Thursday, June 13, 2024

International Training Offers Free Recertification For Any Divers Taught By Trainer Involved in Linnea Mills Incident


International Training, the parent company of dive training agencies SDI, TDI, ERDI and PFI, is offering free recertifications for anyone taught by one of the PADI instructors who trained Linnea Mills, who died in a 2021 diving accident.

The parents of then-18-year-old Mills in May 2021 brought a US$12 million (~€9.9 million) negligence lawsuit against her dive instructors as well as PADI.

The case was recently settled out of court, but the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a recent statement, International Training said:

“Knowing that even seasoned divers can be shaken and confidence in their abilities questioned, International Training would like to extend an offer to retrain, re-certify, or just dive with any divers trained by [former PADI instructor Debbie] Snow. This offer is supported and funded by an anonymous donor.

“Our offer is not meant to cast shade or blame. It is intended to build our industry, to have confident and capable divers who enjoy the sport as much as we do. This can only happen with open and transparent communication; we must learn from the past and not repeat its mistakes.”

Check out International Training’s full blog post here.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.