2017 Instructor Development Events in the Maldives


PADI is Delighted to announce two Instructor Development events taking place on Paradise Island, Maldives.

  • Instructor Development Update – 26th April 2017 (PADI IDC Staff and above)
  • PADI Advanced Training Academy – 27th April 2017 (PADI OWSI and above)

These exciting, informative and highly interactive one day programmes, for PADI professionals, continue to gather momentum. PADI Pros are coming away with new, refreshed and refined knowledge and skills, energising them to drive their diving businesses forward.

The Instructor Development Update on 26th April on Paradise Island, Maldives, is for Course Directors and IDC Staff Instructors to update their knowledge of the instructor development system. The Update includes presentations, workshops, and a live confined water evaluation practice during which attendees have the chance to watch a role play confined water presentation alongside an Instructor Examiner, and gain feedback on their evaluation techniques.

The Update will count towards Master Instructor and CDTC applications, as well as provide the necessary update for PADI Course Directors. Click below to register.

2017 ID Update Registration Form

Join the PADI Advanced Training Academy taking place on 27th April on Paradise Island, Maldives. This one day programme is for PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and above, offering the opportunity to further develop instructional skills, under the direction of PADI experts

Current topics and workshops* include:



  • The role of the PADI Pro within the diving industry and in relation to PADI
  • How to make your PADI courses stand out
  • Review of new PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course
  • Review of the way PADI courses develop a diver
  • The role of Specialties in a diver’s development
  • Project AWARE Dive Against Debris (including free instructor specialty rating) or other local programme



  • Rescue Exercise #7 – proper technique, kit handling, airway, use of barrier
  • Emergency Weight Drop, Loose Cylinder Band, CESA and Alternate Air Source skills – why we teach them and how to improve our teaching methods of these skills

With both dry and in-water components, this advanced training programme for PADI Pros increases individual expertise and allows participants to network, build new friendships and learn from each other. Programme attendance also provides credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications.

2017 PATA Registration Form

Accommodation, Transport and Meals

  • Visiting members who wish to stay at Paradise Island: US$ 195 per night on FB, SGL. (work permit holders only)
  • Transfer by staff ferry to paradise and exit the same day for members joining in from Male’ & other resorts: FOC (subject to space availability)
  •  Special rate for meals:  US$ 25 per meal (main restaurant buffet) for members not opting for the overnight stay option.

Please indicate at time of booking if you need assistance with accommodation, transport and meals.

Contact id.emea@padi.com with any questions.


ScubaFest Cornwall

ScubaFest 2017


It’s time to dust off your suit and get your regulators serviced…

You are invited to Cornwall ScubaFest 2017 from

Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May

The annual Cornwall ScubaFest event is back. For three days over the Spring Bank Holiday – Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017 – scuba divers take over the Pentewan Sands Holiday Park. The event, organised and hosted by SITA (SCUBA Industries Trade Association), celebrates what great British diving is all about. A full schedule of events can be found at the ScubaFest website.


PADI and Project AWARE will support the event, delivering a range of seminars and courses.

Saturday 29th April

PATA PADI Advanced Training Academy

PADI Advanced Training Academy

With both dry and in-water components, this programme, for PADI Pros, increases individual expertise and allows participants to network, build new friendships and learn from each other. Programme attendance also provides credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications. (See a testimonial from previous attendees)

PADI Member Forum

2017 PADI Member Forum is an exciting, informative journey through the new, cutting-edge, educational tools in the PADI digital library. The seminar will feature a risk management presentation along with an interactive Q&A session about PADI Standards.

Sunday 30th April

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.EFR

In order to apply for a space you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students


  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

RNLI Sea Survival Instructor Specialty course

This course, released in October 2016, was developed by the RNLI, with help from PADI, in response to an RNLI survey identifying the need for divers to keep themselves safer in the sea.RNLI

The course has been created and tested within the UK, however, is completely transferrable to other diving areas or countries.  With some of the more harsh conditions we face in the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe, this course will be of great benefit to anyone teaching or diving in this part of the world.

It would be great to see you at ScubaFest. If you are interested in any of the PADI events please download and complete the registration form.



2017 Instructor Development Updates

id_updateWe are pleased to invite you to join us at one of the Instructor Development Update events taking place in 2017.

These live events will give you a chance to be updated on the latest Standards changes to the Instructor Development Course, and provide a broader overview of the exciting PADI developments planned for 2017. Additionally, the updates will allow you to complete live evaluation practice alongside an Instructor Examiner in either confined water or in a knowledge development session.* You will evaluate real time sessions and have an opportunity to discuss your scores with an Examiner. Further to this, you will also have an opportunity look at marketing techniques for your Instructor Development Courses, and address any general PADI questions you may have.

Attendance at each event is limited and open only to IDC Staff Instructors, Master Instructors and Course Directors**. These events will meet the Course Director Update requirements. They also count towards seminar credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications.

DateLocationPrice (+VAT where applicable)
20th March 2017Padova, Italy259 euros
26th April 2017Paradise Island259 euros
14th May  2017Leicestershire, UK£212

Please register by completing this registration form and returning it to id.emea@padi.com. Please provide a telephone number that we can call you on to then take payment details over the phone.

Can’t make these dates? Don’t worry – an online update will also be available later in 2017!

*The evaluations will involve a live role play, with PADI staff acting as students and instructors. You will be able to watch and evaluate alongside an Examiner, with the opportunity get feedback on your evaluation based upon their control scores. Confined water presentations will not require you to use scuba and evaluation will be conducted by snorkelling. Evaluation slates are provided – you should bring a mask and snorkel, along with appropriate exposure protection if you wish to participate. Participation is optional. Where a pool option is not possible, a live role play by PADI staff of knowledge development evaluations will be provided.

** Not an IDC staff Instructor? Contact the Training Department to find out how to become one!


Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Dates for 2017

efr_header_2017We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2017 has now been announced.

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element, which will be conducted on the dates shown below. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.

Peniche, PortugalUstica, Italy
Athens, GreeceBristol, UK
Krakow, Poland Eilat, Israel
08-Apr-17 19-Sep-17
Krakow, PolandMalé, Maldives
Pentewan, UKSt Raphael, France
Oslo, NorwayDahab, Egypt
Stockholm, SwedenDubai, UAE
14-May 201726-Oct-17
Lanzarote, Canary IslandAguilas, Spain
Limassol, CyprusLecco, Italy
Eindhoven, NetherlandsSliema, Malta
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

In order to apply for a space at one of these events you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students


  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

You can apply for a space by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click here to download the form now.


Looking to build on your professional diving qualifications?







PADI EMEA has teamed up White Rose Training to provide an opportunity for PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and above, who reside in the UK, to attain an accredited business qualification. The Level 3 Dive Business Management qualification follows the OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA curriculum). OCR is a leading awarding body, offering qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes, throughout the UK.

Who is the course for?

Learners in, or seeking, a management role; qualification extends general knowledge and understanding of team leadership and management.

Skills and knowledge are related to the development of a Dive Centre which enables the ambitious instructor to explore possible career development as well as gaining a management qualification which can be applied generally.

The programme is delivered by our preferred training partner, White Rose Training, and has been developed by PADI and White Rose together to meet specific requirements of the diving community.

 You will have online resources to support you with your assignments and comprehensive support from your tutor and assessor.

Subjects of the OCR Level 3 Dive Business Management course include:

  • Manage personal and professional development
  • Manage team performance
  • Principles of leadership and management
  • Principles of people management
  • Principles of business
  • Procure products and/or services
  • Encourage learning and development
  • Manage physical resources
  • Manage a project
  • Develop a presentation
  • Deliver a presentation
Students attending PADI OCR Level 3 course
Level 3 Dive Business Management

This course attracts the advanced learner loan funding and costs £2573. If you are eligible for the loan, it is not repayable until an earnings threshold of £21k pa is reached and is then repayable at low interest.

If you are interested in obtaining this qualification and would like to know more please send an email to id.emea@padi.com stating your instructor number and contact details. Please title your email Level 3 Dive Business Management.

Special Awards for members in the UK, Ireland and Portugal

The last quarter has been amazing, with many dive centres receiving well earned awards for their dedication, professionalism and great customer service skills.

Anglesea Divers 1Martin and Caroline Sampson of Anglesey Divers were please to receive their award for 15 Years service as a PADI Dive Centre. Located in the beautiful North East corner of Wales and home to Anglesey and the Menai Straits, they are very experienced in dealing with divers and conducting courses.

Scuba Dive West


Shane and Breffni Gray of Scubadive West, were at hand to receive their 20 year Dive Centre award. Scubadive West has been on the diving radar in Ireland for many years and it was a pleasure to reward the Gray family for their hard work and dedication to the industry.


Gary Aldridge of Orca Scuba Diving Academy, Basildon, was surprised during a PADI Member Forum to receive an award for his dedication and support for the local community. Gary’s involvement with the local schools of Essex displays a level of commitment worthy of great praise.

Orca Dive Academy

Dive WimbledonRoger Hirst and Geoff of Dive Wimbledon were please to receive their award for outstanding achievement to the diving industry. Their work promoting diving and their dedication towards the industry did not go unnoticed.



Dive MadeiraWilfried and Ralph of Madeira Divepoint, took great pleasure in receiving their award for outstanding achievement and development to the diving industry in Madeira. As pioneers on the Island they brought diving to this beautiful island with an outstanding facility.


Dive MachineRobert, Carol and Sam Varns of Dive Machine of Tonbridge in Kent, were very pleased to receive their 15 year dive centre award. Patrick Voorma and Ally Toullec from PADI EMEA were also present to share in the success.


UK National Diving Week – Diving for the Nation!


UK National Diving Week kicks off with the Cornwall SCUBAFEST event at Pentewan Sands on the weekend of 2nd May with the week of diving running through to the 10th May 2015. Over the course of the 9 day UK National Diving Week period there will be the opportunity for the British public to ‘have a go’ at scuba and snorkel diving at their local UKNDW participating dive centre or club by way of experiencing a ‘try a dive’ session as well as snorkelling sessions in swimming pools.

UK National Diving Week has teamed up with dive industry organisations like PADI EMEA, who have kindly offered free Discover SCUBA Diving sessions at participating diving centres situated throughout the UK. That’s new diving opportunities to members of the public who have never dived before! Pass on this link to anyone who wishes to participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving events,

During the SCUBAFEST event in Pentewan, PADI will be hosting a Member Forum for PADI Professionals on Saturday 2nd May at 4pm. Click on this link to register your participation. Staff members from PADI EMEA office will be present all weekend to answer any questions you have and also show off the new digital suite of products.

UK National Diving Week will also provide the opportunity for existing qualified divers to try new experiences such as diving with Closed Circuit Rebreathers or side-mount systems, learning new skills with some of the industries leading instructors and industry guru’s and mentors as well as having access to kit and top advice from dive manufacturers. It also offers people the simple opportunity to go diving on a UKNDW promoted dive. It is the goal of the UK National Diving Week to introduce at least 1000 new divers into the sport within the UK through this 9 day long event. Visit www.uknationaldivingweek.co.uk for information on the venue and events.

PADI Member Forum – 2nd May 2015 at ScubaFest in Cornwall


A 2015 PADI Member Forum is being conducted at the upcoming ScubaFest in Cornwall on 2nd May 2015, and promises to be an exciting and informative journey through PADI’s Digital Product Suite.

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage your teaching core and experience the next evolution of PADI eLearning®. Come ready to view live demonstrations of digital products including: PADI App, Certification Paks, ReActivate Touch™, Equipment Specialist Touch™, and much more. You’ll walk away with ideas to boost your certifications, get a sneak peek at the new PADI Digital Product Suite and learn more about integrating this new form of PADI eLearning into your dive training programs. Attendance at the PADI Member Forum will count as one seminar credit.

Registration is free but pre-registration is recommended.

To pre-register for a space please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

PADI Member Forums in Ireland


We are pleased to invite you to join us at one of the 2015 PADI Member Forum’s in Ireland.

There is no charge for attendance at the Forum. Attendance at a Forum will count as one seminar credit. Click on the one of the links below to book a space at your chosen event.

The seminar will focus on:

  • PADI – Leader of the Digital Revolution
  • The innovative ReActivate™ programme
  • The PADI App
  • Changes to the PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • Recent industry news

The events details are as follows:

Galway, Ireland

  • Date: 12/04/2015
  • Time: 14:00 – 16:00
  • Location: Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway, Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

  • Date: 06/06/2015
  • Time: 19:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Trinity Sports & Leisure Centre, The Hole in The Wall Road, Clongriffin, 13 Dublin, Ireland
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet up with other PADI professionals and Members in your area and discuss issues that you may need assistance on… or just enjoy the get-together with other key players in the industry.

For any questions, please contact your PADI Regional Manager, Terry Johnson, by email.

PADI Course Director and Staff Updates at PADI EMEA Offices


Members from all over PADI EMEA’s region gathered to listen to the annual PADI Course Director and PADI Staff Instructor updates during March.

Presenters, Suzanne Smith, Richard Somerset, Fiona Fishburne and Terry Johnson, were on hand during the events to update the members on the current activities and developments in the Instructor Development world.

Updates were given on the new PADI Digital products and how they can be enhanced to support PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor programmes. A review on Risk Management techniques was also provided, together with hands-on evaluation training and some social media tips, hot from the Business Academy.

A number of PADI Course Director were also praised for there achievements during 2014.

Steve Prior with Mark Caney
Steve Prior with Mark Caney
Daniel Schmid with Mark Caney
Daniel Schmid with Mark Caney
Eleni SiAgra with Mark Caney
Eleni Siatra with Mark Caney
Thomas Baum with Mark Caney
Thomas Baum with Mark Caney
Alex Griffin with Mark Caney
Alex Griffin with Mark Caney

If if you didn’t catch this live update there are still opportunities to listen to a live Course Director webinar in German, Italian, Spanish and French later in May. Additionally, online webinars will be available for both the PADI IDC Staff Instructor update and the PADI Course Director update later in the year. Remember to visit the Pro Development section of the Pro’s site for details.