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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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CALLING OUT ALL PADI PROS!

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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The search continues!

We have received such amazing PADI AmbassaDiver applications so far and would like to thank all of you who have sent us your story! We don’t want to say too much just yet, but we have started our shortlisting process.

So don’t let this extraordinary opportunity pass you by! You have until 1st MAY 2016 to submit your application.

As a PADI AmbassaDiver, you will be representing all that PADI stands for. A passion for the ocean, safe diving and a constant desire for new adventures. You will be introduced as an AmbassaDiver on the official PADI Blog where we will highlight your projects and your story. We will keep up with your adventures and the way you influence the diving community all year around. You will also receive exclusive PADI AmbassaDiver merchandise.

Not sure where to start? Download the application form here, then send it back to ambassadiver@padi.co.uk with a short paragraph introducing yourself.

Feel free to add any photos, videos, or links you think we should look at.* You can read tips on how to make your application stand out HERE.

Want more information about the PADI AmbassaDiver Program? Click here!

*Applicants for the PADI AmbassaDiver program should be able to show a strong social media following and/or significant contributions to scuba diving or related areas.

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Join the Elite

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

 

A-PADI Elite-Blog_header_1200x600Summary for PADI Professionals

If you’re a PADI Instructor who is actively training and certifying divers, you can distinguish yourself by earning the PADI Elite Instructor Award. This program recognizes PADI Instructors like you for reaching specific milestones based on the number of certifications you issue annually – providing you with the opportunity to tout your “Elite Instructor” status to student divers, potential customers, prospective employers and your fellow PADI Professionals!

PROGRAM SUMMARY

To be recognized as a PADI Elite Instructor, you must be a renewed PADI Professional with a minimum rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor, with no verified Quality Management violations within 12 months of the date the award will be presented, and issue 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 qualifying certifications in a calendar year. This is an annual program and the award will be given only once per year, during the first quarter of the following year.

2016 Elite Instructor Award

The 2016 Elite Instructor Award Year runs from 1 January 2016 through 31 December 2016, but you’ll have until 15 January 2017 to get all of your certifications processed. You do not need to apply for the award; you will be automatically considered for the award if you issue any qualifying certifications during 2016. (Please see the “Qualifying Certifications” section below.)

Recognitions

If you issue 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 qualifying certifications, your accomplishment will be recognized during the first quarter of the following year, as follows:

  • You’ll get an “Elite Instructor” decal to affix to your PADI Instructor card.
  • You’ll also receive an “Elite Instructor” e-badge to use in your electronic communications. If you work for or are associated with a PADI Dive Center or Resort, you have the option to authorize that business to display your e-badge on its website or other electronic communications. This is optional and solely at your discretion.
  • If you have (or if you purchase) a PADI eCard for yourself, your Elite Instructor e-badge will be automatically added to your eCard.
  • Your Elite Instructor Award information will be included in Pro Chek™.
  • All Elite Instructor Award Recipients will also get a certificate recognizing them for their qualifying certifications:  50, 100, 150, 200 or 300.

Qualifying Certifications

Qualifying certifications are certifications issued by you that will be included in your tally. Qualifying student diver certifications include Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver and all student diver specialties including distinctive specialties. Junior diver certifications will be weighted on a one-to-one basis as well as Basic Freediver, Freediver, Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver.

Weighted Programs: Emergency First Response Participant programs, ReActivate, Discover Scuba Diving experiences, Bubblemaker, Seal Team, Master Seal Team and Skin Diver will be weighed on a five-to-one basis. For example, five Discover Scuba Diving experiences will be weighted the same as one Open Water Diver certification.

Qualifying PADI Professional ratings include Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IDC Staff Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor and all Instructor Specialty and Distinctive Instructor Specialty ratings. Freediver Instructor, Advanced Freediver Instructor, Master Freediver Instructor and Freediver Instructor Trainer will also be included and weighted on a one-to-one basis.

Referrals will be counted on a two-to-one basis. If you have referred students to another instructor or business but didn’t get the paperwork back from the other party, please submit your completed documents to the certifications department and they will make every effort to see that you get credit for your referrals.

Will you get an Elite Instructor Award for 2016?
Visit the “My Account” tab (above) to see how many certifications you have so far this year. If you find you are close to qualifying for an award, celebrate! Then, certify a few more divers. Or, or go for an even higher “Elite” status!  Not even close? There’s still plenty of time step up your efforts to earn an Elite Instructor Award this year!

For More Information

To see how you are doing this year, you can check your certification counts by clicking on the “My Account” tab above. If you looked at your certifications on the “My Account” tab and now you still have questions about your certifications counts, please contact your PADI Regional Headquarters for assistance.

For more information about the Elite Instructor Award program, please contact Customer Relations on +44 (0) 117 300 7234 or email customerservices.emea@padi.com

PADI_logo_elite“Congratulations to the PADI Pros who achieved Elite status during 2015. This is an outstanding achievement and a testament to your hard work and commitment to PADI. As an Elite Instructor, you are able to promote your success by showing your Elite Instructor e-badge on your Social Media pages. This is also an excellent opportunity for PADI Dive Stores to take advantage of the increased marketing potential that Elite Instructors bring to them.”  

Mark Spiers Vice President,
Training, Sales and Field Services
PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa

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