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IANTD

Some IANTD History

International Association of Nitrox Divers, IAND, was formed in 1985 in response to the needs of the diving public. Up until that time, mixed gas diving and the use of decompression gasses was limited, in a formal way, to military and commercial divers.

In 1985, Dick Ruthkowski, retired as the dive supervisor for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, and, together with other leaders in the diving community, formed IAND. Dick’s goal was to introduce the benefits of using Nitrox in many diving situations and to begin teaching safe decompression diving.

In 1991, under the leadership of Tom Mount, the organization grew into the leading technical training organization in the world, offering courses covering all aspects of sport diving. At the same time, the name was changed to the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers, IANTD, to better reflect the organization’s additional emphasis technical diving.

Today, IANTD has offices in over twenty five countries and instructors in more than 60 countries.

Train divers is what IANTD does best!

What is our mission

IANTD General Statement of Objetives.

IANTD’s mission is to explore the opportunities and challenges of Recreational Diving, which includes all forms of Sport Diving, Nitrox, Advanced and Technical diving, in order to foster openness and individual responsibility, and to provide a standard of care for instruction in the diving community. IANTD and its members strive to be honest, ethical and fair in all our venues. We also believe that there are universal principles that are more absolute. We try to live by them. We envision our mission activities in the following areas:
PUBLIC AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY
IANTD is working to promote openness in the diving community; to share procedures, techniques and operational methods with divers seeking to expand their diving experiences. In the interest of safer diving we encourage freedom with discipline allowing for development of new methods and procedures but recognizing the need for an accepted safety envelope. IANTD will stay informed on diving developments and include them in its diving activities.
SAFER DIVER PROGRAM
IANTD believes individual diver responsibilities are developed through rigorous skill refinement and experience in the water. Vigorous instruction with a strong student / Instructor relationship, enhancing a transfer of the diving responsibility to the student, is the essence of our teaching philosophy.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND REFINEMENT
IANTD has developed Programs to increase diving knowledge and skill levels. We will continue refining these Programs, based on reports from Instructors in the field, to improve and strengthen their value to our membership. We will continue to develop a set of core values that apply to sport and technical diving. IANTD Standards and Procedures have been developed and have evolved to allow worldwide recognition of skill and knowledge at each qualification level addressed by IANTD.
FOSTERING COMMUNITY
Much of the work IANTD has done has been directed at fostering a sense of community in the diving world. The diving community, by virtue of its size, needs internal cooperation to prosper and grow; anything less is counter-productive.
 

Who We Are

We has been at the cutting edge of diver training for more than 30 years. From the first nitrox course in the world to our Tek Lite programs which allow for reduced narcosis in the entry-level tech depth range, through to CCR Cave and Expedition Trimix, we've been setting the standard since the very beginning.

We offer a complete range of training courses from Open Water Diver through to Expedition Trimix using both open and closed circuit equipment and a full range of cave diver training programs. Our instructor trainers and instructors represent some of the very best technical divers and educators in the USA and all over the world.

All our programs, from entry level upwards, equip a diver with the skills and knowledge to become a safe, responsible, self-sufficient diver, in depth survival skills mentally and physically. It's a philosophy reflected in our Open Water Nitrox Diver course - why not start with the safety benefits of Nitrox from your very first dive? - and continues throughout all our training programs.

In 1985, we released the world's first enriched air diver certification - 10 years before other agencies followed suit. Since then, we've stayed at the very forefront of diver education, leading the way so that others may follow.

Welcome to IANTD.


International Association of Nitrox Divers, IAND, was formed in 1985 in response to the needs of the diving public. Up until that time, mixed gas diving and the use of decompression gasses was limited, in a formal way, to military and commercial divers.