PDA was founded in 1995 in Leimen near Heidelberg (Germany). In 2005 the company moved to Calpe (Spain) with a simultaneous change of ownership. Subsequently, the international sphere of activity was expanded. Countries such as Greece, Croatia, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Hungary were added. Further PDA became member with the RSTC Europe and could itself over the EUF (European Underwater Federation) with the ISO standard recognized world-wide be certified.
The European Underwater Federation is an umbrella organization which represents the interests of the commercial diving education associations.
In 2015 there was another change of ownership of PDA. This change also meant the return to Germany. The current owner Marc Baum moved the company headquarters to Ketsch am Rhein.
Marc Baum was already in 1996 PDA Instructor Trainer and active as Course Director / Examiner of other well-known associations. By the owner change he took over the business of PDA holistically. Through his many years of experience and diverse contacts in the diving industry, he has built an expert team around himself that with a lot of dedication and enthusiasm PDA continues to grow. Since the takeover, countries such as South Korea, Philippines, Argentina, Brazil and Serbia have been added, each with their own service centers.