International Diving Educators Association (IDEA)

Courses We Can Teach:

  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Master Diver
  • Scuba Master
  • Scuba Master Elite


  • Deep Diver
  • Full Face Mask Diver
  • Limited Visibility Diving
  • Night Diver

Training Terms & Conditions


Courses may be subject to minimum student restrictions. This varies with each type of course relational to company resources necessary to conduct.

Course Cost

All pricing will be quoted to the customer upon request, outlined in the contract for training and or services.


Credit Cards, Money Order, and Company Check are accepted. Other payment options may be available and must be agreed upon prior to any training or services. Invoicing for corporate clients can be arranged. Payment terms are detailed in the contract for training and or services.

Cancellation Policy

Courses will be closed when they reach maximum enrollment. MEA reserves the right to cancel a course for any reason or in the event that enrollment does not meet minimum requirements. A full refund will be issued, or the credit transferred to another course.

The INTERNATIONAL DIVING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION (IDEA) was originally established in 1952 as part of the FSDA-Florida Skin Divers Association (later changed to Florida Scuba Divers Association). FSDA was and still is a large group of politically active dive clubs. FSDA has been the voice of the diver since 1952. IDEA is proud of its past affiliation with FSDA.

Instructor training and certification was handled by FSDA Scuba Training Committee. Many new instructors were from out of state or had moved out of the state. The committee was spreading throughout the continental U.S. By 1978, there were more FSDA instructors outside the state than there were within. We had also spread to the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, the Antilles, and Barbados. It was at this time the committee members decided that the FSDA Scuba Training Committee had outgrown FSDA. A new name, a new logo, and a new direction was forthcoming. A new "IDEA" was born.

In 1979, IDEA was reorganized and incorporated. IDEA made its first International appearance as a member of the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) in Las Vegas in 1980. During the last few years, IDEA has grown tremendously and its represented in over 30 foreign countries and all over the continental United States. In 1987, the majority of certification agencies agreed to form a non-profit corporation known as the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC). The RSTC has one purpose for existing-to allow member associations a vehicle for developing standards and to monitor quality control for the mutual benefit of the recreational diving industry and the general public.

RSTC member agencies train over 85% of the divers certified worldwide. Member agencies of the RSTC are IDEA, PADI, PDIC, and SSI.

IDEA is the first certification agency to include Rescue Diver certification in the Instructor Training Course programs. IDEA is a progressive organization and recognizes the expertise of other certification agencies and will not discriminate against any agency dedicated to safe and modern scuba training. IDEA offers affiliated membership to Instructors from other approved agencies. Any interested instructors may contact IDEA Headquarters for further information on crossovers. IDEA scuba course standards are based on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Revised Instructional Standards Minimum Course Content for Entry-Level Scuba Certification as approved on September 1, 1986.

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