New and Upgraded PADI Businesses – April 2015

New PADI Businesses

So far this year in just the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, PADI has welcomed 100 new centres as members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations, and processed 62 membership upgrades for businesses committing 100% to PADI as Five Star or Instructor Development centres.

Last month alone, an impressive 22 new members were welcomed, and 13 upgrades processed. Welcome and congratulations to all new and upgraded PADI businesses!

For the latest list of new and upgrading members click the ‘New PADI Retailer and Resort Members‘ link.

Casco Antiguo Receive PADI Award

Mark Caney and Mark Spiers of PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa presented Pablo Galatas and Marcos Suarez-Lianos Fernandez, of Casco Antiguo, an award in March at their offices near Madrid.

The award was in recognition of the special relationship Casco Antiguo has had with PADI over many years and the major influence the company has had in Spain.

Congratulations to Pablo and Marcos!

Scuba Pursuits – back to 100% PADI

PADI Europe, Middle and Africa (EMEA) is pleased to announce that Scuba Pursuits have now returned as a PADI Career Development Centre, teaching PADI courses exclusively.

Scuba Pursuits

Mark Spiers (Vice President, Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development), Tony Andrews (Manager Field Services) and Simon Chance (Manager, PADI Retailer and Resort Associations & PADI Diving Society) visited the main store, based in Cannock (UK), to provide training for all PADI professionals. The presentation reviewed the new range of PADI products including the new PADI Open Water Touch programme.

“We are very pleased to have Scuba Pursuits back to 100% PADI and as recipients of the PADI Career Development Centre award, under Ian Forster’s expert guidance. With Ian’s outstanding knowledge and level of experience in the industry, I am sure they will go from strength to strength,” said Mark Spiers.

Scuba Pursuits

Ian Forster, the new owner of Scuba Pursuits, has been in the Industry for over 30 years and has been a PADI Course Director for 24 years.

“Despite the challenges of the takeover, our Facebook page has helped us communicate with our many supporters,” said Ian. “We have had a great start to the season, and are now getting the websites updated so that our divers have a complete overview of our product range and what we offer”.

PADI EMEA is now looking forward to a positive future with the Scuba Pursuits team, who will no doubt accomplish valuable business and Industry growth in line with these exciting developments.