PADI PROS get ready for the season opening

Have you ever wanted to show that you are a PADI instructor, to look more professional when teaching your students? PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is committed to create a corporate identity to promote your experience and reliability on the field.

Wearing PADI branded clothes shows your affilation with the world’s leading scuba diving training organization and improve the visibility and image of the PADI brand. Such actions will bring more students to your courses and increase the recognition of your work.

To promote and support PADI Pros, PADI Sportswear gives them a 15% discount on all our products.

“As a Course Director, I’m in contact with IDC’s, Instructors and candidates all over France. They have chosen PADI because of its professionalism and worldwide presence. I consider it as my duty to carry an adequate image for myself, for the brand and for diving in general.”

Philippe Cerdan, CD, St. Raphaël, France


The PADI Corporate line offers functional products like hoodies and T-Shirts for your fieldwork, when you are outside teaching to your students for example. At the office or for special events, dress up with a classy polo shirt or an elegant shirt with the matching short.

“I ssportswear2pend a lot of time with my students at the water. PADI Sportswear is comfortable, designs are cool. They link me to PADI which gives me the professional image I need to acquire new students.”

Raphaël Party, OWD Instructor since 1997, Grandson, Switzerland


Do not miss the opportunity to increase your business by showing that you are part of the world’s leading scuba diving training organization – Visit the online shop to see all PADI Sportswear products.

New Interactive Dive Against Debris Map

Dive Against Debris Map

Scuba divers worldwide remove and report marine debris found below the surface

An interactive map launched this week by Project AWARE visualizes nearly three years of ongoing reporting by an international network of volunteer scuba divers who remove trash they find underwater through the Dive Against Debris programme.

Dive Against Debris empowers scuba divers around the world to remove and report types and amounts of trash they find underwater. The web-based reporting platform enables divers to submit their data and images online. This information is now being shown on the new interactive Dive Against Debris map, shedding light on the growing marine debris problem that remains largely invisible to the wider public.

“Armed with the information, supported by people on the ground, and working in partnerships, we can drive much needed change for the ocean from two directions: bottom up and top down,” said Ania Budziak, Associate Director of Science and Policy for Project AWARE. “Together, we can change what we produce, consume, and how we dispose of our waste. We can also influence policies necessary to improve how waste is managed locally, regionally and globally.”

Our trash does not belong in the environment yet millions of tons of it enter the ocean each year. So far, the number one type of trash reported by Project AWARE divers is plastic – making up nearly 70 percent of the items. These include single use plastics we throw away everyday like bottles and bags that animals mistake for food as well as fishing line and nets that entangle marine life with devastating consequences. The map, which visualizes more than 400,000 items of debris reported so far, underscores why initiatives to reduce waste are so critical.

Project AWARE’s new Dive Against Debris map represents the first opportunity to instantly visualize what is reported and where on a global scale. The organization hopes to use this information to target debris prevention initiatives, reduce the amount of rubbish entering the ocean and ultimately protect wildlife.

“As scuba divers, we’re able to use our unique skills and knowledge to collect data to show the devastating impacts our waste has on life beneath the waves,” said Budziak. “Project AWARE volunteers who remove and report underwater debris are members of a unique community that contribute to a clean and healthy ocean and also inspire us all to make ocean friendly choices every day.”

View the map to see what divers are finding underwater and get involved at

PADI Store Birthdays in May 2014 for regions 11 and 16

Congratulations and a massive thank you from Terry Johnson and Matt Clements to the following PADI Retail and Resort Association members this month for the following anniversaries:

24 Years

S-2081 – Blackpool Area Diving Centre

19 Years

S-7829 – Kent Diving

18 Years

S-7943 – Aberdeen Watersports

17 Years

S-3333 Porthkerris Divers

S-3334 Deep Blue Pirates Ltd

16 Years

S-3470  Duke of Edinburghs Award, Sub Aqua School

15 Years

S-3587 – Indepth

14 Years

S-3732 – Academy Divers

12 Years

S-32150 – Cheshire Scuba Academy

S-32173 – Mulberry Divers Limited

9 Years

S-35147 – Select Diving

8 Years

S-35299 – DiveLife Ltd

7 Years

S-35507 – Island Divers

5 Years

S-19357 – Scubaducks

S-19350 – Bay Divers

4 Years

S-21908 – JC Scuba Ltd

2 Years

S-23023 – BUSAC at Bangor University

S-23026 – Tri Dive Scuba (At Dunstable Leisure Centre)

1 Year

S- 23701 – Stellar Divers

Ahmed Sayed

Ahmed Sayed – PADI Regional Manager and Product Consultant (Middle East )

Ahmed Sayed

Contact details:


Telephone:+44 117 300 7317

A quick bio from Ahmed:

I was born and grew up in Egypt and graduated from Uni in 1993 then shortly after moved to the UK, joined PADI few years ago, when I started diving my Openwater course instructors were the 2 legends Course Directors and examiners Rick Somerset and Vikki Batten, currently I’m an IDC staff instructor and one eye on Master Instructor, I’m a Formula1 fan and of course I love diving”.

When did you first learn to dive? Learned to dive at PADI, did most of my student and instructor levels with some of the best in the industry.

How many dives have you done? Quite few, need to check properly!

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought? I was given a wet suit and fins by Vikki Batten as a present after finishing my OW course (thanks Vikki). Both still in very good working order!

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be? Mask

What is your favorite dive site in the UK? Challaborough Beach, South Devon, there is a wreck called The Persier. This Belgian steamer was torpedoed and sank in 1945 and can now be reached on a 10 minute RIB boat ride from Challaborough Beach, South Devon

What is your favourite dive site in the world? Ras Mohammed, El Sheik.

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving? I like all kind of music, but Bob Marley is my favourite (Don’t Worry)

What is your favourite animal underwater? Sharks fascinate me

What animal would you love to see on your next dive? Whale shark I would love to see.

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list? HMMMMMM, I have a massive list. I don’t know where start.

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives? I get whatever available on the day, I’m not a fussy eater.

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be? You never get bored when you dive with Gorka Otaola my friend and colleague in the sales department

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Join the eLearning Avalanche


In 2007 PADI launched eLearning and since then the uptake has snowballed. It is now running at full speed down the mountain and to reap the increased revenue stream of new diver acquisition, and associated continuing education, you need to jump on board.

With so many consumers using the internet to educate themselves these days it follows that these people are a percentage of your future divers. They don’t want to wait for materials to begin learning. They want to learn online and learn now! These people have grown up using the Internet to read and shop and do just about everything else. You need to be ready to capture their web searches when they decide to start diving today.

eLearningWebButtonPADI invites DSD participants to enrol onto the PADI Open Water Diver course. Many of them will simply click the eLearning button in the invitation taking them to the eLearning sign up page where they will affiliate themselves with a PADI Dive Centre to get their PADI. Are you and your website ready for eLearners and the potential boost in profits they bring? Is your Virtual Classroom set up and ready to interact with these customers? Now is the time to upload PADI’s NEW eLearning Banners to your website, Blog, Facebook page and so on to capture new business.

If you’d like to jump on and be part of the eLearning avalanche why not register for our eLearning Webinar during which we’ll give you more insight into the features and benefits of this educational medium. We’ll also provide you with tuition on setting up and enhancing your Virtual Classroom.

And to support you further with your eLearning business development we’ve got a great Sales offer for those of you who attend the webinar. Register today for the Webinar and boost your profits by becoming part of the eLearning avalanche.

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PADI at Cornwall ScubaFest 2014

PADI attended Cornwall ScubaFest earlier this month, enjoying a highly successful presence on all three days of the bank holiday weekend.

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The new yurt village at Pentewan Sands provided a fantastic community atmosphere and attracted plenty of visitors, from registered event attendees to passers-by. PADI staff members Simon Chance (PADI Retailer and Resort Associations Manager), Matt Clements (PADI Regional Manager) and Danielle Schofield (PADI Marketing Coordinator) enjoyed the opportunity to welcome new and existing divers as well as catch up with fellow industry members.


Aquasport International provided PADI technical dive experiences throughout Saturday and Sunday, with rebreathers, sidemount and twin set configurations all on-hand for testing in the swimming pool. Both days were packed with divers keen to try something new, and who finished their session smiling and very keen to continue with PADI TecRec training!


PADI Diving Society recently re-launched with a global alignment and was another focal point at the PADI stand. The Society, which provides scuba-related benefits to over 180,000 members, received a terrific amount of interest each day, including new membership signups and raffle entries, with each visitor able to take away a complimentary copy of Sport Diver magazine, the official publication of the PADI Diving Society.


The weekend social calendar was also fun-packed, with raffles, bands and fancy dress competitions – but Sunday afternoon drew in big crowds and even bigger laughs, with ScubaFest exhibitors and visitors invited to test their skills on a just-for-fun rodeo tournament. And, yes – Simon, Matt and Danielle all braved the bucking bronco… but sadly didn’t claim the top title (maybe next year!).


PADI is already geared up to attend Anglesey ScubaFest (August 16-17th), and will be offering a range of activities from Discover Scuba Diving experiences through to technical tasters, as well as rescue workshops and more! Watch this space!

Diver Safety Message

With the start of the season upon us, PADI has worBDSGked together with other members of the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG), to produce seven top tips for divers to follow before they embark on their first dives of the season.

Nick Fecher, Coastal Safety Product Manager, said: ‘With Easter traditionally heralding the start of the diving season, the British Diving Safety Group has come together to produce and promote a set of consistent safety tips for divers.

‘We are encouraging divers to follow our seven top tips to ensure they enjoy the start of the diving season safely.

‘Simple steps like checking your kit is in working order after a winter in the garage and practicing in a pool or in shallow water before the first dive of the season can help ensure your safety.’

The seven top tips are:

• Have your kit serviced in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
• Check all your kit is in working order, such as suit seals and rubber straps for perishing, zips and SMB reels.
• Practice your skills in a pool/shallow site before the first dive of the season.
• Plan some work up dives to ease yourself back into the water if you have not dived since last year.
• Be realistic about your fitness levels before commencing the season.
• Don’t let complacency creep in. Inform the Coastguard of your plan and undertake a thorough buddy check before each dive.
• Do not underestimate the risks; accidents do happen to people like you.

Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Luke Blissett, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email ., contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email Click here for here for the RNLI website

PADI Store Birthdays in April 2014 for regions 11 and 16

Congratulations and a massive thank you from Terry Johnson and Matt Clements to the following PADI Retail and Resort Association members this month for the following anniversaries:

22 Years

S-2605 West Wales Dive Company

21 Years

S-2831 The Dive Zone Ltd

14 Years

S-3715 DiveStyle
S-3723 Above & Below Dive Centre
S-3674 Go-Dive Scuba Centre

13 Years

S-32043 Aquaholics

12 Years

S-32157 Wirral Sports – Diving & Watersports
S-32163 Aquatechnique Scuba School

11 Years

S-32317 Vobster Quay Diving Centre
S-32322 Fourth Element Diving

10 Years

S-32492 Sunderland Scuba Centre
S-32494 Glaciere Diving & Sailing

9 Years

S-35129 Scubaco Ltd

7 Years

S-35493 Just U Dive Ltd
S-35502 Discover Diving

6 Years

S-35686 The Tribe Discover Scuba Ltd
S-35687 Odyssey Dive Centre Ltd

4 Years

S-21850 Dive Rutland

3 Years

S-22404 OceanAddicts (M/V Embarr)

2 Years
S-22965 Aquatrek Divers

Power up with the PADI Business Academy – Stockholm

PADI Business Academy

PADI Business Academy (PBA) is the powerful, and hugely successful, business development tool only accessible to PADI members. If you’re looking to increase your business exposure, sales and bottom line profit you can’t afford not to become one of the thousands of successful international PADI Business Academy graduates.

Take a sneak peak at our first 2014 Business Academy! Click on the video below.

PADI Business Academy video

And to take a look at what the PADI Business Academy can do for you, view this brochure!

Join us for one for one of the upcoming 2014 PBAs. This two day programme will inspire, equip and motivate you, helping you prepare your business for unprecedented growth in 2014.

To register for a programme, complete the PBA Registration Form* and return it to the Marketing department. Additional registrants from the same Dive Centre will benefit from a 50% discount and each primary Dive Centre attendee will benefit from a €/£100 credit toward their 2015 Dive Centre renewal.

*Further PBA 2014 dates to be added

PADI Staff Spotlight: Sophie Haye (Coordinator, Instructor Development)

Sophie Haye – Coordinator, Instructor Development

Sophie Haye








Contact details:


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!

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