PADI Pros: Renew Your 2016 Membership Before 31 Dec and Get These Offers!

Renew your 2016 PADI Professional membership before 31 December 2015 and you’ll be able to take advantage of several exciting renewal offers:

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Renew before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a Suunto D6i dive computer in one of four colour options (stone, stealth, black or white excluding metal strap variants). PADI Pros that have already renewed their 2016 individual PADI membership will also be entered into the prize draw. Terms and Conditions apply.

Renew Online and Enter the Prize Draw Now!

#2 – Free PADI Digital Product

Complete your renewal before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able to take advantage of our free digital product renewal offer as a thank you for renewing, by choosing from either a free PADI Open Water Diver Touch or PADI Equipment Specialist Touch. That’s a benefit worth up to £65 / 88€ / 96CHF to you straight away. Find out more about PADI Digital products here.

To claim this offer, simply renew your membership and contact your PADI Sales Representative to claim your free Open Water Diver Touch or Equipment Specialist Touch today!

Renew Online and Get Your Free PADI Digital Product!

#3 – 5-for-4 on PADI Digital Products

Renew your PADI Professional membership and get the 5 for 4 offer on all digital products; that’s a saving of 20%!* Don’t miss this chance to save on PADI’s latest digital products – contact your local PADI Sales Representative to place your order and take advantage of this benefit for renewed PADI Professionals!

Renew Online and Get 5-for-4 on PADI Digital Products!

#4 – Automatic Renewal Discount

PADI’s Automatic Renewal service saves you even more money and registering is easy! Sign up to have your membership automatically renewed for 2017 and you’ll still get the discounted rate for your 2016 PADI Professional membership! Simply select the option to register for Automatic Renewal during your 2016 Online Renewal process to take advantage of this fantastic benefit.

Renew Online and Sign Up for Automatic Renewal Today!

If you have any questions about your PADI Professional renewal for 2016 please contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234).

Don’t miss out on these fantastic offers above – click here to Renew Online Now

Together We’re #1 In Diving!

It’s no mystery why PADI is the world’s leading diver training organization. Members value the high quality of PADI materials and excellent customer service while divers get the benefits. All of this has made PADI the global leader and most trusted source for diver training since 1966.

*5-for-4 Offer ends 31st July 2016. Offer available only on multiples of five of the same product, not available as mix and match. Available to PADI Instructors who have renewed their PADI membership for 2016.

PADI Pro Member Benefit #5: New Online Processing Center

Recently re-launched with a brand new, user friendly design, the Online Processing Center is an online service available to all renewed PADI Professionals

The Online Processing Center can be accessed via the PADI Pros Site, and the responsive design ensures it can be easily accessed from your mobile or tablet via the PADI Pros’ Site Lite.

As a renewed PADI Professional you can use the Online Processing Center to:

  • Manage and allocate Digital Crewpak codes
  • Process student certifications
  • Process replacement card and eCard orders
  • Download reports for digital products in each status
  • View the digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes
  • Filter and sort options of digital code data

The Online Processing Center is available in multiple languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

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Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

Missed Auto Renewal? Sign up during your Online Renewal and you’ll still get the benefits!

The Auto Renewal option for 2016 PADI Professional membership renewal has now finished, but if you didn’t register in time or your card details were not up to date, don’t worry!

Simply sign up for Auto Renewal at the same time as completing the online renewal option. You’ll still be able to take advantage of the reduced fee for 2016 and you’ll be re-registered for Auto Renewal next November.

Click here to complete your online renewal

About Auto Renewal

PADI’s Auto Renewal service entitles you to a reduced annual membership fee, saving you both time and money. Once registered, PADI will renew your professional PADI membership every year using your credit card information. If applicable, we’ll also renew your EFR credentials at the same time.

With Auto Renewal, you don’t need to complete any paperwork or worry about your renewal date – we’ll take care of everything so you can continue to enjoy all of your benefits as a renewed PADI Professional.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

PADI Professional Auto Renewal for 2016 Membership – there’s still time!

PADI’s Auto Renewal service entitles you to a reduced annual membership fee, saving you both time and money. Once registered, PADI will renew your professional PADI membership every year using your credit card information. If applicable, we’ll also renew your EFR credentials at the same time.

With Auto Renewal, you don’t need to complete any paperwork or worry about your renewal date – we’ll take care of everything so you can continue to enjoy all of your benefits as a renewed PADI Professional.

How to sign up

Auto Renewal saves you even more money and registering is easy.

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry – simply sign up for Auto Renewal at the same time as completing your online renewal. You’ll still be able to take advantage of the reduced fee for 2016 and you’ll be registered for Auto Renewal next November.

Click here to complete your online renewal

Already registered?

To make sure that we are able to process your Auto Renewal for 2016, please check that we have your correct credit card information before the cut-off date of 12 November 2015.

Click here to update your details

Alternatively, call your Customer Services representative to update your payment information by telephone: +44 (0) 117 300 7234

Once you’ve updated your payment information for Auto Renewal, sit back and relax. We’ll write to you again with important information and a confirmation of your renewal fee before we collect it later this month.

Please note that if we don’t hear from you before 12 November 2015 we will still attempt to complete your Automatic Renewal payment, however we cannot guarantee it will be successful. If we are unable to process your renewal payment we will notify you after the Automatic Renewal collection date to arrange an alternate payment method.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

If you have any questions about signing up for Auto Renewal, updating your credit card details or any other query, please contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

PADI Pro Member Benefit #2: Consultant Services

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As a renewed PADI Professional, you have a full team of industry experts at your local PADI office who are ready to support you in your diving, teaching and career development activities.

You have access to consultants specialising in:

  • Training
  • Quality Management
  • Legal Issues
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Product Integration
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • …and more

Our team will be happy to help you with any enquiries you may have. Click here to view contact information and take advantage of the wide expertise that is available to help you maximise your opportunities as a renewed PADI Professional.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

PADI Pro Member Benefit #1: Free eCards

PADI_eCard_phonesAs a renewed PADI Professional, you’ll have access to all of your recreational-level and professional-level eCards – for free!

To access your eCards, simply download the latest version of the PADI App, log in with your SSO username and password. Click on ‘eCards’ from the main menu and you’ll see a list of your certifications.

With access to your eCards in one handy place on your smartphone or mobile device, you’ll be ready to demonstrate your credentials whenever and wherever you need to.

You can also log in to ScubaEarth and click on “My Certifications” from the left hand menu to see a list of your current ratings along with badges, share options and a link to replace each card.

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Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234).

Get to Know Your PADI Office: Sales Team

In this article, you can find out more information about the PADI Sales Team, who are ready to support you by placing sales orders, providing product advice (including content, recommended use, benefits to students and pricing) advice on maximising sales (through course offerings, marketing products and pricing courses) and by helping you to meet your customers’ product needs.

You can find out more about each of the team below, including contact information. Alternatively for general enquiries please contact the sales department at: [email protected].


Terry Johnson – Sales Manager

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Languages: English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007398

Barry Fudge – Supervisor, Sales and Corporate Accounts

Barry supports Redistribution customers, sales within the South African region, and the day-to-day running of the sales department and consultant team.

Languages: English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: barry_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007322

Simona Barravecchia – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

SimonaSimona provides product advice and sales support to the Greek and Italian regions (including Italian Switzerland).

Languages: Italian (native), English, Spanish
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: simona_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007807

Ola Fraser – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

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Languages: Polish (native), English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: ola_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007359

Amir Khalil – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Amir provides product advice and sales support to the Middle East (Region 14) and Egypt (Region 20) regions, and Arabic-speaking members located in other regions.

Languages: Arabic (native), English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: amir_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007317

Linq Mussers – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Linq provides product advice and sales support to the Netherlands, Flemish-speaking Belgium, UK (South) and Ireland.

Languages: Dutch (native), English, German
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: linq_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007318

Gorka Otaola – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Gorka-OtaolaGorka provides product advice and sales support to Spain, Canary Islands and Portugal. He also looks after the e-Shop and the publication of the annual price list.

Languages: Spanish (native), English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: gorka_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007315

Margriet Schuur – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Margriet provides product advice and sales support to the UK (North), Cyprus, Israel and Turkey.

Languages: Dutch (native), English, German
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007355
Sarah Williams – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Sarah provides product advice and sales support to France, French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland, the French West Indies, Austria and Malta.

Languages: English (native), French, German, Italian
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: sarah_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007320

Julia Wratschko – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Julia provides product advice and sales support to German-speaking regions as well as the Maldives.

Languages: German (native), English, Spanish, French
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007324

 


Your PADI Office

Located in Bristol, UK, the PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Headquarters is your local PADI Office. Here you’ll find a dedicated team ready to support you with the diverse aspects of your business, from Membership and Customer Service enquiries through to Sales, Marketing and Training.

As the largest of the PADI Regional Headquarters, speaking more than 10 different languages and having a spectrum of cultures within our region, we believe it is important to maintain a personal touch and ensure you know who you are working with on a daily basis, and who to contact to assist with your enquiries.

Opening Hours & Contact Information

Mon 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Tue 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Wed 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Thu 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Fri 08:15 (GMT) to 16:00 (GMT
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa
The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road
Bristol BS13 8AE
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 117 300 7234
Fax: +44 (0) 117 971 0400

Email: [email protected]

Blue Water Series: The Dive Behind the Photo – Part 2

Giant Pacific Manta and Diver by David Valencia

“Giant Pacific Mantas are graceful in every turn. It’s no wonder divers fly all over the world to see these gentle giants. However, mantas are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. In certain parts of the world, these mantas are becoming increasingly rare as they face persistent fishing pressure.

In Mexico’s Socorro Islands, located some 250 miles SE of Cabo San Lucas, interactions with mantas are magnificent. It’s not just the sighting of mantas that can make dives with them special, but also the type of interaction. To the delight of divers, mantas enjoy bubbles on their bellies and they will soak up the bubbles as long as there are divers. It’s an amazing sight to see and it also provides divers with a unique insight into their behavior. During this dive while we were playing with the mantas, my dive buddy, Adil, happened to be filming as a black manta slowly squeezed between us. The large manta (approx. 5 meters/16 feet from wingtip to wingtip) was gliding over me to get to my bubbles. As the manta soaked up the bubbles, I could look into its eye and see it processing our interaction. This occurred non-stop for the entirety of our dive.”

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David Valencia recounts his incredible encounter with the giant Pacific manta in the remote waters of Socorro. But mantas are also found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, making diving with this majestic creature more accessible than you may think. For divers who dream of sharing their scuba bubbles with a manta ray, diving the right place at the right time of year will certainly help increase the chances of making this dream a reality.

Why not plan some club trips to any of the following destinations where your guests might get their own manta memory to take home…

  • Isla San Benedicto, MexicoFirmly located in liveaboard territory where David Valencia snapped this remarkable photo, Isla San Benedicto is one of four of the Socorro Islands off the west coast of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean. These volcanic islands, particularly San Benedicto, are world-renowned for the up-close and personal encounters divers experience with the giant Pacific manta ray. November to early January and most of April and May are ideal times to come face-to-face with these gentle giants.
  • Indonesia – With close to 18,000 islands, the world’s largest archipelago offers a number of dive sites to swim with manta rays (not to mention more than 600 coral and 3000 fish species). Here are a few you may want to explore: Manta Bay, located just off Nusa Penida, Bali features a number of cleaning stations; Manta Alley or Makassar Point in Komodo National Park where it’s not unusual to see 20 or more; and Manta Sandy in northern Raja Ampat.
  • Manta Reef, Mozambique This is the area’s showcase dive site, famous for a couple of manta cleaning stations. It’s a gentle drift dive that begins with a descent into 26 metres/85 feet of water in the middle of a small amphitheater teeming with life. The first cleaning station is reached in a shallower sandy area at 21 metres/70 feet. Here, mantas circle overhead to be cleaned by goldies, cleaner wrasse and butterflyfish. In good visibility it’s possible to watch upwards of ten mantas circling overhead.
  • Garden Eel Cove, Kona, Hawaii, USAThe Big Island of Hawaii offers a unique experience to get up close and personal with mantas as they feed in the plankton-rich waters. Home to mantas year-round, you can plan your trip to Kona any time of year. But for an unrivaled manta interaction, plan your dive for nighttime when dive lights attract plankton, bringing mantas right to you for a personal encounter you won’t soon forget.
  • Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaMantas frequent the waters off this tiny island at the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Only 45 hectares (110 acres), this island sanctuary boats a single eco resort, an airstrip, a PADI Dive Center, and over 1,200 species of marine life. Lady Elliott Island is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, array of spectacular marine life and unspoiled coral reef. While mantas congregate here throughout the year, you may want to plan your trip during the fall and winter months when they are most common.
  • Mi’il Channel, Yap, MicronesiaThe island of Yap is about the closest it comes to a guarantee for manta encounters. Mantas are regulars in the Mi’il Channel and, in fact, visit this renowned cleaning station with such frequency that individuals are known by name. Manta dives are popular at Mi’il Channel when the trade winds blow from November to May, as well as the summer months.
  • Baa Atoll, Maldives Mantas can be found throughout the 1,192 Maldives islands but Baa Atoll offers exceptional opportunities. Especially during the southwest monsoon season from May to July, mantas frequent the area to feed and visit cleaning stations. Divers often experience encounters with dozens of mantas on a single dive. Up to 240 individuals with distinct markings have been recorded here in a single day.

Whether or not your customers have the opportunity to get in the water with a majestic manta, they can always be inspired by David Valencia’s stunning photo, “Giant Pacific Manta and Diver”on the limited-edition “Blue Water Series” PADI Replacement certification card. Order one of the three different limited-edition Replacement cards for your student divers through the PADI Online Processing Center or for yourself by going to Your Account on the PADI Pros’ Site Learn more.0701 Replacement Card Blog Post Graphic

The New Online Processing Center is Now Live

The new Online Processing Center is now live and can be accessed via the PADI Pros Site and the PADI Pros’ Site Lite.

The new center has been developed using PADI Member feedback to ensure a more user friendly experience. The responsive design ensures it can be easily accessed from your mobile or tablet.

Some of the exciting enhancements to the Online Processing Center include:

  • Reorganization and simplified navigation.
  • Mobile optimization of all screens.
  • Simplified language and wording throughout the portal.
  • Downloadable reports for digital products in each status.
  • Digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes.
  • Integrated tooltips to provide descriptions of each section or application.
  • Improved filtering and sorting options of digital code data.
  • Drop-down menu of languages.

The revised Online Processing Center has launched in multiple languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

Please note: the old PIC Online application has now been retired, and all online certifications will need to be processed via the new Online Processing Center.

If you have any additional questions, please contact PADI Training or Customer Services.

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How To Get Divemaster Applications Processed Without Delay

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Divemaster candidates have been working hard all summer and applications have been streaming in to the PADI EMEA Office. We strive to process all applications promptly; however, they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

The most common reason for a delay is missing first aid and CPR course documentation.

EFR_4C-Black-WhtTrap®_09The PADI Instructor Manual lists the qualifying certification description for EFR Primary Care as proof of current CPR training, and for EFR Secondary Care as proof of current first aid training, provided they have been completed within 24 months of the application date.

Please note that non-EFR first aid/ CPR courses can also meet the requirement for Divemaster; however, documentation of course completion must be included with the application. Most CPR/first aid courses are accepted provided they meet current emergency care guidelines. If you’re uncertain about whether your candidate’s CPR/first aid course meets the necessary requirements, please contact the Training Department via email on [email protected] to verify.

Please note: first aid and CPR courses taught entirely online do not meet Divemaster requirements (nor do they meet other first aid/CPR requirements for other PADI courses).

Here’s how to ensure your Divemaster candidate’s application is processed as quickly as possible:

  1. Verify the certification information is complete
  2. Verify that all required signatures are there
  3. Make sure that the application is completed in its entirety – including the hologram sticker
  4. When submitting prerequisite certifications from other organisations, including CPR/first aid course completions, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver equivalents; make sure that copies of these are attached to the application
  5. Provide payment information

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A copy of both sides of the certifying organisation’s certification card
  • A copy of the certifying organisation’s wall certificate
  • A letter on the certifying organisation’s letterhead verifying the certification

Clarification on Dive Medicals

PADI Divemaster, (Assistant) Instructor and other PADI Pro level training clearly states the important course prerequisite that the candidate must be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months.

As this is a course prerequisite, both the PADI Instructor conducting the course and the PADI dive shop where the training is conducted are responsible for ensuring that this dive medical is in place prior to starting the course – or at the very latest before conducting any in-water sessions (even if these take place in swimming pool or confined water). It is a violation of PADI Training Standards to take candidates into the water for training activities while not yet having a “fit to dive” medical on file.

The above also applies for any students on other PADI courses that involve dives and where they indicated “Yes” to any question(s) on the Medical Statement / Questionnaire. If their medical condition changes during the course, they must be re-evaluated and again cleared for diving by a physician prior to continuing the training. A “fit to dive” medical must also still be valid (less than one year old) at time of course completion.

Tips to ensure / verify appropriate dive medical documentation is in place at the start and end of every course:

  1. The dive medical must clearly state at least the following specific information:
  • Full name and details (e.g. date of birth) to identify the diver
  • Clearance for diving (e.g. “fit to dive”)
  • Full name and contact details of the physician
  • Physician’s signature and date
  1. Keep a copy on file (the diver keeps the original of their own medical)

If you have any questions about the Divemaster Application process please contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or by phone (+44 (0)117 300 7234).