ANDI International (ANDI) is
one of the world's fastest growing diver training agencies. ANDI began by
specializing in training programs for Enriched Air Nitrox ( SafeAir )
diving. As a natural evolution from SafeAir®, ANDI developed training
programs for what has now become known as Technical diving and Closed
Circuit Rebreather systems. To meet the demands of our international network
of training facilities, in 1999 ANDI introduced a unique methodology for
training entry-level divers with the ANDI Open Water Sport Diver program.
Since our origin in 1988, ANDI has expanded throughout the world with
Regional Headquarters located in the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia,
Sweden, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Japan, Taiwan, Republic of
Korea, Republic of Maldives, Republic of Philippines, Latin America, Middle
East and the home office in the United States of America. To meet the needs
of these regional markets ANDI developed educational material in many
languages in addition to English.
ANDI has developed a multifaceted training system with comprehensive
programs. These include Openwater Sport Diver, Dive Medic, SafeAir® User
courses, Technical and Exploration programs, Rebreather training for SCR and
CCR systems, specialty-focused training and a full offering of technician
and instructor programs. ANDI’s growth throughout the world is due to ANDI's
commitment to quality education, quality training materials, the highest
operational standards and a dedication to customer service.
Nitrox Stick continuous
gas blender for nitrox
and trimix blending.
Many divers have asked how EnviroDive
ended up writing the PADI/DSAT Gas Blenders Manual.
Years before PADI began offering gas blender training through DSAT1
they recognized the need for this type of training.
As you may remember, PADI was initially very cautious about entering the
Enriched Air Nitrox field. Starting with a basic nitrox course they found
that the missing ingredient was not so much "how to dive the gas mix" but
"how to get the gas mix".
Back in 1997, EnviroDive was approached by PADI to see if we would offer our
gas-blending program at DEMA2
exclusively for PADI dive shops and instructors. The results were
overwhelming. The initial success of these courses resulted in them being
offered at subsequent dive shows.
Year after year the attendance increased to the point where we were offering
a gas blenders course before DEMA as well as a gas blender instructors
course following the trade show. To accommodate the overflow students we
often had to deliver evening courses during DEMA.
From a business point of view our relationship with PADI could not have been
better. We had done our homework and developed what many considered to be
the best gas blender training available but as a fledgling training agency
we lacked the credibility of the established, big name agencies.
By aligning ourselves with PADI we piggybacked on their reputation as well
as enjoyed their advertising and support. What PADI received from us was a
quality course that met their standards and an opportunity to be able to
offer gas blender training to their dive shop operators and instructors
immediately without having to wait for the development of their own course.
With the continued success of the EnviroDive gas blender program, PADI/DSAT
decided that it was time for them to have their own gas blender course.
Instead of re-inventing the wheel, it was decided to contract EnviroDive to
develop the Gas Blender program. I would like to say that it went without a
hitch, but it didn't. Thankfully, even with the many disagreements resulting
in a few compromises (by both sides), the end result is the DSAT Gas Blender
On behalf of EnviroDive, I sincerely hope that the PADI/DSAT Gas Blender
program fulfills your gas mixing needs.
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