And given my impending certification, this couldn’t have happened at a better time, but more on that at a later date. The app is available to all iOS and Android users and has a wealth of really super duper cool features like a dive center locator, dive tool checklists, top destinations, PADI eCard access, dive logs and more! Naturally, the best way to give you an idea of whether this app is worth the space on your mobile device was to download it and try it out for myself, so here are my thoughts.
So right off the bat, the interface is clean and user-friendly. The home page is easy to navigate, though the changing pictures and symbols are the tiniest bit confusing. The “Locator” feature is really neat, just plug in your zip code and it gives you instant access to dive shops as well as dive sites. Since I live on a barrier island, I was pleased to find a good deal of dive sites near me (pictured below). Next that I really thought was useful was the “Tools” section – here you can learn various knots and their uses, access checklists, educate yourself about standard hand signals and access your logbook and eCards. Really valuable section in my opinion. Another cool feature is the handy dandy travel section, this allows you to browse top dive sites, as well as book dream dive trips. Fair warning, this section will make you all “wanderlusty”, reefs.com and PADI can’t be held responsible for any oodles of money you drop on these trips. You can also peruse through various diving courses – specialty, advanced, professional, etcetera. The shopping shenanigans can continue with the “Gear” feature, and again, don’t blame me for your dwindling dollars.
Overall, I really like the app and think it can come in extremely handy during and after my certification. If you’re already certified, or even considering it, I highly recommend hitting up your app store and downloading this free, but incredibly valuable tool. And a little shameless plug here, while you’re at it, you might as well download the reefs.com app (sorry, had to). Here’s a full list of the features you’ll have access to from PADI.
The new and improved PADI App is now available for iOS and Android users, and lets divers locate PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, dive sites, log dives, keep up on scuba news, read about top dive destinations, access PADI eCards™ and much more:
- Locate dive shops and dive sites with local weather condition
- Use dive tools such as checklists, reminders, knots and hand signals
- Read about top dive destinations
- View social and news feeds
- Access your PADI eCards
- Get information on PADI courses
- Log dives within ScubaEarth®
- Access the PADI Pros’ Site
- Access PADI Gear collections
Live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world, 24/7. Be sure to either download or update the revamped PADI App on your mobile device.