International Diving Educators Association

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International Diving Educators Association
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Abbreviation IDEA
Formation 1952 (1952)
Type NGO
Purpose Scuba Instructor training and recreational diving certification
Location
Region served Americas, Asia and Europe[1]
Affiliations United States RSTC[2]
Dive Equipment & Marketing Association
Formerly called Florida Skin Divers Association (FSDA) Scuba Training Committee

The International Diving Educators Association or (IDEA) was originally founded in 1952 as the Florida Skin Divers Association (FSDA) Scuba Training Committee, later changing its name to the Florida Scuba Divers Association,[3] Then, in February 1976 the FSDA Scuba Training Committee members officially voted to create the International Diving Educators Association, based on the principles of the original FSDA to make the organization an international SCUBA diving certification agency.[citation needed]

IDEA has affiliates operating in both Asia and Europe.[4]

IDEA is a member of the United States RSTC while IDEA Europe is a member of RSTC Europe.[5][6]

Courses[edit]

Divers[edit]

IDEA offers the following diver qualifications:

  • Skindiver
  • Introductory Scuba[7]
  • Basic Scuba Diver
  • Open Water Diver[8]
  • Advanced Open Water Diver[9]

Specialty qualifications[edit]

IDEA offers the following specialty courses:[10]

Star System[edit]

The Star System is a diver qualification system that is intended for use in Europe:

  • 1 Star Diver which is equal to IDEA Open Water Diver plus 2 dives in the 20-25 metre depth range.
  • 2 Star Diver which is equal to IDEA Advanced Open Water Diver plus 2 dives in the 35-40 metre depth range.
  • 3 Star Diver/Advanced Deep Diver which is equal to IDEA Deep Diver, IDEA Dive Medic (or equivalent) and IDEA Rescue Diver plus 5 dives to 45 metres.[11]

Instructors[edit]

IDEA offers the following instructional qualifications:

  • Divemaster
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Scuba Instructor[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Story". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "United States Agencies". WRSTC. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "About IDEA". International Diving Educators Association. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  4. ^ "IDEA International Affiliates". IDEA. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "United States Agencies". WRSTC. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "European Agencies". WRSTC. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Introductory Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Entry Level Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Advanced Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Specialty Courses". International Diving Educators Association. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  11. ^ "Star System Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Professional Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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