After only a few days following the official launch, PADI’s new membership category – PADI TecRec Centre – is off to a flying start with over 80 facilities already registered. This is a great initial response with many more stores who qualify for this prestigious rating likely to sign up in the next few weeks and throughout the year.
Terry Cummins (VP of PADI Worldwide and Director of Market Development for the PADI Technical Diving Division) said; “technical diving is scuba’s “extreme” sport, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper and into more complex situations than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical divers use extensive methodologies, highly specialized equipment and need to undertake significantly advanced training to manage the added risks of such diving. So we introduced this new category to our existing PADI Retailer and Resort Association membership so as to assist divers find those facilities across the world where they can get the very best TecRec training”.
Divers can find their local PADI TecRec Centre by looking for this special icon on padi.com’s Dive Center Locator. Also there on padi.com they will find additional information on diving beyond recreational scuba diving limits including information on PADI’s Tec 40, 45 and 50, Tec Trimix 65 and Tec Instructor programs – fully supported by the quality educational products for which PADI is globally renowned.
If out and about, divers can download the PADI Dive Centre Locator onto their smart phone Apps free by visiting http://www.padi.com/scuba/padi-mobile/ and using the special icon, look for their local PADI TecRec Centre.
Divers can also visit the PADI TecRec Blog at https://tecrec.padi.com/ to keep abreast with what is happening in the world of PADI TecRec diving whether they are a committed technical diver or just interested at this stage. The TecRec blog has become even more popular in recently. For example, in March we had our busiest month to date with 11,446 views. Our busiest single day was in February, with 1,177 views. The
PADI TecRec Facebook page is also going very well, and is about to hit 3,000 fans.
Later in the year PADI will expand its range of technical diving courses for both the recreational diver and the dedicated technical diver through the introduction of their Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) programs.
Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who hear its challenging call, the PADI TecRec courses are the answer.
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