PADI ReActivate Q&A – “ReActivated Thru”, Two Years Versus Six Months

reactivate-ipadThis installment addresses the two-year time frame of PADI ReActivate™. Here are some common questions received:

In other courses, we say “six months to a year” rather than two years. Doesn’t that send an inconsistent message?

The PADI organization encourages divers to dive as frequently as possible. And while refreshing skills after six months of inactivity is still recommended, ReActivate tries to set an outside “window” for refreshing skills. PADI certifications do not expire, but skills and knowledge can degrade over time. The extent of this deterioration depends upon many variables. ReActivate helps get divers back in the water when they need to refresh, regardless of the interval.

Our business wants to control how often we promote ReActivate to our customers. We say that divers should refresh every “six months to a year” if inactive. But the “ReActivate thru” date sends a message that the program is good for two years. How do we compete against this?

Explain to customers that the “ReActivate thru” date provides an outside window for recommended retraining, but it’s their knowledge, skill proficiency and familiarity – not a date – that should guide ReActivating.

Please contact your PADI Regional Headquarters if you have questions.

3 Replies to “PADI ReActivate Q&A – “ReActivated Thru”, Two Years Versus Six Months”

  1. And how about reactivating PADI membership? How long before an instructor needs to redo their IDC which I was warned about?!? Is it really necessary to redo the IDC?

    1. It will depend on how long you have been out of Teaching Status and what has happened within the PADI System of Diver Education since you last renewed – best thing Stephen is to contact a Training Consultant at your Local PADI Office with your Full name and PADI# and they can advise you …

    2. Hi Stephen,

      As an instructor, you can let your Membership lapse for up to 3 years before further retraining is required to regain Teaching Status. However, we do advise that you contact the PADI office each year to ensure that these requirements do not change. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Memberships team at


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