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Facq:ADIP Diver Certification


ADIP training

ADIP training courses are recognized around the world and allow you to dive within the limits of your prerogatives up to 60 meters (when local laws allow it) with decompression stops.

ADIP has developed precise course materials as well as standards for each level of divers and instructors.



Facq: General questions about ADIP

What is ADIP?

The ADIP (Association of Diving Instructors) was created in 1997 by instructors from various organizations, mainly: IDEA, PADI, NAUI, CMAS, ... In 1998, ADIP became a member of CEDIP (Comité European Professional Dive Instructors). ADIP is an ASBL (Association Sans But Lucratif) under Belgian legal status. This status is equivalent to the 1901 law in France and a “Not Profit Organization” in the American legal system. In 2013, 25 countries have one or more ADIP schools

The elected president is Mr Jacky Marino

Are ADIP associative structures subsidized?

No, neither the ADIP association, nor the schools or associative clubs of the ADIP organization receive subsidies in any form whatsoever. Clubs and schools live with their own funds.


What are the advantages for the diver?

No ADIP contribution No obligation to be part of a club Simple and balanced educational and educational pyramid Training flexibility: club training, à la carte and scuba coaching Freedom of insurance (you can adjust your insurance according to your needs) Possibility of daily training via ADIP clubs Possibility of continuing training (specialty) Possibility of training in "Referral" Significant range of specialty in "leisure" and "Tec" diving (including rebreathers) Traceability of instructors (name and number on the certification card) Quality assurance system Extended possibility of cross-over Quality teaching material (books, etc.) Good international representativeness (ADIP present in 25 countries and member of CEDIP)


Who can an ADIP diver dive with?

With everyone ! There are no legal prerogatives related to the "certification card". Nevertheless, ADIP recommends and gives the following advice: Progressive learning of the depth; Dive within its limits and within the limits of its training; As a beginner (N1) dive with the more experienced, at least two more levels (N3-N4); Find out about and take into account the possible limitations of the buddy; Check the insurability of buddy 1 (especially for group guides) 2.

What are the advantages for instructors, associations and commercial clubs?

No ADIP membership fee for clubs, commercial structures, club members. Efficient and free IT certification system (via the ADIP site) IT monitoring system and creation of the efficient and free “student file” (via the ADIP site) Advertising support and promotional material Professional fees for instructors, the lowest on the market (75 €) Freedom in the choice of the legal form of the club or the commercial structure Freedom of choice in professional insurance


1 Depth limitation related to insurance, restrictions related to the level of training ...
2In the event of an accident and uninsurability, there are great temptations to make the dive guide responsible!
PIC at a progressive rate PIC at a competitive rate (between € 9 and € 25) Competitive “educational kit” price (between € 25 and € 45) Large range of specialty in “leisure” and “Tec” diving (including rebreathers) Possibility of doing referral training Extensive cross-over possibility Quality teaching material (books, etc.) Good international representation (ADIP present in 25 countries) Member of CEDIP


Where to find an ADIP school?

The ADIP (Association of Diving Instructors) is an international organization, present in 25 countries and with some 500 instructors (September 2013). Constantly changing, the easiest way to find a school is to refer to the ADIP site, which is constantly updated.




Who is a member of ADIP?

Only instructors in active status are members of ADIP and pay a membership fee to it. Divers are not a member of the association and do NOT pay an ADIP membership fee.

Are ADIP standards immutable?
No, they are not. They are not fixed and may change over time depending on the evolution of practical, theoretical, physiological knowledge, etc., related to diving.

The standards are minimums, the instructors have full latitude to "harden" them in their soul and conscience. In any case, they can lighten them! The same goes for the prerequisites.


ADIP standards and European training standards.
The EU has set minimum training standards. Standards which are a “light” variant of the WRSTC standards. ADIP's standards go beyond these standards to take into account our regional specificities.


The standards designate 3 categories of divers: Supervised diver (EU14153-1) which corresponds to diver 1 *; Autonomous diver (EU14153-2) which corresponds to diver 2 *; Dive guide (EU14153-3) which corresponds to the 4 * diver.

Compared to EU standards, in order to better distribute the training levels over time, ADIP has an intermediate level (ADIP 3 *) between the "autonomous diver" and the dive guide. This additional level allows the 3 * diver to gradually learn the role of "dive guide.


Quality assurance

In order to maintain the quality of education and services, ADIP has put in place various regulatory and control mechanisms.

Implementation of a computer system for ordering cards: reduction of manufacturing time and reduced risk of error.
Training traceability: a single instructor responsible for certification, his name and number appear on the student's card.
Student monitoring: integration into the computer system of the student file.
Establishment of a procedure for violation of teaching standards: form to be returned to ADIP in the event of a finding of violation of standards.
Membership declaration: to be signed each year by the instructor to maintain their active status.
This statement represents a true moral contract between the instructor, his students and the ADIP.

Some key points in this statement:
I will respect all ADIP standards and procedures.
I will systematically take note of the new standards.
The Trainer is required to take all necessary measures to certify or not certify any student who respectively qualifies or does not qualify for a given level of training. I consent to ADIP informing other diving organizations of faults committed and sanctions taken. I agree to provide ADIP with complete and accurate information about my students. In the event that my physical condition changes, rendering me unable to meet the physical requirements for diving training and supervision, I will cease all training and supervision activities until I am again fit. In order to maintain my active status, I must regularly provide ADIP with proof that I am adequately insured.


The insurance

ADIP is not an insurer, and is not intended to be!

You are free to choose your insurance (s) and configure it (them) as you wish.
You know better than us your family and professional situation.
Nevertheless, we recommend and give the following advice: If in doubt about the insurance configuration, consult a broker;
Choose insurance with a minimum of restrictive clauses and exclusions;
Promote insurance whose only physiological limits (PPN2, PPO2);
Promote well-known insurance in the world of diving;
Promote insurance that pays bills immediately and not those that reimburse after payment.

Avoid insurance which is only "complementary" to social security (possible difficulty in countries without a mutual agreement with Belgium)
During their training L1s are normally covered for "bodily injury" by the instructor's insurance. Generally most ADIP instructors recommend DAN, because it is well known in the world of diving.


Education and training

What is the ADIP pedagogical-andragogical pyramid3?
This vertical progression pyramid has 4 levels of adult divers, 3 levels of children's diving and 3 levels of instructors. It is possible for a diver to progress horizontally between levels, through the system of "continuing education" or "specialties". The "specialties" are optional and NOT compulsory to move to a higher level of the pyramid. An exception to this rule: the Dive Medic (first aid) which is compulsory, unless there is an exemption, to move from level 2 to level 3. The "Trainer" instructor is a 3 * instructor who has extensive experience and / or a extraordinary competence in a particular field. He is responsible for training instructors at the highest level.

The diver 1 * (N1 or P1): supervised diver which corresponds to the EU 14153-1 standard
The diver 2 * (N2 or P2): Autonomous diver which corresponds to the EU 14153-2 standard
The diver 3 * (N3 or P3): Autonomous diver which corresponds to the EU standard 14153-2 / 3
The 4 * diver (N4 or P4): Diver guide that corresponds to the EU 14153-3 standard
Instructor 1 * (E1): trains divers 1 * and 2 *
Instructor 2 * (E2): trains divers 1 * to 4 * (two E2s are needed for the formation of an L4)
Instructor 3 * (E3): Train instructors, under the supervision of an E3 Trainer. Cross-overs of instructors from other organizations





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