The Dive Professionals project started way back in 2007, and saw it's first connection and discussion group on Linkedin which provided the best platform for professional groups at the time.
Dive Professionals consisted mainly of training and exploration professionals and generally speaking of independents, owners and executives. The discussions we had were very varied and interesting, all in the spirit of exchange of information, striving for more professionalism. The network continued growing and as social media came and went (Google+) we expanded to Twitter, Facebook...
The prerequisites to join the groups was to be deriving income from diving activities, regardless of which sector...
As our members and followers network grew to thousands of professionals worldwide, some members decided it was time to go over from discussions to actions.In 2010 our first website saw the light of day...
It was not very successful, but hey..., it was free and a first step towards creating a central portal for all professionals.
Fast forward to 2019, the network of dive professionals counts over 40,000 members and followers on our different platforms. A team of volunteers has emerged to take action to the next stage in order to fulfill our mission of uniting, professionalizing and creating a better future for all professional individuals and businesses active in the diving industry.
2020 marks a pivotal year in the project, as we are finalizing preparations to legalize the International Association of Dive Professionals (I.A.D.P); as a non-profit organisation in the Euro zone. Various teams of volunteers are working on several projects such as:
1. Standards - Procedures and a Code of ethics.
2. A set of services and products specifically designed for professionals, such as group insurances, pensions, legal support.
3. Courses and continuing business and environmental education.
4. Sustainable Dive Travel Products & Services.
... and more