International Diving Educators Association

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

International Diving Educators Association
AbbreviationIDEA
Formation1952 (1952)
TypeNGO
PurposeScuba Instructor training and recreational diving certification
Location
Region served
Americas, Asia and Europe[1]
AffiliationsRSTC Europe[2]
Diving Equipment and Marketing Association
Formerly called
Florida Skin Divers Association (FSDA) Scuba Training Committee

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

IDEA Europe is a member of RSTC Europe.[2]

Courses

Divers

IDEA offers the following diver qualifications:

  • Skindiver
  • Introductory Scuba[5]
  • Basic Scuba Diver
  • Open Water Diver[6]
  • Advanced Open Water Diver[7]

Specialty qualifications

IDEA offers the following specialty courses:[8]

Star System

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.[9]

Instructors

IDEA offers the following instructional qualifications:

  • Divemaster
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Scuba Instructor[10]

See also

References

  1. "The Story". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  2. "European 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. "Introductory Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  6. "Entry Level Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  7. "Advanced Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  8. "Specialty Courses". International Diving Educators Association. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  9. "Star System Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  10. "Professional Courses". IDEA Europe. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
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