PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course Becomes Standardised


With the release of the updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, the PADI Self-Reliant Diver distinctive specialty course is now a standardized PADI Specialty Diver course.

If you are a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Distinctive Specialty Instructor or Trainer, you may qualify to change your rating so that you can teach this new standardised course and allow your divers to credit Dive One as an Adventure Dive.

To change your rating, download the Specialty Change Request Form from the Pros’ Site and submit it to your PADI Regional Headquarters.

You are no longer required to have 25 divers certification to apply for the self-reliant diver specialty instructor rating if you use method 1. (Complete a specialty Instructor course with the PADI Course Director).

You are still required to be at least 18 years old however, and be a PADI Self-Reliant Diver or PADI TecRec Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation and have 20 logged dives if using method 1 or 2.

The distinctive self-reliant diver specialty instructor guide is now removed from the Pro Site. If you wish to get the newly updated standardised self-reliant diver Instructor guide, it is now available on the online shopping cart; Product code: 70248.

You are also welcome to order it by emailing us on

Nominate a Fellow PADI Pro to Win Scuba Prizes!


Over the past 50 years, PADI has been The Way the World Learns to Dive – and we couldn’t do this without our PADI Pros.

PADI Pros change countless lives each year by inspiring divers and teaching the skills required to explore the underwater world.

We want YOU to nominate a fellow PADI Instructor, Divemaster or Assistant Instructor who has had a significant impact on your path to becoming a PADI Pro. We want to hear how they inspired you, mentored you and developed your skills – and what makes them such a special part of your professional journey. Enter today and you could be in with a chance of winning top prizes from Suunto, Zeagle, BARE and Atomic Aquatics.

Prizes will be awarded to both the person who nominates their favorite PADI Pro AND the PADI Pro who is nominated – so don’t forget to also encourage your students to enter their nomination.

How to enter:

Complete the form on our contest entry page. We’ll need a few details about you and your chosen PADI Pro, and your written nomination (in 600 characters or less). You can also choose to upload a photo/video of you and your chosen PADI Pro. All entries must be received no later than 23:59 UTC on 11th December 2016 (visit the contest page for full terms and conditions).

1stplaceThe Prizes:

We’ll choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners, and both the entrant AND their chosen PADI Pro will receive top prizes:

1st Place: The entrant wins a Suunto EON Steel Dive Computer and their Pro 2ndplace-1wins a Zeagle F8 Regulator!

2nd Place: The entrant wins a BARE Reactive Wetsuit and their Pro wins a set of Atomic X1 BladeFins!

3rd Place: The entrant and PADI Pro each win PADI Swag worth up to $100 each!


Join PADI at DRT Hong Kong 2016!


DRT Hong Kong will take place from Friday 9th December to Sunday 11th December 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Over 20,000 visitors are expected to attend DRT Hong Kong over the three days. Being held in one of Asia Pacific’s busiest business trading hubs, the show is sure to generate a lot of traffic from its ocean-loving population. DRT Hong Kong will bring together diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists, equipment manufacturers and those in the dive tourism industries. The show will help exhibitors promote themselves to consumers and assist with B2B networking.

Exhibiting on booth R280, PADI will be front and centre at the show directing visitors to our Members. If you’re interested in exhibiting, contact your PADI Regional Manager for more information.

Details Diving Resort Travel (DRT) Hong Kong 2016

9 – 11 December 2016

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

Welcoming Our Newest PADI AmbassaDivers, Riley and Steve Hathaway

PADI AmbassaDivers are selected representatives who have excelled within their field, inspiring others to start diving, keep diving or teach diving. They represent PADI values and help to inspire divers, ocean advocates and explorers across the globe.

PADI AmbassaDiver - Riley and Steve Hathaway
© Richard Robinson (Steve and Riley)

We are thrilled to welcome two new PADI AmbassaDivers to our list of industry leaders and influencers. Steve Hathaway and daughter Riley aim to get kids all over the world enthused about the beauty and diversity of our marine life. Their passion is to create stories that inspire kids to love our ocean. To do so, they created the ‘Young Ocean Explorers’ initiative, consisting of a New Zealand television series and a published book and DVD called ‘Young Ocean Explorers – Love Our Ocean’.

In Young Ocean Explorers, underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway and daughter Riley present a captivating series of stories about what happens when a teenager comes face to face with marine animals. The excellent video footage comes from Steve who has filmed professionally since 2008, providing content for the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery TV. Best known for his excellent orca footage, you’ll find most international orca documentaries in the last 8 years have had Steve’s footage in them, including award winning documentary ‘Blackfish’.

Steve Hathaway - Orcas
© Robert Marc Lehmann (Steve filming orca)

Riley is a passionate 15-year-old ocean ambassador. In 2013, Riley completed a school project on turtles and plastic which was the inspiration behind Young Ocean Explorers. In 2015, Riley was winning awards and seeing herself on national New Zealand television, telling incredible stories of encounters with sea creatures including orca, whales and turtles.

With 20 episodes completed and planning for a third series underway, Riley and Steve have some impressive achievements on their belt already.

  • Young Ocean Explorers videos are currently screening as in-flight entertainment on all Air New Zealand flights.
  • Riley and Steve have given talks to over 20, 000 people in the last year and half, including at TEDx Auckland.
  • They completed their mission to give a free copy of their book and DVD, ‘Young Ocean Explorers – Love Our Ocean’ to every school in New Zealand and the Cook Islands – about 2560 schools!
PADI AmbassaDiver - Riley and Steve Hathaway
© Richard Robinson (Steve and Riley)

With a mission to ‘Inspire kids to love our Ocean’ with the world’s best underwater stories, Riley and Steve believe they are working on something powerful enough to change the way kids think about, and treasure our ocean. We at PADI believe they are too, and are proud to be working alongside them to share their message.

“Riley and I are honoured to be accepted into the PADI AmbassaDiver program. We look forward to continuing the promotion of diving and marine education throughout the world and inspiring the next generation of divers” – Steve Hathaway

Watch Season 2, Episode 6 of Young Ocean Explorers

Books and DVD’s are available through the Young Ocean Explorers website.

PADI Instructor Examinations for October, 2016

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in October, 2016.

01-02 – Bali, Indonesia


01-02 – Perth, Australia


01-02 – Puerto Galera, Philippines


04-05 – Boracay, Philippines


04-05 – Bangkok, Thailand


05-06 – Whitianga, New Zealand


08-09 – El Nido, Philippines


08-09 – Sydney, Australia


08-09 – Koh Phangan, Thailand


08-09 – Phuket, Thailand


11-12 – Koh Tao, Thailand


11-12 – Shenzhen/ Guangzhou, China


14-15 – Dunedin, New Zealand


15-16 – Wu Xi, Jiangsu Pr., China


15-16 – Cairns, Australia


22-23 – Sanya, China


29-30 – Koh Chang, Thailand


29-30 – Hong Kong


29-30 – Auckland, New Zealand


29-30 – Uljin, South Korea


PADI Celebrates 25,000,000 Certifications Milestone


It’s exciting times at PADI, with nearly 25 million certifications being issued over the last 50 years.

To celebrate 50 years as The Way the World Learns to Dive®, we’re giving away a dream dive trip to the diver who receives certification number 25,000,000!

From now until the 25,000,000 certification occurs, divers who complete a PADI course will have the chance to win a dive vacation to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

PADI Instructors won’t be left out, however. The PADI Member who certifies the 25,000,000 student will also win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef!

Contest information can be found here, with more details and prize information to come.

PADI Freediver Instructor Application Information

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Junya Kato.

Since the PADI Freediver program launched in November 2015, we have received many PADI Freediver Instructor applications with the programs gaining in popularity around the world.

As a PADI Regional Training Consultant and PADI Professional, I have been engaging in continuing education such as PADI TecRec programs, becoming full trimix diver on both open circuit and closed circuit rebreather, enjoying deep lying wrecks for many years.

I completed the basic PADI Freediver course last year and got hooked with silent diving (different level from CCR silence), and the mental and physical challenges of freediving. Recently, I had an opportunity to complete the PADI Freediver course with Adam Stern, 3 x Australian freediving record holder and PADI Freediving Instructor Trainer. Since then, I have been freediving whenever I have chance! This includes additional training with Hanako Hirose, current Japanese record holder and PADI Master Freediver Instructor in October.


Freediver Program Information

You can find a wide range of information regarding the PADI Freediver program in the PADI Freediver Toolbox.

If you are interested in becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor, please read the FAQ in Training Essentials and PADI Freediver Program Instructor and Instructor Trainer Prerequisites information on the 4th Quarter 2015 Training Bulletin – Freediver section.

If you have a Freediver certification from an organisation other than PADI, please refer to the PADI Freediving Program – Qualifying certifications from other freediving organizations.


We have following products available for PADI Freediver program. Products 70770-1,  70345  and 60404 are required materials for the PADI Freediver Instructor. Please make sure that you have own those materials when you apply for PADI Freediver Instructor.

For the Diver

  • 70770-1 Freediver Touch

For the Professional

  • 10131 PIC Online – Freediver ala carte (for the 2nd and 3rd Levels)
  • 70345 Freediver Instructor Guide
  • 60404 Freediver Instructor Cue Cards

For the PADI Instructor Trainer

  • 70535 Freediver Instructor Trainer Guide
  • 71820 Freediver Instructor Exam

You can find the product prices in the most current PADI Price List, available on the home page of the PADI Pros Site.


If you have any questions about PADI Freediver courses, or PADI Freediver Instructor applications and products, please contact your Regional Training Consultant.