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2014 PADI Dive Day – Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

On Saturday, 13th September, Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy hosted a PADI Dive Day event.This was a full day dedicated to divers and PADI Members where they met and dived with PADI staff in the beautiful Portofino Marine Protected Area – one of Italy’s premier diving destinations near Rapallo.

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Participants were given the opportunity to meet – and dive – with Mark Spiers (Vice President Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development), Tony Andrews (Field Services Manager), Roberto Raffaeli (Senior Executive Business Development & Strategies), Anna Maria Mencatelli and Massimo Zarafa (Italy Regional Managers).

The event was supported by the town of Santa Margherita, the Marine Protected Area of Portofino (Environment Ministry), the Hotel Association Group, bars, restaurants, shops and seven local PADI Dive Centers.

Before each dive every person who attended were given a pair of bright yellow PADI sunglasses so that they could snap a “selfie” on the surface, and take part in a fun competition to win some cool prizes donated by manufacturers.

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The event was a huge success with more than 500 divers and PADI Members taking part, enjoying some fantastic diving and, when not underwater, exploring the town (wearing their yellow PADI Sunglasses, of course!).

Once the diving had finished, the local mayor of Santa Margherita Ligure, Mr Paolo Donadoni, presented prizes (three regulators and a dive computer!) on the stage in the Bindi Square. These top awards were given for the three funniest selfie photos and another prize to the largest diving group who attended the PADI Dive Day.

Many congratulations go to the winners Gianluca Frigerio, Davide De Lorenzi and Paola Rappaccioli and to Decostop from Piacenza for bringing the highest number of participants to the event.

At the end of the awards ceremony, Mark Spiers thanked the mayor for all his hard work and awarded him a special PADI glass plaque for his commitment towards making the day such a success and for supporting diving tourism.

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The day finished with a series of social events, with attendees visiting the local bars, pubs and restaurants to use discount vouchers, provided by the local retailers, bars and restaurants, and listening/dancing to live music played in the square until late into the night – the perfect way to end such a successful, enjoyable day for all.

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PADI would like to extend a special thanks to all the businesses and organizations involved:

  • The City of Santa Margherita Ligure and the Mayor Mr Paolo Donadoni
  • The Protected Marine Area of ​​Portofino and Dr. Giorgio Fanciulli
  • The Dealers Association and Mr Soave Verderio
  • The Hoteliers Group and Mr Sandro Tarella
  • The PADI dive centres involved in the event:
    • DIVING ACADEMY BY DWS
    • IL GRANDE BLU
    • S. FRUTTUOSO DIVING CENTER
    • THE EUROPEAN BY SCUBASER
    • THE EUROPEAN DIVING CENTER
    • ABYSS DIVING SERVICE
    • TORTUGA DIVING PORTOFINO
  • The manufacturers who donated the awards
    • AQUALUNG
    • CRESSI
    • DIVE SYSTEM
    • SCUBAPRO.

Keep an eye out for similar PADI Dive Day events in the future, and happy diving!

PADI at Eurotek 2014

PADI at 2014 Eurotek

Eurotek 2014 is ready to kick off at the ICC, Birmingham, England, where international technical diving exhibitors and experts have come together for a weekend of seminars, sharing their knowledge and expertise.  PADI EMEA’s Director, Rebreather Technologies, Technical Diving Division, Vikki Batten, is joined by PADI Regional Manager, and TecRec IT, Jonas Samuelsson for this two day event. Vikki will be talking about the aftermath of diving incidents and both will be available on the PADI TecRec stand to answer questions about the ever growing, cutting edge, PADI suite of technical courses

Be Part of a Scuba Guinness World Record on Friday 12th September

CAY07_1136_TS_KingWorldEilat Red Sea are inviting scuba divers from all over the world – including you – to join them in setting a new Guinness World Record as part of “Storm in the Sea”.

This exciting event takes place tomorrow, Friday 12th September, when hundreds of divers, 26 diving instructors, 32 production members and 12 professional photographers will all dive together at the Satil missile boat wreck in Eilat, Red Sea.

Using a sophisticated technological set-up, the dive will be broadcasted live via a YouTube video stream, enabling millions of viewers to witness this magnificent event in real time and collectively set a new Guinness World Record for the largest audience for a live-streamed underwater event.

Guinness have set an objective of half a million viewers in order for the record to be registered…view this event live and help make it happen!

When:

The dive will take place on September 12th, 11.30am (GMT + 3). Go online and watch the broadcast – including exciting pre-dive preparations – from 11:00am (GMT + 3).

Where:

See the broadcast live online via the website at: www.eilatredsea.com

Underwater Photography World Championship

shootout_teamStorm in the Sea” and this incredible world record-setting attempt is taking place as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for the “Eilat Red Sea International Underwater Photo Competition” – also known worldwide as the International Underwater Photography Olympics.

Eilat Red Sea, PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa, and boot Düsseldorf have introduced the Underwater Photography World Championship, inviting photographers to team-up and represent their country during the event and put together a stunning, award-winning portfolio of 6 images.

Photographers have been heading out throughout this week to capture stunning images of the beautifully colourful and fish-populated regions underwater. The final image submissions were submitted earlier today and keen photographers are excited to find out the outcome this weekend.

Jonas Samuelsson (PADI Regional Manager) arrived in Eilat on Monday and will be there throughout the event to meet, greet and provide support during the week’s activities. PADI has sponsored the first prize in the category “Underwater Photography Global Championship“ and the top prize of $3,000 USD will be presented to the winner at the Eilat Red Sea Awards ceremony on Saturday 13 September.

For more information visit: www.eilatredsea.com

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Project AWARE: Debris Month of Action is Here

Debris Month of Action

September is Project AWARE’s Debris Month of Action – a time when thousands of scuba divers around the world unite and take action against marine debris – the ocean’s silent killer. But don’t think of it as just a one-time dive to take out the trash. It’s so much more than that. With events happening around the globe this month, there are many options for you to get involved. Go to projectaware.org to find out more.