There are hundreds of scuba diving organizations, but some stand out more than others
Even though people have been scuba diving since the 18th century – not always in the way they do now, obviously – the first organizations with autonomous breathing systems date from the 1950, all because our most well-known marine ambassador Jacques-Yves Cousteau invented and developed the first open circuit autonomous breathing system in 1942 and 1943, in the midst of World War II. He did so in collaboration with his father-in-law Henri Melchior, the owner of Air Liquide and engineer.
There are dozens of organizations teaching people how to scuba dive, though here we will talk about those which are the most internationally well-known: PADI and SSI.
Are there many more? Certainly, such as the international schools listed below, as diving has spread so far and wide that there are even organizations listed by regions in Spain.
Association of Canadian Underwater Councils, Canada, 1950.
National Association of Underwater Instructors, the US, 1950’s.
World Underwater Federation, France 1959.
International Association for Handicapped Divers.
Spanish Federation of Underwater Activities (FEDAS), Spain 1967.
Leader and benchmark for diving courses in the world
The second most important organization in the world
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