PADI Awards Medal of Valor to Thailand Cave Rescuers Who Represent Diving’s Finest Hour

Leadership and rescue divers instrumental in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand earlier this year will be the first-ever recipients of PADI’s Medal of Valor. This high distinction will be awarded to Rick Stanton, John Volanthen, Dr. Richard Harris, Dr. Craig Challen, Jason Mallinson, Chris Jewell and Jim Warny. The courage, strength, honor and dignity displayed during the rescue operation propelled the PADI organization to create the medal to formally recognize their contributions to one of diving’s greatest moments in history. Rick Stanton and Jason Mallinson will represent this distinguished group and accept the PADI Medal of Valor at the PADI® Social on 13 November during DEMA Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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In June and July 2018, the world watched as top cave divers and other experts from around the globe converged in Thailand to find and save the “Wild Boars” soccer team, which had become trapped deep inside the Tham Luang cave system. For 18 days, the international effort involved more than 1,000 men and women, who combined their collective talents for the extraordinary recovery of the team.

“It was an awe-inspiring example of humanity at its best, focused on a single noble purpose,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “This complex rescue operation demonstrated action and focus propelled by the unshakeable conviction that those boys would not die on diving’s watch. Rick Stanton, Jason Mallinson and everyone who was part of this effort faced and accepted the difficulties, dangers and risks inherent in the rescue. On behalf of the entire PADI family, it is an honor to recognize these heroes and extend our immense gratitude for representing diving’s finest hour.”

 

Rick Stanton and John Volanthen were a driving force in the Thai cave rescue operation. The pair was the first to discover the soccer team, which had been trapped in the flooded cave for nine days at the time they were found. Together, with Mallinson and Jewell, the divers led the dive rescue and carried the boys out of the cave to safety. Both Stanton and Volanthen are regarded as two of Britain’s foremost cave divers, with more than 35 years’ experience in extreme cave dives and rescues, having led a number of high-profile rescue attempts in the past.

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Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris played a critical role in the rescue, administering sedatives to the boys to facilitate their extraction under extreme and complex conditions. Working in anesthesia and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia, Harris has expertise in cave diving, wilderness medicine and remote area health. Dr. Craig Challen, an Australian cave explorer, early adopter of closed-circuit mixed-gas rebreathers and avid wreck diver, dived alongside Harris facilitating the successful execution of the rescue.

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Jason Mallinson and Chris Jewell were integral to the mission, taking food to the those trapped and working alongside Stanton and Volanthen to carry the boys out through the flooded sections of cave. Mallinson is an exploration and rescue cave diver with 30 years in the field. His achievements have led him to set distance and depth records in caves all over the world. He has assisted in multiple rescues and is a member of the United Kingdom’s international cave-dive rescue team. Jewell is a UK-based exploratory cave diver with more than 12 years’ experience leading cave diving. Belgian cave diver Jim Warny, who currently resides in Ireland, was instrumental in the coach’s extraction.

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“Their daring mission is a wonderful opportunity to show the world what the diving community is made of, and what can be accomplished through a combination of proper training, trust, courage, passion and perseverance,” says Richardson.

Industry stakeholders and PADI Members are invited to stand together to thank these heroic divers. Join PADI in honoring these men at the PADI Social on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

All are invited for a special meet and greet with Rick Stanton and Jason Mallinson at the DEMA Show in the PADI booth (booth 1524) on Wednesday, 14 November from 5:00-6:00 pm. Please join PADI in celebrating these heroes and thanking them for their courage and honor.

PADI at DEMA Show 2018

The largest diving trade-only event in the world, is back for 2018! The annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Show is open to any companies doing business in scuba diving, ocean water sports or adventure/dive travel industries.

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Attracting hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world. The DEMA Show offers companies the rare opportunity to conduct business and network, while having access to the most extensive education curriculum in the industry. Please see below for PADI Programs and Mini-seminars offered throughout the show at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

If you are a PADI Member from Asia Pacific that will be attending DEMA, please email marketing@padi.com.au so we can provide further information and possible benefits for you.


PADI Social


Tuesday, 13 November – 6:00-8:00 pm
Ballroom: Paradise Pavilion North

Kick off the DEMA Show week with the PADI Social in the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Paradise Ballroom. Mingle and network with scuba industry colleagues, PADI staff and hundreds of your friends as we celebrate the year’s successes and look forward to an exciting year ahead.


Course Director Update


Tuesday, 13 November – 7:30 am-12:00 pm
Ballroom: Paradise Pavilion North

This year’s Course Director Update focuses on the all-new Instructor Development Course that’s coming soon along with PADI’s optimised digital product suite. The update reviews the revised IDC standards and curriculum including a preview of the new eLearning component and evaluation tools. It also covers the new PADI eLearning® environment, updated and expanded course offerings and the enhanced PADI Online Processing Center. The update will feature breakout sessions to cultivate interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI Staff. Renewed, Teaching status Course Directors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • IDC eLearning and the Revised Curriculum
  • What’s New: PADI’s Optimised Digital Product Suite – Revitalised, Globalised and Streamlined
  • Knowledge Development Evaluation Training Workshop
  • Confined and Open Water Evaluation Training Workshop

Also at the Course Director Update, don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors.

To register, complete and submit a Course Director Update Registration Form


IDC Staff Instructor Update


Friday, 16 November – 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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This year’s IDC Staff Instructor Update focuses on the all-new Instructor Development Course that’s coming soon along with PADI’s optimised digital product suite. The update reviews the revised IDC and Assistant Instructor course standards and curriculum including a preview of the new eLearning component and evaluation tools. It also covers the new PADI eLearning® environment, updated and expanded course offerings and the enhanced PADI Online Processing Center. Renewed, Teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • IDC eLearning and the Revised Curriculum
  • What’s New: PADI’s Optimised Digital Product Suite – Revitalised, Globalised and Streamlined
  • Knowledge Development Evaluation Training Workshop
  • Confined and Open Water Evaluation Training Workshop

To register, complete and submit an IDC Staff Update Registration Form


PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Orientation


Wednesday, 14 November – 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Ballroom: D and E

This half-day program introduces the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program to PADI Instructors and PADI Course Directors. If you want to learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers of varying abilities and physical challenges, this program is for you. Many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training, but this focused practice will also raise your awareness and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. Completion of this orientation results in certification as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience is documented. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program qualifies you to teach two courses: PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Specialty course to dive leaders and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

To register, complete and submit an Adaptive Techniques Registration Form


Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer


Thursday, 15 November – 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Ballroom: D and E

This half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component and conducted at least
five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version), Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

To register, complete and submit an EFR Instructor Trainer Registration Form


PADI Business Academy: Google Ads Made Easy


Saturday, 4 November – 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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A step-by-step interactive seminar focused on implementing Google Ad campaigns. Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to properly market your business and services with Google advertising. This seminar will focus on how to plan, prepare and implement Google AdWords and Display Ad campaigns, complemented by live demonstrations and workshops.
Note: CDTC applicants can earn three seminar credits by attending this workshop.

Early-bird registration fee:

  • $100 US for PADI Five Star Dive Centers and Resorts
  • $115 US for PADI Dive Centers, Resorts, Recreational Centers and Boats
  • $125 US for Individual Members
    After 25th October 2018, add $25 US

To register, complete and submit a PADI Business Academy Registration Form


PADI Mini-Seminars at the Las Vegas Convention center- Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


By attending the “Tour the New PADI Online Processing Center” and “PADI Products, Programs and Standards” miniseminars, along with two additional presentations, you can regain teaching status after not renewing for one to three years. To gain seminar credits toward the PADI Master Instructor rating or Course Director Training Course application, you will receive one credit for every three PADI Miniseminars attended. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.

Tour the New PADI Online Processing Center (Required for Credit)
Wednesday, 14 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N255)
Thursday, 15 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16 November- 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N253)

This seminar will give you an in-depth tour of the new PADI Online Processing Center. PADI staff will teach you how to distribute and process digital codes, manage digital forms and answer any questions you may have.

PADI Products, Programs and Standards (Required for Credit)
Wednesday, 14 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N253)
Friday, 16, November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N253)

Discover how to leverage new products and programs to increase business, while learning about any additional standard changes that will affect your daily teaching.

Risk Management 2018: Protect Your Divers and Yourself
Wednesday, 14 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 11:00 am–12:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16, November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N253)

Are you prepared in your ongoing efforts to avoid dive accidents? Determine how prepared you are through an analysis of real dive incidents and learn how conservative decisions provide better protection. You’ll also learn how to better manage risk in diver education programs and throughout your dive business.

CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director
Wednesday, 14 November –3:00-4:00 pm (Room N255)
Thursday, 15 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N253)

PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Attend this miniseminar to learn how you can reach this goal and about the prerequisites, application procedures and acceptance protocols for the PADI Course Director Training Course.

Freediving + Scuba = Huge Potential
Thursday, 15 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16 Novembe – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N255)

The PADI Freediver program is gaining momentum and you will benefit from adding freediving to your course offerings. Hear from successful PADI Members who have integrated freediver training into their businesses and have experienced great success.

Energize Your Instructor Development Program
Thursday, 15 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N253)

Join the PADI Instructor Development team for a 60-minute workshop centered on building a comprehensive and successful instructor development program. Walk away with ideas to create a better customer experience and increase pro-level signups.

Sneak Peek at PADI’s Next Generation Digital Products
Wednesday, 14 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N253)

Come see the next generation of eLearning digital products and take a tour of the new digital delivery platform. Find out what’s available now and what’s coming down the track.

Marketing to Youngsters: How to Leverage a Generation to Grow Diving
Wednesday, 14 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N255)

Did you know Millennial’s will outnumber Baby Boomers by 2019? Or that Generation Z represents 25 percent of the US population? This seminar will give you tips to tap into the youth market to not only grow your business but also lift the industry as a whole.

Mastering the Art of Entry-Level Conversion
Wednesday, 14 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N253)

Are you leveraging every tool or opportunity to convert new customers into new divers? Discover the top 10 best practices to increase entry-level certifications, and hear from members who have seen great success using easy-to-implement tactics.

Discover a New World of Opportunity through PADI Travel™
Wednesday, 14 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N255)

Learn how to use PADI Travel offerings to increase course sales and profits. Already have a travel program? Come learn how you can get involved in the affiliate program to help supplement your travel program.

Conservation as a Business Plan
Wednesday, 14 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N255)

While remaining committed to safe and responsible diver education, together we can make a significant impact on key issues facing the planet by elevating environmental consciousness in all PADI Divers. Come find out how you can attract younger divers, differentiate your dive center and integrate conservation into your business plan to increase profits while preserving the ocean for future generations. Showing you how to align your business with PADI Pillars of Change and Project AWARE will be the focus of this seminar.

Leveraging PADI Tools to Increase Diver Loyalty and Retention
Wednesday, 14 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N253)

Discover how to create lifelong divers by leveraging My PADI Club. In this seminar, you’ll learn how you can grow and advertise your business, build stronger relationships with your customers, and keep divers diving for a lifetime.


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Project AWARE® Specialty Workshop – Revised and Relaunched!
Thursday, 15 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 1:00 -2:00 pm (Room N255)

In this interactive workshop, you’ll discover new and exciting ways to teach the revised Project AWARE Specialty. Guided by Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet, you’ll gain practical tools and teaching tips that will make this the go-to course at your dive center or resort. Be prepared for discussion, action and sharing of ideas. You’ll walk away from this workshop ready to turn your divers into the next generation of ocean advocates.

From Swim to Scuba: How to Grow Your Business with PADI Swim School
Wednesday, 14 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N255)
Thursday, 15 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N255)

Learn how adding swim lessons to your business not only provides additional income and job opportunity, but also brings new swimmers, divers, families of divers and the community into your business. Whether you have a pool, rent a pool, want a pool or have an ocean available, PADI Swim School is for you!

EVE Diving Services Will Grow Your Business
Wednesday, 14 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N255)

Come see how the EVE Ultimate System can help you overcome the barriers of cost, time and training and show you how to implement a single, integrated approach to your store’s marketing and sales needs.


Tec Seminars in the Tec Resource Center


Breaking the Accident Chain

No one ever thinks they will have an accident when starting a dive. Accidents don’t generally occur from a single failure but are caused by a series of events the victim didn’t predict could happen. This presentation will explore the events surrounding incidents and what we can do to break the chain before we become victims ourselves.

Critical Decisions in Tec Diving

PADI Education and Content Development Executive Karl Shreeves looks at what cognitive and social sciences have to say about how we can make the right decisions when they matter most as divers, as well as avoiding common bad-decision pitfalls.


EVE Seminar Series at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino


EVE Intro to Marketing

Wednesday, 14 November – 8:00-10:00 am
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Research from DEMA shows that the return on investment for email marketing is $30 US earned for $1 US spent. There is no substitute for a well thought out email from your store directly into the palms of your new or returning customer. Letting them know about offers, PADI courses, trips, equipment and news is vital to increase your revenue. Learn how to take simple steps to revolutionize your interaction with your customers at key points of contact.

EVE Websites

Wednesday, 14 November – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 6

Discover how to make the seamless transition to a website that works for you and your customers. Get set up with more than 130 ready-to-go, high-end, customizable templates as well as a delivery platform for you to target the right customer at the right time with the right message. Come learn how these sites integrate with your marketing, schedules and your sales goals.

EVE Pro App

Thursday, 15 November – 8:00-10:00 am
Pavilion 6

Empower your instructors to drive your business with the new EVE Instructor App for iOS/Android/Web. Learn how the EVE Instructor App can directly connect to EVE in your store, which helps provide your instructors with a range of applications and tools necessary to successfully manage your business and promote your services.

New EVE Online Store

Thursday, 15 November – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 6

Come learn how to use the online store for eCommerce, online courses and event bookings. Learn about the EVE online store hybrid operations such as “Scuba and Swim” and “Fish and Dive,” which are easily managed with this completely new product architecture.

EVE Advanced Marketing

Friday, 16 November – 8:00-10:00 am
Pavilion 6

Keep in touch with your customers with the right message at the right time with EVE Marketing Agent. Attend this seminar to learn how to use EVE Marketing Agent to increase bookings, continuing education, dive trip sales and servicing.

EVE Ultimate

Friday, 16 November – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 6

Discover the complete system in which EVE Cloud hosting brings every feature and application of all of these products and services together in one place. There is a place for you and your customers, wherever they may be. Discover why EVE Synergy is the best award-winning system for the very best price.


Reserve your hotel room today!


Book your room at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino for DEMA Show 2018, just steps away in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Call PADI Travel™ to secure the special room rate of $110 US per night* (plus tax). Pay the resort fee and you’ll receive complimentary wireless internet, access to the hotel’s fitness center, in-room safe use and free local and toll-free domestic calls.

PADI programs such as the PADI Social, Course Director Update, IDC Staff Instructor Update and Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course will take place in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, so you’ll be at the center of the action. Contact PADI Travel at 800 729 7234 ext. 2539 (US and Canada) or email Christine.Grange@padi.com to book your room today.

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Join PADI at the Thailand Dive Expo 2018

Come visit the PADI Booth at the Thailand Dive Expo (TDEX) from Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th May 2018 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

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This is a must attend event for anyone involved or interested in the world of diving. TDEX has become an important marketplace for divers, equipment manufactures, training providers and dive resorts to meet and network. It is also a great place to learn about the latest and greatest in diving innovation and dive travel.

Come visit PADI at booth P3-P4 and we look forward to chatting all things diving with you over the course of the weekend.

A number of PADI Dive Stores will also be exhibiting at TDEX 2018. See the full list below.

COMPANY NAME BOOTH NO.
Dive Info P046
Wahoo Diving Center P023-P025
Dive Indeed P059-P061
Dive Supply P36
Aqua Master (Thailand) P080, P073-P079
FreedomDIVE P006
Dive Potato P043-P045
Dive Team (Thailand) P143, P144
Oceanic Thailand P029-P031
Odd Dive Thailand P049
Sainamtalay Dive Center P099
Scuba Jamboree P034, P035
Scuba Project P067
Scuba Republic P038, P039
Chaokoh Diving P062
BB Divers P005
Coral Grand Divers P138, P139
Ko Tao Dive Resort P033
Big Bubble P115
Mermaids Dive Center P001, P002
Castaway Divers P090
Crystal Waves Thailand P078
Divespace P052-P055
Worldwide Dive & Sail P077
All 4 Diving Indonesia P052-P055
Mermaid Liveaboards P073
Grand Komodo P041
Sea Safari Cruises P072
Plumeria Diving and Watersports Centre P032

If you’re planning on exhibiting at TDEX or any other show or expo this year, please get in touch with your PADI Regional Manager to discuss how PADI can support you with these events.

Join PADI at the Malaysian International Dive Expo 2018

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Come visit the PADI Booth at the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) from Friday 4th until Sunday 6th May 2018 at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Now in it’s 13th year, MIDE is a must-visit exhibition with a purpose to expand the dive market inside and outside Malaysia. It is an important meeting place and networking hub for dive businesses, consumers and industry players.

MIDE is a one stop shop for those interested and involved in the dive industry to come together for business opportunities, dive education, diving technology, innovation and to broaden the scope and popularity of recreational scuba diving.

MIDE 2018 will showcase more than 2,000 exhibitors over a space of 12,000 sqm, with an average minimum of 10,000 visitors. This is a must attend event for anyone involved or interested in the world of diving.

PADI will be at booth 401-404, in front of the main entrance and we look forward to chatting all things diving with you over the course of the weekend.

A number of PADI Dive Stores will also exhibit at MIDE 2018. See the full list below.

COMPANY NAME BOOTH NO.
Rainbow Runner 701-706
B & J Diving Centre 421, 422
Diveasia Tioman 207
Quiver Dive Team – Perhentian Island 405-406
Scuba Junkie 714,715
Sealantis Dive Centre 204, 205, 206
Seaventures Dive Rig 107
Udive 803, 806
Viking Scuba 713, 716
Dragonet Diving 621
Tenggol Coral Dive Resort 609, 612
Tenggol Scuba 101 Dive Centre 913, 914
Bigfin Divers 130
Scuba Dobedo Divers 108, 109, 110, 111
Turtle Bay Divers 407, 408, 409
Poni Divers 515
7Seas 415
Bali Crystal Divers 419, 420
Aquamarine Diving-Bali 521
Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort and Spa 221
Bali Aqua 501-506 & 601-606
Ceningan Divers 103, 104
Eco Divers 501-506 & 601-606
ENA Dive Center & Water Sports 501-506 & 601-606
Legend Diving Lembongan 414
Two Fish Divers 501-506 & 601-606
Yos Dive 501-506 & 601-606
World Diving Lembongan 403
 Grand Komodo  519
 Sea Safari Cruises  203
 Bastianos Dive Resort  501-506 & 601-606
Island Divers Next to 118
M/V Scubaspa Ying 912
Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards 507-512
Devocean Divers Malapascua 507-512
Fun & Sun Dive and Travel 507-512
Salaya Beach Houses 507-512
Scandi Divers 507-512

If you’re planning on exhibiting at MIDE or any other show or expo this year, please get in touch with your PADI Regional Manager to discuss how PADI can support you with these events.

Five Reasons to Attend an Exhibition

Thinking about attending an exhibition outside of diving but don’t really know the benefits? There are many reasons attending exhibitions can help grow your business, but here are five fabulous reasons.

Don’t forget if you’re planning on attending an exhibition (or dive show) to let us know! This will ensure you gain maximum exposure plus, you can find out what support you may be eligible for including marketing collateral, promotional offers or even financial credit for attending!

So contact your PADI Regional Manager if you plan on leveraging your business at any exhibition or dive show.

  1. Connect with new consumers – Expos can provide PADI Dive Shops with a vast array of opportunities to meet and engage with potential new divers. Acquisition of new customers is fundamental for any business to thrive. An expo allows you to engage in person with hundreds or even thousands of potential new customers to compliment your online marketing efforts.
  2. Put your brand out there – It’s one thing to have a fantastic website and social pages, but getting out there and putting a face to your brand can be quite effective. Set up a booth that stands out amongst the rest. Being able to promote such an amazing experience as diving really lets you stand out. You could even offer prizes or small giveaways with your branding.
  3. Increase your sales – People who are attending expos are generally interested in the theme of the expo and are ready to buy. Lifestyle expos, sport expos, travel expos and career expos are just a few examples of events that can lead to sales. Attending an expo is a great direct marketing technique to grow your customer base.
  4. Networking & B2B Opportunities – Attending an expo is a great way to network with other business owners and managers from different industries such as travel, accommodation and transport. You are able to share and gain new ideas, expand your knowledge base and even explore new Business-to-Business (B2B) opportunities.
  5. Have fun! – Yes, expos can be quite fun for you and your staff! Nothing gives your business and staff more of a competitive edge than positive energy! Plus, it’s always great to have fun when you’re working to grow your business.

Importantly, remember to contact your PADI Regional Manager if you plan on joining an expo or dive show as there are a range of support and benefits that PADI offers.

Dive shows PADI is exhibiting at or attending with staff.

Dive Expo/Dive Show Date Location
ISPO Shanghai 6-8 July 2017 Shanghai, China
Diving Resort Travel Expo (DRT) Beijing 7-9 July 2017 Beijing, China
Australian International Dive Expo 3-7 August 2017 Sydney, Australia
Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) China 31 August – 3 September 2017 Beijing, China
Diving Resort Travel Expo (DRT) Philippines 8-10 September 2017 Manila, Philippines
Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) Shenzhen 8-10 September 2017 Shenzhen, China
Diving Resort Travel Expo (DRT) Hong Kong 15-17 December 2017 Hong Kong

Join PADI at the Malaysian International Dive Expo 2017

Come visit the PADI Booth at the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th May 2017 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Now in its 12th year, MIDE is a must-visit exhibition with a purpose to expand the dive market inside and outside Malaysia. It is an important meeting place and networking hub for dive businesses, consumers and industry players.
MIDE 2017 has moved to a larger hall to showcase more than 2000 exhibitors over a space of 12,000sqm, with an average minimum of 10,000 visitors.

Together with the Asia Dive Conference (ADCON), MIDE is a one stop shop for those interested and involved in the dive industry to come together for business opportunities, dive education, diving technology innovation and to broaden the scope and popularity of recreational scuba diving.

Many PADI Dive Centres & Resorts will be exhibiting alongside PADI at TDEX with promotions and exciting competitions on offer. PADI will also have a fantastic virtual reality dive experience you must come and try! For more information, contact your PADI Regional Manager.

You can view the full list of Dive Shows & Events PADI is exhibiting at in 2017 here.

Join PADI at the Thailand Dive Expo 2017

TDEX 2016 - Logo 250x250pxCome and visit the PADI booth at the Thailand Dive Expo (TDEX) from Thursday 11th to Sunday the 14th of May 2017 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok.

Held in conjunction with the annual Thailand Golf Expo, TDEX has established itself as an important marketplace for divers, equipment manufacturers, training providers and dive resorts to meet and network. TDEX organisers aim to promote and support the diving industry, promote Thailand as a tourism hub of Asia and to promote dive and adventure destinations both inside and outside Thailand.

Many PADI Dive Centres & Resorts will be exhibiting alongside PADI at TDEX with promotions and exciting competitions on offer. PADI will also have a fantastic virtual reality dive experience you must come and try! In addition, PADI will be hosting a Member Forum at the expo. For more information, contact your PADI Regional Manager.

You can view the full list of dive expos PADI will be exhibiting at in 2017 here.