2014 PADI Dive Day – Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

On Saturday, 13th September, Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy hosted a PADI Dive Day event.This was a full day dedicated to divers and PADI Members where they met and dived with PADI staff in the beautiful Portofino Marine Protected Area – one of Italy’s premier diving destinations near Rapallo.


Participants were given the opportunity to meet – and dive – with Mark Spiers (Vice President Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development), Tony Andrews (Field Services Manager), Roberto Raffaeli (Senior Executive Business Development & Strategies), Anna Maria Mencatelli and Massimo Zarafa (Italy Regional Managers).

The event was supported by the town of Santa Margherita, the Marine Protected Area of Portofino (Environment Ministry), the Hotel Association Group, bars, restaurants, shops and seven local PADI Dive Centers.

Before each dive every person who attended were given a pair of bright yellow PADI sunglasses so that they could snap a “selfie” on the surface, and take part in a fun competition to win some cool prizes donated by manufacturers.

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The event was a huge success with more than 500 divers and PADI Members taking part, enjoying some fantastic diving and, when not underwater, exploring the town (wearing their yellow PADI Sunglasses, of course!).

Once the diving had finished, the local mayor of Santa Margherita Ligure, Mr Paolo Donadoni, presented prizes (three regulators and a dive computer!) on the stage in the Bindi Square. These top awards were given for the three funniest selfie photos and another prize to the largest diving group who attended the PADI Dive Day.

Many congratulations go to the winners Gianluca Frigerio, Davide De Lorenzi and Paola Rappaccioli and to Decostop from Piacenza for bringing the highest number of participants to the event.

At the end of the awards ceremony, Mark Spiers thanked the mayor for all his hard work and awarded him a special PADI glass plaque for his commitment towards making the day such a success and for supporting diving tourism.


The day finished with a series of social events, with attendees visiting the local bars, pubs and restaurants to use discount vouchers, provided by the local retailers, bars and restaurants, and listening/dancing to live music played in the square until late into the night – the perfect way to end such a successful, enjoyable day for all.


PADI would like to extend a special thanks to all the businesses and organizations involved:

  • The City of Santa Margherita Ligure and the Mayor Mr Paolo Donadoni
  • The Protected Marine Area of ​​Portofino and Dr. Giorgio Fanciulli
  • The Dealers Association and Mr Soave Verderio
  • The Hoteliers Group and Mr Sandro Tarella
  • The PADI dive centres involved in the event:
  • The manufacturers who donated the awards
    • CRESSI

Keep an eye out for similar PADI Dive Day events in the future, and happy diving!

Visit PADI at Eurotek 2014


PADI at 2014 Eurotek

Eurotek 2014 is ready to kick off at the ICC, Birmingham, England, where international technical diving exhibitors and experts have come together for a weekend of seminars, sharing their knowledge and expertise.  PADI EMEA’s Director, Rebreather Technologies, Technical Diving Division, Vikki Batten, is joined by PADI Regional Manager, and TecRec IT, Jonas Samuelsson for this two day event. Vikki will be talking about the aftermath of diving incidents and both will be available on the PADI TecRec stand to answer questions about the ever growing, cutting edge, PADI suite of technical courses.

Ocean Film Festival UK Tour

Ocean Film Festival Whale Shark and DiverFor two months only, scuba divers and ocean lovers in the UK can immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting wet as the International Ocean Film Festival hits UK theatres for the first time.

The festival, which originates in Australia, features a selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films and is currently being shown in 17 towns and cities across the UK including Bristol in the South West where Project AWARE will be exhibiting.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the Ocean Film Festival Australia earlier this year so we’re really excited to have another opportunity to be a conservation partner of this awe-inspiring film festival.” says Domino Albert, New Media Specialist & Manager Project AWARE UK office. “Book a ticket now and let the Ocean Film Festival UK Tour inspire you to further explore, respect, enjoy and protect our ocean.”

For information, locations and bookings, go to projectaware.org

Photo from the film “The Giant and the Fisherman

Be Part of a Scuba Guinness World Record on Friday 12th September

CAY07_1136_TS_KingWorldEilat Red Sea are inviting scuba divers from all over the world – including you – to join them in setting a new Guinness World Record as part of “Storm in the Sea”.

This exciting event takes place tomorrow, Friday 12th September, when hundreds of divers, 26 diving instructors, 32 production members and 12 professional photographers will all dive together at the Satil missile boat wreck in Eilat, Red Sea.

Using a sophisticated technological set-up, the dive will be broadcasted live via a YouTube video stream, enabling millions of viewers to witness this magnificent event in real time and collectively set a new Guinness World Record for the largest audience for a live-streamed underwater event.

Guinness have set an objective of half a million viewers in order for the record to be registered…view this event live and help make it happen!


The dive will take place on September 12th, 11.30am (GMT + 3). Go online and watch the broadcast – including exciting pre-dive preparations – from 11:00am (GMT + 3).


See the broadcast live online via the website at: www.eilatredsea.com

Underwater Photography World Championship

shootout_teamStorm in the Sea” and this incredible world record-setting attempt is taking place as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for the “Eilat Red Sea International Underwater Photo Competition” – also known worldwide as the International Underwater Photography Olympics.

Eilat Red Sea, PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa, and boot Düsseldorf have introduced the Underwater Photography World Championship, inviting photographers to team-up and represent their country during the event and put together a stunning, award-winning portfolio of 6 images.

Photographers have been heading out throughout this week to capture stunning images of the beautifully colourful and fish-populated regions underwater. The final image submissions were submitted earlier today and keen photographers are excited to find out the outcome this weekend.

Jonas Samuelsson (PADI Regional Manager) arrived in Eilat on Monday and will be there throughout the event to meet, greet and provide support during the week’s activities. PADI has sponsored the first prize in the category “Underwater Photography Global Championship“ and the top prize of $3,000 USD will be presented to the winner at the Eilat Red Sea Awards ceremony on Saturday 13 September.

For more information visit: www.eilatredsea.com


PADI TecRec – The Way the World Learns to Dive, Tec

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PADI TecRec courses are designed specifically for divers wanting to explore beyond the bounds of the recreational diving envelope. Covering the full range of backmount and sidemount open circuit courses, recreational and technical rebreather training, as well as technical specialties, PADI TecRec courses differ in approach to PADI’s recreational courses due to higher physical demands, specialist skills and knowledge required of tec divers. Despite these differences, TecRec programmes are built upon the PADI instructional system design principles for which PADI courses are renowned worldwide, and are supported by high quality instructional and student materials. As global TecRec diving grows exponentially, PADI is now also becoming The Way the World Learns to Dive, Tec.

Visit PADI at Eurotek 2014 and meet our tec team. See the latest products, find out how to begin or progress in PADI TecRec and learn more about some of the support services PADI offers during Vikki Batten’s presentation on The Aftermath of Incidents.

Click here for the full Conference Schedule.

Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson - PADI Regional Manager for UK (South) Channel Islands, Ireland, Wales & Portugal

Contact details:

Email: terry.johnson@padi.com

Telephone: +44 754 557 3574

A quick bio from Terry Johnson:

“I learned to dive in the eighties in the UK and joined PADI in 2004, after owning and running various dive centres in the UK and overseas.  Initially working as a PADI Training and Quality Management (TQM) Consultant and PADI Instructor Examiner, I then moved on to becoming a PADI Regional Manager for Egypt, Eastern Europe and Russia.

I returned to the UK in 2011, where I managed various other territories as a PADI Regional Manager. I have spend the last two years as the PADI Regional Manager for the UK North and am now extremely excited to be moving territories to look after the UK (South) Channel Islands, Ireland, Wales & Portugal.”

Fun stuff…

When did you first learn to dive? – In 1984 in South London, England

How many dives have you done? – 3000+

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought? - An AP vales Buddy BCD

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be? - My fins

What is your favourite dive site in the UK? - Portland, England. Great centres, great diving and great pubs! Could you ask for anything more!?!

What is your favourite dive site in the world? - Chuuk Lagoon, I visited in the 90′s and I want to go back!

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving? - Underworld, Born Slippy

What is your favourite animal underwater? - Has to be a sea horse!

What animal would you love to see on your next dive? - Oceanic White Tip shark

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list? - Galapagos

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives? - My protein shakes, I’m trying to lose weight!!

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be? - Eddy Izzard, he’d just crack me up!

Project AWARE: Debris Month of Action is Here

Debris Month of Action

September is Project AWARE’s Debris Month of Action – a time when thousands of scuba divers around the world unite and take action against marine debris – the ocean’s silent killer. But don’t think of it as just a one-time dive to take out the trash. It’s so much more than that. With events happening around the globe this month, there are many options for you to get involved. Go to projectaware.org to find out more.

PADI Business Academy 2014 goes from strength to strength 

25 PADI Dive Centres attended the Dubai PADI Business Academy earlier this season and we continue to receive positive feedback and testimonials.

Don’t miss out on this essential two day business development programme.  If you don’t do anything else in 2014, attend one of these programmes, implement the strategies we teach you and see your PADI Dive Centre business grow.

PADI Business Academy


Pro Diaries: Diving in the Antarctic – A view from the Ice

We took the opportunity to ask our guest blogger Kelvin Murray about his experiences leading and training divers in the Antarctic:

How would you describe your role in the British Antarctic Survey [BAS]?

My primary role was to manage all diving operations in support the British Antarctic Survey’s marine science programme.  This involved planning, leading and supervising dives, training the dive team and base personnel, procuring and maintaining equipment including the on-site recompression chamber, updating and developing manuals and operating procedures, plus mopping the floor!  My other role was to support base operations and the work of other staff – it was all very much a team effort.

What are the diving conditions really like in the Antarctic?

We are very used to seeing footage of divers under Antarctic ice with stunning visibility in crystal-clear water – and this can be the case, especially during the winter months when planktonic life has died off and there is very little organic material in the water column.  However, the opposite can be said during the summer months of massive productivity in the marine ecosystem when visibility can be a few feet!  We had very little current to contend with and certainly avoided windy conditions, especially when there was ice around.  The water temperature ranges between about 2oC/35oF to minus 2oC/28oF, however despite being only a few degrees difference you can really feel the change between plus zero and sub-zero.  In saying that, when the air temperature is -25oC jumping into sub-zero seawater is like getting into a warm bath – for a while anyway!  When we climbed back out onto the ice after such a dive our drysuits would freeze solid…

How would you organise and lead a dive under these conditions, and what sort of things to you have to take into consideration?

Despite operating 8,000 miles from the UK, we carried out our diving operations under British Diving at Work Regulations, which gave us an acceptable standard to adhere to.  This meant we had a process of risk management, standard operating procedures and equipment requirements that all helped to actually make things easier when planning dives.  BAS has its own systems and procedures based on decades of diving experience ‘down south’ however each Diving Officer will bring their own experience to the role.  As a PADI Instructor I am very familiar with having well-established standards and procedures to follow when leading divers, and I brought this to the dive locker.  We had divers of all level of qualification and experience working at the base throughout the seasons, and assessment, encouragement and management of the team was a daily routine. more


ReActivateA PADI® Worldwide survey of nearly 400,000 PADI divers shows that 97% of inactive divers intend to return to diving. We know that this number hasn’t followed through in the past, so this is a massive opportunity gap that hitherto has been missed.  PADI’s new ReActivate™ program presents a fantastic means to close that gap by providing a quick, convenient and prescriptive way to brush up divers’ knowledge and skills, backed up with a proactive and targeted marketing campaign.

The new PADI ReActivate programme is a revolutionary benefit you enjoy as a PADI Professional because it gives you a credible tool for tapping into a huge potential market. It’s strategically different than anything anyone in the dive industry has ever offered before. With ReActivate, we show inactive divers how to return to diving and we develop innovative ways they can keep diving, even when “life” gets in the way.

Reaching these divers has challenges. They don’t frequently read dive magazines or visit dive-related websites. It requires communication beyond normal dive media. PADI will use its resources to do this in a proactive and significant way. As you may expect, PADI will be marketing ReActivate within and beyond dive media to wake up and engage inactive divers.

To hear more, join a dedicated webinar on Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 7pm UK time for a special edition of Training Bulletin Live! To learn all about the PADI ReActivate program. This one-hour webinar will touch on the integration of the new ReActivate program, standards and procedures changes, the innovative materials available for this program and much more!

For those unable to attend the live webinar on 9 September 2014, a recorded version of the PADI ReActivate webinar will be posted to the BOD Webinar page located under the Pro Development tab of the PADI Pros’ Site. In addition to the recorded webinar, you can also reference the Special Edition Training Bulletin featuring the PADI ReActivate program along with the new ReActivate Instructor Guide, the related PADI Guide to Teaching segment and Frequently Asked Questions posted on the Pros’ Site (translations to follow shortly). We will also be releasing translated webinars shortly thereafter, so watch out for information on these. ReActivate Blog Graphic