PADI Wins TAUCHEN Award Again for 2018

For the 20th consecutive year, PADI has been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation. The TAUCHEN Awards are often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the Dive Industry’ and each year the highly popular German diving magazine, which focuses on dive travel, equipment and industry news, invites its readers to vote for their preferences in 17 different industry categories. PADI has been the unwavering favourite diver training organisation, taking home the coveted bronze dolphin statuette for the Best Diver Training Organisation every year, since the award’s inception.

This award is a tribute to the excellence of PADI Members around the world and the quality training they deliver every day.

This year the awards were presented on 25th January, 2018, in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to PADI Members throughout the globe and thank them for their continued support of, and loyalty to, the PADI organisation. Thank you also for your expert diver training, contribution to diver safety and outreach to the diving community. Together we are the way the world learns to dive.”

– Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Save the Date for PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018

Following its success over the past three years, PADI Women’s Dive Day will be back in 2018 – and this year we’re gearing up for it to be bigger and better than ever.

So now’s the time to put the date – 21st July, 2018 – in your diary, calendar, outlook, iCal, blackberry or whatever you’re using so you can join us in celebrating PADI Women around the world. Or if you want to get ahead of the game, you can register your event by going to the My Account page of the PADI Pros Site. 

What’s PADI Women’s Dive Day all about?

PADI Women’s Dive Day was created to grow and strengthen the female dive community, encourage more women to experience the underwater world for the first time, dive back into diving or continue their training and to help PADI Dive Shops attract new customers.  Overall, this day is about bringing together the diving community and creating new ambassadors for our ocean.

How can I get involved?

Taking part in PADI Women’s Dive Day is super simple. Just follow the steps below to be involved:

  1. Choose your event. The type of event you choose to host is completely up to you. You could conduct themed courses, Discover Scuba Dives, host a BBQ, fundraiser or girls night in – it really is up to you. Keep in mind, that men aren’t excluded from the fun! They’re more than welcome to join in the celebrations.
  2. Register your event. If you’re a PADI Retail & Resort Member, visit the ‘My Account‘ page of the Pros Site and click ‘Register your Women’s Dive Day event(s)’ and follow the instructions on screen. If you’re a PADI Professional and not affiliated with a dive centre/resort, get in touch with us to register your event.
  3. Promote your eventUse your social channels, email lists, store fronts and your voices to promote your event. Keep an eye on the Pros Site and Facebook Page as we’ll be sharing images and posters that you can use to promote your event.

It’s really that easy! So what are you waiting for?

Register your event today, or if you have any questions, get in touch with us.

Introducing the All-New PADI Travel

The all-new global PADI Travel™ features an online travel platform and full-service team dedicated to providing top-notch travel services – inspiring divers to explore more of the underwater world and take care of our oceans. PADI Travel is designed to energise and grow the overall diving community for the benefit of everyone in the dive industry, offering hundreds of dive destinations around the world and poised to expand over the coming months with more dive resort offerings.

With each dive operator’s unique business model in mind, PADI Travel is available to augment, support or enhance a PADI Dive Centre’s current travel program. Catering to groups and individual travellers alike, PADI Travel combines the best of online booking with concierge-level travel consultancy, offering:

  • The highest customer satisfaction with expert customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • One of the largest online selections of liveaboards and dive destinations in the market.
  • Dedicated dive travel experts with in-depth dive knowledge and experience to provide personalised advice; the team averages 2,500 dives per customer service representative, with dive experience spanning a total of 80 countries around the world.
  • Eco-friendly trip options to help people dive with a purpose.

PADI Travel launches as a leading online travel provider for divers, offering a user-friendly experience to research, compare and book dive vacations anywhere in the world. In today’s digital world, travellers have high expectations with respect to their ability to find information and book online. The new travel platform is made possible by integrating tried-and-tested technology from a startup dive travel company that has been successfully operating in the online scuba travel space since 2015.

There are many ways that PADI Members can benefit from PADI Travel, including:

  •  Liveaboards and PADI Resorts can tap into new customer sources, increase bookings and reduce administration.
  • PADI Dive Centres can get assistance organising and marketing group trips, earn travel agent commissions on trips booked for their customers with PADI Travel, or earn affiliate commissions for divers referred to PADI Travel.
  • PADI Professionals can earn valuable incentives for divers referred to PADI Travel.
  • PADI Dive Centres will be able to receive direct online bookings for their day trips and PADI courses (COMING SOON!).

Explore travel.padi.com to discover all that PADI Travel offers to the dive community.

To learn more about joining the PADI Travel affiliate program, visit travel.padi.com/affiliates.

If you’re interested in listing your dive resort on PADI Travel, please contact sales.travel@padi.com.

To get support in organising group trips contact travel@padi.com.

PADI Travel FAQs

Congratulations Paul ‘Tosh’ Tanner – PADI Asia Pacific Territory Director

We are very excited to announce that Paul “Tosh” Tanner has been promoted to Territory Director for PADI Asia Pacific effective from 1st January 2018.

Paul’s appointment will help ensure superior personal customer service to PADI Dive Centres, Resorts and Members within the Territory which will encompass Region 12 (Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei), 29 (Indonesia & East Timor) and 30 (India, Sri Lanka & Pakistan).

Paul is a PADI Course Director with over 15 years’ of experience as a PADI Instructor, he is a PADI Instructor Examiner and EFR Instructor Trainer and holds a Diploma in Business Communication and Diploma in Business Operation Management.

For the past four years he has served as Regional Manager for Region 29. During this time, he has developed a keen understanding of the Asia Territory market and has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders.

To ensure continuity of service levels Paul will continue to support PADI Members in Region 29 until a new Regional Manager is appointed and he remains contactable at paul.tanner@padi.com.au.

Please join us in congratulating Paul on his appointment and wishing him all the very best of success in his new role.

2017 PADI Elite Instructor Award Reminder

Where has the year gone? With only a couple of weeks left in 2017, the days remaining for you to achieve your 2017 PADI Elite Instructor Award are getting fewer.

What is the Elite Instructor Award?

The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI Professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives a means to promote the elite status to student divers, potential students, prospective employers and others.

Top certifying PADI Instructors receive the Elite Instructor Award for issuing 50, 100, 150, 200 or more than 300 certifications in 2017. They’ll also receive an acknowledgement letter and recognition certificate (signed by PADI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Drew Richardson), a decal to add to their instructor card, and an e-badge to use on emails, websites, blogs and social media pages.

For more information, including qualifying certifications, visit the PADI Elite Instructor Award page on the PADI Pros Site.

To see your current certifications count, view your Students Count Report.

We will be announcing the award recipients in early 2018.

Happy teaching!

PADI Asia Pacific

Applications Closing Soon: PADI x Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships

At PADI we’re big supporters of Women in Diving – the trailblazers, explorers, and fearless females that have made and continue to make incredible contributions to the sport. As an organisation, we aim to encourage, empower and educate women who either want to start diving or who want to be part of a community passionate about the underwater world.

This year, we’ve partnered with the Women Divers Hall of Fame to offer PADI Training Grants. The PADI training scholarships are open to women worldwide, and applicants have until October 31, 2017 midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time to submit their applications. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2018.  Only online submissions will be accepted and no exceptions will be made for late submissions.

There are two training grants available:

PADI 4 Change

One training grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through PADI scuba leadership diving programs (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor). PADI is committed to mobilizing divers to be a force for good and agent for change.  Applicants that are passionate about making a positive impact in any of the following PADI Four Pillars will be considered: Ocean Health, Marine Animal Protection, People and Community, and Healing and Wellness. $1000 will be awarded for tuition, and PADI will provide the required training materials valued up to $1500. When the recipient completes an approved PADI diving leadership course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. The PADI training facility will contact PADI for subject materials. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

PADI Young Explorer Dive Training Grant for Young Women. 

A$1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) will be awarded to a deserving young woman, ages 13-17, who wishes to begin or continue her dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. Applicants with a passion for ocean exploration or conservation will be considered. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. The recipient must complete an approved PADI diving course/program at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. The training/equipment facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training/equipment facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

Interested? Here’s how to apply. 

  • Applicants can apply online by completing the online application form.
  • Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions, requirements, applicant qualifications, and application instructions very carefully, and refer to the specific requirements as you complete your application. Full descriptions and requirements of the grants are detailed here.
  • All applications require two letters of recommendation that must be submitted directly by the recommender, and not by the applicant. It is your responsibility to ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
  • You may only apply for one scholarship or training grant per year, however, if you are not selected for the scholarship or training grant for which you applied, and you are qualified for another scholarship/training grant, you may be considered for another award.
  • Incomplete and/or late applications (including letters of recommendation) will not be accepted for further consideration. If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email: wdhofgrants@gmail.com.

For a complete list of training grants and scholarships available through the Women Divers Hall of Fame, please visit here.

About the Women Divers Hall of Fame

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Scholarships are offered in marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, education (marine or freshwater), dive instructor education, and dive medicine. They are intended to support independent research and/or internship programs. They do not support living expenses or student loans. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient. Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment (but only after dive training has been completed). For training conducted in the U.S., funds are paid directly to the training facility and/or the equipment vendor upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; they are NOT paid directly to the grantee. For training that is not conducted in the U.S., the awardee will be reimbursed after she/he completes the training.

Myoungho Noh Joins the PADI AmbassaDiver Family

We’re thrilled to welcome Myoungho Noh to the PADI AmbassaDiver family!

Not only is he a PADI Course Director but he was also the first PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer from Korea. We got to know him a little better and learnt about some of his favourite freediving moments and what it means to him to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

When did you first start exploring the underwater world?

Ever since I was young, I’ve loved water activities – swimming, scuba diving – you name it, I tried it. It was scuba diving that first really increased my appreciation and enjoyment of the ocean. It allowed me to explore deeper and stay there for longer. In Korea, the ocean is not far from my home, so I’d visit every chance I got. Unfortunately, I wasn’t always able to scuba dive, but this opened freediving up to me and has since changed my life.

These days, I am teaching freediving and trying to promote freediving all over the world.

Tell us about some of your favourite freediving moments.

I love the feeling of freedom that comes with freediving. Particularly when I’m diving by way of free immersion. I can relax my whole body, and slowly enter the deep. While moving down the line, I close my eyes and feel the water against my dace. At that point, I feel like I’m one with the water!

I also love observing aquatic animals – I remember one moment when I was diving with a huge whale shark. I knew the whale shark wouldn’t attack me however the sheer size of it was mesmerizing. It was such a unique experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

What does being a PADI AmbassaDiver mean to you?

It was PADI that has led me to diving professionally and has opened up completely new worlds to me. I feel a sense of pride when I’m teaching PADI courses and even more so to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

Why do you want to introduce more people to Freediving?

I believe that freediving is easy for anyone to learn and that the experience is one-of-a-kind. The joy that can be experienced through it is endless. With that said, it’s important that people learn safe practices and by teaching the PADI Freediver course I can help make sure people learn the proper and safe techniques.

Learn more about the PADI Freediver program here or learn more about our other AmbassaDivers.