DIWA DIVING - ABOUT US !

DIWA International Riesling str. 2, 64673 Zwingenberg, Germany office@diwadiving.com

DIWA, the "Diving Instructor World Association“, is an international organization for commercial diving instructors that was founded in 1972 with its headquarters in Germany.

The abbreviation DIWA stands for the „Diving Instructor World Association“, founded in 1972.

DIWA is a union of qualified diving instructors who are aware of their responsibilities and have committed themselves to developing internationally standardized and generally accepted training guidelines for professional diving that are up to date and meant to be passed on to diving instructors and their students.

A diving certificate accredited by a DIWA instructor is acknowledged on all five continents and is guarantor for safe and environment-friendly diving.

Along with the common certification levels (bronze, silver, gold, diving assistant), DIWA offers a number of special training courses for professional divers and diving instructors: Underwater photography, archaeology, cave diving, altitude diving, environment protection, and seminars for compressors and diving techniques.

Our information notices provide interested divers and diving instructors with interesting news about the sport.

Through this website we would like to reach out to you and convince you of joining DIWA, the world’s first association for diving instructors. The following reasons give you an idea of how beneficial a DIWA membership and/or a career as a DIWA diving instructor can be:

  • DIWA the “Diving Instructor World Association”, has existed for more than forty years.
  • DIWA was the first organization to offer professional sports training in mixed gas diving. The very first oxygen rebreather courses for diving instructors were held in close collaboration with trained combat swimmers and mine divers of the German navy.
  • DIWAis as critical as its members are. The association has its own way of reflecting about its members and their training. DIWA acts independently, but takes stand when it comes to the interests of its members.
  • DIWA has its very own understanding of ideal training and support, but approaches different and even controversial opinions with respect.
  • DIWAshows consideration for the training habits of diving instructors with methodical training background, but carefully assures the compliance with DIWA safety requirements.
  • DIWA does not only report about its training methods, but is also engaged in assuring their realization at any time and everywhere in the world. DIWA is well informed and regularly informs its members, it is an international association that does not compete with national organizations. It complements professional diving across borders.
  • DIWA is the first organization with ONLINE MEMBER SERVICE.
  • DIWA is politically neutral, but becomes politically active when it comes to protecting the interests of its members.
  • DIWA is innovative and creative in terms of constructive training methods.
  • DIWA Always At Your Side!

There is more! Find out for yourself as a community member or at the next diving instructor course.

DIWA DIVING - History !

DIWA International Riesling str. 2, 64673 Zwingenberg, Germany office@diwadiving.com

DIWA - Diving Instructor World AssociationDIWA, the "Diving Instructor World Association“, is an international organization for commercial diving instructors that was founded in 1972 with its headquarters in Germany.

In 1970, only sports clubs in Germany offered diver training. Commercial diving instructors had no opportunity of joining an existing organization. Shortly after DIWA was founded in the Southern German city Freiburg, it turned out that Germany’s diving instructors weren’t the only ones facing the named problem. The United States, on the other hand, had been training divers in commercial diving schools for quite a while.

The standards of the Diving Instructor World Association apply for technical and commercial diving. Their contents comply with the requirements codified in the European norms EN 14153 and EN 14413, as well as the ISO norms ISO 24801 und ISO 24802 ratified in 2007. Las normas de la DIWA están adecuadas para el buceo técnico y el buceo comercial. Su contenido cumple con los requisitos de la norma europea EN 14153, EN 14413 y desde el 2007 con las reglas ISO 24801 e ISO 24802.

Since October 13, 2013 Wilfried Dickes has been the new owner of DIWA International.

DIWA now follows a new line that increasingly focuses on the interests and needs of its members. DIWA is in fact the first organization in this field to set up internal emergency funds (immediate support for associated diving instructors and diving schools in case of financial emergencies) and to support its members in terms of pension plans.

DIWA encourages its members to participate in seminars and will offer several special training seminars for diving instructors, starting in 2015.

In 2015, DIWA started awarding people who have shown outstanding efforts in the name of professional diving. Those DIWA Awards are given away in the categories Diver Training, Journalism, Photography, and Information Technology. Each year’s winners are announced on the annual BOOT in Düsseldorf, Germany. 2015’s award winner are (amongst others):

  • Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid (for years of work and effort in professional diving)
  • Rico Besserdich (Underwater Photography)
  • Rose & Udo Kefrig (Journalism)
  • Taucher.net
  • Wolfgang Thoma (Diver Training)

DIWA DIVING - For Diving Instructor !

DIWA International Riesling str. 2, 64673 Zwingenberg, Germany office@diwadiving.com

A DIWA membership is so much more than just an association membership. DIWA offers its associated diving instructors and diving schools many services that are particularly tailored for activities in commercial diving. Tolerance and development are more important to DIWA than any rulesets and stiff organizational structures could ever be. The following informs diving instructors who are interested in membership about a selection of interesting topics:

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Traditions & Modern Developmen

Traditions – Being the first international organization for commercial diving instructors founded in 1972, DIWA looks back on forty years of history and traditions. Many of DIWA’s diving standards (training criteria for divers and those who train diving instructors) have served as foundation for the development of training guidelines of other associations and diving organizations.

DIWA has been a pioneer in the field of mixed gas diving for sport divers and became the first association to provide training in mixed gas diving and rebreathers.

Modern Development – Despite the awareness of its traditional background, DIWA keeps developing steadily. DIWA approaches new diving trends open-mindedly and makes effort to follow new developments as well as utilizing the newly emerging opportunities for the benefit of its members. Instead of persevering on its traditional structures, DIWA proves its tolerance by openly responding to discussions and changes as well as staying in close contact with its members. It is DIWA’s main interest to create an ideal surrounding for its members and to support their professional progress in order for them to be able to earn a living with professional diving in the long run.

Education and Training of Diving Instructors

DIWA supports the idea that the career of a diving instructor is closely connected to his or her education, training, and experience. DIWA diving instructors usually have long-standing expertise in commercial diving and pass on their knowledge to those who participate in the according Instructor Training Course (ITC).

Advanced divers aiming for a career as diving sport professionals are just as welcome here at DIWA as other diving instructors who intend to join us through a DIWA Crossover Seminar. The different DIWA diving instructor stages are:

DIWA Assistant Instructor (in accordance with ISO 24802-1)

Inspection Entitlement: Basic Diver

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) (in accordance with ISO 24802-2)

Inspection Entitlement: Basic Diver, Open Water Diver (OWD) and additionally acquired special entitlements.

Master Scuba Instructor (MSI)

Inspection Entitlement: All stages, including Master Scuba Diver (MSD) and additionally acquired special entitlements.

Chief Scuba Instructor (CSI)

Inspection Entitlement: All stages, including Chief Scuba Diver (CSD) and additionally acquired special entitlements.

Course Director (CD)

Inspection Entitlement: Instructor and Inspector of divers and diving instructors up to CSI and special training in the areas of the Course Director’s expertise. He or she is authorized to organize and host Scuba Instructor Courses in consultation with the HQ.

Teacher of Underwater Instructor (ToUWI College Instructor)

Inspection Entitlement: Instructor and Inspector of divers and diving instructors up to CSI and special training in the areas of the course director’s expertise. He or she is authorized to organize and host Scuba Instructor Courses in consultation with the HQ.

2015
  • DIWA will provide its members with the necessary literature to reach the main certification levels.
  • DIWA will introduce an online certification system, offering registered diving instructors the opportunity to reach new certification levels in special online courses.
  • DIWA will offer its members different training seminars in different areas of expertise, partially with the option to obtain further inspection entitlements.
Joining DIWA by crossover

DIWA ITC (Instructor Training Course): Prices according to the responsible DIWA course instructors’ individual announcements. Dates of DIWA ITCs are announced on DIWA’s official website.

Annual Fee for DIWA Membership (Diving Instructors): 260 EUR

Attention: DIWA does not charge extra fees for diving schools!

Certification Fee: 25 EUR per certificate

Registered and active DIWA scuba instructors are granted access to the internal DIWA instructor area where teaching materials, presentations, and other teaching supplies are stored for all certification levels and special entitlements, in order to successfully hold DIWA diving seminars (including special courses). All material can be accessed and used free of charge.

Active Support System

The association’s motto is “DIWA – Always At Your Side” and suggests that DIWA supports its associated diving instructors and diving schools in many different ways:

DIWA Retirement Plan

DIWA is the only diving association to offer its members the opportunity of additional retirement provisions. For every qualification record issued to a DIWA diving instructor a small amount of money is deposited into a personal pension fund (optional). The scuba instructor deposits 5 USD per certification into the fund, while DIWA contributes the same amount from its own financial means. The pension fund is a personal account to which only the scuba instructor has access.

When a member turns sixty, DIWA starts paying out the personal pension fund to its members as a monthly pension supplement. The amount of money paid depends on the number of years of membership and the number of issued qualification certificates.

DIWA Emergency Fund

DIWA supports its associated diving schools in cases of emergencies for which it has special means at hand. Whether a member suffers from a defect compressor in Canada, a temporary downturn in Germany, or storm damage in Thailand: DIWA helps its members immediately with materials, on-the-spot-support, and even with interest-free loans.

Advertisement

Associated DIWA diving instructors and diving schools are given the option to introduce themselves and their services on the official DIWA website to reach target groups in large numbers.

DIWA advises and supports its members in terms of effective advertisement.

DIWA presents not only itself but also all associated diving schools on the annual events BOOT in Düsseldorf, Germany, the ADEX in Singapore and the DEMA in Florida, United States of America.

DIWA DIVING - For Divers !

DIWA International Riesling str. 2, 64673 Zwingenberg, Germany office@diwadiving.com

Floating weightlessly, discovering new worlds, freedom & peace, watching sea animals in their natural environment from close distance, belonging to a big international family, making new friends: All this (and so much more) is part of diving. Whether in national waters or in the ocean, whether in the Baltic Sea or the Caribbean: scuba diving is a sport that can be practiced in many places and that is fun in all places. Divers all around the world feel like they are part of a big family and meet on the same level, regardless of whether someone is a bank director or street sweeper. Nationality and gender, physical health and handicaps, old and young: neither of these matter to divers. The common enthusiasm for professional diving unites divers across the entire world.

Floating weightlessly, discovering new worlds, freedom & peace, watching sea animals in their natural environment from close distance, belonging to a big international family, making new friends: All this (and so much more) is part of diving. Whether in national waters or in the ocean, whether in the Baltic Sea or the Caribbean: scuba diving is a sport that can be practiced in many places and that is fun in all places. Divers all around the world feel like they are part of a big family and meet on the same level, regardless of whether someone is a bank director or street sweeper. Nationality and gender, physical health and handicaps, old and young: neither of these matter to divers. The common enthusiasm for professional diving unites divers across the entire world.

Everybody can lean scuba diving; and the better the diver training, the safer the diver feels and the more fun it is. DIWA has been training divers for more than forty years and such training according to DIWA standards stands for quality and safety, is globally accepted, and well acknowledged.

Everybody can lean scuba diving; and the better the diver training, the safer the diver feels and the more fun it is. DIWA has been training divers for more than forty years and such training according to DIWA standards stands for quality and safety, is globally accepted, and well acknowledged.

Everybody can lean scuba diving; and the better the diver training, the safer the diver feels and the more fun it is. DIWA has been training divers for more than forty years and such training according to DIWA standards stands for quality and safety, is globally accepted, and well acknowledged.

If we have got you interested in the sport and diver training with DIWA, you surely have a few questions, a few of which we would like to answer in the following:

Is scuba diving dangerous?
Most certainly, diving isn’t any more dangerous than cycling, climbing, skating, or skiing. As all other sports, diving requires certain skills and capabilities that diving students are taught during training courses. A special ruleset is to be followed (like in any other sport), and the obedience of rules makes diving much safer than driving a vehicle in rush hour traffic.

Every sport does have its extremes. Some prefer easy-going cross-country skiing, others feel the urge to practice ski jumping, and while some like climbing hills and small mountains, others would rather hike the Mount Everest with no oxygen or socks.

This isn’t any different in diving. The decision of where, how, and when diving is practiced lies with every diver individually.
What are the different training levels?
The DIWA training systems builds on several different stages, each of which comes with a specific training course and according certification. The certificate, also referred to as qualification record, is internationally valid and must be submitted when registering for a dive, for example in a holiday resort diving center. The certification comes with a so-called diver’s logbook that keeps record of every dive and is signed by the according diving instructor, diving school or diving partner. The logbook is commonly considered a record of experience and should be presented with the certificate.

DIWA is convinced that a certificate alone doesn’t make a safe diver and thus makes it a requirement for divers to gain experience in the field in combination with special courses (such as underwater navigation and deep diving) before they can reach the next training level. Experience is therefore defined by the number of dives. In other words: DIWA won’t let you earn one certificate after another to collect the biggest possible number records in the shortest time possible. This isn’t a rule of dictation, but rather a guarantor of your personal safety in matters of diving.

A brief overview of the most important DIWA certificates:
  • DIWA Open Water Diver (OWD)The classical beginner’s certificate that allows you to join a diving professional on escorted dives at up to twenty meters depth.
  • DIWA Master Scuba Diver (MSD)The classical advanced diver’s certificate that allows you to dive at up to forty meters depth with an equal diving partner.
  • DIWA Chief Scuba Diver (CSD)Allows you to guide groups of divers independently and at your own responsibility.
  • DIWA DivemasterAllows you to work at a diving center and assist a diving instructor. The DIWA Divemaster certificate is the pre-stage of DIWA Assistant Instructor and thus the first step toward a professional career in diving (see also: DIWA for Instructors).
Find a detailed overview of the entire DIWA training system here: The DIWA Training System. DIWA offers special courses for children under 14. DIWA has made a special commitment to diving for handicapped and offers special courses that are tailored to diving with handicapped people. The DIWA headquarters will happily assist you with any questions or requests.
What else? How can I develop my skills and specialize in certain areas?
Diving has many special areas that partially relate to special requirements (such as cave diving and diving under ice) or to particular interests (such as underwater photography).

DIWA has a broad selection of special courses that give interested divers many different opportunities of training. Our program includes (amongst others):
  • Underwater navigation, group leadership, deep diving, night diving, first aid for diving accidents, rescue diving, diving with dry diving suits, wreck diving, current diving, underwater photography and videography, diving for handicapped, diving techniques, rebreather diving, altitude diving, free diving (apnea), NITROX, TRIMIX, compressor techniques, diving medical science, marine biology… and many, many more!
The DIWA diving instructors and diving schools will happily answer your questions of when, where, and how such special courses can be attended.
5 reasons why DIWA should be the dive training agency of your choice:
1. Safety through sound training

Many are great divers when accompanied by their diving instructor. Those who are trained in compliance with DIWA standards dive safely in different conditions all over the world. In other words: DIWA divers have fun while diving safely, not only when escorted by an instructor.

2. International acceptance

DIWA certificates are well acknowledged by diving centers all around the world and are accepted regardless of whether or not the diving center is associated with DIWA or another organization.

3. Various options of further training

Those divers who are curious to try or learn something new find a broad range of training opportunities at DIWA. DIWA offers it all: from apnea to TEC diving.

4. Family involvement

DIWA divers aren’t just identification numbers or considered to ‘just’ be customers who are being served one after another. DIWA divers are family members, regardless of their training, complexion, or nationality.

5. Chance to develop

Divers who are so enthusiastic about diving that they aim for a professional career as an instructor, are greatly supported by DIWA in many different ways. Such support exceeds the usual extent by far (see also: DIWA for Instructors).

DIWA DIVING - Education System !

DIWA International Riesling str. 2, 64673 Zwingenberg, Germany office@diwadiving.com