Sophie Haye – Coordinator, Instructor Development
Telephone:+44 117 300 7303
A quick bio from Sophie:
“I’m an Instructor Development coordinator here at PADI EMEA and I’ve been working here for around a year and a half. Before PADI I was studying French & Spanish and Cardiff University then did a work placement in Spain for a short while before returning to Bristol, where I grew up. In my spare time I sing in a 3-part harmony trio and make a mean cupcake (if I do say so myself)”
When did you first learn to dive? I did the Open Water course in August 2013 with some of my fantastic colleagues as my instructors.
How many dives have you done? Only the Open Water ones so far, but I definitely plan to get more dives logged in 2014.
What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought? A Mask and Snorkel.
If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be? Well… my mask and snorkel as that’s all I own at the moment!
What is your favourite dive site in the UK? I’ve only been to Cromhall quarry for my training so I guess it wins by default! I’m keen to try out some more UK dive sites this year.
What is your favourite dive site in the world? Ask me after I’ve been to the Philippines in April 😀
What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving? The entire Beyoncé back catalogue.
What is your favourite animal underwater? Whale sharks absolutely fascinate me!
What animal would you love to see on your next dive? A Manta Ray would be pretty cool.
What dive site is at the top of your to wish list? I have a pretty long list but I think it has to be the Maldives
What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives? Home-made cupcakes.
If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be? Dagmar Dworakowski – my partner in crime at the office!
We would like to congratulate John W. Mitchell on recently becoming a PADI Course Director. John attended the CDTC in Malaysia along with 13 other PADI Master Instructors who successfully completed the programme. John is based in the UK. Well done all the attendees!!!!
PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is launching an exciting series of practical workshops, offering you the opportunity to take part in a variety of interactive practical sessions, meet PADI staff and network amongst your peers.
We have a selection of different experiences for you during the course of the day, so bring your dive gear, and join our experienced examiner team for a Control Techniques Workshop, where you’ll take away some hints and tips from the staff on how to conduct some of the classic and updated skills, with an emphasis on real-world best practices for control in open water. You can also refresh your rescue skills in the fun and interactive Rescue Workshop, and make sure you’re up to speed with the latest rescue protocols. And if you’re a Course Director or IDC Staff Instructor, you’re also invited to take part in an Evaluation Training Workshop, where we’ll practice evaluating some of the skills from the recently revised Open Water Diver Course (as a bonus you can attend any of these workshops free of charge if you also just came along to the corresponding IDC Staff Instructor / Course Director Update!).
When you’ve dried off, or even if you aren’t able to attend the in-water sessions, you can also attend the complimentary Risk Management Seminar, pick up some tips on conducting the Revised Open Water Diver Course, and take advantage of a Training Drop-In Clinic to ask the Training team any questions you have about PADI programmes or materials. In some locations, these programmes will also be combined with a Member Forum hosted by your PADI Regional Manager!
You can find the latest schedule of workshop dates and download a registration form here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!