Congratulations to our 2018 PADI Elite Instructor Award Recipients

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With the New Year well under way, we would like to congratulate all our 2018 PADI Elite Instructor Award recipients. These PADI Elite Instructor Award recipients are our top certifying PADI Instructors who have received an Elite Instructor Award for issuing 50, 100, 150, 200 or more than 300 certifications throughout 2018.

The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives them the means to promote their elite status to student divers, potential students, prospective employers and others. Elite Instructor Award recipients will receive an acknowledgement letter and recognition certificate (signed by PADI President and CEO Dr. Drew Richardson), a decal to add to their instructor cards, and an e-badge they may use on emails, websites, blogs and social media pages. Elite award instructors may authorize PADI Dive Centres or Resorts with which they associate, to display their Elite Instructor Award on the business’ digital site as well.

Want to see who achieved a PADI Elite Instructor Award in 2018? Check out the 2018 Elite Instructor Recipient List on the Pros Site. Listed PADI instructors can download their 2018 Elite Instructor e-badge and will be able to view their e-badge on their PADI Pro Check results page.

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.

If you have any questions please contact customerservice.ap@padi.com

PADI Completes 2018 as a Record Setting Year

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PADI Members from all over the world work hard each and every day to spread their love of diving. Through sharing our passion we’re able to encourage more people to discover and continue diving the ocean planet.

Dedicated marketing specialists in each PADI office around the globe execute marketing strategies to promote the life-changing opportunities and adventure diving offers, as well as showcasing just how easy it is to get started. Specifically, the PADI team execute marketing strategies involving email marketing, events, social media and online advertising, just to name a few. However together, the hard work of the PADI family, professional members, dive centers and resorts has all helped us reach record-breaking success in 2018.

With your help we have been able to accomplish some amazing things in 2018:

  • More than 6,600 PADI dive shops and 135,000 PADI Professionals.
  • Reached 1,000,000 certifications.
  • Introduced numerous digital products and language offerings.
  • Launched PADI Travel.

What else was accomplished in 2018? Check out our quick 2018 Brand Highlights video below.

With these amazing results, it’s no surprise that PADI completed 2018 as their strongest year to date. Thanks to the dedication of passionate members across the globe, PADI now dives into 2019 with unprecedented momentum.

For more information on the marketing undertaken by PADI contact marketing@padi.com.au or your PADI Regional Manager.

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 were the first-ever recipients of PADI’s Medal of Valor. This high distinction was 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 represented this distinguished group and accepted 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.

Welcome to our newest PADI Dive Centres and Resorts in Indonesia & Timor-Leste.

It has been a busy year so far in Indonesia and Timor-Leste and despite a few hiccups from mother nature, the industry here is moving forward in leaps and bounds! The high season has kicked in and the diving is sensational.

With consistent certification growth for more than 10 years in a row, the market continues to expand and many are investing into dive businesses across the country.

The great thing about this area of the world is that in some ways it is still an untapped market. For those with a passion for the ocean, a smart business sense and a love for the people and country, the opportunities are endless.

With the strength of the PADI brand behind them, the benefits of membership and the local support on the ground, the below members have chosen PADI as their preferred training organisation so far in 2018:

PADI Dive operations who have joined in 2018:

Our loyal PADI Dive Operations below also deserve a big congratulations for achieving the next level of PADI Membership and have recently upgraded to 5 Star or IDC status Dive Operations:

If you would like to stand out from the crowd and add more to your business there are many additional Dive Centre and Resort awards and ratings available such as becoming a PADI Freediver  or TecRec Centre along with applying for the Green Star Award and becoming 100% AWARE

Once again congratulations to all of the above stores and thank you, to not only them but to all our valued PADI Members who continually support PADI to ensure a healthy and growing industry.

For more information on various business levels of PADI Membership, it’s benefits and how to get started please visit PADI.com or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

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