IAC – International Aquanautic Club

Logo of IAC - International Aquanautic Club

The company Barakuda was founded in 1949 as an equipment manufacturer with the first fins produced in Germany. On 1 July 2012 Barakuda International Aquanautic Club ( Barakuda ) became the International Aquanautic Club or IAC for short.

Training offered: Recreational, Technical

Website: https://www.diveiac.de/en/

Email: info@diveiac.de

Headquarter: Germany
Address: Borbecker Strasse 249, 45355 Essen
Phone: +49 (0) 201-670049

PDIC – Professional Diving Instructors Corporation

Logo of PDIC - Professional Diving Instructors Corporation

In 1969, PDIC or the Professional Diving Instructors College was formed by Ed & Ruth Brawley in Monterey, California. This was the first Scuba instructor’s college in the United States of America. The name was changed to the Professional Diving Instructors Corporation (PDIC) in the early 1980s when Frank & Doris Murphy purchased PDIC from the Brawley They also at that time relocated PDIC from California to Scranton, Pennsylvania. In the late 1990s, their son Keith Mel Murphy took over the company and continued to operate the worldwide agency.

Website: http://www.pdic-intl.com

Email: info@pdic-intl.com

Headquarter: United States of America
Address: 1623 W Jackson St, Muncie, IN 47303
Phone: 1-765-281-0133

PSAI – Professional Scuba Association International

Logo of PSAI Professional Scuba Association International

PSAI was first founded in 1962 as Florida Divers Supply (FDS) by Hal Watts. In 1969 the name was changed to Florida State Skindiving Schools (FSSS). FSSS at the time was one of the largest dive schools in the world, with four locations in Florida and one in St. Lucia. It was as FSSS where the Golden Triangle originated and later evolved into the PSAI logo used today. As the organization had expanded well beyond the borders of Florida the name was again changed to the Professional Scuba Association (PSA) in 1988. The tenants, upon which PSA training was built, were so successful they led to further expansion into the international diving arena. Thus, in 1995 the “I” was added to PSA to make it the Professional Scuba Association, International (PSAI).

Training offered: Recreational, Technical, Wreck, Cave, Rebreather

Website: http://psai.com

Email: global.headquarters@psai.com

Headquarter: United States of America
Address: 8174 Crescent Beach Road, Sand Point, MI 48755
Phone: 989 856 9979

I heard courses or certifications are not required to dive, is that true?

Yes it is true, full courses or certifications are not required to dive. The are some programs made to try scuba diving in real conditions without the need for a certification. Just a little orientation is made under the guidance and supervision of a dive professional. But these programs and activities have their limits. Try dives are good to get introduced or for people unsure about diving.

You can learn more on courses and certifications on the page Scuba diving, where and how to start. You can also take a look at our agency page.

How long does it takes to become a scuba diver?

If you mean to experience scuba diving, the answer is it can be done now. You can enroll in a try diving program. Under the supervision and guidance of a dive professional, you can try scuba diving in a safe and controlled environment.

If you had an entry level certification in mind. The first level of accreditation does not take very long. It can be anywhere from 3 to 4 very intensive days as seen in popular holiday spots. Or splitted over several weeks or months if done through small sessions once or twice a week.

If you would like to try scuba diving or earn a certification, you can take a look on the page Scuba diving, where and how to start.