National Geographic has partnered with PADI, the world’s leader in scuba diving training, to jointly create the National Geographic Diver program. Both organizations have the common goal of encouraging public interest in recreational scuba diving worldwide and exposing people to the aquatic environment to help them gain a better appreciation of our underwater cultural heritage.
Aquanauts is proud to be among the few select dive centers worldwide to win the PADI National Geographic Dive Center accreditation. Only here can you pursue your passion for diving while taking in the experience and wisdom of National Geographic Society.
The National Geographic Diver program trains you to become a certified PADI diver with the skills of an explorer and adventurer. It’s exciting, amazing and fun. And it’s available today at Aquanauts Dive Centre, Pattaya’s PADI 5-Star National Geographic Career Development Center.
Choose one of these three National Geographic programs available at Aquanauts:
- PADI National Geographic Open Water Diver Course: A 4-5 Day course that not only gets you basic PADI Open Water lifetime certification to 18m, but adds the extra skills and certification as a National Geographic Diver.
- PADI National Geographic Advanced Open Water Diver Course – A 3-day, 6-dive course that certifies you to dive to 30m, plus adds the extra skills and certification as a National Geographic Diver.
- PADI National Geographic Portal Specialty Course – A 1-day course for certified divers who want to add the experience and certification of a National Geographic Diver.
(Note that there is only one National Geographic course, so if you’ve done the NatGeo Open Water, you do not do the Advanced, and so on.)
Aquanauts’ Selection as a National Geographic Center
PADI’s National Geographic Diver aims to encourage public interest in recreational diving worldwide and expose people to the aquatic environment to help them gain a better appreciation of our underwater cultural heritage. National Geographic Divers gain knowledge that broadens awareness of the aquatic realm and new skills to better explore underwater. .
In order to achieve National Geographic status, PADI dive centers must meet strict pre-requisites and pass a rigorous inspection process. Aquanauts is only one of seven National Geographic Dive Centers in all of Thailand
“PADI recognizes your business as a progressive dive operation that offers the best customer service, education, equipment selection and dive experiences. Your commitment to advancing a premium-level of adventure and environmental awareness in your education programs is exciting and commendable,” PADI Asia-Pacific wrote in an e-mail to Aquanauts. “You are cultivating an elite class of people who understand the importance and the impact they have on the ocean realm and what they can do to preserve it for future generations. In essence, you are creating ambassadors for the underwater world.” (Read our full NGC Status press release.)
National Geographic and Diving
The National Geographic Society’s contributions to inspiring underwater exploration date back to 1926 when National Geographic magazine published the first underwater color photographs taken by photographer Charles Martin.
In the 1950s, National Geographic began a long-standing relationship with Jacques Cousteau, supporting his undersea explorations and sharing his dive adventures with the world.
Today, the National Geographic Society continues to support underwater expeditions and showcase the underwater photography of David Doubilet and Emory Kristof, among others, in various National Geographic publications. National Geographic television programs and films document new technologies such as Greg Marshall’s Crittercam, and allow us to learn about the research and expeditions of National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Bob Ballard and Sylvia Earle.
As part of a growing commitment to fund the Society’s initiatives, all of National Geographic’s net proceeds from the PADI National Geographic Diver program support exploration, conservation, research, and education. National Geographic supports a wide array of aquatic initiatives, including expeditions to reveal and share unique underwater environments around the globe. Other projects will include preservation of national marine sanctuaries and protection of endangered aquatic animals and plants.