Manta Trust Expeditions in the Maldives

Experienced researcher from the Manta Trust have accompanied a series liveaboard dive vacation in the Maldives in 2018

These trips, were part of the PADI Travel Eco Project to explore this conglomeration of atolls, islands and reefs aboard a diving liveaboard. And special because there was one researcher from Manta Trust on the liveaboard. Manta Trust is a leading non-profit organization with the goal of researching and protecting manta rays. These experts were teaching all about manta rays and answer all the divers questions.

Experience Overview

These expeditions have been scheduled to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents. These two factors strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of manta rays. The aim of these trips was to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of immersing amongst a feeding frenzy of manta rays.

Just north of the Baa Atoll, the trip ventured into Raa Atoll, one of most unexplored atolls. However, this group of islands is regularly visited by mantas and hosts some stunning dive sites. Vertical walls covered in soft corals, gardens of anemones and mantas gliding above the divers heads are only a few of the marvels of the region.

Ari Atoll is famous for being regularly visited by whale sharks. Venturing into this atoll, the divers were seeking out these gentle giants and had the chance to visit some of the richest and most spectacular dive sites in the Maldives. Ari Atoll also hosts the second largest manta population in the country, and divers had many opportunities to find manta aggregations and night feeding events at some specific sites.

Finally they visited Lhaviyani Atoll, another spectacular northern atoll. Here sharks, schools of eagle rays, tunas and other large pelagic fish are the main characters in the dives. They also encountered more manta rays and went diving on one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in the country.

Protect What You Love

During these diving holidays, divers had the opportunity to experience and participate in cutting-edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals.

Divers personally contributed to the research by collecting photographic identification images of the mantas they encountered throughout their vacation. All new manta rays have been added to the database, and divers were invited to name these new mantas.
Every manta sighting contains crucial information for developing effective management and conservation strategies to protect these increasingly vulnerable animals

The Manta Trust

A UK registered charity, the Trust’s mission is to advance the worldwide conservation of manta rays and their habitat through robust science and research, by raising awareness, and by providing education, influence and action.
The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for these amazing animals, their close relatives and their habitat.
Data Collection: The Manta Trust has a number of research projects worldwide, such as incorporating population data, researching manta movements, and completing genetic analyses – to name a few. These projects serve to further the understanding of the general ecology of manta and mobula rays.

PADI Members go free to DIVE MENA Expo!

The DIVE MENA Expo

26th February -2nd March 2019

Dubai, UAE

Exclusive PADI Member Offer

Free access to the show if you’re a PADI member – just show your PADI card on entry!

The DIVE MENA Expo co-located with Dubai International Boat Show offers everything that a scuba diver can imagine – from the latest equipment on the market, product demonstrations and showcases, and talks from renowned speakers in the scuba diving field.

DIVE TRACKS

Dive Tracks will be a series of exciting talks led by diving experts that cover a complete range of topics for divers from diving with marine life, underwater photography, local dive spots for marine conservation and much more!

IMRAN AHMAD

An internationally known underwater photographer. He is known for his Experimental Photography with light and motion. Read more

ERNST VAN DER POLL

Ernst runs his own PADI Dive Center and swimming academy, where he teaches adaptive diving for people with life-changing injuries. Read more

CHRISTELLE HOLLER

Christelle has been involved in ocean conservation projects for many years working closely with Oceana, Conservation International and The International SeaKeepers Society. Read more

STRAP A TANK AND BREATHE!

Try out the new dive pool! Lead by Bermuda Diving who will cover training on basic scuba skills and introduce attendees to the joy of the underwater world.

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Hussain “Sendi” Rasheed

With great pleasure we want to inform you that PADI Course Director Hussain “Sendi” Rasheed has been inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) for his career service to the sport of recreational scuba diving

Hussain Rasheed (known as Sendi Rasheed) was the first PADI Course Director in the Republic of Maldives and a key figure in developing diving tourism there.

During his career, which is on-going, he has certified over 1,600 divers. He is active in developing regulations for the Maldives Islands and also works to assist marine environmental projects. His work came to international media attention when he created and organized an underwater Cabinet Meeting, chaired by the President of the Republic of Maldives, to bring world attention the threat of global warming.
He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Marine Studies at Villa College (2006 – 2008), overseeing four departments: Marine Science, Watersports, Scuba Diving and Marine Medicine.

He is affiliated as an Executive Director of all Villa Dive Centres under his company, Dive Oceanus, operating five PADI Dive Centres across four different atolls in the Maldives, and supervising 40 diving professionals. He is a founding member of the Divers Association Maldives (DAM).

Regarded as “the Godfather of the Maldivian diving industry” Hussain Rasheed, better known as Sendi, was born in Male’, the capital of the Republic of Maldives. He started diving in 1981 and became a PADI Divemaster in 1986, an Instructor in 1993, and Course Director in 2000. He currently focuses on teaching PADI Professionals and has been a mentor to literally thousands of new divers. Sendi has given numerous presentations at local schools, sharing his love and knowledge of diving and the marine environment, thus ensuring that the next generation of Maldivian’s understands their importance to the Maldivian economy, and also to the nation’s culture. Using regional television he has been able to further expand his programs delivering them to a much wider national audience.

In recognition of his many efforts on behalf of diving and the marine environment, Sendi has received both the Maldives Tourism Award, and the Presidential Award. Each of these are major career acknowledgements, and together they recognize his contributions and ongoing dedication over many years.

Sendi is a keen underwater photographer and dedicated diving professional. When asked about what he likes most about his work instructing divers he noted that, “It is the satisfaction that they will become environmental ambassadors. So, for the Professionals… they will become the ambassador trainers. I enjoy every moment, on all levels, and have so many good memories.”

Sendi has been actively involved in the lobbying of all marine protected species and dive sites in the Maldives since he started scuba diving. As a witness to the decline in the area’s shark population he has been active in opposing shark finning and the sale of shark souvenirs such as jaws and teeth, and was an effective supporter of the 2010 national legislation that provided protection to sharks.

Sendi’s 37 – year career shows his deep love of the ocean that he actively works to protect, and his educational abilities that produce a continuing stream of diving professionals that become Maldivian Ocean Ambassadors.

Since his first breaths underwater, Sendi has seen the Maldives diving industry grow from a few explorers to a multiple million – dollar industry that directly benefits thousands of local Maldivian many of who directly or indirectly owe their role in the industry to him. Sendi thanks his father for inspiring him to venture out into the blue, and to succeed in his chosen field. “He taught me that the ocean was not something to fear, but that it had much to offer.” His wife of 30 years and their two children, he credits with the rest of his impressive journey.

The immensity of the contribution that Sendi has made towards diving in the Maldives is indisputable.

Maldivian Force for Good

During the resent BOOT show in Düsseldorf, Euro-Divers Worldwide together with PADI had the privilege to raffle a piece of art painted underwater by a Maldivian artist named Ihfal Ahmed.

The proceeds were generously donated to the Project AWARE foundation.

About the artist

Hussain Ihfal Ahmed, is a compelling artist who has experienced different mediums and techniques. His understanding of art led him to break free from art practices that are holding artist from reaching a favourable outcome. These artworks are a challenge to break boundaries and creating new techniques and insights.

He has more than 15 years of experience in the field. He creates his paintings to make people aware of climate change and sea level rise that are threatening the very existence of his home country Maldives.

The artist, who was born and raised in Maldives hopes to convey the urgency of threats to his nation through art!

The lucky winner …..

PADI Supporting the Maldives Dive Community

2018 has been a successful and busy year in the Maldives. As Regional Manager I have been out and about supporting Dive Centers and Instructors with a host of activities and events.

So, what has been happening? Member forums, specialty workshops, business development workshops and AWARE Week, are just a few of the many events across the Maldives. I would like to thank you for your continued commitment and support at these forums, training days and events.

It has been particularly inspiring to see how many PADI Professionals have taken part in the DPV workshops around the Maldives. PADI has teamed up with BluEmotion, the official SUEX DPV distributor in the Maldives.

As a result of this partnership, we have been conducting several unique ‘Business of DPV’ training events in the Maldives. Diver Propulsion Vehicles have proved crucial business tools for dive centres in the Maldives, however the techniques involved in maximising their effectiveness are often misunderstood. The aim of the two day workshop was to not only show how these DPV work and how to include them in the dive centres daily operation, but also to give staff the tools to successfully sell PADI DPV courses in order to increase certifications and revenue.

The workshop have been conducted complimentary and were conducted by PADI Regional Manager Matt Wenger, together with experts from BluEmotion who specialise in the use of DPVs in the Maldives. These workshops were aimed at PADI dive centre staff and included for example:

• How to effectively teach this course
• Marketing techniques for increasing certifications
• How to integrate the use of DPVs into your business model
• Pricing strategies
• How to set up and run a DPV wing of your dive business
• Specific details on the Suex DPV and their use
• The opportunity to register as a PADI DPV Centre of Excellence
• PADI specialty DPV training

Should you be interested having one of these DPV workshops conducted at your dive centres, please contact matt.wenger@padi.com

Marketing & Event Support

There is a range of support available as well as assets ready for your use. Be sure to use the PADI Dropbox account for access to the latest marketing materials. As well as this, the PADI YouTube Channel and the image library on Flikr is a great source of visual content available for use. There is also a host of support available if you are looking to step outside your center and run an event or take part in a show.
Please email Matt Wenger for any further information and support.matt.wenger@padi.com

Go Diving 2019

PADI will be exhibiting at Go Diving, taking place at Ricoh Arena, Coventry (UK) from Friday 22nd February – Sunday 24th February 2019.

Get your exclusive discounted tickets now

Use the code PADI2018 at the check-out to receive your exclusive 10% PADI discount on tickets – use this code to get discounted tickets for Saturday and Sunday as well!

Book your tickets

Visit the PADI stand (25), where the Team and our Stand Partners will be on hand to answer all your questions and show you our latest products and features. There is more exciting news coming so please keep checking this page as it will be regularly updated.

Find out what’s on:

Over the course of the show we’ll be holding some great seminars and workshops, which we’d love you to join us for. Don’t forget to register (once open) for the Member Forum if you’re planning to attend. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Date Time Seminar/Event Location
22/02/19 09:00 – 10:30 CDTC Q&A: What it takes to become a PADI Course Director  Jaguar Suite
22/02/19 10:45 – 11:30 Risk Management Jaguar Suite
22/02/19 11.45 – 12.30 Master the art of entry-level conversion Jaguar Suite
22/02/19 12.45 – 13.30 Discover a new world of opportunity through PADI Travel Jaguar Suite
22/02/19 13.45 – 15:00 Member forum Jaguar Suite
23/02/19 10.30 – 10.55 Q&A with PADI Ambassadiver Luca Hales Inspiration Stage
23/02/19 14:00 – 15:00 Member Forum Jaguar Suite
24/02/19 10:30 – 10:55 Q&A with PADI Ambassadiver Luca Hales Inspiration Stage

Member Forum 2019 at The Go Diving Show

Discover the latest news from PADI and catch up with PADI Pros in your area.

Friday 22nd February 2019 – Register Now

Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Register Now

We look forward to seeing you!

Your PADI EMEA Team

PADI Santi Dry Suit Diver Distinctive Specialty launch exclusive for PADI Course Directors

Are you interested to get a new PADI Distinctive Specialty rating? Are you a PADI Course Director? If your answer is yes to both of those questions, we have great news for you!

Together with the leading drysuit manufactures we developed a new Distinctive Specialty – Santi Dry Suit Diver. It covers all the recent development in Santi dry suits, under suits and accessories and uses advanced teaching approach. It is exclusive for a PADI Course Directors. After successful completion of the program, you will get a rating of Distinctive Instructor Trainer for this new speciality.

Want to apply? Register HERE

The launch is designed as a 2-day program and will take place in Santi Headquarters in Gdynia, Poland. You will participate in standards and product presentations and workshops, demonstration of the manufacturing process and pool session to get familiar with course structure and specific skills.

  • Place: Santi HQ Gdynia, Poland
  • Time: 5th-6th March 2019 (arrival on 4th March, departure late evening at 6th)
  • Costs: we have a special offer for the launch event – contact us to get more details

Do you have more questions? Contact PADI Regional Manager – Michal Kosut michal.kosut@padi.com or +48 602 789 508

Want to apply? Register HERE


PADI Wins TAUCHEN Award for the 21st time in 21 Years!

Every year, for over two decades, the readers of the highly popular German diving magazine, TAUCHEN, are invited to vote for their preference in 17 different industry categories. With the magazine focusing on dive travel, equipment and industry news categories include equipment, dive shops and diver training organisations.

The bronze dolphins awarded for each category winner are often referred to as the ‘oscars’ of the diving industry and are highly coveted. PADI has been the unwavering favourite diver training organisation, taking home the bronze dolphin statuette for the Best Diver Training Organisation every year, since the award’s inception.

This year, we’re extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation again.This would not have been possible without the continued hard work, professionalism and dedication of the PADI members and the continued loyalty of PADI Divers.

This year the awards were presented on 24th January, 2019, in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Mark Spires collecting TAUCHEN Award

“Thank you to Tauchen magazine and their readers for recognising PADI as the world’s best Training Organisation for the 21st year. I would like dedicate this award to PADI Members across the planet, whose expert diver training and professionalism keep PADI as The Way the World Learns to Dive. Together We are PADI, and a Global Force for Good.”

– Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

PADI announces its 2019 Shows!

PADI has been busy planning its 2019 events schedule and is excited to announce that it will be exhibiting at the following shows:

Salon de la Plongée (Paris, France): 11 – 14 January – PADI Village.

BOOT (Dusseldorf, Germany): 19 – 27 January – PADI Village.

Salon de la Inmersion (Barcelona, Spain): Friday 15th February – Sunday 17th February – PADI Village

DIVE MENA Expo (Dubai, UAE): 26 February – 2 March.

EUDI (Bologna, Italy): 1 – 3 March – PADI Village.

MAS (Madrid, Spain): Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March – PADI Village

PADI will also have a presence at these shows:

Moscow Dive Show (Moscow, Russia): 31 January – 3 February.

Duikvaker (Houten, Netherlands): 2 – 3 February.

DykMassan (Stockholm, Sweden): 16 – 17 March.

Additional 2019 shows will be added as they are confirmed. Check in regularly for an updated list.

We hope you’ll join us at one or more of the shows. If you’d like to partner with us in one of the PADI villages please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

An Action Packed EUROTEK 2018 Awaits

EUROTEK 2018

EUROTEK – the European advanced and technical diving conference – takes place 1st-2nd December 2018 and you’re invited. You don’t need to be a technical diver to attend, just an enthusiastic one, keen to learn more about our amazing sport.

Wondering why you should head to EUROTEK?  Here are five reasons;

  1. EUROTEK is a top quality professional learning event – this is your opportunity to engage with world class experts and get the low down on cardiac issues in diving, Immersion Pulmonary Oedma and changing concepts in decompression
  2. Network with like-minded divers from 22 countries and make valuable connections, both personally and professionally. It’s the perfect place to get invited on exciting dives
  3. Learn about the latest diving equipment without getting the hard sell. Our exhibitors have time to discuss what kit solutions you need for your current diving and future adventures
  4. Keep pace with the latest information on Hypoxia (the silent killer) and CO2 monitoring in rebreathers from an outstanding keynote presenter: Professor Simon Mitchell
  5. Hang out with explorers – our speakers are receptive and helpful. Come with questions and leave with answers

Hang on! We’ve got even more reasons…

Thai Cave Rescue Team

  • Want to know what really happened in Tham Luang cave this summer? Rick Stanton and Dr Richard Harris tell you the truth about the Thailand cave rescue
  • Are you are training disabled divers? Wheelchair user Tom Hughes recounts the challenges he faced to become a tech diver
  • Next year is the 100th anniversary of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow. Renowned skipper Emily Turton gives us the low down these iconic wrecks and reveals survey secrets from HMS Hampshire and Vanguard.

Wow!  What an awesome line up.  And if that has whet your appetite, how about starting your weekend early at the Big Fat EUROTEK Friday night curry. Then celebrate friendship and success at the UK’s biggest scuba diving party on Saturday night. You could win a KISS Rebreather, an Otter Drysuit, an awesome goodie bag or a holiday to Buddy Dive Bonaire whilst raising money for the British Cave Rescue Council.

This opportunity is too good to miss so to find out more, or book your delegate pass log onto www.eurotek.uk.com.  Choose to attend for a day or the weekend. If you come on Saturday and love it so much, you don’t have to buy a Sunday pass, just upgrade to a weekend pass by paying the balance.

See you next weekend at The Rep Theatre in the heart of Birmingham, UK.