Israeli Diving Federation

The Israeli Diving Federation
Abbreviation TIDF
Formation 1966
Type NGO
Purpose Underwater Diver training
Headquarters Wingate Institute, Netanya Israel
Region served
Official language
Affiliations CMAS[1]

Israeli Diving Federation (Hebrew: ההתאחדות הישראלית לצלילה, Hitahdut Haisraelit Letslila) (TIDF) is a non-governmental SCUBA diving training organization based in Israel.


Diving resort, Gulf of Eilat

The Gulf of Eilat is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. About 250,000 dives are performed annually in Eilat's 11 km Gulf of Aqaba coastline, and diving represents 10% of the tourism income in this area.[3]

TIDF was founded in 1966 by ex-Navy diving instructors and members of an underwater archaeological society. In the 1970s the federation began certifying dive instructors in the wake of numerous diving accidents, especially in Sinai peninsula, which at that time was under Israeli control. In 1979, Knesset passed the Recreational Diving Law (Heb:חוק הצלילה הספורטיבית), which regulates training, certification and practice of diving in Israel. The federation was its enforcing body until 1997.[4]

Courses and certification

EUF Certification

TIDF obtained CEN certification from the EUF certification body in 2012.[5][6]

Underwater sports

TIDF currently offers the following underwater sports - Apnoea, Aquathlon (also known as underwater wrestling) and Sport Diving.[7]

See also


  1. "THE ISRAELI DIVING FEDERATION". CMAS. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  2. "Associate/Observers". European Underwater Federation. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  3. Artificial Reefs and Dive Tourism in Eilat, Building Capacity for Coastal Management, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  4. Ministry of Education, Culture & Sport
  5. "EUF Certified Training Systems/Training Organisations". EUF Certification International. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  6. "Courses and certifications, EUF". The Israeli Diving Federation. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  7. "Sports". The Israeli Diving Federation. Retrieved 9 February 2013.

External links

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