Join Us in Celebrating PADI’s 50th Anniversary

50th_socialcontest_1200x628_v3 (1)This year marks PADI’s 50th Anniversary, and to help us celebrate this milestone, we’re calling on PADI Professionals to share their favourite diving moment from the past 50 years.

Enter your favourite diving moment by uploading a photo, video or story and you could win one of these incredible prizes: an Aqua Lung CORE Regulator, a GoPro HERO4 package, a Suunto D4i Novo Dive Computer, Vivid-Pix photo editing software or a PADI eLearning Gift Pass/Gift Bag.

You  could share…

  • An incredible marine life encounter
  • A memorable experience with your scuba students
  • How and why you became a PADI Pro

Be sure to get your customers and students divers involved too. They can also share their top underwater memories – even if they only happened today!

Upload your entry now!
OR enter your photos/video by including #PADI50Years on Instagram or Twitter.

The contest is open now and entries close on 10th July, 2016 (23:59 UTC).

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Pro Dive Cairns issues their 150,000th PADI Certification

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Leading dive operator and PADI Career Development Centre, Pro Dive Cairns, has achieved the historic milestone of issuing their 150,000th PADI certification on the 20th June 2016 in Cairns, Australia.

Drew Richardson, PADI President and Chief Executive Officer, Danny Dwyer, PADI Asia Pacific Vice President, Hans Ullrich, PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, and Paul Lim, Pro Dive Cairns General Manager, joined the lucky 150,000th student, Felix Tam, and his PADI Instructor, Simon Daxer, on the Pro Dive Cairns boat to celebrate. Also on board were the Pro Dive Cairns team as well as fellow divers from around the globe who had just returned from their diving trip on the world famous Great Barrier Reef.

Pro Dive Cairns is only the second ever operator to reach this prestigious milestone. To celebrate this accomplishment a gala event was held in Cairns on the 21st June and the Pro Dive Cairns team were presented with a commemorative award from Drew Richardson. During the event, Pro Dive Cairns were also recognised for their ongoing quality of diver training, initiatives and achievements. Felix Tam, the newly certified PADI Open Water Diver, was present at the event and received an award to mark the occasion on behalf of the PADI students that have been certified at Pro Dive Cairns.

Reflecting on their success, Paul Lim, General Manager of Pro Dive Cairns said, “Our longevity in business over the past 33 years, is an outstanding testament to our partnership with PADI and the dedication and professionalism of all our staff, as well the quality and reputation of our product.”

Pro Dive Cairns 2Quicksilver Group Managing Director Tony Baker added, “We are extremely proud of our achievements and the reputation Pro Dive Cairns has built over the years. The fact that so many people have chosen Pro Dive Cairns to teach them to dive is very satisfying and reflects our philosophy and commitment to providing the best possible dive education and trips over many years.”

Danny Dwyer of PADI stated, “Our entire team at PADI would like to congratulate the team at Pro Dive Cairns on reaching the remarkable milestone of 150,000 PADI students. Our two companies have shared a strong and successful business partnership over 33 years and we look forward to many more.”

Established in 1983, Pro Dive Cairns has built an enviable international reputation as one of the world’s premier dive schools and liveaboard dive trip operators. Today, with a team of 67 local staff, Pro Dive owns and operates a purpose built 5 Star PADI Career Development Centre as well as three premier 25 metre liveaboard vessels that conduct trips to the Great Barrier Reef. For more information visit

PADI congratulates Pro Dive Cairns for achieving a landmark 150,000 PADI certifications – a truly significant occasion in the dive industry.

Congratulations to PADI Business Academy attendees in Indonesia

Congratulations to all PADI Business Academy attendees on the “Island of Gods” – Bali.

The PADI Business Academy was held at the Swiss-bell resort in Bali on the 7th and 8th of June. 29 attendees representing 16 PADI Retail and Resort Association Members had the opportunity to network, share industry success stories, and discuss strategies to increase business. The PADI Business Academy is where members, together with PADI executives, dig deep into their business processes and brainstorm new marketing approaches for the coming year.

Throughout the two-day seminar Danny Dwyer (Vice President, Training, Sales & Field services),  Tim Hunt (Territory Director Asia)Brandon Scott (Marketing Manager)Sheridan Hatcher (Marketing Executive)Andrew Jenkins (Marketing Executive)Paul Tanner (Regional Manager), Robin Bylund (Regional Training Consultant) and Abi Carnadie (Industry Consultant) covered the following topics:

  • Website
  • Customer Service, Pricing & Sales
  • Database Mining/Email
  • Integrating Digital Products
  • Social Media
  • Business Management
  • Online Advertising
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities

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This year was a great turn out with members from all over Indonesia’s 17,000 islands and our industry colleges from “down under” in Perth, Sydney and Cairns joined in. The more we can share with each other the more we can empower and grow the industry together. What were some of the takeaways?

  • Offer digital commination channels and learning tools
  • Share your ideas
  • Work together with a common goal for the region/industry for an overall growth
  • Try new things such as video and measurable data mining
  • Follow up, follow up & follow up


What better way to finish of this empowering event in the tropical island Bali, with a social in the sunset amongst palm trees around the pool area with some good food and beverages. After a few days of great presentations and workshops, you could feel the excitement!

We can already now see that great ideas are being put into place for the coming year. With an average increase of 8% (above current growth trends) in diving certifications for 2015 attendees compared with 2014, attendance at the PADI Business Academy will provide the required foundations to see similar results for your own business.

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If you haven’t got your marketing strategies set for the coming year now is the time.

View the full 2016 PADI Business Academy schedule to see where we visit next.

Quality Management Consultant Position Available at PADI EMEA

PADI LogoThe PADI EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) office has a vacancy for a Quality Management Consultant, who will be a primary contact for quality management issues for PADI members, ensuring that PADI Members understand the importance of using PADI’s educational system and are aware of their responsibility to adhere to PADI standards.

The role will involve interacting with members and non-members with regard to quality management issues and reporting incidents, developing and delivering risk and quality management programmes, and maintaining PADI’s member recognition programmes.

We are looking for an experienced PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher (Course Director preferred) who is multilingual with fluent English and Spanish; French language skills would also be highly desirable. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated and analytical individual with excellent communications skills, organisational skills and attention to detail.

If you are interested and would like to apply or ask for more details please contact either:

Rachel Landregan, Human Resources,,
Fiona Fishburne, Quality Management,

Please Note: This role is based at the PADI EMEA office in Bristol, United Kingdom; As such, all aplicants must have the right to live and work in the European Union.

Deadline for applications is 13th June 2016

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor Application


The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver distinctive specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. We strive to process all Specialty Instructor applications promptly, however they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

Since its release the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty has become very popular with our members. To ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible we want to take this opportunity to remind you of some administrative requirements.

All Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor applications, regardless of whether you have completed an Instructor course with a PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer or you are applying directly to PADI, require you to have certified at least 25 PADI divers and have proof of having logged 20 self-reliant dives (e.g. dives using redundant equipment and following techniques of self-reliance). In addition you must be a PADI Self-Reliant Diver or PADI TecRec Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organization. If submitting prerequisite certifications from other organizations, make sure that copies of these are attached to the application. Acceptable documentation includes a copy of both sides of the certifying organization’s certification card or wall certificate or a letter on the certifying organization’s letterhead verifying the certification.

This requirement is different to other Specialties, in most other cases if you complete a Specialty Instructor course with an IT you do not need the 25 certified diver and only 10 logged dives. These additional requirements were put in place to ensure the applicants for the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor rating have ample experience before teaching this program.

As always if you have any questions in regards to your Specialty Instructor application and the prerequisites please contact a Regional Training Consultant via email at

PADI Instructor Examinations for May, 2016

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors from May 2016.

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

03-04 – Dunedin, New Zealand

07-08 – Hong Kong

07-08 – Havelock, Andaman Islands

07-08 – Sanya, China

11-12 – Pattaya, Thailand

11-12 – Lembongan, Indonesia

11-12 – Gili Islands, Indonesia

14-15 – Phuket, Thailand

14-15 – Bali, Indonesia

14-15 – Exmouth, Australia

17-18 – Koh Tao, Thailand

17-18 – Port Vila, Vanuatu

18-19 – Dumaguete, Philippines

21-22 – Shanghai, China

21-22 – Malapascua, Philippines

21-22 – Wellington, New Zealand

21-22 – Singapore

24-25 – Boracay, Philippines

27-28 – Puerto Galera, Philippines

27-29 – Taipei, Taiwan