International Diving Schools Association

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International Diving Schools Association (IDSA)[1] was formed in 1982 with the primary purpose of developing common international standards for commercial diver training.

The Association is concerned with offshore, inshore and inland commercial diving and some specialist non-diving qualifications such as diving supervisors, diving medical technicians and life support technicians. It has published international diver training standards[2] based on the consensus of members which provide a basic standard of comparison for commercial diver training standards, with the stated intention of:-

  • Improving safety
  • Providing contractors with a direct input to the diver training syllabus
  • Enabling contractors to bid across national borders on a more even playing field
  • Improving diver quality
  • Providing divers with greater job opportunities

IDSA provides a Table of Equivalence of various national commercial diver training standards.[3]

IDSA standards are recognized in the Danish,[4] Norwegian[5][6] and Italian (Sicily)[7] legislation.


  1. ^ International Diving Schools Association official website accessed 13 September 2013
  2. ^ Staff, IDSA,(2009), International Diver Training Certification: Diver Training Standards, Revision 4, October 2009 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 13 September 2013
  3. ^ Staff, IDSA, (2012)The IDSA Table of Equivalence: A List of Schools teaching the IDSA Standards together with their National equivalent 6 January 2012, Archived 2014-08-25 at the Wayback Machine accessed 13 September 2013
  4. ^ "Diving training programmes". Danish Maritime Authority. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Nytt senter for dykkekompetanse Rapport fra arbeidsgruppe som har utredet ny driftsform for Statens dykkerskole" (PDF). (pdf) (in Norwegian). Petroleum Safety Authority Norway. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Regulated profession - Dykker, klasse B (Norway)". European Commission. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Repertorio telematico subacquea industriale". (in Italian). Sicilian Region. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2021.