Our PADI 5 Star Rating

At Central Coast Dive Center, we strive every day to set the standard for dive centers in the tri-state.  This is why we are proud to be recognized by PADI with the unique distinction of being a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center.


What is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Dive Center?

The PADI 5 Star IDC membership level is awarded to progressive PADI Dive Centers that excel in providing dive consumers with a full range of diver education programs, equipment selection, and experience opportunities and that actively promote aquatic environmental awareness.

A PADI 5 Star IDC is active in its community, presenting a professional image consistent with, or better than, the norm of the marketplace. These dive centers embrace the PADI System of diver education and are committed to providing customers with quality products, services and experiences.

Learn more about PADI here.

Why Is A 5 Star IDC Rating Important To You As A New Diver?

PADI is the largest scuba certifying agency in the world – over 85% of the world’s divers hold PADI certifications.  PADI only awards Dive Centers with a 5-Star rating if they truly strive for long-term excellence in teaching, safety, and customer satisfaction.

When a Dive Shop earns the 5-Star rating from PADI, it indicates to you, the customer, that you will have the best scuba instruction and experience possible from the world’s largest Scuba organization.

What Does “Instructor Development Center” Mean?

BSA-1_compressedIt means that Central Coast Dive Center instructors are able to teach not only the standard range of PADI courses that all dive shops teach; we also have PADI Master Instructors and PADI IDC Staff Instructors on staff – 5 of them to be exact – who are able to take our most advanced divers to the professional level.

We educate our most advanced divers to earn their professional diver certifications such as Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor, EFR Instructor, and more!   Only highly certified instructors with years (sometimes decades in our case!) of experience are able to transition divers to the professional level.

I’m Not Planning To Become a Dive Professional, So Why Is Training at a 5 Star IDC Facility Important To Me?

The fact that Central Coast is an Instructor Development Center is important to you for two reasons, even if you’re just starting out as a new diver.  First, it means that you will get the best, most up-to-date education possible from instructors who are constantly being challenged with all ranges of students from novice to professional.  Also, there are always lots of Dive Pro’s in training at the pool that you can watch, ask for tips on technique, or just talk about diving!  It’s more fun to dive when everyone is there to learn!

Second, because of our experience, we are well-known as THE place to go for Scuba Continuing Education.  You can earn your Open Water certification, and then if you like, you can come back to the same instructor for your Advanced OW, Specialties, and even Rescue Diver certifications.  We’ve even had students go all the way from Open Water to Pro with us.  You might not plan to take advanced diving classes today, but isn’t it nice to know you can if you change your mind later?

What Happens After A Dive Shop Earns The PADI 5 Star IDC Rating?

The honest answer is “we have to work very hard to keep our 5 Star IDC rating“.  We continually strive for excellence and we work hard to maintain our 5 Star IDC status with PADI.  We require our instructors to continue their own diving education to stay current with PADI standards, new teaching techniques, safety information and new equipment so that our students receive the best instruction possible.

Central Coast's PADI awards

This hard work doesn’t go unnoticed!  In 2010, we were recognized again by PADI for our long-term commitment to teaching and scuba diving excellence: “PADI congratulates Central Coast Dive Center as the PADI International Resort and Retailer Association Member of the Month for April, 2010… Congratulations to Tommy Evans and his staff for the fine job they are doing representing PADI.”

And again in 2013 – Central Coast Dive Center received the PADI Excellence 2013 award, for our continued efforts to serve our local dive community!

Come see for yourself what it’s like to learn to dive with a 5-Star IDC Facility!

Whether you’re brand new to diving or you’ve been diving for decades, you’re always welcome to come by and take a tour of our facilities, meet our staff and instructors, check out our fully-stocked dive shop and indoor heated pool, or just chat with us about our favorite diving adventures.  We’ll see you soon!