the New Zealand Underwater Research and Spear fishing Association was born.
TDI is the largest technical certification agency in the world. As one of the first agencies to provide training in mixed gas diving and rebreathers, TDI is seen as an innovator of new diving techniques and programs which previously were not available to the general public. Training with TDI has provided divers with the opportunity to see such wrecks as the Andrea Doria, Lusitania and the Prince of Wales. TDI divers have explored underwater caves in Spain, Australia and Mexico and assisted as support divers on world record freedives done in the Red Sea.
Beuchat specialises in high-end, quality underwater equipment, and has led the way in research and development for over 75years. Founder George Beuchat was responsible for the invention of the neoprene wetsuit and the rubber-powered speargun. Beuchat has since produced ground breaking innovations like the "Jet Fin" and the new Marlin "Quick Reload System".
Beuchat is the world's Number One spearfishing brand. It continues to pave the way in recreational and blue water products, as seen in the newly released Marlin Revolution gun. Beuchat has been SCUBA diving ever since Jacques Cousteau and George Beuchat donned the first "isothermal" wetsuits. It now manufactures some of the most advanced hardware and wetsuits on the market.
Aqua Lung is the name that first introduced the world to Scuba diving in 1943 when Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan developed the first "Aqua-Lung."
The excitement and adventurous spirit of that first dive continues today and is reflected in Aqua Lung's dedication to quality and innovation in the manufacturing of the world's best professional and recreational scuba diving equipment.
The dive specialist in the south-west of Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
Scuba diving, snorkeling, freediving.
Small groups, highly experienced guides, qualified skippers, new gear.