The Association was formed in 1982 as the result of a meeting between Schools attending the American Diving Contractors Conference in New Orleans. The aims of the Association were then, and are now, to:-
Develop common international standards of diving training.
Provide an effective means of communication between schools.
Work towards improved standards of safety and quality.
Improve the overall quality of commercial diving education.
Provide a common and collective voice to government industrial agencies on any matter affecting members.
Co-operate on matters which may improve placement opportunities for graduates from member schools.
Promote any activity, idea or subject which may improve the international operations of the Association.
Slowly, since that time, the Association has grown and matured - as has the Diving Industry - and now the membership comprises Military, State Owned, and Private Schools, which generally exist separately but can, in some Countries, be found in combination.
It is on the exceptional spread of experience, going back over many years, that the work of the Association is based.