I.A.D.P (International Association of Dive Professionals)
The idea of an international quality association started germinating in 2003. At the time I had just started OCEANROAMERS, and was consulting for an airline charter company wanting to tap into the diving market. Part of my work was to visit all stakeholders in the Benelux and Red Sea region.
Dive Center owners, Dive Travel Agents, Instructors, Liveaboard operators, all had the same discourse: Quality is slowly draining from our industry, the end consumer is unable to differentiate quality operations through the internet clutter.
Until today, there's no universal quality rating for professionals. The only ratings out there, are based on quantity...and even a child knows, that quantity and quality don't mix. They are factually on the opposite sides of the quality spectrum.
Having been a corporate yuppie myself, and having worked at the highest level in the diving educational industry, I know exactly how the back kitchen of these enterprises work, and their bottom-lines: Profit over quality.
I know also that the system is rigged, and that the median lifespan of a pro in the Training and Exploration sector is of 3 to 5 years. 'Living The Dream' has an expiration date.
In 2007 social media, and the emergence of Linkedin; enabled me to start regrouping professionals in our first discussion panel. Now 14 years later (2021) our linkedin group has grown to almost 6000 members (are you on linkedin? Join THEDIVEPROFESSIONAL). We are also represented on Facebook, Twitter...
Fast forward to today (31st of January 2021) I coordinate (Free) upwards of 20 volunteers working on a multitude of projects aiming at the betterment of professional divers worldwide. We have a direct reach over our networks, sites and social media in 1st degree of 40,000 professionals. We have 3 distinct Brands/Projects:
More information on DIVE PROFESSIONALS HERE