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The Ultimate PADI Quiz
by Staff
Think of cool, refreshing blue waters, the brilliant greens and pinks of coral reefs, and myriad exotic fish. No wonder scuba diving is such a popular sport! If you want to learn how to become certified as a diver, your first port of call is PADI. Take our quiz to learn about the world's preeminent diving organization.

What does PADI stand for?

  • Professional Administration of Diving Instructors
  • Principled Assessment of Diving Intelligence
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors

In what year was PADI founded?

  • 1966
  • 1976
  • 1986

Why was PADI founded?

  • There had been too many diving accidents in a short space of time.
  • The two founders had lost their jobs and were looking for something to do.
  • The two founders felt frustrated by the unprofessional standard of the certification process to become a diver or diving instructor.

What was PADI's initial aim?

  • To standardize the diving instructor certification process.
  • To develop professional, thorough and thought out SCUBA diving education.
  • To fire unscrupulous or incompetent diving instructors.

Approximately how many people in the world today carry certification from PADI?

  • 100,000
  • 500,000
  • 1,000,000

How many PADI diving centers and resorts are there worldwide?

  • 2,300
  • 5,700
  • 6,200

What does an Open Water Diver certification mean?

  • It is an entry level certification.
  • It means you are competent enough to go deep into the ocean.
  • It means you are qualified to snorkel or dive in shallow water, close to the shore.

How many specialty dive courses does PADI offer?

  • a dozen
  • over two dozen
  • over 50

What are some of the specialized courses you can take with PADI?

  • night diving
  • speed diving
  • breathing-apparatus-free diving

What is the highest diving level called?

  • Expert Scuba Diver
  • Deep Water Diver
  • Master Scuba Diving

How much does it cost to join the PADI Diving Society?

  • It is free.
  • It costs $29.
  • It costs $49.

What is the main benefit of joining PADI's Diving Society?

  • You get half price entry into all authorized diving areas worldwide.
  • You automatically receive entry-level certification.
  • You are able to network with experienced divers.

Which of these is an additional benefit of joining PADI's diving society?

  • half price entry into all authorized diving areas worldwide
  • an up-to-date edition of "World's Best Diving and Resorts" book
  • a year's free subscription to National Geographic

When was Project AWARE founded?

  • late 1960s
  • late 1970s
  • late 1980s

What are the goals of Project AWARE?

  • aquatic environmental conservation
  • diving safety education
  • world peace through international diving festivals

What is a lifestyle diver?

  • Someone who dives as a hobby.
  • Someone who dives professionally.
  • Someone who teaches others about underwater safety.

How does PADI describe its mission?

  • "to develop programs that encourage and fulfill the public interest in recreational scuba diving and snorkeling worldwide"
  • "to improve the safety of diving instructor courses"
  • "to rectify the flaws inherent in the current diving instructor curriculum"

What criteria are recommended before taking the diving instructor's course?

  • physical stamina
  • a natural affinity to diving and a love of the lifestyle
  • low blood pressure

To what organization do you get a discounted membership if you are a PADI member?

  • Divers Alert Network
  • Save the Whales
  • Underwater First Aiders

Besides diving instruction, what else do PADI courses provide?

  • aquatic biology 101
  • advanced first aid
  • a unit on conservation