The app gives you the ability to search for nearby PADI dive shops, as well as dive shops around the globe. You can search by city, zip/postal code, country, or ask it to search based on your current location. The app places the search results as pins on a Google map, which can be viewed in standard, satellite and hybrid views. It also give you the option to view the results in a list format, listing the closest dive shops first.
When you select an option, it provides you with the PADI location’s address, website and contact information. With some listings you’ll even get things like the PADI courses offered at that facility, brands of gear they carry and more.
You have the option to set the radius in which to search, and a maximum number of results you wish to receive on a given search.
It is a simple but useful app, with plenty of room for feature development and improvement. For example, it would be great if the app could store your dive logs, let you check off shops you have visited and create ratings and customer reviews, find dive buddy in the vicinity, log what you saw on a given dive, etc… The possibilities are endless! For now, the app will at least get you to a place that will get you in the water!
To check out and download the app, search your appropriate App Store for PADI and it will come up. What’s more, the app is FREE! So download it and get diving!
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