PADI Women’s Dive Day 2015

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) would like to say Thank You to all PADI Dive Centres and Resorts and PADI Professionals who participated in the first ever annual PADI Women’s Dive Day.

Our  EMEA region hosted over 100 events across 23 countries and 3 continents. Globally, the event involved over 330 events, 64 countries, 7 continents and 4 oceans.

This was a great day for everyone to support and acknowledge women in diving at all levels. We want to acknowledge all those that put in the time and effort to host an event. We hope you all had a great time on the day!

Here is a selection of photos from Women’s Dive Day events that took place around the EMEA region. Feel free to share your favourite pictures or videos, and search #PADIWomensDiveDay to take a look at all the great events from around the world.

Buceo Cabo La Nao:


Punto Diving & Friends:




Andark Diving:


Aquatours Almeria Aventuras Submarina:


Globe Marine:

Register now for the PADI Digital Product Suite Webinar (2/6/15)

0415 Digital Product Offer Email HeaderPADI Europe, Middle East and Africa would like to invite you to attend a special webinar on How To Use PADI Digital Products, taking place on Tuesday, 2nd June at 19:00 BST.

The webinar will explain the fundamental steps in how to use and promote the PADI Digital Product Suite, including how to purchase and deliver the product to your students, how your students can use the materials, and how you can process the associated PIC certification for them. There will also be a questions and answers session to help you get the most out of your Digital Products.

After attending this webinar, you will receive a special sales offer and access to the PADI Digital Product Suite marketing toolbox to assist your business in the future.

The event will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to the recording, even if you are not able to attend live.

Click here to register for the webinar

PADI training webinars are free of charge to PADI members, and remember that you are eligible to receive one seminar credit for every three webinars you attend.

If you have questions regarding this webinar please email [email protected]

Welcome to our new PADI Dive Center Pro-Sport Divers

Pro-Sport Divers, situated in Bloemfontein have become a PADI Dive Center. During the Member Forum in Durban, we had the opportunity to welcome them on board. Diving at Aliwal Shoal and with Umkomaas Dive Charters,   in perfect conditions this weekend, they made their way up to the  Durban.  Lin Israel, Trevor Fouche and James Allemann, who have been in the industry for many years have decided that it is time to set up a PADI dive center.

Located in 41 Raymond Mhlaba Street, Bloemfontein, we welcome and  look forward to seeing a hub of activity in this area and will support Pro-Sport Divers in their new venture. Congratulations and what a team!!

Pro-sport divers, Bloemfontein

Member Forums in South Africa

A perfect platform to stay in touch with latest developments and to see other colleagues in the Industry. The new digital products and the scope of course material once again shows that the consumers needs are being met  and that PADI is embracing the latest technology. Learn about the PADI Equipment Speciality Course, see the interactive design and get an overview of the whole digital Product Range.

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Member Forums that have already been conducted in Johannesburg and Sodwana. 

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Even with it being a Easter Weekend we had a good turn out at the Member Forum in Midrand and Johannesburg.

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Member Forum in Sodwana

Eventhough it is the busy season with sunny weather and incredible diving, we managed to get a great attendance.

Sodwana, fun, diving, information, professinal

Join us for the upcoming events in:

Umkomaas on the 15th April 2015

Durban on the 17th April 2015

Port Elizabeth on the 20th April 2015

and finally in Cape Town on the 24th April 2015

Reserve your seats now and join us in one of these locations.

We would love to see you there!

Coral Divers PADI 5 STAR Instructor Development Centre

With great pleasure we could hand over the PADI Award for Outstanding Achievements in PADI Diver Training in South Africa to Coral Divers S-3570.

A PADI 5Star Instructor Development Center who has been a PADI Member since         15 years.  Congratulations on your achievements and for all the hard work in running this operation.

It was wonderful being able to hand over these awards in recognition of your accomplishments and acknowledging the teams dedication.

Coral divers, PADI IDC, Career Development, Diving, Fun, Extreme Sports

David Barnes, Owner and CEO Coral Divers


PADI EMEA 2015 Business Academy Schedule


PADI Business Academy (PBA) is the powerful, and hugely successful, business development tool only accessible to PADI members.  If you’re looking to increase your business exposure, sales and bottom line profit you can’t afford not to become one of the thousands of successful international PADI Business Academy graduates.

But don’t take our word for it, take a look at this testimonial from a 2014 Business Academy Graduate.

Below is the 2015 PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Business Academy Schedule*.
If you would like to attend an Academy, please email [email protected]

Date Country City Language
15 – 16 March Netherlands Huizen Dutch/English
18 – 19 March Greece Athens English
12 – 13 April Sweden Malmö Swedish
10 – 11 May UK South English
27 – 28 May Jordan Aqaba English
7 – 8 June UAE Dubai English
20 – 21 July Mauritius
18 -19 August Saudi Arabia Jeddah Arabic
10- 11 September South Africa J’burg English
20 – 21 September Switzerland Winterthur German
17 – 18 October Cyprus Limassol English
25 – 26 October France Paris French
14 – 15 November Malta Qawra English
21 – 22 November Canary Islands Tenerife English/Spanish
29 – 30 November UK North English
13 – 14th December Germany Frankfurt German

*Please note that this Schedule is subject to change.  If you plan to attend a 2015 Business Academy, please check this schedule regularly.

Member Forums in South Africa



The Member Forum is a perfect opportunity for you to meet up with a PADI Management representative, get updated information as to products, training and find out more about the new programmes that PADI has to offer.

Not only that, you get to touch base with your colleagues in the industry and meet up with Key Players who are attending.

The main topics which will be addressed:

•  PADI – Leading the Digital Revolution
•  The innovative ReActivate program
•  PADI App
•  Changes to the PADI Open Water Diver course
•  Latest Industry News


Attendance at this member forum will count as one seminar credit.

Why not join us at one of the following events:

27 March 2015 at 18:30
Midrand, Gauteng
Protea Hotel, 14th Street, Noordwyk Ext. 20, Halfway House, 1685

Reserve your seat now!

10 April 2015 at 18:00
Sodwana, KwaZulu Natal
Sodwana Bay Lodge, Main Road, Sodwana, 3974

Reserve your seat now!

15 April 2015 at 18:30
Umkomaas, KwaZulu Natal
Blue Ocean Dive Resort. 1 Reynolds Street, Umkomaas, KwaZulu Natal

Reserve your seat now!

17 April 2015 at 18:30
Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, Durban

Reserve your seat now!

20 April 2015 at 18:30
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Radisson Blu Hotel, Corner Marine Drive & 9th Avenue, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

Reserve your seat now!

24 April 2015 at 18:30
Cape Town, Cape Province
Cape Town Lodge, Hotel & Conferencing, 101 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, 8001

Reserve your seat now! 

Please Register via Eventbrite. There is no charge for attendance at these Forums.

All Forums will be conducted by:
Sylvia Ross, Manager Media, PR & Advertising & Business Development

My contact Details: +49 175 489 0843  or +27  79 941 5424                                            

or mailto: [email protected]

Please join the PADI Pros Africa Facebook Page to remain up to date with events and happenings in your region.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa

PADI Staff visit Saudi Arabia to introduce Digital Product Suite and Support Arab Market

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In December 2014, Mark Spiers (PADI Vice President, Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development), Teo Brambilla (PADI Regional Manager), Ahmed Sayed (PADI Product Consultant) and Rich Somerset (Manager, Training and Quality Management) conducted a joint trip to Saudi Arabia.

The trip included a series of events and activities designed to provide support to the Arab market and Arabic Instructors and to communicate how important these key markets are to PADI.

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During a Course Director round table event, PADI Course Directors were updated on the state of the market as well as latest PADI trends and training materials, including the upcoming launch of PADI Digital Products as part of PADI’s lead in the scuba industry’s digital revolution.


mf6Member Forums took place in both Tabouk and Jeddah and were delivered in Arabic by Ahmed Sayed. 130 PADI Members attended across the two locations and covered the latest news about the launch of PADI Digital Products (due to launch shortly for both touch and online platforms), and PADI’s market share in comparison with competitors as part of the ‘Win with PADI’ value proposition. A separate, informal Member Forum was provided in English for a small group of PADI Members who were non-Arabic speakers.


At both Member Forum events, a Training and Quality Management (TQM) seminar provided an explanation of the Quality Management process, and the way that the Training department can support PADI members in their day to day work.  A review of paperwork management for freelance PADI Instructors was also well-received.

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It was announced during the trip that the website, along with a number of additional training materials, would be translated into the Arabic language. Before heading home, the Member Forum participants were each given a pair of PADI sunglasses and key-ring as well as a PADI USB stick containing a wealth of useful resources in the Arabic language: PADI posters, the Win with PADI / Member Guides, “How To” Guides including how to find forms, complete purchases and PIC Online etc., plus a guide to the different PADI EMEA departments and who to contact for assistance.



“It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to visit Saudi Arabia and meet with PADI Members there. This is a very important market for PADI and this is reflected in the number of materials that we will be translating into Arabic over the coming months. This includes a dedicated web site, and PADI App, as well as our course materials. I look forward to coming back very soon” – Mark Spiers, PADI Vice President, Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development.

Find more information about the new PADI Digital Product Suite and download the new brochure here.

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.


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.


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.


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:
  • The manufacturers who donated the awards
    • CRESSI

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