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The Association of German Watersport Schools (VDWS) is a school association that offers coordinated services in the field of watersports, especially windsports. The main activities of the DWS are the training of watersport instructors, the supervision of watersport schools, the maintenance and development of the basic license system and more.On the website you can use the search function to find different watersport courses in different countries, as well as information about the respective sports and licenses. The sports that are supported are catamaran, dinghy/sailing, kitesurfing, standup paddling, windsurfing and wingboarding. There are beginner courses, intermediate courses and higher levels. Interested parties can search for their preferred water sport at the VDWS and will then be suggested different schools. In addition, the VDWS has a job exchange with offers in the field of water sports from different countries.
The German Motor Yacht Association (DMYV) is the umbrella organization for motorized water sports. The main activities of the association include the representation of interests at all levels as well as the promotion of motorboat and yacht sports. On its website, the DMYV offers detailed information about the competitive sports of powerboat racing, jetboat racing and motorsurf racing and their different classes. In addition, the DMYV deals with youth sports and popular sports. Those interested in powerboat and yachting sports will find contact persons for racing boat schools. The DMYV also provides detailed information on various licenses for youth sports, certificates (such as the sport boat license with the scope of inland waterways) and exams that can be taken. There is also a job exchange.
The German Sailing Association (DSV) promotes sailing on sea and inland waters for adults and young people as a popular and regatta sport. It is made up of the German sailing and surfing clubs, the state sailing associations and class associations, as well as other organizations from the sailing sport. In addition, the association takes measures for the use, development and preservation of water areas and shore areas. The DSV website provides a wealth of information on Olympic sailing and surfing, competitive sailing and surfing, cruising and recreational sailing, and inclusive sailing. Those who would like to learn to sail can find training clubs, accredited sailing schools, or get advice from the DSV. The DSV Academy also offers online seminars, training, education and more. In addition, the DSV provides detailed information about various sailing licenses, sport boat licenses and radio certificates.
The Verband Deutscher Sportbootschulen e.V. (Association of German Sport Boat Schools) is the federal professional association for sail, surf and motorboat training. It represents the commercially and freelance operated training centers. The aim of the VDS is to ensure the quality of training in the water sports and sports boat schools and thus to create a good basis for beginners and advanced learners to enjoy and feel safe in their watersports.
The more than 200 member schools in the VDS have voluntarily submitted to regular inspections by the VDS, work with trained teaching staff, proper equipment and solid training boats, support their students with advice and assistance and form a good team together with the students.
The Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher e.V. (VDST) is one of the largest non-material diving associations worldwide. It aims to give as many people as possible an insight into the underwater world and to promote the fun of diving, while ensuring safe and environmentally friendly diving. The association emphasizes the protection of underwater life so that the basis for the practice of diving will be secured in the future. For those interested in diving, regardless of age or level, the VDST website provides information and advice on diving courses. The possibility to get involved with the VDST and make a license for instructors, trainers and teachers is also available.
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
PADI is the world's largest ocean exploration and diving organization, enabling people around the world to experience adventure and save the ocean. In addition, PADI places great emphasis on marine conservation and industry sustainability, which is reflected in "PADI pillars of change". On their website, PADI offers beginner courses, such as the Open Water Diver. Padi also offers eLearning courses, so you can learn the theory from the comfort of your home. If you would like to try diving while traveling, you can also check out PADI's dive resorts and book a trip. Furthermore, there are job offers from different countries in the job board.
Scuba Schools International (SSI) is one of the world's largest professional training organizations for dive centers. The association's vision is to enable everyone to learn how to dive safely. Marine conservation and sustainable diving practices are emphasized through SSI's own environmental initiative called Blue Oceans. SSI offers Scuba Diving, Freediving, Mermaid and Environment Specialty programs for beginners. The theoretical knowledge for each program can be learned online before going underwater. On their website you can find training centers, dive sites and jobs worldwide. Those who would like to get their first diving certification while traveling can also use SSI's MyDiveGuide to find the right diving adventure.