Dive Community Mourns the Passing of Jack Lavanchy

Jack Lavanchy, cofounder and President Emeritus of PADI Europe, passed away 27 January at age 87. One of the forerunners and pioneers of the European dive community, with Jürg Beeli, Lavanchy was a primary force behind PADI’s double-digit growth in Europe in the 1980s and 1990s.

JackLvncyA native of Switzerland, Lavanchy’s interest in diving began when he saw people skin diving off of Cannes, France, in 1947. He completed his first scuba course in 1952 and was active with Glaukos, Switzerland’s oldest dive club, serving as vice-president, president, secretary and delegate to the Swiss Diving Federation. Lavanchy become an instructor in the early 1960s, and inspired by seeing Cousteau’s The Silent World, became Switzerland’s exclusive agent for the Spirotechnique scuba gear line in 1965, and Germany’s in 1968.

In 1978, Lavanchy visited PADI in the United States and returned to Switzerland and his business partner Jürg Beeli with PADI training materials. Recognizing the potential for PADI to improve diver training and promote industry growth in Europe, he and Beeli founded PADI European Services in 1983, followed by founding the PADI European College in 1984. In 1988, PADI European Services transitioned into PADI Europe, which was one of the forerunners of today’s PADI EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa).

Lavanchy served as PADI Europe’s CEO and president in the 1980s and 1990s. Under his leadership, PADI experienced double-digit growth and grew into the region’s leading and largest diver training organization. In 1996, Lavanchy launched the Project AWARE Foundation in Europe, establishing a new growth base and diver participation for the organization’s marine preservation initiatives. Over his career, Lavanchy received numerous honors and titles, including:

  • Historical Diving Society Advisory Board
  • International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
  • Tauchen Lifetime Achievement Award
  • European Underwater Federation Honorary Vice President.

The PADI family joins our industry colleagues around the world in mourning Jack’s passing and extend our condolences and sympathies to his family. His contributions will be missed, but Jack himself will be missed the most.

Tools for Reference

Ever wondered what goes on the cockpit of a commercial flight before take-off? Yes, you guessed it, a checklist. The Captain and First Officer go through the checklist making sure that all systems are ready to go and in working condition.  Why do they have to?  This is to ensure they covered all safety aspects, comfort and eliminating unnecessary debacles during flight.

This is much like us as PADI Professionals. People come to us to experience adventure, they understand the risk they are taking and are depending on us to keep them safe and teach them fully to become competent divers.


As the world’s leader in diving, PADI knows your needs to have such a tool to ease your work and responsibilities is important. Hence, the available slates in the teaching tools list.  The necessary slates are given to you during your PADI Professional Courses.  These slates are not just to help you pass the Course, it is there to be part of your career and helping you conduct your day to day activities.

If you are a PADI Divemaster, giving a briefing for a dive is second nature. Yes, we commonly by-heart the whole briefing and need no reference.  However, there are times that you might have forgotten something either because something distracted you or a bad hair day.  When this happens, there is a possibility that the info missed could jeopardize the Divers’ safety.  Definitely that’s not what you want but think of the drama that can unfold.  Not only that, think about the litigation consequences.


What about Instructors? “Hmm…. I have done 1,000 students and memorised all needs to be done in Confined Water Training and Open Water Training Dives.  I don’t need the extra weight on my bag or my BDC.”  Well, same scenario, something distracted you or a bad hair day and you forgot to run the simple “snorkel for regulator exchange” drill in the PADI Open Water Diver Course?  Though simple, skills such as these are important that Student Divers learns for their safety. Again, think about the consequences and like the scenario above, the possible litigations.

The Key Point to remember is, we are human beings and we make mistakes, so lets us all try our best to eliminate unnecessary mistakes by using checklist or in our case as PADI Professionals slates that are readily available. To refresh your memory of what are the slates available, please check out the latest 2016 Pricelist and online shopping cart or speak with PADI Training & Sales Consultants or your Regional Managers.

PADI Freediver™ Program in the Philippines


PADI Asia Pacific would like to extend a special invitation to participate in the new PADI Freediver™ program. There are 3 upcoming PADI Freediver events which you can attend.

20th January – PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation – Register Now for Early Bird Offer
21st – 22nd January – PADI Freediver Course – Register Now for Early Bird Offer
22nd January – PADI Freediver Seminar – 6pm at Tonglen Beach Resort, Boracay

The PADI Freediver courses conducted by leading industry experts includes full two-day tuition, all required materials, access to confined and open water as well as certification fees if the course is completed successfully. You will be responsible to bring your own equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and exposure protection).

To register for the Boracay PADI Freediver courses please follow the links above. The information provided is subject to change for reasons beyond our control, and additional courses may be scheduled in 2016 on demand.

If you have any questions regarding these launch programs, please contact the PADI Training Department via email at traindep@padi.com.au.

Kuala Lumpur’s First Business Academy


Maintaining market dominance in the dive industry relies on you understanding and evolving your business model to meet the needs of today’s customers. The PADI Business Academy returns in 2016 to do just that.

With a strong emphasis on the integration of PADI’s digital products, enhancing your digital marketing strategy and delivering tailored sales, customer service and business management techniques, the academy aims to revitalise and ignite growth in all operational aspects of your business.

Business Academy – Kuala Lumpur

Date: Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th February 2016.
Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm each day (Social held on Wednesday; 5.00pm – 7.00pm).
Venue: Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie,
1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8, Seksyen U1, 40250 Shah Alam, KL, Malaysia

Please note that registrations need to be in before the 3rd of February to confirm your place.

Please refer to the PADI Pros Site for additional 2016 PADI Business Academy dates and locations or contact your Regional Manager to express interest in attending an alternate Academy.

Please complete this form to register

Retain Divers with PADI ReActivate™


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Did you know that it generally costs 5 times as much to attract new customers than it does to retain them? Shouldn’t one of the first rules in business be to keep your loyal customers coming back to your business in order to avoid these costs? This might seem like common sense, but it might surprise you that studies have shown small business owners spend less than 20% of their time focusing on customer retention.

PADI has created a great product alongside an incredible program to get YOUR divers back into YOUR shop. PADI ReActivate lets certified divers who have been inactive, refresh their knowledge of diving, before visiting you to refresh their skills. It supports a prescriptive approach to learning, allows diver to get in the water quicker with you, and provides each participant with a truly superior educational product. The program also includes a new PADI certification card, to benefit all those who have lost their original during their hiatus from diving.

Early in 2016, make sure you prioritise communicating with your database of divers. You already know they enjoyed diving in the past and I’m sure they were thrilled with the services you provided them.  More importantly, the large majority have said they intended to dive again but somehow “life just got in the way”. Provide them the opportunity to ReActivate.

Contact padisales@padi.com.au to purchase ReActivate codes and remember to set up your Dive Centre affiliation links within your online communication. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the PADI Regional Manager in your area.

Instructor Examinations

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors from December 2015.

Below are some photos from the PADI Instructor Examinations held throughout Asia Pacific.

port blair

02-03 December – Port Blair, Andaman Islands


 02-03 December – Moalboal, Philippines


04-05 December – Semporna, Malaysia

05-06 Boracay, Philippines

05-06 December – Boracay, Philippines

05-06 Phuket, Thailand

05-06 December – Phuket, Thailand


05-06 December – Sanya, China


05-06 December – Cairns, Australia


05-06 December – Perth, Australia

koh tao

08-09 December – Koh Tao, Thailand

08-09 Puerto Galera, Philippines

08-09 December – Puerto Galera, Philippines

11-12 Dumaguete, Philippines

11-12 December – Dumaguete, Philippines


12-13 December – Bali, Indonesia


13-14 December – Manado, Indonesia

14-15 Malapascua, Philippines

14-15 December – Malapascua, Philippines


19-20 December – Singapore

Want to take an Instructor Exam? View the 2016 PADI Instructor Examination listing.
More IE photos will continue to be published.

Improved Delivery for The Undersea Journal

Undersea JournalPADI’s flagship publication, The Undersea Journal, is about to join the digital evolution. Beginning with the first quarter 2016 issue, The Undersea Journal will migrate to a primarily digital delivery format. This change is to provide immediate access to the latest PADI news, updates and training standards. Long delays waiting for the publication to arrive will be a thing of the past as The Undersea Journal will be delivered via the popular Zinio platform on your favorite digital device. Once downloaded, you can enjoy the publication online or offline – the choice is yours.

In addition to expedited delivery, migrating The Undersea Journal to a digital format also supports the PADI organization’s commitment to green practices and contributes to the conservation and preservation of our planet.

The Undersea Journal will continue to include all of the content you’ve come to expect including the latest industry updates, member recognition, environmental achievements, dive business education and training standards. It will also continue to include the Training Bulletin, which is required reading for all PADI Members.

If you prefer to continue receiving a print edition of The Undersea Journal, you may change your delivery preference at any time by visiting the Preference Center in the Your Account section at the PADI Pros’ Site. Please note that a change from digital to print delivery is not instantaneous as mail labels may be printed up to six weeks in advance of a mailing.

You would have already received an email notification of The Undersea Journal’s availability. Accessing your magazine from your favorite digital device is easy. From your computer, simply click on the link in the email, create an account if you don’t already have one and you’re ready to go. For an enhanced experience on your mobile device, download the Zinio app which is available from the Android, Apple and Microsoft stores. Visit the Zinio Help Center for more details on how to access your magazines if needed.

The Undersea Journal digital version is just the latest in the PADI digital evolution of products and services to help you succeed as a dive professional. For questions regarding the digital Undersea Journal, contact PADI Asia Pacific.