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Welcome to our new PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Course Directors

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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New PADI Course Directors from around the world

In March, the first 2016 International Course Director Training course (CDTC) took place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. During nine intensive
days, working with PADI staff from Regional Headquarters, the selected Course Director candidates learn to market and teach PADI’s Instructor level
training courses. Continuously assessed during the programme, upon successful completion, candidates are awarded the esteemed rating of PADI Course
Director.

We now welcome our newest PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Course Directors and wish them much success with their Instructor Development businesses in
2016.

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New PADI Course Directors from the EMEA Region

KEVIN COOK JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
RAFAEL AROCHA GARCIA LA ELIANA SPAIN
KYRIAKOS POZIDIS PIRAEUS GREECE
CHRIS HEATON SAN PAWL IL BAHAR MALTA
DETLEF ENGLAND EL GOUNA EGYPT
ALAA SAEED ALMASRI JEDDAH SAUDI ARABIA
KEN ATKINSON DUBAI UAE
AMR ZAKARI ALI DAHAB EGYPT
OZAN ATABILEN ANTALYA TURKEY
RICCARDO TOGNINI CASTELNUOVO DI G ITALY
NICHOLAS VINEY COLLYWESTON ENGLAND
JUREK MAJKOWSKI WEHR GERMANY
FRANCISCO RAYA ALBA BARCELONA SPAIN
CRESCENZIO VOLPICELLI BARI ITALY
MORTEN STEEN VALBY COPENHAGEN
FRANCESCO CORICA MILANO ITALY
ALI ALDARBI HAQL SAUDI ARABIA
IAN WING ABU DHABI UAE

To learn more about the Course Director Training Course or to apply for selection onto the programme click here

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PADI Through the Decades: The 1970s

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

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The 1970s were years of explosive growth for PADI®. Over the decade, PADI developed innovative new courses, gained credibility in the dive world, had huge increases in diver certifications, and more. The 1960s were when it began, but the 70s were when PADI truly defined itself.

1973: Master Scuba Diver
In 1973, PADI introduced the Master Scuba Diver™ rank, the scuba industry’s first non-instructional rating. It was awarded to Senior Advanced Divers who had completed six specialty ratings. At the time there weren’t as many specialties to choose from, but they included ones that are still popular today: Underwater Photography, Cave Diver, Ice Diver, Wreck Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, Deep Diver, Research Diver, and Equipment Specialist.

1978: PADI Scuba Course and Modern Instruction
While it seems standard today, the modular scuba program was revolutionary to diving when PADI launched it in 1978. For the first time, instructional design coupled with integrated manuals, audiovisuals, tests, and instructor guides came to diver training. The new course focused on practical skills, breaking away from the industry focus on excessive theoretical knowledge and military-like standards. With the introduction of the new PADI course, diving saw immediate and steady increases in the number of divers, yet a fall in diver fatality rates. Learning to dive was more fun, efficient, and effective than ever.

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1979: PADI Japan Office Established
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 expanded internationally.

1979: PADI Certifications Skyrocket
Certification rates boomed throughout the ’70s, thanks largely to the PADI System of Diver Education, and boosted by advances in dive gear options and design. By the end of the decade, PADI had gone from 25,000 certifications a year to more than 100,000 in 1979. Today, PADI averages more than 900,000 certifications annually, with more than 24 million total certifications.

The 1970s marked the era in which the PADI organization gained its tremendous momentum. Follow along with us this year, as we’ll be sharing our story through the decades. Continuing with next month’s installment – the 1980s, a decade of research and conservation.

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PADI Through the Decades: The 1970s

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

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The 1970s were years of explosive growth for PADI®. Over the decade, PADI developed innovative new courses, gained credibility in the dive world, had huge increases in diver certifications, and more. The 1960s were when it began, but the 70s were when PADI truly defined itself.

1973: Master Scuba Diver
In 1973, PADI introduced the Master Scuba Diver™ rank, the scuba industry’s first non-instructional rating. It was awarded to Senior Advanced Divers who had completed six specialty ratings. At the time there weren’t as many specialties to choose from, but they included ones that are still popular today: Underwater Photography, Cave Diver, Ice Diver, Wreck Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, Deep Diver, Research Diver, and Equipment Specialist.

1978: PADI Scuba Course and Modern Instruction
While it seems standard today, the modular scuba program was revolutionary to diving when PADI launched it in 1978. For the first time, instructional design coupled with integrated manuals, audiovisuals, tests, and instructor guides came to diver training. The new course focused on practical skills, breaking away from the industry focus on excessive theoretical knowledge and military-like standards. With the introduction of the new PADI course, diving saw immediate and steady increases in the number of divers, yet a fall in diver fatality rates. Learning to dive was more fun, efficient, and effective than ever.

Landscape

1979: PADI Japan Office Established
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 expanded internationally.

1979: PADI Certifications Skyrocket
Certification rates boomed throughout the ’70s, thanks largely to the PADI System of Diver Education, and boosted by advances in dive gear options and design. By the end of the decade, PADI had gone from 25,000 certifications a year to more than 100,000 in 1979. Today, PADI averages more than 900,000 certifications annually, with more than 24 million total certifications.

The 1970s marked the era in which the PADI organization gained its tremendous momentum. Follow along with us this year, as we’ll be sharing our story through the decades. Continuing with next month’s installment – the 1980s, a decade of research and conservation.

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New PADI Dive Centres in the Maldives

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

PADI are delighted to announce that the PADI Dive Centre Family has grown in the last quarter in the Republic of Maldives.

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Please help us to welcome following new PADI Dive Centers:

GuruVaa aaadiving on Dhoores Island in the Dhaalu Atoll

Scuba Dive K. Guraidhoo in the South Male Atoll

Ocean Junkeis

Ocean Junkies on Hulhumale

Azalea Cruises

Loama Resort on Maamigili in the Raa Atoll

 

 

 

Azalea Cruise 2Zala Divers at Liberty Guest House in the South Ari Atoll

Aquafantatics on Dhigu Anantara became a PADI Freediver Centre loama-resort-aerial-shot4

 

 

We wish you the very best of success and are proud to welcome you all to the PADI family.

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PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Applauds its 2015 Frequent Trainers

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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PADI Course Directors, the highest level of PADI Professional, are much sought after individuals within the diving industry.

Becoming a PADI Course Director is one of the toughest challenges an experienced PADI Professional will face throughout their career.  Many rigorous prerequisites must be met before the aspiring PADI Pro may submit an application to be selected for the Course Director Training Course (CDTC).  While many PADI Pros aspire to taking part in the CDTC and becoming instructor trainers, only the very best are selected.  The CDTC itself is intense, teaching prospective Course Directors everything from how to conduct an Instructor Development Course to how to market and grow their business.  Each candidate is subject to continuous evaluation in the classroom and in the water, and it is not until the final evaluation on the final day that the individual knows whether they have made the grade.

This elite group of PADI professionals is responsible for creating the highest calibre of instructors around the world: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Course Directors also train PADI Instructors in their continuing professional development to become PADI Speciality Instructors, IDC Staff Instructors, and EFR Instructors.  The responsibility on Course Directors to keep standards high cannot be underestimated and PADI is proud to have the best instructor trainers in the diving industry.

To that end, each year PADI applauds and rewards its most productive Course Directors in the form of the Frequent Trainer Program (FTP).  Dependent on PADI Professional training productivity during the preceding year, PADI awards Course Directors who meet minimum FTP requirements with either Silver, Gold or Platinum status for the current year.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa proudly announces its list of 2015 Frequent Trainers.  This select group of Course Directors, from all over the EMEA territory, have been busy creating future PADI Instructors – who will in turn create new PADI divers in 2016.

Join us in congratulating the 2015 Frequent Trainers, and find out more about the CDTC here.

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