PADI EMEA: Contactos hispanohablantes

Actualizado por última vez: 26/04/2017

A continuación encontrarás una lista del personal hispanohablante de PADI EMEA. No dudes en contactar con ellos para cualquier consulta que te surja.


Gorka Otaola Gorka Otaola
Regional Manager – España peninsular

Tel: +34 674 388 433

Idiomas: ES/EN

Arnaldo Garcia
Regional Manager – Aragón, Catalunya y Baleares

Tel: +34 604 316 008

Idiomas: ES/IT/EN

Francisco Casas Sánchez                        
Regional Training Consultant

Tel: +44 117 300 7315

Idiomas: ES/EN

Josep Lluis Casals Massuet 
Training Consultant/Political Advisor Spain/ Examiner

Tel: +44 117 300 7894

Idiomas: ES/CAT/EN/FR/IT


Jose Lopez
Customer Relations Consultant

Tel: +44 117 300 7336

Idiomas: ES/CAT/EN/IT/PO


Certificates – Greek Diving Legislation / Πιστοποιήσεις – Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία

(GREEK) English version below

Ελληνικές Πιστοποιήσεις για Δύτες

Η PADI εκδίδει Ελληνικά Πιστοποιητικά όπως απαιτείται από την Ελληνική Νομοθεσία.


Όταν ο δύτης χρειάζεται το Ελληνικό Πιστοποιητικό (π.χ. ώστε να γίνει επαγγελματίας δύτης), μπορεί να κάνει αίτηση για να το αποκτήσει.

Για να εκδοθεί ένα Ελληνικό Πιστοποιητικό ο δύτης πρέπει:

  • Να συμπληρώσει ένα έντυπο
  • Να στείλει μία ψηφιακή φωτογραφία

Πού μπορεί ο δύτης να βρει αυτό το έντυπο;

  • Στο Καταδυτικό του Κέντρο

Που μπορεί να βρει το Καταδυτικό Κέντρο το έντυπο και που πρέπει να το στείλει μαζί με τη φωτογραφία;

Ελληνικά Πιστοποιητικά για τους Επαγγελματίες της PADI

Η PADI εκδίδει το Ελληνικό Πιστοποιητικό για όλα τα επίπεδα Επαγγελματία. Είναι ένα από τα έγγραφα το οποίο ο Επαγγελματίας χρειάζεται να το καταθέσει στις Λιμενικές Αρχές για να εργαστεί.

Πώς λειτουργεί;

  • Το έντυπο αυτό είναι ένα από τα υποχρεωτικά έντυπα στο IDC
    • Στα Ελληνικά για τους Έλληνες
    • Στα Αγγλικά για τους τους ξένους
  • Οι Εκπαιδευτές Εκπαιδευτών (Course Directors) πρέπει να δίνουν αυτό το έντυπο για κάθε υποψήφιο στον Εξεταστή
  • Μετά την έγκριση της αίτησης στο γραφείο της PADI, η πιστοποίηση εκδίδεται και ταχυδρομείται στον Υποψήφιο.

Το έντυπο είναι διαθέσιμο εδώ: IEinfosheet2017


Εάν έχετε οποιαδήποτε ερώτηση σχετικά με την Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία μπορείτε να στείλετε τις ερωτήσεις σας στα Ελληνικά ή στα Αγγλικά στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση

Σε αυτό το ηχογραφημένο webinar καλύπτουμε την Ελληνική Νομοθεσία που σχετίζεται με τα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα, τους Εκπαιδευτές και τους δύτες.​

Webinar στα ΑΓΓΛΙΚΑ – εγγραφή ΕΔΩ

Webinar στα ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ – εγγραφή ΕΔΩ


(ENGLISH) Greek version above

Greek Certificates for Divers 

PADI issues Greek Certificates, as required by the Greek Diving Law. When a diver wants the Greek Certificate (e.g. in order to be a commercial diver), can apply for it..

In order to issue a Greek certificate the diver has to:

  • fill in a form
  • send a digital photo

Where the diver can find this form?

  • At his Dive Centre

Where the Dive Centre can find the form and where to send this form with the photo?

Greek Certificates for PADI Professionals

PADI issues the Greek Certificate for all the Professional Levels. It’s one of the documents that the Professional has to give to the Port Authorities in order to work.

How this works?

  • This document is one of the mandatory documents on the IDC
    • In Greek for Greeks
    • In English for non-Greeks
  • Course Directors have to give this form for each candidate to the Examiner
  • After approving the application at PADI office, the certificate will be issued and sent by post to the Candidate

The document is available here: IEinfosheet2017


If you have any questions on Greek Diving Legislation you can always ask it in English or Greek at

On this recorded webinar we cover Greek law related to the Dive Centers, Instructors and divers.

Webinar in ENGLISH – register HERE

Webinar in GREEK – register HERE

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PADI Embraces Earth Day with Partnerships to Support Our Oceans

With Earth Day just a few days away, PADI® is building on its longstanding history of conservation by joining forces to further support two of its Four Pillars of Change: Ocean Health and Marine Animal Protection. While continuing to support Project AWARE® in its efforts to reduce marine debris and protect endangered sharks and rays, PADI is also supporting initiatives with additional organizations that are making a positive impact on the ocean planet, including the United Nations Development Programme and Mission Blue™.

Healthy Ocean, Healthy Planet

Aligning with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water, PADI Regional Headquarters, Members and divers around the world can increase efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. Leading up to World’s Oceans Day on 8 June 2017, PADI will be joining in the #SaveOurOcean dialog initiated by the United Nations Development Programme to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Through PADI communication channels, PADI Members and divers will be engaged in conversations to increase awareness about the importance of ocean health and its effect on the bigger sustainability agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

PADI is also working with Mission BlueTM to support its efforts to protect marine areas. Sharing stories of Hope Spots – a term for special places critical to ocean health, dubbed by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Mission Blue – help identify areas that are precursors for marine protected areas. Nominating Hope Spots provides an opportunity for the PADI family and the dive industry to help reach the goal set forth by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to protect 30 percent of our world’s oceans by 2030. In the coming months, the PADI community will share in the effort to protect more of our world’s waters by joining forces in recognizing important marine areas.

One Dive at a Time

With PADI support, Project AWARE continues its vital work to protect our ocean planet – one dive at a time. From collective action in local communities to large-scale change at the policy level, Project AWARE partners with PADI Members and divers to reduce the amount of marine debris entering our ocean to protecting the world’s most threatened species of sharks and rays. Diver support is imperative for the oceans’ future. PADI Divers are encouraged to dive into action and show their support through direct donations to Project AWARE, as well as in grassroots efforts including Dive Against Debris® and Adopt a Dive SiteTM. All dive professionals are also reminded to take advantage of Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers Action Kit.

While in the early stages of building its new corporate social responsibility program, PADI is committed to activating its members and divers in support of global efforts to improve the future of the oceans under the structure of Four Pillars of Change. By taking action to reduce marine debris, establish more marine protected areas and protect marine animals, together we can increase biodiversity and work toward sustainable management of the oceans and their resources. While this topic is top of mind on Earth Day, on 22 April 2017, PADI is committed to bringing this conversation to the forefront year-round. PADI Members and divers are driving change every day and can share their stories to inspire others to do the same. If you have a story you want to share, email

Be Best. Be PADI – The Way the World Learns to Dive®

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PADI IDC in Bulgaria – 2017


Търсите ли кариера в дайвинга? Искате ли да станете PADI Assistant Instructor или PADI Open Water Scuba Instuctor? Ако отговорът е ДА, то не пропускайте да се запишете на курса  PADI Assistant Instructor или програмата IDC (Instructor Development Course).  Тази година, през Август в България под ръководството на Курс Директор Стефан Марков ще се проведе пълен IDC.

В програмата на курса са включени:

16-17 Август – IDC Подготвителен курс

18-26 Август – Instructor Development Course (IDC): Курсът дава ясно определение на целите на обучението и философията на PADI и се състои от два компонента:

  1. Assistant Instructor Course (AI)
  2. Open Water SCUBA Instructor (OWSI)

27-28 Август – Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRI): Този курс Ви дава нужните знания и умения да преподавате курсовете EFR Primary Care и Secondary Care(До лекарска помощ).

КОГА: 16 – 28 Август 2017

КЪДЕ: гр. Царево, Бургаска Област


Стефан Марков

Course Director PADI 624668

Mob/Viber: +359 898 670 602                                                                                                                                             


Are you looking for a career in diving? Want to become a PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Open Water Scuba Instuctor? If the answer is yes, do not forget to sign for PADI Assistant Instructor course or the program IDC (Instructor Development Course). This year in August in Bulgaria under the guidance of course Director Stefan Markov will hold complete IDC.

The program of the course includes:

16 17 August –  IDC Preparation Course

18 – 26 August – Instructor Development Course (IDC): The course provides a clear definition of the objectives of education and philosophy of PADI and consists of two components:

  1. Assistant Instructor Course (AI)
  2. Open Water SCUBA Instructor (OWSI)
    27 28 August – Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRI): This course gives you the knowledge and skills to teach courses EFR Primary Care and Secondary Care (to a doctor).

WHEN: 16 – August 28, 2017

WHERE: g. Tsarevo, Burgas Province


Stefan Markov

Course Director PADI 624668

Mob/Viber: +359 898 670 602

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Project AWARE – Dive against Debris in the Canaries and Switzerland

The 4th of March 2017 – was a great day for Project AWARE in the Canary Islands and Switzerland! Two Key Accounts in my Regions organised on the same day a Project AWARE Dive against Debris with outstanding results!



Dive against Debris Crew Tenerife

One Project AWARE Dive Against Debris event happened in Tenerife in the Canary Islands and has been organised by the Big Fish Dive Center in Los Cristianos. The other event has been organised by Adventure Sports and the Dive Club from Frauenfeld & Eschenz in Switzerland.
Both Events were organised almost similar. The Event from Adventure Sports in Switzerland started the evening before with the orientation for the Project AWARE Dive against Debris course – while the event in Tenerife started in the morning of the 4th of March.

It was amazing to see how passionate the participants were involved to clean the Beach underwater in Playas las vistas In Tenerife and in the “Untersee” in Steckborn. Even more impressive was the amount of rubbish who has been removed from the Atlantic and from the Lake of Constance.

Big Fish Tenerife

Data collected:
Divers collected the following amount in Tenerife;
66 KG 





Divecorner Frauenfeld



Divers collected the following amount in Steckborn;
259 KG 



A big Thank you goes to the organizers in both Countries. Thank you Michal Motylewski and Sandro Krawinkler!

The world and our environment needs more people like you! You are an inspiration for all of us and I hope that with your example we can make a difference and animate more Dive Centres, Divers and citizens of both regions to protect our beloved environment!





Dive against Debris Crew Steckborn

How can you help to protect the ocean?

Dive Against Debris is a global marine debris survey – the only data collection effort of its kind that involves volunteer divers collecting, recording and reporting data on marine debris found on the seafloor. Marine debris is a problem that is often considered ‘out of sight – out of mind.’ By sharing data on the debris we find underwater, we’re able to contribute the underwater perspective. It’s really exciting – divers can have a powerful role to play in helping contribute data to influence marine debris policy.
So how can you get started?

1. Download our Dive Against Debris Survey Toolkit – here you’ll find the survey kit for your divers, including a certificate to award to your volunteers.
2. Add your action to our Event Map. Create your My Ocean profile and add your action to our interactive map for our dive community to see. You can also blog and upload photos or videos in My Ocean.

. Promote over social media, through your network and communications – don’t forget to use the following hashtags #ProjectAWARE, #DiveAgainstDebris, #MarineDebris, etc.
4. Report your data. Data is critical. Don’t let your dives go to waste. Make sure you report the data on the litter you found.
5. Share the data with your divers by showing them the Dive Against Debris Map.

Project AWARE ® can offer you mesh bags and a banner to advertise your action during the day. Each mesh bag comes with a donation of € 6.00. This way, Project AWARE is able to send you some other promotional materials to use during your action (leaflets, posters, stickers, badges, etc.).
Adopt a Dive Site™ is a campaign where Project AWARE launched last year on Earth Day, which basically is repeated Dive Against Debris surveys in one dive site: Project AWARE requires divers adopting a specific dive site to clean up and report data at least once a month. You can find all information on the website and if you are interested, just sign up on the website.

Start your Ocean protection today, sign up with adopt a dive site and take an example of the two Dive Centres in Switzerland and in the Canaries! Together we can make a difference and educate the coming generations!

I still believe in us humans and that we can change the current situation, but the time is ticking… Our beautiful environment is counting on you!
#myOcean #myHope

PADI Elite Instructor Award

Congratulations to the 2016 PADI Elite Instructors!

The Elite Instructor Award started over with a clean slate as of 1 January 2017. So, 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 for reaching specific milestones based on the number of certifications you issue annually, providing the opportunity to tout your “Elite Instructor” status to student divers, potential customers, prospective employers and your fellow PADI Professionals. Additionally, you’ll get an “Elite Instructor” e-badge for all your electronic communications.

Program Summary  

PADI Instructors who issue 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 qualifying certifications in a calendar year who have no verified Quality Management violations within 12 months of the date will be presented and recognized with the Elite Instructor Award.

Qualifying certifications: (certifications issued by you which 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, Junior diver certifications and all student diver specialties including distinctive specialties will be weighted on a one-to-one basis.
  • Qualifying 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 Instructor Distinctive Specialty courses (weighted one-to-one).
  • Qualifying Freediver certifications will be weighted on a one-to-one basis and include Basic Freediver, Freediver, Advanced Freediver, Master Freediver, Freediver Instructor, Advanced Freediver Instructor, Master Freediver Instructor and Freediver Instructor Trainer.
  • Emergency First Response Participant courses, ReActivate, Discover Scuba Diving, Bubblemaker, Seal Team, Master Seal Team and Skin Diver will be weighed on a five-to-one basis. For example, five Discover Scuba Diving will be weighted the same as one Open Water Diver certification.
  • Referrals will be weighted on a two-to-one basis.

Additional Information:

  • PADI Instructors achieving “Elite” status will receive an e-badge to include on emails, websites, blogs, and social media pages. All award recipients will also receive a certificate recognizing them for issuing 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 or more certifications in that given year
  • PADI Pros with a rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor or above will automatically be included in the program and their productivity will be tallied by PADI
  • Certifications issued 1 January through 31 December qualify for the 2017 award program. All certifications must be processed by 15 January 2018
  • The Elite Instructor Award qualifying certifications winners are tallied on an annual basis. Awards will be tallied and the winners will be notified during the first quarter of the following year
  • Instructors associated with a PADI Dive Center or Resort may authorize the business to display their Elite Instructor Award on the business’s digital site pages

Will you be an Elite Instructor?

Visit the My Account tab and use the PIC Processing Report to see how many certifications you have so far this year. Then, if you find you are close to qualifying for an award, celebrate! Or, go for an even higher “Elite” status!  If not, step up your efforts to get the Elite Instructor Award.

For More Information

If you want more information about the Elite Instructor Award program, please take a look at the PADI Elite Instructor Award or contact: or phone +44 (0) 117 300 7234

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PADI Brings Diving to the World for Its Members

The PADI team is always hard at work spreading the word of diving to encourage more consumers to discover the dive lifestyle through PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. Dedicated public relations and marketing specialists are in constant contact with the media, promoting the life-changing opportunities and adventures diving offers, as well as showcasing just how easy it is to get started. The result? PADI reached more than two billion consumers globally through media outreach and advertising placements during 2016; this exposure has an equivalent media value – the dollar amount the exposure would cost if purchased – exceeding US $7 million.

22Mar17 PADI Media Reach Graphic

“PADI is continuously reaching out to both divers and nondivers, representing diving in the most beneficial way to encourage more people to immerse themselves in this amazing sport,” says Kristin Valette, PADI Worldwide Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer.

The PADI media team is already at it again in 2017, promoting diving opportunities around the globe to grow the dive industry, while sharing the transformational experiences diving offers and creating more environmental advocates to help protect our oceans. Today, prominent media look to PADI as the leading authority in diving, yielding feature article placements in media outlets such as: The New York Times,,,,, and Most recently, PADI secured this coverage on (29,704,584 visitors per month) touting 10 must see dive destinations in 2017.

In addition to ongoing media outreach, the PADI team connects with divers via PADI’s online network, fostering the global dive community united by a shared passion for adventure and love for the oceans. PADI’s social media fan base continues to gain in popularity, currently with more than 1.6 million Facebook fans, 86,400 Twitter followers, 22,500 YouTube subscribers and 470,000 ScubaEarthlings. “Social media buzz is important because word-of-mouth marketing is one of the most effective techniques for influencing people’s behavior,” says Valette. “PADI Divers tend to become PADI ambassadors, and through their experiences others are encouraged to dive in and explore. Their stories represent the heart of diving and we want to help amplify their messages to the world.”

As the PADI team charges forward into 2017, the focus is not only on attracting new divers to the sport, but also in inspiring divers of every level to become advocates for the ocean and its inhabitants, the global scuba community and, ultimately, the future of the planet. It is with this fundamental vision and commitment to not only be best in the world, but also best for the world that PADI remains the leading authority in diver education.

Be Best. Be PADI – The Way the World Learns to Dive®

2Q17 Training Bulletin Live Webinars

The Second Quarter Training Bulletin Live webinars are coming soon. As always, we will be discussing the latest standards changes, providing background information on the updates and insight into how these can be integrated into your training.

Join us live in your chosen language on the dates below. If you miss the live event, registration will ensure that you get a follow up email linking you to the recording.

2nd Quarter:

English 24th April

Arabic 25th April

Spanish 26th April

Portuguese 2nd May

Dutch 3rd May

German 4th May

Italian 8th May

Polish 9th May

French 10th May

Scandinavian/Nordic 11th May

Russian 17th May

If you have any questions regarding the webinar you can email We look forward to speaking to you during the webinar.

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How Good is Your Emergency Action Plan?

Article written by DAN staff

In the middle of an emergency is not the time to think about how you’ll respond or whether your emergency action plan (EAP) is up to snuff. An effective EAP can be a powerful tool when an emergency arises.

Breathing Check

As a busy dive professional, you have to keep track of students and their individual needs, prepare for and organize training logistics, evaluate water conditions, etc. Adding the burden of responding to an emergency is task loading, but with an entire class of students in the water you need to make sure your emergency response plan is mentally and physically engrained. Knowing the dive site and having the appropriate equipment to deal with the emergency are necessary steps in setting you up for success. When was the last time you stepped back and considered the logistics of managing a real emergency?

DAN_EAPflowCommit Your Plan to Memory

Having a plan on paper is great, but you also need to know your plan and be ready to act on it under pressure. Use DAN’s EAP guideline to create your plan and practice it until it becomes an automatic response. By the time you identify the need to deal with an injured diver, you don’t have to think about your response – your EAP training should automate your response to evaluate the situation and continue down the planned steps.

Manage the Scene

Once an emergency occurs and you respond, it’s vital to your safety and the safety of the injured diver that you effectively manage the scene. Be aware of bystanders, boat or car traffic, or anyone who may be interfering with your response. Emergency response requires firm but respectful commands. Control the crowd and have a perimeter created around the injured diver so you have a safe space in which to provide care and prevent further harm to everyone involved. Use direct orders to get specific bystanders to contact emergency services, block traffic or help you move the patient. Talking to a crowd rather than an individual is confusing. Task specific people in order to get an effective response.

Communication and Logistics

Effective communications between all parties involved in an emergency can decrease stress and improve patient outcomes. Improving your communication with emergency medical personnel can increase the effectiveness and speed of their response, and help relay valuable patient information to the receiving physician. Whether you supply handheld radios to your staff, carry a satellite phone on a remote expedition, or have a fluent native speaker relay information to healthcare personnel to avoid translation issues, make sure that your communication is short, gets directly to the point and is as clear as possible.

For more information on EAPs and safe diving practices, visit


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