Introducing the All-New PADI Travel™

The ultimate travel partner to support and grow your dive business. 

The PADI® organization is committed to growing the scuba and freediving market, both by attracting new people to the sport and by motivating existing divers to dive more often. As you well know, travel has always been intrinsically linked to diving.  PADI now introduces the all-new global PADI Travel™ to further grow and support your business.

The all-new global PADI Travel features an online travel platform and full-service team dedicated to providing top-notch travel services – inspiring divers to explore more of the underwater world and take care of our oceans.

There are many ways that PADI Members can benefit from PADI Travel, including:

  • Liveaboards and PADI Resorts can tap into new customer sources, increase bookings and reduce administration.
  • PADI Dive Centers can get assistance organizing and marketing group trips, earn travel agent commissions on trips booked for their customers with PADI Travel or earn affiliate commissions for divers referred to PADI Travel. Dive centers can look forward to direct online bookings for day trips and PADI courses in the future.
  • PADI Professionals can earn valuable incentives for divers referred to PADI Travel.

With each PADI Member’s unique business model in mind, PADI Travel is available to augment, support or enhance a PADI Dive Center’s current travel program. Catering to groups and individual travelers alike, PADI Travel combines the best of online booking with concierge-level travel consultancy, offering:

  • The highest customer satisfaction with expert customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • One of the largest online selections of liveaboards and dive destinations in the market.
  • Dedicated dive travel experts with in-depth dive knowledge and experience to provide personalized advice; the team averages 2,500 dives per customer service representative, with dive experience spanning a total of 80 countries around the world.
  • Eco-friendly trip options to help people dive with a purpose.

PADI Travel launches as a leading online travel provider for divers, offering a user-friendly experience to research, compare and book dive vacations anywhere in the world. In today’s digital world, travelers have high expectations with respect to their ability to find information and book online.  PADI Travel is designed to energize and grow the overall diving community. It offers hundreds of dive destinations around the world, and will continue to expand even further with more dive resort offerings.

Explore to discover all that PADI Travel offers to the dive community.

To learn more about joining the PADI Travel affiliate program, visit

If you’re interested in listing your dive resort on PADI Travel, please contact

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Bioluminescence at Gili Lankanfushi

The sea never sleeps. Even at night it is bursting with a wonder that seems almost magical – flashes seeming to appear out of nowhere when the ocean is otherwise shrouded in darkness

When the lights go out nature doesn’t stop communicating. Similar to our adaptations to cope with the dark, by making light, many organisms have developed the ability to produce light. This is called bioluminescence and is created by a chemical reaction within the organism. It is not the same as fluorescence which results from the organism absorbing light at one wavelength and then re-emitting it at another wavelength. Bioluminescence is therefore an active form of communication, whereas fluorescence is passive communication. Whilst visual light is required to observe fluorescence, bioluminescence can be witnessed in pitch black environments. It is generally blue/green in color and this is due to the shorter blue/green light waves travelling further under water.

Bioluminescence can be found throughout the ocean
It can be found in many different groups such as jellyfish, sharks, fish, algae and worms to name a few. In each group the chemical reaction that produces the light varies, which is evidence that bioluminescence has evolved multiple times. Generally, bioluminescent animals contain the chemicals required to produce light, but occasionally an animal can take in bacteria or a different bioluminescent organism that has the ability to produce bioluminescence. For example, the Hawaiian bobtail squid takes in bioluminescent bacteria which are stored in a special light organ and at night they then work together to produce light. This light acts as a cloaking device preventing the squid from casting a shadow and hence camouflaging the squid from predators.

For light to be produced organisms must contain the molecule luciferin which when combined with oxygen produces light. Different organisms will contain different types of luciferin. Some organisms can contain a catalyst called luciferase which can speed up the chemical reaction. Additionally, luciferin and oxygen can be bundled together to make a photoprotein which can be activated instantaneously when a certain ion becomes present. The intensity and colour displayed can also vary and this is very important for communication.

Bioluminescent animals can be found on land and in the water column, from the surface to the deepest part of the ocean at challenger deep (10,994m), and in coastal and oceanic environments. In coastal environments around 2.5% of organisms are bioluminescent whereas in pelagic environments the number is significantly higher. Studies estimate that around 70% of fish and 97% of cnidarians (jellyfish, corals, anemones and hydroids) are bioluminescent. Due to the vastness of this form of communication it could be said that bioluminescence may be the most abundant form of communication on earth. Humans see only a small portion of bioluminescence – we generally observe bioluminescence resulting from physical turbulences of the surface water due to waves or boat hulls. The aggravation of the water triggers a bioluminescent response in surface dwelling bioluminescent organisms. One of the most common bioluminescent displays observed by humans is from planktonic surface dwellers. When blooming they form a dense surface layer, which by daylight is reddish-brown in colour but at night transforms into a light display. We can see bioluminescence at Gili Lankanfushi – turn your torch off on a night snorkel and wave your hands around to disturb the water. Bioluminescence is unpredictable but the best times to observe it are when the moon is waning. 
Animals can light up for a variety of reasons:
to defend themselves, to procure mates and to camouflage or hunt. The dark is an unforgiving place and finding food can be life or death. Some animals concentrate their bioluminescence in a lure and dangle it around their mouths. The deep-sea angler fish has this adaptation – its lure is lit by bioluminescent bacteria. Prey are attracted to the light and can be engulfed before they realise it. The Stauroteuthis octopus which lives below 700m has replaced some of its suckers with bioluminescent cells that direct their planktonic prey into their mouth. The production of light by the cookie-cutter shark tricks whales and squid into venturing closer and once close enough the shark takes a bite out of the animal before it escapes.

Long wavelengths like red light are absorbed quickly in the surface waters and it is due to this that many deep sea animals are red – they become invisible. Additionally many organisms have lost the ability to see red light. However, the dragonfish has evolved to emit and see red light. This allows it to see red coloured prey and also they can light up the surrounding water to hunt or look for a mate.

Finding a mate in the dark can be a major hardship.
Flashing bioluminescent displays can be used as a signal between males and females of the same species to signify the desire to reproduce. For example, a type of male Caribbean crustacean (ostracod) lights up its upper lips to attract females. 
Even though bioluminescence lights up the darkness it can be used for protection and camouflage. Many animals will produce a strong flash of light to confuse predators and swim off whilst the predator is blinded. Some squid can produce bioluminescent ink – upon ejection it can stick to the predator and light it up. This can lead to the predator becoming a meal for something even larger. If a predator manages to take a bite out of a bioluminescent organism the stomach of that predator will glow making it an easy target and giving the prey time to escape
Bioluminescence can also be used for counter illumination. This is where the animal can manipulate light to prevent itself producing a shadow and making it almost invisible. They can use bioluminescence to match the light coming from the surface. This makes it almost impossible for predators below to see their prey. The lantern shark is an example of this – it can make itself look invisible by producing blue/green light to blend in with the background.
It’s surprising how any organisms create light, even in an aquarium you may notice it.
Next time you are at Gili Lankanfushi try and see the bioluminescence yourself. You never know when the next flash of light will catch you by surprise!

PADI’s guest blogger Emma Bell introduces herself:

I am a marine biologist and scuba diver from England. I have had the privilege of working in Greece, Seychelles and Maldives. I have worked in an aquaculture research centre where I focused on hormonal manipulation of a pelagic fish species. In addition, I have experience with coral restoration projects including frames and ropes; habitat restoration – crown of thorns, drupella and invasive plant species removal; educational activities and social media updates including blogs. I have also monitored population dynamics of bird, turtle, shark and cetacean species to aid in their conservation. I started my career working in the Maldives and I have done a round trip via Greece, England and Seychelles, I hope to increase my skills set and knowledge further whilst I am at Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives.

Workshop PADI/SUEX in partnership with DAN Research.

1° Training Workshop PADI/SUEX in partnership with DAN Research. by Fabio Figurella – Regional Manager and PADI Examiner.

The first PADI/SUEX Workshop was held in Santa Margherita Ligure on October 21-23 in collaboration with the DAN Research Team. The goal of the workshop was to train 12 Instructors selected by the PADI Course Directors and the Keys Men SUEX and to launch a new Distinctive Specialty: PADI SUEX ADV Diver which aims to create the basis for advanced training on the use of the DPV and in particular on the use of the SUEX DPV.

The course was realized in partnership with the DAN Research Team led by Massimo Pieri, European Research Area Supervisor of DAN Europe, which launched a specific study on the use of underwater vehicles in recreational and/or technical diving, testing for the first time the scientific research protocol during the workshop training dives.

SUEX S.r.l. Training Team was composed by Ivo Calabrese – SUEX Director of Marketing and Communications and SUEX Trainers: Marco Colman and Clemens Schutzenhofer. The heads of the company Alessandro Fenu and Marco Segatto participated actively in the meeting. The workshop program was very intense. The instructors took part to several sessions in the classroom, a technical workshop on DPV, 4 training dives, 2 of which dedicated to the scientific protocol by DAN Research Team.

The training dives were performed with the support of the Diving Center “Portofino Diving Group”  PADI 5 Stars IDC in Santa Margherita Ligure who sponsored the event.

The two final dives were made within the Portofino MPA authorization by the Director Giorgio Fanciulli, who authorized the activities as a means of “collecting medical scientific data aimed at learning good practices to increase scuba diving safety”.

PADI, SUEX, and DAN Research are committed to delivering a final report to the MPA on training standards, on the sound impact of DPVs, and on the results from the first medical-scientific data collection, in order to evaluate the possibility of promoting the use of DPVs in MPA to increase scuba diving safety.

The goal that, as PADI, we have been planning with SUEX for months, is an operational synergy between teaching, diving equipment production companies, and research institutions such as DAN Research, to implement high quality training, On one hand, it aims to create instruments of continuous education, and supervised experience, taking into account also good practices of proper use of the equipment itself. Additionally, it aims to increase diving safety and apply these experiences to preserve the environment in which we dive. I thank SUEX for giving us this opportunity, I thank DAN Research, who is always ready to support initiatives aimed at increasing safety practices in diving, I thank the MPA for authorizing the initiative, I thank the “Portofino Diving Group” for the support and the logistics, but above all I thank the 12 instructors who were the buddies of this exceptional training experience.

“This initiative marks a turning point in the field of diving as it brings together three fundamental aspects related to our much-loved Sport: Training, Science and Technology. It is the beginning of a journey together that will lead us to explore new boundaries in terms of safety, training and technological development.  My heartfelt thanks goes to PADI and DAN on behalf of the whole Suex Team for making the start of this new way of diving possible. “ This is the comment of Alessandro Fenu – SUEX executive.

“Putting together PADI, represented by Fabio Figurella, DAN, which does not need presentations, and SUEX, has created a synergy that I personally had hoped for some time. Going underwater with the maximum safety possible, with the right method and with the right equipment has always been my dream. As a designer this is one of the greatest satisfactions for me. The event of Santa Margherita has concentrated so much preparation and professionalism and thanks to the collaboration of many people, has obtained very important results. We are at a turning point, a new way of conceiving diving. Safety first of all, we must never forget that we go underwater mainly for fun and for this purpose we must never expose ourselves to potential dangers. Excellent technology and first-class training make this possible today. I thank all the participants and the organizers who have made this wonderful first occasion possible. What a wonderful opportunity. A new era has now begun”. Commented Marco Segatto SUEX technical manager.

Great professionalism on the part of the SUEX training team: “After many years of field work in the diving world both as a trainer and as a diver, I believe that this initiative born from a dream shared with Fabio Figurella, has become a reality. During the high-level training days, as a result of the preparation of the candidates, several times as trainers we had to “raise the bar” to cover the educational situations that were gradually being created … I think this is the beginning of a new way of conceiving diving, aimed at the development and the creation of high security systems. It will now be possible to continue on this new roadmap where the novelties for both the educational and explorative world will be many and will spread worldwide. I wish it thank all the participants and the complete availability of PADI-SUEX and DAN. Without them all this would have remained only a dream. I’m honored to be part of this project that certainly is good for SCUBA diving “. Ivo Calabrese – Director of Marketing and Communications at SUEX.

“The SUEX adventure has begun almost twenty years ago. Initially as a personal challenge, which then turned into a big commitment both in work and in responsibility. The main task is to provide the diving equipment with suitable means to make it easier, fun and above all safe for men to move around in an environment that is certainly not natural for him. These have been four days of intense training, in which the excellent level of all participants certainly contributed to the success of the event. Honestly this is just the beginning, we must continue on this path to offer the highest level of teaching”. Continues Marco Colman Team SUEX Trainer.

And below, in alphabetical order, are the participants to the workshop who became Instructors of the specialty PADI SUEX ADV Diver:

STEFANO BUSCA – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “Extraordinary event, during which training, research and mutual exchange of common experiences were perfectly integrated. Teaching was supported by the presence of teachers with a wide range of diving experience in extreme environments which made our training precious!”

ALESSANDRO DI MASE – PADI Course Director – Tec Deep Trainer. “A great training experience with a group of professionals of the highest level, masterfully organized and conducted. Suex vehicles are products that combine absolute quality with simplicity and clean design. Thanks to Fabio, Ivo, and Marco, to PADI, SUEX and DAN for the opportunity “.

PAOLO MICARELLI – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “Every new training opportunity is fundamental. Doing so thanks to the collaboration of PADI, SUEX and DAN has given us the opportunity to live a wonderful experience from a human, technical and scientific point of view. I had fun, I learned and I hopefully I improved. Unique experience that I would repeat tomorrow “.

FILIPPO MOLINA – PADI Course Director – Tec Deep Trainer. “High level training that has enriched my skills. A combination of PADI, Suex, DAN and Course Director that guarantees quality and development in the territory. But since diving is mostly fun, what better way to have fun than with a Suex DPV !? Proud to be able to offer PADI/ Suex training! “.

FABIO PORTELLA – PADI Trimix Instructor. “PADI-SUEX-DAN: excellence and quality! The right way to interpret a modern, comfortable and safe Diving “.


RAUL PUZZI VAN WEEZENBEEK – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “I really enjoyed the course, especially the part on the functioning of the DPV SUEX. We could improve our skills through video support. I’m interested in continuing my DPV SUEX training. “

EDOARDO SBARAINI – PADI Trimix Instructor. “A very interesting and formative experience. The PADI/Suex/DAN team is very well prepared and available to satisfy any technical or non-technical curiosity. The course is well structured and provides basic training in using the machine in line with the procedures and standards of modern technical diving “.

RICCARDO TOGNINI – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “I attended the DPV Padi Suex course from 21 to 23 October. I was very happy, we were followed by a valid Trainer, Marco Colman and excellent collaborators, both theoretically and practically. A stimulating course, intense and very exciting, I’m glad that there will be a following one. So I am grateful to those who made this course possible; Padi, Suex, Dan “.

MATTEO VARENNA – PADI Tec Deep Instructor. “A wonderful experience and an important first step towards teaching with a higher added value. Of course it is not enough to change prerequisites and evaluation criteria, first of all a change of vision by the current base of instructors and above all course managers. There is really a need to develop an ethics of professionalism in one’s training, before offering training to students. And this is not taught in the courses “.

MARIO VECCHIONI – PADI Course Director – Tec Deep Trainer. “The PADI SUEX DAN event was a weekend with colleagues and friends, in a top level technical and human environment, discussing wonderful tools, explorations and business opportunities, having fun and reinforcing mutual friendship and respect. Surely one of the most successful events of the three partners and one of the greatest achievements of PADI R.M. Fabio Figurella “.

LUCA ZANZOTTO – PADI Tec Deep Instructor. “I really enjoyed being able to compare myself with high-level figures from the national scene and the professionalism/ organization shown in creating and developing this project. Proud to be part of it “.

To conclude, this was a truly exciting experience, which marks, as we read in the various comments, a first step towards a safer, more sustainable way of diving, but above all an increase in the quality of training, to satisfy market demands in terms of excellence in training.  As PADI we do not think that this is a point of arrival, but simply a starting point from which to start a new path creating a new ethics of trainers, who must take into account that to be top-level trainers you must make a lot of experience and a lot of top-level training. This is the only way to really be a reference point and a “role model” for our students.

So thank you all for the work done to date and for contributing to the growth of diving in general.



Carpe Diem Maldives Introduces Coral Reef Awareness Campaign in Celebration of IYOR 2018

January 2018: Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. begins a 12-month social media campaign to celebrate International Year of Coral Reefs 2018.

Crystal clear waters teeming with colour and marine life surround The Maldives, making it one of the most appealing and diverse coral reef destinations in the world. The new digital campaign led by Carpe Diem Maldives promotes awareness towards the status of the destination’s coral reefs. Recreational and professional divers are invited to share their underwater images through Instagram and Facebook channels using hashtags #maldivesreefawareness #carpediemmaldives and #IYOR2018 stating information to three related Ds – dive, date and depth – on each image.

2018 was announced International Year of the Reef (IYOR – for the third time since 1997 by International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), an informal partnership between the Nations and organisations that strive to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. IYOR is a global effort to increase awareness and understanding on the values and threats to coral reefs, as well as to support related conservation, research and management efforts.

Francis Staub, International Coordinator for the Year of the Reef for ICRI states, “We welcome this initiative embracing modern media and recognising public awareness as an essential element of coral reef conservation. Campaigns such as this ensure that the general public understands the value of, and the threats to coral reefs. Furthermore, the ongoing stream of images through #maldivesreefawareness on social media channels provides marine scientists and other stakeholders around the world access to real time data on coral reefs in The Maldives.”

Regularly visited dive sites across the Maldivian atolls will be captured to show the real time reef status amidst the effects of global warming, while also recording the ongoing recovery and conservation efforts being carried out by organisations such as Coral Reef CPR. At the same time, the digital campaign encourages public engagement and general awareness to the importance of coral reefs globally.

Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director for Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation says, “Recently awarded World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 24th annual World Travel Awards, the Maldives attracts divers from around the world to experience the beauty of our underwater marine life and reefs. This initiative by Carpe Diem Maldives highlights the conservation efforts various organisations are carrying out to ensure our reefs remain resilient and healthy for generations to come. We strongly encourage all divers to the Maldives to share their images on social media with the hashtag #maldivesreefawareness.” 

Likewise, PADI Regional Manager for The Maldives, Matt Wenger, explains “Coral reefs are among the most beautiful ecosystems on the planet and PADI works with local communities around the world to ensure that residents understand the value of their local treasure. With close to 1.2 million tourist arrivals a year to The Maldives, initiatives like Carpe Diem’s #maldivesreefawareness are so important to get the message across about the beauty of the underwater world and why we need to do everything we can to protect it. We wholeheartedly encourage all divers to participate in this simple yet effective image sharing campaign.”

The digital campaign, which will run exclusively in The Maldives until December 31st, 2018, will be promoted to guests on Carpe Diem’s liveaboard dive cruises and at the upcoming resort in Raa Atoll. Carpe Diem Cruises welcome up to 60 divers weekly across all three of their luxury liveaboard cruises. Towards the end of 2018, campaign images posted throughout the year can be submitted to a panel of professional photographers, conservationists and IYOR officials, with a chance of winning a 4-night stay in 2019 at the new resort Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa.


For more information on Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd., please visit

DMEX 2018

Once again, PADI will be exhibiting at DMEX, taking place at Dubai Canal, Jumeirah (Dubai) from 27th February – 3rd March.

Visit the PADI stand (D-40), where the Team will be on hand to answer all your questions and show you our latest products and features. There is more exciting news coming so please keep checking this page as it will be regularly updated.

Course Promotion:

Visitors to DMEX, who sign up for a PADI course with an exhibiting PADI Dive Centre, will take part of a new exciting Prize Draw* including:

  • A Weekend at the Deepest Pool in the World, Y-40;
  • A Suunto Dive Computer (valued at €699)
  • A Scubapro Regulator (valued at €259)

*Entries close at the end of March 2018. Winners will be contacted by email address.

Member Forum:

Don’t forget to register (once open) for the Member Forum, if you’re planning to attend, that will take place the day before the start of the show at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality (Dubai). Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Date Time Seminar Location
26.02.18 19.00 – 21.30 Member Forum Emirates Academy of Hospitality

We look forward to seeing you!


EUDI 2018

Once again, PADI will be exhibiting at EUDI, taking place at BolognaFiere, Bologna Hall 36 from 2nd – 4th March 2018.

Visit the PADI stand and PADI Village (E38 – F39 D42 – E45), where the Team and our Stand Partners will be on hand to answer all your questions and show you our latest products and features. There is more exciting news coming so please keep checking this page as it will be regularly updated.

Course Promotion

Visitors to EUDI, who sign up for a PADI course with an exhibiting PADI Dive Centre, will take part of a new exciting Prize Draw* including:

  • A Weekend at the Deepest Pool in the World, Y-40;
  • A Suunto Dive Computer (valued at €699)
  • A Scubapro Regulator (valued at €259)

*Entries close at the end of March 2018. Winners will be contacted by email address.

Find out what’s on:

Over the course of the show we’ll be holding some great seminars and workshops, which we’d love you to join us for.

Date Time Seminar Location
03.03.18 14:00 – 17:30 PADI Member Forum and Awards Ceremony Sala Sinfonia
03.03.18 18.00 – 19.00 Member Social PADI Stand

Member Forum:

Don’t forget to register (once open) for the Member Forum if you’re planning to attend. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you!


Suzanne Pugh and IDive Makadi join the PADI Freediving Family!

PADI is happy to announce the registration of the first PADI Freediving Centre on the Egyptian Mainland: IDive Diving Center!We are also proud to have multiple UK freediving team member and PADI Freediving Master Instructor Suzanne Pugh join the PADI freediving family.

The facility …

IDive, PADI 5 Star IDC diving center, run by Erika Marchino and Carlo Cogliati has been at Fort Arabesque for 11 years introducing new divers to the wonders of the Red Sea and providing a fantastic location for experienced divers to enjoy the amazing house reef and many local dive sites.IDive are now looking forward to meet all PADI Freedivers needs from Beginner to Master Freediver.  The center is equipped with a 20m swimming pool, a sheltered house reef from 0-30 meters, boat dives to depths of 100m +.  This is the perfect set-up for freediving courses, training sessions and workshops.


..started freediving in 2001 after completing her PADI OWSI at the end of 2000.  Her first freediving experience was with Instructor Yahia Safwat (now PADI Course Director) and buddy Sam Amps (also now PADI Course Director) who have been instrumental in creating the PADI Freediver Program.

Her first freedives were from the beach at Fort Arabesque enjoying the stunning house reef.  Now 16 years later she is looking forward to teaching her own PADI students from the same beach.

Suzanne has been on the UK Freedive Team since 2002 competing in Hawaii, Vancouver, Canada, Japan and in Makadi Bay in 2006 from the IDive centre.

from left to right:

  1.    Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler
  2.    Suzanne Pugh
  3.    Sam Kirby
  4.    Liv Philip
  5.    Hannah Stacey



We Wish IDive and Suzanne the Best of Success !

Be a Better Person

Written by John Kinsella

The PADI® Adaptive Techniques Specialty program really just makes a good thing better. It builds on the foundational traits of inclusiveness and adaptability, common to all PADI Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Divemasters. The course has detailed insights into considerations and techniques that apply specifically when training and guiding divers with disabilities and generally when working with any diver.


The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty helps PADI Pros become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving. It covers adaptive techniques that apply while supervising and training divers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs. It teaches how to properly counsel and direct student divers, based on their abilities, toward certification, experience programs or toward a disabilities-dedicated diving organization for limited certification options.

“I believe this course will get PADI Members thinking outside the box when it comes to skills and get them looking at different ways to teach skills,” says Fraser Bathgate, Advisor Adaptive Techniques for PADI Worldwide. “Teaching divers with disabilities is a very enabling and rewarding experience and it will help open up a new client base to divemasters, instructors, dive centers and resorts. It kickstarts a new way for PADI Members to fulfill more people’s dreams.”

The Adaptive Techniques Specialty course helps PADI Pros learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage not just divers with mental or physical challenges, but also all divers. There’s also an associated subcourse, PADI Adaptive Support Diver, which helps interested divers, from Open Water Diver on up, learn how to be better buddies to divers with physical or mental challenges.


The course looks at techniques that will help PADI Pros build confidence in their divers through a holistic approach that focuses on improving self-image, building trust, setting goals, managing stress and having fun while solving problems. It emphasizes bringing the diver personally into the solution and looks at specific equipment adaptations and helpful confined and open water considerations.

Confined water workshops let dive pros demonstrate and practice skills to assist divers with disabilities, both in training and nontraining situations. They build confidence before the open water workshops, where dive pros apply the skills learned with an emphasis on assisting divers in/out of water, trim and comfort in the first workshop, and through scenario-based skills practice in the second.


But the real value of the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty is that it’s the distilled essence of the skills, experience and goodwill of an international advisory team that has collectively brought diving to thousands of people with disabilities and witnessed first-hand the powerful and often life changing results. Now that experience and good will is ready to spread. Find out how you can help – contact your Regional Training Consultant for more information.

Chinese PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual Erratum

PADI Dry Bag

Please take note of the important information below. This will also be announced in the next Training Bulletin. 

Correction: Advanced Open Water Diver Course, Deep Dive – Page 77, Chinese Version #70139SC and #70139C

Please note that there is an error in both the Simplified and Traditional Chinese Versions of the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Student Manual, in the Deep Dive section on Page 77. The translated, printed versions state incorrectly that if you have to ascend following a computer failure you should “make a three-minute (or longer) safety stop at 18 metres/60 feet”. The correct depth for this stop is 5 metres/15 feet. 

Here is the correction for the printed student manual in Simplified Chinese: 

在水深 5 米/15 英尺处(或电脑表说明书指示的深度)做 3 分钟(或更久)的安全停留。 

And in Traditional Chinese: 

在水深 5 公尺/15 英呎處(或電腦錶說明書指 示的深度)做 3 分鐘(或更久)的安全停留。 

Please take note of this for your Chinese-speaking student divers. The manual will be corrected upon reprint. 

Should you have any questions, please contact

Announcing the 2017 Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the instructors who won the first PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge! These 15 PADI Professionals certified more people between July and October than they did during the same four-month period last year. Thank you all for your amazing achievements, your dedication in teaching the world to dive, and for creating more ambassadors for the ocean.

2017 Winners 

200 Level: 

PADI Course Director, Kevin Turner

PADI Master Instructor, Ricardo Jose Gimenez Caetano


150 Level: 

PADI Course Director, Chris Azab

PADI Course Director, Stephen Prior

PADI Course Director, Mohammed Adel


100 Level: 

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Lior Wolfson

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Katarzyna Psyk

PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Antonis Karagiannis

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Mihaly Szucs


50 Level: 

PADI Course Director, Marlies Lang

PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Oscar Cobo Traver

PADI Master Instructor, John Abd Elmeseh

PADI Course Director, Leo Saldunbides

PADI Master Instructor, Francisco Bustos Cid


To read about the Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge go to