Florida Association of Diving Instructors
The Florida Association of Diving Instructors. October 2012 – Present Association of Florida Scuba Instructors and divers. A non-profit, democratic union of Florida Scuba Educators. Mission Florida has world class diving all year around. In addition to the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean like Florida Keys, we have over three thousand dive-able springs, caves, rivers and lakes. Florida a the primary diving destination in the United States. Several International Diving Associations are housed in Florida. Most are for profit corporations composed of retailers (scuba shops). Scuba Education (scuba classes) is a loss leader to sell retail products (scuba gear). No Statewide Florida Diving Association existed until now. Most diving instructors are not voting members of the scuba corporations, at best they are franchisees. Most scuba corporations are for profit corporations owned by their directors not the members. Having membership in a scuba corporation is like having membership privileges at American Express Cards … (little or none). We think that scuba education is primary and the scuba instructors should run the industry in Florida. Florida needs a statewide scuba association, the Florida Association of Diving Instructors. Description The Association of Florida Scuba Instructors and divers. A non-profit, democratic union of Florida Scuba Educators. Membership is composed of scuba Divemasters and Instructors. Voting members must be an insured instructor, or divemaster. There are other non-voting memberships available. The association will be a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, engaged in legislative, charitable and conservation issues.