Staff Spotlight: Pierluigi Gagliardi (PADI Regional Manager, Italy)


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I have been a PADI Member since 2001 working for PADI Centres within the EMEA Region such as Greece, Red Sea, Maldives, before venturing out too  Mexico and several of the Caribbean Islands.

In 2012, I joined the RHQ office of PADI EMEA as a Training and Quality Management consultant for the Italian, French, Spanish and English markets – along with assisting on many of the international dive exhibitions.

Upon finishing the PADI CDTC course in Punta Cana, I will look forward to be joining the elite Field Services Department as a Regional Manager for Italy, allowing me to support and represent the Italian members.

Becoming a PADI Regional Manager is an honour, working alongside some of the best ambassadors in the diving industry.

I intend to represent PADI and support to Italian market with great honour and passion.

When did you first learn to dive?

In August 1988 (nearby Sorrento with my uncle)

How many dives have you done?


What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?

A huge mask back in 1988.

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

My Speedo

What is your favourite dive site in the UK?

UK? In a speedo? Are you joking! Portland with a Dry-Suit

What is your favourite dive site in the world?

Broken Rock, South Ari Atoll – Maldives

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?

That’s Amore by Dean Martin, it describes my feelings for diving

What is your favourite animal underwater?

Frog Fish

What animal would you love to see on your next dive?

Mandarin Dragonet

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?

Palau and Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?

Seriously? Are you asking me that? Obviously pasta omelette!

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?

My wife who I met in Saba – Netherland Antilles

Me UW Maldives

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