Last Chance – Cebu Business Academy!

Business AcademyAll allocated places have now been filled for the upcoming PADI Business Academy to be held in Bangkok.

The good news is that there is still plenty of opportunities to attend a Business Academy this year.  Cebu in the Philippines is the next chance to take part in one of these engaging two-day seminars.

Don’t miss out! Register today for the Academy on the 19th – 20th May, 2015 at the Marriott Cebu City Hotel.


A key range of topics will be covered including;

  • Email & Database Marketing
  • Online Advertising
  • Facebook, Google+, YouTube, ScubaEarth & more
  • Managing Social Media
  • PADI Online Processing Centre
  • Pricing & Sales
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Website & Blogging
Business Academy Dates Venue
Cebu, Philippines 19th -20th May, 2015 Cebu City Marriot Hotel
Bali, Indonesia 2nd  – 3rd June, 2015 Sanur Plaza

Places are limited so REGISTER NOW to avoid disappointment.

Aussie Divers Phuket Upgrades to PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre

aussie-diversCongratulations to Aussie Divers Phuket who become a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in April 2015.

“We pride ourselves on offering quality 5 Star PADI dive tuition, the latest diver education and the very best personal service from our PADI 5 Star Dive Instructor DevelopmentCenter. We understand that your time is important to you whilst you are on holiday and we offer course structures and dive trips that will best suit you. We select only the best dive instructors who are inspirational, highly trained in a vast range of PADI courses and have an extensive knowledge of the all the local dive sites.” – Aussie Divers Phuket

PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centres are dive centres that meet all PADI Five Star Dive Centre standards, plus offer PADI instructor-level training. With a PADI Course Director on staff, these dive businesses offer PADI Instructor Development Courses and continuing education opportunities to dive professionals.

Find out more about Aussie Divers Phuket;

For information about upgrading your PADI Dive Centre, contact PADI Retail and Resort Association Manager, Mark Cummins –

Join us at DEEP – 30th April to 3rd May in Jakarta

DEEP 2015

Indonesia’s annual DEEP exhibition is back for its 9th year showcasing a huge array of aquatic and outdoor activities as well as ecotourism initiatives.

Visit PADI at booth D1 to chat with our friendly staff and take part in our range of fun activities. We’ll also have our digital products on display for you to try, including the PADI TouchTM.

This year we have nine PADI Dive Shops exhibiting at DEEP and they have some great deals for you to check out. Remember, when you purchase PADI Course at DEEP, you’ll receive a free PADI t-shirt! Visit the PADI booth (D1) or any PADI Dive Shop at the expo for more information.

The PADI Dive Shops exhibiting at DEEP are listed below.

Dive Shop Stand Location Website
Asia Dive Academy D76 Singapore
Bali Hai Diving Adventures D12 Bali & Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
Bali Reef Divers D47 Bali, Indonesia
Bastianos Dive Resort D72 North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Divemasters Indonesia D21,35 & 81 Jakarta & Bali, Indonesia
Grand Komodo D25 Bali, Indonesia
Java Scuba D33 Jakarta, Indonesia
Kristal Klear Dive D74 Jakarta, Indonesia
Sea Pearl Dive Center D17a & 36 Jakarta, Indonesia

We hope to see you there!

PADI Course Director Training Course in Sabah, Malaysia

The ultimate goal for those Instructors who take recreational diving seriously and who believe they have what it takes to help shape diving’s future in a positive way, participants from all around the world recently gathered in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, to attend PADI’s prestigious, Course Director Training Course (CDTC).

The highest achievable level of training within the PADI system – and representing less than 1% of the PADI membership worldwide – the ten-day CDTC trains experienced PADI Master Instructors from all over the world in the responsibilities and duties of a Course Director.

42 PADI Master Instructors from 25 different countries completed the PADI CDTC program from 17- 26th March 2015, including 22 attendees from the Asia Pacific region.

The large gathering of diving instructors from varied backgrounds and cultures made for an interesting course and added a truly international element to the program.

Training with PADI Staff and supported by PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Borneo Divers, the PADI Course Director Training Course was conducted by James Morgan – Vice President of Training and Customer Service – PADI Americas, along with PADI Instructor Development raining Staff, Johnny Wetzstein, Alan Jan, Eric Albinsson, Suzanne Smith, Colin Melrose and Thomas Knedlik, representing PADI Americas, PADI Asia Pacific and PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The PADI organization has offered the Course Director Training Course for 35 years,” says James Morgan. “This program is unique in the dive industry – you can’t just pay to get in – and it offers the broadest scope of training and education available. For nine days, candidates use what is often a lifetime of experience to earn the rating. The entire PADI organization proudly welcomes them into the family of PADI Course Directors worldwide.”

The course comprised of six and a half days of developmental work followed by two and a half days of evaluation by PADI staff from the international offices.

From day one, candidates learn from a variety of presentations, workshops and exercises, and complete intensive classroom and in-water evaluations. Each day, Course Directors develop the tools to help them thrive in today’s business climate, including sessions on marketing instructor development courses. As the best-of-the-best, graduates are highly employable after they successfully complete the PADI Course Director program.

Kota Kinabalu is an ideal location for this programme, with excellent conference facilities at the Shangri La Resort, an open water location a short boat ride away at Mamutik Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and outstanding logistical support from Borneo Divers – all this, with the warm climate and friendly people from Sabah.

Congratulations to all the new PADI Course Directors!

If you would like to attend a PADI CDTC in future years, your next step is to Go Pro and become a PADI Professional. Visit your local PADI Instructor Development Centre or for more information.


42 PADI Master Instructors from 25 different countries completed the PADI CDTC in Kota, Kinabalu, Malaysia during March 2015