REGULATIONS & STANDARDS
1. How is the worldwide scuba diving regulations system organised?
When a student complete a scuba diving training course, he receives a certification card acting as a licence.
A centralized certification agency does not exist. However, 193 certification agencies train and certify amateur and profesional divers with their own methodology, teaching books... in different disciplines allocated to 6 different types of diving.
46 agencies are worldwide which the biggest are PADI, SSI, NAUI, BSAC, CMAS, TDI, SDI, IDEA, ACUC, PDIC...
147 agencies are national and most of them are some federations of CMAS. Check out the list of scuba certification agencies classified by types of diving and countries.
2. Who is creating and managing the scuba diving standards?
All diving agencies are accredited by one of the International standards organization (CMAS, EUF, IDSA,IMCA and WRSTC).
Each dive center is affiliated to at least one of these certification agencies to allow their certified instructors to teach under their standards and to certify individual divers.
Beyond providing certifications, those certification agencies represent diving professionals (dive operators, dive instructors, dive masters...) and widely participate in researching dive medicine, promoting marine conservation as well as marketing diving as a sport.