What was started in a suburb of Chicago gained incredible momentum and went global in the late seventies. That’s why we’ve chosen to celebrate this pivotal moment in the sport of diving. The first PADI overseas office is featured with our Japan retro t-shirt, the first location of many worldwide, quickly fueling a global surge in certifications. Inspired by “The Clockwork Orange” meets diving in Japan in the late seventies, we’re loving this throwback, organic cotton tee – and what it symbolizes – the point at which diving truly became a globally recognized – and adored - sport.
UK Sizing – we typically recommend ordering one size up if ordering from the USA
100% Organic ring-spun sustainable, combed cotton
Wash cold. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Do not dry clean.
Part of PADI Gear’s Vintage Collection: 1979
PADI expands internationally in the late seventies! The first PADI overseas regional office was established in Tokyo, Japan in 1979. This evolved from the PADI Sensui Shido Kyokai (Diving Instruction Council) that was created to help translate materials and improve communication across languages. The Japan office would be the first of many worldwide developments as the PADI family quickly expanded internationally, while certifications skyrocketed.