PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Applauds its 2015 Frequent Trainers

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PADI Course Directors, the highest level of PADI Professional, are much sought after individuals within the diving industry.

Becoming a PADI Course Director is one of the toughest challenges an experienced PADI Professional will face throughout their career.  Many rigorous prerequisites must be met before the aspiring PADI Pro may submit an application to be selected for the Course Director Training Course (CDTC).  While many PADI Pros aspire to taking part in the CDTC and becoming instructor trainers, only the very best are selected.  The CDTC itself is intense, teaching prospective Course Directors everything from how to conduct an Instructor Development Course to how to market and grow their business.  Each candidate is subject to continuous evaluation in the classroom and in the water, and it is not until the final evaluation on the final day that the individual knows whether they have made the grade.

This elite group of PADI professionals is responsible for creating the highest calibre of instructors around the world: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Course Directors also train PADI Instructors in their continuing professional development to become PADI Speciality Instructors, IDC Staff Instructors, and EFR Instructors.  The responsibility on Course Directors to keep standards high cannot be underestimated and PADI is proud to have the best instructor trainers in the diving industry.

To that end, each year PADI applauds and rewards its most productive Course Directors in the form of the Frequent Trainer Program (FTP).  Dependent on PADI Professional training productivity during the preceding year, PADI awards Course Directors who meet minimum FTP requirements with either Silver, Gold or Platinum status for the current year.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa proudly announces its list of 2015 Frequent Trainers.  This select group of Course Directors, from all over the EMEA territory, have been busy creating future PADI Instructors – who will in turn create new PADI divers in 2016.

Join us in congratulating the 2015 Frequent Trainers, and find out more about the CDTC here.

Aquatica Wassersport meets with PADI at Boot Show

Aquatica Wassersport is one of the first PADI Freediver Centers established across the world. Thomas Jurkschat met with PADI Territory Director Suzanne Smith and PADI Regional Manager Thomas Sobotta at the Boot Show, Dusseldorf this year.

Ines Jurkshat (not pictured) was also recognised for her role on the advisory panel for the development of the PADI Freediver program.

Dive Community Mourns the Passing of Jack Lavanchy

JackLvncy0905_12rdRancho Santa Margarita, CA – 28 January 2016 – Jack Lavanchy, cofounder and President Emeritus of PADI Europe, passed away 27 January at age 87. One of the forerunners and pioneers of the European dive community, with Jürg Beeli, Lavanchy was a primary force behind PADI’s double-digit growth in Europe in the 1980s and 1990s.

A native of Switzerland, Lavanchy’s interest in diving began when he saw people skin diving off of Cannes, France, in 1947. He completed his first scuba course in 1952 and was active with Glaukos, Switzerland’s oldest dive club, serving as vice-president, president, secretary and delegate to the Swiss Diving Federation. Lavanchy become an instructor in the early 1960s, and inspired by seeing Cousteau’s The Silent World, became Switzerland’s exclusive agent for the Spirotechnique scuba gear line in 1965, and Germany’s in 1968.

In 1978, Lavanchy visited PADI in the United States and returned to Switzerland and his business partner Jürg Beeli with PADI training materials. Recognizing the potential for PADI to improve diver training and promote industry growth in Europe, he and Beeli founded PADI European Services in 1983, followed by founding the PADI European College in 1984. In 1988, PADI European Services transitioned into PADI Europe, which was one of the forerunners of today’s PADI EMEA.

Lavanchy served as PADI Europe’s CEO and president in the 1980s and 1990s. Under his leadership, PADI experienced double-digit growth and grew into the region’s leading and largest diver training organization. In 1996, Lavanchy launched the Project AWARE Foundation in Europe, establishing a new growth base and diver participation for the organization’s marine preservation initiatives. Over his career, Lavanchy received numerous honors and titles, including:

  • Historical Diving Society Advisory Board
  • International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
  • Tauchen Lifetime Achievement Award
  • European Underwater Federation Honorary Vice President

The PADI family joins our industry colleagues around the world in mourning Jack’s passing and extend our condolences and sympathies to his family. His contributions will be missed, but Jack himself will be missed the most.

PADI Renewal Prize Draw – Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Duncan Pattenden who renewed his PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor membership for 2016 and has been selected as the winner of our 2016 Renewal Prize Draw.

Duncan, from South Africa, is the lucky winner of a Suunto D6i dive computer.

We’ll be catching up with him soon to find out more about his plans for 2016 as a renewed PADI Professional – watch this space!

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World ShootOut 2015 Winners – Live Broadcast this Weekend!

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The World ShootOut 2015 underwater photo competition, which hosted 448 photographers from 37 different countries around the world, concluded at the end of last year, and now it’s time to announce the winners!

Two winning ceremonies will be taking place this weekend at boot Dusseldorf 2016, on the central stage of the diving arena, hall 3. Both events will be broadcasted LIVE in HD via YouTube, allowing audiences across the globe to enjoy this exciting event.

Scroll down to view each event and watch the live stream from this page:


WORLD SHOOTOUT 2015

Friday, January 29th, 2 pm GMT+1

On January 29th, all World ShootOut 2015 winners will be announced and awarded with prizes, including a special award for 1st place: a dreamy diving vacation for two in Papua New Guinea including flights from Europe (worth $25,000!).


UW PHOTO GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

Saturday, January 30th, 2 pm GMT+1

Live judging and awards ceremony for the UW Photography Global Championship 2015 will be held on January 30th. The winning team will be awarded with a prize worth $9,000 courtesy of SEACAM and PADI.


Learn more about the World ShootOut and the UW Photo Global Championship at www.worldshootout.org

Improved Delivery for The Undersea Journal

UJ-560x200PADI’s flagship publication, The Undersea Journal, is about to join the digital evolution.

Beginning with the first quarter 2016 issue, The Undersea Journal will migrate to a primarily digital delivery format for all PADI Members with a non-US mailing address. This change is to provide immediate access to the latest PADI news, updates and training standards.

Long delays waiting for your publication to arrive will be a thing of the past as The Undersea Journal will be delivered via the popular Zinio platform on your favorite digital device. Once downloaded, you can enjoy the publication online or offline – the choice is yours.

In addition to expedited delivery, migrating The Undersea Journal to a digital format also supports the PADI organization’s commitment to green practices and contributes to the conservation and preservation of our planet.

The Undersea Journal will continue to include all of the content you’ve come to expect including the latest industry updates, member recognition, environmental achievements, dive business education and training standards. It will also continue to include the Training Bulletin, which is required reading for all PADI Members.

If you prefer to continue receiving a print edition of The Undersea Journal, you may change your delivery preference at any time by visiting the Preference Center in the Your Account section at the PADI Pros’ Site. Please note that a change from digital to print delivery is not instantaneous as mail labels may be printed up to six weeks in advance of a mailing.

Expect to receive an email notification of The Undersea Journal’s availability next week. Accessing your magazine from your favorite digital device is easy. From your computer, simply click on the link in the email, create a Zinio account if you don’t already have one and you’re ready to go. For an enhanced experience on your mobile device, download the Zinio app available from the Android, Apple and Microsoft stores. Visit the Zinio Help Center for more details on how to access your magazines.

The Undersea Journal digital version is just the latest in the PADI digital evolution of products and services to help you succeed as a dive professional. For questions regarding the digital Undersea Journal, contact PADI Customer Service.

New Rules in Europe covering Alternate Air Sources

EN250-Blog600x300PADI members operating in Europe should be aware that in the last year there have been changes to European Standard EN250. This Standard concerns the manufacture of underwater breathing apparatus and the changes concern how alternate air sources are used. The effect of these changes will be gradual as equipment manufactured under the requirements of the previous version of the standard will be around for many years. You should be aware of the standard changes however so that you know when to implement some of the changes concerning the configuration of alternate air sources.

EN250 StandardThe main changes that will affect any regulators manufactured in accordance with the new (2014) version of the standard are as follows:

  • An octopus rig is not a preferred option if the depth is greater than 30m or the water temperature is less than 10°C, instead an alternative fully independent system is advised.
  • Regulator first stages which are not designed for cold water performance shall be marked with “>10°C”.
  • Regulator first stages may be marked with a lower working temperature if specified by the manufacturer.
  • Regulators first stages will be stamped with an “A” if they are compatible to be fitted with an alternate air source (octopus rig).

These changes will come into effect gradually as more regulators are manufactured according to the revised standard. If you have any questions on how you can use a particular regulator, you should approach the manufacturer for advice.

Pro Dive-PE Reaches its 10,000 PADI Diver Certification Milestone!

Pro Dive-PE (Port Elizabeth), one of South Africa’s largest dive centers, has recently reached its 10,000 PADI Diver Certification Milestone. Pro Dive’s passion for diving means it has become one of South Africa’s most popular diver training facilities, offering a full range of PADI courses from entry level to Instructor, including PADI Specialties.

Pro Dive also has a facility in Plettenberg Bay, within the Beacon Isle Hotel, which offers shore dives, boat dives and on-site introductions to diving.

As well as superb diver training and diving experiences, Pro Dive offers those who want to dive regularly, a dive club. The Pro Dive Club rewards its divers with special offers and deals on equipment and dive packages, making it very affordable for people to log dives.

PADI is proud to call Pro Dive a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre and looks forward to working with the Dive Centre to achieve its next 10,000 certifications!

PADI Freediver is here! Sign up to the webinar to learn more

FD_Bnr_600x315_notextPADI are proud to have launched the new PADI Freediver program at DEMA this year. With a full range of training options and instructor levels, this represents an exciting opportunity for PADI members throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

An overview of the courses is available in the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin, however you can now listen to an in-depth review of all aspects of these courses by joining an upcoming webinar. These webinars are free of charge and are a benefit of your renewed PADI membership.

As always, these will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers – even if you cannot attend ‘live’, you’ll get the follow-up recording after the event.

Register today and don’t miss this free opportunity to learn more about the PADI Freediver program:

Freediver promotion webinar schedule:

English: 18th November, 19:00-20:00 GMT – click here to register

French: 19th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Italian: 23rd November, 19:00-20:00CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Spanish: 24th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

German: 25th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Arabic: 27th November 19:00-20:00 AST (GMT +3) – click here to register

Russian:  3rd December 11:00-12:00 MSK (GMT +3) – click here to register

If you have any questions regarding the above webinars or the PADI Freediver program please contact [email protected].

September Winner for PADI Member Recognition: Orangeshark Diving Centres

Every day – from around the world – divers send PADI a steady stream of correspondence complimenting PADI Dive Centers and Resorts for outstanding customer service.

Each month, the PADI Member Recognition Committee reviews these submissions and selects one PADI Dive Center or Resort Member to be recognized as a global winner, an achievement which also features on the home page of the PADI Pros’ Site.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is proud to announce that Orangeshark Diving Centres (S-22593, Malta) were selected as the Diver Education Center of the Month for September.

Their achievement follows a nomination by customer Andrew Rafferty:

I would like you to record my formal congratulations for the centre manager Steve Watkinson and Instructor Oliver Weissensteiner for the way in which they delivered the Scuba Diver course at the Orangeshark resort at Golden Sands, Malta.

As a headteacher I was impressed with the way in which the team balanced the elements of learning new skills, enjoyment, and ensuring the health and safety of the participants, which in this case meant meeting the expectations of my 16 yearold stepson and me, some 40 years older.

I also appreciated the communication between team members. After each dive and returning to centre it was obvious that the centre manager, Steve, had already been briefed by his instructor and had made decisions about how the next part of the course should run.

Our Instructor, Oliver, I feel, should be commended for his attention to detail and his thoroughness at every point in the course. He is obviously a skilled diver, but a patient teacher too. On a related note, the trainee Alex who accompanied us was also very supportive.

Their combined skills made our first diving experience memorable. Indeed we were so impressed with Steve and Oliver that we intend to return to Malta to further our skills and attain Open Water Diver standard.

Congratulations to Orangeshark Diving Centres for this exceptional achievement and for their professionalism and dedication to diver training and customer satisfaction!

Want to nomination someone for a future award? If you have experienced outstanding service, or have received praise from a customer and would like to nominate a PADI Member for the PADI Member Recognition awards, please send your nominations to [email protected].