PADI Instructor Ahmed Gabr achieves new Guinness World Depth Record

photo 4 (3)Everything started with me four years ago when I wanted to satisfy my curiosity of how deep the human body can go, from this question I started to approach the answers, I was researching in books and on the internet but still never had the absolute answer so I figured out the best way to find the answer is to try in myself, from here everything started.

At the beginning it was so difficult because the cost of this project needs lot of money regarding to logistics and different people experiences in so many fields to expand my comfort zone on the way down and also my way back up again, of course I met lots of people was interested but some of them didn’t believe in what I’m doing so they were just trying to use the situation got their own benefits and agendas.

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I finally found the right people in Dahab town in the South of Sinai and they all were working heart and soul with me to fulfil the project, they believed in me, they used all their previous experiences to get the depth mission done and they were always asking me why I’m doing that? My answer was if you want to wait for someone to open the door for you then you have to keep waiting for the rest if your life and the door will be always closed.

In the last year we finalized our plan and we selected the gasses the matches these depth to avoid the main pathologies in out dive which was oxygen toxicity, decompression sickness, high pressure nervous syndrome and isobaric counter diffusion and we started to test the selected gasses in shallower depth. We modified some if the gasses and at the end we decided on the record gases, it was never a one man decision, it was always a team decision.

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I felt happy and comfortable and my comfort zone started to be bigger and bigger specially when we got sponsors for the event.

My descent took me 14min,and I grabbed a verified tag by Guinness world record adjudicator and other expert witnesses, we had about twelve witnesses from different organizations and technical diving and commercial diving experts and also the Guinness world record adjudicator to verify the dive. My ascent lasted for 13 hours and 50 minutes for decompression, I had a baby oceanic white tip shark as company for 6 hours, I think he wanted to say congratulation.

After I surfaced I got checked by the medical team that confirmed that I’m absolutely fine and I just had a bit of dehydration, they followed up with me for 72hours after the dive and everything was perfect. My experiment is done but I will never stop.



Congratulations to Ahmed Gabr and his fantastic team on achieving a new Guinness World Scuba Diving Depth Record of 332.35 meters

Eilat Red Sea Photo Competition

This is the 10th year in a row that the Eilat Red Sea competition took place in Eilat. Integrating elements from photography, high-tech, touristic and diving industries, the Eilat Red Sea event is branded as a worldwide leading underwater photography competition.

Photo by Boaz Samurai, winner of the Jury Award

Photo by Boaz Samorai, winner of the Jury Award

The Eilat Red Sea photo competition is distinguished by exceptional valuable prizes awarded to the winners, including huge cash prizes, diving vacations in dreamy destinations, underwater photo equipment, scuba gear and more.

During the 2014 event, Eilat Red Sea in partnership with PADI EMEA introduced the National Team underwater photo Olympics as an adventurous opportunity for all underwater photographers.

Underwater photographers originating from the same country were invited to team-up during the Eilat Red Sea competition and to participate in the National Team category. Participants were required to put together an impressive portfolio of 6 images taken during the shoot-out.

The judging phase was on stage during the winning ceremony and took place on September 13 in Eilat and was live broadcasted on the internet. PADI EMEA would like to congratulate Spain, the winner of the prestigious National Team category. First prize for the National Team Category was a cash prize of $3000 sponsored by PADI EMEA.


PADI EMEA also would like to congratulate PADI Course Director Boaz Samorai for winning the 1st price in the Jury Category. Great job Boaz.

The Eilat Red Sea event has so far received media coverage by many international media channels, such as CNN, Fashion TV and Reuters, as well as countless photo and diving magazines.

The man behind the scenes and the spirit of the Eilat Red Sea event is David Pilosof, an experienced underwater photographer, who was also the first photographer in the world to introduce the concept of underwater nudity and fashion images, which can be found on one of the most successful photography books ever published, Samantha.

Photo by Boaz Samurai, winner of the Jury Award

Photo by Boaz Samurai, winner of the Jury Award

The event also included a live broadcast featuring one of the most magnificent dives ever carried out. The Guinness Record dive included over 200 divers, 26 diving instructors, 32 production members and 12 professional photographers, who dove together on the the Satil wreck in Eilat, Israel. Using a sophisticated technological setup, the dive was live broadcasted online in HD, enabling millions of viewers, online surfers and smart phone owners from all over the world to take part in this extraordinary event.

PADI EMEA would like to congratulate the organizers, the jury and all the amazing photographers that participated in making this the most amazing photography event in the world. We also would like to thank everyone that participated in the Guinness Record dive on the wreck Satil. What an event!!!

See you next year,

Testimonial from PADI Course Director and Photographer Boaz Samorai:

“During the last week I have participated in the underwater photo shoot out contest held at Eilat Israel at the water of the Red Sea. A shootout competition means that all of the photographers have specific dates to go and take pictures in a specific environment. It’s pretty tense…. Not only you have to plan your dives safely including taking care of your underwater photography equipment, you have to get some pretty amazing and creative images in order to be noticed by the jury panel so you can win some of the great prizes. The prizes are crazy and awesome ranging from 10’000 USD$! To various exotic diving vacations in the best diving resorts around the world, and some awesome diving and photography equipment. In total I performed 12 dives in the 3 days of the competition spending a total of over 1500 minutes underwater in just 3 days… In those dives I have managed to produce some of the best images I got to take until today, and to push myself to better results and to more and more creative ideas. I managed to gather a pretty nice collection of 5 pictures to the main category of the event – the best portfolio and the jury panel have chose them to the final 5 best portfolio’s and awarded me the Jury prize of 5,000 USD$ worth of underwater photography equipment from the Housing manufacturer – Subal underwater systems. By the way that comes out about 200 USD$ per each hour I have spent underwater during the competition…. Wish I knew that while I was freezing under the water at the end of each dive…. Brrrrrrr…. My pictures have included 3 aspects: showing the underwater beautiful marine life – I took a picture of a parrot fish’s mouth, The connection between man and the underwater environment – I took a split picture showing a woman stroking a Dolphin, and a game between the world above and the world that lies below the surface with a picture of a double exposure showing the moon shining behind the branches of a soft coral.One of the benefits of this events is that is helps with exposing the whole world to the underwater environment and helping to raise the AWARE for protecting the marine life and appreciating what lies beneath the surface. I was especially happy to see that 2 of my students for underwater digital photography course have reached the final stages of the amateur categories! I hope to meet more underwater enthusiasts in the next photo contest which will be held here at the magnificent water of the Red sea and to go and dive together and take some awesome pictures of the beautiful marine life”.

Best regards,
Boaz Samorai, PADI CD#942946

PADI Pro Member Guide (Polish) document

We are proud to announce as part of our on-going support for the Polish speaking market the release of a dedicated document to assist you with your online interactions with PADI.

To download the document click the ‘ PADI Pro Member Guide (Polish) document‘ link.

The PADI Pro Member Guide (Polish) will provide information on the following:

  • How to access the PADI Pro Site
  • How to process a PIC Online
  • How to use the PADI eShop

This ‘ PADI Pro Member Guide (Polish) document‘ is a benefit of your PADI membership and is free to download. If you have any questions please contact


PADI Member Forum – DIVE 2014 (Birmingham, UK)

Join Mark Spiers (Vice President, Sales, Field Services, Marketing and Business Development), Tony Andrews (Manager, Field Services), Fred Waldegren (Manager, Sales) and Regional Managers Terry Johnson and Matt Clements and hear about the latest PADI programmes, products and news.

Your Member Forum will focus on PADI digital programmes and products including ReActivate™, the ever growing suite of Touch offerings, revised eLearning and the exciting NEW PADI App.  Find out about the newest CRM system release from Issys, the developers of EVE™.  And if you’re considering attending the upcoming UK PADI Business Academy, at the end of 2014, learn more about why it’s such an important business development tool.

Venue: Concourse Suite 20 – Birmingham NEC

Date: 25th October 2014

Time: 15:00 – 16:30 BST

Tickets are free of charge for PADI Members, but spaces are limited and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Click here to register your space today!

Click here for full DIVE 2014 Seminar and Events Schedule.

Have questions about DIVE 2014 Member Forum? Contact PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa

We look forward to welcoming you the Dive 2014 Member Forum!


PADI Member Support Pack (2015)


PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) invites PADI Dive Centers and Resorts to take advantage of the PADI Member Support Pack (2015).

If you are planning to exhibit at one of the major 2015 PADI EMEA Shows, or a smaller, local show, you can enhance your stand and show presence by taking advantage of the Member Support Pack offer. All you need to know can be found in the PADI Member Support Pack Application (2015).

Please note that each PADI Member Support Pack application will be assessed individually on a first come, first served basis and there is limited availability. So, don’t delay – contact the PADI EMEA Marketing department ( with your PADI Member Support Pack request before the application deadline (below) to make sure you don’t miss out!

2015 PADI EMEA Show dates and PADI Member Support Pack application deadlines:
Salon de La Plongeé (9th – 12th January) – Application deadline: 28th November 2014
Boot Düsseldorf (17th – 25th January) – Application deadline: 6th December 2014
Dive Travel Show (7th – 8th February) – Application deadline: 27th December 2014
Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show (12th – 15th February) – Application deadline 1st January 2015
London International Dive Show (14th – 15th February) – Application deadline: 3rd January 2015
Dive Middle East Xpo (3rd – 7th March) – Application deadline: 20th January 2015
EUDI Show (6th – 9th March) – Application deadline: 23rd January 2105
DIVE 2015 (24th – 25th October) – Application deadline: 12th September 2015

Please send any enquiries regarding support for other shows or local events to and they will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Don’t Miss Out on a 2014 PADI Business Academy!


PADI Business Academy is the powerful, and hugely successful, business development tool only accessible to PADI members. If you’re looking to increase your business exposure, sales and bottom line profit you can’t afford not to become one of the thousands of successful international PADI Business Academy graduates. Just take a look at what the PADI Business Academy can do for you!

PADI Business Academy Brochure

Join us for one of the remaining Business Academies taking place in 2014.  This two day programme will inspire, equip and motivate you, helping you prepare your business for unprecedented growth. To register for a programme, complete the PBA Registration Form and return it to the Marketing department. Additional registrants from the same Dive Centre will benefit from a 50% discount and each primary Dive Centre attendee will benefit from a £/€100 credit toward your 2015 Dive Centre renewal. We look forward to seeing you at one of our remaining 2014 PADI Business Academies.

Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show 2015

If you visited the small PADI® and Canon stand during the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show (TOATS) 2014, or read June’s issue of Surface Interval, you’ll know of PADI’s huge success at this show.  We’re very excited to announce that PADI will once again exhibit at TOATS 2015, a show with massive opportunity for new diver acquisition.

In 2015 the PADI stand will be found within the TOATS Hall, where show goals will be new diver acquisition and ReActivate.  This PADI’s commitment to its Members and Dive Centres to support and increase their business.  Along with capturing details of non-divers and divers through a Grand Prize Draw, and marketing post-show to this database, all visitors to the PADI stand will be directed to the LIDS Hall to meet exhibiting PADI Dive Centres, where they may ReActivate or sign up for a PADI course and enjoy claiming their free PADI T-shirt.  Please refer to the recent “Special Edition” Training Bulletin for information on ReActivate.

PADI will continue to have a presence within the PADI Village at London International Dive Show (LIDS) 2015, with a Customer Service and Sales counter, and will support exhibiting PADI Dive Centres with the hugely successful free PADI T-shirt Promo.  Member and Diver Seminars will also be conducted during the two days of LIDS.

PADI is very excited to support its Members in this way and looks forward to two successful Shows between 12th and 15th February 2015.

Dive 2014


PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa will be exhibiting at DIVE 2014, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 25th to 26th October. PADI’s presence at DIVE supports PADI Dive Centres, Professional Members and Divers and provides an opportunity to welcome the non-diving public to the wonders of the underwater world.

Visit the PADI stand for the very latest news on PADI’s offerings for 2014 and 2015 from ReActivate to the stunning NEW PADI App and the latest in PADI Touch offerings.  Customer Services, Training, Sales and Marketing staff are all on hand to answer your questions.

And visitors to the show, who sign up for a PADI course with an exhibiting PADI Dive Centre, will receive a FREE PADI T-Shirt!  Once the course is booked, the Dive Centre issues their customer with a T-Shirt Voucher to be exchanged at the PADI stand for a FREE PADI T-Shirt.

PADI staff will also be conducting seminars and stage presentations. Take a look at the full Seminar and Events Schedule to see the exciting presentations on offer for you, your staff and your PADI Divers! And don’t forget to register now for your Member Forum!  It promises to be an interactive and stimulating seminar, after which we’d like to welcome you back onto the PADI stand for an informal Member Social.  Spaces are limited so sign up now!

Take a Look at the Special offers on DIVE 2014 tickets!!

PADI Professionals – 2-4-1 ticket offer*

PADI Professionals can benefit from a 2-4-1 ticket offer by using the promo code PADI2-4-1 at:!.html

*2-4-1 is not valid with other ticket promotions. The two tickets will be charged at £12.50. Please input “2” when asked how many tickets are required during the purchase process. Valid only when appropriate ID and proof of certification is shown on entry to the show

New Diver – Free Ticket Any new PADI Open Water diver/Discover Scuba Diver who completed their programme on or after 01/11/2013 will be given a complimentary ticket on the back of which they will need to fill in their contact information. The new diver will need to show appropriate ID to the ticket kiosk at the time of entry to the show.  Alternatively new divers can download an entry voucher at:

2015 Dive Shows (note: please link each show to show website or Blog landing page for that Show)

It’s Show Time Folks

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PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is delighted to once again exhibit at many International Shows during 2015. PADI’s presence supports PADI Dive Centres, Professional Members and Divers and provides an opportunity to welcome the non-diving public to the wonders of the underwater world.

Join us at one of the Shows for the very latest news on PADI’s cutting edge Courses and Products. Customer Services, Training, Sales and Marketing staff will all be on hand to answer your questions. And PADI staff will also be conducting Pro Member Forums, as well as seminars and stage presentations for you, your staff and your PADI Divers.

Don’t forget that visitors to the Shows, who sign up for a PADI course with an exhibiting PADI Dive Centre, will receive a FREE PADI T-Shirt!  Once the course is booked, the Dive Centre issues their customer with a T-Shirt Voucher to be exchanged at the PADI stand for a FREE PADI T-Shirt.

We look forward to welcoming you onto the PADI stand at one of the Shows.

2015 Dive Shows

Complying with ISO Standards for Service Providers

PADI programs globally are certified as compliant with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for Recreational Diving Services. This provides all PADI Members and divers world-wide with the added benefits of international recognition by a global, independent, quality standards-setting body, with a reach surpassing even that of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). That’s why you now see an ISO equivalent note on the corresponding PADI certification cards.

PADI Retail and Resort Association members can leverage this recognition by promoting their status as ISO Recreational Scuba Diving Service Providers. As a PADI Retail and Resort Association member, you can automatically claim to meet the requirements the Service Provider standard. Simply following PADI standards will automatically cover 95% of the ISO requirements for this level, there are just a few extra steps you should take to ensure you comply completely. Most likely, these are things that you will be doing already – they are all good business practices, after all – but be sure to somehow document the fact that you do them:

  • Ensure you have a comprehensive Customer Service Statement, outlining all fees, obligations on both sides, and that the centre reviews all divers’ qualifications and experience before deciding on appropriate dive activities.
  • Conduct a risk assessment before every dive, and have an emergency action plan for every dive site you visit
  • Keep a record of all staff qualifications and duties, and ensure you have a current PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or higher on staff to oversee any diver training
  • Keep a full register of equipment maintenance and rental records
  • Make sure a current PADI Divemaster or higher is in control of all organized dives, with the appropriate additional training for any specialized dive activity.

For more detailed information, or specific questions regarding the ISO standards for service providers, contact your PADI Regional Manager, or the PRRA department at your PADI Office. If you wish to obtain a copy of the relevant ISO standard you can do so from your national standardisation body. The title is “Recreational Diving Services – Requirements for recreational scuba diving service providers” and the standard number is IS0 24803.