PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) has selected more than 50 PADI training facilities as National Geographic Dive Centers. PADI launched the National Geographic Diver program June 28th in the Americas territories and plans a worldwide launch later this fall.

The National Geographic Dive Center designation is available to PADI Five Star Dive Centers and Gold Palm Resorts. Any PADI Dive Center is invited to upgrade to Five star or Gold Palm status and then apply for the National Geographic Dive Center designation.

The National Geographic Diver program goes beyond the PADI Open Water Diver course by fine tuning a diver’s skills in buoyancy control, exploration and, navigation. For more information on this exciting new program or to obtain a current list of National Geographic Dive centers visit For more information on becoming a PADI Dive Center, Gold Palm Resort and National Geographic Diver Center contact the International Retailer and Resort Association (949) 858-7234.