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

PADI Ambassadiver Luca Hales

Luca Hales is one of the PADI youngest Ambassadivers in the world, Luca is an Egyptian British twelve years old young man who is currently a PADI Master Scuba Diver with more than 200 dives under his belt.

I first met Luca in March 2018; Luca was present during a PADI Member Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, while PADI Member Forum is mainly for PADI professionals, I found this young man sat there talking to instructors and asking me if I need any help setting up.

At the time, Luca was an advanced diver and wanted to do more, Luca then teamed up with another passionate individual PADI Course Director Yahya Khairy, who sponsored Luca to do many courses with him during 2018, to become a PADI MSD with five specialities so far and is about to start another five specialities soon.

   

All I can say is that we need more young people like Luca who truly care about diving and about our oceans.

Why Egypt!

Egypt has 1682km (more than 1000 miles) shore on The Red Sea. The Red Sea is famous with the variety of beautiful dives that it can offer, along with the variety of species found in the Red Sea.

The Red Sea is one of the warmest in the world all year around by 2 C°. The Red Sea salinity is 4% higher than any other ocean. This is mainly because of the high rate of evaporation of the seawater (about 2 m per year), the little feed of fresh water into the sea through rainfall full with mineral comes from the volcanic mountains of the Red Sea Mountains and Lack of significant rivers or streams draining into the sea, as well as the limited connection with the Indian Ocean. The high salinity combined with the relatively warm seawater temperature is forming the ideal habitat for its very diverse, multiple and preserve coral and marine life.

Egypt is the home of some of the best dive sites in the world such is

The Thistlegorm Wreck, Ras Mohammed, Abu Nuhas Reef, Dahab Blue Hole, The Brothers, Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Alam Dolphin House, Abu Dabbab and Daedalus Reef

All the above along with all year around sunshine, beautiful skies, reasonable prices and only few hours flights away from Europe made Egypt one of the best destinations in the world for divers.

You won’t know what you missing until you dived the Red Sea.

 

The God Father of the Hyperbaric Medicine Dr. Adel Taher

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Adel Taher on many occasions either during one of his seminars or during social events for divers.

I still haven’t met any diving professional or even a diver in Egypt who doesn’t know Dr. Adel and the amazing work.

Dr. Adel is the proud owner and manager of the Hyperbaric Medical Center in Sharm El Sheik. This centre recently celebrated 25 years, open 24 hours a day for 25 years serving divers.

The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame has announced the names of four new members who will be inducted into the hall of fame this year. One of the four Inductees this year is Dr. Adel; he will join fellow dive industry pioneers who have helped cultivate and revolutionize the sport of scuba diving.

Dr Adel is considered one of the world’s top experts in hyperbaric medicine, Dr. Adel Mohamed Taher is best known for establishing the most sophisticated diving medical facility in the Red Sea, which continues to provide a foundation of safety for the expanding dive tourism industry in the region and beyond.

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor since 1982, Dr. Taher has played a vital role in promoting diver safety in the Red Sea region by managing diving emergencies, participating in medical research projects and conferences, and acting as an adviser for governmental and non-governmental agencies.

 

On behalf of all divers and dive professionals in Egypt, I would like to thank you Dr. Adel

The Undersea Journal First Quarter 2019 – Now Available

Each quarter The Undersea Journal is filled with stories and articles that help you stay informed and inspired as a PADI Professional.

The First Quarter 2019 edition includes articles on; tips for turning students into engaged divers, how to make PADI’s marketing resources work for you, DEMA show updates, dive shops making a difference, how travel helps a commitment to dive, and many other articles.

There are several digital reading options for you to access this publication:

If you’ve opted for the printed version, it will continue to be delivered to your mailing address.

If you have any questions please contact customerservices.emea@padi.com

PADI DSD event breaks disabilities barriers

At the end of November, a group of PADI Instructors, in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, gathered together and organized a Discover Scuba Diving event for people with special needs.

The aim of the event was to foster participant’s confidence in their abilities as well as providing basic information about diving, the training involved but most important …to share how scuba diving can help those with the most serious of physical injuries!

Twelve adults and two children from different regions of Saudi Arabia attended the event.

Here some testimonials:

Mazen Zahrani, 14 years old:
“Thanks to God and with the support of my mother, I was able to overcome these obstacles … it was a successful experience by all means and will allow me to experience other possibilities in life” 

Mazen’s mother commented:
“It was the dream of my dreams to see Mazen diving; I was very happy when I heard about a diving program for people with special needs: my happiness increased when I saw him in the water and I saw the ecstatic joy bursting out of him’.

Laila Al-Khawaja, mother of 13 years old Rawan Al-Khawaja:
“I do not want her to feel different from the rest of her peers. She is capable of doing everything and she will do an amazing job if we encourage her as well as the community …. diving helped to increase her strengths and determination but also contributed to the elimination of fear …which is our first concern “

Khalid al-Aqeel:
“What an experience: after the diving experience I felt like movement in my feet”

Muhsin Al-Ismail:
“Wonderful and unique, I would like to send a message to all members of society that there is no such thing as impossible: we are able to succeed in any area of service to society and the nation”

Hani Al-Nasser:
“I hope that diving will become a recognized sport for the special needs people and give them the opportunity to dive more”.

Abdullah Al Shahrani:
“We never expected that those who were not able to walk on their feet would be able to experience diving; I thought that only those with feet and legs are able to dive, I would repeat it whenever I have the opportunity”.

Congratulations to all the partecipants to the event:

1.         Mamdouh AlBalawi -KSA- Tabuk.
2.         Jafar Al-Hleil -KSA- Qatif.
3.         Khalid Al – Aqeel -KSA- Riyadh.
4.         Mohammed Al-Assadi -KSA- Riyadh.
5.         Abdullah Al-Shahrani -KSA- Riyadh.
6.         Mohammed Al-Ghazawi -KSA- Qatif.
7.         Bassam Al-Ruwaili -KSA- Arar.
8.         Abdullah Al-Qallaf -KSA- Sihat.
9.         Amr Dawood -KSA- Riyadh 
10.       Mazen Mohammed -KSA- Qatif.
11.       Yousef Jamea -KSA- Riyadh.
12.       Hani Al – Nasser -KSA- Qatif.
13.       Rawan AlKhawaja
14.       Mazen AlZahrani

And special thanks to all the PADI members involved:

Kasim Saeed – PADI Master Instructor
Mohammed Abo-Abdullah – PADI instructor
Hussain AlAbbas – PADI instructor
Aqeel AlKhamis – PADI instructor
Abdullah AlSadiq – PADI instructor
Ali AlSalim –PADI Assistant instructor
Ali AlBahrani – PADI Divemaster

WELL DONE …KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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

2019: Creating Real Resolutions

It’s almost a tradition. Each year in January, we resolve to “eat better,” “spend less time on YouTube,” “rotate the tires on time,” or whatever. But by February, we’ve forgotten it. Why? Because most resolutions are really wishes or things we’re told we “ought” to do, instead of commitments from our hearts. So, our daily grind easily pushes them into the back seat.

This year, let’s break from tradition and apply our passion for diving and the underwater world to find some real resolutions. You’ve probably noticed that when people commit to realimportantresolutions that they genuinely care about, they get things done. They prove American philosopher William James right when he said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

Because we think differently and have different talents, perhaps exactly what you’re most passionate about differs from me – and that’s fine because there are many needs that call on us as a force for positive change. But ultimately, every struggle we passionately commit to either involves nature, other people, ourselves or often, a combination of these.

Nature

In previous blogs I’ve talked about how divers are already making a difference in the face of the numerous threats to our seas. Globe-wide problems can seem overwhelming, but these divers show that we can and do make a difference if we know their secret – they don’t think broad and wide. They think small and deep. They pick small, focused things that don’t overwhelm, like reducing plastic waste one straw at a time or campaigning to make a local reef a Hope Spot or marine protected area and passionately focus on them. Joining cleanups, volunteering as citizen scientists, coral farming . . . the list is long, definitely not always easy, but doable. So, while no one of us can save the oceans, together we will, working in millions of important ways at the same time. Need some ideas about where you fit in? Start here.

Other People

You know diving transforms lives, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. It’s a powerful tool for positive social change. It inspires people creatively, helps overcome social barriers and importantly, creates active ocean advocates. As I talked about in my last blog, diving is a substantial healing force.

Diving is also a rare activity in which a seasoned pro can pair with a first-time novice and both have a genuinely great dive together (try that playing tennis). Diving brings families and friends together, bridges cultures (underwater, we all speak the same language) and teaches teamwork and self-discipline.

“You cannot change anyone,” American author Roy T. Bennett reminds us, “but you can be the reason someone changes.” Resolve to be that reason. Set a goal to tell someone every week (or day!) about why you love diving, and when they like what they hear, how to get started. Diving helps us be better people, and not sharing it is, in my opinion, a bit selfish.

Ourselves

Don’t dismiss continuing your diver education as a “real” resolution just because you’ll enjoy doing it. Look at it this way: If you’re committed to showing people underwater beauty – or damage – would learning underwater imaging help? If you’re removing debris in cooler water, can you do more if you learn to dive a dry suit? To document invasive and original species populations, would learning fish identification help? Adaptive support diving for sharing diving with people who have challenges? To be in the ultimate position to share diving, look at Divemaster, Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. And, think beyond diving – CPR and first aid can make a huge difference for someone wherever you are, and learning a new language allows you to be an underwater ambassador to more people and cultures. No matter how much we’ve accomplished or know, there’s always something more to do and learn. Master Spanish painter Pablo Picasso said, “I’m always doing that which I can’t do, so that I may learn how to do it.” Great advice.

As we replace flimsy traditional resolutions with genuine commitments to be a force for good, I’ll leave you with a favorite quote. Rob Siltanen, advertising executive behind some of Apple’s most successful campaigns, said this:

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
are the ones who do.

Dr. Drew Richardson
PADI President & CEO

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.