WDA is the evolution of IDEA Europe, which began its activity in Italy in 1992 under the name of IDEA Italy, as being the Italian delegation of the International Diving Educators Association (IDEA).
IDEA is the oldest underwater training organization, founded in the United States in 1952, under the name of FSDA (Florida skin diver association).
In 1995 IDEA Italy started an international expansion and became IDEA Europe, spreading out in whole European continent and started to develop its own training system and teaching products, as well as to register and print its own certifications.
The growth of IDEA Europe was quite rapid. In a short time regional offices in Belgium, Spain, Germany and Austria were opened. Then started a fast expansion to other territories close to Europe, such as Egypt, Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates.
During the past years IDEA Europe joined to RSTC Europe and consequently to WRSTC. It participated in the establishment of the delegation of RSTC Europe in Italy (ADISUB), joined the RSTC Europe delegation in Spain (ABRE) and obtained official recognition in Italy, Spain, Egypt and in other nations.