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The World Organisation of Scuba Diving (WOSD) was setup in 2005 in order to develop a new innovative method for conducting diver training, which would bring the international (diving) industry to a higher level by using modern tools and techniques.


D LEARNING EN 305pxbreedThis starts with the way courses are taught. Traditional (diver) training courses often require a trainee to learn from a book in a classroom, with an instructor who simply repeats what they have already read in the book several times at home. These systems do not utilise modern multi-media materials or allow flexible self-study.
All WOSD courses are based on the so-called “Digital Learning System” or “D-learning”. When a trainee decides to follow a D-Learning course, they receive a multi-media package, which they then use in their own time to achieve the leaning objective. The trainee studies in the comfort of their own home at the times that they choose.
D-learning provides the trainee with the ultimate level of flexibility in their study, learning completely in their own time and manner. Progress can be checked at any time through a series of self-tests via Internet. Any questions can be sent by email to the trainee’s Dive Centre or Instructor. Once the required level of knowledge has been attained, the trainee can complete a final exam at the Dive Centre or with a Dive Instructor and then go diving. In this way, the trainee can experience the incredible feeling of breathing underwater in a very different world, far sooner and easier than was previously possible.
The WOSD 'D-learning' system removes the barriers that have previously prevented many people from learning to dive and enjoying the wonders that mother nature has created underwater.


Logo WOSD TrainingcentreThe WOSD vision is to allow everybody to specialise themselves in the areas where they have exceptional qualities. To help achieve this, we have separated the responsibilities of Dive Instructors from those of the Dive Centres at which they operate. The Instructor is a training specialist and has learnt how to teach scuba diving and other courses in a safe and fun manner. He or she is responsible for the theoretical and practical modules of the courses.
A dive centre has other possibilities, which an Instructor would not normally have, such as being a central meeting point, having all the required (diving) equipment for teaching courses and having a classroom where courses can be taught. A dive centre can also fill diving cylinders and has (dive) equipment for sale. In addition, WOSD professionals can purchase WOSD course material at a WOSD dive centre.
Logo WOSD DivecentreThere are many benefits for a WOSD Instructor to work together with a WOSD Dive Centre, including making use of the facilities and logistical benifits. A WOSD Dive Centre in turn, can benefit from working together with a WOSD Instructor, because more customers will be brought to the dive centre and the Instructor can form a part of the staff of the WOSD Dive Centre.
This system enables all to benefit from each others qualities without treading on each others feet. WOSD does not restrict Instructors or Dive Centres within specific regions. Each Instructors and Dive Centre is free to work with whoever they choose.


The WOSD system combines all aspects of the dive industry so that you as diver, Instructor or Dive Centre, no longer need to be a member of multiple organisations or need to work with numerous companies. The six main categories that the WOSD represents are:

• Recreational Courses:
This category includes all juvenesence, primary and recreational speciality courses. These are entry-level courses and courses designed to improve skill levels.

• Handicapped Courses:
This category includes all courses that have been especially designed for those who are unable to participate in standard courses due to a physical or (minor) mental handicap. For these individuals customised courses are developed.

• Technical Courses:
This category includes all technical speciality courses. These courses are designed to teach how to dive using gas mixtures other than standard compressed air and/or penetration diving, for instance, in a wreck or cave.

• Medical Courses:
This category includes all “medical” speciality courses. These include first aid, using an AED and administering 100% oxygen. The “Rescue Diver” course also falls under this category.

• Instructor Courses:
This category includes all courses for those aiming to turn their hobby into a (part-time) profession.

• Travel:
Having completed a dive course, it is of course desirable to benefit from the newly acquired skills and knowledge. For this reason, WOSD has a complete travel agency, offering a wide range of diving holidays. WOSD members have already visited these holiday locations so that we ensure that we offer only quality locations.


WOSD promotes innovation. We stand open to comments and suggestions from divers and Instructors alike. It is important for us to be aware of developments and trends in the diving community. For this reason, we have appointed Regional Managers with short lines of communication to the local divers and Instructors in their region. Together, we remain innovative and strive for continued improvements, with safety, fun and quality courses standing centrally. Everybody is welcome to contact the WOSD directly, or through our Regional Managers using the contact form.