In mid-March the “PADI R14 – TEAM” composed by Tony Andrews (Territory Director) – Teo Brambilla and Ahmed Sayed (Regional Managers) – Amir Khalil (Regional Training Consultant) and Firas Jundi (Sales Consultant & Examiner) travelled to Saudi Arabia to hold a series of events aimed to meet and support PADI Members – PADI Dive Centers and boost the diving industry.
Here the busy agenda:
PADI Instructor Examination:
The tour started with the IE on the 9th of March where 35 candidates successfully became PADI Open Water Instructors.
More than 150 PADI Members attended the exciting and informative journey through the new, cutting-edge educational tools that have been added to PADI’s digital library. Member Forum was also an excellent occasion to discuss the following topics: PADI Digital Products / My PADI Club /PADI Adaptive Technique Specialty / Risk Management /Project AWARE
Discover Scuba Diving Workshop:
Specifically designed for PADI Instructors interested in reviewing how to use the PADI DSD program as a tool to get people interested in scuba diving and consequently enrol in a PADI Open Water Course. It included a theatrical presentation and an in water workshop.
PADI Freediver Workshop:
Addressed to Freediver certified PADI Instructors and PADI Divemasters who wish to refresh their skills. PADI Instructors and PADI Divemasters who did not hold a freediving certification were encouraged to attend the workshop to develop their knowledge of the PADI Freediver Course.
It was a great gathering where more than 100 people, including PADI professional members and PADI certified divers, came and met PADI staff and dove the beautiful house reef at Professional Zone Resort.
At the beginning of March 2018 and concurrently with the Dubai International Boat Show, PADI has organized the first PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Instructor Course in EMEA Territory.
This course is designed for PADI Pros who want to become more aware of some considerations when working with people who have physical or mental challenges. Techniques can apply during PADI DSD, Open Water Diver or Continuing Education course; or when supervising certified divers with disabilities on a fun dive!
Under the guidance of PADI RM Teo Brambilla and PADI Advisor Adaptive Techniques Fraser Bathgate, the course was organized over two days and included knowledge development presentations, Dive Center Accessibility Workshop, Challenge Course, confined and open water workshops.
…Read here below some testimonials of the attendees:
Ammar Hassan: <<PADI prove that nothing can stop anyone from getting in the water and dive, in fact, everyone can do it no matter what its location, gender or disability. The biggest learning I got from PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Instructor Course is concentrate on things that disability does not prevent you from doing well, and no one is disabled in spirit , and it was well proved during Adaptive Teaching Techniques Instructor Course in Dubai>>.
M. Basheer: <<It was a great experience with loads of useful information and hints. In the course we learned skills as first-hand experience to feel how do disabled students feel so, we learned skills explanation and performance being blind folded to know how a blind student would feel like. We also used a wheel chair and web gloves. Trainers were very careful that every candidate would play the role of a disabled student and instructor in each case.I learned a lot of useful things not only for my career but also for my real life.It’s an add on to my CV. Many thanks to the trainers and colleague candidates that turned that experience great>>.
Steven Kittrell: <<Great course that helps to open your heart, eyes, and mind. Look forward to utilizing the ideas presented here to help disabled veterans open the doors to a new and gratifying life adventure>>.
Kathleen Russell: <<Thank you for the great course! We learned allot of very informative techniques and the workshop. Big thanks to the PADI EMEA team, Fraser Bathgate and all the amazing instructors and Course Directors and organizers who made this course a huge success >>.
Ammar Alwesaf: <<The things I had gained during Dubai’s course are not enough to be written within this email. We had such a great company from different part of the world. Also the course expanded our techniques of teaching in a way to adapt the course to students needs. I strongly look forward to establish a society to rehab the disabled disappointed persons to explore their powers and potentials>>.
Peter Mainka: <<I was really amazed what you can do if you were in a situation to handle candidates with determination. It was really a great experience to get to know what you should be concerned about and how to handle the different problems that may occur.It was really helping a lot to put us in real-time simulated situations to think about what to do and how to create solutions. I have learned a lot during this course specially by the response of my “disabled Buddy” and the extensive debriefings from the instructors.This course made me more confident and less hesitating to train students with disabilities. As well as I think I will be able to give this experience on to other Instructors / Dive-masters in future.Thank you for this really great practical and theoretical course and experience>>.
<< I took my first breath underwater at the age of 14, since then, I have been pursuing my dream of becoming a Scuba instructor and Course Director.
Having extensive experience teaching as a PADI Scuba Instructor at the highest level of standards the industry can provide, I have been recognized by PADI and awarded the elite instructor award 2 years in a row.
I have been working as a dive professional now for more than 4 years and have tremendous experience in the dive industry, I have logged 1,500 dives, and I am an Instructor in 21 PADI specialty courses, 6 Project AWARE specialties, and a Freediving Instructor.
I’m also an active 100% Project AWARE partner, helping clean the ocean with every dive as I consider the ocean one of the greatest callings to serve, seeing as we are at the least to say “are one with the ocean”.
I am also a certified A.S.S.E.T (Association of Scuba Service Engineers and Technicians), meaning I have in my arsenal the capability of servicing all types of scuba diving equipment. Moreover, I have further developed my skill set, as a certified compressor technician for all types of compressors.
My ambition is to transfer all the knowledge and experience I have to my future candidates, create more ocean advocates, and to further extend our diving community one member at a time>>.
Congratulations to Kholousi for successfully completing his CDTC !
<< As one of the newest and youngest Course Directors in the UAE I’m looking forward to growing the professional field in the country. As a PADI Course Director, I have had extensive experience teaching scuba diving at the highest levels of standards the industry has to offer.
I have received the PADI Elite Instructor award three years in a row and aim to continue teaching to the same high standard as a Course Director. I believe education is a never ending journey, and I’m always looking for the next learning opportunity and I believe everybody should do so.
I’m also very passionate about the preservation of the aquatic world, being a 100% AWARE Partner and being an adoptive parent to not one, but two dive sites in Fujairah where I enjoys diving and teaching.
All different types of diving are my favourite because I genuinely believe every type of diving has something unique to offer. As an award winning underwater photographer, taking pictures and videos and working on them are my personal passion in diving. I believe diving is about relaxation and invite everyone and anyone to try it out regardless of why they think they cannot.
I would describe myself as a very active and enthusiastic instructor, as I cannot help but spread around my excitement at being around, above, under, or anywhere near the water. I’m looking very forward to spreading this same passion and excitement to my future instructor candidates >>.
Congratulations to Hassan for successfully completing his CDTC !
PADI® and Project AWARE® join together to congratulate the Government of Abu Dhabi for hosting the World Ocean Summit 2019. The announcement that the United Arab Emirates’ capital is to host global talks in March 2019 to support international efforts to protect the ocean was made at the close of the 2018 summit in Mexico where Project AWARE represented the global dive community and joined a number of organizations to discuss solution-focused initiatives.
While the United Arab Emirates may be known more for its shopping than its water sports, there is plenty to do and see underwater. It is a great place for all levels of diver. It is even the perfect place to earn your first scuba diving certification as most of the dive sites are relatively shallow and without heavy currents. Abu Dhabi, in particular, has a close relationship with the ocean, through its history as a centre for pearl diving, its resilient coral reefs and its mangroves sea grass meadows.
Bringing the World Ocean Summit to Abu Dhabi presents a unique opportunity to shine light on what the region has to offer as a scuba diving destination and involve the local community in conservation actions, with fins on and off, in the run-up to the summit.
The World Ocean Summit 2019 will be held March, 5-7. A key priority for the World Ocean Summit 2019 will be to foster greater cooperation and collaboration between different groups, and to serve as a bridge between the development of economic policies and protecting the marine environment. PADI and Project AWARE look forward to continuing to involve the dive community in local conservation actions in the Middle East, share our underwater perspective of global ocean issues, and support the success of the 2019 World Ocean Summit. But for now, we share Project AWARE’s message and ocean leaders’ call for action from the Ocean Summit 2018:
PADI’s philosophy towards diver education has always been inclusive. As long as students meet the prerequisites of a course, they are welcome to enrol regardless of physical or mental challenges. To build on that foundation, PADI has recently launched a series of new courses aimed at techniques to apply when training or diving with physically and mentally challenged divers.
PADI Adaptive Techniques Instructor Specialty Course – open to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and above, this course allows successful candidates to teach the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Course (details below) to other PADI Pros, and also teach the sub-course, PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty (details below), to divers.
PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Course – open to PADI Master Freedivers or PADI Divemasters and above, this course focuses on increasing awareness of varying abilities, and explores adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers.
PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty – a subset of the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Course, the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty is open to divers who want to learn how they can best support dive buddies who have physical or mental challenges.
As part of the launch of this series of courses, PADI Staff will be conducting EMEA’s first PADI Adaptive Techniques Instructor Specialty Course in Dubai on 2nd and 3rd March 2018. This new course is aimed at PADI Instructors wanting to not only learn adaptive techniques themselves, but who also want to teach the Adaptive Techniques Specialty course to other PADI Professionals.
It doesn’t matter if you are a professional diver or a certified diver …as divers we have the passion, the access to the underwater world and the skills to become real ocean advocates!
We are a powerful movement which, through our actions of reporting and collecting valuable data can make the ocean safer for marine life, and more importantly, help inform policy change.
To further mobilize the citizen scientists, Project AWARE in 2016 launched the Adopt A Dive Site™ program.
Adopt A Dive Site is a unique and powerful program to involve dive centers, resorts and leaders around the world in ongoing, local protection and monitoring of local dive sites: participants commit to carry out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, reporting types and quantities of marine debris found underwater each month from the same location.
To support Adopt a Dive Site participants, Project Aware will provide a full suite of survey tools to help implement their actions, a yearly report on the state of your local dive site and recognition tools for dive centers, resorts and leaders to share their stewardship with local customers and community.
We have a total of 15 adopted dive sites in The Middle East and North Africa, and we are looking forward to increasing this number!
Here are the PADI Pros and Dive centers who have made a commitment to their local dive sites through the Adopt A Dive Site program:
ADS44 – Abu Dhabi Steel Blocks, Saeed Majed, Abu Dhabi
ADS170 – House Reef, Natalie Sjostrom, Divers Down, Dubai
ADS226 – Dibba Rock, The Palms Dive Center, Dubai
ADS232 – Alga Wreck, Archimede Diving Center, Djerba
ADS240 – Ricardo Wreck, Archimede Diving Center, Djerba
ADS241 – Ras Taguermess Rocks, Archimede Diving Center, Djerba
ADS253 – Sheraton Red Sea Resort, Issam Kanafani, Jeddah
ADS265 – King Abdullah’s Reef, Marlee Thomas, Camel Dive Center, Jordan
ADS268 – Dibba Rock, Hassan Khayal, Dubai
ADS269 – Inchcape 1, Kholousi Khayal, Dubai
ADS277 – Dream Beach, Muneeb Ur Rehman, Professional Zone, Jeddah
ADS280 – Snoopy Island, Annie Halloran, The Dive Centre – Dubai
ADS314 – Shark Island, Hassan Khayal, Dubai
ADS382 – Dibba Rock, Kayleigh Hyslop, Freestyle Divers, Dubai
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.
All the profits of the evening, where more than 200 people attended, went to this special UK based charity who uses scuba diving to rehabilitate veterans afflicted by both mental and physical disabilities!
Organized by Steve and Clare Rattle and hosted at Village Hotel, Solihull, Birmingham the party included a fantastic dinner, live music, entertainment, a silent auction and Deptherapy Awards Ceremony!
During the Award Ceremony, Headed by Richard Cullen – Founder & Chairman of Deptherapy and masterfully presented by PADI AmbassaDiver and Deptherapy Ambassador – Gary Green, several awards were presented: PADI was incredibly proud and honored to receive the award for the Best Corporate Sponsor.
The Ceremony was something special and touching: it was truly inspiring to hear about Depthterapy’s students and members, about their journey after medical discharge, their battle with PTSD and their rebirth through scuba diving and Depthterapy!
The UK’s biggest event for Scuba Diving, DIVE Birmingham, took place from the 21st – 22nd October 2017. Located in a new hall, DIVE attracted visitors looking for dive holidays, scuba gear and training courses, as well as experienced and aspiring divers looking for industry updates.
This year as well, PADI’s management has decided to have some extra support from PADI’s Team Egypt represented by Pam Holt – Regional Training Consultant and Teo Brambilla – Regional Manager !
Pam and Teo not only offered support to those PADI stores – based in Egypt – exhibiting, but also assisted visitors with practical tips on how to travel to Egypt, helped overcoming concerns about security in the country and liaised with the Egyptian Tourism Authority in promoting Egypt![Amr El Azabi – Director Egyptian Tourism Authority & Teo Brambilla – PADI Regional Manager]
There were six – Egyptian based – PADI stores exhibiting at Dive 2017 ….all ‘equipped’ with the renowned “PADI Show support pack” !
Here below their booths:
Blue Ocean – Abu DababCamel Dive Club – Sharm El SheikhEmperor Divers – EgyptPharaoh Dive Club – El QuseirRed Sea Diving Safari – Marsa ShagraSinai Dive Club – Sharm El Sheikh…. last but not least, our friends and Egypt’s supporters: Deptherapy !Such great turn out of PADI Diving Centers representing Egypt was of exceptional impact and definitely helped in keeping the flag flying high !!